Magician Prices Breakdown
The Bargain Basement Magicians £200-£300The cheapest magician you can find will probably do two hours for £200-£300. The fact the price is so low for these guys should set off a few alarm bells! I would hazard a guess that around 80% of the time a magician this cheap is NOT at a pro standard yet. Although, there is still the 20% who are amazing but have quoted a low price for some other reason. Tread carefully in this price category!
Average Priced Magicians £400-£500Most magicians will charge an average of £400-£500 for two hours. Some of these magicians will be part timers and some will be full time pros. Within this range there are some very terrible and very amazing magicians. I would suggest aiming for the upper end of this price range, however I am completely biased in this assertion as that is where my prices usually sit.
Very Expensive Magicians £800+There are very expensive magicians that will charge £800+ for 2 hours. Most magicians who have the balls to charge this much will be full time pros. However, many of them will provide an experience comparable to what some £500 magicians will provide, so it is not always necessary to go this high if you shop around. Some magicians in this price bracket may provide other additional services that other magicians don't (singing, stage shows, toastmaster etc) making it better value.
These Generalisations Are LimitedThe problem with these figures is that every price given has different considerations. Some magicians will change prices depending on driving distance, the time of year and their personal cash flow at the time. As an example, I will be way more likely to do a much lower price on a Wednesday in January than a peak season Saturday in July, if you are an event company offering lots of repeat work the price will also be lower. I am sure there a bad, average and amazing magicians in all price categories and you just need to make sure you are booking one of the great ones.
Realise The True ValueIt is very easy to look at price as the only factor when booking a magician. But the most important thing is value. Think about the last wedding or event you attended, you probably can't remember each course or the table decorations. But you will remember if something went wrong or if something was amazing. When I perform the hosts often get multiple guests coming up to them and saying how the magic blew them away. It is worth paying a little bit more to have this rather than a magician that won't impact people, or worse having guests talking about how bad the magic was.
How To DecidePicking a magician is like picking a band, every person will have an idea of the style and quality that they want at their event. When picking a magician the best thing you can do is watch the magician perform, you would not pick a band without hearing them play, so don't book a magician without seeing them perform. If you can't see them perform then look for online proof (videos, photos, reviews) that they provide a great experience.
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