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How To Choose A Wedding Magician?

How To Choose A Wedding Magician?

How To Choose A Wedding Magician is not as easy as you’d think. Because, there’s so many, right? 

Hopefully you’ve now decided to book a magician for your special day, and understand how much added value one can bring to your day. The easy answer to this, is make sure they’re great! But how do you that? Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland gives 10  handy tips to help you out.

 

1.  Try To Meet Them

If you can, you should absolutely try and meet ANY suppler that your going to have on your Special Day. This way you will get a feel for their personality, and that is so vital. This is even truer with magicians. Any professional magician should be happy to meet you, and show you some magic. Websites can make anyone look good, but can they match up to that in real life? I get the majority of my weddings from meeting couples at wedding fayres, where couples can meet me and see what I do for real. No camera tricks!!

Aston Marina Magician Owen Strickland

2. If You Can’t Meet them, Research them !

Are there videos/photos of the magician performing at weddings online? Does the magician actually do as many weddings as they say? It’s easy for suppliers to say, “we do X amount of weddings a year”, but is there evidence of that? If there isn’t, ask yourself why? Every wedding I perform at goes on my social media accounts. It’s therefore very easy to look back at say, 2019, and see all 70 weddings on there. My website has over 1000 photos of me performing at various weddings over the years.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

3. Check Their Reviews

A big indicator of the quality of a magician is reviews. What have previous couples said about the magician? But how do you tell if it’s a real review? A sentence on a website, saying “He was amazing. Mr and Mrs W” could easily be made up. How do you know they even exist? How do you know that review wasn’t from 1994? Verified reviews are what they should have(preferably with dates and locations of weddings on)such as Google reviews, Trust Pilot etc. I have over 120 5 Star Google Reviews and over 340 5 star reviews via my verified “Best Of” page.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

4. Are They Recommended by Venues?

Is the Magician recommended at any venues you know? When an established and respected venue recommends a supplier, its usually a good sign that they are both good and trustworthy. They will not stake their hard earned reputation on just anyone. I’m very humbled that a number of exclusive venues recommend me. Amongst such venues are Alrewas Hayes, Aston Marina, Hogarths Solihull, Moor Hall, Bordesley Park, Calderfields Golf and Country Club, The Limes Earlswood and Swinfen Hall.

Birmigham Magician Owen Strickland

5. What do They Cost ?

Cost is very subjective, and every wedding will be working to a “budget” of some sort. You probably already know how quickly the budget can get out of hand! Magicians vary greatly in cost, as does the quality. I’m probably in the mid to higher range of pricing (my packages are £450-£700). But with that comes the assurances that have been mentioned n the other paragraphs. If a price seems too good to be true, ask yourself why, and check the other 9 points in this article. A quick look at any of the “Wedding Scam” pages for suppliers will show that in every instance, its been a cheap supplier that’s caused the issue. My best advice would be, do not book a magician on price alone!

Birmingham Wedding Magician Owen Strickland at Nuthurst Grange

6. Are they Actually Entertaining?

As well as performing magic, your Wedding magician needs to be entertaining. He needs to be personable, be able to make your gusts feel relaxed and at ease. There is no use having a technically amazing magician, if he is as dull as dishwater. I know some magicians who are the best technical magicians in the country. However they would be no use at a wedding, as they’re not fun to be around or slightly entertaining. Hopefully my show reels will show you how I am at weddings. Its all about entertaining to keep your guests happy.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

7. Insurance

A dirty word in many ways, but an important one!! The current Covid Pandemic has opened a whole can of worms when it comes to wedding insurance. If ever an event has shown how vital insurance is, it’s this one! Its vital that any supplier at you wedding has the relevant insurance. For magicians, it’s Public Liability Insurance. The majority of Venues will insist on it, and will not let a supplier on site without it. You don’t want to find out that your magician has been escorted off the premises, as he hasn’t got PLI! I have it with Equity, and covers me for £10 million. Thankfully, I have never had to use it!!

