Are you thinking about hiring
a wedding magician for your big day? Have you ever considered it? These days’
magicians are becoming more and popular at weddings as they can help to break
the ice on the big day.
For a lot of people the last time they wanted
a magician at their party was when they were 8 years old but magicians don’t just
work for children. Adults “know” it isn’t “real magic” but if the performer does
his job right he can bring about the childlike state of wonder in an adult. A
good magician can bring you right back to experience the fuzzy feeling you had
as a kid when your grandfather pulled a coin out of your ear. Close-up magic is
most often seen at weddings for a number of reasons. Close-up magic at weddings
can be broken into 2 related areas: Strolling Magic or Table Magic.
Magic is when the magician mingles amongst the guests performing miracles
with borrowed objects and simple objects he has on him. He works without a table
and uses people hands when he needs to. This is an excellent choice if all the
guests will be standing with drinks and eating finger food.
of close-up magic that is closely related to strolling magic is table magic. Table
magic is performed between the courses at dinners, wedding breakfasts, balls
and banquets. You are more likely to see a short (between 3 – 8 minutes) mini
cabaret act that has a structured feel to it. The magician may use the table but
it will be as unobtrusive as possible because at weddings there is a premium on
table real estate.
There are different times when a magician can perform
during the big day.
The post ceremony photographs
can take a couple of hours before the meal starts. Not everybody will be involved
with the majority of the snaps and this is a great time for magic to keep the
guests entertained before the meal
During the Meal
is also a perfect addition to the wedding breakfast working between courses. People
feel compelled to open up after they have witnessed the impossible. It helps to
bring people together who may have only met for the first time when they sit down
at the table a few moments before.
is great at the start of the evening reception for an hour or two before the sherry
sets in. Just as the evening guests arrive is the perfect time as the music isn't
in full swing and people may be standing around awkwardly and looking to be brought
into a group.
When choosing a professional magician for a wedding it is
important to choose wisely as in any industry there are “cowboys”.
you may like to ask any prospective performer you are engaging are...
How long have you been a professional? Some magicians may seem great on paper
but as all know paper doesn’t refuse ink. Experience is the key in this industry
so make sure they have cut their teeth and can prove it.
Can I see you
perform? To see them live may be very if they work mainly at weddings, it’s very
unlikely you would be able to see him work at another wedding although this is
sometimes possible. There is a strong chance you could see him work at another
type of event if he works shows for the public at hotels, bars and restaurants.
Have you got a brochure/video I can see?
Most professional performers
will have promotional kits including photographs, video and brochure. A good promo
kit doesn’t mean they are a good magician, it may just mean they know somebody
who works at a printing press. A cheap and tatty looking promo kit doesn’t definitely
mean the performer is bad, but it does show a lack of professionalism and that
is a warning sign. In this day and age some performers have no hard copy for promotional
use as it dates so quickly so there website acts as the brochure. If the website
looks like it was made from cut outs of magazines then they are not interested
in making a good first impression. Would you trust somebody who didn’t make a
good first impression at your wedding?
Does the price include VAT and
any other charges?
When in negotiations don’t forget to clarify if there
as any other expense other than fee quoted.
What magic tricks do you do?
You should be able to gain a good idea of the style of the magician from any online
or hardcopy brochure but if you want to know what kind of effects he/she performs
– go ahead and ask!
Are you a member of any magic societies or performer
Many magicians will be members of different magic clubs around
the world. In the UK the most prestigious is the The Magic Circle and in the US
they maybe a member of the IBM or the Magic Castle. In the UK you will find many
magicians are members of Equity the performers union which is another sign of
Have you got any referees I could phone?
This may seem like a reasonable question but a lot of magician’s work mainly in
the corporate area and are not permitted to pass out the contact details of their
bookers. You should be able to see testimonials and letters from clients on the
websites/brochures. Of course the best way is personal recommendation; ask friends
if they have ever hired a magician.
Have you got public liability insurance?
This is crucial. The magician will be in close contact to your guests and maybe
borrowing objects from them for effects. You don’t want to end up with a magician
who isn’t covered!