Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Recreation & Activities  > Magician

Magician Cost


How Much Does a Magician Cost?

 
 average costPer Hour: $100-$500 
post E-mail post Post  

A party magician performs magic tricks at birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, carnivals, fundraisers and other special events. When it comes to birthday parties, magicians will either offer an hourly rate or may perform a pre-packaged birthday party magic show for a set fee.

Typical costs:

  • While some magicians quote prices by the event, such as a birthday party, others charge a set hourly rate.
  • A birthday party magic show lasting 30 to 45 minutes typically costs $175 to $350. This may include card tricks, stage illusions, a live bunny or balloon sculptures. For $350, All About Me Entertainment[1] in South Florida offers a 35-45 minute, family-friendly magic show with audience participation and special attention for the birthday child.
  • A magician typically costs $150 to $500 per hour. Rates vary with experience and often magicians able to do more complex illusions charge more. For example, Castle Party Rentals[2] in the Chicago area offers magicians for hire ($175 per hour) for family magic shows. The company also offers magical illusionists for hire ($250 per hour), with tricks that may include animals, levitation or cutting audience members in half.
Related articles: Party Clown, Balloon Twisting, Cake, Helium Balloons

What should be included:
  • The magician should set up and tear down his or her own equipment, such as a table, special props or a sound system if required.
  • Space permitting, magicians should be willing to accommodate groups of any size. There is generally no limit to how many kids or adults may attend a birthday magic show.
  • The magician should specify how much space is needed to set up in the living room, for example, and if any furniture will need to be moved.
  • A party magician should be able to engage a crowd for 30 to 45 minutes without losing their interest.
  • For children's birthday parties, most magicians incorporate the birthday child in a special way, perhaps by including them in an on-stage illusion or twisting them a special balloon hat.
Additional costs:
  • A 50 percent deposit may be required to reserve a party magician. Some magicians do not require a deposit and will accept cancellations with a week's or even a day's notice.
  • A magician may charge travel fees of $25 or more. However, some magicians are willing to travel within their region or state for free to increase their market.
  • For a small fee, some magicians provide birthday party favors. For instance, Turk the Genie[3] in the Seattle area charges $2 per child for a favor bag with small magic tricks, a finger trap and candy.
Discounts:
  • Some party magicians offer a discounted hourly rate of 15 to 40 percent off after the first hour. Magicians that stay past the group magic show may interact with guests through balloon twisting or "street magic" (close-up magic tricks in front of guests' eyes).
  • Look for discounted rates for early bookings or shows booked for non-peak days. Magician Tim Mannix[4] in Southern California takes 10 percent off the cost of shows booked 30 days in advance. Magician Brian Happie in New Jersey drops the price from $225 to $205 for shows anytime but Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm.
Shopping for a magician:
  • The Magician Directory[5] and Gigmasters[6] provide contact information for party magicians by state. Magicians pay to be listed in Gigmasters, but do not pay to be listed in The Magician Directory.
  • Local magicians should provide a list of past clients to contact for references. Their resume and experience can show if magic is a profession or more of a hobby.
  • The Magicians' Network suggests previewing the magician's act at another upcoming event before booking for a party. Sometimes a promo DVD is available.
  • Consider how much space the party magician will need to set up for the show. Magician Leif David[7] in British Columbia needs 4'x6' space, easily performing in a family's living room, while some magicians require a larger room to set up a small stage or props.
  • Sensitive children may be too shy to get up in front of a crowd. Ask how the magician handles audience participation and if they take volunteers only.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Magician
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Special Skills : Amount of Time Hired: 
Firm:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.allaboutentertainmentinc.com/Awesome%20Magicians.html
  2.  www.castlepartyrental.com/Chicago_Entertainers_Rent.html
  3.  birthdaymagiciannw.com/blog/faq/
  4.  www.funamazingmagic.com/faqs.htm
  5.  www.magician-directory.com/Magicians-United-States.htm
  6.  www.gigmasters.com/Magician/Magician.htm
  7.  www.hasslefreebirthday.com/faq.html
More Recreation & Activities Topics
Check Out All Costs for Recreation & Activities How Much Does Stamp Collecting Cost? How Much Does a Piano Cost? How Much Does Quilting Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost
Cost of topo survey
Paid: 3800.00
Surveyor staked four corners and surveyed entire 4.95 acre lot at 2 ft contours in Issaquah, WA... [more]
-User in WA
Property Survey Cost