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8. Have They Won Any Awards?

Has the Magician won awards? Actually , scratch that ! Nearly every Magician has “award winning” on their website!! But what is the Award? Its very easy to add “Award Winning”, without specifying what that Award was for. Do ask them what the awards they have won are, and when they won them. I’m very fortunate to have won The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Entertainer a number of times. TWIA is the leading awards in the Wedding Industry, where only Brides and Grooms whose wedding a supplier has attended, can vote. They all leave feedback and its independently judged

How to choose a wedding magician

9. Are They A Member of The Magic Circle?

This isn’t in itself vital, because I know some excellent magicians who are NOT Members Of The Magic Circle. I equally know some boring magicians that ARE!! However, you can certainly take some peace of mind that if a Magician IS a Member. He will have been through a rigorous application procedure of an interview, exam and audition in front of some of the best magicians in the country.Only those deemed good enough are admitted. Thankfully, I passed and I am a Member. In fact, I am the West Midlands Regional Representative for The Magic Circle!

How to choose a wedding magician

10. Are They Trustworthy?

A MASSIVE one, and good one to finish.For any couple, trustworthiness in suppliers  is vital. You are not only investing a significant amout of money with them, but also investing trust that they will make your day amazing. This is a huge responsibility, and one I take very seriously. Ensure you magician gives you a legal contract that covers your money and their terms&conditions. Also ensure they give you a full invoice, detailing what you have paid

With all the postponed weddings from 2020 through Covid 19, I have heard of some horror stories from my couples about some suppliers. Some have refused to move dates or refund, leaving couples short of a lot of money. During this Crisis, I have moved 99 per cent of weddings where I was available for no cost. I have kept the original price that was agreed, and where I have been able to fulfil new dates (through already being booked), I have refunded any deposit paid. My recent feedback from the poor couples who have had to postpone will bear testament to that.

So there we have it. How to choose a Wedding Magician in 10 hand steps!

For more information about booking me for YOUR wedding, please take a look at my wedding page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

To see some reviews of me at weddings, take a look here https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=owen+strickland+magic+reviews&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#lrd=0x4870a17bf093f7e3:0xc2be9e5d67a87efc,1,,,

How to Choose a Wedding Magician 

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland today for Leona and Marks Wedding. The couple booked me after meeting me at the Wedding Fayre at the Venue back in May. I know when meeting them it would be a fun wedding. I was not disappointed!!

The booked me to perform during the lull between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. This is a very popular booking as it is a part of the day where guests can easily get bored and frustrated. Having me go round the tables and to the guests who have gone to the bar or outside, can reinvigorate them and keep the mood going.

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The weather had been iffy at best all weekend, but thankfully it was a warm and dry day. It meant guests were free to go outside and enjoy some magic in the sunshine. I want round both inside and outside performing for a couple of hours, and you can see some of the reactions that I got. I also had time to do my Special Tricks for the Bride and Groom, one inside and one outside.

It was genuinely a fun wedding and a lovely end to a busy weekend.

for more photos of me perfroming at wedding take a look at the gallery page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

For more information about the stunning Hogarths their website is here https://www.hogarths.co.uk/solihull/

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn. Today I was at Mythe Barn for Mitch and Jess’s epic wedding day.

The father of the Groom Mark booked me after seeing me at another wedding. He booked me for my platinum package, which is by far my most popular package.

This meant I performed mix and mingle magic after the ceremony, and then table magic between the courses. I was also booked as a surprise for Mitch, who is a big magic fan. This meant I had chance to do my gag where I pretend to be a waiter and meet the couples drink order up when they come out of the ceremony. Mitch’s face when i told him the venue had “run out of stella” was picture, and when he realised i was a magician it was a great moment.

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Its true that a picture paints a thousand words.

It was generally quite a young wedding, which meant it was extra fun as everyone really got into the spirit of the day. It also meant  I had some amazing reactions.

