How to Hire a Magician for Your Next Event
Looking to liven up your next corporate event or trade show? Is it hard to hire a magician? Nope. Where do you find just the right magician for your next event? No matter what type of event you’re planning – no matter how big or small – follow a few simple tips to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch.
Tips to get you started
Before looking for a magician, decide what type of magic show you’d like. Unless you personally know a magician, your computer should be your first choice when it comes to focusing your search for a magician. For example, you can type in the term magician plus your geographical region, no matter how large or small your community.
You can also contact local event planners. However, this approach can cost some money, especially if you hire them to find the magician and plan the event. Before you sign on the dotted line though, make sure they’re certified and experienced.
Choosing your magician
When narrowing down your search for magicians, take the time to look at their websites. After you’ve located several, check them out online. Their websites should provide adequate information to describe the type of services and shows they offer. Some have videos on their website or you can find them on sites like YouTube. Videos are a very useful tool to see the magician’s style and ability to connect with a variety of audience types.
To simplify your search, select your top 3 to 5 favorites and go from there when it comes to contacting – through emails, phone calls, or booking agencies. It is recommended that you call and talk to the magician in person. This one of the best methods to get specific information as well as to get a “feel” for that magician.
When it comes to pricing, you’ll have to be specific as to what you want and the venue setup. Remember, we can do magic, but we can’t read your mind! If you’re not quite sure, just say so. However, do try to have an idea about the size of the crowd, the venue, and how much time you want to give the magician. This is important information when it comes to providing a quote.
Last but not least, get the contract details in writing, as well as terms for hiring. Do you have to give a deposit? How much? Does the magician have liability insurance (just in case)? What type (if any) services will incur an extra charge or two? What happens if the event goes over time – which can happen when audience and guests are having so much fun – will that cost extra?
In addition to tips for finding and choosing a magician, it’s also important to know what to watch out for. For example, don’t just focus on price, focus on quality, services, and entertainment value. Does the magician have a good reputation? Good feedback?
The best way to find that information is to access the magician’s website. If they don’t have one or they’re just listed under the local Yellow Pages or on a booking site, move on.
As mentioned before, videos are an important aspect in choosing the right magician for your event. A brief video is all you need to see how the magician performs and the quality of his or her act.
While it’s not difficult to hire a magician, a little homework is involved. By following these tips, you’ll have success in hiring a magician that your guests will remember for a long time to come.