Hey well I see some people need help with the contracts. If you would like send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can send u a copy of my contract so you can get an idea of what to make.
I will explain a couple of details for you also:
1.)Pricing- When you are talking to someone about booking a show do not feel like you have to charge them a cheap price. Remember that nobody knows how good you are until you perform that show. And even then not too many people are familiar with magic so they will still think you are good. I have performed some of the worst performances I thought a magician could ever perform and still at the end I got a nice applause and everyone was telling me good job. Now whether they were serious or feeling sorry for me is another thing.
When I first started performing stage shows at the young age of 14
I charged about 60$ for a 45 minute long magic show. Now at the old age of 15 (lol) I charge about $135 a show. That is also including factors on whether there is going to be any specific needs, traveling fee's, etc...
For your first couple of shows I would reccomend the price of 60$.
If you were to perform for a non-profit organization try and work out a payment with them.
2.)When to give out the contracts:
I would suggest contracts EVERY SINGLE TIME you perform. I would be more cautious performing at a private event than at a buisness in payment terms. When I book a show with a customer I let them know they will be recieving a contract within the next couple of days to go over and sign then return back to me in the S.A.S.E. I provide with them. That way if anything at all does occur, such as a check they wrote you went bad, you have some proof that you performed a show for them. Having no contract and recieving a bad check is the worst thing. In a case where you would try and get your money you would have no proof. I don't think they will turn themselves in and say heres your money after all the trouble that you have been through. So I would reccomend a contract for every single event in case anything such as that ever occured.
~~Hope you find this information useful and if you would like to see a copy of my contract to get an idea of wut to make email me at email@example.com