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 Post subject: how much
PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 6:10 pm 
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Matt,
The thing to do is call other entertainers in your area and find out what they are charging. Just act like you are a customer and ask them. This is not unethical, as you don't want to under charge evryone else and also cheat yourself. You don't want to over charge either.
It depends on what you are doing and offering. If it is a Birthday party, usually $100.00 or more. If there are more than twenty five kids I add alittle more. If it is for a corporation or business you always go higher, maybe $125.00 or more.
I have a friend that does a 45 minute ventriloquist show and he charges Companies $395.00. No magic, ballons or nothing, just vent work.
I do a Vent act, comedy magic show and ballons for $100.00 to 120.00. If they want face painting I charge $2.00 per face. Always try to get the kids to assist in your magic show, but you control everything.
Best of luck,Sluggo


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i live in okc, okalhoma price of living is low, not the ideal place for a magician. people dont really hire people for kids parties here, unluss the kids are spoiled, soo not looking so good for me at the moment, 100-200 seems like a lot to me i dont know anyone that would offer any magician that here in okc, except for like big occasions like jewish batmitzahs or things of that sort.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:22 pm 
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Same here. I think it all depends on the area you live. I never dream of charging more than 50 bucks for an half hour work. I don't know, I guess the fee is proprotionally related to skills and experience. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:12 pm 
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mwnewman wrote:
i live in okc, okalhoma price of living is low, not the ideal place for a magician. people dont really hire people for kids parties here, unluss the kids are spoiled, soo not looking so good for me at the moment, 100-200 seems like a lot to me i dont know anyone that would offer any magician that here in okc, except for like big occasions like jewish batmitzahs or things of that sort.


Join your local IBM ring there in OK City. I know for a fact that some magicians there are getting $150 minimums for a party and are booked year round. As for evolve629 who can't charge more than $50 for a half hour show, get better at magic before performing. I would be offended if someone thought I was only worth $50 for a half hour show. My minimum is $125 and the price goes up from there. Yes there are some in town that charge $50 a show, and every time I have someone say "johnnie only charges $50 and you're $150" I will tell them "you can not get a new Rolls Royce for the same price as a used Yugo. I have a deal with the other magicians, they don't raise their prices to match mine and I don't lower my quality to match theirs."

Remember if you price yourself low people will expect the quality to be low.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:26 am 
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we have a local magic shop here and i support them i was at their booth for boshears air show and sold tons of stuff but doing this i must've entertained about 900 kids if not more but linda eubanks is the owner and on my buisness card is has her number and says call for booking ...... followed by her number at the shop....... i also work at the shop 3 days a week which also gives me a lot more interaction w/ people and other magicians ,........ anywho back to the point. las show i did was an hour and a half , i made 150 linda booked it for 200 but she was there in her harvey the magical rabbit suit....... saves me stress but i may lose 20 or 50 usd here and there but any big thing at the shop hince " the flying dragon, ( a levitation effect) but im allowed to use anything in the shop i want to try......... i dunno.... hope this helps

Fat Boy :evil: :twisted:


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 Post subject: 16?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:12 pm 
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Is sixteen old enough? Also, how do you guys advertize youselves?


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I'm 15 and I work often. Business cards and free shows once or twice a year.


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 Post subject: I am 14...and i perform
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:35 pm 
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I am 14, and I have gotten many gigs. My standard prie 1s 125, but with balloons ect. it is abut 150


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 Post subject: Re: I am 14...and i perform
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:50 pm 
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Mgcmnky3 wrote:
I am 14, and I have gotten many gigs. My standard prie 1s 125, but with balloons ect. it is abut 150


What part of the country are you in?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:48 pm 
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Ima Kid and I charge 75$ SO GOOD LUCK


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:30 pm 
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I haven't made a buck off magic.

How do you guys get people?

(Not advertise)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:02 am 
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Christick wrote:
I haven't made a buck off magic.

How do you guys get people?

(Not advertise)
i guess just meet people and just start talking and do a trick to someone maybe land a show


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