How Much Does A Magician Or Illusionist Cost?
So how much does a magician or an illusionist cost? Good question and not as simple as being able to give you an off the shelf price.
There are so many factors that come into play and elements you might not have considered……such as the type of magician or illusionist you require, whether you are looking for small scale or big scale, whether you require something customised or bespoke, where the event is going to take place in relation to the base of the illusionist or magician, how much kit will needed to be transported, how big is the team if booking a large scale illusion show or is it just the magician or illusionist himself?
As you can see there are a lot of factors to consider but for now lets assume you are looking for something in your own country or relatively near to where your event will be held and nothing needs to be customised.
Firstly you need to decide on what type of magician or illusionist you require. Typically they are categorised in the following ways:
Close up magician who will typically entertain around the tables and to small groups in a mix and mingle fashion.
A Cabaret magician or mind reader who will entertain all your guests at the same time with a one person show.
An Illusionist performing anything from smaller illusions right up to huge set pieces that you’d typically find in Las Vegas.
Next there’s how long you require? A close up magician will typically perform for 2-4 hours depending on the amount of people to entertain, whereas a cabaret magician and mind reader will entertain with a show anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes up to the more standard 45 to 60 minutes, or a time slot that works well for the client and event.
With an illusionist show they will typically perform anything from a 5 minute act up to a full evening show anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes…..90 minutes by the way is a LOT of kit to carry for an illusionist and quite often longer illusion shows will be balanced with not only illusions, but magic and audience interaction and participation.
Next how good are they, what are there client reviews and testimonials like? Are they bog standard and run of the mill or do they have a very good profile, have they been on TV or even do they have celebrity status? Naturally this factor will play a significant part in how much they cost. Of course if they have celebrity status then you’d naturally expect to be paying way more.
Typically a good close up magician would charge anything from around £4-600 upwards to in the region of around £1k if they’re really good and well respected and then £1.5k upwards if they have profile and work higher end events.
A good cabaret magician or mind reader would be in the region of £1-2k with those working at the higher end being upwards of this.
An illusionist would be charging at a minimum of £2-2.5k for something smaller scale, around £4-6k for something mid sized but still big and £10k upwards for very large scale.
Of course like in any industry, you pay for what you get and there will be cheaper options and more expensive options. Its’ a bit like buying a car…you can buy a Skoda or you can buy a Ferrari. Both will get you from A to B but both will give you and your guests a very different impression along the way and in some instances can have a negative impact on you and your event if price is the only factor that is being considered.
So there we go, although not a definite off the shelf answer, hopefully this guide gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay for an illusionist, mind reader or magician.
Thanks for reading!