January 2

Hire A Magician For A Birthday Party

Because you are looking to hire a magician for a birthday party, you landed here on the home page of a PA magician. Truth be known, we may or may not be able to make it to your birthday party. It all depends on several factors including the party location.

The Mr. Mysterrio Magic Show can bring the magic to you anywhere in any of the 50 states, however, it isn’t always cost effective to do this. We mostly do magic in PA, NJ and NY. Having said that, the information on our website can help you get the magic man or magic woman who is right for your needs with ease.

When you are looking to hire a magician for a birthday party you have many questions and this is normal. The easiest thing to do is to make a list of the questions and ask the entertainment service provider you are thinking of using those questions.

Often they will be able to help you. Will they use ” little Johnny” in all of the tricks? Will they make the guests feel extra special and if so, how? All of these questions can be and should be answered by the magician who is about to do your magic show. It is all a matter of making sure that you ask them.

There are times when this magician is not the correct magician for your needs at that time. That is okay. Many magicians can not or will not adapt to the needs or wants of certain clients. That is not a knock on magicians. If you go to the eye doctor and say that your tooth hurts, the doctor is not going to be able to help you. So, if the magician does not or can not provide the service that a client needs, it’s okay. There is a magician out there who will be able to help and they will be the best magician for your needs.

It’s important to remember these things when you are looking to hire a magician for a birthday party. If the magician does motivational speaking for corporate clients and does not do children’s magic, you don’t want that guy at your party. It’s simple.

A child friendly magician is so important because the magic show needs to be High Energy. It needs to be Fun For The Children. It needs to Involve The Audience and Make Them Feel Special. It’s not about who has the latest, greatest magic tricks. It is about the feeling of magic that the entertainer creates.

Don’t risk engaging the services of the wrong entertainer. It could ruin your event. Follow these simple tips and get the right person for your needs. Call me if you have any questions at 1-872-21-MAGIC. Mr. Mysterrio has been in this business since 1986 and we are more than happy to help you in any way we can, even if we are not the magician you hire. We want you to hire a magician for a birthday party that is right for all your needs, regardless of what they are.

We know magicians all over the world, so, of we can’t help you….we know someone who can and will provide you with that information. Have a magical day and enjoy your party.

 

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September 21

Rent A Magician For Birthday Party

You might be wondering where can I rent a magician for birthday party? The answer is simple, you can engage our service and have an awesome magic show. At The Mr. Mysterrio Show, we are ready when you are. As full time professional magicians, we understand that having a magician who can present an amazing magic show when you need one is a much needed service.

Many of the people who call too close to the date and time they want are shocked when we turn them down and say that we can not come to their event. You see, a successful magician can book up from 30 days to years in advance. As a result some people who book too late are left without a magic show. We don’t want that to happen to you. We suggest you rent a magician for birthday party early to prevent this problem. Sure, you can get a week end only magician who works full time at a department store and does moon bounces on the side and even get them on short notice. However, is that really what you want or need? If you are looking for the lowest price in town, go for it and remember that you get what you pay for in most cases.

With The Mr. Mysterrio Show, Mark will try to find a show that is right for all of your needs. This includes working within your price range. When you are ready to engage the services of a Pocono magician, call on Mark Mysterrio. You can rent a magician for birthday party with ease simply by calling 1 872 21 MAGIC and talking to Mysterrio.

We send you a packet in writing that will talk about our shows, tell you who to contact if you want to talk to people we worked for and so much more. We’ll help you even if you don’t want to go with our service. We do one thing, we create unforgettable magical programs for people of planet earth. To us, it’s simple.

 

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July 14

Best Time To Hire A Magician

When is the best time to hire a magician? At The Mr. Mysterrio Show we would like you to use our service 365 days a year. Having said that, it’s because we love to entertain at your events and make your events unforgettable and fun. We love what we do. In case you don’t know what we do, it is simple.

“We Create Unforgettable Magic Shows For People Of Planet Earth!”

I’m not going to lie to you – unless it is to entertain you. I mean, let’s look at it, as a magician I am a highly paid, well respected, professional ethical liar. A magician tells you a lie to entertain you. However, that is where the lie should end and the ethics should start. From my side of the fence, I want you to use my service as often as you can. However, I would never sell you a service or product that you don’t need.

Here is why I say that…I’ve been in this business since 1986. I’ve seem magician and so called magician sell their clients services and products that their clients have no need for. The real reason they ask you to use their moon bounce or their cotton candy or their candy cart is simple to sell you a package that costs you more money. Does it really provide you more value? The jury is still out on that one, don’t you agree?

