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 Post subject: Same show twice?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:14 pm 
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I am very seriously considering an attempt at table hopping. I'm not usually comfortable performing for people I don't know, but if I can get over that, this seems like a great way to bring in some extra cash(my normal job doesn't give me a lot of hours) doing what I love to do. I've never done anything like this before though, or even really performed for anyone besides friends and family. I'm looking for all the advice I can get before I go for it.

The first thought I had was how to make sure no one sees the same show twice. I'm sure the restaurant will be very interested in my ability to insire repeat business in their customers... but I wouldn't want them to be back the next week and see the exact same routine as the week before. And even if they're not back the week after, they may be back the 2nd week after. It would seem like even if you have multiple sets, you can't keep the same three or four sets for very long... or can you? Any advice on this issue is appreciated.

And also, when you guys work restaurants, do you get people from other tables watching the show? How does that affect your ability to give every table a different experience?

How do you choose who to perform for? Would you just go down the line or walk around randomly? Seems like a nearby table might feel ripped off if I perform for a family 2 tables down, and then turn and go to the other side of the restaurant.

I'll post other questions as I think of them. Many many thanks to anyone with useful information and experience-inspired advice.


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The repeating problem is simple... come up with 3 or 4 routines, and have one routine for repeat customers. After you introduce yourself, ask if they've ever seen you perform before. If they say yes, then you know to perform your extra routine.


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Sankey advice to always have some extra routines prepared for the "good" customers...the one your going to see every weeks...making them feel special by showing them new routines you would only perform for them...you can as well teach them an easy trick, and than, it's the relax moment for you, and they enjoy... :wink:


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I find that when it comes to walkaround, you should always want the audience to leave wanting more, and the next week you should deliver. Now I'm not saying to go out and build a new routine every week, but one trick can be performed a hundred different ways. Keep that in mind as you re-write routines.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:51 pm 
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The audience wouldn't mind seeing the same trick twice.


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