I have never worked as a resaurant magician, but I hope to someday. How many effects do I need to perform restaurant magic?
I can do the following routines very well.
Crazy Man's Handcuffs
U.F. Grants 5 and 1 Transpo
and with cards...
Weighted Aces or Two card Monte
Rosini Surprise Stab or I've Got a Surprise For You
"That's It" by Eddie Fechter
I haven't worked them into two or three trick routines yet, but I hope to have three sets of three tricks. Is this enough?
ok this is a great question. First restraunt magicians pack light that means no cases, or bags, or pouches inless your also doing balloons then a pouch is acceptable. You should be able to fit 2-3 hours of entertainment into your coat, vest, and pockets. that dosnt mean you want to have your pockets so filled you loose stuff. Only take the bear assentials. Here is what i mean, you need to bring things that you have multiple routines with, like coins I could do an hour of magic with just coins (not that I would but its just an example) Cards Most restraunt magicians have a huge portions of their routines based around cards. sponge balls are common fun for kids AND ADULTS dont under estimate them and they are small. Rubber bands for crazy mans handcuffs and more elastic magic. possibly pen through bill it only has one effect to it but it packs small and plays big. TT is a no brainer vanishing salt or silk for the kids. basically bring things that can be used for multiple routines.
Ok now for how many tricks. I personally have 3 routines with 3 tricks per routine, this allows me to not get to confused with millions of tricks and routines thats only 9 tricks total for 2-3 hours. pocket management is huge to restraunt magic so you dont get mixed up, also never preform for the table next to one you just preformed for because you will have onlookers and they will ruin the show you are about to do for them. So do a show, then walk across the room and do the same one and walk back and do it again for another table you will do those 3 routines all night for different people each time. you can have more or less tricks per routine, but 3 tricks per routine and 3 routines has always worked for me.
now for my restraunt act i am always prepared so i pack doubles of most things this is what i bring with me to restraunt acts.
-4 rubber bands(crazymans handcuffs, and rubber star)and 8 invisible loops
-2 decks of cards one red one blue(just incase always have 2)
-2 sharpies(incase one goes out)
-papercliped card(2 incase I loose one)
-three Half inch sponges, and four two inch ones
-8 half dollars, 4 pennys, and 3 dimes
-rings and a peice of string, and a coat hanger rod
-pen through bill
-2 different color rubber balls and a silk
that is about 2-3 hours of magic in a restraunt for me. work on those routines you choose intill you do them in your sleep. work out all the buggs be funny and entertaining, and dont pack your pockets full of gimmicks because you will run out of material in 5 minutes. some gimmicks are ok but keep it light.
GOOD LUCK PRACTISE YOUR BUTT OFF and hope to see you in a restraunt some day!!