Hiring A Magician For Your Wedding
Having a wedding magician is becoming more and more popular as couples look for fun and different entertainment ideas to entertain their guests and make their big day one to remember.
Everyone loves close up magic and it can create a real buzz and fantastic talking point to break the ice and get guests chatting and meeting one another.
I perform at around 200 weddings and corporate events every year all over the country and further afield. They’re definitely one of my favourite types of events to perform at.
Below, I’m going to describe a few of the times that tend to work best for magicians and answer some common questions about hiring me.
Magic During The Drinks Reception
During the drinks reception at a wedding is an ideal time for me to perform as magic works as a fantastic ice breaker.
Most of the time your guests won’t know each other and magic creates an instant talking point to help break the ice, get people chatting and having fun.
I’ll stroll amongst the groups, bringing people together and introducing guests to one and other. I’m always keeping an eye out for people who seem to be on their own so I can get them involved too.
I will usually perform for groups of around three to six people at a time. I’ll then perform around four to six minutes worth of tricks depending on how many guests you have.
I’ll want to ensure that I get around to everyone and that no one misses out on seeing me.
This part of the day tends to last around 90 minutes to two hours, but obviously, each wedding is totally different and I can be very flexible with timings.
During The Wedding Breakfast
The next option for me to perform is during the meal going around from table to table performing a short show in-between the courses of the meal.
This is another chance for me to break the ice between guests on the table that might not know each other and get them talking.
Depending on how many guests you have, I’ll typically do around a five or so minutes performance for each table. I’ll then go back for round two or three later in the meal.
This part of the day will normally last around 90 minutes to two hours, but, it depends on how many guests you’re having. If it’s a three-course meal it might be a bit longer than a buffet and depends on how hungry your guests are!
The Evening Reception
Lastly, we have the evening party, another great time to have me come and keep your guests entertained with some close up magic.
I’ve found that the best time for me to perform is in the gap between the end of speeches and the first dance. Quite often the venue will need some time to turn the room around for the band or DJ and so I’ll fill this gap.
Again, each wedding is totally different but this part of the day tends to last around 90 minutes so is an opportune time for me to stroll amongst the guests.
You might be having some evening guests that you weren’t able to invite to the meal so I’ll introduce them to the guests, breaking the ice and creating a talking point to keep everyone occupied before the evening party gets in full swing.
My Prices And Packages
Regarding prices and packages, I have a few options so get in touch and I’ll email you my brochure with the most common timings that tend to work best.
I understand that everyone’s wedding day is unique though so I am more than happy to suggest when might be better for your’s if you’re doing something different.
I aim to respond to all enquiries within 12 hours (Monday – Friday) but if I’m on an event it might be slightly longer.
Wedding Magician Frequently Asked Questions
Still got questions? Let me try and answer some of the common ones. If I haven’t addressed it here though, get in touch and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
What areas do you cover?
I’m based in Surrey, just on the edge of London. Most of the weddings I do are in the surrounding counties like Hampshire, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Kent, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Essex.
But I regularly travel further for events. I don’t charge much extra, just a bit of petrol money to cover my travel expenses.
How far in advance should we book?
The earlier the better. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (especially in the summer months) get booked up quite far in advance so get in touch as early as you can and I’ll put the date on pencil for you. There’s no obligation to book me either.
Can we meet you and see you perform before we book?
You absolutely can. I’m based in Godalming in Surrey (near Guildford) so can meet you around here for a coffee and a demo.
Or, I do a lot of corporate events up in central London on weekdays so can meet you up there too. I don’t charge anything for these meetings.
How do we book you?
It’s really easy. First, fill out my enquiry form and let me know as many details about your big day as you can. I’ll send you over my brochure and we can chat about when will be best for me to perform and timings.
If you want to go ahead then I’ll send you a booking form and I ask for a £150 deposit. After you’ve got both of those back to me we’re good to go!
What if you're ill on our wedding day?
I’ve actually never missed a wedding due to being ill. Being self-employed if I don’t get to work I can’t pay my rent. For that reason, I recommend Berocca (especially in December!)
If the worst did happen and I couldn’t make it I have a great network of close up magicians that I can arrange to stand in for me. Thankfully though, I’ve never had to call on any of them and I plan on keeping it that way.
Do You Have Magicians Insurance?
Yes, I’m fully insured with Public Liability Insurance (PLI) covering up to £5,000,000 through BlackFriars Insurance Group. If you or the venue need a copy of my policy let me know and I’ll send it over.
Reviews From Previous Clients
I’ve been lucky enough to perform at hundreds of weddings! It’s really a privilege to be involved with making the day special.
Below, I’ve posted some of the messages from what previous clients had to say about me and my magic you can head over to my facebook reviews page to read more.
Matthew Thomas - Witney, Oxfordshire
“Wanted to thank you again for an amazing night. Over breakfast the next day we couldn’t stop replaying everything you did, it’s so frustrating, some of the stuff you were doing was just impossible. My brother in law John said he woke up at 5am trying to work out your stuff. they now have his signed card framed in their living room. Thanks again for making our wedding so memorable.”
Rishi Gajjar - Central London
“I just wanted to say thank you very much for coming down and performing at my wedding reception, so many of the guests enjoyed your magic! Some are still talking about it!”
Jeremy Fernandez - Bordeaux, France
“Dan’s performance at our wedding was one of the highlights. Charming and affable, he engages and interacts naturally with guests… astounding them with his incredible and unique close up magic. It’s been one of the talking points of our reception!”
Nicholas Muncy - Alton, Hampshire
“Thank you so much for coming and being a part of the wedding, it was awesome to have you there. You have no idea how many people have written to us and commented on you and the magic.”
Sharon & Paul Miller - Woodbridge, Suffolk
“We had the pleasure of meeting Dan as part of our wedding day celebrations at Woodhall Manor in Suffolk. His relaxed and unique presentation of close up magic enthralled and delighted our guests all afternoon, so much so that they are still talking about him today! Simply fabulous. Thank you Dan, for making our special day, well… Magical!”
Thomas & Amy Elwin - Wedding Client | Central London
“Dan was an integral part of our wedding day, entertaining guests at the dinner venue as they waited to be seated and then throughout the meal. Everyone said how great he was as a wedding magician and in engaging with people. Would recommend him to anyone.”