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 Post subject: should i start doing Restaurant Walkarounds?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 3:11 pm 
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first time on this section, i'm here reading guys posts for the last 2 hours... i thought of starting restaurant walkarounds out myself after reading all the great posts all of you guys published here.

i think myslef as an intermidiate magician. the only thing i bought so far that has to do with magic are the AOA books, which are great. i live in Israel (belive it or not) and i want to start working at a nice Restaurant.

first of all, i'm 17 years old, plz tell me if it's too young to start performing, i've already done a few kids shows for birthdays etc.
i handle very well with cards, i know false cuts, forces, double lifts, and MANY tircks. i can only buy from pengiun when my dad goes to the us (for job buisness) so i could send the shipment to him. i thought of buying some stuff but thats on the advice forum section if u want to take a look..

anyway, i think working at a non-junk food restaurant is the best way to go, coz people sit a long time and usally don't hurry anywhere... if i want to start working, how should i approach the boss of the restaurant? i mean, should i show him a few tricks? or show him the best tricks? or a short routine?
my dad would probably go to the us in 3 weeks, i want to get started after he gets back, i'm going to buy magic material for about 150$

another thing, how much do u think i should ask for per night? do u guys work 3 hours a night? 4 hours? or less?

i already have 2 card routins that i do perfectly, but i know i need more then that if the people come back on another day, and also, cards can get boring, it would even bore me doing only 2 routines... after my dad would get back, i'll have a few gimmiked tricks like the invisible deck, and maybe PK5.

also, i would probably go from table to table (are there any other ways?) and perform in that way magic to people. do people u done magic for sometimes follow you to see what you would do next? do people sometimes go all around you? i mean, like when i go to my first table and perform, wouldn't everyone in the restaurant would come to see whats going on?

i know i have a lot of questions, and i was hoping u guys would have all of the answers, or at least some of them. i would really appriciate if u even answer only one of the questions, so u won't have like half an hour wasted answering all of them.

tnx for reading this and for all the help

Tomer


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 9:17 am 
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I think you should have at least a years experience under your belt before you go for a restaurant gig. You also need a ton of effects, because repeat customers don't want to see the same performance again.

..and consider buying a book on restaurant magic. I recommend www.the-restauran-magician.com, although it's a little pricy.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:57 pm 
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Caruthias wrote:
..and consider buying a book on restaurant magic. I recommend www.the-restauran-magician.com, although it's a little pricy.


I think he meant to link to this site. I don't have this book, but it does look interesting.

Anyone else here own it? Is it worth the money? Caruthias... what about it made you recommend it?

Jeff


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:17 pm 
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tnx for the link, but i prefer dealing only with pengiun, any good books about this subject here?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:31 pm 
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If you only want to deal with Penguin then one thing that comes to mind is R Paul Wilson's the Restaurant Act. But if you want to venture away from Penguin for a couple of things Jim Pace has a few books and also an author named Kirk Charles does too. I have one of Kirk Charles books and it helps with resume and booking and contacts not really effects. Hope this helps.
Wade


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