What are the types of venues and events that can make use of a Roving Magician?
Last week I performed close up magic at 3 different events and each of them was set up differently.
The first engagement was a performance for Givenchy at Bar Rouge. It was basically a cocktail event leading up to the launch of a new product. The client asked me to involve some of their items into the performance. I created an effect using a make-up container inside which a freely selected card appeared. Typically for an event like this is that the magician works for small groups of people and the performance is usually about 5 minutes. The performance does not require any setup and it is ideal for events where the show is not a highlight but an addon to support the theme.
The second engagement was a performance at an award dinner at the Marriott Hotel. I was hired to perform in between the 4-course dinner. The difference to the cocktail event before is that one can cover more guests in the same period of time. At a banquet each table seats on average 10 people. In an hour, about 6-7 tables can be covered which means one performer can be used for 120-140 guests. The performer is also able to do a complete mini act of 8-10 minutes for each table, which give the guests a feeling of a personalized performance.
The last engagement was at a restaurant at Chijmes. The dinner was held in a private room at the restaurant. I was engaged to perform a formal 30-minute close-up after-dinner show for an audience of about 50 guests. Usually, the performance takes place after the main course or dessert. This type of show requires more planning but in my opinion, it is the most memorable option of all.
Event Entertainment Roving Magic
When it comes to event entertainment roving magic, also called strolling magic, close-up walk around or sometimes street magic seems to be a very popular option for cocktail events, private or corporate dinner parties.
What are the advantages of a roving magician?
Your guests will socialize better because magic is a great conversation starter. People that don’t know each other will talk about what they have just seen. It is also a good way to get different groups together.
Your guests are given the opportunity to socialize, not just to see a performance. Unlike a stand-up show or illusion show roving magic does not interrupt the flow of the event. It doesn’t require the attention of the entire audience but only of the group that is currently involved in the presentation.
The performance is personlized and your guests will have more fun getting their own show. Usually the magic happens in their hands.
There is no additional costs for a stage, lights and sound equipment. Roving magic can be done almost anywhere, under almost any conditions.
Finally it is possible to customize the effects to involve for example your company name and logo or message. For private events e.g. birthday parties or anniversaries a message can be included leaving the main person or couple with unique souvenir.
How long is a performance? Typically 5-10 minutes per group
How many people can be you perform for? As a ballpark, at a cocktail event about 40-50 people can be covered in one hour. At a sit down dinner (tables of 1o) about 60-70 per hour
Can this also be used for a small group of 5-20 people? I would recommend to do a close-up show of about 25 minutes for the entire group.
Below are pictures taken at a recent performance. It was required to perform during the cocktail hour and later at the dinner in between courses.
Roving magic HSBC – Singapore 7
Event: April 28, 29 Singapore Seven Rugby Tournament – HSBC Hospitality suite
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium – HSBC hexagon suite
Package: Roving Magic
Last weekend I was performing a roving magic Marathon at the Singapore 7 rugby tournament. 8 hours of magic in 2 days. It was a lot of fun and just when I thought I would not handle playing cards for the next couple of days, I received a message from a friend of mine that a famous close-up magician from the US was in Singapore and a session would take place at a hotel close to my apartment. Well, my wife knows that I am obsessed. I spent another 3 hours at the session. I just love what I do.
Birthday Party Magician Singapore
Event: Oct 14 – Private events – 55 Guests
Venue: Timbre @ The Arts House
Package: Close Up – Roving Magic
I was booked to entertain at 40th birthday party. It was an outdoor event, the couple was from Australia and the party was themed to wear something related to Australia. I forgot to check with the organizer regarding the ‘dress code’ before the performance and felt slightly overdressed. The performance went great but I would have preferred to perform in Jeans and T-Shirt…
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Magician Birthday Party
- Event: Birthday Party for Deutsche Bank VP, 60 guests – Oct 1
- Venue: Cricket Club Singapore
- Package: Close-Up Magic
I was invited to perform close-up magic at a 50th birthday party at the Singapore Cricket Club. The theme was the best of British. You could find remakes of Amy Winehouse, Ozzy Osbourne… and Ali G.
Roving Magician Birthday Party
- Event: Birthday Party for Deutsche Bank VP, 30 guests – September 30
- Venue: Southbridge Bar
- Package: Close-Up Magic