Should I hire a local magician (near me)?

A truly great professional magician can transform any event with level of engagement that few other entertainments can match. So, when you are planning an event that you want to truly stand out, you might be asking yourself the above question:

Where can I hire a local magician, near me?

However, one of the first decisions you'll face is whether hiring a magician who is local to your area is the best measure.

In my case, I'm based near Birmingham, Nottingham, and Staffordshire, but like many magicians, I also travel across the country (and occasionally internationally too).

In this post, I'll explain some of the factors of this decision, considering the benefits of local hiring against the broader spectrum of foregoing geographic boundaries to instead find the best magician for your event.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Local Magician

Proximity and Accessibility

One of the reasons to hire a local magician is that, travel can take it's toll on people. If someone has to drive for four or five hours to get to your event, then they might not arrive as fresh as they would it was just thirty minutes away.

For me, most of my work takes place within two hours drive from where I live. Plus for those events that are towards the further end of that, I leave plenty of time so that I can take breaks on the way, and arrive early enough to relax before the performance.

Understanding of Local Venues

Local magicians may have prior experience with nearby venues, which can certainly streamline the setup and performance arrangements. They may even be able to recommend a venue, if you are still looking for one.

This to me, seems like a minor thing if you are considering hiring a close up magician. The set up for a close up magician, is literally ten minutes. I put a few things in my pocket, and I'm good to entertain you and your guests for two hours! On stage, there is more set up involved, but professional magicians are professional exactly because they can adapt to any environment.

Costs

Hiring a local magician who lives near you and your event, may offer savings on travel expenses or rather an absence of additional travel costs.

As mentioned I don't charging travel until the drive is over two hours, but even then I find that some of my clients are happy to pay that as they know they will be getting a quality magician when they hire my services.

Community Support

Now this seems like a good reason to hire a local magician. By hiring a local magician, you're supporting the local economy. If there's a professional magician that meets your needs then maybe you don't need to look for anyone else.

Reasons to Look Beyond Your Local Area

Recommendations

If you have been given a recommendation of a magician, or perhaps seen one live at an event, then that is a great choice. You already know that they will do a fantastic job, and that's a much better decision than scrolling the internet and picking 'any' magician.

When I'm performing at events, I often have people ask me, "Where are you based? We are having a party, but it might be too far for you." I find they are often surprised when I tell them that I travel across the country to perform magic.

Take a look at some of my reviews below ↓

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 👍🏾

Seeking Specific Talents or Experiences

There are instances where your event demands a magician with a very specific set of skills. If you're looking to hire one of the best close up magicians in the country, then please get in touch. I've been performing magic for over 20 years, and in that time I've discovered exactly what's required to make your event incredible.

I would love to bring my unique style of lively, conversational close up magic to your event.

Expanding your search beyond your local area can open up a world of possibilities. While local talent can offer convenience and familiarity, sometimes the key to unlocking an unforgettable event is finding that special magician whose talents align precisely with your vision, no matter where they're based.

Professionalism

It's worth noting that most professional magicians are happy to travel to your event, whereas of the magicians, I know, who only do magic part-time, most prefer to keep things local.

With that in mind, you might find that a magician who only works locally, is perhaps performing magic only a part-time basis.

How to Decide

Research and Reviews

Instead of just basing your decision on where a magician is based, consider the overall value a magician brings to their event. One way to start thinking about this is to research the magicians website. Do they have photos and videos from events similar to yours? Do they have online reviews? How many? And how far back do they go?

In my case, I have over 100 reviews, stretching back over ten years!

Finally

You know, it's quite fascinating how perspectives shift depending on geography. I once performed at an event with a large number of international artistes, including the World Yo-Yo Champion who flew in from The Netherlands. Strangely, that event was only about 10 miles from my home.

Ironically, while I was the local magician for this occasion, I shared the stage with international stars, blurring the lines between local and global talent. The event organiser was initially surprised to learn how close I was, a reminder that proximity doesn't equate to a lack of skill or prestige.

This just goes to show, whether I'm your local magician or I'm travelling to attend your event, the quality of the performance remains the same, offering a world-class experience no matter the location.

So, if you're looking to hire a close up magician in Birmingham, Nottingham, or Miami (yes, I've done a show there!), then get in touch today, and I'll be happy to talk you through what I can provide for your event.

If you're interested in including magic as part of your event, then get in touch with me today. I would love to bring your event to life!

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 👍🏾

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.