Hey all, i believe this is my first post but i'd like to say first and foremost- thanks for reading.
I noticed alot of you people saying you cant get a job being a magician ant a restaurant until youre 15/16 or older, and i think its BS.
My theory: you can become a restaurant magician at any age so long as youre mentally on the same level as your audience, are presentable, and act professionally.
Now one might argue: 'you cant be mentally on the same level as an adult at 13 (lets say)' and that isnt true. Ive basically had to grow up around all my relatives and neighbours being either ALOT younger than me or ALOT older than me, and not wanting to hang out with the little kids, i was always with the adults. Thus giving me the chance to understand how they operated, and thus developped my vocabulary and general understanding of things.
On friday I had walked into a restaurant (small jamaican place in town) and got my food, the place was pretty empty and i started talking with the owner, and mentionned i did magic. On request i pulled out the ghost deck i had in my breast pocket and showed him a 2 card monte (very good idea to have this trick set up at all times), and he bugged out, and asked for more, i kindly obliged and showed him some abitious stuff. very very good reactions. I joked with him and further conversed after the show, and he was wondering what casino i worked at to pick up this stuff, i simply replied "Hah, casino.... I'm only 14".
Well, to say the least he was very amazed (though i think it had less to do with the fact i had good conversational skills and more my appearance.), and didn't belive me. after showing him my g.9 2006/07 student I.D., he finnaly believed me.
Well i talked with him some more, and had mentionned i might be looking for a job working a restaurant sometime in early 07, and then i was offerred a job. Details will be later worked out and nothing is certain yet, but i think that goes to show age is not a factor.
Simply put, I believe you should posess desirable qualities to work a restaurant;
-Learn to carry an intelligent conversation with someone older than you
-Dont EVER show somthing youre working on, stay to your comfortable fields.
-Never toot your own horn in front of those youre trying to impress (be modest, but not TOO modest)
-Learn to know your audience quickly and use humour.
-Be CLEAR in what you want to do. If your audience dosnt understand your aim then the effect could be bust. (Eg. tell your spec to name a card then do invisible deck--- just dosnt get as good reactions as saying 'i predicted that' or 'im going to try to get you to do this with your mind' etc)
-Never be profaine, feign, or rude.
-Dont nescessarily put on a special fassad for performing in a restaurant, be your normal performing self.
And thats about it.
I never went into this restaurant for a job, just dinner, everything i did/wore/said was what i do casually with any spectator, and look what it very well might get me.
Just a heads up to the young ones, who are told by older people they CANT do it.
Height: 6' 2 1/2"
Weight: high 200s, possibly low 300s.
Facial hair: mutton chops/sometimes beard
(just for those who may have wonderred my appearance.)