Magicman and tocatcher, 1st I am 59 years old. I have been doing this full time now for about 5 years.
To both of you asking "should I do something?" I had a sig line that said "A funny thing happens when you don't take action. NOTHING!" And it is true.
If we get our thumbs out of out of our buttholes and start moving towards our goals, we accomplish things. we succeed. At age 50 I was laid off and could not find a job cuz I was "too old." A friend of mine suggested I start entertaining kids and I fought the suggestion for years. I took a job in a grocery store stocking shelves just for the insurance, got paid about $8 an hour. Well another friend got into magic and urged me to go to a David Ginn seminar with him. Spent $576 that day on magic. Started at one restaurant several months later Then when the new store manager walked around acting like she had PMS all the time, I quit and went into the restaurant entertaining business full time. Now when I go back to the same store I worked at All the staff who knew me loves it. (BTW the manager got fired, nobody likes to be around a woman on PMS 100% of the time.)
In short TAKE ACTION! stop talking and start doing!
" i was thinking about getting into resturant acts but im not really sure, well i kno id be the only one but i just dont think anyone would want it up here.. what do u do? do u like go from table to table after a while and ask if they wanna see magic? how do u go about doing it.. "
When I started doing this I was the only restaurant magician. Now there are several, doesn't bother me cuz I am a lot better than they are. You'll see why towards the end. Why wouldn't they want to see magic? Only if you are really bad, then no one wants to see bad magic.
Go see the General manager (The BIG KAHUNA) and audition. Charge the restaurant a fee plus tips. Hey, if you get $50 for 3 hours of walk around magic That is a little over $16 an hour PLUS you shoud be able to make an additional $20 an hour in tips (starting, after a while it will be closer to $40 to 50 an hour) so you will make around $110 a night. do that 3 nights a week and you are making what most adults make working 40 hours a week. More on this after this next comment.
"what would u reccomend to all the magicians hear who want to do restaurant gigs?? what do you think they should do to get themselves out there??"
I am going to expand on the 3 night making $300 to 400 now. cuz it fits in. I mentioned that we make more than the 40 hour a week people. We do. Cuz we put in more than 40 hours a week just so we can word 12 hour a week. Make sense? No. But think about it, we have to rehearse EVERY effect we do for hours and hours to lern it. then if we are using it every day we still rehearse it for a couple of hours a day to get ready for the gig. I personally rehearse between 3 to 4 hours a day unless it is a new effect for me. Then I rehearse the new effect for an additional 2 hours until I am so confident I add it to my show. So far I am now working a 3 hour gig+ 3 hours of rehearsals making 6 hours a day. Now we have to be marketing and selling ourselves to restaurants and the birthday parties we get from people see our show. That adds another 2 to 3 hours a day.
Then on days we don't have gigs we are seeing every restaurant and business out there selling ourselves as magicians. Right there is 6 to 8 hours a day when we don't have shows PLUS the rehearsals we do for the show. Yes we rehearse 7 days a week, occasionally we can have a 6 day week but not often.
This is the life of a professional magician. We aren't out getting sex from all the admiring women we are working our buts off to be entertainers. Yes I point out the "bad" part of being a magician. But darn it's worth it!
I know long rambling post but I hope I have helped you guys.