Your Complete Guide to Booking a MAGIC 0R ILLUSION ACT
Finding the right Magic or Illusion Act is easy with our unique and comprehensive guide. Bursting with essential tips and answers to all your questions, we help you book with confidence, so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy a truly fantastic and memorable event!
- WHAT WILL A MAGICIAN DO AT YOUR EVENT?
- WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE MAGICIANS HIRED FOR?
- HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAGICIAN OR ILLUSIONIST FOR YOUR EVENT:
CLOSE UP MAGICIAN
COMEDY CABARET MAGICIAN
CHILDRENS / KIDS' MAGICIAN
MENTALIST / MIND READER
- BOOKING A MAGICIAN FOR YOUR WEDDING
- HOW MUCH DOES A MAGICIAN COST TO HIRE?
- HOW LONG WILL THEIR SETS BE?
- SUITABLE VENUES FOR MAGIC & ILLUSION ACTS
- OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
EQUIPMENT & SET UP REQUIREMENTS
- ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BOOKING A MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT:
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK?
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE FOOD?
DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
WILL I HAVE TO COVER TRAVEL EXPENSES?
- CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE:
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ACT CANCELS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR EVENT IS CANCELLED?
INSURANCE / RISK ASSESSMENT
CHECK & CLARIFY DETAILS IN ADVANCE!
- HOW TO BOOK A MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT
- HOW CAN I FIND AND BOOK A MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT FOR AN EVENT NEAR ME?
WHAT WILL A MAGICIAN DO AT YOUR EVENT?
Magicians perform tricks and create visual illusions, using well-practiced sleight of hand. With a flick of the wrist, they can turn a twenty pound note into a fifty dollar bill, or make flowers disappear in a puff of smoke. They cause chairs to levitate and put their hands through solid objects. It’s simply not possible, and yet, there it is, in front of your very eyes.
Professional Magicians and Illusionists attend all kinds of events and whether they perform close-up or on stage, they do it with effortless elegance and panache. These highly skilled technicians leave guests astounded, amazed and awe-struck and they are also great at getting their audience involved. So, why not include some dazzling entertainment at your next event, and make it magical.
WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE MAGICIANS HIRED FOR?
Magicians are an ideal choice of entertainment for any event where you have an attentive audience. Magicians bring excitement and laughter to wedding receptions, birthday parties and even award ceremonies and corporate events that might otherwise be dull or awkward. They break the ice, get people involved and create a buzz that will be talked about for weeks to come.
If you’re putting on a brand event or taking part in a trade show, hiring a Close-up Magician is a great way to draw a crowd, entertain delegates and attract new clients. They can even customise their act to include your products, or use playing cards emblazoned with your logo, ready to hand out afterwards.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT FOR YOUR EVENT
If you want your guests to mingle at a wedding breakfast or evening dinner, a Close-up Magician will be a fantastic ice-breaker, moving from group to group providing thrilling walkabout entertainment.
To captivate your guests with something a bit more theatrical, hire a Cabaret Magician, and for a full-scale spectacular, an Illusionist will put on a stage show to really wow your audience.
If you’re entertaining children, a Children’s Magician will have a show that’s tailored to kids of different ages and will have them enthralled and in stitches!
You can search for a Magician or Illusionist in your area with our easy-to-use directory here at Entertainers Worldwide. We encourage you to browse our acts’ profiles where you can find out what type of events they perform at, view photos, watch showreels and read testimonials from previous bookers.
Many of our magic acts are members of the world’s premier magical society, The Magic Circle. This is a prestigious organisation and only the very best magicians gain entry, so this is the equivalent of a 5 star rating.
If you want a sure-fire way to get people mingling at your event, we recommend hiring a Close-up Magician. These skilled artists perform amazing tricks, flourishes and illusions that will leave your guests in utter disbelief, using small objects such as coins, banknotes, keys, cups, balls, ropes and other small objects.
Close-up Magicians add a dynamic element to your occasion, as they generally work around the room performing to small groups of guests. This is a fantastic ice-breaker at events where guests don’t necessarily know each other. As they hear gasps of amazement from across the room, they will want to come and investigate!
A Cabaret Magician puts on a full stage show, complete with music, lights, a fantastic array of props and maybe even a glamorous assistant. Expect classic magic, escape tricks, levitation, objects appearing out of nowhere, others disappearing only to reappear transformed into something completely different. A lucky few will be invited to participate, to the delight of the entire audience.
