So, you’re throwing a party and have decided to make it an extra special event by hiring a magician. From business banquets to birthdays, a magician is always a great idea, and in recent years magicians have been making a comeback. The right magician will mystify your guests and have them talking about your event for months to come — just ask Kanye West. When you go to search online for a magician for your party, you’re bound to be inundated with ads and results. Here are six tips to cut through the clutter and find a magician who will truly make your party shine.
Think about your audience
First and foremost, it’s important to think about your audience and the type of party you are throwing. Different magicians will be a better fit for different events, so one way you can begin to narrow your search is to decide what type of magician fits your party. If you’re looking at magicians for birthday parties, you’ll probably want to consider a magician who specializes in a humorous act that can be performed for your child and all of their friends at the same time. However, if you’re looking for a magician to perform during your nonprofit’s cocktail hour at an important gala, it may make more sense to find a magician who performs close-up magic and can perform as they mill about your guests.
Look for professionals
This should go without saying, but is important: Make sure you are hiring a professional magician and not an amateur. What’s the difference? While anyone can buy and learn a few magic tricks online, professional magicians have years of experience performing and honing their routine. This refinement and familiarity with their act will have major dividends at your party. Should something unpredictable happen, a professional magician will be able to handle the situation with finesse, whereas an amateur may flop. Finding a professional through a talent agency or other party event company can be a great way to quickly find magicians who have already been vetted by another person.
Do your homework
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of options to a few possibilities, start doing more in-depth research. Most magicians should have some kind of web presence, be it a website, videos on YouTube, or both. Engage with this content. Are you impressed with their resume and work history? Do you like the kind of tricks they perform, and their stage persona? There’s nothing wrong with narrowing your search by trusting your gut. After all, if you’re excited by the magician, your party guests most likely will be, too.
After you’ve determined which magicians you’re interested in hiring, make sure that you speak with each of them about your party. While talking to them, ask any questions you may have about the specifics of your event. For example, you may want to know if they can do anything special for the birthday girl or boy. Ask about these kinds of things prior to signing any contract. Here are some other questions you’ll want to ask the magician:
- How early do you arrive?
- What do you do when you’re late?
- How long have you been performing?
- What sort of show do you generally do for events like this?
- Do you have any references, both from other professionals and from past clients?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Asking these questions is a simple yet effective way for you to learn more about the magician you’re considering hiring, while giving each an opportunity to learn more about you.
Know the warning signs
You may notice plenty of red flags when speaking with a magician on the phone; however, here are some other warning signs you should be wary of. First, if the magician doesn’t have a web presence, especially videos, you should consider that a major warning sign. In this day and age, websites are so simple to create that there’s almost no excuse for any professionals not having websites to promote themselves. Additionally, if any of your magician’s references raise concerns, it may warrant another phone call to hear their side of things. Finally, if the magician you’re looking at gives you a rate that seems too good to be true, it probably is. A professional magician knows their worth; especially in the world of event performing, you get what you pay for.
Understand your agreement
One of the final things that you should consider when hiring a magician for your party is how clear your contract is. Understanding the terms and conditions of your agreement ensures that you and your talent are on the same page before, during, and after the event. Simple things like how much of a deposit is required, when final payment is due, and where there is the potential for any extra charges all should be clearly spelled out in your agreement. If they aren’t, ask your magician to put these things in writing — it could save you a major headache down the line.
Follow these tips, and you’re sure to find a great magician who helps take your party to the next level.