We all love magicians at events. They make us feel comfortable and break the ice in a full room. However you need to know you’re hiring a real professional magician as these days anyone can make a site and called themselves a magician. To protect yourself and ensure you have a good time, here are 5 tips to consider before hiring a magician.
Find the magicians videos and reviews
On YouTube or their site, the magician will ideally have videos and testimonials of his work, that will be a great way to decipher if they are valid and trustworthy. On their site have a look at their past events. Ideally they would have performed hundreds of events before yours; if there aren’t many events then be wary of this. They need proof that they are credible.
Is the magician easily contactable?
Are they easily contactable to discuss on the phone what you require. Even ask for a small preview where you arrange to meet and to see them perform in person. If they have a local show then even better as you can go along.
Is the magician professional?
Public liability insurance is a vital document that your magician should have to work; they will need these documents to perform in most UK venues. Also ensure they are a full time professional to get the best service, rather than someone who does it for a hobby.
How much will they cost for the day?
Find out how much they charge for the day and if this fits in with your budget. Find out how they expect to be paid too and if you need to pay an assistant separately. Some more successful musicians will charge a couple hundred pounds for a few hours, whereas as less known will be cheaper but their quality of magic may reflect that. Ask if the cost means travel costs or if they expect accommodation for the day.
What’s their magic style?
Find out their style of magic. Depending on your event, you need to ensure that the magician is appropriate for your audience. If it’s a late party for adults then a riskier magician with scarier darker tricks is perfect, but a family-oriented event like a kids party or a wedding then the magician style will need to be appropriate, funny and loud. There are many styles such as illusionist, table, close-up (micromagic) and street magic to name a few.
A magician is great for most events, they will life the mood and get everyone talking and laughing. They’ll create great video and photo moments. The right magician will wow and amaze your guests, and will be worth the few hundred pounds.