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.
If you are only fourteen, this is what I suggest. Spend the next 4 years honing your skills. Perform for strangers whenever you can. When you are 16, get a job in the most upscale restaurant possible. Some restaurants won't hire unless you are 18, but some hire as young as 16. The best position to have is waiting tables. But hosting or even bussing will work as long as you have opportunities to interact with the guests....if you are bussing make sure you take empty plates off tables so you have an excuse to interact with the restaurant guests and maybe make a joke or make them smile somehow. No offense meant at all, and if you find *me* offensive, you aren't ready to handle the types of people that go out to eat. Some (not all) restaurant guests have this attitude that since they are spending money, they can act however they want
and you need to be prepared to handle rude a-holes
in a kind non-offensive manner that leaves them smiling.
I'm serious! The biggest factor is not what magic you do, its your ability to INTERACT WITH PEOPLE. The best way to practice this is by working in a restaurant. You can have cheesy magic, but if you can interact with people in a pleasant manner
, that will mean more than what trick you do.
For all I know, you could be as professional and mature as a magician who has been professionally performing for 30 years, but you are still a teenager and that means there is still the perspective that ignorant, stupid waste of life people can have..."I'm 40 years old and I'm not gonna have some punk teenager show me up in front of my wife and kids! Bla bla bla!". Hope that makes sense.
Its hard to be a teenager magician because NOBODY will take a teen seriously. Most people will see you as a kid trying to prove something, and if this is the case, you will be heckled and shut down completely
. When you think about it, its not hard for a heckler to expose your magic...all they have to do is reach out and grab something...and nothing brings an adult more pleasure than putting a teen in his place
People skills is perhaps the biggest factor to performing magic for money, and it takes time and maturity to develop people skills. If you don't have them, you won't be successful. Its that simple.