Do you need a Close up Magician for your event? Take this Quiz to Find Out!

When planning an event, it's important to consider if you're going to have any entertainment and what type of entertainment will best suit the atmosphere you're looking to create.

OK, I said, "if" you're going to have any entertainment, but the truth is that while the venue and decorations, might make the event look nice, it's always the entertainment that people are going to remember most. Entertainment, like a close up magician, affects people. It gets them involved either directly, or indirectly by mixing with other guests. It's these interactions with others that they will remember.

One of the things I often tell my magic students is "people are more interested in people than things." I don't know about you, but I put a higher priority on making sure my guests have a great time, rather than what the venue looks like. In fact, I often think that we would have a good time in a more plain venue, provided we were laughing along together.

So, do you need a close up magician? Well, in this post, I've designed a quiz to find out what's best for your event. Is it close up magic, or some other type of magic, or some other type of entertainment?

Jump straight to the quiz here, or continue reading for more of an introduction to close up magic.

What exactly is close up magic?

What exactly is close up magic, and how do you determine if it's the right fit for your event? Close up magic, is a highly interactive art form, where a magician performs magic in social situations and events such as weddings, parties and corporate gatherings, usually while mingling with guests or at their table. The magic includes tricks with everyday objects such as playing cards, coins, banknotes, keys, pens, smartphones, etc.

For contrast, consider stage magic, which is designed for large audiences, where the audience are sat either theatre style (in rows) or cabaret style (at small tables). This type of magic often requires microphones, speakers, lights, and the props might be more specialised. Although there are lots of stage mind readers (aka. mentalists) who perform with everyday objects such as pens, sketchpads, calculators, etc.

Actually, they say a picture tells a thousand words, so here's a video of me in action, performing close up magic!

Why choose a close up magician for your event?

The appeal of close up magic lies in its ability to captivate and engage guests in a unique way. It's not just about the tricks themselves but the interaction and personal connection that comes with them. Close up magic takes place in a shared space, where and so guests are part of the show. This can be as simple as choosing a card, to as involved as reading the mind of your best friend!

A skilled close up magician can seamlessly blend into your event, moving among guests and creating moments of astonishment and laughter throughout.

Note, however that I said a skilled close up magician. That is what it should 'should' look like. There are some events organisers who choose to go for the cheap option and book a beginner magician. It might come as no surprise to you, that magicians who are just starting out in magic, are often not as confident in their performing. This is so easy to tell, and when an audience detects this, it can make them feel almost sorry for the performer. That's just a bit awkward. Also, often in the early stages of magic, beginner magicians tend to perform at the audience, rather than to them or with them. Another big mistake that really spoils what magic can be.

I know all of this by the way because as well as performing magic, I also train other magicians. Anyway, more on selecting the best close up magician for your event later. For now, though let's think a little deeper about your event.

With so many factors to consider, how do you know if a close up magician is even what your event needs?

The Quiz - Do you Need a Close up Magician?

Here's the quiz!

To play, just select the question that most fits your event, and a dropdown will appear with more information, and a points score.

The answers are not in any order, and the points are not equally weighted across the answers!

Question 1: What type of event are you planning?

Question 2: How would you describe the atmosphere of your event?

Question 3: What is the size of your event?

Question 4: How much time do you have for close up magic at your event?

Question 5: At what point during your event would you like entertainment?

Question 6: How important is audience participation to you?

Question 7: Budget wise, what priority have you assigned to entertainment?

How many did you score?

  • 0-8 points: A close-up magician might not be the best fit for your event, but that doesn't necessarily exclude all of magic. One of the best things about magic is that it's flexible enough to fit into a variety of events. I love to talk magic, so if you reach out to me, I'll be happy to recommend what would work best for your event, even if it that means recommending another magician or performer.
  • 9-18 points: Your event could benefit from a close-up magician, but it might depend on how they're integrated with other aspects of your event. Let's have a further conversation and I'll be able to guide you on how to maximise the entertainment at your event and make sure you get the best value for money from whatever you choose to do.
  • 19-28 points: Hiring a close up magician for your event should be an easy win. Your event is the perfect setting for my interactive and engaging style of magic. It could really enhance the experience of your event. Get in touch today and I'll create the stories you and your guests will be sharing for many years to come.

How do you choose the right close up magician?

So, you've done the quiz, and decided that a close up magician is worth booking (or at least considering). Well, choosing the right close up magician for your event is the crucial next part to ensure that your guests have an unforgettable experience.

The magician's ability to skilfully blend into the atmosphere of your event is paramount. Below, I'll provide some of the essential qualities to look for in a close up magician and provide a list of critical questions to ask potential candidates

Do remember this key advice. The close up magician you choose will be interacting directly with your guests. It's always worth talking to them on the phone and getting to know them. I know it's easier to conduct things by email, but the personality of your performer will affect your event.

Key qualities to look for in a close up magician?

Experience: A magician with a wealth of experience brings a level of professionalism and polish that is hard to replicate. In my case, I've been performing magic for over 20 years. In that time I've learnt exactly what works in order to make the most of events. And, I've made all the mistakes possible, at other less important events.

Look for a magician who has performed for many years, at a variety of events. One way to judge this is to take a look through their website at photos and videos, and check out online reviews.

