Wedding Magician FAQ
Some of the most frequently asked questions about booking Rob James as the magician for your wedding!
How far in advance do I need to book the magician?
What is the best time of the day for wedding magic?
Which areas in the UK do you cover?
How much does a wedding magician cost?
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Can you do magic for children?
Can we meet up with you before deciding to book your services?
Do you have any references from previous weddings?
What if you are ill and can't make it to the wedding?
Can you turn a £5 note into a £50?
According to a few wedding planners that I have spoken to, many weddings are now booked 6-9 months in advance compared to 1-2 years. As such, it is usually fine to book me as a magician with the same kind of time frame. Some dates are very popular and I would recommend booking a year ahead to guarantee availability - Fridays and Saturdays in June and July are exceptionally popular.
I cover this a bit on the main magician wedding page. For me the best time is performing at the tables inbetween courses of the wedding breakfast. The evening reception can be fun too, provided I don't have to compete with a DJ. I do not recommend the time inbetween the speeches and the evening reception.
As a full-time, professional magician and wedding entertainer, the location of your wedding is not really much of a concern to me. Some magicians only focus on a small regional area but they often tend to be non-specialist, ie. they will do wedding close up magic but also magic at kids parties, balloon modelling and all sorts of other things. I work solely as a close-up and table magician and as such cover a wider geographic area I travel all over the UK.
No two weddings are the same and every bride and grooms needs are different. Rather than putting vague prices on the site I prefer that you get in touch with the details of your wedding and I can recommend one or two options that I think would work best and give you an exact price quote.
Yes, I take £75 deposit to secure the date.
Most of the weddings that I am hired for have a few children present and of couse I can do one or two things that they will love, and I can involve them in some tricks to make them feel special - but I am not in any way a kids entertainer! The one thing I can't do is take all the ankle-biters off to one side and do a separate kids show for them. Well, I could, but it would be truly awful... I can't even blow up a modelling balloon let alone make a poodle.
Generally couples are unavailable midweek during the day (when I am free) and at the weekend I am always working. So it has always been difficult to arrange meetings. And, whereas I have no issue travelling a 100 mile round trip to get to your wedding on the day it's not quite as practical doing so just for a twenty minute chat. I am, however, always more than happy to talk about your wedding on the phone and answer any questions that you have! I also have tried to put as many videos, photos and references as possible on this site so you can get a pretty good idea of what my style is like. THAT SAID - it may be possible sometimes, eg. if we can find a convenient time and you happen to live close by.
Yes, lots! I have some of them mixed in on the references page of the site.
I don't miss weddings. But, of course, everyone gets ill... however, if that were to be the case, I would under no circumstances let you down. I have a wide network of friends and colleagues (for example magician london or magician gloucester) who also work as wedding magicians and would be able to offer you a subsitute (for the same fee that we had agreed)
Only if I get to keep the £50!