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Anthony Ware Magicians Baltimore
Anthony Ware Magicians Baltimore

Trade Show Magic With Magician Anthony Ware

Everything You MUST Know Before Hiring a Trade Show Magician

Do you own your equipment or do you rent it? Remember that professional magicians use professional-grade equipment. Avoid a magician who uses a few worn-out magic props and some cheap speakers.

If you do not know anything about audio equipment, here are some names that you should listen for: -Denon -Gemini -Pioneer -JBL -Mackie -Rane -Electro-Voice -QSC -EAW These are professional grade brand names. In general, it is better to hire a magician who owns their own equipment over one that rents it for each event. Also, ask the magician if they use a wireless microphone, since they are much better for outdoor venues, trade-show floors, noisy home parties, large banquet halls toasts and announcements. You may also want to ask about lighting or a back-drop.

Many professional magicians will provide lighting and or a nice back-drop for the event. Lighting / back-drop effects can drastically alter the mood of your event and can include something simple like ambient color lighting / bright back-drop. It is up to you if you want these kinds of lighting / back-drop for your event, but it is always good to ask.

A magician who is new to the ‘game’ may still be able to do a great job, but experience counts for a lot. A good magician knows how to read a crowd, alter the mood, get people excited and how to make the event great. An experienced magician will also know how to handle sudden changes or unexpected problems. Expect to pay for experience, because it really does matter.

Again, you will want to know what your magician plans to do if it rains in the area where the show is to take place, the power goes out, one of their speakers blows out, if their microphones lose battery power or the wind knocks over their props. What securities do they have in place to ensure that the magic show won’t stop entirely? Do they bring extra equipment / props with them? What do they plan to do if the weather becomes a problem? Many magicians won’t work outdoors with their own equipment-so you may want to know about this in advance. Look for a good back-up plan in a magician. Look for someone who is prepared for any contingency.

Not all magicians can entertain all age groups. Some magicians specialize in specific genres; while others can ‘play’ (entertain) to any crowd. The type of music you want to play at your event will determine what kind of magician you will need. It takes a good amount of skill to be able to please a group of people consisting of various age groups. You certainly don’t want to alienate a part of your party! A good magician has enough experience to ‘read’ a crowd and determine the proper balance of different types of entertainment.

Many of today’s popular jokes are not friendly to the entire family. If you are worried that curse words or maybe sexually based jokes in a magic show will alienate or insult some of your party guests, make sure your magician has a ‘squeaky-clean’ show.

It is always a good idea to know how many magic tricks or illusions a magician will be bring to your event. Just because they have access to thousands of effects doesn’t necessarily mean they will bring thousands of effects that day. Fact is, a true professional magician can entertain any audience with only a couple magic tricks / illusions due the fact they are a professional entertainer

The answer to this question should always be yes! Be sure to sign a detailed contract with the magician you choose for your event. Make sure that this contract details the date of the event, the time frame in which the magician will be working, the amount to be paid and anything else that is specific to your event. Also, make sure the contract clearly states any extra fees and costs, such as labor fees, gas, tolls, tuxedo rental fees and more. You don’t want any surprise costs and fees to appear. Look for the words “total cost” or “final price”. Always get a copy of the contract to take home with you and review it before you sign it. Again, a truly professional magician will (usually) give you an all-inclusive price!

This may not be 100% necessary for a magician to work at your event, but it certainly helps. Liability insurance would cover the magician if anyone was to be injured during the event as a result of the magician or their equipment. Some venues (such as hotels, convention centers, etc.) may require that a magician carry a ‘certificate of insurance’ to be able to work on their property.

This seems like an odd question, but you may be surprised to learn how many magicians will send a friend, colleague or employee in their place. Therefore it is a good idea to confirm that the magician you are hiring will indeed be the one who will show up at your event. This is especially true if you are using the services of an entertainment company or talent agency. Also, you may want to double check what other employees (assistants) may be coming to event.

Sometimes a magician will have special requirements relating to their equipment, such as certain electrical requirements or space for their equipment / show. If they do it is a good idea that you know about these special needs in advance, so that you can coordinate with your venue. This is also a good time to make sure that the magician is aware of any special needs regarding your event. For example, if it is outdoors or if you have a very large number of guests attending. This will give the magician the chance to make sure they have the right amount and type of equipment to do the job. It is best to avoid any surprises on both ends! Yes! A professional magician will attach these requirements to their contract (agreement) which is known in the entertainment industry as a ‘Rider’ or ‘Rider List’

You will want to know in advance how the magician and their (assistants) employees will look on your special day. Most of the time they will wear black, but it is good to know in advance in case their outfits don’t match with your event’s theme. For example, if the magician and their crew are wearing jeans at your formal wedding, it may not look good. Professional magicians do not need to be told these things – they usually share this during your initial telephone call and or email.

It is impossible to give an accurate representation of how much a high quality magician will end up costing you. Remember that with magicians you get what you pay for. In general you should expect to pay anywhere from $250 to $1000 for a high quality magician, and in many cases, even more. Make sure to find out what the magician will be charging you and what exactly you will be getting for that price. You will also want to know in advance how much of a deposit your magician will want. Most magicians will want a deposit of 20-50% before the event and the rest of the balance either during or after the event. All of this information should be clearly spelled out in your contract as well.
How much setup time will you require? When will you be leaving? Again, this stuff should be spelled out in your contract, but it is always good to ask ahead of time. You can ask this question during the interview process- it doesn’t mean that you have to hire that specific magician.
Some magicians will take requests and others will not. What you are actually looking for when you ask this question is an answer that tells you that the magician is willing to do the event however you want them to. After all, you are the one who is paying and it is your special event. Look for a magician who is flexible and who is willing to do your event how you want it. Note: Though a professional will take request such as if you are having a specific theme they may wear the theme clothing or play music that reflects your theme however a professional magician will always customize their show to meet your needs.
Obviously it will do you no good to hire a magician who is not available to work the day of your event, so this is something you will want to ask them in advance. Incompetent magicians many times will overbook or not have a calendar in front of them when they agree to perform for your event!
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