Paddy, when you go to a typical table what effects do you perform?
I am thinking about picking up a restaurant gig this summer (just one, though--too old to be away from home and family that much) and I have been working on my "possible" routines pretty heavy for nearly a year. I can do Andrews' Table Hopping Cup and Balls (and Vernon's Classic routine--not great for a restaurant), sponge ball, and a bazillion card effects (I have two of Harris' AOA volumes, 4 Ammar ETMCM, Secrets of Brother John Hamman, Some Skinner, Vernon, Sankey, etc.) I am not real flourishy, but the stuff I do is good. Right now the heavy-duty work I do is in front of screaming 12 to 14 year old kids in groups from 3 to 20, under pretty extreme conditions. I handle heckling with a smile and I seem to fool most of the people I do effects for,
If I had to list something close to a routine, I would do:
That's It (Kills kids and adults)
Las Vegas Leaper (Kids love this)
Several Quick and great Hamman effects
Whack the Pack (Harris)
Table Hopping Cups
Not a routine, but some stuff I can do on a moments notice. I have about 20 other affects that I practice regularly. This is not my whole repertoire, but stuff I can do in my sleep.
If I don't do a restaurant, I need to start some real parties. I really took B Magic’s advice and decided to put at least a serious year of work perfecting things before I even thought about doing this. I will visit some of the local ring magicians, who work in restaurants, to see what they do, too.
Any help you could suggest would be appreciated.
Chris, those are perfect!! Plus have some other effects, I use 12 to 18 different effects so that I can change from table to table. I stay 2 to 3 minutes per tab le and then move out.