Frequently Asked Questions
With the popularity of David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton,
Criss Angel, Mac King and others
Magic is more in demand than it has been in years
and many events are looking for
great magical entertainment
Why an Illusionist/Magician?
Nothing can capture or stimulate the imagination like a great illusionist.
Engaging entertainment on many levels from evoking astonishment to side
A superb magical performance can touch us in many different ways.
Things to look for and ask?
What sets them apart from everyone else? Ask why they would be a good fit for
Do they have experience performing the type of show you are interested
A stage performer may or may not be a good fit for a birthday party.
All performers should have video on their website,
take a few minutes to watch and see if the performer is what you're looking for.
Every performer should make time to speak with you either on the telephone or
to go over all the details and expectations for your event.
Why we don't review or recommend
We feel strolling magic is
invasive and some of the performers aren't the best performers to
When visiting with friends at a party or reception who wants to be
bothered in mid-conversation with
"Hi, I'm your magician, want to see some magic?"
Strolling or mingle magic like children's birthday magic tends to attracts some
of the least talented magicians,
performers who are just in it for a quick buck and don't care about or focus on
the craft and art of magic.
The most astonishing and creative magic may not always fit into pockets.
We suggest the alternative of hiring a magician and having them to set up a
table (preferably a mobile one) and performing magic
where your guest can join them and enjoy magic at their leisure. A good magician
will draw a crowd doing some very visual
magic and your guests curiosity will draw them to the performance encouraging
them to enjoy the magic at their leisure.
Also this creates a focal point which will draw guests and serve as an ice
Of course all the references the magician gives you are great. Who would give
you a bad reference to speak with?
Obviously word of mouth is the best. Some performers may be able to
provide independent third party reviews.
The magician you are considering may be performing a show you can see before
If none of these are available again check the website and videos.
Speak with the magician you are considering and don't be shy about asking
Differences in price and
you get what you pay for?
You may get very different
prices for the same show. Generally the more in demand a performer is the higher
If you shop on price alone chances are you won't get the best performer for your
Like everything else in life you get what you pay for.
When a performer is cheaper than everyone else there
are usually reasons why.
A cheaper magician may be desperate for money or overbooking shows and sending a
A magician may charge less if you are nearby to where they live or there may be
additional charges more if you live further away.
The longer the performer has been working regularly the more experience they
have with different types of shows and crowds.
That doesn't mean someone with 20
experience performing is necessarily going to give you a better show
than a performer with 10 years experience. However performers with less 3
to 5 years performing and study
may not have the right or enough experience to work in every situation. Far too
often we've seen or heard of
someone calling themselves a magician just a few months after buying a few
"tricks" and trying to sell their services.
Speak with the performers, check
out their websites and videos.
Find the magician that will be best for your event, the performer you feel most
Inquire how many shows they perform a month and if you can see them perform somewhere
Awards and why
they might not mean anything?
Some awards are very prestigious
However some magicians may tout awards from small local clubs.
It may not carry much weight if their awards comes from 5 other performers
whom they have known for years and meet with once a month.
Philosophy on magic and what studying the magician has
Magicians approach their
craft in different ways.
Learning magic is a lifetime journey, the education of a good magician is always
Magicians may specialize in different eras (like Victorian or Roaring 20's) or
in different bodies of theory.
Some magicians feel the effect (trick) is strong enough to stand on it's
others believe the proper presentation is most important. We feel magic should be presented in an encompassing
where the audience is engaged by the story and the illusion.
A complete presentation.
Different types of performances and shows?
Stage or Platform - Takes place on a stage or raised platform. Usually for
larger crowds, may included larger illusions.
Can range from festivals all the way to Las Vegas or Broadway type shows.
Too often is a bunch of big box tricks done to music with no interaction with
Parlor - Usually for groups or 50 or less, can be performed in many
More intimate type show as the magician gets to interact with and is closer to the
Children's - Birthday, daycare or other parties. It is really challenging to
find good children's performers.
Some performers view performing for children as "easy" money and many children's
performers do it just for the money. .
Sad to say but many incompetent magicians are doing children's shows.
Some magicians who usually do other types of shows will take children's shows
occasionally, again just for the money
There are excellent children's performers but they are few and far
Trade - Performing at trade show booths to gather large crowds for the sponsor
and help get the message out to more
potential clients in a memorable fashion.
Corporate - Magic done for companies to honor top performers, to express company
or new information in a memorable fashion or just to give the employees a well
deserved break and
fun downtime with their fellow staff in a team building exercise.
School and or Library - Shows done specially for these venues, usually
promoting a message.
How can I and where do I find the right performer for my event?
Here at Maryland Magicians
is a good place to start