So you’ve been tasked to hire a magician to entertain the attendees of your next corporate event. The last thing you want to do is hire a card-shuffling sham with the stage presence of your weirdest uncle, especially when the whole company is relying on you to make the event a good time.
Here are five steps you can follow to find corporate event entertainers that everyone at your event will love:
- Start With a Budget
Corporate event entertainers are often freelancers and will charge a wide range of prices for their services. Starting out with a set budget in mind can help you narrow down your options and choose a professional magician who’s actually in your price range.
- Ask for Recommendations
Your connections in the business world have likely had to hire corporate event entertainers at some point. Ask around with friends and business contacts and find out if they had a particularly positive (or negative) experience with a corporate entertainer. Get several names from friends and acquaintances and then hit the internet to search for a few more suggestions.
- Narrow it Down by Presentation
A good magician understands the importance of presence. That means that if you end up on a website packed with flashing text, clipart and broken links written in comic sans, you probably want to look for another magician. Remember, you’re looking for an entertainer, but you’re also looking for a professional. You can get a good sense of a magician by their web presence, and that can help you narrow down your list to magicians that are really promising.
- Read Testimonials
Many professional magicians have testimonials right on their websites, but you can always ask for testimonials if they don’t provide them. This should help you get a feel of what other clients have thought of the magician’s services (though you should take it with a grain of salt, since the magician likely only shows the good reviews). You should also pay attention to where the testimonials come from. Are they from businesses similar to yours, or from events similar to the one you plan to hold? This should help you get an idea of how a magician’s show will go over at your event.
- Watch Video Clips
Most corporate magicians provide video clips or sizzle reels on their website that allow you to see them in action, often in a corporate setting. Watching a video will give you the best sense of what a magician has to offer. If a magician doesn’t have videos, it might be better to find someone else, since chances are they don’t have much to show you.
Follow these steps and you should be able to find a great corporate magician in your price range!