Why is magic so popular as a form of entertainment for events?

Why is magic so popular? Well, first off it's worth saying that people have been enjoying magic for centuries, and it's no wonder why! Magic is the perfect form of entertainment for any event. It's versatile, engaging, and always leaves an impression.

Whether you're looking for a close-up magician to mingle with your guests or a stage show to really WOW your audience, there are plenty of options to choose from. Not to mention, professional magicians are always producing new and innovative ways to entertain audiences and fool them with magic.

Later in this article, we'll look at some of the ways magic can be used, and why it's so popular for these types of events, but first let's take an overall view.

MAGIC IS AN INTERACTIVE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT

One key element to making magic memorable is the personal touch it offers. From interacting with your guests and getting to know them a little during the night, all the way up to customising the performance to fit the theme of your event, the best magicians use these interactive elements to help create an unforgettable experience for your guests.

This is especially true of the way that I perform which is very conversational. Each performance is completely unique as it is dependent on your guests to be the missing piece. Rather than being daunting, this conversational style puts guests at ease. After all, there's nothing to catch you out, it's just a conversation.

Interactive magic doesn't just mean having your guests assist with their tricks. Instead it's about finding a connection. As I always say to the magicians that I mentor, "People are more interested in other people, than shiny things!"

And do you know what the best bit is? Even if you've seen my show or my close up magic before, you're always guaranteed to see something new, as we recreate the whole experience from scratch every time.

table magician performing at a corporate party

MAGIC CREATES MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES

Professional magicians are experts in their art form, and it's hard to not be amazed and entertained by their fantastic illusions and tricks. As mentioned above, a key element to making magic memorable is the personal touch it offers. But more than that, magic is memorable because it's about the connection you make with your family and close friends. That might sound cheesy, but it's true, and the connection is even stronger when you've just experienced something new (and impossible!) together.

Most of the events I perform at are celebrations. And after a long week a work, people often just want to kickback and enjoy spending time with family and friends. What I provide is the laughter and amazement that goes along with that, so you don't slip into talking about boring topics like the weather or what you had for dinner!

In short, and this is the motto for all of my magic performances (you can it at the bottom of every page of this site!):

corporate-magician-motto

MAGIC IS A GREAT ICEBREAKER

Though it may be hard to imagine, it is sometimes difficult to get conversations flowing at events. This can be especially true for corporate events where guests might not know each other. That's why magic is so popular for those types of events or any other gathering with many guests

The entertainment provided is a great way to break the ice and spark conversations. The interactive nature of magic, as mentioned above is key to making this happen.

The best professional magicians know how to bring out the best in people. I know that in my case, I get to know people through conversation and use audience participation where appropriate to help encourage people to be involved. Of course, I never force anyone to do anything, but making things relaxed means it's a lot easier to join in the fun.

And the best bit is, my magic isn't about me, it's about you. So when guests do join in, they'll be the one getting the laughs, and making the magic happen. It's a great way to get guests laughing, talking, and to start relationships that last long after the event is over.

close up magician performing at a party

And do you want to know the real secret? It's confidence. Some magicians aren't natural performers, and so they rely on hackneyed lines, which I'll be honest, aren't very funny. These performers make the audience feel uncomfortable. However, a professional, oozes confidence and makes watching him or her a joy! Time slips by as you fall "down the rabbit hole" into a world where everything seems livelier and more enjoyable.

Suggested podcast episode: 004 - Can you learn confidence?

MAGIC OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

When it comes to providing entertainment for events, magic has something for everyone. Whether you're hosting a corporate gathering, a wedding, or a birthday party, magic provides an entertaining option that will engage your guests of all ages.

Magicians can even customise their acts to fit the specific interests of your event. From mind-blowing mind reading, to card magic, to magic for children and families, there's a suitable trick or act for every type of event.

Not only will these magic tricks leave your guests in awe, but they can also provide some much-needed laughs. Professional magicians are known for their unique personalities, and they won't just perform their tricks, rather they create an experience. By combining their magic with comedy, storytelling, and audience participation, the best magicians can make even the simplest of tricks more engaging and memorable.

The way you were able to entertain adults, children, individually or as one whole group was just brilliant, and we were all amazed that we couldn’t figure it out. Everyone has said its a party they will talk about for years to come!

Phillipa Pope, Shrewsbury

MAGIC MAKES A REFRESHING CHANGE

At events, it's important to offer guests something new, unexpected, and exciting. They don't just want the same thing they saw at last years event, or at every wedding or party they've been to.

Magic is the perfect form of entertainment to do just that. It's a unique type of entertainment that offers something fresh and unexpected. Part of the appeal is that magic often defies logical explanation, which as I've explained already in this article, leaves guests amazed, entertained and with a memory of a great time spent with family and friends.

Magic is constantly evolving, so you can count on professional magicians to surprise and delight your guests.

WHICH EVENTS IS MAGIC BEST FOR?

One of the great things about magic as a form of entertainment, and one of the reasons that I think it is so popular at events, is that it is flexible enough to fit into a wide variety of events.

I've already mentioned close up magic and stage magic, the choice of which you go for depends in part on how many guests you are expecting, but either could fit into any of the events below:

CORPORATE EVENTS

Entertainment might be the first thing you think of when it comes to workplace events, but it is crucial to allow your employees and guests to relax and enjoy the event. It helps to spark conversations that are more natural, and not just focused around sales figures (if you are inviting colleagues from other companies, you might want to keep that topic off the table!). Instead, corporate parties, events, and gatherings are a chance to express your gratitude, celebrate accomplishments, mark anniversaries, and most significantly, allow people to have some fun, feel appreciated, and feel noticed.

Read more about magic at corporate events.

WEDDINGS

Weddings are a celebration, right? Well, we're agreed on one thing. That's why I always find it very strange that many couple relegate entertainment to only the evening. I know when I planned my wedding, I wanted it to feel joyous throughout the whole day. I've been to weddings where it just seemed like we were waiting around. Weddings are a long day so what I always recommend is entertainment throughout. Magic is great for that, as it can fit in during the natural dips during the day, and keep people amused!

Read more about magic at weddings.

MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER EVENTS

This is another popular time when magic is used as entertainment. Whether it's a house party or you're celebrating in a hired venue, magic can help to bring your party to life. It sparks conversations and helps people to have a fun, relaxed time with their closest friends and family.

Read more about magic at parties.

SO WHY IS MAGIC SO POPULAR?

The popularity of magic as entertainment for any event is clear. People have been enjoying magic for centuries, and it shows no signs of slowing down. From interactive elements to unforgettable experiences, there's something for everyone. Whether you're planning a corporate event, a wedding, or a birthday party, magic is the perfect form of entertainment. Professional magicians are creative and innovative, so they can customize their acts to fit your event and make sure your guests leave with an unforgettable experience. With magic, you can create an event or gathering that will be remembered and talked about for years to come.

Don't believe me? Just click the icon below to take a look at some of the comments I've received from previous events.

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
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