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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:36 am 
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Hey all,

For the past few weeks I have started to get my crap together and start doing restraunt work, and I do have a few questions. I have been doing stage for about a year now, some street busking and such but now I'd like to get a gig at a restraunt that know my experience and how entertaing my shows are so they have asked if I can do some work to attract attention to their restraunt and I freely accepted. I've got as much time as I need so there is no rush. These questions have been asked but I would still like to have opinions and answers from all.


I have been told that a restraunt gig (table hopping) should only last from 5 to 8 minutes per table... is that about right?

I do want to have the "audience" involved in many of the effects so what are some good effects that have hard hitting and good participation with the people?

What is a good wage to start off at, I've been told answers ranging from 50 to 200 four a 4 hour night so now I've got to ask you because my brain is being played with, reasonable price.


Thanks all for the help and best regards,

Shane Arsenault


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:23 pm 
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I don't think you need a 5-8 minute routine for each table. I do anything from a minute to 10. It really depends on who you are performing for. If they seem to really enjoy what you are doing, than make it a little longer. If they seem impatient, make it shorter. Just observe your audience.

I would suggest getting Front Row Sankey. He has some great effects. Most of Sankey's material is great for resturaunt work.

Personally, I work for a fixed income. Depending on how many days they want me to work, I will work from $250-$500 a week, and I don't take tips, unless they are above $20. The reason for that because if someone offers me something smaller, I just tell them that they really don't have to since I'm already being paid by the establishment. But I figure if they are giving me something bigger, they can afford it. And I took that from a suggestion Banachek made.

I hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:46 pm 
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Hey fallingblood, thanks for the help. On Sankey's DVD does his tricks have good audience participation.


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Many of the tricks do. The majority of them actually do. With resturaunt work, I don't think you can go wrong with Sankey, as most of the stuff he creates is for close up and works great for resturaunt work.


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Alright thanks, is there anything else important that you should let me know?


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Just have fun. That's the most important thing. Relate to your audience.

The main thing is to have fun.


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Thanks fallingblood I really appreciate it!


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