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How Much Does It Really Cost To Hire A Magician? [March 2020 Update]

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Wedding magician prices can vary dramatically. If you have asked around you will know that.

However did you know that the difference between how much you pay is dependent on the type of magician you hire?

According to The Magic Circle in London, reports that according to some wedding industry professionals hiring a wedding magician could cost as little as £50 for charity gig. However, for a wedding, the cheapest professional magician you could hire is £250 for 2 hours and the most expensive is more than £35,000 for a famous, household name like Dynamo.

Magician’s vary in prices and would depend on the type of magician you hire. Prices vary between a children’s entertainer, a close up magician or a stage magician/

Whilst you may be able to shop around and find cheaper, you will also have to consider the implications of hiring a magician for a cheaper fee. This may include a lack of professionalism, lateness, cancellations or worse behavior at your event itself. The mid range price for a magician in 2020 is between £250 and £750 for 2 hours close up magic.

People also ask: How much is it to hire a magician for a children’s party?

A: Children’s entertainer’s prices are usually based on them being hired at a children’s party for 2 hours. This price may be cumulatively less if you hire them for 3 or 4 hours but this is sometimes too long. Magician’s who perform at children’s parties, often do so within an easy drive of their house so don’t charge extra for travel fees or accommodation. Magicians often take a 50% deposit and the rest is either payable before the party or on the day. Each magician has different payment terms, so it’s worth checking with them first.

People also ask: Do you tip a magician in a restaurant?

Like many performers, they don’t earn a regular income. Their income comes each time they perform a gig and if they are performing in a restaurant, the pay is usually low. Whilst it’s not compulsory to tip a magician in a restaurant, it is often extremely welcomed and they will no doubt stay and perform longer at your table in return.

People also ask: How much to magicians get paid?

The average, full time professional magician earns around £35,000 gross revenue annually performing at weddings, parties and corporate events. However, a number of professional magicians have additional revenue streams such as lecturing, creating and selling magic tricks, or working at trade shows. As a result, they may earn even more up to £50,000+ A semi-professional magician can expect to earn £10,000 a year to support their day job.

To find more answers to questions you may have about hiring a magician for your wedding, please read the blog in more detail. If you want to get a quote from Duncan (a full time professional magician) for your wedding or event, then send him an email or give him a call.

People also ask: Who is the best close up magician?

According to a poll conducted in 2019 the following 5 magicians were polled as best in the world:


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Bar Mitzvah Magician | Bat Mitzvah Entertainment and entertainer

Bar Mitzvah MagicianBar Mitzvah Magician, Duncan William has been performing his unique, fun entertainment for the Jewish community for over 15 years. His style is very contemporary and appeals to a a broad age range. This is perfect for these wonderful coming of age ceremonies. His Bar Mitzvah entertainment includes his ever popular digital magic. This includes pulling objects out of iPhones and iPads, or demonstrating some incredible close up magic with the combination of technology.

Why hire a Bar Mitzvah Magician?

Duncan has been performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings for over 15 years. Recently he was hired for an exclusive Orthodox Jewish event in Newark, New York. Here, he entertained some of America’s most prominent guests. But entertaining in America is an exception to the rule. Duncan mainly performs all over the UK.  From London to Birmingham, Manchester to Nottingham.

A Bar Mitzvah magician, like Duncan understands that it’s important for both the adults and children to have a great time and enjoy the magic. Duncan fits perfectly into this category. He is not particularly old (meaning the children can relate to him) nor his he extremely young (and therefore have little professional performance experience).

A Bar Mitvah magician, such as Duncan, will ensure that your party is extremely memorable and fun for all ages. Ultimately, it will be spoken about for years to come.

What makes Duncan’s Bat or Bar Mitzvah entertainment unique?

Unlike a traditional Bat or Bar Mitzvah magician – Duncan has the experience of performing at these events both in the UK and internationally. As a result, he understands protocol, traditions and timings. Not only that, Duncan magic is extremely unique. He combines traditional sleight of hand using technology, iPad and iPhones to show people something astonishing they will probably have never seen before. You can watch his showreel below:

What should you wear to a Bar Mitzvah?