How would you feel if you went to the grocery store for a loaf of bread. The bread costs $2. So, you take a $10 bill and go to the supermarket. When you get to the store they tell you that the bread comes with a gallon of white milk and three candy bars and a box of cookies. To buy the bread, you have to take the whole deal for $10. What would you do? Would you go to another store or take the $10 deal?

So, what does that have to do with the  best time to hire a magician? A LOT! We want you to hire the right magician for you and your event. Doing anything less would be like offering you a $10 loaf of bread with bonus items you may see no value in. It’s not a service, it’s actually a did-service.

So why do we say:

“We Create Unforgettable Magic Shows For People Of Planet Earth!”

The reason we say this is simple. We don’t want to sell you a service you don’t need or want. You don’t need a 15 balloon sculpture that took us 20 minutes to build. You don’t need to feed your children a few hundred pounds of spun sugar and you don’t need to provide your children with a loser that wants to cash in on your hard earned dollar while claiming to be a magician.

The best time to hire a magician is when you need him. Having said that, do not wait until that week. most magicians who are worth having at your event book up 30 days in advance. So, if you want to engage the service of Mark Mysterrio for October, call him 30 days or more before your event.

January 21

Hiring a Magician, The Real Secrets – Honesty From a Dishonest Profession

Here is a great article by Matt Colman. Who is Matt?  Matt Colman is a highly respected full time professional magician from England, he is also a writer and innovator of magic, and he has published several books for magicians. You can find out more about Matt Colman and his work here http://www.mattcolman.co.uk.

With over fifteen years of experience as a professional magician in England, I am going to tip you the real secrets of hiring a high quality magician for your event, and how to avoid the low quality magicians that could actually do more damage than good to your event.

Simple Magicians jargon, the three main types of magicians:

o A magician that performs card tricks, coin tricks and smaller tricks, ‘street magic’ style, up close, either around tables, or in a drinks reception/mingling environment is called a Close Up Magician, Table Magician, Strolling Magician or even a Street Magician.

o A magician that performs magic on a stage or in a parlour environment is simply known as a Stage Magician, Parlour Magician or Cabaret Magician.

oA magician that performs mind reading or ‘Derren Brown Style Magic’ is known as a Mind Reader, Mind-reader, Psychological Illusionist or Mentalist.

A great magician can be worth their weight in gold at any event, it’s crucial if you want to not only provide entertainment for your event, but to enhance the atmosphere and give it that unique edge, choosing the right magician can be a little more ‘tricky’ than one might imagine. A high quality magician with years of experience won’t come particularly cheap, so here are my top tips to ensure that you get the best value for your money. Where magicians are concerned – you really do get what you pay for.

Ask Google or any search engine for a magician in your local area, and it will unmercifully spew out a brain overload of prospective close up magicians, children’s magicians, stage magicians, entertainers, mind readers, comedy magicians, illusionists, jugglers and many more – but who do you choose? How do you choose them? And, how do you know they will be the vital ingredient for your event?

If you’ve already began your search for a magician you will see many advertise on their websites the same buzzwords such as ‘Unforgettable’, ‘Unique’, ‘World Class Magician’, ‘Absolutely Amazing’, ‘Perfect for your event’ etc etc, but how much of that is fact, and how much of that is fiction? You will soon learn how to separate the truth from the embellished truth.

Firstly, decide exactly what kind of magician you think would be best suited to your event. To help you search with using search engines for the right magician for your event use the ‘magicians jargon’ terms along with the following to help your searches become that little bit easier. If you want a magician that can mingle with your guests in a drinks reception type environment you will need to search for close up magicians in your local area; if you need a magician for a ball or dinner the same search terms or table magicians instead of close up magicians within your local area will give what you need, having a magician work around the courses is no problem at all to the professional, but the amateur may have a difficult time with organizing their entertainment around the meal. If you are looking for a wedding magician, again you really do need somebody that specializes in weddings, not particularly someone that does the ‘whole shebang’ as it where – as the old saying goes don’t spread yourself too thin. Magicians that claim they can do everything from close up magic to fire eating, and from illusions to children’s parties, probably haven’t dedicated all the required time to the specific area you need them for. I strongly suggest not hiring a close up magician that also does children’s parties, unfortunately there are many great children’s entertainers out there, but many think that the same rules apply to entertaining children as entertaining adults – in reality it’s a completely different ballgame. Both are highly specialist arts.

