Frequently Asked Questions
What is the maximum number of guests the Magic Bag can accommodate?
This all depends on your type of event (wedding, film premier, live concert/album release party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, corporate meetings/parties), the needs of the vendors (caterer, DJ, band) and your overall event layout. All of this will factor into determining your capacity. The club can handle as many as 400 guests and still provide a unique and intimate experience.
How much does it cost to rent the Magic Bag?
There are a variety of things to consider when renting the club. The more information you can provide about your event, the more accurate your quote will be. For instance, if you are interested in renting the club for a film premiere on a Monday in June, the rate will be less expensive then a Friday or Saturday night in November. We are happy to provide a quote for any date you have in mind and more than willing to help with the details of your event to ensure its success.
When is my event confirmed?
Your event is not confirmed until a signed contract and deposit have been received. The deposit is 50% of the purchase price with the balance due 90 days prior to your event date. We will hold the date for you, but we reserve the right to book any other event until your deposit and contract have been received. The Magic Bag has very successful programming and will need at least 90 days to rebook the evening's entertainment if you cancel your event. Should you default on your contractual obligations, your deposit will be forfeited. The balance of any bar guarantees will be settled immediately after the event. The Magic Bag accepts cash, cashier's checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX). There is a 3% surcharge for any credit card processing. Server gratuities must be paid upfront, in cash, at the start of your event. We will arrange a final walk-through no less than 10 days before your event to go over the itinerary and to ensure any last minute details are met.
What is the cost for using the house sound system?
There is $350 charge for our certified, in-house engineer who exclusively operates our audio/video system and pro-audio equipment. This cost includes our digital projector, stage lights, and movie screen.
What is the cost for using the Marquee?
Your rental price includes one line of the marquee to post the name of your event in lights. This must be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the event date. You can purchase a second line for $150.
What kind of entertainment packages do you offer? Are there specific bands, DJ's, and caterers you work with?
The Magic Bag regularly works with Tangerine Moon Productions and Lorio Ross. They have exclusive packages and deals brokered by the Magic Bag for all your entertainment needs and to help keep your costs down. We have worked with many vendors over the years, and can suggest a host of restaurants, caterers, and linen companies based on the details of your event. A few of our favorites include Zumba Mexican Grille, Anita's Kitchen, and 2 Unique. If you're looking to have your event catered, it's important to note that all food has to be prepped off-site. The vendor will be responsible for the Clean and Clear of all food, dish ware, and other contents brought into the venue. There is an additional charge should Magic Bag staff be needed for any Clean & Clear.
Can I bring in my own alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages?
Unfortunately not. Michigan alcohol laws expressly state that this is not allowed. If there is something you want served specifically, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your requests.
What if I want to extend my event the night of?
Additional time can always be added. The fee would be a pro-rated percentage of the rental, bar, sound and lights and gratuities.
What if one of my guests accidentally damages something on premises?
You as the renter are responsible for all damages and costs to immediately repair any damages. This includes any expedited, holiday, or weekend service charge the renter may have to incur. The Magic Bag conducts business continuously and must have operations ad equipment in tip-top shape for all its customers.
Can I sell tickets?
The Magic Bag has an exclusivity agreement with TicketWeb. There can be no other third party ticketing vendors.
Is there anything else I should know?
Any applicable Magic Bag rules or regulations will be discussed once we know the full scope of your event. Some general rules.
- The Magic Bag is a smoke free venue. This includes E-Cigarettes.
- All wick candles are prohibited. We ask that you use an electric alternative that can still provide any desired ambience.
- Nails, staples, glue or any other wall damaging materials, including tape, is prohibited. Any signs or banners you wish to have displayed inside the venue must be cleared at least two weeks prior to your event date.
What is the cost breakdown for my rental?
The cost breakdown is as follows:
- Room Rental
- Bar Guarantee
- Sound & Lights
- Gratuities for Service Staff
(cash only - paid in advance or day of, before your event begins)
What add-ons do you offer?
You can add the following to your event:
- Marquee lines
- Tickets (hard tickets and/or online event link) via TicketWeb
- Ad inclusion in MetroTimes / Real Detroit / Facebook