Terms used among magicians
There are many terms used among professional magicians that most won't be aware of. However, one term varies event planners, coordinators, and those who have hired entertainers and that is: "strolling magician" aka "roving magician" or "walk around magician". This is a type of close-up magic show perfect to engage guests during cocktail hours or group gatherings where guests mingle through out the night.
How does strolling magic work?
Essentially, strolling magic is quite simple, and one of the most memorable experiences your guests can have during your event. An experienced magician will walk around engaging small groups at a time, from 2 guests to groups as large as 15or more being completely surrounded. An experienced magician will be able to read the room and pinpoint what groups are open to take part in some magic while other at corporate events for example, may be in business talks should respect their privacy. After a while, most performers will read the situation a second time and look for groups who may be open to see more or move onto another group.
Does strolling magic involve setup?
One thing I get asked as a corporate strolling magician and mentalist is do I need any setup? Strolling entertainment is completely adaptable for most environments and does not need a stage of any kind. However, it is important to speak with your magician to find the right moment as they will know from past events to give the best experience for your guests. Be aware that strolling entertainment whether it is corporate entertainment or at a private house party, is designed to be fully interactive and up close. Therefore, it's not ideal during dinner as guests' attention will be divided - no one wants to let their food go cold. Be sure to speak with your event entertainer for more tips. In the end, hiring an event entertainer will keep your guests engaged, excited, and create memorable memories for everyone.