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How much does a magician cost to hire?

How much does a magician cost to hire in 2024? And how much does a magician cost in London?

Professional close up magicians in London tend to charge between £500 – £1500. This depends on lots of factors, like length of performance and the quality of the magician. In the rest of the country, magicians can be slightly cheaper.

Most people have no idea how much magicians can cost. Many enquire with me and often just want to know the price. Obviously it’s fair enough to want to know if they can afford it. But price isn’t everything. It depends what you get for your money. And of course the ‘what’ doesn’t just mean “how long?”.

Hiring a magician to provide the best entertainment possible is much better than the longest amount of time.

People often ask questions like “how much do magicians charge?”, “what is the cost per hour for a magician?”, “How much does a virtual magician cost to hire?” etc. Understandably people don’t book magicians everyday so have no idea as to how much they might be.

Most magicians don’t have prices on their websites for one main reason. It’s almost impossible to put a price list up because almost every single event is different. There are just too many variables (location, date and time, length, type of entertainment etc).

How much does a wedding magician cost to hire?

How much does a magician cost?

When you ask, “How much does a magician cost to hire?”, many different factors come in to it. For instance, a Saturday evening could have a higher cost than a Monday afternoon. The magician in question may already have one job nearby that day and ‘doubling up’ (doing 2 jobs in a day) is always good, so could potentially offer a slightly cheaper price.

A peak date in December could be more expensive than one in January. A Saturday in August could be more expensive than one in February. You get the idea.

Wedding magicians usually cost anywhere between £550 – £1500. This can be for the photo period, wedding breakfast or the evening reception.

How much does a magician cost to hire?

How much does a wedding magician cost

So, how much do magicians charge to come to your event? Most good, reliable professional magicians (ones that I’d recommend), tend to charge from around £500 – £1500 for close up magic (as I mentioned, it can sometimes be more in December, especially on peak days).

There are a couple that charge a lot more than this – for instance TV magicians, but they are the exception in my experience.

Sometimes the magician will charge more or less depending on the location and on how appealing the job is. For instance, if it’s at Silverstone for Formula 1 weekend and the magician is a huge Formula 1 fan, they might be willing to negotiate on the price to get the job.

Stage Magician – How much does a magician cost to hire?

Stage magicians tend to charge more than close up magicians. It’s a much more specialised area of entertainment and there are a lot less people who can perform this type of show successfully. Fees for corporate events usually start at £750/£1000 + for a good stage magician. This can go up to £5000 and higher for magicians with top TV appearances, high profile etc.

Like everything in life, you can get cheaper. There are cheaper magicians out there. There is a Facebook group where people post magic jobs on for a staggeringly low £100 – £400 on average. It all depends on the standard you are looking for. Often a cheaper price sounds good, but unfortunately the people turning up doing the jobs (if they turn up at all) usually just aren’t experienced enough to perform to a professional standard. There is nothing worse than the ‘entertainer’ not able to entertain at all and embarrassing you in front of your guests on your special occasion.

It’s like hiring a cowboy plumber or builder… the price is appealing, the result usually isn’t.

How much does a virtual magician cost to hire?

Virtual magic shows are incredible. There’s nothing else on Zoom, Teams etc that can bring people together, entertain and amaze all at the same time. Many video calls can be a bit awkward without a speaker or entertainment.

It’s the perfect entertainment for happy hour events, online conferences team sales meetings etc.

A brilliant Zoom magician will charge different amounts depending on the event. For instance a private, 30 minute show for 6 people will cost less than a corporate event for 100 guests that might need a pre meeting, a rehearsal, bespoke tricks etc.

Expect to pay anything from £500 – £5000 ($700 – $7000) depending on the magician you book, how many people you are having, date, extra work involved etc

Virtual Magic Show

How much does a magician cost to hire?

All magicians charge different prices depending on the desirability of the magician (TV credits, experience etc), date, time, number of guests, location, type of show.

For virtual shows, the fees can be anywhere between £500 and £5000. For weddings and corporate events, the average fees in the UK range from £500 – £1500 for close up magic and between £750 – £2000 for after dinner cabaret.

How much does a wedding magician cost to hire?

In the UK, wedding magicians tend to cost anywhere from £550 – £1500 on average. It will depend on location, who the magician you book is and how long you’d like them for.