For a spectacular show that will leave guests transfixed by the seemingly impossible taking place before their very eyes, book one of our amazing Cabaret Magicians today. They are ideal for product launches or corporate party entertainment.
Martin John booked to perform a Comedy Cabaret Magic Show in London
Comedy Cabaret Magician
For an evening of magic, giggles and laughs, why not go for a Comedy Cabaret Magician. They will leave guests doubled over as impressive tricks are performed with cheeky comedy cabaret, or slapstick humour in the style of Tommy Cooper.
A Comedy Cabaret Magician combines both magic and comedy to put on a spectacular live show, using all sorts of objects such as coins, balls and playing cards, and they will get your guests involved too. This type of entertainer is perfect for weddings, corporate events and all kinds of parties.
A Children’s Magician is experienced at working with groups of children. Their shows are designed to appeal to a younger audience, with colourful props and plenty of humour, mixed in with awesome tricks. They are a popular choice of entertainment for kids and are guaranteed to bring laughter and excitement to any celebration.
At a birthday party, the birthday boy or girl will be invited to take part in some of the tricks and you can be sure that there will be plenty of laughs all round. Even better, you can relax and concentrate on other aspects of the party while your younger guests are transfixed by unbelievable tricks and illusions.
Children's Magicians also work well at grown-up events too, as a brilliant way to keep kids entertained. Older children will also enjoy the show, and may even get a rare glimpse into how some of the tricks are performed, if the entertainer is willing!
If you enjoy nerve-racking, death-defying stunts, this is the kind of magic for you!
Made famous by Harry Houdini in the 19th century, escapology is the art of escaping from a restraint or trap. Escape artists have to free themselves from a cage, steel box, fish tank or other confined space, often having been tied up first. The container may be burning or full of water, giving them just minutes in which to escape unharmed.
To give your guests a truly breathtaking experience, take a look at our Escape Artists.This is high-octane, hair-raising and totally riveting entertainment designed to have the audience on the edge of their seats.
Mentalist / Mind Reader
For something unusual and highly interactive, why not cause a stir and hire a Mentalist or Mind Reader. These magicians perform either on stage or for small groups, using telepathy and divination skills to make spooky predictions.
Mentalism has become hugely popular in recent years, thanks to television celebrities such as Derren Brown, and these performers will bend the minds of your guests, who will be dying to know how they make their predictions. Hire a Mentalist or Mind Reader for an experience that is guaranteed to be a talking point long after your event has ended.
Mentalists & Mind Readers amaze guests with their extraordinary mind-reading abilities, predicting which playing card someone will pick, anticipating what is inside an envelope and even guessing things about someone’s past that they didn’t even know themselves. This type of entertainment is a little controversial, which makes it the perfect ice-breaker!
A Mind Reader on Stage - One of the many types of magic & illusion acts available to book in London on Entertainers Worldwide
Quick Change Act
This is a show where performers use astonishing skill and technique to change costume again and again at high speed, resulting in hilarious scenes, bordering on slapstick. Combined with music, rapid dance routines and exciting magic tricks, it’s fast-paced, fun and something the whole family can enjoy.
Quick Change Acts are fantastic for after dinner shows, private parties, corporate entertainment and any occasion that calls for glitter, sparkle and explosive energy!
Add drama and suspense to any occasion with a Stage Illusionist. This type of magician performs elaborate tricks and daring illusions on a larger stage, often with the help of an assistant or two. Penn & Teller, Criss Angel and David Copperfield are examples of famous illusionists known for their mind-blowing stage shows.
From death-defying escapes to dramatic illusions, Stage Illusionists deliver spellbinding performances that will thrill audience members young and old, some of whom will even get to take part!
BOOKING A MAGICIAN FOR YOUR WEDDING
Booking a magician to perform at a wedding has become a very popular choice with couples. What an excellent way to entertain guests and add 'a touch of magic' to make your special day even more memorable. Guests of all ages will be delighted to see tricks right up close, leaving them astounded and impressed.
Wedding Day Entertainment
There will be times during the wedding day when the newly-weds are occupied with photos and other formalities. Booking a magician ensures that your guests aren’t left out, bored or unsure of what to do during this time. A magician can mix and mingle with guests and is a superb way to get conversation flowing.
