If you are looking for a Close-up Magician for your Wedding you might be wondering how much it will cost .
I realize, that you want your Wedding to be perfect and hiring a Wedding Magician is not something you do every day. Below you will find information not only about prices of Wedding Magic in the UK but also what you can expect from an entertainer and what to be beware of when looking for a conjuror for your Big Day! Let’s get started.
When looking for a Magician for your wedding beware of:
♠ Lack of testimonials
♠ Lack of photos and videos on the website (see gallery on top of the screen)
♠ Suspiciously low prices
The points above are signals that often suggest the entertainer does not have experience necessary to contribute to your event. Magician should be able to help break the ice, make people relax and enjoy theirselves while you are busy for example taking photos. The last thing you want is an amateur with no professional personality who may be planning to show your guests a couple of tricks your granddad once taught you!
Five factors that affect the price of a magician:
♠ Type of entertainment
♠ Illusionist’s experience
♠ Location of your wedding
♠ Date and time of the performance (peak/off peak times)
♠ Number of guests to entertain
What do I mean by the “Type of entertainment”?
Before contacting a magician you should decide what type of magician do you want and when you wish him to perform.
I prepared a short list for you to consider:
Children/Adults – Who will the magician entertain?
Although most professional magicians who work at the weddings focus on entertaining adults, some of them (including me) are capable of getting the interest of your younger guests.
Decide if you want your magician to be a Magician (David Blaine/Dynamo) or a Mind Reader (Derren Brown).
Some magicians specialize in one type of magic (like card magic only) and some are more versatile.
Although I call myself a Sleight of Hand artist (which is my speciality) I also have experience in reading minds.
Then you will have to decide on the type of show you would like to book:
♠ Mix & Mingle Magic – Most popular form of Wedding Magic in 2012. A form of Close-up entertainment. Magician performs whilst people are standing in groups and often pretends to be a regular guest until the moment when he does something amazing.
♠ Close-up Show – Another form of Close-up entertainment. The Illusionist sets up a booth where he performs his routines for a set amount of time. People are free to come over and enjoy the magic whenever they feel like doing it.
♠ Table Hopping – The performer presents short magical routines when people are sitting at tables during the wedding breakfast. The magician entertains a table at a time, between courses.
♠ Cabaret Magic – Magician performs on stage to an audience. This is a perfect choice if you only have a short time frame for an entertainer. This can work well during the evening reception as a bit of light relief for everyone.
So what is the base price for a magician you are looking at?
If you are looking for quality, you should expect to pay between £250 and £600 for two hours of Close-up magic. Cabaret magic requires a different setup and the prices may differ.
A deposit in the range of 20% up front with the balance on the day or after the performance is normal.
If anyone quotes you below £250 for 2h of magic at your wedding, please be careful. You might get a bargain from an amateur who is looking for experience. I believe, that for your wedding you should get a seasoned professional who has performed at weddings for a number of years and knows how the day works and what to expect.
On the other end, if someone quotes you over £600 to perform magic at your reception – he is probably trying it on or is a celebrity.
For a fair quote to have a magician at your wedding:
PS. I am always happy to meet you up for a coffee and do a live demonstration!
About the author: Radek Makar is a UK based, full time magician and marketing professional. He provides creative consultancy services to corporations, helping develop engaging business presentations and generate leads at trade shows. Radek also provides live close-up and stage entertainment for private and corporate clients around the world. Find him on Google+