How much to hire a Close up Magician is probably one of the most common questions I get on my website. The average price to hire a Close-up Magician for 2 hours of magic performed in the south east of the UK ranges between £350-£750. Most people are looking for Magician Prices, but I also perform at private parties and corporate events where the pricing is much the same.
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How much does a Magician Cost to hire?
Prices below are based on a wide range of factors including Magician experience, location and type of event, but it should give you an idea of how much it costs to hire a Magician in the UK
|Average cost of a Magician for 2 hours||£450|
Hi, I’m Roger Lapin a professional Magician of over 20 years based in Hampshire and available to hire at many locations across the UK
How much should you pay for a Magician?
This depends mainly on how long you want the Magician to perform for and how many guests you have. The average cost to hire a Magician is from £200-£750.
If you want to find out how much it will cost to have me at your event send me a quick enquiry below or check out How much does a magician cost for a wedding?
What changes the price of a Magician?
The cost to hire a Magician depends on a lot of factors but is mainly related to the following
- Type of Magician – (Children or Adult, close up or Illusionist)
- Type of Event – (private party or corporate event)
- Number of guests
- The day of the week (Saturday is the busiest day for magicians so more expensive than a Tuesday
- Experience of the Magician (do you want someone just learning or an experienced professional?)
How much does a Magician cost in London?
How much does a Magician cost at a Wedding?
A lot of people think that everything for a wedding is more expensive, however as a Magician my costs are the same as a private party or corporate event. The wedding magician cost mainly depends on where and when your wedding is and how many guests you are expecting. The average cost to hire a Magician for a Wedding ranges between £350 – £750 depending on how long you hire the Magician for and how many guests you are expecting.
It also depends on how much magic you want your guests to see? I usually perform from 90 minutes during the photos, to a full 5 hour package including the wedding reception and evening celebrations for any extra guests.
For a full breakdown of my Wedding Packages and prices click the button below.
For example a small reception for 30 guests on a Thursday will be much cheaper than for 200 guests on a Saturday.
Magician prices are also dependent on the following;
- How many years of experience does the magician have .
- Are they a member of the magic circle?
- Do they have public liability insurance?
- Are they a member of equity?
- How local are they to your event.
What is the cost of Magician for birthday party?
This all very much depends on what the party is and for how many guests, for your personalised quote please get in touch
Unsure of the different types of Magicians?
Check out my post on 7 different types of Magicians?
Some magicians will ask for travel expenses to be covered over a certain distance.
You could find a Close up Magician who will only charge £50-£100; this is usually because they are just starting out and wanting to gain experience.
Hi, I’m Roger a professional magician for over 20 years
I am also a member of the Magic Circle & Equity and can guarantee you an amazing magical experience for your Wedding, Party or Corporate Event.
For a personalised quote please click on button below.
Magician for Hire Prices UK
Magician prices can be seen as a bit of a mystery as most most magicians do not publish them on their websites. This can be seen as a magician trying to cover up how much they charge.
The truth of the matter is that every job is different and the price a magician charges depends on the type of event, the day of week, duration of performance and number of guests.
If you are looking for some great entertainment for your big day you need to hire a Magician!
How much is a Magician for 1 Hour?
For a typical event / party. I will quote for 2 hours and perform magic for 2 hours and then leave. If you are expecting over 75 guests it would be recommended to hire me for longer or if the guest numbers are above 150 look into hiring a second magician
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 to allow for any delays and to ensure the performance is relaxed and in keeping with the day.
There is nothing worse than the Magician saying
“Sorry, got to run I have another party to get to!“
I will only ever perform at one event per day, and I may not be the cheapest 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 is happy.
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.
There are also Magicians who are prepared to perform for £50 pounds and a meal and others who charge well over £1000.
How much does a Magician cost UK?
To hire a Magician in the UK prices range from £200 – £2000 depending on the number of guests, where and when your wedding is taking place, who you are hiring i.e Dynamo or your uncle Jim! To see my prices, check out my most popular wedding packages. Performing amazing sleight of hand entertainment for your wedding reception.
Your photographer will get some amazing reaction photos from your guests as they gasp and scream at the magic!
This is all well and good but the big question is how much do you want to spend on hiring a 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? 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 £250-£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.
Magician Prices over £500
As with anything they say you get what you pay for. The big question is how much does it cost to hire a Magician? There are 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 for hire will tend to charge a lot more, that is mainly because of the client base and the competition is a lot higher.
How much do Magicians charge UK 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.
So if you were looking for some information on how much does a magician cost to hire I hope this has been helpful.
Magician Hire Near Me
One of the main factors for the price of a Magician is do they have to travel? Hiring a local Magician is always going to be better.
My name is Roger Lapin and I am a Hampshire Magician available to hire for any event across the south,
In the UK, Magicians can cost anywhere from £250 – £950 on average. It really depends on location, who the magician is and how long you’d like them for. Please allow 1 hour per 50 guests.
How much does a Magician cost for a Birthday Party?
This depends very much on the type of birthday party?
The cost to hire a Magician for a children’s birthday party ranges from £125 to £250 for a 45 minute show.
The cost to hire a Magician for a 40th or 50th birthday can range from £250 – £950 depending on which Magician you hire and where and when the party is?
Frequently asked questions
This depends on what you want the Magician for, how many guests, what day of the week and where your event is. For a personalised quote – Contact Me for a quick response
Hiring a Magician for a wedding is a bit different as most magicians have different packages based on the performance times during the day, also the running of a wedding day can sometimes not go to plan so most magicians will factor in some extra time to allow for speeches, guests sitting down to the wedding breakfast and any problems that could mean your guests missed out on some magic.
For an average wedding of 60-80 guests I would normally attend for 2 1/2 hours and perform magic for over 2 hours. This adds in some flexibility to work with the day.
This depends on where and when the event is. For most professional magicians one hour will be quite expensive and each hour after that will cheaper. Expect to pay from £150-£300 per hour for a top quality Magician.
Having performed at over 1000 weddings I can tell you the best time for a Magician to perform at your wedding reception is during the photos and or during the wedding breakfast. A lot of people want to hire me to perform during the room turnaround where they always feel there is going to be a lull in the day. From my experience this is the time of day where people who are staying at the hotel will go back to their room to freshen up, and others will go for a walk or explore the hotel or wedding venue.
This is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer, but a lot of couples are looking for ways to entertain their wedding guests. There are so many options ranging from outdoor games to gin bars to fairgrounds! A Magician is the perfect entertainment for a wedding as they can move amongst groups of guests performing amazing wedding magic. They are perfect for all ages from young children to your great gran and generally just add a little buzz to the crowd. Your wedding is your special day and nothing is going to make that any better, but by hiring a Magician or in fact any other wedding entertainer you can give your guests different experiences throughout the day to make it more fun.