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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Dempsey

What to Ask Before Hiring Your Dallas Magician

Whether you're a corporate planner preparing for a business event, or an event planner who's executed hundreds of corporate events, here's a little food for thought. When you're hiring a Dallas magician, you should have a few questions ready. Some of you already ask these questions, while others may have never thought to bring them up! Especially considering the year we've all had (don't even say its name), the more questions, the better. 2023 is sure to bring a different type of vibe to events, at least for a little while.

1. What size of audience are your magic shows right for?

Typically a good Dallas magician or corporate entertainer should be flexible enough to keep the attention of a 1,000-seat auditorium for a stage magic show, as well as a small crowd of 20 with strolling magic. Every client has different needs, so your entertainment should be ready to fulfill those needs.

2. How long have you been a corporate magician?

I want to make sure I say this first: just because someone is a new Dallas magician, that doesn't mean they're not good. They may have just switched from doing another genre of entertainment, like Wedding Magic, or magic for colleges. Some Dallas magicians may have recently transitioned from another job and just started pursuing magic as a career. But simply knowing how much experience your prospective corporate magician has under their belt can help you as you make your decision.

3. If I hire you as a corporate magician, what outcomes can I expect?

You can expect your guests (staff, friends, etc) to be laughing, gasping, and occasionally letting out a scream (to their own embarrassment) because they're so blown away by what they've seen. You should expect fresh connections to be made. If your event happens to be a nationwide event where nobody knows one another, you should expect your entertainer to "break the ice" and have them laughing together like they're old friends by the end of the night!

Dallas Magician Anthony Dempsey, entertaining a small group at a corporate event.
Dallas Magician Anthony Dempsey at a small, intimate cocktail party.

4. Are you insured?

I've had several events where I was asked about insurance the night before. Thankfully I had it, but what if I hadn't? Would they have still wanted to work with me? Some venues require any vendor to have some kind of insurance, or they may not be permitted to work in the building. This sort of thing is best sorted out in advance to prevent last-minute hiccups.

Does a Dallas magician really need insurance?

The answer will be different for anyone you ask, but I feel it's always good to have a safety net. I suppose just in case someone dies of laughter or gets a lethal paper cut when they "pick a card". Every professional Dallas magician should have insurance, whether they need it or not. It shows that they care about their clients in the event of something unexpected. The cost of insurance is pretty minimal, and it could make or break a business deal. In our current day and age, my guess is that insurance would be required even more by clients and venues.

5. What kind of attire do you wear while you're performing corporate magic?

This is a great question that I wish more people would ask! Like I said before; every business is different and has different requirements, wants and needs.

While some may want their corporate magician to dress in a wild suit with a crazy hat and tie, so the guests (staff, clients, whoever is being performed for) can easily find them in a crowd; others prefer the entertainment to either blend in with the crowd, or be dressed a step above everyone. Whatever the company's needs may be, it's always good to know in advance so the magician can make arrangements for a tux rental... or a feather boa rental.

Personally, I wear a variety of suits with a dry cleaned dress shirt. I change up my colors and styles based on the event, the season, temperature, and the color scheme they're going for. For a wedding I did magic for, I was even asked to rent a costume so I'd fit the wedding’s Edwardian theme! I have an account with a Dallas costume shop so I can easily get unique attire if I need to. Although, unique attire rentals in the month of October can be very tricky depending on what you’re in need of.

6. Do you take medical precautions at corporate events?

Yes, absolutely! I received two doses of my shots pretty early on, which I am so thankful for. Although I've received these shots, I still wear a mask if my clients request it. Not everyone is ready to ditch the masks, and I completely respect everyone's personal choice regarding masks. I have a young baby at home, so I understand the need to be careful! In addition to using masks when requested, I also take at-home rapid tests every two weeks as an added precaution. I know it's not much, but it's something.

In addition to masking up, I also carry sanitizer with me that I offer to anyone who helps me with a trick. Just another small gesture that I hope makes people feel more comfortable!

I hope this list is helpful to anyone planning a 2023 corporate event in Dallas, or anywhere for that matter. Check back for updates later this month!

Until next time,

- Anthony

Image Credits:

Biyani Photography

Kate Pease Photography

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