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It was glorious hot July Day, and a nice change from the poor weather that this summer has generally seen. Each table had some amazing magic and the reactions can be seen from the photos above. Before I left there was just time to do my Special Tricks for the Bride and Groom, which again went down great. It was also lovely to see a couple from a wedding years ago, who remembered me. 

 

Fore more information about the fabulous Mythe Barn take a look at the website here https://mythebarn-weddings.co.uk

For More photo’s of me pe4fromng at weddings take a look at my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland was ay Warwick House today. Dean and Claire had their Special day at the stunning Warwick House.

The couple booked me as I am luckily a recommended supplier at the venue. This means every couple that books a wedding at the venue gets a goody bag. Inside this I put a flyer and a small gift for them, along with the other recommended suppliers.

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Dean booked me to perform mix and mingle magic. This was in the garden area after the ceremony and before the Wedding Breakfast. Thankfully it was a scorching hot day and the weather didn’t get in the way. Photographer Marc Osbourne was on hand to capture the photos and managed to get some of me as I worked my way around the garden.

As the proceeding were going straight into speeches when they sat down for the meal, I took the opportunity to do my special bride and groom trick for them in the sun. Marc was on the roof by this point to take some group shots, so hopefully Ill have an “aerial shot” to show for it.

 

Fore more information about the fabulous Warwick House have a look at their website here https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk/weddings/

Fore over 100o photos of me perfroming at other events see my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/nggallery/page/9

 

Birmingham Magician At Hogarths

Birmingham Magician At Hogarths

Birmingham Magician At Hogarths

Birmingham Magician At Hogarths today for the wedding of Andrea and Jake.

The couple booked me earlier in the year at the venues Open Day. 

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Birmingham Magician At Hogarths Birmingham Magician At Hogarths

First the couple booked me for mix and mingle magic after the ceremony. A nice change for this wedding though. They wanted guests to stay down at the beautiful island area where the ceremony takes place. Unbelievable I had never been down to the island, as usually everyone returns to the hotel. However I have really missed out, because its beautiful down there.This meant I was going round the Island area and performing for the guests in small groups. .The weather just about held out as their had been a lot of rain this week. Thankfully it passed just in time and it actually ended up quite a warm day.

Then it was around the tables between courses during the wedding breakfast. Again this involves doing a small show at each table. The advantage of this is that everyone at the wedding gets to see me perform. Because Andrea and Jake booked my Platinum Package, the fact that they did speeches before the food was served made no difference. I dipped out f the room as they happened, before returning to do the tables.

Finally it was my trade mark special tricks for the bride and groom.

 

Fore more photos of me performing at weddings please take a look at my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery

Fore more info about the fabulous Hogargs tae a look at their website here https://www.hogarths.co.uk/solihull/

 

Sutton Coldfield Magician at New Hall

Sutton Coldfield Magician at New Hall

Sutton Coldfield Magician at New Hall

Sutton Coldfield Magician at New Hall today for Rhiannon and Sam’s Special day.

A second visit in as many months to the stunning New Hall today. It also coincided to be probably the hottest day of the year.

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Sam and Rhiannon booked me after meeting me at a wedding fayre last  year at Lea Marston. They booked me for mix and mingle magic during the drinks reception and then table magic around the wedding breakfast. I mingled both on the terrace and the cooler bar as the official photographs were taken by the Fb Natalie Banner. This was also my second wedding with her this summer.It was also a nice surprise to see Dawn and Karl from Everthine Videography there keeping the Walsall end up!!

 Then it was down to the marquee for the wedding breakfast. I went round each table before perfuming my special tricks for the Happy Couple. Neither the guests or myself realised that some surprise singing waiters had been booked. One of them played the part of an “annoying ” venue manager very very well. He was genuinely winding guests up and getting reactions. Its a shame i had to leave before he revealed who he really was, because it would have been amazing to see.

