At the end of this post, I list some original party entertainment ideas for adults, but I won’t hide my bias; a magician at an adult party is one of the best ways to entertain your friends and family. 

You could invite the children, and I could perform my family magic show.

Different types of magic entertainment can be performed at your party – so first, let’s explore some magical options. 

Close-up Magic Party Entertainment

There are different terms for close-up magic: strolling magic, sleight-of-hand magic, and mix-and-mingle magic. The names are interchangeable.

During a close-up magic session, the magician will wander among guests, performing magic with cards, coins and small everyday items, often borrowed from the audience. 

Table Magic for Adult Parties

Nope, I do not hop onto a table to perform this type of magic! 

Table magic is similar to close-up magic, but rather than wandering around groups of guests, a magician approaches a table and performs ‘sleight of hand’ magic tricks. 

Table magic is typically carried out between courses – the magician may stand next – or near to – the diners.

However, if a magician like me (Dan Hudson Magician) can find a free chair when an unfortunate guest wanders off, they may seat themselves at the table. It’s a habit I have. 

Mind Reading Magic and Mentalism

Mind reading magic and mentalism is when a magician or mind reader reads your thoughts, convinces you to do things, and even puts ideas into your head.  

Probably the most well-known UK mentalist is Derren Brown. 

You can see an example of Dan Hudson Magician doing some mind reading.

Cabaret and Parlour Magic

Cabaret magic and parlour magic are similar, usually performed after dinner or at the end of a team bonding or team building day. 

The magician will perform a show for everyone to see, often seated at tables but sometimes theatre style.

Now I’ve explained all the magic party entertainment, let’s look at some other superb entertainment ideas for adults’ parties. 

Other Party Entertainment Ideas for Adults 

I love these party entertainment ideas – some would work well with a magician at an adult party. Others are location-based, so bringing a magician with you may not be ideal. 

Whatever the case, guests will discuss your party for years. 

Silhouette Sarah – Silhouette Artist

A silhouette artist crafts intricate, one-off silhouette portraits in seconds with nothing more than scissors and paper. Silhouettes are terrific ice-breakers for social situations as guests chat over their unique keepsakes. 

I’ve worked with Sarah on numerous occasions, and she is fantastic.

BWH Events, aka Pink Frog Events

Pink Frog Events is a family-run business that prides itself on its personal service and attention to detail. They provide all requirements for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, or well-deserved celebrations!

Grooves Cartoons – Caricature Artist

David is an on-the-spot caricaturist for something unusual and fun for your special day, work party or next event. 

I have worked with David a few times now, and he is amazing.

Ticketed Party Entertainment

Magic Theatre

Don’t forget that Dan Hudson Magician has ticketed theatre acts:

Giffords Circus

Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from spring to winter: homemade fun with well-treated animals and humans.