How much does it cost to hire a wedding magician?

How much does it cost to hire a wedding magician?

That’s a hard question to answer. How long is a piece of string?

For your big day, you want everything to go perfectly. This is not an annual event after all, but the most important day of your life and the pinnacle of months of preparation. It has to be right.

When booking your wedding magician, there are a number of factors to consider:
 Distance.
 Type of Performance.
 Duration.
 The Date and Time of the Event.
 The Number of Guests.
 The Performer’s Experience

All professional magicians are prepared to travel a remote location. Obviously, the further away your venue, the greater the cost of hiring your chosen entertainer.

Type of Performance
Different weddings require different types of entertainment, and a wedding magician can offer a range of magic shows to fit your needs. Magicians can be cheeky and chatty, or formal and silent. Some perform mentalism routines, astounding your guests with their mind reading skills, whilst others specialise in ropes and cards or just use the items off the dining tables.

A professional performer will be able to help you decide what is best for your particular wedding reception. Having decided on the style with them, you may also find that the wedding magician can perform their routines in a number of ways:
 A Table-Hopping magician will entertain your guests, between courses, while they are seated at a formal dinner. They are adept at performing, whilst not obstructing any catering staff from performing their job.
 Mix & Mingle magic is a very popular approach for any event where people are standing in groups. Often, the magician will appear to be another guest before unexpectedly performing their routines.
 With a Close-up Show the magician will perform close up magic in a set location, performing his routines as people approach. This is a popular option for those wishing a less intrusive form of magical entertainment.
 A Cabaret Show occurs on the stage or dance floor, where the guests would sit and watch a set-length performance – usually 45 minutes to an hour.

A typical wedding magician will, depending on the type of entertainment you’re looking for, perform for 2-3 Hours.

The Date and Time of the Event
Simply put, some days are more expensive than others. Booking your magician on Christmas Day is going to cost you a lot more than booking them on a chilly Tuesday evening in April. But then again, you’ve already found that out with the caterers, the DJ and the ice carving delivery service.

The Number of Guests
With a larger reception, the wedding magician will have to prepare a lot more routines and perform for a longer period, to ensure that all your guests have been fully entertained.

The Performer’s Experience
This is possibly the most important factor when choosing the right wedding magician for your reception. A professional close-up magician will typically charge between £250 and £650 for their services, depending on the requirements listed above. A cabaret act’s prices, with all their ‘big box’ illusions, may differ.

Hunting around, you can possibly find cheaper, but you are taking the risk of hiring someone who ‘knows a few tricks’, rather than a full-time, dedicated professional. It’s like letting your ‘friend’s kid brother’ do the music, you may pay less in cash, but ultimately, it could cost you a lot more.

Gary Schiffman

Author: Gary Schiffman

Gary Schiffman is an Award Winning, International Close-up Magician, with his unique brand of magic Gary is the ideal entertainment for your function or event.