Within the magic community there is a huge spread of what you might pay to hire a magician for an event. This varies between events. Ultimately there are two categories of magicians. Family/children and Corporate Magician. There is some overlap, but the two are very different and come with completely different pricing structures. Family magic and children shows run about $70 at the low end, and about $300-400 at the high end. These shows are designed for a specific audience. Corporate work is very specific. The magicians who work corporate will charge anywhere from $500 for smaller companies and not during the holidays to $3000 or more. The highest paid gig I have done for corporate was $4600 for 4 hours. These rates come with the expertice that the companies hiring are expecting. If there was a way to separate the two quotes, instead of just having a filter, actually put them in different categories, you could charge more from the corporate magicians and it would prevent the tragedy of having a corporate client hire a magician, then have it not live up to the expectations. I have talked with many managers and VPs who have lameted hiring entertainment that was just awful or really didn't live up to the expectations. With this, the price to quote could also be adjusted, for family magic and childrens parties understanding the average price is $250 vs the corporate event which the average price is $1300. Bark.com does something really great for the customers. When someone submits all the details for their event, they say you will probably not recieve quotes below ____. Most customers pay between ____ and _____ . Premium services can cost more than _______. This allows the customers to have an idea of what to expect. Especially with the current budget of basic, standard, high-end, or premium. There is no frame of reference for the customers when they select this budget. They may want a high end event but only expect to pay $400. This happened to me just the other day. They had selected standard for a corporate event and budgeted $500 for the entire event, only about $100-$200 for the magician. If you could present approximate ranges for those budgets that would help with customers who are doing initial research to have an idea of how to budget the event or what to expect, it also allows pros like us to be able to further qualify a customer to make sure they are in our target market. Even doing something similar to Bark.com and providing a range so they know if they want a high end or premium service how much that may cost. On another note, I hate Bark.com.... but they have really been pusing the magician market in Utah. A few times I have check google adwords and Bark has outbid Thumbtack. Just making you aware, they are reaching out directly to us trying to build a presence. One last note, I travel nationwide. I have a couple thumbtack profiles in different areas, if there was a way to open up to a nation wide search I'd love that.
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Over the past few years there have been many changes in the way that we interact with one another. What was once considered playful and fun, is now properly recognized as inappropriate and offensive. When looking for entertainment for a corporate event, it is important to make sure that these factors are taken into consideration. Part of being a professional in the community is making sure that our services are up to date. In corporate entertainment this is especially important because if we show up and perform inappropriate material, then whoever hired us is in danger of losing their job. Our clients rely on us to help them connect with their people. As we are serving our clients, are we doing everything we can to make sure that our services are free from anything that can be seen as potentially offensive? We have the amazing opportunity to change lives. When we work a corporate event we are helping with job satisfaction, loyalty, and building relationships. Those of us working these events should never take this for granted. I encourage everyone who provides service for corproate events to take a close look at your act. Is it still up to date? Is it still appropriate? How can we better accomplish our clients goals?
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