Having worked as an expert magician and mind reader for days gone by sixteen years, I have observed hundreds or even tens of thousands of venues all around the world. From Boston, where I’m based, to Singapore, where I work for a couple weeks once per year, and many cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders could be the consistent insufficient knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. This is true for that of a number type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).
Now this is often forgiven (to an extent), as most people haven’t booked live Big Scarr before and know absolutely nothing about how precisely the method works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on what the smooth the process can and should be. That said, whenever you whilst the entertainer are working via a seasoned booker (e.g someone who works for a business that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.
After speaking with several performer friends from all areas of entertainment, we’ve come up with a listing of guidelines any future client must be at least acquainted with before hiring professional entertainment.
When To Book Live Entertainment
So you want to hire some entertainment for your party, event, graduation, anniversary, etc. In any case might be, you wish to spice it down with something live and fun! First thing you should know is that performers of most varieties whether magicians, fire eaters or live bands, need time and energy to prepare their shows. The majority of us specially design our performances around your event, and this does take a moment and should go into the price of the performance. You may wish to give at the least 3-4 weeks notice to a performer before booking. This is my suggested time frame for me personally, other performers require much earlier notice, and some will take an event with just a couple days notice. It depends on our schedules, current bookings and flexibility and needless to say, the performer himself (or herself). Our schedules are extremely strange, and totally non-traditional – we could have gigs at all hours of the afternoon, night, and even into the very early mornings. Please Note: If you call a performer each day or two, or three, or even four before your event, they will most likely charge a little more for the short notice. It takes time to produce your event special, whether by creating custom routines as I actually do, creating a music set list, or getting required licenses or permits for more dangerous acts like fire eating and sideshow stunts.
What Are You Looking For
Hiring entertainment for your event really can improve your guests’experience. Whether it’s a live band, DJ, caricaturist, or magician, live performances create a truly unique experience that your guests will share with their friends and families once they leave. You want to determine what sort of entertainment best suits your particular event. As an example: If you’re getting married at a golf resort. With 200 guests and a traditional setup (cocktail hour, plated dinner, speeches, dancing, etc.), then you definitely would want to determine where and when entertainment makes sense. If you’re enthusiastic about magic or mind reading, which can be extremely popular at weddings, you then would be best to put it into the cocktail reception for what is called “strolling” or “walk-around.” That is where in fact the performer wanders throughout your cocktail hour performing small, up close effects and routines for small sets of guests. This supplies a personal experience you sometimes lose with a full length show. In addition, it breaks up the sporadic repetitiveness of such portions of the event. Magic, mind reading or even a little light music can definitely make a difference. Have a concept of what you would like, set down your event, and see where it creates the absolute most sense. Maybe a full length comedy mind reading show following a three day corporate retreat? Or simply you’re celebrating your child’s birthday and want some entertainment to help keep all the little guests entertained? A youngsters’ magic and balloon show is a perfect fit here. Consider my other article on Magic & Mind Reading for Adults vs. Magic for Children, for more detailed information.
Determine Your Budget
This is definitely certainly one of the most crucial points a soon-to-be Big Scarr buyer must understand. It should be known that each performer, no real matter what persuasion, charges differently. A fire eater will charge differently from the juggler or clown. A mentalist will charge differently from a magician or stilt walker. This is dependant on how they value their time and expertise.
Have at least a tough idea on what you’re looking to pay on entertainment. Do not forget to ask a performer if he or she could work within your budget. Be realistic about it and think about your event and the type of image you want your guests to collect using them, and try to get a rough idea on what you will be willing to invest achieve that image. You will not insult us with your budget. We will just say no politely or even recommend somebody who could better work within your financial parameters.
Entertainers usually know each other and bounce work around a serious bit. We almost always know very well what our friends and competitors charge. The more unique the performance style, small number of performers. If you have $200 for a full length hypnosis performance, you may want to look into another type of entertainment. Most hypnotists don’t leave home for less than triple that amount. When you yourself have $5,000 for entertainment, then you’re in a complete new bracket of entertainers. More on that later.