Many children’s entertainers will learn some basic magic tricks and try to piggyback close up magic work from their children’s parties. Ideally if you want a children’s entertainer, find somebody that specializes solely in entertaining children and if you want a magician for adults find somebody that exclusively performs high quality magic for adults. Perhaps you want a cabaret magician, or stage type entertainment, there are many genres here; mind reading, comedy, stand up magic, hypnotism, illusions, ‘Tommy Cooper type’ magicians and so on, think what would be best for your event and guests – If you think your audience would appreciate a comedy magician more than say a mind reader, search around for comedy magicians in your area, a big tip here is to make sure they have at least one video of them performing, there is nothing worse than an unfunny comedy magician! If you know the type of people at your event are not the kinds that like to be in the limelight, a hypnotist is definitely not for you! Good stage magicians and illusionists are usually quite good crowd pleaser’s, but it’s generally old fashioned style entertainment that won’t suit everybody. Illusionists and traditional stage magicians are ideal if you have international guests as they have ‘non patter’ acts that are performed just to music. A good mind reading show can be extremely impressive, it can be completely baffling, entertaining your whole audience and even be very funny, however there is plenty of boring mind reading shows and not all of them are geared towards family audiences if there are children in the audience, again check references and videos.

Once you know exactly what you want for your event, and perhaps even a style that you think would best suit your engagement, perhaps you want the older looking wizard type magician or the young fresh and modern close up magician, have a look at a various websites until you come across a few that you think would be ideal for your event. Pay attention firstly to there style and image – If it’s a black tie event, you probably don’t want a magician that wears jeans and t-shirt and other casual wear to performances, if you’ve got a young hip crowd perhaps you want the fairly young magician that does dress more casual. Perhaps you want close up magic and stage magic, see if they offer both services – many will give you a great package deal for both.

Sometimes it’s better to hire somebody non local to you that covers performing in your area, a lot of magicians have a ‘one fee everywhere’ for performing anywhere in the country so you are not landed with a huge travel expenses on top of the performing fee.

Every magician’s website should have; genuine high quality references and testimonials, photographs – and not just studio photos but actual performance photographs, a video if possible so you can get a better idea of what they do, and finally they should present to you all the information you need about there performing experience. It should tell you how long they have been performing, notable places and companies they have worked for and what makes them stand out above the crowd. When you contact your short list of magicians be sure to include all the necessary information about your event; including type of event, time, date, location, number of guests, and if you have an idea of the budget you have allocated for a magician, mention this as well.

Sometimes when you search for a magician an agency website will pop up with various magicians and alternative entertainments, remember agents usually charge around 15% commission, so you might end up paying more through an agent. Sometimes it’s better to cut out the middle man for a single performer. If your event requires multiple acts of different entertainment branches, agencies are usually the best way to go to manage your entertainment, however most magicians will be able to recommend colleagues that work well together if you wish to hire multiple magicians.

Unlike most professions where there are always ‘cowboy’ services, surprisingly there are very few ‘cowboy magicians’ out there, however, there is a huge range in quality. The easiest way to find the good quality magicians from the lower quality magicians is by the fee. A full time professional will work hard on his trade, he has the experience and the skill required, dedicating their life to performing magic, their fee reflects this and their customers will pay the fee every time for an unbeatable service. On the other end of the spectrum you have the amateur, the guy just starting out, or the ‘seasoned professional’ that perhaps should of retired when his tie went out in fashion in 1963. These are usually the weekend hobbyists that will do the job for you and won’t charge you very much. Whilst every magician has to start somewhere, don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to high quality, professional magical entertainment. It takes a long time to become a good magician, amateur magicians could potentially ruin your event, they might make an off the cuff remark towards the guests that is not well taken, their magic might not be very good or they might just be extremely unsuitably dressed for your event. Full time professional magicians have to be great in every aspect of performance and people skills, generally you can’t go wrong with a full time professional that has all the proper credentials I outlined above.

Many magicians offer close up magic in one hour or two hour time slots, generally two hours for around a hundred guests is the best bet, that gives the magician adequate time to see as many people as possible.

Once you have your enquiries back, done either by phone or email, here comes the hard part – which one are going to choose? Unfortunately I can’t make that decision for you, generally the better magicians will be in the same price range, like I mentioned above – the lower price magicians will usually be amateurs or part time magicians that might not give you the full magic experience that will make your event stand out a mile. Magic is a very special art form, the best magicians are not only great at magic they are also great with people and that comes with many years of experience.

As with all rules there are of course exceptions, but if you follow my guide, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect match for your event. Magic is one of the most entertaining, fascinating and fun enhancements for any type of Party, Wedding or Corporate Event – not only is it universal in captivating all ages but can bring people together, even help sell products or unbelievably raise the atmosphere of an event. A fantastic magician can be a giant cherry on the cake.

Good luck with your event, and I hope it is a huge success!

© Copyright 2009 by Matt Colman Magician. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Colman is a highly respected full time professional magician from England, he is also a writer and innovator of magic, and he has published several books for magicians. You can find out more about Matt Colman and his work here http://www.mattcolman.co.uk.

