How to hire the best UK magician for your function
How to hire the right UK based magician
If you're reading this, chances are you are already searching the web for a UK magician to hire. Here's a list of what to look at before you hire a magician.
(If you haven't done so already, you may also want to read about the different ways that you can use the magicians you hire.)
- Cast a careful eye over any quotes from previous clients who hired the magician. Are they from recognised and reputable UK companies or could they just be gathered from friends and family?
- The ability to astonish should come as standard, but you need to make sure the references show that the magician you hire also has the personality to interact with your guests. Look for someone who is more than just astonishing - hire a magician who is entertaining and, moreover, enjoyable to be around.
- If you are in any way unsure, ask to see a copy of original references, rather than just relying on quotes from a website, as these could be easily manufactured. If you still aren't sure, ask for a verbal reference from a client who has hired the magician previously.
- Plenty of positive references show that you're looking at a magician with broad experience. It can be a good idea to hire a magician who has worked UK-wide and, ideally, internationally because this usually shows a depth of experience.
- You may also want to consider whether the magician is a full time performer. While there are a number of very good part-timers in the UK who shouldn't be overlooked, the fact that a magician is a full-time performer will generally act as a good indicator of experience and ability. You can't always glean this from a website so it's a good idea to ask.
- Look to hire a magician with experience in your sort of event. For example, some specialise in close up magic for adult audiences in hospitality situations. Others have a more general approach, performing at children's parties, as a speaker, on stage, etc. Each of these different performing situations requires different skills and abilities, especially when it comes to audience interaction. Be sure that the references that you rely on relate to events and functions similar to the one you are holding.
- Consider what will work well for you. Some acts are based on poking fun at the audience, but, for your event, consider whether it may be more appropriate to hire a magician who creates fun for your guests and maintains a more relaxed atmosphere.
- If you will have a wide variety of guests at your event, hire a magician with references that indicate a breadth of appeal. Conversely, if your guests are quite similar, for example in age group or background, you may want to hire a magician with references that relate to that particular type of guest or function.
- It is a good idea to hire a magician who is a member of a recognised national or international magical organisation such as The Magic Circle. The Magic Circle, in particular, insists on members being tested by examination before being allowed to join. However, don't make membership of such an organisation the sole basis of your decision - this simply indicates a basic level of technical ability. The above information shows how to look at experience, personality and performance style.
- You may wish to meet with a magician before you hire them. While this can be a good idea, it is important to remember that you will be dealing with a busy professional entertainer who may well have to travel some way in order to meet with you. Most will be happy to do this provided that the travel and time involved in an initial meeting is reflected in the final fee if you go on to hire them.
About Mark Cairns
This advice was developed by Professional Magician Mark Cairns. Mark is the ideal magician to hire, with over ten years experience as a full-time performer in the UK. A specialist close up magician for adult audiences, Mark uses his skills at corporate events, providing entertainment at weddings and at private parties. Mark is a UK member of The Magic Circle.
Contact Mark today to make this year's event a big success!
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