Prices for Magicians

Hiring a close-up magician must be a difficult thing to do. Many people who call me are concerned mainly about price. Understandably, organising a wedding or party is expensive.

But here are some points to consider when it comes to choosing a magician just based on price:

  • There’s not a single professional magician alive who can sustain charging £100 or £150 for every show he does. There are many things to consider, such as travel, tax, cost of materials, insurance, and car maintenance. The magician would be making little to no money.
  • If someone is cheap, there’s normally a reason. If a magician doesn’t have confidence in themselves, it’s difficult for the client to have confidence in the magician. Will they arrive on time, will they do a great job, and so on?
  • Fees often reflect the magician’s target market. If you are looking for an international close-up magician who performs at top-class corporate events, you won’t find the right magician at the lower end of the price scale.
  • The price also reflects the magician’s experience. Amateur magicians almost always charge the least because they don’t rely on magic as their source of income. Professionals, however, need to charge a full fee because it is their only source of income.

Finally, one comment is the reverse of all the other points:

  • The magician may have a reason to price it lower. Maybe they live locally, have another show nearby that day, or they think meeting your guests would be beneficial for them. Therefore, not every low-fee should suggest the magician isn’t fantastic.

Christopher Whitelock
21 Apr 2012

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