Formal wear is the most appropriate. If you have a Tallis you could wear that, or borrow one from the synagogue. In some communities, people are expected to cover their heads but this isn’t always required. Again, you could wear your own Kippa (Jewish skullcap) or borrow one from the synagogue.

When should you arrive to a Bar Mitzvah?

This is a personal choice. If you want to have the full experience, then arrive early to attend the prayer ceremony at the beginning. Arriving precisely on time is unusual on a Saturday morning (the start of a traditional Bar Mitzvah). Dependent on the hosts or the congregation, it is sometimes completely acceptable to arrive extremely fashionably late. It is worth asking the host what time they would prefer you to arrive. It’s never rude to do this and speaking to many guests as Bar Mitzvahs, it’s standard protocol.

What should you expect at a Bar Mitzvah service?

Some Bar or Bat Mitzvahs have short ceremonies. Others have longer ones. The longer ones may include reading or chanting in Hebrew from the Torah or prophets. This may or may not be followed by a speech by the parents. Here, they will give a blessing to their child and offer up a few embarrassing words or two. Parents will then share some memories with the congregation and then offer up some gifts to their children. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is then showered with sweets to celebrate reaching this significant milestone within the Jewish calendar. Guests will then move to the social hall or function suite for a kiddish or celebratory lunch.

What is your role at a Bat or Bar Mitvah?

On arrival, it is customary to take a prayer book at the door along with a copy of the Torah readings, and if they are not there they will be on your seat already. An usher may lead you to your seat and there will be plenty of standing and sitting throughout the course of the ceremony. For many people attending; this may also be their first time attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah so just go with the flow and follow everyone else.

What do the children do to prepare?

Children learn how to carry a Torah, lead a service, and chant from the Hebrew inside of it. They also write their speech called a ‘drash’ and often complete a Mitzvah project such as charitable work, growing vegetables or something similar. In addition, it may take years of work with a cantor, rabbi or tutor to prepare. Turning 12 or 13 signifies the end of this process making them eligible Jewish adults, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and now they are deemed ‘legal’ in the Jewish sense.

Is there certain etiquette I should consider at a Bat or Bar Mitzvah?

In this modern age we are all keen to take photos or videos on our phones but at many Mar Mitzvahs this is frowned upon, so keep them switched off, certainly through the ceremony. It is always encourage to give a gift too. These should be given at the party and not the service. Presents may include money, gift cards or a book. Sometimes families invite charitable donations in lieu of a present so this is worth considering too.

Is there a really fun party too?

A Bat or Bar Mitzvah party usually gets going after the ceremony has concluded and lasts into the night. It’s usually lots of fun and there are no real official rituals so is the perfect opportunity to let your hair down. This is the perfect opportunity to hire a Bar Mitzvah magician as some guests may not want to dance and the guests are often represented across all ages. Magic transcends any age or language barriers and invites everyone to revisit that infantile state of astonishment and wonder.

To get in touch with Duncan to see how he can make your Bat or Bar Mitvah both incredibly memorable and fun, get in touch via his contact form or give him a call on 07934 856 696.

Top 5 wedding venues in Nottingham

As a regular wedding magician in and around the Nottingham-shire area, Duncan William has become an authority on the top 5 wedding venues. Here he details the top 5 wedding venues in Nottingham.

Swancar Farm

1. Swancar Country Farm Country House

Duncan lives just 5 minutes down the road from Nottingham’s premier wedding venue. Situated just a 15 minutes drive from the centre of Nottingham, Swancar feels much further from the hustle and bustle of Nottingham than you would expect. One of the most important considerations for a wedding venue is that it is exclusive. Swancar Farm is just that. You can hire the whole Farm House for your wedding and they also have accommodation on site too. Due to the sheer demand of this stunning venue, they have also recently redeveloped the Old Stables to create even more overnight accommodation. The old stables can sleep up to a maximum of eight guests and prices start from £595. The Farm also boast a beautiful bridal suite and two additional bedrooms too.

