Close-Up Magic at your Wedding: Cheesy, or Classy? Let Mark Waddington tell you what amazing entertainment he can bring to your big day.
At WeddingHour, we’re delighted to work with some of the finest wedding entertainers in the industry.
Mark Waddington’s outstanding close-up magic, and wonderful ability to engage with your guests, makes him one of our most popular suppliers. If you’ve visited one of The Wedding Affair’s shows, you’ll likely have heard some cheers, whoops of delight and cries of ‘How did he do that?!’. If so, you’ll know that Mark’s close up magic marvels and amazes – how could your wedding be without him?!
Let Mark tell you how, and why, having a magician at your wedding is a classy, fun, and outright impressive, way to delight your guests: keeping the young and old entertained throughout the day.
‘When you’re planning your wedding day, it’s important to think about your guests as well. After all, they’re coming to celebrate with you; they’re taking time off work, and traveling from all over the country (and perhaps all over the world!) to take part in your big day. So, whilst you and your new husband or wife are busy having photos taken, greeting relatives and doing all the other important bits, it really is essential to provide some memorable entertainment for your guests. There are a few options available for you: you could hire musicians, a caricaturist, and even hire a magician!
I know, I know: magic does carry a certain stereotype, but hear me out! Magic is no longer cheesy. It’s no longer some doddery old bloke who wears a waistcoat covered in playing cards, and wearing a top hat. It’s no longer about saying “Izzy wizzy, let’s get busy!” (despite the fact that Sooty is, blatantly, awesome…). Instead, there’s a new breed of contemporary close up magicians. They break the mould when it comes to public perception of magic: they’re modern, entertaining and amazing!
Why choose to have a wedding magician?
Close-up magic is a performance medium: adaptable to any environment or situation, and falling perfectly in place at a wedding. At any point in the day where your guests congregate, close-up magic can work! It’s an unobtrusive form of entertainment; by this, I mean that a close-up magician won’t demand that the whole wedding party stop what they are doing and watch some crummy magic show on stage. A close-up magician will mingle with your guests: approaching small groups of people and thoroughly amazing them. The magician will use items such as playing cards, coins, rings, pens, bits of string, bank notes….you name it, and the chances are the magician can do something amazing with it!
The beauty with close-up magic is that it happens right there in front of you! There are no camera tricks, no editing, no stooges, just miracles – and they happen literally inches away! Close-up magic allows for a whole new level of audience participation and interaction, getting to know each of your guests on a personal level. Your magician will introduce themselves to your guests as he (or she) meets them – then proceed to amaze them!
The performance from a close-up magician can work wonders to help your wedding day run smoothly. When the magician performs, brings the two sides of the family together into a group. The magician will amaze your guests and, when he moves on, your guests will start talking and interacting with each other: breaking the ice between people that may not have even met each other before. They will relax and start to enjoy the day that little bit more.
Having a contemporary wedding magician is still a relatively new concept. As much as I perform at in excess of 80 weddings each year, it’s still a very different thing to do; you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re probably the only one in your circle of friends that has had a magician in attendance at their wedding! Of course, all of your friends will want to book the magician when they see just how much fun they can be, so make sure you tell your friends who you booked – knowing you were the trend setter!
Getting the most out of your magician.
OK, you’ve decided that you absolutely must have a close-up magician at your wedding – and hopefully you’ve decided it must be me! Magicians can adapt to pretty much any situation, and trust me when I say I have probably been in every imaginable situation performing magic. Sometimes though, there are some things that you really need to take into consideration to make the job easier for the magician (which will also mean that you’ll get the absolute best performance from them).
Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Here we go!
Number of guests
When hiring a magician, you need to look at the number of guests you are inviting. Typically, a magician can entertain about 50 people per hour without having to rush around in an informal situation (such as a drinks reception or a party). If you have more than, let’s say, 150 guests, you should probably consider hiring two magicians – thought it’s always worth checking. Speak to the magician you have chosen, and they’ll be able to tell you if you need to hire two magicians. If the magician is any good, they’ll also book the second magician on your behalf (if you book that magician in the first place of course..) to save you the hassle of trawling through lots of different websites trying to find another magician!
Type of function
If you are having a drinks reception, or an informal party where people are typically stood around or sitting with a drink in their hand, chatting amongst each other, then your magician will be able to work easily: joining the individual groups and performing close-up magic without any hassle. In this situations, the theory that the magician can get round 50 people in an hour will be right.
However, if you are having a formal three-course meal, you will need to factor in the time that people take to actually eat. A good magician won’t bother people whilst they are eating, because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to have to pick a card whilst their meal goes cold. For this reason, a magician would only go to the tables in between courses. From personal experience, I find that I can entertain at 2 or 3 tables in between each course (depending on how fast the next course is being brought out by the waiting staff), so you may need to hire a magician for a little more than 2 hours. What you could even do is book your magician to perform at the drinks reception before your guests go through to the dining room, and then continue during the meal. This works well, because pretty much everyone will see some magic at some point during the evening. However, if you are hiring a magician during a meal, you need to also consider…
In general (and not just from the magician’s point of view) large, over-the-top table centre pieces are bad idea. They block so much view for your diners sat at the table, which makes conversation amongst them impossible. It also means that the magician’s job is tricky, because half of the table can’t actually see what is going on! Maybe just have small centre pieces that don’t block anyone’s line of sight, and make sure everyone can enjoy the magician at work!
It’s really important that you let your magician know if you are having any speeches or formalities during his performance time. Let the magician know what time you plan to have speeches, so they can plan their performance around them. This way, the magician isn’t stood at a table with 10 enthralled guests watching him – when half way through one of his tricks, building-up to the big amazing bit, the Toast Master or Emcee bangs the gavel and starts the speeches. It makes life a lot more difficult this way; it’ll also affect the magician’s performance.
Most parties nowadays have a DJ providing the music, so it’s best not to hire a magician later on in the evening when the music is loud and guests are up dancing. Guests can barely hear each other at this point anyway, so it’s not fair to make them try to listen to a magician too. If you do have a DJ, however, the first couple of hours of their set is typically quieter – so it may be possible to have the magician perform earlier in the evening. The magician will introduce himself to the DJ, have a chat and sort out how loud the music can be, what time the first dance is planned for, or if any party games are going to be played: most DJs are accommodating with other entertainment that is hired. It’s always best to let your magician know that there will be a DJ when making the booking: that way they can plan what magic they will be able to do.
Overall, hiring a close up magician for your wedding is a new and popular solution for your wedding day entertainment and, with a little bit of thought, it will work at any point in your day. Your guests will thank you for providing such a unique entertainment option for them, and they will remember the magic from your wedding day for years to come.
Mark Waddington is a professional close up magician, specialising in wedding entertainment. Having performed at hundreds of weddings over the past few years, Mark Waddington really is the perfect choice for your wedding day. For more information about Mark, and to find out how he can add something spectacular to your big day, visit http://www.mark-waddington.co.uk for your free quote!
Mark Waddington Elite Close Up Magician and Member of The Magic Circle
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