Welcome to the magic shows guide. If you are looking to hire a magician London event planners use for all kinds of events, you have come to the right place. On this guide you can find booking tips, browse different shows and more. Magic shows are known for their wide appeal to audiences and ability to memorably turn a gathering into an occasion.
We all have been a bored guest at an event before. So as a host or event planner, you now have a challenge. You need to make sure the guests at your event do not meet the same fate! One way is to give them a special experience they will remember. Then you will be the host who gets thank you cards and texts saying what a wonderful occasion it was. A great magic show is a powerful way to do exactly that.
WHAT IS A MAGIC SHOW?
A magic show pulls everyone at your event together as the magician performs for your whole group to watch at once. This can be performed either from and end of a room or up on a stage. Then after the show it is back to socialising with lots to talk about. If you do not want to call everyone's attention together at once or do not have a good place to present a show, you might want a close up magician instead.
WHAT ARE ADVANTAGES OF A SHOW?
Your guests get to enjoy more magic with a magic show (usually 20 - 40 minutes) than with close up magic (usually 6-8 minutes per group). Shows give a collective magic moment and fill the room with laughter and applause. They are also a great way to call everyone together for speeches and turn your event into an occasion.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR IT?
It is best to have your magic show once the guests have had time to settle in. This might be after dinner and before a DJ or band.
WHAT MAGIC SHOW IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Get in touch to say what you have in mind for your event so you can get the best advice about which show would be the best fit. Your details about the audience and venue will inform which show/s work best.
If you want to give a magic show to your guests as a special 'thank you for coming', your next step is to find the right magician for your event. Here are some factors to consider as you compare your options:
Book a magician who asks lots of questions. Every event and audience is unique. Factors that can make a magic show flop include the room layout, number of guests, type of audience, length of show, and whatever else might be happening. So first you need a magician who asks you all these details. Only then can they recommend the best show/s in their repertoire for your event. After that they can craft a bespoke performance that will make a splash at your unique event. With magic shows, one size does not fit all. If the magician doesn’t ask many questions, they may try to jam a size 10 foot into a size 5 shoe.
Hire someone who has years of experience doing magic shows. A great magician is far more than someone who knows how to do ‘tricks.’ Even if it is in your living room, a great magic show is essentially theatre. So you might also consider whether the magician has theatre training or experience performing in theatres. Do not risk booking someone who is still learning the ropes.
Book a full-time professional and check their endorsements. When you book a pro you will hire someone who has dedicated their life to the art of magic. They have nothing to fall back on if the shows do not go well. That tends to mean you will get a better show and a professional experience from beginning to end. Make sure your magician is endorsed by The Magic Circle. Confirm that they are an Equity member with professional liability insurance. Check out their training and biography. Read their client testimonials.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
This rule holds true for everything. If you cut corners on price, the chances increase that you will ‘pay’ in other ways. This means you are more likely to book a no-show or be otherwise disappointed by what you get.
Below is a menu of diverse ideas for having a magic show at an upcoming event.
The Parlour Magic Show is a contemporary magic act full of impossible moments created by sleight of hand, mind reading and illusions. The show is full of remarkable magic that is perfect for discerning audiences.
The Vaudeville Magic Show is a comedy character performance by Norvil and his sassy acrobatic sidekick Josephine. Norvil’s amazing magic and Josephine’s spectacular contortions create a colourful reinvention of ‘classic’ magic.
The Seance Magic Show presents hauntingly inexplicable and seemingly supernatural phenomena. In this show it could be anyone’s turn to reach through to the ‘other side’. This eerie candle lit show is not recommended for the faint hearted.
This site has a magic blog called ‘Magic in the Round.’ The posts about magic shows are listed below. Each article touches on different kinds of shows…
ANOTHER CHARACTER IN HOLLYWOOD
In a place famous for its larger than life characters, Christopher’s alter ego Norvil was right at home as he appeared for a week at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. This article is about the week of adventures in Los Angeles and 21 shows at the Castle.
Read about this Hollywood magic.
MAKINGS OF A SEANCE
In 2019 an original psychological magic theatre experience debuted in London at the haunting Asylum Chapel. This article explores its development and inspirations in an interview with one of the biggest horror news websites in cyberspace.
Read more about the seance.
STAGE MAGICIAN IN A VARIETY SHOW
Leeds City Varieties is a landmark from the days of the music hall circuit. Current-day variety shows owe their life to the origins that grew here. This article tells about the variety double act Norvil & Josephine that has appeared on stage there three times.
Read about this variety show.
A dream came true to perform on stage at Wintergarten Variete. It is a spectacular palace for variety in the heart of Berlin. This article gives a fun behind-the-scenes look at the production and taking the Norvil & Josephine show to Germany.
Read about the Wintergarten shows.