One of reasons why people enjoy entertainment at an event is because it can provide an “escape from reality”. Similar to the experience of getting lost in a good book or movie, your guests want to be taken on a journey into a world of imagination – or at least, forget about the stresses of the day leading up to your event.
When planning an event, unless you have a magic or mentalism show, it would be difficult to create this experience; it might very strange to play a movie or see a theatrical performance at an event or function. Even stand-up comedy is mostly based on observation, which is a direct commentary on reality.
What makes a magic performance so special is that it captivates people’s attention so much that they forget about their anxieties and concerns and are transported to a reality where anything is possible.
As an added bonus, using a close-up or strolling magician as pre-dinner entertainment is an excellent way to ‘break the ice’, create an atmosphere of fun, and give your guests reasons to interact with each other, helping to overcome social anxiety.