Nick, calm down.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that your wisdom and experience is appreciated greatly here on the forums. You have contributed greatly in aiding fellow magicians express their talent, and you have been a constant source of reliable information and advice. Yet some of your snap judgments of younger magicians, even though you might mean no harm, is very destructive... Performing in front of a group and being able to captivate minds is not a skill aquired through a few summers of boredom and a $30 DVD and a $20 gimmick up your shirt. I agree that these young magicians are not ready to become performers, but they are magicians none the less. ..
But I will bow to you wisdom and your VAST, (perhaps half VAST experience with only 52 posts,) and hearby do refuse to offer advice in this area.
I don't know if this was just some vague sarcasm or not but I think you should understand that a persons post count is not a measure of their worth or experience as a magician or a person. ...
To answer the last first. It was not in any way "vague" sarcasm. it was intended to be real sarcasm.
Now for the other parts. His question was:
Do you brign the idea to the restaurant, or do you just find one that usually has magicians and try to get hired for a few hours a week? please elaborate. Any help would be great thank you
Which says "I am ready to be a performer!!!! Now help me get a job!!"
As Freiburgflyer pointed out he has a history on these forums. You have not been on long enough to see that history and that is why I pointed out your lack of forum experience.
As I wrote in anothr post, once you go on stage (term meaning performing as a professional) you are representing our ART of MAGIC, you are representing each and every one of us as magicians, from Houdini, to everybody on this board. We can not have kids that are like "Uncle Joe" that pulls a dime out of your ear when you were 5. We need MAGICIANS to represent us.
A poor performance not only gets him fired, but when you go to that manager (or better yet when you go to a manager that was in training when he screwed up and remembers what happened 2 or 3 years ago) and try to get a job as a magi. The reply is "We tried that and our policy is NO ENTERTAINERS." What really puts a coat of frost on the old place where you don't want frost is when some kid who screwed up at one restaurant closes the whole chain to entertainers. It happened here in Cincinnati. O'Charly's in this region will not use magicians or balloon twisters because some 15 y.o. kid didn't know how to handle a situation.
Yes, I call a space a "#&^#*)$ shovel" but I want our art to grow and prosper and bring in people that will have a love and respect for magic and audiences.