I have worked as a close-up magician for over 15 years, performing for numerous weddings, corporate and private events. Throughout that time, I’ve gathered my own small treasure trove of information on what potential clients should keep in mind when hiring magicians.
Here, I present some advice that I think will help you hire just the right close-up magician for your special event.
What You Should Know
·Go for the Professionals
This may seem obvious – but it’s not always so! Clients have come to me so many times with horror stories about amateurs ruining their events.
Don’t fall for the cheap rates. If you want a high-class show, hire a professional magician who can deliver that. Look through their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Check their reviews and ask other clients what they found lacking if a review says so. Don’t hire substandard entertainment to save a bit of cash.
·Match the Magician for Your Event
For smaller events (less than 300 guests), close-up magic is the best option for entertainment. This type of magic is strolling magic so the magician will be able to roam among the guests and entertain small groups as he or she moves around the room. They would require no spotlight or backdrops for their performance. If you have a massive party or event, you’d be better off reserving a portion of your budget for a stage magician.
·Check their Website
As a magician I understand the power of first impressions. This is why I maintain a website and offer as much information as possible so clients can make their hiring decision with all the facts at their disposal. If a close-up magician has a poorly designed website or no website at all, that suggests that they don’t consider themselves to be a working professional.
·Search for Evidence of Quality
An experienced magician provides videos and testimonials on their site to present a real picture to potential clients. Check promo reels and video footage on the magician’s website and YouTube and watch closely. Watching clips of them performing will show you not only if they are skilled, but also if they will be a match for your particular event.
Hiring a Close-up Magician
With 10 years of experience under my belt, I can safely say that I’ve had my fair share of events to work with.
Close-up magic is very versatile and I can customise it to fit any event. Hire me and add that special touch of magic to make the occasion even more special!