Bridesmaids enjoying the fun provided by a wedding magician in London
Evening Party Entertainment
Most evening receptions involve music and dancing, with a live band or DJ to get the party started and keep the dancefloor full. In addition to the party music you might want to book something special to complete the celebrations.
A Close-up Magician is an affordable treat to have roaming around during the evening, delighting reception guests with a range of amazing magic tricks and they can usually work happily in a busy, noisy room, or entertain guests in a quieter area.
Keeping the Children Entertained
Don't forget that you can also hire a children's entertainer to keep the younger guests happy during your big day. Search our easy-to-use directory to find Children’s Magicians and Wedding Magicians.
We also have a wide selection of specialist Children's Entertainers to choose from, from Bubble Performers and Balloon Modellers, to Clowns and Face Painters. All have highly entertaining shows tailored for children and will have kids of all ages, laughing, joining in and even learning new things.
HOW MUCH DOES A MAGICIAN COST TO HIRE?
As a rough guide, prices for a Close-up Magician will start at £450 in the UK ($450 in the U.S. and 500€ in Europe). Stage Magicians charge a bit more than Close-up Magicians as they have more elaborate props and a longer set up time. Prices for Stage Magicians start at £550 in the UK ($550 in the U.S. and 620€ in Europe).
As with any entertainer, prices will be slightly higher at busy times such as Christmas and New Year and high-profile performers with extensive experience will cost more. For a celebrity magician, you can expect to pay at least £5000.
At Entertainers Worldwide, we advise paying for a reputable Magician who can be relied upon to deliver great entertainment as the focal point of your event. See our Essential Tips below for information on booking terms and conditions.
Magicians spend years studying and developing their technique, and they never stop working on their craft. They pay for teaching materials and courses. Then there’s the cost of props, equipment, marketing, costumes and travel. Magicians need to factor in their costs when setting their fees.
A professional Magician is a highly skilled technician who must be able to perform with confidence, keeping the audience glued to their every move. This takes years of practice and is the reason why an established, experienced performer can charge more than someone who is just starting out.
Magician prices here at Entertainers Worldwide vary, so we recommend taking a look through our easy-to-use directory, to search for an act in your area. You can then use the Contact form to message any act directly and request a free, no-obligation quote. You will find that some acts also add a rough price guide to their profile, which you can confirm when booking.
HOW LONG WILL THIER SETS BE?
The length of magic and illusion acts varies a lot, from an hour-long stage show to a captivating trick or stunt that last just a few minutes.
A Close-up Magician will usually perform for around two hours straight, working their way around the venue and ensuring that every guest gets to enjoy some magic. The amount of time they spend at each table or with each group will depend on how many people are there.
Many Magicians have set routines of different lengths and they will also be happy to adapt to your requirements, so feel free to discuss what you would like them to do at your event.
SUITABLE VENUES FOR MAGIC & ILLUSION ACTS
When choosing your venue, it’s important to consider the type of event you’re planning and what space and set up facilities you’ll need.
The main thing to think about here is the number of guests who will be attending your event and what they will be doing (standing, sitting, eating, dancing). The venue owner will usually be able to give you a rough guide on capacity..
Unless you’re hiring a Close-up Magician, you’ll need a floor or stage area with room for a table and props. It’s best to discuss specific requirements with your chosen Magician when booking as these will vary depending on the act and the occasion.
A cabaret magician with a table for props and a fairly traditional routine won’t need a huge amount of space, and will usually perform on floor level with the audience in rows or seated at tables. A feature-length, spectacular stage-show, complete with stunts and explosions, will require a stage and a lot more room.
EQUIPMENT & SET UP REQUIREMENTS
Close-up Magicians do not generally have a lot of equipment or set up requirements, if any. They carry their props in their pockets (and up their sleeves) and move around from group to group. They will usually arrive around 30 minutes before they are due to start performing, to smarten up and prepare.
Cabaret Magicians will usually need between 60 and 90 minutes to set up and get ready, depending on how many props they have. Stage Illusionists are likely to need at least 90 minutes to set up, as their shows are more elaborate and large-scale.
Magicians will provide all of their own props and equipment, and may have their own PA system and lighting but it’s best to ask them if there is anything they need, and let them know what facilities are provided by the venue.
Some magic tricks involve fire or smoke effects, so you will need to get permission for this from the venue and make sure they won’t set off smoke alarms.
