well paddy, if they find out about it from the library they wont know that u arent getting paid....
also if they find out it is for free they think it is really nice how u give back to the community and they will want u...they will never think ure for free
and its not only bout getting paid it also is great for experiance for u as a magician and a person, its nice to give back to the community.
but whatever u decide to do, best of luck
To answer you seriatum. It has been proven that when the public asks about the magi that did the library show and "how do I get ahold of him," the librarian will answer; "oh thats Whats Hisname. He did that show for FREE! Here is his contact info." Now this does not happen all the time, only 98% of the time. Therefore the public knows you're a freebie.
Now the old "giving back to the community" bull. It doesn't work. I have been a full time professional for several years now and I get calls every week from some outfit asking for a show. Then when it comes to the rates they always say "Think of the free advertising! People will see your show and book you for parties!"
Now think about that. If people see a show that you charge for will they call and book you for parties? Yes, if you're good. Now will the same happen if the show is free? Again yes. Now the REAL question. Will you get MORE calls if the show is free? Yea, sure, you will get a total of ZERO additional calls from a freebie. So you have achieved NOTHING and it has cost you in time, money, and effort. The "great for experiance for u as a magician and a person," (to use your phrase and spelling) gains you ZIP and costs you. Sorry but I make a living at this, I practice for a minimum of 4 hours a day on both my standard everyday effects and new effects I bring into my act. In short I put a lot of effort to be the Marines of magic "the best magi I can be."
The new customers can see me at the restaurants where I perform of at Birthday parties and corporate events where I perform. Remember EVER time you perform it is an audition for a new gig.
Now to show you that I do have an altruistic side. I do give free shows to certain charities. The Red Cross and United Way are not included in that group. My requirements include that if anyone is paid by the "charity," then I am paid full price. If it is entirely made up of volunteers then I will give of my efforts too. Make a Wish is one of these along with certain other religious groups, both Jewish and Christian.
It appears by your staements that you seem to forget that You are part of your community as I am part of mine. So when I get paid by a library, I am helping out my community by working for a living so I don't have to live off of the community.
Freebie shows hurt EVERY magician.