A Day in the Life of a Mentalist – Oakley Hall Hotel

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As an entertainer, you cannot always be sure where your next booking will come from. However, if you are booked because someone has seen you perform at another event, you will never be out of business. My latest ‘A Day in the Life of a Mentalist’ series covers a booking that happened precisely like that; the client (Inciper Ltd) saw me perform my After Dinner Entertainment act before Christmas and decided it was exactly what they needed.

An Advocate from the Beginning

Mark Roberts and David Sanderson, founders of Inciper Ltd, booked me to perform at the company’s third anniversary celebrations after Mark had seen me perform at a 50th Birthday celebration. Having grown considerably since their inception, Inciper Ltd celebrate with all their employees and book an annual overnight stay at a country house. This year they had selected Oakley Hall Hotel in Basingstoke; a beautiful location complete with old-fashioned flair and modern twists.

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Oakley Hall Hotel – The Perfect Hosts

The Long and Winding Road

The 3.5-hour drive was not too arduous, but I had to leave in plenty of time to ensure I was able to set up the show before guests arrived. Another aspect that put me at ease before this long journey was I had already met the clients and knew them to be great characters; often as an entertainer, you don’t always get to deal with the client directly before the day, especially for business events.

I arrived around 3.30pm and was greeted by hotel management who were lovely and took me to the Bramley Room. This was to be my dressing room and holding area until the performance. However, complete with a large flat screen TV, I ensured I made use of the facilities and caught up on the football as I unpacked the show.

The Garden Room

Now able to set up the show downstairs, I took my props to the Garden Room which had already been prepared for the evening’s dinner. There was a space for me at the front but only around three metres in between me and the first row of tables. For anyone in the magic and entertainment industry, having and audience that close when you’re not intending to perform close-up magic, can leave you a little vulnerable. However, having been in the industry for 14 years performing at all sorts of venues, I did some quick calculations and couldn’t foresee this intimate spacing as being an issue.

I set up the show, including a prediction envelope (complete with a large black question mark on the front), which I left on the mantlepiece. Hoping the hotel staff and any guests who arrived early would realise it was part of the act and not touch it, I went back to my changing room and waited for guests to arrive.

The Main Event

I don’t usually eat before a performance but as I had a couple of hours, I was able to enjoy a sit-down meal while I did my own social media and marketing.

I soon received a message from Mark and David to say they had arrived and went down to meet them so we could brief each other on what was happening throughout the evening with regards to our respective responsibilities.

As the guests arrived, they selected their own name card from a side table and sat where they desired rather than having a space allocated for them which I felt was a nice touch. Mark and David gave a speech and kindly introduced me for the pre-dinner show.

A room of around 50, there was no need to have a microphone and it’s always lovely to be able to see individual people rather than a sea of indiscernible faces. With an intimate gathering such as this one, I was able to make eye contact with almost every member of the audience at some point throughout the performance which is essential to connect with them.

As a group, they were very receptive, and everything went well. I felt I put on a good show and was even able to try some new things as well as amending other parts of my performance from previous shows. I am pleased with how they went and will likely replicate them in the future.

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The Inciper Team

View the Review

Finally, I always gauge feedback by if a client seeks me out after the performance which Inciper Ltd did immediately. Asking me where they could leave feedback, I received this 5* Google review in the days that followed:

“Looch provided the pre-dinner entertainment for our annual company celebration after I had seen him perform at a prior event. Looch had the whole audience fully immersed in his show and amazed with his performance and mind-blowing skills. He created a real buzz in the room during and after the show – still being talked about now. Big thanks from all the Inciper team.”

Mark Roberts, CEO and Co-founder of Inciper Ltd

Thank you to both Mark and David for inviting me to be part of your celebrations. Here’s to the next three years and beyond and I wish you and your team every success as you continue to grow.

Practical Magic: How Much Does a Magician Cost, Anyway?

When you’re a kid watching a magic show, the only question on your mind is how they made a bunny appear from an empty hat. And even though the magic still enthralls you as an adult, you start to ask more practical questions, like how much does a magician cost?

Magicians can add major entertainment value to corporate events, fundraisers, private parties, and even weddings. Kids and adults alike enjoy the mind-blowing, awe-inspiring illusions that truly make you believe in magic.

