Planning entertainment at your party or event.
Are you still planning your end of summer event? Now is a good time to get entertainment especially if you think it will add value for your guests who are attending. Having an entertainer like a magician at a summer party can really help to make your event a great success becuase many times people focus on inviting guests only and forget about what their guests are going to do during the event. There are definitely certain entertainers who fit different styles of events better than others. For example if you are booking a magician for a cocktail hour type of party then you are going to want to book a magician who specializes in, “strolling magic for events.” If you are having a formal dinner party or a birthday party then you are going to want to have a magician who specializes in a, “stage magic show.” Another example would be that if you are having an adult birthday party you wouldn’t want a magician who only does kids magic shows and vice versa. There are some magicians who perform all kinds of magic so therefore have a specialty in all of these different styles of magic. When searching for the right entertainment try to book directly through a performer’s website and avoid directory entertainment websites. You will usually get a bunch of quotes from people who are either not qualified for the event or who will do a very mediocre job. If you are on an extremely limited budget then this might be your best option however and sometimes you will actually hit the lottery with finding the right one for your event. But if you are looking for something very specific or to make your event very special then this route is definitely not recommended.
Price comparing performers
It is very important to understand that prices can vary a lot from performer to performer and what kind of event you are having. Sometimes a corporate event magician or performer can charge 100 times what some kids party entertainers. This is not always the case but often it is. If you’d like to have a solid magician perform a stage illusion show for an adult dinner party be prepared to spend a minimum of around $1,000 or more for someone who is very good. You may want a full scale Vegas style magic and illusion show for like a corporate event and these kind can even start at around $5,000 or more as well. A motivational speaker type of entertainer many times charge around $10,000 or more for an event looking for a very niche type of speaker even if they are not a celebrity. Definitely keep this in mind and anything under these suggested prices can potentially mean that it is a low quality show. This can sometimes dissapoint guests. Don’t be fooled if someone charges $150 and says they have good reviews. You do not always know the source of reviews. Although reading reviews for a performer is important as well you should also consider the performers youtube videos, instagram content, and type of pictures they have. This can all really help you make a good decision in addition to reviews. You want actual video proof that the performer has done a certain type of event with audience reaction, not just a written review without a confirmed source. When you do the appropriate research you’ll thank yourself after that performer gets a standing ovation or raves about them after the party. Feel free to contact us here to request availability for the magician we represent.
Whats best for your event?
When inquiring availability from a performer you should always ask questions and request suggestions. Give them all of the information about the event including schedule, parking, entertainment restrictions, special guests of the night, and other details you find important. This way the entertainer can be fully prepared because parking is usually tougher to find at a hotel for a corporate event in Los Angeles, Ca than a house party in Orange County, Ca. It depends on the exact location of course but some cities are generally tougher to find parking than others. This kind of information can affect setup time of the show and directly affect what time they should arrive to. This information is not as important to someone who performs, “strolling magic” as it is to someone who performs a, “stage magic show.” The schedule can dictate what a performer can do and just like the last topic can affect what a stage performer can actually do. Some performers can require anywhere from 20 minutes to a full hour of setup on a stage to make sure the props are all set. Usually, they should be the ones to go first if you are having other entertainment because some entertainers only need a minute to setup or no time at all.
It is a good idea to tell the entertainer who the CEO is of the event so they can be involved in the show if that is something that they would desire. There may also be certain people who you’d like to participate in the show more often for a number of reasons. Some entertainers have the option of doing a short, “roast” of someone in good taste as well. If you really want some good comedy in your show then a performance like this is a good idea because it really adds to the entertainment value. A long and very serious show can quickly bore your audience members since the best entertainment will take your audience on an emotional roller coaster.
Viewing video footage and instagram content.
It is definitely a good idea to check out most of the video footage and instagram content that the entertainer or magician has because this will help you find what the magician specializes in. If you are having an adult birthday party and are looking to hire a magician then you don’t want to hire someone who has videos of them only performing a show for children. If you are a school looking to book a magician for an assembly show then you don’t want to book a magician who only has videos of them performing just strolling magic. When you finally find a niche performer it is important to not price search for someone much less who may not be as good. Many event planners have found themselves in utter dissapointment when booking a magician who charges $200 compared to someone who charges $1,500 for the same event. In the entertainment business the saying, “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true.
A school should always consider the type of instagram content if looking to book a performer for a fundraiser or assembly because this will help dictate the attendance to the performance. If you advertise the act and then show the students the instagram content you want it to be impressive so they will be hyped up to see the show. More attendance in to your fundraiser or assembly means a bigger success and exposure for your cause. Follower count is one of the last things to look at but someone with a slightly larger follower count on istagram means they are slightly more popular for people to come watch and sometimes also hype up the attendance. Often times the same idea can be applied to other events like birthday parties, corporate events, or dinner parties but usually work best to hype up a school function. There are all kinds of shows out there so watching the videos and getting opinions from the staff, teachers, and students can be a huge helper in decision making especially if price is not of a major concern.
What kind of entertainer to book
Booking the right entertainer for your summer event can be a great experience depending on the which entertainer you are speaking to. You want to be sure to call the entertainer and make sure they know exactly what they are talking about and seem really confident on the phone so that you will have a pleasant experience on the day of. You may have a good feeling of the audience you are booking the entertainer for. If you have a very reserved crowd a comedian may not be the best choice because many comedians can either have crude jokes or just not enough material to fit in a 45 minute gap unless they are someone as good as George Lopez. Although, having someone like a comedy magician may be a better choice since the crowd also gets to be amazed along with laughing. However, just like in the previous paragraph it is very important to view their video footage so you know it will be appropriate enough for your crowd.
If you have an audience who wants ambient entertainment and you know definitely will have really important conversations throughout the event than you may even consider having a band, harp player, or singer. You can even go all out on entertainment and have multiple shows on one stage throughout the night depending on your budget. You may already have a particular vision for your night and almost always it is a good idea to book some form of entertainment for the night. You especially want the performer to be good so that your audience goes home thrilled and talking about it instead of bored and disappointed. This is why it is important to have a sizeable budget so your entertainer will be good. You’ll want someone who does their performance art for a living instead of someone who does it as a part time gig and has a day job. This way you know they are puting their all into their artform.
When to book the entertainer
Once you have all of the details of your event and you feel confident the entertainer fits your requirments and needs it is now time to book. Remember the main points, checking the performers reviews, website, videos, and instagram content. Make sure you have talked it over with the rest of the decision makers as well. Most professional entertainers require some sort of deposit to confirm their appearance at your event so be sure to get that to them as soon as possible to secure your spot in their calendar. As an entertainer, it can be somewhat tough to manage a confirmation on a verbal confirmation before receiving a deposit because it means your event is still, “up in the air.” During the busy times like the summer and holidays this can put extra stress on an entertainer because sometimes they will receive other inquires for that date you have requested. Get back to the entertainers’ you have decided not to go with and remit the deposit to the one you are going with in order to secure a confirmation. You’ll find a lot of event planners and entertainers use paypal, square, or venmo to accept payment to make it easy on your behalf and make all of your payment information secure as well. If you have any other questions on this topic feel welcome to contact us on how to plan the best entertainer for your event.