Christmas Party Magician. The busiest time for most magicians is the Christmas party season. This actually starts in November and runs to January. The most frequently asked for entertainment is close up/mix and mingle magic, but there are other options. It all depends on what type of party you are having, where you are having your party and, of course, budget.
Alan Hudson is one of the UK’s top magicians performing at Christmas parties. He’s a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He’s also been seen on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, The Next Great Magician and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Here are a few different ways in which a top Christmas party magician can solve your entertainment needs this year.
Mix and Mingle Magic
This is where Alan will perform for small groups at a time. Alan will make sure guests get chatting and laughing and speaking to other work colleagues. This is usually best if you are hiring a room with no set meal. Great if people are stood around with drinks and nibbles. Alan can mix through your guests wowing them with sleight of hand.
Table Christmas Party Magician
If you are having a sit down meal, Alan will go to each table and perform a tailored close up magic show for each group. As the guests are not moving around, this is an excellent time for the magic as it means no one gets missed out. It breaks the ice at the tables giving them all plenty to talk about (apart from work).
The magic is performed between courses (no one wants to pick a card during the main course) and he can usually get around up to a max of 15 tables through the average length of a meal. If you are having a bigger event, ask Alan if he can recommend a magical colleague to make sure every table gets a visit. A few are available here at Table Magicians.
Christmas Party Stage Magician
Often a Christmas party will be as follows – drinks, meal, disco or band. If you really want to make your party different to last years and be remembered, having some cracking magical entertainment is ideal. Alan perform his after dinner magic, mind reading and stand up show for around 20-30 mins. This usually involves hilarious banter with the audience and volunteers to come up ‘on stage’ (doesn’t actually need a stage – a space at the front will do). The CEO or Geoff from accounts can have his mind read in front of everyone and maybe even his Credit Card PIN code revealed.
The Secret Room
This is an amazing idea if you have a separate room. A Christmas party magician doesn’t just have to perform walk around magic. This idea is where guests would get brought in to a Secret Room (maybe 5-10 at a time), not knowing what they are about to witness. Alan will then perform some fantastic magic without the interruptions of waiters, people joining groups mid way through and spoiling the flow etc. At the end, guests are asked to not reveal what’s going on inside the room. This creates a brilliant buzz around the party. More details here
One Table Christmas Party Magic
Often Christmas parties can be very small with only 5 – 20 guests. Often in a private room with everyone sat around one table. After many years of experience, Alan has worked out the perfect entertainment. A 30-40 magic and mind reading show for everyone at the same time. This works well before starters (sets up a fun evening with plenty to talk about after) or after desserts. Everyone gets involved to some degree – whether it’s signing a chosen card or having a fork melt like butter in their hands.
How much is a Christmas Party magician?
Price depends on the date and the type of entertainment required. Also length of performance will affect the price. Your number of guests will really dictate on how long you’d need the magician for. As a rule, for 100 guests a close up magician would perform for around 2 hours.
Where do you perform?
Alan Hudson is Midlands based in the UK, but performs all over the UK and abroad.
I’m thinking of hiring a Christmas Party magician – what should I do?
The first step is to make sure you have your venue and date booked in. Then contact Alan with all the info so he can give you some ideas on what would work best for you.