The Way to find a Fantastic Magician for Your Party
If you're arranging an award ceremony, birthday party, a wedding, a company picnic, or really any sort of neighborhood event or party for adults or children, here are a few hints from a professional on how to find the appropriate magician.
You might find a recommendation from a friend, and that can be a good beginning. Remember that virtually every magician out there have a few individuals that will recommend them. Why would they indicate someone bad? Well, it can be because they don't know any better - they might not have seen a fantastic local magician to compare with.
Additionally, just because an entertainer is great does not mean they're the right magician for your party. Whatever the case, don't stop with only a recommendation, check out the performer carefully and make sure he specializes in the type of magic that's right for your event (more on that later).
Then after recommendations, you've got two choices. You're able to locate and hire a magician directly, or you can go through some type of entertainment service. There are usually local agencies in your area (unless you are in a little city ) that publication magicians as well as a big variety of entertainers for almost any event (I used to get a business like this in Indiana). There are also national online agencies that have thousands of entertainers available for parties anywhere in the nation, even for children's birthday parties.
These event booking platforms are convenient lists of magicians profiles, but you'll be better off booking the magician (and communicating with him) directly with the magician using his contact info on his website. The platforms charge the magician on the first communication between you (even if it's a negative, such as "You look great but unfortunately you're out of our budget"--the magician will still be charged).
If you discover a great local agency, they tend to be very comfortable with the majority of the regional entertainers and can provide you more personalized help and suggestions than you could receive from a national online agency. Not all local agents are good, though. Some are just out to make a fast buck and aren't so picky about who they ship out.
Occasionally local agents book great people, but sometimes they have a hard time finding good people that are available when they need them. Sometimes the superior local entertainers do not wish to work for agents because the agents might not be able to pay them enough and still make a nice commission. Sometimes the local men and women get plenty of work on their own so why bother using a broker. Therefore, agents can work out nicely, but take a look at the agency carefully.
Now, for internet bureaus: a few are only a listing service and do not get involved with the booking process in any way. All of them let you sort out entertainers by city so you can find someone close. They may simply supply some names and contact info, but a few show images, demo videos, links into the celebrity website, and also have room for several paragraphs of info provided by the entertainer. Some even show comments and ratings from clients who obtained the entertainer via their service.
With the majority of these national websites, the entertainers are not screened for quality - anybody can be recorded. A few do screen for high caliber magicians as best they can considering they haven't seen most of the actors in person. Generally there isn't any personalized help from the service; they function more like an internet phone book. You'll discover these agencies without attempt - only search for magicians on a search engine - these service listings will be blended in with your regional outcomes.
Phonebook directors on the internet can be a great method to locate entertainers directly as well as locate local entertainment booking agencies. There should be 2 or 3 good online phone books which have somewhat complete regional listings. Dexknows, Yellowbook, and Punchbowl are a couple examples, but the selection of online directories fluctuates according to where you are.
Again, some of them are better and more complete with neighborhood listings. Often the one that is considered the"official" one for the main phone company is the best - but maybe not always. Just do a Google search for online phone books. Google itself does something like an internet phone book, and you'll frequently see those outcomes just above the organic search results if you do a local search for a business enterprise.
And of course the sources that a slew of individuals go to first are Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.. To utilize these and find the largest range of local magicians, do a couple hunts, each search with a different pair of words or phrases. Be very specific with some of the search phrases for greater outcomes.
For instance, don't just type in magicians, attempt "best magicians Indianapolis IN" or even "close-up magicians for corporate occasions Indianapolis IN" etc.. You'll get different results based on the way you search.
You'll find individual websites for magicians as well as some of those online and local services I talked about. Not all great magicians have websites, hard to believe I know. And some sites don't show up unless you dig through several pages of search results. Additionally, there are those paid advertisements set up by the magicians - they've ads for very good people occasionally (on Google that they appear on the ideal side and at times the top).
As soon as you find some entertainers, then you can first narrow it down according to their specialty. For example, some magicians (such as myself) concentrate in private parties and corporate events, so be sure that you read their websites carefully and watch their videos so that you don't waste your time contacting magicians which aren't best for your event.
Some specialize in costly illusion shows for large occasions, some only do close-up walk-around fashion magic, some do not do kids birthdays. Some do a mix of what, but might not admit they're bad at everything. Some are expensive and worthwhile, some are costly and not worth it.
Some will charge a very fair rate and provide you a better show than you expected. Most importantly, get the magician that appears to specialize in what you would like if possible. Multi-talented people can be a great choice since they can keep the party going by performing numerous things (if you need).
Make sure to know precisely what they will do to you, make them specific so it's possible to make the right decision. Furthermore, if you pay $250 to get a birthday series, don't expect some big fancy show - there's a difference, they're not all the exact same and you have a tendency to get what you pay for. Know what to expect and be realistic.
See their presentation videos if they have them. Get a contract, with particulars of this series recorded on it. Guarantee that the entertainer knows the particulars of your party, make sure they have good light, enough space, shaded area, a contact number for the afternoon of this event, etc.. Don't procrastinate or your favorite person is probably not going to be accessible.