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January 12

Things You Should Know About Using A Magician

The most important thing is to make sure you book a professional. An amateur or part-time magician maybe able to perform amazing magic but there is a lot more to it than that. Will they turn up on time? Will they be smartly presented? Will they work hard to make sure they see every guest? Will they have the experience to cope with any last minute changes?

Remember that if you are hosting or organising an event, the magician you choose will reflect on you. In the same way, a professional magician who’s livelihood depends on performing regularly will look after all the small details because it reflects on them and their prospects of getting more work.

How do you know someone is a professional? After all, anyone can say they are but what can you do to check that it’s true?

How to Spot a Professional Magician

Check that the magician has a good website and/ or printed promotional materials. These days, magicians often rely on a website to provide information to prospective clients because it is so easy to keep a website up to date. Many also have videos or DVDs and printed materials including photographs. Of course, this doesn’t make them a great magician but it does indicate their professionalism. It can also give you an idea of what a performer is like if you haven’t met them.

Check that the magician is a member of magic societies such as the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. These societies require magicians to be serious and accomplished performers before they are allowed membership. Another good sign is if they are a member of an organisation like Equity, the UK performers union or similar professional body.

Check the magician’s list of clients and engagements, and testimonial/ recommendation letters. A professional magician should be able to provide details of past clients and engagements – if they can’t something is wrong. The types of events they have been involved with will indicate if they are the right magician for your event. The letters and quotes can be helpful, although it is unlikely that any bad quotes will find their way into someone’s promotional materials! However, the number and quality of the quotes should give you an idea of how well received a performer is. Don’t be afraid to ask for copies of the original letters or emails.

Check that the magician has public liability insurance. This is very important! The magician may be closely interacting with your guests, perhaps borrowing objects from them and a professional will be covered for any accidents that may happen.

Is a Particular Professional Magician Right for You?

So, you’ve found a professional magician. How do you know they are right for you and your event? Obviously, seeing them perform is the best way. Often a magician will work regularly at a restaurant or club, or even have a regular stage show and this is a great opportunity to see them in action. However, some magicians only perform at corporate and private functions and you may not be able to see them in public.

Promotional materials and information about past clients and engagement should give you a pretty good idea what they are like, but a quick phone call is the best way. Have a chat with them, ask them what their performance style is like and what types of magical effects they perform. If you like what you hear and can get on with them over the phone, it’s a good sign.

Price and Negotiating a Fee

Often the main factor when deciding which magician to choose is price. Fees for professional magicians vary a lot because they depend on many factors such as the date and time of the event, how well known the magician is, what type of magic you want them to perform, how long you want them for, etc. But, as with most other services and products, you get what you pay for. Good magical entertainment is not something that you can get cheaply. If you are shopping around and enquiring with many magicians, going with the cheapest may not be the best option!

When negotiating the fee it can be a good idea to be up front and state what the available budget is. This could save both you and the magician a lot of time. If one magician is too expensive or is not available, they may be able to suggest another magician or entertainer for your event. Their opinion is worthwhile, since they should be well aware how good other magicians are and suggesting someone unprofessional would reflect badly on them.

Finally, remember to check whether the fee you negotiate is fully inclusive and that there are no hidden extras such as VAT or travelling expenses.

Note: This article is written from a UK perspective, but many of these tips will be relevant in other countries.

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January 5

Christian Magician

If you or someone you know are looking for a Christian theme magic shows, you might be shocked to know that there are many themes that will fit into your Christian centered values and what you are trying to accomplish. There is such a thing as a Christian magician. The program you select should feature things like:

  1. Clean Comedy – with no bad jokes about anything of the sort. It should all be fun and funny. Nothing that goes against Christian values or beliefs. Nothing that the audience could view as being nasty, bad or disrespectful.
  2. Audience Participation – The audience should be an important part of the show and the theme. Everyone should be able to do a small part n the show. It is the audience that makes up the show, not the magician. Too many magicians think the show is about them and their ego. The Mr. Mysterrio Show knows what those three letters stand for EGO – Edging God Out. As a result we make our show about the theme and the audience, not about us or the magic we do.
  3. Christian Theme – If you request a Christian theme in your magic show, it should follow that theme and have Christian values. It’s that simple.

A Christian magician might not only do church based shows but, he should be able to match any theme or topic that the group wants. As a magician I have done themes like water into wine and the talks of Jesus, I have done the turtle and the hair and talked about people being unique and how Jesus suggested we treat people and many more.

The easiest was to see if we can develop a show for your needs is to call us at

1872 21MAGIC  and see what we have in our suggestion box. We are always eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions. We will also do our best to find a theme that works for you.

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