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 Post subject: how much to tip?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:46 pm 
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I was just curious what you should tip a magician (who is taking tips) in a restaraunt setting. I guess it seems like it could be awkward if you haven't been to a restaraunt where there was a walkaround before (but I'm sure a good magician can also help ease that tension). So, for simplicity's sake, let's say a guy hired by the restaruant comes to your table at TGI Friday's...what's the ballpark you should tip someone?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:02 pm 
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TheWorm wrote:
I was just curious what you should tip a magician (who is taking tips) in a restaraunt setting. I guess it seems like it could be awkward if you haven't been to a restaraunt where there was a walkaround before (but I'm sure a good magician can also help ease that tension). So, for simplicity's sake, let's say a guy hired by the restaruant comes to your table at TGI Friday's...what's the ballpark you should tip someone?


One milion bagilion dollers, MOHAHA.

Joking, $5-$10.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:33 pm 
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You don't have to tip them anything. They are being paid by the restaurant already, and they are most likely being paid a nice sum. But if you do tip, tip what you think is right. I mean, if you like it, then tip them what they deserve, if you tip them at all.


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I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips. They don't know if the restaurant pays me, it does but tips are the gravy. I have been tipped anywhere from zero up to the $20 bill I got tonight.

In one instance about 4 years ago someone dropped a $50 bill in my tip jar. I have no idea who did that or why because I never look in the jar until I get home. I do clean it out every now and then so that it is alway no more than half full.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:59 pm 
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Hey guys, thanks a lot. I appreciate the info.

ps - Paddy, thanks for the plethora of info throughout these boards. If in the years to come this is something that I wind up leaning towards, I think I have a good amount of information to begin the process! You're a wealth of wisdom!


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paddy wrote:
I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips.


That just seems so tacky to me.


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$5-15, depends on how entertaining you are.


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basicly its like your waiter if he did a great job at your table then say about $10.00, same thing with magicians if they loved the way you performed and made there day then you'll get a high tip. same thing for the oppiste.


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AtticusFinch wrote:
paddy wrote:
I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips.


That just seems so tacky to me.


I average between US$150 and $200 every weekend night I work. Weekday night I average $100 a night. That is just in tips. On top of that is the restaurant fee. I could care less if you think it's "tacky," it pays for new cars, new 27" flat screen TV, and other things that make my life very comfortable.

In other words, who cares if you look tacky just so long as you make the money to enjoy life, let them think what they want.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:54 pm 
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paddy wrote:
AtticusFinch wrote:
paddy wrote:
I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips.


That just seems so tacky to me.


I average between US$150 and $200 every weekend night I work. Weekday night I average $100 a night. That is just in tips. On top of that is the restaurant fee. I could care less if you think it's "tacky," it pays for new cars, new 27" flat screen TV, and other things that make my life very comfortable.

In other words, who cares if you look tacky just so long as you make the money to enjoy life, let them think what they want.

please tell me thats not the only reason your in magic


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chartman wrote:
paddy wrote:
AtticusFinch wrote:
paddy wrote:
I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips.


That just seems so tacky to me.


I average between US$150 and $200 every weekend night I work. Weekday night I average $100 a night. That is just in tips. On top of that is the restaurant fee. I could care less if you think it's "tacky," it pays for new cars, new 27" flat screen TV, and other things that make my life very comfortable.

In other words, who cares if you look tacky just so long as you make the money to enjoy life, let them think what they want.

please tell me thats not the only reason your in magic


You must not know paddy that well.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:52 pm 
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chartman wrote:
paddy wrote:
AtticusFinch wrote:
paddy wrote:
I wear tip buttons so people know that I work for tips.


That just seems so tacky to me.


I average between US$150 and $200 every weekend night I work. Weekday night I average $100 a night. That is just in tips. On top of that is the restaurant fee. I could care less if you think it's "tacky," it pays for new cars, new 27" flat screen TV, and other things that make my life very comfortable.

In other words, who cares if you look tacky just so long as you make the money to enjoy life, let them think what they want.

please tell me thats not the only reason your in magic


Anyone who can make a living out of magic. edited, anyone who can get GOOD at magic, who can perform for months straight is in it for MUCH more then the wealth. The vast majority of performing magicians are middle class.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:54 pm 
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To answer the thread, I've been tipped anywhere from $0 to my maximum of $8, within a period of 6 months where I did walkaround.


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Anyone who can make a living out of magic. edited, anyone who can get GOOD at magic, who can perform for months straight is in it for MUCH more then the wealth. The vast majority of performing magicians are middle class.
Actually, magic is very profitable. I've heard one figure that says on average, a professional magician makes $100,000-$300,000 a year. The key word there is professional though. Many magicians who are making money are semi-professionals, who do it for an extra source of income.


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fallingblood wrote:
MadNuke wrote:
Anyone who can make a living out of magic. edited, anyone who can get GOOD at magic, who can perform for months straight is in it for MUCH more then the wealth. The vast majority of performing magicians are middle class.
Actually, magic is very profitable. I've heard one figure that says on average, a professional magician makes $100,000-$300,000 a year. The key word there is professional though. Many magicians who are making money are semi-professionals, who do it for an extra source of income.


Really? That's interesting, thank you for informing me.

It just seems that, if you took everyone over 18 who performs magic as a sole occupation [kids birthday parties, schools, etc.], the mean, or rather -- median income wouldn't be more than $100,000. I suppose performance arts are more profitable than I thought. I mean, of course Lance Burton and David Copperield are multimillionaires, but most guys who do parties and weddings, etc. wouldn't make a whole lot?

Does anyone else have input?


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