UPDATED: 19TH APRIL 2018
If you’ve never worked with, or booked, a magician before, it’s understandable to think that we’re all pretty much the same. You may have seen a magician at a wedding, corporate event or party and thought “Oooohhh, I’d like one of them at MY do!”, but the truth is that close up magicians are like bank accounts; they all offer a similar service, but some are better suited to your needs than others.
Your individual needs will determine which magician is right for you.
“I could not have been happier with the show, John had the whole room crying with laughter even before the first trick and brought a great energy to the party, everyone was blown away by the magic but it was John’s personality that really made the show.” – Rick Lindley
“Magicians” can be lots of different things, using lots of different titles: street magicians, urban magicians, formal magicians, funny magicians, stage magicians, serious magicians, bizarre magicians and mindreaders.
Magicians can also specialise in terms of type of events, such as restaurant magic, trade show magic, close up magic, strolling magic and corporate events, to name just a few.
They can also specialise in entertaining certain ages. There are children’s magicians, nursing homes magicians and “adult” magicians (that probably sounds more dubious than it is), so, if you really want to get the most out of a magician, it’s not just a case of searching Google and picking the cheapest or nearest, you need to know that you’re picking the right magician for YOU.
If you’re having a wedding and wanting lots of fun, laughter and plenty of smiling, happy faces, then a magician specialising in bizarre magic, summoning the Dark Lord from the Outer Realm (is that where he lives? I’m not sure) probably wouldn’t be the best way to go.
Similarly, if you’re looking for someone to stop trade show traffic at your stand, a kids magician (complete with bunny rabbit jacket and playing card bow tie) isn’t going to maximise your footfall or lead generation.
“John seemed to have a knack of being able interact with each guest, making them comfortable enough to participate and be involved.” – Daily Mail
So, you can see that, sometimes, picking NO magician would be preferable to having the WRONG magician.
So, what kind of events should you book ME for?
For me, it’s about getting ADULTS LAUGHING.
If you’re having a house party, corporate event or wedding and are looking for someone to get your guests laughing, there’s a good chance that I’m the guy for you.
If you think it’s about the tricks, stop and remember the Maya Angelou quote:
People will forget what you said … what you did, but people will never forget how you made them FEEL.”
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most technically minded magician; I’d rather learn a new gag than a new move, but, if you look at my testimonials scattered about this post, you’ll see that the one thing they have in common is ENTERTAINMENT; I use magic (and comedy) as a vehicle to build rapport with your guests and bring them together with laughter.
If you judge an entertainer purely on what, or how many, “tricks” he performs, then I’m probably not the guy for you. Don’t get me wrong; I do GREAT magic and I always do my best to make sure that I see everybody at your event and get them laughing, but, until I get to your event and meet your guests, I have no idea exactly how I’m going to do it!
“John made me laugh so much, my face hurt!” – Beth Mottershead (who does the most awesome cakes at Cakes By Beth)
Very often when I perform, there is a great deal of situational humour. When that happens, I’m not going to stop it, I let it continue and fit the magic around that. It’s these “unique moments” that make magic genuinely fun for me; and every table, group and event is different.
But always FUN!
“John went down a storm, the guests ranged from 8 to 78 and yet he was able to intrigue and amaze them all. He worked the rooms with his tricks and he was a great success; so much so that everyone was talking about him long after he’d left.” – Jacqui Sinott.
I’ve spent years learning jokes and sleight of hand techniques so that I can spend a few minutes with each of your guests and get them laughing.
So, how do you know if I am the perfect magician for you? Well, you’ll:
– Probably be the kind of person that wants your guests to have a great time, and realises that there are many ways to achieve this, with magic and comedy being just two of them.
– Also realise that just because someone can do a magic trick it doesn’t necessarily follow that they will be ENTERTAINING to your guests. Magic without presentation and engagement can come across as a clever puzzle or trick, not necessarily fun.
– Want to make sure that the magician you book can grab your guests attention and will be worthy of it.
– Value a magician that will truly interact with your guests, using spontaneous humour to create unique moments of laughter and fun, all the while treating them with respect.
– Appreciate a magician that can truly adapt and entertain ALL of your guests, whether it’s your 7 year old niece, corporate client or local vicar.
– Also appreciate that magic is a vehicle that can be used to create amazement, laughter and to help bring groups together (such as groups at a wedding), and, as such, it’s not really WHAT the performer does, but HOW he does it, that will truly create the perfect atmosphere at your event.
I told you…
Magicians; we’re like bank accounts. You have one, your partner has one and everybody you know has one. They’re not all the same, but you know why your bank account is perfect for YOU.