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 Post subject: I am a waiter at a restaurant....what tricks are good to do
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:37 am 
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I am working part time at a restaurant. It is a small one, but very busy. I work the dining room. What are some tricks that could be done very quickly while taking an order or chatting with the customers before their food comes up.
Just thought I would ask. It might help me get better tips!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:04 am 
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I don't think you should be a waiter and a magician at the same time.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:04 am 
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Just have a deck of cards. And when you hand out straws you could do the sizzle


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:48 am 
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I would first ask your supervisor how he feels about you doing this, before you go and get yourself fired. Secondly, if your just going to do tricks it will cost you a fortune. You shouldn't do the same tricks over and over and over table by table, you will get busted. If you really want to do something like this, there are some great DVD's here at Penguin for the Walkaround/Restaurant worker. That is what I would suggest because most of this material on DVD is completely impromptu and can be done with things you find in a restaurant.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:38 pm 
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Hey, I think that It is not ideal to try to do both, serve and magic. However, I have done it before and it was fine. A great way to increase tips! I sent you a pm with more info.

Justin


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:13 pm 
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Remember, the restaurant is paying you to serve food and not do magic. You doing magic is only going to get you into trouble by taking away from your time serving food. If you do want to do some magic, make sure it's something short and visual.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:44 am 
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In one of Greg Wilson's "In Action" DVDs (I think it's the second volume, but I'm not sure) he explains a coin/credit card through table effect that's pretty nice. It's quick and you can do it when the patron hands you their credit card to pay.

Darwin's Thumbtip DVD set also has a nice idea for waiters where you pour sugar into you hand and produce hard candy. I think someone else mentioned doing stealth pen to the check when you come drop it off.

These are all extremely quick effects, and if you're a waiter that's what I'd recommend sticking to. Anything else, as other people have stated, will take away from your waiter time and can only get you in trouble.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:49 am 
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I know, make my food appear quickly.

I'll make it disappear.

You then follow up with making my dishes disappear and my bill magically appear at someone else's table.

While wating for me to pay, I'll vanish in a puff of smoke.

Then you can do a fire illusion.

Oh wait, your boss will do that one for you. :lol:


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