Hiring a Magician for your Wedding or Corporate Event – FAQ
Hiring a magician for your wedding or corporate event is a fantastic way to make your special day or event even more memorable for you and your guests, but there are a number of things to consider before you take the plunge and part with your hard earned cash.
If you’re looking to hire a magician for your event then you’ve probably got a few questions as to how it works, and where a magician fits into your plans.
On this FAQ page I’ve tried to answer a few of the more common questions people have.. I’m nice like that.
What type of magic do you perform?
My expertise is in close up magic, also known as table magic or mix and mingle magic. I can move between groups of guests as they stand, such as during a drinks reception, or can perform to groups of people sat around a table for a meal. I am completely flexible and work closely with all of my clients to ensure their exact requirements are met.
How long should I book a magician for?
This varies depending on the number of guests that you have, and other time constraints on your day. I am happy to discuss your plans with you and make recommendations to suit. A usual rule of thumb is 2 hours per 70 – 100 + guests.
How far are you willing to travel?
I am available for hire across the whole of the UK, and indeed regularly travel the length and breadth of the country to perform at weddings, Corporate events & Private engagments. There are no extra or hidden costs, and the price is the same regardless of where your event is taking place.
Are you a member of The Magic Circle?
Yes I am. There are a number of regional magical societies across the UK that use the term ‘magic circle’, but THE Magic Circle is the most prestigious magic society in the world, and I am honoured not only to be a member, but a Member of the Inner Magic Circle (MIMC) with Gold Star for performing ability, this is the highest award possible in The Magic Circle and only obtainable by personal invitation of the president, it’s also limited to 300 worldwide.
Membership of The Inner Magic Circle is a mark of true performing excellence, and with only 300 members worldwide, including great magicians such as Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield, this is something that I am incredibly proud of.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes, I am a member of Equity, and have £10million of Public Liability Insurance. Most venues insist on this nowadays. (I’m happy to email you or your venue a PLI certificate if needed).
Why should I book a magician for my wedding?
A Bella wedding online survey showed that 78% of brides wish they’d made their wedding entertainment their highest priority, and nearly 100% said they wish they had spent more of their budget on their entertainment.
Hiring a close up magician is a truly unique way to entertain your guests, keeping them talking about YOUR special day for months and years to come! It’s a perfect way to help your guests relax, and, most of all, enjoy themselves!
The very nature of weddings also means that there is a lot of ‘down time’, where the bride and groom are busy having photos taken and the guests are in limbo between the pre reception drinks, the photos and wedding breakfast. This is an ideal time to hire a wedding magician to entertain your guests.
There are a lot of magicians out there, why should I hire Will Gray?
Whoever you hire for your wedding or event is going to be let loose amongst your guests, so you need to make sure that you make the right choice! You also need to be confident that whoever you hire will turn up, on time, and give a professional service befitting your big day. Ultimately whoever you book is representing YOU!
I pride myself on the level of service that I offer to all of my clients, 75% of my bookings are from previous clients and word of mouth, I aim to make your event as memorable as possible. From initial contact I work closely with the bride and groom or client to ensure they get EXACTLY what they want, and believe that my membership of both The Magic Circle and Equity offers a great deal of peace of mind that your guests are in great hands, enabling you to relax that little bit more on your big day.
Should I check Social Media?
In this day and age its always a good idea to check magicians Facebook and Twitter pages. Not only will this give you a good idea of what the magician is like you will also see if there going to embarrass you or your event socially.
How much does hiring a magician cost?
If you’ve been searching the internet for a wedding or corporate magician you’ve probably already realised that there is a huge difference in the prices being quoted.
Like everything in life it is very rare that the cheapest you can find is also the best, and you invariably do get what you pay for. But by the same token you can also pay over the odds and not feel like you received value for money. Hiring a magician to entertain your guests is no different.
For example be very wary if a magician is offering to entertain your wedding guests for 2-3 hours for £150. The chances are that this is a part time amateur magician who ‘knows a few tricks’, rather than a professional wedding/corporate magician who knows how to interact with your guests and leave them with a unique memory of your wedding day or company awards dinner. There is a HUGE difference between the two. You wouldn’t have ‘the bloke down the pub who does a mean Elvis impression’ as your wedding singer would you?!
The key is to ensure that you get the best possible entertainment, at a price that is within your budget. Pay too little and the chances are you’ll regret it; pay too much and you may be left feeling that you expected more for your money. Remember, it’s your special day or event and you only get one chance to get it right!
Every event that I quote is done so on its own merit and with over 16 years experience of the business, I pride myself in offering the best possible service at the most competitive prices, and have hundreds of testimonials from satisfied clients who have hired me to entertain their guests.
For more information on pricing, or to request a quote to see if your key date is available, click here.
How far in advance should I book a magician?
As soon as possible, especially if you are planning a summer wedding or Christmas event, and even more importantly if it is on a Saturday.
The wedding season is only a few months long, and the weekends soon fill up as couples book their venues and confirm dates. The old adage of ‘book early to avoid disappointment’ has never been more true!
In the same respect of December dates get booked up very quickly.
Can you make my wife/husband disappear?
Not legally, no.