Frequently Asked Questions
Q – “Do you charge by the hour?”
A – No. Hardly ever (only in special circumstances). Entertainment is fairly unique in the fact that although the show only lasts say, 30 minutes, I don’t charge less than I would for maybe a 1.5 hours walk around set. In fact I charge more as it’s a lot harder to do and a lot less people are able to do it at an equal standard.
Q – “Are you any good?”
A – I have a couple of decades of experience, I’m a member of The Inner Magic Circle 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 to see what people who have booked me think. And also watch my videos.
Q – “When is the best time to add a touch of magic to our wedding?”
A – The best time is usually during the photo period. Early on to set the mood that it’s a going to be a fun day and instantly gives guests the opportunity to mix and give them something novel to talk about. The Wedding Breakfast is also a great time. 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 advice on what would work best.
Q – “How much does it cost to hire a magician?”
A – 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 – The old adage ‘You get what you pay for’ is especially true when it comes to magicians. All magicians charge accordingly. There are lots cheap ones on the web with little experience who have had a friend knock up a website with the words ‘professional magician’ plastered all over it. Just because they say it, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are.
Have a look for videos, photos, CV etc. It’s fairly easy to see who you’d prefer at your special event.
Q – “What if you are ill, or something happens and you can’t make it”?
A – This is an understandable 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 and it’s only in extreme circumstances. In the event of me not being able to make it, I will ensure that someone of an EQUAL STANDARD will stand in for me with all the same details, price, times etc.
Q – “Do you perform at children’s birthday parties?”
A – No, not for the younger children but I do sometimes perform for teenagers. They love magic and can be a brilliant audience. However, younger children have completely different needs when it comes to entertainment and you need to hire them 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.