Magician prices are a bit of a mystery as most most magicians do not publish them on their websites.
This can be seen as a mystery or simply a magician trying to cover up how much they charge.
The truth of the matter is that every job is different and magicians will base their prices on the type of event, the day of week, duration of performance and number of guests.
Wedding Magician Prices
It is always said that the price for anything goes up when you mention a wedding. But the truth of the matter is wedding magician prices are the same as anything else, you get what you pay for.
For a typical event / party. I will quote for 2 hours and perform magic for 2 hours and then leave.
A Wedding is a little different in that not everything always runs exactly to schedule as there are speeches and guests moving from outside to inside, sitting down, room turn around etc.
This all adds time to what would normally be a 2 hour performance.
I will typically quote for an extra 30 minutes for any wedding I perform at purely to allow for any delays and to ensure the performance is relaxed and in keeping with the day.
There is nothing worse on your wedding day than the Magician saying
“Sorry, got to run I have another wedding to get to!“
I will only ever perform at one wedding per day, and I may not be the cheapest wedding magician around but I can guarantee you that every single one of your guests will get to see some magic and I will not leave until everyone (especially the bride and groom) are happy.
Hi, my name is Roger Lapin, I am a Member of the Magic Circle and a Surrey Magician based in the UK
So the big question is “How much does it cost to hire a magician?”
Like any trade there are always going to be magicians who are very cheap and those who charge a fortune.
Based on some recent research I did with other magicians and agents the average price for 2 hours of close up magic performed in the south east is between £250-500.
There are also close up magicians who are prepared to perform for £50 pounds and a meal and others who charge well over £1000.
Quick Price Enquiry
The quickest way to find out how much it will cost is to send Roger a quick enquiry using the form below, just tell him where, when and for what and he will respond (usually within 4 hours) with a personalised quote for your event.
Close up Magician Prices
This is all well and good but the big question is how much do you want to spend on hiring a close up magician?
If your budget is tight and you really want a magician and can’t afford £300 then booking the £50 and a meal magician is going to be the best bet for you. Your magician will probably be quite good and just starting out and wanting to get some experience and will probably do some great tricks. What they will lack in is real world performing experience and that may or may not be an issue for you.
It also depends on what the event is? If it is your wedding then you probably don’t want to risk hiring someone who is just learning the ropes, on the other hand if you are just having a joint birthday party with a friend and you thought a magician might be a good addition to your party entertainment then it is probably worth a try.
The second option is the average 300-500 price range, within here you will also find many magicians who are all working magicians and will give you a great close up magic performance. The only problem here is how do you know who to book?
The best way is always going to be on recommendation, if you have been to a wedding where a magician was performing or a friend has previously hired a magician for their 40th birthday or a house party, get their card or ask your friend for their name then you can get first hand advice on how good they were. Then visit their website and watch their videos to see them perform, give them a call and see if you like the sound of them, some magicians will offer to meet you beforehand.
Close up Magician Prices over £500
As with anything they say you get what you pay for. There are close up magician prices that start at £500 and upwards for 2 hours of close up magic. Now it is debatable that you are going to get any better magic performance by spending more money but what you will be getting is a magician who is more famous or a tv magician. If you want to hire Dynamo or any other famous magicians to perform at your wedding I do not even know how much that would cost? I would imagine that his fee is going to be a lot more than £500. A London Magician will tend to charge a lot more, that is mainly because of the client base and the competition is a lot higher
Wedding Magician Prices
If you are getting married and looking for a close up magician to provide your wedding entertainment you may be wondering how much are wedding magicians? The average cost of a wedding magician is between £300 – £500 for a 2-3 hour performance.
Now some people think that a magician puts their prices up just because its a wedding.
This is not the case, when Roger performs at a wedding he will offer the bride and groom a variety of packages ranging from a few hours to performances throughout the entire day.
The longer he performs for the the more it is going to cost.
So typically for an average wedding of 100+ guests Roger would recommend a 3-4 hour attendance with a 2-3 hour performance time.
How much do Magicians charge for birthday parties?
This depends on what the birthday party is?
If you are looking for a children’s magician to perform at your 7 year olds party – then you are looking at hiring a magician for a 45 minute show, expect to pay from £100-300 depending the size of the show and giveaways etc.
If you are looking to hire a magician for your 50th birthday party, then again depending on the size of the party you could be looking at a 2-3 hour performance or even hiring more magicians.
Pricing is much the same as a wedding – (See above)
So if you were looking for some information on how much does a magician cost to hire we hope this has been helpful.
Roger Lapin is a Close up Magician in Hampshire.
For a personalised quote for your next event – Contact Roger Here