Hiring A Magician at Your Event
April 15, 2019
There are many important factors to consider when looking to hire a magician for your event and I am going to cover the basics with a quick look into some of the more in-depth details to keep in mind.
Type of event
First, you need to know what the event is going to be! Whether you are planning: a wedding, a birthday, a corporate function, a family reunion, an anniversary, or bachelorette party, a bit of magic can be an excellent addition! Most magical performers will want to know this so they can prepare accordingly and, if they're worth one's salt, even tailor the types of magical effects and nature of the magic tricks they perform.
Second, make sure to let your magician know where your event is. You want him to arrive! Sometimes, the distance they have to travel will affect the price as travelling expenses are a common addition on any invoice.
What kind of performance are you interested in having?
Magicians can do all kinds of performances depending on what you need. The most common types of performances are stage, parlour and close up magic. Stage Magic will usually involve having a speaker system/microphone, a raised platform, larger props for the magician to use (that they will bring!). This sort of performance can be ideal for weddings and events with more significant numbers of people, but not everyone will always want to stop and take time to watch a performance.
A parlour magic show is similar to a stage show but without the sound system. This kind of performance is usually seen as a preferred middle ground, given that it has the feel of a stage performance, but the intimacy of a close-up performance.
The final type, and often most popular, is a close up magic performance. This can also be called mix and mingle magic, roving/roaming magic, table magic and other similar names. It involves the magician walking around amongst the guests either as they wander the party or event freely, or approaching tables in between courses of a meal they may be enjoying at your event. Whichever you choose, be aware as it can drastically affect the price of the performance.
Number of guests
The number of people in the audience will make a big difference in what kind of show you are after. A vast audience would be more suited to a stage show, (100) as long as the venue is suitable! A tiny audience is better suited to a parlour show (40 or less), and roving magic is your best bet for having someone perform to as many people as possible while allowing for those who aren't interested not to engage.
Length of performance
The length of the performance is the second biggest determination of price for hiring a magician. A Stage performance is by far the most expensive, and as a rule of thumb, a 20-minute stage performance is similar to a 40-minute parlour performance or an hour's close up performance. Keep this in mind!
Type of magic you would like
The final piece of the puzzle is to know what kind of magic you would like to have at your event. Each magician, like any performer, has their own style and technique that you will hopefully have had a chance to enjoy firsthand. On top of that, though, there are also different kinds of magic. There is sleight of hand which often involves things like coins and cards, or mentalism, which is based around reading minds and predicting the future, or manipulation which can include coins and cards being moved around in strange ways! Without giving too much away though, you'll be best off discussing this with the magician you are considering to hire.
Consider these factors, and you are well on your way to getting the most from your magician to ensure a truly magical event! For a free consultation, don't hesitate to get in touch with a magician such as myself and we'll be more than happy to do what we can to help!
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Magically (couldn't help myself!)
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