Hiring a magician can be a little daunting when there are so many to choose from and the price varies so much. Here a few things which you should consider when looking at the possibilities. |
The magicians CV Most magicians will have worked for a number of high profile companies. Logos of blue chip companies will probably be displayed on the website pages. Certainly this shows some credibility but what you really want to know is how many of those companies rebooked.
Look to see if there is any indication that performers have used them a second time. If a performer has been rebooked I'm sure the magician will emphasise it.
The Pictures When hiring a magician, always look at the pictures. Do you see lots of smiling faces? Good magicians are aware that it is not the magic that sells but the impression it has on your guests.
Beware of websites full of pictures of the magician themselves. In these cases you are most likely looking at a performer who is self obsessed. Magicians with action shots showing the effect of their performance on an audience are more likely to be professionally aware.
Hiring a Magician with Awards Most magicians have won an award at some point in their career. Many magicians have won high profile awards and make the most of them on their websites. I too have won a number but I don't think they automatically prove a high level of excellence.
Magic competitions are rather subjective! Often magicians perform tricks which entertain or fool magicians but are not particularly entertaining for the public. Although a string of awards may show a level of dedication it may not necessarily transfer into entertainment.
Video When hiring a magician video becomes very important. Any good magician will cut the video to make the performance look as good as possible. However a lot can be gleaned from a show reel. How do the guests appear during the performance? Can you imagine the magician fitting into your event of party?
Talking on the phone If you are considering hiring a magician then I would always advise you to pick up the phone. Make sure you get along. It is very easy to use the convenience of email but a good chat will tell you a lot.
Conclusion Light entertainment is very subjective. Many house hold names, in the industry, only appeal to small sections of the population. So hiring a magician really comes down to personal taste. Try to learn as much as you can about the performers you are considering and try and imagine them attending your event.
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