November 7, 2016
What Can You Expect To Pay for a Magician or Mentalist to Perform A Show?
Cost of Corporate Stage Mentalism or Magic Shows
To estimate approximately how much does a magician cost or mentalist for a stage mentalism or magic show for corporate event entertainment, figure anywhere from $10 to $20 PER PERSON OR GUEST IN ATTENDANCE. Most shows last anywhere from 45-75 minutes--with a typical length of 60 minutes--but can often be shortened or extended as needed. This fee range is a good estimate of the performance fees alone, and may or may not include travel, lodging, or other related expenses. This also does not likely include any agent or agency fees. Professional agency fees can add as much as 20 percent more to the overall cost of booking a professional magician or mentalist for an event.
NOTE: This is merely a GUIDELINE, based on my over 35 years of experience in this industry and market, and is mostly applied towards small-to-mid-sized corporate events who are hiring mentalists or magicians who are full-time entertainment professionals. Mentalists or magicians who are A-list celebrities can easily cost $10,000 or more for a single appearance, and are often booked only through a booking or talent agent.
Cost of a Walk-Around or Strolling Magician or Mentalist
For an idea of how much magicians charge (or mentalists) for performing walk-around or strolling magic entertainment, $200-300 per hour is not uncommon.
Keep in mind is that this type of entertainment is typically best for larger groups (100 or more people), and that hiring a magician or mentalist to walk-around entertaining 12 people at a private party for 3 hours is something that you are not likely to find.
How Much Are Children's Birthday Party Magicians?
If you're wondering how much does a magician cost for a birthday party, fees or prices can run anywhere from $100-$500 or more for a single children's birthday party magic show.
You can typically expect to pay less for a children's birthday party magic show than for a show for an event like a Blue and Gold Banquet or a library children's summer reading program. Why? For one thing, birthday party entertainment is funded by hard-working parents or guardians, often on limited budgets.
Libraries, schools, scouting troupes, etc., are funded much differently, and take considerably more effort and preparation on the part of the performer. Like any other type of business, it's what the market dictates. So don't be surprised if the same magician who is charging $200 for a 30-minute children's birthday party will charge many more times that fee for a 30-minute school assembly or library summer reading program.