Tips You Should Know Before Hiring Magicians in Los Angeles
Before you hire any Magicians, whether for kids or adults, there’s a few helpful tips to know.
Here are questions to ask:
#1 What kind of audience is your show appropriate for?
The truth is, most Magicians have a specialty. Sure, we all do shows for kids and adults, but what does the performer focus on. You’ll usually be able to tell from their website, but ask if you’re not sure. If the Magician looks very serious, elegantly dressed and professional, he’s probably the corporate type performer. Looking for someone upbeat for kids? Watch for bright colors and a smile.
Before you hire someone, make sure they fit your audience. The biggest mistake people make in hiring their entertainment is choosing someone who is boring. Match your Magician to your audience and your guests will be happy.
#2 How long of show do you recommend?
Note: Don’t ask them how long their show is. They’ll all tell you the same thing. 30 minutes. 45 minutes. What you want to ask is how long of show they recommend. This way, you’re getting a show matched for your audience. If they are just telling you how long of show they do, they’re going to come in, do the show, and that’s it.
What if you’re having 4 year olds? An hour show is not going to work. Even the best kids performers keep the show to 45 minutes max. There can be activities afterwards, but only if the flow changes. 1 show for that long and they’ll be lost.
On the other hand, if we’re talking a corporate or social cocktail party, an hour or more might be what you need. If this is before a dinner, guests will come at different times so you’ll want someone from the time guests arrive (or just a few minutes after they arrive so you’re not wasting your money on the Magician entertaining an empty room) to right up until dinner starts.
The key here is to have a conversation. Anyone who just rattles off a script and suggests a “one size fits all” approach is not going to flow. Trust me, after thousands of events, I can tell you, every event is different. They’re all unique even in the slightest way.
#3 What kind of magic do you do?
This here is another great question to ask to get a feel for the excitement and engagement your potential Magician may have. Whether your guests are coming across Los Angeles to your event, or all the way from China, you want to impress. You do this by interaction and making your guests part of the show. If you wanted someone to just stand there and do tricks, you’d hire a mime, right? So, the way to do it is to have interactive magic. Magic that happens in your guests hands. Get them laughing, involved and the memories will nature create themselves.
Again, make sure what the Magician says he’s going to perform translates into involvement. Can you see in your mind your guests interacting? Or does it sound very canned?
#4 What are you known for?
This question may throw off some inexperienced Magicians but it’s a question designed for you to know exactly who is right and who is not right for you. To have one of those moments where your guests say, “Oh my gosh, how did he do that? Where did you find this guy?”
Now that’s what you’re investing your money for. The reaction from your guests that this is a party they’ll talk about. Not just today, but still next year when they’re scrambling, trying to top you and they can’t!
All ego aside here- when you ask this question, the confidence and excitement of that ONE amazing feat of magic that will leave everyone talking with come through, or not.
Does he make someone disappear? Float in the air? Change $1 bills into $100′s. It’s got to be something exciting or it’s boring. Boring is the entertainment sin you must never commit!
I trust these questions will help for your search in finding a Magician in Los Angeles that will be right for your party. It may be me, it may be someone else. You’ll only know if you ask the questions and do your research. And of course, go with your gut.