 

 

To contact Natalie Banner her website is here http://imagingeyephotography.co.uk

Everthine can be found here https://www.everthinevideography.com

Fore more photos of me at weddings see my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/

Hogarths Magician Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magician Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magician Owen Strickland back at the venue today for Kate and Matt’s Special day.

The couple booked me having met me a the wedding fair at the Venue last year. One of the many advantages of being the Venues recommended supplier is that i can meet couples at the venue. It gives me 5 minutes to show them the kind of thing I can do at their wedding.

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First the couple booked me for mix and mingle magic after the ceremony. This meant going round the terrace area and performing for the guests in small groups. the photos above tell the story better than words can.The weather just about held out as their had been a lot of rain this week. Thankfully it passed just in time and it actually ended up quite a warm day.

Then it was around the tables between courses during the wedding breakfast. Again this involves doing a small show at each table. The advantage of this is that everyone at the wedding gets to see me perform.

Finally it was my trade mark special tricks for the bride and groom.

 

Fore more photos of me performing at weddings please take a look at my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery

Fore more info about the fabulous Hogargs tae a look at their website here https://www.hogarths.co.uk/solihull/

 

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

 It was the first time in a couple of years I was back at The Bond Agency in Birmingham City Centre. This is such a lovely and unusual Venue, situated in the Industrial heartlands of the City Centre. It is beside the canal, which makes for some amazing and unique photos.

Today it was for the Wedding of Emily and Thomas. They had seen me online and booked me to perform during the “lull”. This is the period after the meal and before the evening reception. This is a great idea at Venues such as the Bond Agency, as there is no accommodation. This means the guests literally have no where to go and can sometimes get frustrated whilst waiting for the evening reception. Therefore I circulated the tables at guests sat there performing some close up magic.

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

Bond Agency Wedding Magic

I was not the only entertainment, as there was a Photo Booth form Save the Date Imagery and a band as well. It was nice to see Jo Spurr from Save the date Imagery after we did a Wedding around the same time last year at Westin Hall. She was helping out a trainee photographer to make sure he was capturing what he needed, which he seems to do effortlessly. We popped outside to do my “Special Tricks” for the Happy Couple, and you can see the reaction shots below.

For more information about Weddings at The Bond Agency, take a look at the website here http://www.thebondco.net/weddings

To contact Jo at Save the Date for either photography or Photo Booth, contact her here https://m.facebook.com/savethedateimagery/

To see other photos of me at weddings please take a look at my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/

 

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland back at his favourite venue, Alrewas Hayes. I make no secret that Alrewas Hayes is my favourite venue. Today was a  day and it was Liv and Rich who had an amazing day. They booked me after seeing me at a taster evening at the venue last year. Indeed one of my favourite photos from last year was Liv at the taster evening. The venue does this for all brides and grooms booked for the next 12 months. It shows the room in all its splendour, and allows the couples to taste the various food options. Its always a great night and I am very privileged to be invited to them.

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

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Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Alrewas Hayes Magician Owen Strickland

Liv and Rich were great fun both on the taster evening and on their special day. There was not a cloud in the sky. They booked me for my Platinum package.First it was Mix and Mingle magic in the beautiful garden. Secondly it was table magic around the breakfast, including my special tricks for the happy couple. The photographer didn’t wish to photograph me when I performed for them both. Thankfully I always get a guest to do this for the happy couple, so they had the great reaction shots you can see.

Alrewas Hayes

Alrewas has quite correctly been voted as one of the top 100 venues to get married in the world. The owners Toby and Bonnie live on site and genuinely care about their couples. The team is also amazing has been bolstered this year to cope with its popularity.To have a look at this amazing venue, contact them via the website here https://alrewashayes.com

There are a couple of open days on a Saturday every year, as well as Wedding fayres on Sundays in March and Autumn. It really is one of those venues you need to see to believe. its also that such a wonderful venue is local to us, just outside Lichfield.

For more pictures of me performing at Alrewas please check out my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/