If you are in the process of planning an event for your company, a fundraiser, or any other large-scale event, and you've found yourself here, it's a pretty good guess that you're considering hiring a corporate magician or mentalist to entertain your guests.
And, with that consideration comes one of the most common questions I get asked.
How much does a magician or a mentalist cost?
Now there's no doubt a high-quality mentalist or magician can elevate your event to a whole new level of excitement. But, no matter who you are or what you’re planning, budget is always a concern.
And the fact of the matter is, the cost of hiring a magician or a mentalist for your event can vary depending on several key factors. So, I wanted to fill you in on five of those factors that can influence the price of hiring a high-quality corporate mentalist or magician, allowing you to budget accordingly and ensure a successful event!
1. Experience and Quality
Experience is one of the first factors that affect the cost of hiring a high-quality corporate magician or mentalist. A magician's experience can reflect their skills, quality, and talent in their field. To put it plainly: the more experienced a performer is, the higher the quality of their performance.
But it also means they will have a higher fee. High-quality corporate mentalists with a strong reputation often charge a premium rate.
2. Event Size, Length and Show Type
Another factor that affects the cost of hiring a corporate mentalist is the length of the event or the show. to put it simply, the longer you want them to perform, the more it will cost. What kind of performances you want can also factor into the price. Do you want a short performance? A long one? A stage show? Walk-around magic? Both? All of these can influence a performer's rates. Most high-quality performers know that there can be a demand for different options, so a lot of them will even have packages with different options or combinations that are designed to fit your needs.
Not only that, but the size of the event can play a huge role in a magician's rates too. A small gathering of 20 people in an office have very different demands and requirements than a 100 person holiday party, or a 500 person gala. Because of this, often times the rates for a performance can also be dependent on how many people are showing up to the event, what venue it's in, and how the space is set up. It's usually best to get in touch with your magician or mentalist to go over these details in advance.
3. Travel and Accommodation Expenses
Travel and accommodation expenses can also affect how much a corporate mentalist or magician charges. Most performers will charge travel expenses when they need to travel outside of a particular area. And while every performer tackles this slightly differently, it's usually best to get in touch with that performer to discuss travel and accommodation details.
The farther away your event is from the mentalist's location; the more expensive travel costs will be, potentially adding hundreds or thousands of dollars to the final fee.
4. Equipment and Material Costs
A significant portion of a magician's or a mentalist's fee is attributed to equipment and material costs. Mentalists and magicians undergo a lot of preparation to deliver the best performance possible, and many require high-end, custom-made equipment, props, and materials (even if, on the surface, it may not seem that way).
5. Demand and Availability
Lastly, a mentalist's or magician's availability and demand will also impact their fee. If a performer has a busy schedule and is in high demand, their fees will be higher than magicians or mentalists that aren't. And while that limited demand could be frustrating if dates are few and far between, it's also a good indication that the performer you're inquiring about is constantly working because they're a high-calibre act.
The bottom line is that hiring a corporate mentalist for your next event can be a surefire way to energize your guests, create a unique experience, and make boredom disappear. And to ensure that you hire a high-quality professional that can add their expertise to your situation.
And, if you have more questions about how you can add that excitement (and expertise!) to your event, get in touch with me to discuss your upcoming plans and how we can add that WOW factor for you and your guests!