Sue Phelan
Sue Phelan
Ed was absolutely phenomenal at my friend's 50th birthday! Fantastic magician x
Michelle Talbot
Michelle Talbot
Very, very impressive 😁
Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant
He was very professional before the event and everyone was thoroughly entertained by his close magic and the larger scale audience participation tricks.
Rach Ryan
Rach Ryan
We invited Ed to join us at our wedding reception to entertain our guests during / after the meal. Lots of guests were chatting about his tricks the next day. We loved the one he did for us and have absolutely no idea how he managed it! Ed is relaxed but professional, friendly and fun. Thank you for sprinkling some magic on our day Rach & Mick
Laura Darrant
Laura Darrant
Super personable and an amazing magician. Book him for your works events.
kerry smith
kerry smith
Ed was fabulous, what a fantastic magic show this was the perfect entertainment for my 50th Birthday and left us scratching our heads on how he did some of the tricks as we couldn’t work it out, and we were really impressed, and still talking about it later into the night and after my birthday too. I would definitely recommend and book Ed again and he was very professional, fabulous magic tricks and great communication and early to the event to prepare. I won’t mention what tricks he did as I won’t spoil the surprise but we all loved it. Thanks Ed 🤩🥰👍
Fern Dennis
Fern Dennis
I saw Ed last weekend he was booked for a family wedding. Nearly a week later and I’m still speechless, he was amazing best magician I’ve ever seen! He caters to all age groups, so entertaining.
Le pe
Le pe
Excellent entertainment
Doggo (Aɴʏᴀ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇss)
Doggo (Aɴʏᴀ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇss)
Really friendly magician 👍🏾

table magician performing at a corporate party

Adaptability: Events can be dynamic, with changes happening in real time. A great close up magician is adaptable, able to adjust their performance to suit the setting, whether it’s a change in venue layout or the need to engage different types of audiences throughout the event.

Audience Engagement: As mentioned, the essence of close up magic lies in the close up magician's interaction with the audience. The ability to engage, and entertain guests of all ages is as important as their tricks, and their ability to fool / amaze you! Personality is the 'secret sauce' if you like that sets apart a good magician from a great one. Remember what I wrote above, "People are more interested in people, than things."

Collaborative: It's worth working closely with your magician to align their performance with the theme and tone of your event. Together we can create something incredible. A collaborative approach ensures that the magic complement the event’s overall vibe and meets your expectations.

Questions to ask potential magicians

When comparing close up magicians, it’s essential to ask the right questions to gauge whether they are a good fit for your event. Here are a few questions you might like to ask:

1. Can you describe your experience performing at events similar to mine?
2. How do you tailor your performance to different audiences and settings?
3. Do you have any video footage of your performances I can view?
4. How do you handle situations where guests are hesitant to participate?
5. Are there any specific requirements or conditions you need for your performance?

Hire a close up magician

So, if you're pondering the question, "Do you need a close-up magician for your next event?" I'm here to help guide you towards making the perfect choice. Whether you're looking for an incredible, amazing, mind blowing addition to elevate your event or simply need advice on the best entertainment options, don't hesitate to reach out.

Even if my close up magic is not the ideal fit for your specific needs, I'm more than happy to recommend other options, including other talented magicians and entertainers who can bring your vision to life.

I'm well connected within the magic community, and would be happy to give you this advice for free.

Contact me today to start the conversation.

07792 129 828
ed@edsumner.com

Ready to find out more?

Get in touch today for an accurate quote or more information.

Sue Phelan
Sue Phelan
Ed was absolutely phenomenal at my friend's 50th birthday! Fantastic magician x
Michelle Talbot
Michelle Talbot
Very, very impressive 😁
Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant
He was very professional before the event and everyone was thoroughly entertained by his close magic and the larger scale audience participation tricks.
Rach Ryan
Rach Ryan
We invited Ed to join us at our wedding reception to entertain our guests during / after the meal. Lots of guests were chatting about his tricks the next day. We loved the one he did for us and have absolutely no idea how he managed it! Ed is relaxed but professional, friendly and fun. Thank you for sprinkling some magic on our day Rach & Mick
Laura Darrant
Laura Darrant
Super personable and an amazing magician. Book him for your works events.
kerry smith
kerry smith
Ed was fabulous, what a fantastic magic show this was the perfect entertainment for my 50th Birthday and left us scratching our heads on how he did some of the tricks as we couldn’t work it out, and we were really impressed, and still talking about it later into the night and after my birthday too. I would definitely recommend and book Ed again and he was very professional, fabulous magic tricks and great communication and early to the event to prepare. I won’t mention what tricks he did as I won’t spoil the surprise but we all loved it. Thanks Ed 🤩🥰👍
Fern Dennis
Fern Dennis
I saw Ed last weekend he was booked for a family wedding. Nearly a week later and I’m still speechless, he was amazing best magician I’ve ever seen! He caters to all age groups, so entertaining.
Le pe
Le pe
Excellent entertainment
Doggo (Aɴʏᴀ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇss)
Doggo (Aɴʏᴀ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇss)
Really friendly magician 👍🏾
close up magician performing to guests at a wedding party

YOUR INCREDIBLE EVENT IS
JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY

1. CONNECT

It's easy to get in touch with me, either:

email ↓

ed@edsumner.com

call ↓

07792 129 828

or fill in an enquiry form.

2. DISCUSS

During a short phone or video call, we'll talk about your event and your initial ideas. Don't worry, if you're not sure. I've helped to plan many events so I can advise on the best use of magic and other events entertainment.

3. AGREE

Once all the details are agreed, I'll send you a booking confirmation and ask you to make the first payment which confirms your date in my calendar. Then it's time to start looking forward to your big event.

4. ENJOY

I'll check in with you in the week before your event, and on the day of the event. All you need to do now is enjoy the magic, mind reading and conversational comedy.

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