Very often I am asked by potential clients if I can visit them so they can see me do live magic before making a decision on whether to book me. While I have done so for a couple of high profile events where there was literally an audition process, it is not best done.
Firstly, I do not just ‘do magic tricks’. When I am performing magic at a birthday party, wedding, corporate event or whatever it happens to be, there is a fun atmosphere that is conducive to entertainment. Guests are not there to judge me but to have a fun time. I thrive on the atmosphere and the whole experience of entertaining and thrilling guests at an event. This is impossible to replicate in someone’s kitchen or office when it is just the booker maybe an assistant as well.
My showreel here has been down to give potential bookers a good idea of what I can do at their event. It is far more effective than watching me do a few tricks. While the tricks are important, in pretty much all cases, it is the entertainment that can be generated that bookers care about. “Will my guests be entertained by this magician? Does this magician know how to work my particular event? Does he offer a professional service?” While these questions are important, they do not need a face to face meeting to be answered. (By the way, the answer is “Yes” to all three!)
Virtually all of my bookings are for private events and not conducive to having potential bookers come along to see me work.
I very seldom perform public shows but I will be doing so twice in the next three months. The first show is at The Magic Circle on May 12th. Tickets are available via the following link:
The other show is on June 25th. Tickets for this are available via this link:
I look forward to seeing you at one of these live magic shows or if not, at one of your own events!