he won't be costing anybody jobs.
No? One reason performers take gigs at restaurants is so they can meet potential clients.
You don't think his $10 show would undercut the pro's $200 show? Or whatever the going rate is for the area...
You don't think his $10 show could influence potential clients against hiring a $500 show after seeing a $10 magician? In a lot of peoples' minds, a magician is a magician. They don't realize that you get what you pay for.
And they may have been out for drinks after work, contemplating who they were going to get for their entertainment. One amateur set at their table could easily sway them towards a D.J. or a comedian.
Case-in-point. A company my father contracts through went with a magician a few years back instead of their standard comedian booking. Their magician was less than par. And they will NEVER consider booking a magician ever again. And this is a $5000-$10000 yearly gig that will never be put into a magician's pocket. I am sure all of us would love to be able to work for 2 hours, taking home 5-10 big ones?
Well, that is now exclusively what a headliner and a couple opening acts are sharing with their comedy club.
I had a elvis and roy orbison impersonator friend awhile back. He never booked a gig for under $5000. And clients paid the price. It bothers me those businesses would rather book him over a magician. Heh.