As a close-up magician, I love engaging with my audience. Whether it’s during events and performances, or answering questions and indulging their curiosity—interacting with people is what I do best.
Being an entertainer means I get all sorts of questions related to magic. And while some of them ask common questions like, “How did you do that one trick?” some of them are curious about booking, scheduling and budget negotiations.
So I’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help potential clients and readers get a gist of how the magic industry operates. Hopefully these FAQs help clear any misunderstandings and appease your curiosity. So let’s begin:
Question # 1: Do You Perform For Birthday Parties and Kids?
This is a commonly asked question and the answer is—unfortunately—no, I don’t. While I love kids, I’m a close-up magician and only work for formal events such as weddings, corporate events, office parties and fundraiser parties.
There are several types of magic performances and some are created for the purpose of entertaining children. Close-up magicians cater to adult audiences where the tricks are more advanced. Some are also personalised where during weddings, the bride and groom get a special card with their names engraved.
Question # 2: How Much Do You Charge?
Charges depend on the type of event you are holding and how long that event will last. Weddings are longer so they can be pricier than a corporate event or fundraising party. However, keeping your budget in mind, I do my best to accommodate my clients.
But the cost always depends on the package you are opting for and whether or not I will have to travel to a faraway place.
Question # 3: What Kind of Tricks Do You Perform?
While this also depends on the occasion, most of my tricks are planned and selected before the start of the event.
If there is a special trick you would like me to perform, I will be happy to oblige. One of my main tricks includes illusionary tricks involving cards. I believe these help me get the best reactions out of guests.
Question # 4: I’m an Amateur Close-Up Magician. How Do I Engage My Audience?
You’ve probably heard this before but practice, practice and practice. It’s not just about the tricks you use but how you communicate with the audience. If you’re out there standing with a poker face, no matter how good you are, your performance will be lackluster.
Connect with the audience, crack jokes and go up to random individuals and interact with them while you perform a trick!
Question # 5: What Will Your Performance Bring to My Event?
While live bands and clowns are popular, close-up magic is table magic that is no more than ten feet away from the audience. This means that they get to see magic up-close. Not only will this be entertaining, your audience will not know what hit them!
It’s a form of unpredictable entertainment where your guests will not know what to expect. You have the element of surprise!
I’m Noel Qualter, a close-up magician who has performed at various weddings, corporate events and fundraisers. I’ve performed for clients like Nintendo, Channel 4, and the BBC. If you’re looking for a magician in London, feel free to contact me today for booking information.