Towards the end of 2014, I was asked by Careersoft to feature in a short 2 minute video briefly outlining what I do as a professional entertainer and magician, how I went about achieving my career and why I do it…
Careersoft – Job Explorer Database Entertainer Career
This short interview and video of me performing was going to represent the entire career and job description of an Entertainer in their Job Explorer Database, which is used by students in schools and colleges across the UK to help them find out more about career choices available and to motivate them to taking steps needed to enable them to start working in their desired field… no pressure then!
I almost forgot that I’d filmed this in December 2014, when a couple of days ago I received an email through with the video featuring last year’s former glorious goatie and a glimpse of my close up magic for customers at Red Hot World Buffet in Leeds – where you can currently find me most Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 12:30 – 3:30pm.
Professional Entertainer – Oliver Parker – Careersoft Entertainer Video
Of course, as soon as I’d finished the interview and the videographer had left I thought of a whole array of wonderful things I should have said. D’oh! Too late! But I’m quite happy with the above result – it’s interesting to know that this will be what teenagers see when browsing the database of 2200 job titles looking for something they actually want to do in life, hopefully I’m representing for all the other entertainers out there and inspiring enough for all those who wish to become one of us!
This has inspired me to write another post detailing my story of how I became a professional magician. Stay tuned to learn about my journey and tips of how to become a professional entertainer but until then, as I always say:
More top things to check to weed out any poor quality close up magicians…
Public Liability Insurance – close up magic has a very low risk, but in the unlikely event that anything at all does go wrong, you need to ensure beforehand that the magician you have hired is fully covered with public liability insurance on the date of the performance so you have nothing to worry about. Some venues won’t even permit an uninsured magician to perform on their premises and require a copy of the entertainers insurance certificate before the event – so definitely check that the magician can send you a copy of his public liability insurance certificate if needed. You can be reassured that I am fully covered by £5 million worth of public liability insurance as well as £10 million employers liability insurance for larger events where I have organised several quality magicians on your behalf. If you or your venue need to see a copy of my insurance certificate, I have it scanned in and ready to email straight to you, just ask! For added peace of mind, I am also Enhanced CRB cleared.
Cost – “How much does a close up magician charge?” This is probably the most frequently asked question after “How the @*$% did you just do that?!” and really, there is no set answer – every event and close up magic performance is different. Several factors are usually taken into account by a good quality close up magician before calculating a quote, such as: the location, the number of guests to entertain, the performance times and duration, whether any overnight accommodation will be needed etc. The best way to find out how much a close up magician charges is to chat to the magician, provide them with as many details as possible about your event – they should then be able to give you a fair and accurate quote and suggest the best options for your particular event. Remember: as with most things in life – you get what you pay for. If you have received an extremely cheap quote by a magician, it may well be because they lack experience, confidence or have yet to develop the skills needed to become a quality professional close up magician.
Talk to the magician – give the magician a phone call and actually chat to them to see how friendly and helpful they are instead of just communicating by email alone. A quality close up magician will be able to confidently offer help and suggestions to provide the best possible entertainment at your event based on their years of experience of what they know works well in those kind of situations. I’m always happy to help any potential clients, so if you want to get in touch and ask me about your event, just give me a call: 07845 694 236
Look before you book – If you feel you need to reassure yourself you are choosing the right close up magician for your event you should request a meeting. Although professional close up magicians are often busy either performing at events or dealing with bookings and enquiries, they should be able to spare a few minutes to meet up with you to have a chat in person, give you a demonstration of the kind of magic they perform and recommend how it will fit in best with your function. They may even invite you along to another event they are performing at to see them in action if they have any suitable events upcoming (although a lot of events are often private parties so that isn’t always feasible). When you meet with a close up magician in person, you can gauge whether their performance style is right for your event before committing to booking them. I always jump at the opportunity to meet up with somebody who is interested in booking me because each and every meeting I’ve had in the past to demonstrate my magic and chat with a potential client has resulted in them booking me for their event! This is why I was chosen by companies such as O2 and Leeds United. If you are interested in hiring me for an upcoming event, but feel you need to see my magic in person first, just let me know and we’ll arrange a suitable place and time to meet!
I just need a magician, why is all this so important? – From the above points you should be able to tell how to find a top quality close up magician and how to spot a really bad one, but here’s a summary of what the differences are and how that can affect your event… positively or negatively: A bad magician who lacks experience, expertise and even social skills may well make you and your guests hate magic and never want to see a magician again. With a poor quality magician you risk them treating your guests, clients or customers inappropriately and they will create a negative memory of your event for your guests… However, with a good close up magician you can rest assured they will provide a thoroughly entertaining service that you and your guests will remember for months, if not years to come! The close up magician will be able to share their experience and recommend tips to ensure the close up magic at your event is a complete success! A quality close up magician can definitely be trusted to be punctual, well dressed, well groomed and generally act professional and friendly at all times as well as blow your mind with awesome close up magic!
