Many people have questions when it comes to hiring a magician, having never booked one before. There are questions you should ask the performer and yourself before making your final decision. Also there are several pieces of information I like to get from my clients and agents before I send out a proposal.
1) How long have you been performing magic? Other clients/references? When it comes to corporate work ask the magician how many repeat clients they have. Any performer who is in high demand will have a lot of repeat clients. This tells you that the company was so thrilled with the quality of work the first time that they have booked the performer again and again. No performer should be reticent to provide references.
2) If booking close-up:
Do you perform card tricks?
Do you perform anything other than card tricks?
3) If booking ballroom/stage:
Do you perform illusions?
Do you need pipe and drape?
Do you need a stage with lights and sound?
What kind of preparation/dressing/facility will you require?
4) Are there any animals in the show? There can be small animals involved with a magic show. This should be discussed prior to the event.
5) Does the show use audience participation? Some of my shows will use people from the audience. If you want a trick done with a specific person from the audience, then I need to know if that person is out going or extremely shy. Just because the company wants that person on stage doesn’t mean they want to be on stage. There are always few outgoing individuals in the crowd willing to come on stage and help, and there are some people don’t like to go on stage. I NEVER make fun of anyone I bring up on stage unless the client has specifically requested some light hearted ribbing. But I have several routines that use a featured person to help on stage as well as a couple tricks where the person can remain seated in the audience if they don’t want to be on stage. Either way they will be the star of that trick.
6) Is the show age appropriate? Make sure that the performer is right for the event. You don’t want to book a clown for your awards banquet, nor do you want a late night comedy magician for your 6 year olds birthday party.
7) Is your show comedy magic or serious magic or a mix? There are different types of magic and finding the right style for your event helps to make sure you have the right performer.
8) What is your pay schedule? How much of a deposit does the magician require, and how much is refundable in the event of a cancellation? And should you wish to extend the performance(s) time, what would that cost? Is there a surcharge to bring additional equipment that may not be used?
9) If the magician you want is already booked will they recommend someone else? A good performer will always recommend other people for your event. If they are unwilling to provide you with other options, then they might not has been the perfect performer for you. Do some research online investigating performers. It only takes a moment to look up other performers and do a little comparison shopping. A good performer will give you the information you need to help you make a decision, even if the decision is not to go with them. Clients want an event to be fun and memorable for their guests. Therefore I feel it is my job to have the guests talking about that party and the magician for months afterward.
What To Ask The Magician