Tips on how to hire a magician
There’s one way to make your event truly magical – hire a magician! Whether you are planning a kids’ party, corporate event, or wedding, magicians can truly add something special to your event. But, there are lots of magicians out there – each with different styles and specialties. Finding the right fit for an event certainly takes time. Here are some tips that can help you to find the performer that fits your needs:
Know Your Audience
When selecting a magician, you should first think about the event you are hosting. Are you looking for a magician to perform at a child’s birthday party? Or are you looking for someone to amaze and interact with your co-workers and clients? These details play a role in your search. It’s important to know which type of magic you’re looking for from your performer. Some magicians specialize in close-up magic and can stroll from guest to guest at a party, while others will perform a more formal stage-magic show. There are adult and/or corporate magicians and there are children’s magicians. You wouldn’t want to accidentally hire a birthday party magician to perform for your top corporate clients.
Do Your Research
When you start your search for a magician – visit performer profiles and get to know what they have to offer. Clients should really do their homework and research before they even call an entertainer. They should only consider hiring magicians or other types of entertainers who have performance videos and testimonials on their websites. Reading client reviews on a performer’s profile is a very important step in the search process. Make sure to look at reviews that are appropriate to your event type. As suggested, you should also watch videos of the magician and view their pictures. If you would like more footage or additional references, you can always ask the performer to provide you with more information.
Considerations for the Kids
If you are hiring a magician for a children’s event, you will likely have concerns about inviting a performer (who you don’t know) around your kids. Many clients may be looking for entertainment for their children, and we all know our children are our most valuable possessions. You will want to find out if the magician you are considering is someone who works well with kids and can keep their attention for longer than 15 minutes. You also want the performer to be someone who is very trustworthy. Before you let anyone around your children you should know a little about who they are as a person. Ask for references from schools and day care centers.
Professionals Only Please
When a client is considering hiring a magician they should pay very close attention to the length of time the performer has been doing magic professionally. It’s not hard to go online and buy some magic props, but crafting routines and magic effects that will make your events amazing, fun and interactive take a lifetime of experience. Also, when a performer has worked hundreds of different types of events you can be confident that he or she will be able to adapt to your needs and deal with any changes or issues that come up at the event. You should also ask any magician you are considering hiring if they are insured. The truth is, about 80% of entertainers are NOT insured. In my opinion, it’s not worth the risk of hiring someone who is not insured. It is common practice for entertainers to be insured with at least some liability insurance. Live entertainers are working with props and people at your event, and though we don’t like to think of it, accidents can happen! When the entertainer is insured you have less to worry about and everyone is covered and can feel safe. It will give you piece of mind when hiring the entertainer.
When you have narrowed down your magician selection, you should contact them for a price quote. At that point the magician will contact you and set up a time to discuss your event in greater detail. Before you speak to the performer, you should have a list of questions ready, so you don’t forget any important details.
- Tell us about your show, what type of show can we expect?
- What types of magic do you perform?
- What effects or type of magical effects will you be performing?
- How long have you been performing professionally?
- Are you a full time professional performer?
- How many shows a year do you perform?
- Where can we see you or where can we see video of you?
- Do you do anything special for the guest of honor?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- Can you provide references?
You should feel free to ask the performers you are considering anything that crosses your mind. The more information you have, the higher the chances are of you finding the perfect fit for your event. When you are ready to book, make sure you get everything in writing with an entertainment contract. It’s the best way to safeguard your event.
If you need help finding a performer for your event you can reach out to us by calling +65 8188 2717 or emailing .