I know Sluggo-- he is anything but an "#$(%^! ". He WILL go out of his way to help someone IF they want to go about it the right way. As he has said, a lot of the professional magicians get frustrated and don't come on here just because everyone wants to do a show before they know what a show is, have a show, or know the first thing about crowd control.
I do agree that everyone needs to start somewhere. If that weren't the case, my daughter wouldn't be doing magic today. The only difference is that before she ever took a job, she had a show. That is all the guys are trying to express here and what I tried to politely suggest up above. Postpone the gig for now-- put together a show--learn it, learn to be a performer, then go out and get the job.
As in all things there is a certain order to things in life-- shortcuts never benefit anyone. Not the magician, and certainly not the kids.
I am one of the biggest advocates of kids. I truly believe they are tomorrow's future, but to be tomorrow's leaders, they must first learn today.
lierke, I still wish you all the best. I hope you do decide to postpone your show and do some learning first. I am sure you will find a lot of magicians willing to help you if you want to put in the time.
Just to give you an idea-- it takes us anywhere from 6 months to a year to put together a new show for our daughter. That is for us to come up with the concept, script it, rehearse it, video tape it, dress rehearse it, until it is finally released to the public. Now, the long time professionals on here will do this much faster, but that is years of experience. Remember, you want a long standing reputation (a good one) and each performance will contribute to this.
~ Kristen ^_^
Kristen - go back and reread Sluggo's post. He is a #$(%^!. This guy/kid was polite and thankful and looking for some guidance. Sluggo launched into the guy like a pitt bull. Would you talk to someone like that in person?
"You are too lazy"
"People like you gives us ... a bad name."
"You are a hack"
"I no longer have the patience to listen to their whinny pleas."
Do you want your daughter to treat people this way? Would you be happy if some treated your daugher this way when she was first exploring the craft.
You can mentor people without tearing them down.