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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:22 pm 
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Hi. Most of you may know me from around the forums. I would like to learn about Restarant magic. I would like some resources (fairly cheap if available). I don't know anything about restaurant magic. Thanks. I do almost every genre of magic.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:56 pm 
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pm or ask "dbrandmeyer" to post here, i'm sure if he has the time, you ask nicely and he feels like answering you he will, he knows a LOT about restaurant magic, just see some of his posts here:
http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/vie ... rt=15since he does it for a living, he was so kind as to write me approximately over 3 pages of good, useful advice in pm's on how to start out (Thanks again db. :) )


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sebishungry wrote:
pm or ask "dbrandmeyer" to post here, i'm sure if he has the time, you ask nicely and he feels like answering you he will, he knows a LOT about restaurant magic, just see some of his posts here:
http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/vie ... rt=15since he does it for a living, he was so kind as to write me approximately over 3 pages of good, useful advice in pm's on how to start out (Thanks again db. :) )


You're welcome sebish. :wink:


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* The Complete Guide to Restaurant and Walkaround Magic, by Kirk Charles
* Restaurant Workers Handbook, by Jim Pace & Jerry MacGregor
* Magic Menu: The First Five Years (in addition to any other issues you can get your hands on.), edited by Jim Sisti
* Real World Magic, by Jerry Mac Gregor
* Making A Living Performing At Restaurants & Hotels by Carl Andrews
* Video: Making A Living Performing Close-up Magic by Carl Andrews
* Video: The Strolling Magican, by Carl Andrews
* David Stone's Real Secrets of Magic
* Live at the Jailhouse
* Anything from Eugene Burger on the subject
* Anything from Paul Green on the subject

You may also want to check out my blog at http://belzianmagic.blogspot.com/. I have a couple of essays on the subject.


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Thanks to all 3 of you on the subject. I will look at the videos and books on the subject and take each of your advice.


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One more question. Which chain restaurants are more accepting to someone table hopping.


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Anyone?


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That really depends. I know TGIF has done stuff with clowns and magicians. I was hired there for a short time before I had to quit for medical reasons. I plan on going back shortly though as they have an offer on the table.

Space Aliens is also willing to do so in some places. As well as Applebees. I actually start there in January.

I personally work at more local restaurants though.


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fallingblood wrote:
That really depends. I know TGIF has done stuff with clowns and magicians. I was hired there for a short time before I had to quit for medical reasons. I plan on going back shortly though as they have an offer on the table.

Space Aliens is also willing to do so in some places. As well as Applebees. I actually start there in January.

I personally work at more local restaurants though.
That is the only one that I have heard of OR is near me. I was thinking there or maybe Logan's or also Chiles.


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You'll find that chain restaurants are very difficult to deal with initially. There is so much "red tape". My personal experience with the red tape was with Applebees. However, I did perform for TGIF for nearly two years before they decided to cut back on spending. Of course the entertainment is the first thing to go. But it was a decent run.

Good luck!


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Just to give everyone an update. I decided not to make another thread and "recycle" this on. I have an appointment for Applebee's at 4 Friday in my town. He said he used to know a guy that did magic that served in a place near me and it made good business. I think he is really interested but now I have to sell myself. Wish me luck.


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Good luck, and remember, first impressions mean a lot. So dress nice (but don't go over board), act professional, but most of all, have fun.


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I answered this same reply a few weeks ago, but same applies IMO

Dress / Attire:

- Dress neatly and smart don't wear a shabby t-shirt and torn jeans
- Shave (depending on age) or at least trim so you look ad appear clean
- Shower (Basic necessity) before interview / talk
- Wear deodorant and brush your teeth (Obvious)

Basically you want to maintain a nice clean look, that shows your not some no hoper, who desperately needs the job or hasn't eaten in weeks.

Proposal:

- BE READY!
- Have a small proposal drawn up, what you will do, how long, pricing and such
- If you have a contract its nice to give them the contract at the end if they seem interested, (Contracts = Safe = Guaranteed Work)
- You may have a small resume drawn up with your proposal about what you will do, how you will do it, and at the end one or two client references.

Tricks:

- This is not necessary, I have gotten gigs without showing one trick, but someone who doesn't know you and hasn't seen you before might want to see something.
- I recommend you bring something small like a 3 trick routine that will take 5 - 10 min or so. Something that's very strong and visual (preferably something that has a nice bit of comedy in it with a lot of entertainment value, and make sure it doesn't have any offensive jokes in it that you will know a drunk will be rifled up over)

Finally:

- Act and "Be" professional in everything you say and do
- Be CONFIDENT!
- Be Polite

And that's about the basics that I would recommend you. Tell me how it goes


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Impromptu spoon bends is also cool.


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Thanks everyone. Good tips from everyone.


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