Hey everyone, I have two questions that it would be really cool to have answered!
well, I realise I am nowhere near the restuarant-performing level, and being fourteen I wouldn't be taken seriously anyway.
Nevertheless, my first question is how to introduce yourself when performing for a single table.
I honestly can't think of an introduction which doesn't make me sound like a complete tool.
Introduction isn't a big issue.
"Hi there, My name is ____________. Could you grab one of these cards here?"
"Hi there, I'm ____________ and the management has hired me to perform some magic."
blah blah blah
My second question is what trick I should perform.
My absoloute favourite is Indecent by Wayne Houchin, but I realise it would seem a bit tacky to bring a zip-lock bag along with me.
I also feel that coin tricks wouldn't be welcome so close to food, no matter how clean the coin.
So I've been thinking of perfecting some fork-bending effects for this sort of entertainment.
What spoon/fork bending tricks do you suggest?
You need to add some more card effects to your repitoire (uh? spelling error I'm sure). Pretty much anything with Wayne Houchin's name attatched to it wouldn't be appropriate for a restaurant act. Coin magic is very commonly used in restaurants, as is magic with dollar bills.
That's openning Pandora's Box. If you do fork bending, you must bring your own forks since you can't bend the forks that belong to the restaurant. Look at it from the spectator's point of view: "There's a fork right here, why is he carrying them around with him? Does he have special bending forks?" Spectators will ask you to bend their forks - and "I can but I'm not allowed to" doesn't fly with those spectators.
Short answer, stay away from fork bending in restaurants.