Entertainment Tips and Tricks

3 Alternative Wedding Magician Ideas + Bonus

Check out my post from last week When Should A Wedding Magician Perform?

In my humble opinion a wedding magician or mind reading magician is an extra special way to add to your wedding day (I may be biased). However there are plenty of other ways a magician can be incorporated into your wedding plans rather than just the ceremony day or reception itself.

3 Unique Wedding Magician Suggestions

  1. Anniversary - If you're celebrating an anniversary, why not add a little something extra to your celebration party. Whether that is your cotton, Diamond, or Oak (It's the traditional 80th anniversary gift ) anniversary. Consider hiring the same magician for your anniversary party as the one you hired when you had your wedding day.
  2. Wedding Shower - The wedding shower is a really unique time to have a wedding magician. I find this is definitely more appropriate for the mind reading magician *cough* but I don't see why it couldn't work for a traditional magician too. The reason I say it's best for the mind reading magician is that they can provide effects based around reading who your friends crushes are or who their first kiss was. Book a magician to perform an intimate show for you and your close friends, you'll have a great time and really get to know each other.
  3. Engagement Party - When you announce your engagement to your friends and family it is such an exciting time! It's also the first time some of your friends who will be involved with the wedding planning will be meeting for the first time. Take the pressure off of them bonding and invite a magician to help break the ice and make sure everyone is in a good mood when they meet. 

BONUS: The Proposal - A bonus idea is to get a magician to help you in the proposal. Proposals should be magic by definition. Some of the very best take your partner by surprise , what better way to do this than to have a magician produce the ring - or better yet get them to teach you how too! If you promise to keep the secret then I'm sure you'll come to some arrangement. Check out this amazing example below.

I hope that get's you thinking. If you have any questions on the above then feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Where else could a magician be used in your wedding plans?

When Should A Wedding Magician Perform?

There are many ideas of when a wedding magician should perform at your wedding and I've outlined the 3 main ones here. This is what many magicians in the industry would advise and offer to the happy couple. Of course you're not restricted to these ideas but these have been proven to work.

3 Wedding Magician Suggestions

  1. Wedding Breakfast The wedding breakfast is often a popular time as people will be sat with people they don’t know. A magician is the perfect way to break the ice for this occasion. A wedding magician at this time will get people talking and get people smiling and relaxed instead of worrying about conversation starters. This enables your friends to relax and enjoy themselves a lot more.
  2. During the PhotosIf you’re not involved in the photos there’s often a lot of standing around and waiting. A magician is perfect here as they can keep these guests interested and you can spend longer making sure you get the right photo as you won’t have to worry about people being bored. They won’t notice the time passing! This again puts people in a relaxed mood making the photos seem more natural and you'll get a natural smile out of even the grumpiest of relatives ;)
  3. Evening ReceptionAgain this is a great time for a magician as it is a great time for breaking the ice.  A magician is also well utilised just before the reception whilst people wait for the room to be prepared. A good magician can get people in the right mood ready to enjoy themselves and let their hair down.

Of course these are just suggestions but I hope they are useful for you. 

When else do you think a wedding magician could perform?

A wedding magician is a unique twist to any reception.

A wedding magician is a unique twist to any reception.

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.