Our Services

Prompting Live Presentations

From product launches to rock'n roll, we've got your prompter needs covered.

Our resumé of live prompting includes politicians, news forums, keynote speakers, rock stars,
award ceremonies, fashion shows, sporting events and corporate presentations to large and small groups.

We have the gear, and the experience, to help your speaker/presenter feel comfortable and confident with their presentation.

Stage Prompting - Rates/Options

NON-Union rates

Stage Prompting system includes:

  • Computerized prompting workstation and backup computer.
  • Ability to output signal to DSM's (Downstage Monitors) via HDMI or SDI
  • Qualified prompter operator (deliver, setup, and operate)
  • Per 10 hour day = $1000
  • Delivery and return of gear by the designated operator is $50.
  • Optional: Presidential style paddles/mirrors/monitors = $200
  • Optional: 2 - 22" monitors placed in stands on stage = $200
Please note that:
  • These rates are for NON-Union prompting needs.
    Most stage/meeting venues within San Francisco are under IATSE Local 16 jurisdiction, and require a different rate structure.
    See our page on Union Venue prompting solutions.
  • Our rates are PORTAL to PORTAL from San Francisco
  • Mileage is charged at the going rate for shoots outside of San Francisco
  • Parking charges will be added to invoice unless other arrangements are made
  • Please familiarize yourself will all of our Terms and Conditions.

Service Details

Prompting has seen many changes in the last few years, and we find more and more that this is the option our clients prefer. We come prepared to send a signal to your DSM's with either a composite signal, or a VGA signal from our laptops. The DSM approach allows your presenters to be more mobile on the stage, with easy glances at the monitors that are placed at the base of the stage, or in the pit just in front of the stage.

Because of the placement of the monitors, your presenter will be glancing down at the prompter, so this format works best when your presenters are familiar with the material, or are comfortable with prompter in an outline format. This is also the best solution for musicians/singers who want quick access to their lyrics.

Note that we can provide two 22" monitors for placement ON the stage at an additional cost of $100.
Also note, we do NOT have LARGE (>22") monitors for rent for your DSM's, and we encourage you to get those from your AV provider.

This is the 'classic' prompter that's been used for years by politicians and presenters who are standing at a lectern. This system (additionl $100) includes TWO monitors, mirrors and poles placed on either side of the lectern. (These are sometimers referred to as "Paddles".)
The two-way mirrors allow your speaker to look directly at their speech in the glass, while looking 'through' the glass at the audience behind. And likewise, your speaker can be seen through the glass by the audience.This format is great for highly scripted speeches and a need to present the material as accurately as possible.

Live broadcasts, or live-to-tape shows, fall under our stage pricing day rate. These productions might involve a mix of equipment that might incur additional charges. For example, if camera mounted prompters are required in addition to provided DSMs, these will be an extra $100 each per day.

Magic has had a long and supportive relationship with San Francisco's IATSE Local 16 chapter. When your prompter needs require us to work in a venue under their jurisdiction, the way we bill for our services, and the charges for those services, are different.

Please Visit our Union Stage Rates page for full details.

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Our Pricing

Here's a quick overview of pricing for our various services. Visit the rate page of each type for full details.


      $ 1000 day
      • Prompting Workstation
      • Operator - 10 Hrs
      • Backup Workstation
      • Deliver/Setup/Operate
      • Opt. Presidential Paddles
      • VGA/HDMI/Composite Feeds
      • See full Stage Rates

      $ 400 day
      • Prompting Workstation
      • NO Op - provided thru Local 16
      • Backup Workstation
      • Deliver/Setup/Operate
      • Opt. Presidential Paddles
      • VGA/HDMI/Composite Feeds
      • See full Union Stage Rates