29 Mar How much does a close-up magician cost?
A close-up magician can cost anywhere from £350-£1500 depending on many factors – location, time of year, experience, and what type of show they offer. You can find out more about how much a close-up magician costs by reading this guide.
Typically, expect to pay at least £500+ for a good quality magician who understands how to handle any audience whilst providing amazing entertainment.
If you’ve not hired a magician before, you may be unsure what fees you can expect to pay. And once you start shopping around and discover how prices vary, you can get even more confused!
Hiring a UK Magician is a great FAQ but a difficult process to give a definitive answer. That’s why I’ve written this piece…
With so much choice, it’s tempting to pick the cheapest. After all, spend less on entertainment and you have more for other costs such as your venue and the catering etc.
But (as with anything) opting for ‘cheap and cheerful’ can be a mistake.
That’s because when you hire a close-up magician, you’re paying for more than a few tricks. Let me explain…
This is what a top-notch close-up magician actually does
A close-up magician should bring more than entertainment to your event.
When I show up at a party or a wedding (or a corporate event), I need more than a few good magic tricks to put on a spellbinding show!
I’m here to create OMG moments for your guests that lead to dropped jaws, astonished expressions, and whispers of “How on earth did he do that?” And that means I need performance skills too.
Unless a close-up magician can work an audience, mingle confidently, and respond to what’s happening in the moment, the magic won’t work. You can’t rock up and rely on a script. Close-up magic doesn’t work that way because it’s reliant on audience interaction and engagement too.
That’s why personality is key.
You want someone who is personable and relevant. Someone who can slot into any conversation immediately put guests at ease, and engage them with magic that gets them talking.
Actually, someone like me!
Magicians that can’t work a crowd make the audience cringe. It’s embarrassing! And if the tricks are obvious and easy to work out, your audience will be unimpressed and bored. A wedding disaster!
Imagine how you’ll feel as the party host when word gets around that the entertainment is a little bit rubbish.
And that’s why I encourage you not to compromise on your entertainment. Instead, pay a fair price to get the confidence you need that your close-up magician won’t let you down.
This is what you’re actually paying for
When hiring a Magician, you’re paying for more than a few tricks. Let me break it down for you… this is what you get when you hire me:
I'm the boy next door who can mingle with anyone, ad-lib at ease, and make even the hardest to please party guest smile!
A Party Starter
Close-up magic adds to the atmosphere, creates a vibe and transforms the mood of any party, celebration, or event.
A collection of relevant, jaw-dropping, spellbinding magic tricks that will wow your guests and leave them wondering how on earth they were performed
for your guests that get people talking, laughing and smiling!
of an awesome experience that lasts long after your event has finished
Entertainment that brings people together - even strangers
The satisfaction that you're an awesome host because you found such brilliant entertainment!
Peace of mind!
...that your guests are being expertly entertained - so you can relax and enjoy the show too
there are never any clichés, cringes, or tackiness when I’m in the room
A bespoke experience!
every event is unique, which means every close-up show I perform is subtly different from the last
I've performed at thousands of events and I'm currently ranked 1st of all UK magicians on FreeIndex
That’s why hiring a (good) Magician (like me!) costs more than (let’s say) £250. It’s also the reason why you should ask more questions if you’re given a rock-bottom quote – so you can understand exactly what entertainment to expect from your investment.
Factors that affect the magician fee:
Some magicians are able to offer more than just fancy card tricks to their performance by offering various skill sets: Pickpocketing, mind-reading, and MC’ing your event are such examples.
The more weddings they’ve done, usually means the higher their price will be.
A magician with good reviews and experience is likely to command higher prices than someone who doesn’t have too much of an online presence or very few weddings under his belt yet.
Most magicians tend to cover the UK and will factor their travel costs into their quote.
Whatever the event, professional magicians should be able to provide you with bespoke packages instead of charging by the hour. For example, within my packages, I offer The Reaction Cam where the amazing reactions of your guests are captured by our videographer for you to enjoy after the event. If it’s a corporate event, we can include your branding within the Close-Up Corner
Amateur v Professional
One of the biggest price factors is whether you’re hiring a professional magician or an amateur. A professional entertainer will be performing events like yours on a regular basis, honing their skills, and gaining valuable experience, so he/she knows all the right moves in terms of creating an awesome atmosphere for your guests!
An amateur magician will lack the experience and confidence of a professional magician so their show will likely be less polished, and will certainly not have the same impact as watching an experienced performer. Are magicians tacky? Read here
Type of Event
Corporate events tend to be much longer and more detailed affairs and for that reason, expect to pay more for your close-up magic in the corporate sector. A children’s magician on the other hand will not be able to command the same fees.
As with most things, London magician prices are significantly more than those in other cities. As mentioned previously, a good magician will charge at least £500 and above.
Day of the Week/Season
A magician’s charge can be affected by the day of the week. A Monday in February is unlikely to as popular as say a Saturday in July so you may find the quote for your magical entertainment varies slightly.
Type of Show
In this article, I’m very much from the Close-Up magician’s view. If you’re after an illusionist/stage magician – someone who performs on stage then you can expect the cost of your magician to be significantly more. These high-production acts will cost at least £2000.
How to tell if your chosen magician will be AWESOME:
Please don’t pick an entertainer on price alone. Remember, you’re paying for a lot more than a few magic tricks so you want to ensure you choose the right person for your birthday party.
If you’ve got a short list of people who’ve been recommended to (or you like the look of), I suggest you narrow it down with these three things before hiring a wedding Magician
- Look at videos and photos – in particular, check out the guests’ reactions. Does the audience look impressed and amazed or are they bored and cringing?
- Check out independent reviews – testimonials on 3rd party review sites such as FreeIndex will give you a good insight as to what audiences really think. (You can check out my reviews here.)
- Have a chat with the magician – and see what your instincts say about which one is right for you.
How much does a close-up magician cost?
The cost is determined by many factors, but the most important are skill level and experience. If you’re looking for someone to perform at weddings or corporate events, then expect to pay more than if it’s just an event with kids. Asking about their past performances will help give you some insight into how they’ll be able to make your guests feel entertained and amazed!
Are you planning a kid-free wedding? That’s worthy of a discount 🙂