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 Post subject: Starting Stage Performer
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 9:27 pm 
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Hey Guys, I've been a close up magician for a while now, some years back i decided the only way to become big in this business is through stage work. I knew it put a major dent in your wallet but I didnt want to rush into it and be known for doing second rate stage magic. So I saved and saved and am now about to invest about 15 grand on what I consider some very nice stage illusions and accessories. I know with a lot practice I can have a really great stage show but my question is this, after you have a great show how do you get work? Do you get a flat fee or take a percentage of the venues box office? How much should a stage performer be paid?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:11 pm 
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Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Most stage performers that I know (myself included) use an agent to negotiate the bookings and fees. I usually receive a flat rate for my shows and my agent gets a percentage. This way I am allowed to focus purely on the magic.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:38 pm 
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i have to pay my crew and manager, that costs a lil bit more over 100 bucks...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:33 pm 
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How do you go about getting an agent?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 11:04 pm 
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Maybe you're thinking bigger then me, but I've done all kinds of magic from close-up to stage and most of my best effects cost the least i.e.:

-rope thru body
-drink in the news
-vanishing me (Mark Wilson's book)
-and when ppl don't know about the tt vanishing hank its as strong as magic gets, you could do it in your birthday suit. :lol:

p.s. I use to think like you did about the stage think, but what it all comes down to is not how many things you have but what YOU can do with what you have. Don't be going hollywood on me.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:57 pm 
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Joined: 15 Jun 2003
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Location: Atlanta GA
Yes, my stage performances don't use expensive equipment. My most expensive is propbably the appearing straw.


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