A magic gathering may the ideal departure from an ordinary birthday party or family reunion. Magic is fun to watch and fun to perform. Making an event into a magic gathering can ensure that every attendee is engaged and having fun, while not adding so much structure that the guests feel stifled. Depending on the ages and number of guests, a magic gathering can be planned in a number of ways.
Hiring a Magician
If you have been charged with planning a company picnic, a birthday party, a family party, or a block party, you may need to find entertainment that will appeal to children and adults alike. Musical entertainment can be risky because of the variety of tastes involved. However, turning the event into a magic gathering could be the ticket. Hire a magician who will be appropriate for all ages. This means that there are no inappropriate jokes or gestures, but the magician is not necessarily dressed like a clown and specializing in balloon animals. You may want to interview a couple of candidates to be sure you have the right fit for your magic gathering. Be sure to include on the invitations that a magician will be performing; this may draw more people to attend. You can plan the party with a magic theme, making the food and decorations to work with the theme. Since the introduction of the Harry Potter movies, magic-themed decorations for your magic gathering are in abundance.
Using Magic as an Activity
If the idea of a magic gathering appeals to you, but you do not want your guests to be passive observers, but rather a part of the entertainment, consider another idea. Instead of hiring a magician, download and print sets of instructions for a number of different magic tricks. Divide your guests into groups of three or four, making the groups larger if there are a lot of people at your magic gathering. Give each group two or three tricks to learn, and ask them to plan a performance, complete with a magician, an assistant, and background music, or jokes. Everyone will enjoy themselves as they watch one another perform. Have costume pieces available (you can buy them at a second hand shop or make them), such as capes, hats, and canes for the magician, and boas, headdresses, and sparkly tops for assistants. Encourage everyone to be creative, even silly.
Whichever idea you choose, be sure personalize the activities as much as possible to make the most of your magic gathering.