Entertainment is a crucial part of any event, setting the tone and adding a layer of enjoyment for your invited guests. However, as with any plans, sometimes things can go awry. What happens if your entertainment cancels on you at the last minute?

While no one wants to deal with last-minute cancellations, these steps can help you navigate through such a situation with minimal stress.

Also remember that as a professional in the entertainment industry, I'm here to help you!

If you think that I can fill in where another magician, performer or entertainer has dropped out then I would be happy to help. I can provide mix and mingle magic, and group performances of magic for a variety of events. So if I can help get in touch with me today and I’ll be happy to get your event back on track.

Even if I can't help personally, I am often able to recommend someone. It's worth a call, right?


With that said, here's my step-by-step guide on what to do if your entertainment cancels.

And stick around, because at the end of these tips, I’ll explain what I do to prevent this situation happening to me and my clients.


If your entertainer cancels, the very first step should be to ask them if they can organise a replacement performer. At the very least they should be able to recommend someone rather than leave you in the lurch. Ideally, they would contact the other performer on your behalf and get everything sorted for you, so that the replacement happens seamlessly.


After receiving notice that they need to cancel, revisit the agreement or contract you had with the entertainer. Check for any cancellation policies or refund agreements. Perhaps if you had your heart set on that specific performer, you might instead prefer just to have a refund on the money paid.


If the entertainer can’t provide a replacement and you need to quickly find something that can fill their void, then one good idea is to to tap into your network. Reach out to your friends and family on social media or any contacts that you have in the event planning industry and ask for recommendations. Ask for recommendations and their experience of who they can suggest.


In these circumstances, it’s so important to be flexible. You might have to be open to different types of entertainment that might work for your event, so for example, instead of a caricaturist, a magician might work well - they both have that similar walkaround style of performance. You might also need to consider adjusting the schedule to accommodate the availability of your replacement entertainment.

close up table magician performing corporate events entertainment


Once you've found your replacement entertainment, confirm their booking as quickly as possible. Ensure you establish a clear contract or agreement with them, outlining the specifics of their performance and your expectations. Also, if necessary, let your guests know about the change in entertainment. If it's a formal event, you may need to update your programme or event schedule, if the cost of doing so would not be too prohibitive.

Of course, the other part of this situation is choosing a professional performer in the first place. Prevention is better than cure, right? I occasionally get enquiries from people who have had an entertainment supplier cancel on them, and while it’s not always the case, I often suspect this is because the performer does not rely on events for their livelihood, so are happy to let someone down if a better offer comes along. A shameful practice in my opinion. Here’s what I do to make sure I keep to my promises.


Once you’ve paid your initial booking payment, your event is booked in with me and all other bookings for that date and time are turned away!


Your booked event goes straight into two calendars. That way I have a backup to reduce the chance that I double book myself. I have never done that!


But, do you know what, there are genuine reasons to cancels. So, if on the rare occasion that I can’t attend your event, due to an illness, or an emergency, I’m well connected within the magic industry and have a small group of highly trusted fellow performers. That means not only can I recommend someone, but often I can organise a replacement on your behalf before I even contact you. That means, I’ll call you with a solution, rather than a problem.

While I understand that cancellations are sometimes inevitable, careful planning can often mitigate most of them, or at the very least make them less of a hassle when they do occur. As a professional magician, I rely on events to earn my living, so cancelling is the last thing I want to do. It's I think, why I have so many fantastic reviews, like the one shown below.

five star magic review for magician from google

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 👍🏾

Likewise, I’m here to help if your entertainment has cancelled on you. Get in touch with me today and I’ll do all I can to assist you and hopefully restore your faith in entertainers and magicians.

Ready to find out more?

Reach out to me for more information about close up magic at your event.

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

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07792 129 828

or fill in an enquiry form.


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.


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.


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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