If you’re considering booking a magician for your upcoming event, here’s what you can expect to pay:

How Much Does a Magician Cost?

Asking questions like How much does a magician cost? is much like asking how much Benedict Cumberbatch or Gary Oldman charges per project — the answer is, it depends. 

In general, a well-established, professional magician will usually cost between £500-£2000 per event.

The actual cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the following:

Experience

It’s no secret that world-renowned actors will command a higher price than a novice who is just getting started, and the same holds true for magicians. 

It takes countless hours to develop the skills needed to become a successful magician. Those who make a career from performing magic are continually practicing their acts and creating new illusions or tricks to give their guests a fresh experience. 

In addition, professional magicians also invest thousands of pounds into high-end equipment. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill joke shop props, but rather carefully created, high-quality items that add to the show.

Magicians heavily invest in their performances, which is why hiring a professional magician costs more than those who do it as a hobby. 

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Looch – Mind Reader & Magician

Type of Request or Event

Different markets and types of events may influence the cost of hiring a magician. For example, a small wedding party may not be as expensive as a corporate event. The number of people involved can also affect the price, particularly since the audience size can determine the type of act the magician performs.

Some acts may not require the use of large equipment or high-end lighting, which could help to offset the cost. However, larger events typically will require some form of PA system, which is typically provided by the client. Some magic acts have their own staging and lighting, which can push the price up significantly.

Another point to consider is the distance the magician will be travelling. Events in a 30-minute radius may not cost as much as those that take a couple of hours or more to travel to. If your event is international, you will have to factor in flights & accommodation into the budget in addition to the magicians fees.

Length of Booking

Magic acts can vary in size and scope, and the time the magician spends performing will affect the price. For example, doing a 30-minute show for a private party will cost less than a two-day engagement at a trade show. You are essentially paying for the magicians time and experience, it is a very specialist area and not one that many people offer professionally!

Type of Performance

One of the most overlooked areas of pricing for magicians is the type of performance the client wishes to hire. As a general rule, if you want to book a magician to perform close up. This could be in the form of a Mix & Mingle performance, it will generally be cheaper than if you wish to book a stage performance. Stage shows can be towards the higher end of the budget and typically cost upwards of several thousand pounds.

Some magicians, especially those that specialise in the corporate market, will often charge daily rates for special events such as exhibitions and trade-shows. An experienced Trade-Show Magician will cost in the region of £1500-2000 per day! I have known some professionals who specialise in this market who charge significantly more for international events.

Infographic showing various factors that affect the cost of hiring a magician.

Where to Find a Magician for Your Next Corporate Event

Asking How much does a magician cost? is usually followed by another important question: Where can I find a magician for my next event?

Looch Mind Reader & Magician has you covered — we specialise in corporate events and weddings to bring your guests an experience they’ll be talking about for months. Contact us today for pricing and availability, and let us give your event the magic touch it deserves!

5 Clear Reasons You Need to Hire a Corporate Magician for Your Next Event

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Mind reading and magic tricks at corporate meetings and events?

Yes, please.

The idea of a magician for hire isn’t new. In fact, magicians have been wowing and enticing the world for over 5,000 years. Anyone and everyone finds some level of fascination with magic. Adding mind-reading to the magical mix, and all eyes and ears are piqued.

Here are a few reasons to consider hiring a corporate magician to awe your guests, clients, and employees.

1. Grab Attention

Someone making balloon animals and doing card tricks is cute. But how about someone who’s perfectly honed skills as a magician and a mind-reader?

Corporate events have a stigma of being dry and sometimes uncomfortable. Not everyone knows each other. Pair that with the feeling of the event being work-related or mandatory, and this can make guests feel uptight.

Add a magician to an event, and you’ll instantly grab everyone’s attention.

2. Get Them Talking

Did you hear about the guy reading minds?

If that kind of phrase becomes the buzz at an event, people will want to stay longer. They’ll want to learn more. They’ll want to have their minds read.

Adding some magic to any evening can be the best icebreaker. People will want to talk about what they witnessed. They’ll want to compare their experiences.

