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PhotobucketDear Leodini,

I want to have the best magician in the Philippines to entertain at my son’s 7th birthday. I have a tight budget, though, so can you recommend someone cheap, if not the cheapest?

Thanks for your help.

Mrs. Marner


PhotobucketHi Mrs. Marner,

Cheap but best magician is an oxymoron. I don’t think he exists. The best magician always commands a good price. Conversely, the cheap magician most likely can’t perform a great show and therefore can’t be the best.

You have to choose which you really want. Someone you can afford but will do a lousy show, or someone beyond your means but will give your son and his guests a great time.

Decide on one. You can’t have both worlds, especially if your budget is tight.

I know you love your son. You want to throw him a birthday bash he’ll love but one that you can afford. You may be able to balance quality and budget, but you can’t go to the extreme of “best and cheap”.

I have written in the past about the subject of hiring cheap magicians. Let me rehash what I’ve said before.

A birthday party is a live celebration.  When something bad or unexpected happens, one can’t rewind the flow of events and start over.

Dependability is a factor a parent must consider when hiring a magician to entertain at his/her child’s birthday.

Some parents, though, get lost in the shuffle and would opt to hire the cheapest performer. They have this romanticized notion that the one who quotes the lowest price is the one offering the best deal.  The result of this romantic notion is sometimes catastrophic.

A parent should be forewarned when a magician quotes a rock-bottom professional fee. A cheap rate should ring alarm bells.

Low professional fees tell a lot about the performer.  The fee is low probably because…

Photobucketa. His show sucks.

b. He is inexperienced.

c. He is doing the show to practice his act.

d. He doesn’t have eye-pleasing props.

e. His show doesn’t come with “extras” like a backdrop, sound system, etc.

f. He is doing the show to earn a quick buck.

g. He is not a professional and therefore undependable.

h. He cannot deliver what he says he is going to deliver, that is, to entertain the guests and not to embarrass the birthday parents.

i. All of the above.

PhotobucketIn sum, caveat emptor is the first rule for low prices or cheap talent fees.

If you are not careful, you may end up with a cake in your face.

Stay magical,