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3 Unique Party Ideas When Booking a Birthday Party Magician

A birthday party magician doesn't just have to be for Children. Although a magician is a popular children's party idea, why not consider booking a magician for an adult or teen's birthday. It's a unique birthday idea that will surprise your guests and make sure they remember the party for a long time as most people haven't seen a close-up magician in person.

Modern magic isn't the cheesy magic you may be used to. In fact modern close-up magic is incredibly classy and performed in your hands, designed for adults (that's not to say 'adult material'). Here are three ways in which a close-up magician or mind reader could be used at your event. 

3 Birthday Party Magician Ideas

  1. An Intimate Show for your Closest Friends - Are you having just a few friends over for a intimate dinner? Many magicians offer a close-up set that can usually can range up to 30 minutes for guests of up to 15-20 people. This is a really intimate show in which everyone gets involved and your guests will walk away with something they'll remember for a long time to come.
  2. A strolling magician - If having a larger event with many extended friends and family, a party mind reader or magician can make for a nice ice-breaker as well as a really entertaining way for guests to pass the time whilst they wait to speak with you. If you're busy talking with all your friends it can take some time to see everyone, and a magician can help that time fly by. 
  3. Many magicians will offer a special effect for the person who's birthday it is. I know that I perform an effect that leaves them with a surprising and memorable present and card that often leaves the recipient in a state of awe. If booking on behalf of the birthday person, be sure to see if the party magician provides this kind of service and surprise them!
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These are of course just a few suggestions. I will be developing on some of these and providing more ideas click here to see more posts on hiring a party magician

Have you been blown away by a magician or mind reader at a birthday party? How else have you seen magicians at parties? Let me know in the comments below.

Misconceptions You May Have About Magicians

You may have arrived at my site looking for a unique wedding entertainment option or an alternative party idea and may have conjured up an idea of what a magician or mind-reader is like. A cheesy performer with old jokes from the 70’s and thinking it’s not a fit; you’d only be right in saying that is the wrong choice as magicians today do not all bare that image. 

Below I’ve listed 3 misconceptions some people may have about magicians. 

  1. Magicians Are Cheesy
    There was once a time when Magicians were seen as people who wore top hats, pulled rabbits from hats, did cheesy dance routines and wore a lot of glitter. While there are still many acts around who continue to do this, most magicians today are smartly dressed individuals who put great importance on style and execution. Magic has become refined so now you see a lot less ‘cheese’ and much more finesse. Gone are the big glittery costumes and cheesy moves. Effects are performed with style and class from someone you would like to meet and hold conversation with and not have them try to tell you terrible jokes. 
  2. Magicians are just for Kids 
    Childrens magicians perform a very specialised show and is a very popular form of birthday party for children. There are many performers however who specialise in performing magic that isn’t for children. Not because it is lewd or ‘blue’ in anyway but because the style is much more ‘grown-up’. In the same way that Bob Dylan is more grown up than The Wiggles. Both are forms of music but one is more likely to be enjoyed by one group than the other and vise versa. There are magicians today who perform exclusively for adult audiences and whilst there is entertainment for all, it is often targeted to adults. 
  3. Magicians aren’t Popular
    Magic is more popular now than ever. In the UK Dynamo is taking the TV world by storm with his series on Watch now being screened on the BBC. Derren Brown has remained constantly popular with his television appearances for the past 13 or so years. With his stage show constantly touring and selling out theatres across the country as well. That’s not to mention other shows such as Penn and Teller: Fool Us, The Magicians, Ben Earl: Trick Artist and more. Magic is going through a rebirth, a transformation and we are at the cusp of it. The popularity means that more guests at your event are more likely to be entertained by a performer of a magic variety and as it’s burgeoning it will still be exciting and new for them. 
Although this might be fine for a kids party. Magicians who perform at weddings and corporate events do not bare this image. 

Although this might be fine for a kids party. Magicians who perform at weddings and corporate events do not bare this image. 

There are some magicians who do play to these stereotypes. There are specialist kids magicians for example, and these can be great if you are looking for that. Just know that there are more than one type of performance style for magicians and most of them will be much classier than you can imagine. 

Have you had your perception of magicians change over time? Let me know in the comments.

Large Event - Multiple Magicians?

Are you holding a large event with a lot of guests? Are you considering hiring a mind reader or hiring a magician?

If you are, you may not just want to hire one magician or mind reader for the event but multiple. This has a couple of advantages such as giving every person at the event the feeling of being individual catered for, and ensures everyone gets to see the entertainment before leaving.

A rough idea is for 100 guests, 2 hours of performing is about right. This obviously varies performer to performer event to event, but if you have 200 guests and only 2 hours for the entertainment then considering multiple magicians is probably wise.

Here are some tips if you are planning on booking multiple magicians.

  1. Make sure each magician knows the others are coming. This ensures no surprises for the performer who may believe he is headlining the bill.
  2. Giving the performers enough notice also allows the magicians to talk beforehand and ensure they won't be performing the same material. That way if they do happen to see both or all performers they will be watching something different.  
  3. Consider booking a mind reader and a magician. This way you give the guests a little more variety whilst still staying consistent in the approach.  
If you're thinking about booking multiple magicians then contacting Chris is a good way to go. As I spend a lot of my time networking with other magicians I know who the best performers in the field are from close-up magicians, memory artists, to balloon modellers. Just mention the idea when you enquire and save yourself some hassle.