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 Post subject: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:15 am 
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I was thinking about setting up a little table at a family yard sale, and i was wondering if i could sell a trick for a quarter? (not literly selling the trick, them paying a quarter to see me perform it.)


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:04 pm 
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are you going to do the trick, then pass the hat?
Or pass the hat, then do the trick?


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:44 pm 
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with this i would just have a tip jar, and if they really liked it they could tip.


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:57 pm 
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Then you wouldn't really be selling the performance for a quarter, but rather would be performing and then hoping to get tips. Did I understand that right?

So you are really asking if we think your performance is worth a quarter?


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:10 pm 
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no, see they would pay a quarter then if they liked it they could tip, or i could do it free, and have a tip jar, what do you guys think?


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:33 pm 
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If I understand you correctly, you are asking what is the best method for performing at a yard sale. I came to this conclusion because of the two quotes I've listed below.


magicianandyoyoer wrote:
no, see they would pay a quarter then if they liked it they could tip


I understand this to mean:
You pass the hat, they pay up front, you perform, then they pay again if they like it.
Nice concept. :?

Let me rephrase the scenario.
You are a musician at a yard sale. You offer to play a song for a quarter (before the people have ever heard you perform). Then you play your song. If they like the song, they are encouraged to leave a tip.

Or you send me a quarter via PayPal and then I give you advice. If you like the advice, then you can send me more money. If you don't like it, bad luck.


Basically, this first version of "yard sale magic" could work. It would probably alienate the people visiting your yard sale and discourage them from actually purchasing any of your old, decrepitative stuff. But it could still possibly work.
My guess is that you could earn a dollar. Especially if other relatives come to your yard sale.



magicianandyoyoer wrote:
i could do it free, and have a tip jar, what do you guys think?


I understand this to mean:
You perform then pass the hat. They only pay if they like it.

This is the classical scenario. One factor of success depends on the number of people coming to your yard sale. The more people who come and are there at the same time, the better your chances for getting tips. However, I don't think you will have too many people there at one time. Mostly it will be a close-up show for a couple of people. Furthermore, people who go to yard sales are not usually in the upper-income brackets. That means they might not be as willing to part with their money in the form of a tip. In addition, if tipping for your performance is encouraged too much, they might be discouraged from purchasing any of your old stuff. However, it could work. My guess is that you can earn three dollars.




It also depends on your skill level. I can't comment on that. It also depends on your customer base, which depends on your neighborhood and the quality of the items your are trying to sell because they are no longer good enough for you any more. I can't comment on this either.

However, I recommend that you still perform, but do NOT put out a tip jar. Do magic to get those poor people into a good mood. This will help them part with their hard-earned money when buying some of your old, discarded stuff. Furthermore, it is a good environment to practice. My guess is that you can still earn 2 dollars and your family can sell a lot more of their obsolete, delapidated stuff.

Don't worry about the tips, worry about the experience.



(if you like my advice, you can send me a quarter via PayPal.)


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:41 pm 
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thanks! so you're saying just do magic for free? I'd be happy to!:D i just do it for the look in peoples eyes, the only reason i care about getting money from magic is to get new stuff to show people!


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magicianandyoyoer wrote:
thanks! so you're saying just do magic for free? I'd be happy to!:D i just do it for the look in peoples eyes, the only reason i care about getting money from magic is to get new stuff to show people!


"free" has some negative conotations. You are gaining experience and helping to sell some of your shabby, defunct rubbish. Think of it as yard sale marketing.


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:56 pm 
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thanks! who knows! someone looking for a walkaround gig might even show up!


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:16 am 
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This "quarter a trick" thing makes you look like a "cute kid getting money for candy."


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:42 am 
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paddy wrote:
This "quarter a trick" thing makes you look like a "cute kid getting money for candy."

what would you suggest?

PS: they wouldn't think a little kid can do what i can after i showed them an effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:35 am 
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Where's my quarter for all that advice I gave you?


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:42 am 
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Now wouldn't you rather see the growth and improvement of a fellow magician than a quarter?:p


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:23 am 
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magicianandyoyoer wrote:
Now wouldn't you rather see the growth and improvement of a fellow magician than a quarter?:p


Does this growth and improvement refer to compounded interest on my 25 cents?


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 Post subject: Re: Quarter A Trick?????
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:45 am 
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here, when i become famous for my grand invented trick that i plan to sell to penguin if they want it, i will give you TWO! THATS RIGHT TWO! quarters! (R.I.P. Billy Mays) hahahahaha


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