Frequently Asked Questions
Q – “Why should we hire you?”
A – I have a couple of decades of experience and an amazing CV. All magicians can do tricks. I know exactly when to approach people, when to leave them, how to change my act for different groups – basically, all the stuff that only years of experience can provide. Read my reviews and also watch my video. I’m very good…
Q – “When is the best time to add a touch of magic to our wedding?”
A – The best time is during the photo period, early on to set the mood that it’s a going to be a fun day and instantly gives guests something novel to talk about. Wedding Breakfast is also good. Please see Wedding Magician page for a full run down.
Q – Should I have a table/close up magician or a cabaret act?
A – This is a common question and the answer depends on the type of event. Weddings are usually best having mix and mingle or table magic and small private parties are often best having walk around magic or a Secret Room performance. Corporate events, dinners, golf and rotary clubs can really benefit from having an after dinner magician to entertain the whole audience after the meal with the stand up cabaret. Ask Alan for free advice on what would work best.
Q – “How much does it cost to hire a magician?”
A – Depends! Price is based on lots of different factors (Date, Length of Performance, Location etc). All magicians charge according to their desirability, experience, TV, skill level etc. Here is an interesting article to help you decide on how to hire a magician
Q – “I’ve asked a few magicians and I have had different quotes. How come magicians charge different prices?”
A – You get what you pay for. Magicians charge accordingly. There are lots cheap magicians on the web with little experience that has had a friend knock up a website with the words ‘professional magician’. Just because they say it, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are. Unfortunately I get calls every week from people saying they have been let down for the following day/weekend etc – almost always it’s because they’ve booked a cheap magician who doesn’t rely on it for their income.
Have a look for videos, photos, CV etc. It’s fairly easy to see who you’d prefer at your event.
Q – “What if you are ill or something happens and you can’t make it”?
A – This is a worry for many people. I often get calls from people ringing at the last moment and saying “our magician has just let us down…” etc (usually the magician in question was very cheap). I’ve only ever not been able to attend a handful of bookings. In the event of me no able to make it, I will ensure that someone of an EQUAL STANDARD (or sometimes better!) will be at your event for THE SAME FEE.
Q – “Do you perform at children’s birthday parties?”
A – I do perform for teenagers, who love magic and can be a brilliant audience. However, younger children have completely different needs when it comes to entertainment and you need to a specialised Children’s Entertainer (in the same way you wouldn’t book a kid’s entertainer to perform for your corporate clients).
Q – “But what if there are a few children at our party/wedding?”
A – If the kids are with their parents they are usually lovely. I have a few special tricks they will love and let them join in whenever possible.
Q – “Can you make my wife disappear?”
A – No, but I’ve heard about this bloke in Hull that will do it for £750. For £200 you can have her knee caps broken.