Whatever the venue, large or small, indoors or outdoors, your Magician will need a flat, dry and suitably-lit area in which to set up and perform. If their act relies on electricity, they will also need a safe supply, including 13 amp power sockets near the stage area.
If your venue is outdoors, make sure the act is aware of this. Some acts may not be able to work outdoors, particularly in certain weather conditions.
If you’re hiring a magic act that uses a lot of props and equipment, make sure there is a parking space as close to the performance area as possible. This will allow them to unload and set up more easily.
While your performer may not be expecting the luxury of a fully-fitted dressing room, they will need somewhere private and away from the guests to get changed, prepare and and relax in between sets, ideally with a mirror.
A small lockable room or back office is often sufficient. Magicians will not want anyone seeing how they set up their ticks!
If they use live animals such as parrots, doves or rabbits as part of their routine, these will need a clean, safe space where they can be left when not on stage. Always check with your hired magician what backstage requirements they have.
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BOOKING A MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT
How far in advance should I book?
Popular Magicians get booked up months, and even years, in advance. Friday and Saturday nights are busy times and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve get booked up well in advance. So, for the best chance of getting your first choice of act on the date you need them, get your booking in nice and early!
Do I need to provide food?
A hired Magician may have travelled some distance to get to your event and has to find lots of energy to perform for your guests. For a day-time entertainer, you should provide soft drinks, water and tea or coffee, free of charge and something to eat if possible. For an evening performer, you should offer a decent meal.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Magicians will usually require a deposit of around 15-20% of the overall cost, in order to secure the booking. This protects them against lost income in the event of cancellation, and also gives you reassurance that you have a confirmed and committed booking.
Will I have to cover travel expenses?
These will usually be included in the quote you are given, as the Magician will need to calculate their travel costs, especially if they have far to travel.
Cancellation and Insurance
What happens if the act cancels?
Thankfully this rarely happens, but in the unlikely event that, due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the Magician you have booked is unable to perform for you as agreed, they should have a contingency plan. This will usually mean they send a similar act in their place, at no extra cost to you. For confirmation of this, you can check the Terms and Conditions in their contract.
What happens if our event is cancelled?
If you are in the unlucky position of having to cancel your event, there will be a cancellation fee. The amount payable is likely to increase the closer it gets to the date in question. For example, cancelling 90 days before the event might incur 75% of the overall fee, while cancelling less than 30 days prior might mean paying the entire sum.
These conditions should be laid out in the contract you receive when booking, so check before signing. If you have any reason to think your event may not go ahead as planned, it’s advisable to let your chosen act know as soon as possible.
Insurance / Risk Assessment
We would recommend that you check with your chosen Magician that any electronic equipment they are using is PAT tested (Portable Appliance Testing) so you know it’s safe to use.
Ideally, the act and the venue you’re hiring will have Public Liability Insurance. This covers you in the event of a claim, should any members of the public or guests be injured at your event, or any damage be caused to property.
If your Magician is a member of Equity, the main trade union representing live performers in the entertainment industry in the UK (or the American Guild of Variety Artists in the U.S.), this gives you extra reassurance that they are professional and trustworthy, fully insured and abiding by industry standard contracts.
When hiring a Children’s / Kids’ Magician, we recommend checking that they are DBS checked. It will usually state this on their profile and if not, you can ask.
Clarify in Advance!
When it comes to practicalities, it’s always best to discuss these ahead of time, to avoid any problems on the night. Whatever questions you have, however silly they might seem to you, you can bet they’ve heard them before, and worse! So don’t be shy to ask - good communication is the key to a great event.
HOW TO BOOK A MAGIC OR ILLUSION ACT
Firstly, take a look around our website EntertainersWorldwide, to view all of the Magic and Illusion Acts we have listed with us. You can read about their experience in their biographies, look at their pictures and watch video performances of their acts. A good magician will want to show off their talent, and will also provide numerous testimonials from previous satisfied customers.
If you would like to contact any of our acts with questions, or to request a free, no-obligation quote, simply use the Contact form on their profile page and they will get straight back to you!
Before booking, we always recommend that you speak with your chosen act either via telephone, Skype, Facetime or face-to-face, to make sure that you feel comfortable with them.
We pride ourselves on being one of the only entertainment directories that doesn’t act as an agent between acts and customers, so you deal direct with your chosen act and there are no added booking fees to pay!
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