Essential tips for booking a Magician
Working in the entertainment industry, I am often asked questions regarding booking a magician or another similar act.
I have decided to put together a brief blog post to to help those who are booking a magician for an event. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I’d be more than happy to offer any advice I can give.
Please ensure when booking a Magician / Mind Reader for your event, you book a good quality professional. Let me explain why this is fundamental to a successful booking. The professional magician relies on positive feedback and recommendations in order to grow as a full time performer. The professional magician’s livelihood is reliant upon regular and consistent work. If he receives negative feedback, it affects his business.
As a result the professional magician will have considered all the small details and draw upon his experience to ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible. The professional will be punctual, well dressed and clean. They will be polite and flexible in the understanding that last minute changes can affect the timing of the event.
As the organiser, the magician you choose to hire will be a direct reflection on you. Don’t take a chance on an amateur or hobbyist. Have the peace of mind that you have booked a professional who cares about your event because it affects his livelihood and future performing career.
In today’s world, websites are essential. They are an integral part of the magicians career, they work 24 hours a day to promote the performer. Check that the magician has a professional website and domain. It should be clear to understand and explain what performances the magician offers. Look at the photographs. Are they professionally done? Do they look genuine? Or has the magician staged the photographs with his friends or family? I have heard some horror stories from some amateur magicians who have staged their photos, some have even gone to the rather awkward lengths of Photoshopping images of themselves performing for others such as celebrities!
A fundamental part of booking a magician is checking their testimonials. Has the magician got any? Are they from reliable or credible sources? Or could they have been written by the magicians friends or family? One good tip is to look for Authenticated Accreditation & Testimonials. Companies such as Kwikchex are providing this service. For an example, check out my genuine testimonials page
Promotional materials in hardcopy are also an essential tool for the professional magician. When booking a magician why not request these via the website? You will quickly be able to see for yourself the quality of their work and types of performances they offer. You can also request copies of client testimonials and quotes, this feedback will give you a good indication of what the performer is like during an event.
Pick up the Phone
Don’t forget the good old fashioned telephone conversation, you can tell a lot from a person by the way they handle themselves on the phone. If you are still not sure, why not request a meeting? This may not always be possible when booking a magician, but if their schedule permits, a face to face meeting and demonstration is the perfect way to gauge whether the magician is the right act for your event. If the act you are considering is based some distance from you, then perhaps meeting them half way would be a good way to do this.
Pricing – How much should it cost?
Many clients consider price to be the primary factor when booking a magician. It is sound thinking in theory, much like shopping around for the cheapest appliance, but just because it’s the cheapest, it doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. When working with professional magicians, often the prices vary dramatically. Many factors must be taken into account when a magician is quoting for an event. Factors such as Time, Distance, Number of guests, Duration? A professional shouldn’t have a generic, set price; they tend to quote on a personalised basis, taking into account all the necessary information. as a rule, expect to pay in the region of £500-750 for a good quality close up magician. Stage shows will be more expensive and will depend on a larger number of factors.