Filter out any bad close up magicians with these top 10 tips!
So now you’re aware that there are some sub-standard so-called close up magicians (who really do suck!) flaunting themselves on the internet, you should be able to filter them out through all the above important points. Going through the above checklist ensures that you will hire a top quality entertainer who you can rely on to enhance your event and ensure you are the one who is remembered for organising such a great function for your guests!
Please browse the rest of my website to decide whether I am the quality close up magician you want to hire.
Thanks for reading and whether you decide to hire me as your close up magician or another quality close up magician, I hope your event goes brilliantly and that these top 10 tips help to ensure you organise a great event!
Top 10 tips to look for to ensure you hire an awesome close up magician
In this post I’m going to share some vital tips that will ensure you avoid ruining your event, leaving your guests with a bad impression and making everyone hate magic for life. Instead you’ll learn how to find a top quality, reliable close up magician who can be trusted to entertain and astound your guests in a fun and friendly manner because quite simply; professional magician hire isn’t something most people are required to look into every day.
So what do you look for when booking a close up magician?
Good question. It’s important to check a close up magician’s credentials and experience as, unfortunately with the magic of the internet, it’s possible for anybody to buy cheap self-working tricks online, design themselves a website and refer to themselves as a “close up magician” in just a short period of time in an effort to try and make some fast cash… like me… just kidding 😉 – I’ve been performing and practising as a close up magician for the last 15 years (since the age of 7!) and I absolutely love astounding people! You can read more about how I got interested in magic and just how passionate I am about my art on the About the Interactive Magician page.
Top 10 things to check to weed out any poor quality close up magicians…
Photographs – The most important factor that should decide whether you continue finding out more about a particular close up magician is whether they have good photos of them in action performing at a variety of events on their website. The photos should show good reactions from the guests the magician is entertaining – ask yourself: are they smiling, laughing, looking astounded or generally look like they are having a great time? If the answer is yes, then do continue… If the answer is no and the guests the close up magician is supposed to be entertaining look bored out of their skull or disinterested then would you really want them to ‘entertain’ at your event?
Videos – Does the magician have video clips of themselves performing for real audiences, not just clips sat in front of the camera doing a few tricks taken from one angle? Just like with the photos, you want to make sure the guests genuinely look like they’re having a good time – that’s a strong indicator of whether that particular magician will be able to amaze guests at your event. Although I am currently in the process of finalising a shiny new promotional video, I still have several videos on the main pages of my website, but you can view them all in a handy playlist here: Close up magician videos Update: I have now finished producing my latest promo video, check it out by clicking the image below:
Testimonials – Feedback from previous clients is important, genuine testimonials are a big deciding factor as they let you know whether people who have hired that magician in the past were happy with the service provided and also whether they would recommend them to others. Simple written testimonials can however be easily made up, so check that the magician can provide references to back up their testimonials if necessary. In all of my years of performing close up magic I have never had a single unsatisfied client! I am proud to say that I have 100% positive feedback so I must be doing my job well 🙂 Some of my previous client feedback is still over on my Yorkshire magician website under the Magicians Feedback page, please have a read through for yourself: close up magician testimonials Update: I have now added a new client feedback page to my website for my clients to submit their testimonials directly, please have a read through to see what my most recent clients are saying about my service.
Video testimonials – these are even better than written testimonials as you can see the client’s faces and tell through their body language as well as what they are actually saying whether they are genuinely happy with the entertainment and overall service provided. You can find my previous client testimonial videos on each of the main close up magicianpages on this website. When I remember, I like to capture video testimonials (even if just using the camcorder on my phone) after a performance so you can really see how genuinely thrilled all my existing clients are with my service!
Professional – Technically the term ‘professional’ can mean anybody who charges money for what they do – which is sometimes used by amateur magicians and people who just do a little bit of magic on the side, so the term can be very misleading… Look for a genuine full-time professional or at least semi-professional if you want to ensure the close up magician you hire offers a quality service that is well practiced and perfected – a full time professional close up magician has to rely on his skills and ability to entertain in order to make a living, so they must be good enough to continue getting bookings! You can rest assured that I am a self employed full time professional entertainer, my income depends solely on how much fun and amazement I can provide for other people, which is quite a cool position to be in – good job I love making people happy! As you may have read over on theAbout the Interactive Magician page I am also adrum circle facilitator, andbreakdancer/bboy – these are two things I absolutely love doing and have been hired for by many well known corporations to provide a professional corporate entertainment service. Yet being a close up magician is my main job passion and has been since my age hit double figures!
I’ve got to start preparing for a performance this evening now, so that’s it for Part 1!
I’ll update you in the next few days with the last 5 vital points to look out for when finding a close up magician in Part 2 – stay tuned…