I priced the market, and apparently they do up to 25 kids, the show lasts 30 minutes, nothing else, and they throw in 20 miles of traveling time. That costs $256 USD, and that was the economic package. I used a magician search engine for parties and they apparently assess the price by the amount of illusions, the amount of kids, and the time it takes to travel. All of the one's in Houston charged a minimum of $250 USD. They all used fancy names like the "Econopackage" or the "Magician's Discount" and more titles that promised a show for a low yet questionable price.
The parent and I discussed and conversed about the price. I promised her a 30 minute show, with no traveling fee considering I live rather close to the area, and I am going to do balloon art. I am not going to give goody bags, because I lack the resources and the insurance to do such things. Also, I'm quite confused of classifying what part of my routine as a "Big Illusion." I know that the show is very satisfying, and that it will last 30 minutes. My price tag stood at a flat $275 USD.
The show I am performing is for an audience of 18 kids and Parents of some children. The parents considered the price tag, and I presented the available collected information of other children magicians and what they would provide. I told them earnestly that I will not undercut them of a performance, and I don't believe in an "Econopackage." They firmly accepted my offer and I graciously shook their hands. I know the price tag may sound steep, but that was the market in Houston.
My performance date is growing closer, and I'm still working my routine constantly over and over. I have countless videos of myself on my digital camera performing to a familiar crowd and I am constantly adjusting anything I dislike or disapprove of. I will give this family a performance of a lifetime, because like paddy says. "You get what you pay for."
Kristen, I would like to thank you sincerely for your support and advice, and I look further to having more discussions about the prospect of my career as a magician. I know I will have sound advice and resources in this forum with people like you, ted, and paddy.
Previously, I stated I have been practicing the cups and balls routine. I purchased Michael Ammar's Volume #1, #2 will have to wait for my funding to come back. I say I can do it rather well, although that may be an overstatement, I am not sure. I had an idea where I could extend my routine, by when I make the final load, instead I place an intermediate load. Instead of fruits/bigger balls I use 3 juggling balls instead. As I reveal the intermediate loads, I then initiate the final load, misdirecting them with the appearance of 3 colorful juggling balls.
I then juggle, and perform a mini filler routine with juggling. (I have to say my ability to juggle is... questionable. xD) As I finish the juggling act, I resume the final routine, in which I reveal the fruits/bigger balls. My preference are lemons, because I tend to finish with "When life gives you lemons, perform magic. :]" The smiley indicates my huge smirk when I get screams, gasps, and applause.