Having worked as a specialist magician and mind reader for days gone by sixteen years, I have seen hundreds if not a large number of venues everywhere. From Boston, where I’m based, to Singapore, where I work with a few weeks once per year, and several cities and countries in between. A similarity that crosses all borders is the consistent lack of knowledge the client has when booking live entertainment. That is true for that of an assortment type. (e.g magicians, jugglers, clowns, etc.).
Now this is forgiven (to an extent), as most folks have not booked live entertainment before and know nothing at all about how the process works. These individuals can be forgiven and kindly instructed by the performer on what the smooth the process can and should be. That said, when you because the entertainer are working through a seasoned booker (e.g a person who works for a company that plans all large and small functions), there is really no excuse for poor booking processes.
After speaking with several performer friends from all areas of entertainment, we have think of a set of guidelines any future client should be at least acquainted with before hiring professional entertainment.
When To Book Live Entertainment
So you want to hire some entertainment for your party, event, graduation, anniversary, etc. Whatever the case may be, you intend to spice it up with something live and fun! red rock entertainment review First thing you need to know is that performers of most varieties whether magicians, fire eaters or live bands, need time and energy to prepare their shows. The majority of us specially design our performances around your event, and this does take some time and can go in to the price of the performance. You will want to give at least 3-4 weeks notice to a performer before booking. This is my suggested time frame for me, other performers require much earlier notice, and some can take a meeting with just a couple days notice. This will depend on our schedules, current bookings and flexibility not to mention, the performer himself (or herself). Our schedules are very strange, and totally non-traditional – we can have gigs at all hours of your day, night, and even in to the very early mornings. Please Note: If you call a performer each day or two, or three, and even four before your event, they’ll most likely charge a little more for the short notice. It takes time to make your event special, whether by creating custom routines when i do, establishing a music set list, or getting required licenses or permits for more threatening acts like fire eating and sideshow stunts.
What Are You SEARCHING FOR
Hiring entertainment for the event can really improve your guests’ experience. Whether it’s a live band, DJ, caricaturist, or magician, live performances create a truly unique experience your guests will share with their friends and families if they leave. You want to determine what kind of entertainment best suits your particular event. For example: If you’re getting married at a golf resort. With 200 guests and a traditional setup (cocktail hour, plated dinner, speeches, dancing, etc.), then you would want to determine where and when entertainment makes sense. If you’re interested in magic or mind reading, which is very popular at weddings, then you would be best to stick it in to the cocktail reception for what’s called “strolling” or “walk-around.” This is where the performer wanders through your cocktail hour performing small, close up effects and routines for small groups of guests. This offers a personal experience you sometimes lose with a complete length show. In addition, it breaks up the occasional repetitiveness of such portions of the function. Magic, mind reading or perhaps a little light music really can make a difference. Have an idea of what you want, lay out your event, and see where it makes the most sense. Perhaps a full length comedy mind reading show after a three day corporate retreat? Or simply you’re celebrating your son or daughter’s birthday and want some entertainment to help keep all the little guests entertained? A children’s magic and balloon show is a perfect fit here. Consider my other article on Magic & Mind Reading for Adults vs. Magic for Children, for more detailed information.
Determine Your Budget
This is by far one of the important points a soon-to-be entertainment buyer must understand. It ought to be known that every performer, whatever persuasion, charges differently. A fire eater will charge differently from a juggler or clown. A mentalist will charge differently from the magician or stilt walker. That is predicated on how they value their time and expertise.