Is giving a gratuity to magicians a required response to hosting a show? The definition of a gratuity, according to Cambridge English dictionary, is a small amount of money for someone who has provided you with a service, in addition to the official amount and for their personal use.” Dictionary.com says “a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip. something given without claim or demand.”
When you go to a restaurant, you expect to leave a tip. When you stay in a hotel and a bellboy carries your bags to your room, you expect to give a tip. These are occasions where it is normal to give a tip. Why, because you appreciate the service that has been given to you. Is it normal practice to give a magician a tip?
Questions to Answer
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you consider giving a gratuity: First, was the magician punctual? If he/she was late, that does not look well. Secondly, did they entertain the children? Were the children laughing and enjoying themselves? Thirdly, do you feel that you got your money’s worth? Lastly, did you feel less stressed as a result of hiring him/her for your entertainment?
If you can answer “Yes” to most or all of these questions, then you should consider giving a gratuity to the magician. This is one of the best ways to show a magician, in a tangible way, your appreciation for the fantastic show he/she has done.
Giving a gratuity is NOT a requirement or even expected, but it is much appreciated by all magicians. They all have hidden costs that you are not aware of. I know because I am one. On behalf of all magicians, a big “Thank You” for giving us a tip!