Allow for a little bit of magic to create a collaborative experience for guests, one they’ll be excited to talk about, even after the event’s over.

3. Make It Memorable

Anyone can sit and listen to a band or an act.

What happens, though, when a corporate magician mingles around an event? One stop to wow a small group turns into another stop that draws a larger group.

No one is sitting, waiting for the event to finish. People are gravitating towards the entertainment. Your guests want to be part of a magical experience; almost everyone loves magic

4. Inspire the Group

Magic is universal; it has the ability to inspire.

Seeing something who doesn’t make sense to the mind is intriguing. The saying seeing is believing can become a group experience that draws people together, regardless of title or status within a company.

Hiring a magician is an easy way to bridge the divide between guests.

5. Leave Them Wanting More

Corporate magicians don’t just perform fun tricks of the mind.

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Corporate Magician & Mind Reading in Action

One of the most alluring traits of a corporate magician is easily involving the crowd. Guests become the focal point of the tricks, which provides a personal and exciting experience.

Consider letting guests challenge the mind-reader as a way to develop company culture and morale.

Let Your Mind Wander With a Corporate Magician

Hiring a corporate magician for an event can add value, excitement, and awe in just a few short hours.

Your clients, employees, and guests will appreciate the endless opportunities for fun and camaraderie. Give them an experience that won’t quickly be forgotten.

Interested in discovering how a corporate magician can make your event amazing? Contact us to find out why others have chosen wonder, mystery, and intrigue to create the perfect corporate event. 

Make Your Next Event Incredible With Our Unique Corporate Events Ideas

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Corporate Event Ideas

Whether you are hosting a product launch, rewarding your clients or celebrating with staff, a successful corporate event will help get everyone talking about your company.

So, when it comes to making your event memorable, everything from food, drink and location can have a huge impact. But what about entertainment?

Having performed at countless corporate events for companies including BBC Radio Nottingham, John Deere Group, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Nottingham University and Centre Parcs, I know first-hand the positive impact the right act can have. The right corporate entertainment act can promote interaction and boost networking amongst attendees through a shared experience. It can help employees switch off from work and relax.

Here are a few of the best types of act I have had the pleasure to work alongside in my years as a corporate event entertainer.

Caricaturist

Typically, this sort of entertainment is better for smaller and more intimate corporate events. Caricaturists serve as a great ice breaker and guests can share the laughs or cringe-worthy moments while gathered around the artists. That said, the event could be transferred to a screen for a wider-reaching effect.

Silhouette Artist

Not too dissimilar to the caricaturist, a silhouette artist adds an element of fascination for the attendees and another way to establish bonds between guests and promote networking as people discuss the act and laugh together, which is a fantastic way to reduce stress. There is even scope for your corporate theme to be included in the act to promote your business and what is more, guests get to take away a keepsake.

Singers and Musicians

Singers and musicians are always ideal whether your event is corporate, a wedding or a private party and are often the go-to for events entertainment. With such a wide range of music styles from groups, soloists or tribute acts, nothing beats a bit of music to get everyone dancing. And while you cannot please all of the people all of the time in terms of the genre you choose, music can never fail to boost morale and bring smiles across the board.

Champagne Dress Hostess

Queuing at the bar can be a little dull, even at the most exciting of events. But now imagine queuing to take your glass of prosecco from an entire dress made of them. It’s a talking point for certain and a great way to treat clients and employees alike.

Comedy Magicians

This sort of corporate magician is a great act to entertain larger audiences during or after sit down meals but also has the added bonus of audience participation. Laughter and wonderment will mean your event is talked about for months if not years to come.

Mind Reader and Mentalist

Of course I couldn’t go without mentioning what I do as a corporate event entertainer. With packages for trade shows, exhibitions, award shows or even the Christmas party, my mind-bending performances will leave guests amazed as I manipulate minds, make predictions and even get guests to read the minds of other attendees. There are numerous benefits to hiring a mentalist for a corporate event whether you have 10 guests or 1,000. My flexible and bespoke packages mean I can more often than not meet every professional requirement you have for your event.

So if you have a corporate event coming up in the next few months or are wondering if you can still make your Christmas function that little bit different this year, then get in touch.