If you’re interested in making a great impression at your next party, hired entertainment is a great avenue to pursue. Whether you’re looking to provide an hour of activities for the guests at your child’s birthday party or are looking for someone to spice up the cocktail hour of your next fundraiser, hiring a magician can be a great way to ensure that your party attendees have a memorable time at your next engagement. Not all magicians are the same; however, so it’s best to do some research before making an offer. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you need a magician for birthday party entertainment.
Research their act
The first thing you should do when you’re considering whether or not to hire a particular magician is to learn more about their style and approach to magic. Magic is a broad form of entertainment and some magicians perform acts of mentalism while others do large stage-style illusions or close-up card magic. Some magicians have routines specifically catered to children, which may be a good fit for birthdays; however, if your child is a bit older and is a fan of a particular type of magic, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find a magician who specializes in that style. One of the easiest ways to research a magician is to read reviews of their work online or find videos of them performing.
Run a background check
Especially if you are hiring a magician to work around your children, you need to make sure that doing so won’t put your kids or party guests at risk. Just because you want to run a background check doesn’t mean that you have to pay a lot of money or collect the magician’s Social Security number, though. If your magician is based in Chicago, for example, you may want to run a cursory Cook County inmate search to see whether the magician in question has a criminal record or history of incarceration. A search from the right online database can also let you know whether the magician you want to employ is a registered sex offender. This little bit of research takes only about five minutes and can give you the peace of mind you need to move forward with a hire. A party event service may also already have magicians in their company who they can recommend and who have passed a background check.
Speak with the magician
Of course, even if the magician you’re looking at hiring seems good on paper, their demeanor in person may be a different story. It’s prudent to meet with a contractor you plan to hire at a public location such as a coffee shop or library before you decide to bring them on to work your party. When you meet the magician, come prepared with questions about their work and how they would complement your event. You may want to ask them about previous engagements they’ve had, how they handle difficult guests, and whether they can do a special trick for the birthday boy or girl. It’s also a good idea to confirm that they have reliable transportation and discuss the best way to communicate with each other should an emergency come up on either end. These sorts of discussions will tell you a lot about the magician and will also go a long way toward keeping things moving smoothly on the day of the party.
After you feel comfortable with the magician you’d like to hire, it’s time to draw up an agreement. This should include how much your magician is going to be paid, as well as general expectations about how long they will perform and when they will arrive. Having this all in writing solidifies what you’ve talked about in person and holds both parties accountable. If you’ve put in the work to find a great magician, your event will be remembered for years to come.