So what makes Swancar Farm so special?

Well, it’s a converted barn for one. It’s open, spacious and the outside grounds make for some incredible countryside photographs for the bride and groom. The venue is also set back from the road meaning that it’s extremely peaceful and is easy to forgot you are close to one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. Th main Oak Hall can seat up to 140 guests and once the fairy lights on the beams are lit and candelabras flickering away, this is a truly magical place. Swancar also boast a beautiful orangery and an old renovated farmhouse kitchen perfect for breakfast the day after.

The food served is always delicious and looks incredible every time Duncan has been invited. Perhaps the best thing about Swancar weddings is the staff. They are all super approachable, friendly and welcoming and have a genuine desire to make your special day as magical as you imagined. Do not hesitate to get in touch.

Address: Swancar Farm Country House, Trowell Moor, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3PQ You can call them on: 0115 930 6528

2. Carriage Hall

Carriage Hall is just a stones throw away from Nottingham city centre too. It’s house in the former Plumtree railway station and is magnificent. It is on the same site as Perkins restaurant which is a highly rated Nottinghamshire restaurant. Much like Swancar Farm, Carriage Hall is a 15 minute drive from Nottingham city centre and is also and exclusive venue meaning you can party to your hearts content without disturbing the neighbours or another bridal party.

The main hall has beautiful red brick walls and exposed beams. Above is a glass balcony mezzanine which looks down on the Carriage Hall itself and makes for some great phto opportunities.  Outside, the grounds are well kept and a large piece of grass makes the ideal place for canapes and bubbly or for the wedding photographs.

Much like Swancar Farm, Carriage Hall have recognised that people want to stay either before or after the wedding and as a result have rennovated a couple of Shepherd Huts. They feature double beds, heating, WiFi and all the mod cons you may need for your stay. You can of course, breakfast at Perkins Bistro too.

How to get in touch with Carriage Hall?

You can contact any one of the all-female staff in the form of Mel, Debs, Jenna or Catherine.

Address: Station Rd, Plumtree, Nottingham NG12 5NA
You can call them on: 0115 937 5300

Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields

3. The Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields

The Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields is another venue which is just 10 minutes from Duncan William, so if you hire him as your wedding magician you can be assured he’ll be there on time 😉

The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields is hidden behind a large country house and is set in a beautiful traditional country garden with Roses, Bees, Tulips, Birds, ancient Crocus, Cosmos, Hydrangea and more. Each season presents different smells. Each as beautiful as the one before. Inside the permanent marquee you will have a spacious room for bar, seating for up to 220 guests. In 2017, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields also licensed the Loggia meaning they can now conduct outdoor ceremonies with seating for up to 40 guests.

Address: Old Drive, Wollaton Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 3DA
You can call them on: 0115 925 7062

Ringwood Hall

4. Ringwood Hall

You have to head a little north of Nottingham to find Ringwood Hall but its well worth the drive! Ringwood Hall hotel is set in 26 acres of parkland and again is another exclusive venue with award winning gardens.

This is another exclusive venue and can accommodate all your wedding needs.

Address: Ringwood Rd, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1DQ
You can call them on: 01246 280077

Norwood House

5. Norwood Park

Visit Norwood Park in North Nottingham and you will be blown away by both this 150 year old house and its accompanying vast grounds. However, there is one reservation to be made with this. Whilst the house will play host to the photo element of the ceremony, the second part of the day where the wedding breakfast takes place and dancing commences is not quite as attractive. Set in a grand room, they have a number of murals on the wall and is quite a contrast to the true beauty of Norwood Hall.

Norwood Hall is especially beautiful at Christmas where the ground is sprinkled with snow and a roaring fire accompanies a huge Christmas tree. It remains an exclusive venue and if the whole wedding was in the main house itself, I would certainly feature this higher!

Address: Halam Rd, Southwell NG25 0PF
You can call them on: 01636 302099

Duncan is a full time Nottingham magician who regularly performs at the above venues. To get in touch to find out he can compliment your amazing venue with some amazing magic, give him a call or fill out his contact form.