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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.