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 Post subject: Working in a haunted house?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:55 pm 
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For the past 4 or 5 years or so, ive been doing magic on and off, mainly cards and geek magic.
Last halloween season, while in line for a haunted house, I got an idea.
How cool would it be to work as a magician for people waiting in a line for a haunted house?
It would be geek/scary magic.
It would be a great way to past time for the people waiting.
I thought maybe, if I focus more on geek/scary magic until next halloween season, I could perhaps land a job working in a haunted house doing magic.
I already have some tricks lined up.
Thread by Wayne Houchin
All 3 of the tricks from sean fields sickness trilogy.
Swallowing razor blades and thread from thomas medinas geek magic DVD.
I also bought some realistic but fake cockaroaches on amazon, I could probably do something fun with that.
But I have never heard of something like this before, a haunted house magician.
Has there been any work like this before? Ive only heard of restaurant and close up and parlour and stage magicians.
Do you guys think it would be possible to get a job like this?
If so, how much should I charge? How should I bring up my profession?
I plan on visiting multiple haunted houses if this all works out, and try to pick one based on how far away it is/pay.
What do you guys think?


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 Post subject: Re: Working in a haunted house?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:02 pm 
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I have a friend that does this, he does about 4 tricks and then repete. Don't know how much he makes as I hav talked to him in years as he is busy all year round with other shows. Another magician friend of mine that he knows saw him this year somewhere in Illionis, I don't know off hand what Haunted House he was working for. Hope this helped a little.


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 Post subject: Re: Working in a haunted house?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:05 pm 
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zambini wrote:
I have a friend that does this, he does about 4 tricks and then repete. Don't know how much he makes as I hav talked to him in years as he is busy all year round with other shows. Another magician friend of mine that he knows saw him this year somewhere in Illionis, I don't know off hand what Haunted House he was working for. Hope this helped a little.


Thank you very much. If you ever have the time, do you think you could ask your friend about how much he makes, what he does, where he works, etc? :) Or even better, if I could get in contact with him for a really quick 3 minute chat that would be awesome.
and I am also in Illinois. So maybe that can help


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 Post subject: Re: Working in a haunted house?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:05 am 
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Knowing what he charges won't help you. The rates for entertainers vary all over the place depending on location. New York City may stand a rate of $500 a night while Podunk Iowa may top out at $50. I know my rate and it is a little higher than others in Cincinnati OH, my home, but it keeps me in steady work all year long. In Chicago people wouldn't hire me because they think "if he's that cheap he can't be any good."


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 Post subject: Re: Working in a haunted house?
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You seem to be interested in what is called "bizarre" magic. And yes, there are people that do it full time although not always in a haunted house venue. There are companies that specialize in the bizarre.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:49 am 
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Google "Dan Sperry" or look him up on youtube. When I think of magic for a haunted house, his character immediately jumps to mind.


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