Wedding Entertainment – Magicians and Children’s Entertainers
For wedding entertainment, magicians and children’s entertainers are an increasingly popular choice. After choosing the venue, the type of reception, the photographer, the cake etc., many couples require some form of wedding entertainment for the guests.There is a wide variety from which to choose.
Before making a booking it is important to consider at which point in the proceedings the wedding entertainment is required and in the case of magic, the type of magic preferred.
The most popular choice is to book a table magician who will go around the tables between courses at the wedding breakfast, performing amazing close up magic right under the noses of the guests. Many table magicians will also perform a special effect for the bride and groom. This can be done either at their table or if preferred, a larger scale effect that can be seen by all the guests in which the bride and groom can rightfully be made the stars of the show but without any embarrassment whatsoever.
Most table magicians can get around between 10 and 20 tables during the time it takes to have a three or four course meal. Dependent on the table configuration this would normally allow for up to 200 guests. For larger weddings a second magician would probably be needed but of course every wedding is different. The precise arrangements would need to be discussed with the prospective magician before making the booking.
The magician can also usefully entertain guests over drinks in the bar or outside in the garden, weather permitting. In this situation magic can be a great ice breaker, particularly at larger weddings where perhaps many of the guests may not know each other. By their nature magicians are not shy of introducing themselves or other people to one another.
At larger weddings magic can also be used to entertain the guests while the photographs are being taken. Very often this can take a long time during which many guests are left standing around.
In choosing a magician it is important to consider whether any children at the wedding will need to be entertained separately, perhaps with, say, a 45 minute magic show during the speeches. This is popular where there are a reasonable number of younger children present who perhaps would get restless during the speeches. Magic shows are generally suitable for children aged 3 and above. Younger children would of course be welcome to watch the show but should be supervised by a parent or other responsible adult. In any event, it is usual to have a minimum of two adults present in the room. Remember, the magician is there to entertain the children, not to act as a baby sitter.
There are many magicians who specialize in close up magic only, which obviously would make them unsuitable for entertaining younger children. Children aged about eight and above enjoy the close up magic for adults but for younger ones special children’s effects are needed. A possibility would be to book a specialist children’s entertainer to entertain the younger ones and a table magician for the adults. It is usually cheaper however to book a magician who entertains both adults and children.Many will give a significant discount if booked for both a close up performance and a children’s show. If a separate children’s show is not required but where there will be some young children at the reception it would be sensible to book a table magician who also entertains children and ask him or her to bring a few children’s effects along.
Another important factor to consider in the choice of magician is the style of the wedding. If it is a formal wedding and the reception is held in a high class venue the choice of a young magician who might turn up in jeans and a tee shirt might not be appropriate however good the magic might be. Conversely, such a magician might be the ideal choice for an informal wedding where the majority of the guests are younger. Decide what you want and ask the magician to dress accordingly.
For those weddings where the reception is held in the afternoon and followed by an evening event to which very often additional guests are invited, a magician can also provide suitable entertainment. This can be in the form of close up magic prior to a disco or perhaps a cabaret act as a main item of entertainment. It is important to remember that close up magic should be finished before the start of any musical entertainment.
Finally, to ensure you are making the right choice, make sure that the magician is suitably experienced, look at the website for photographs taken at weddings to see the reaction of the audience (not clever photos posed in a studio.) Ask for references if in any doubt; this is your special day and everything needs to be right.
Whatever you choose, I hope this article is helpful in illustrating how booking a magician can make your special day really magical.