How much stuff for each table?
That depends a little bit on the restaurant. At the On The Border Cafe's I worked in there were enough seats for about 400 people. Most of the time I spent entertaining the wait line Thursday - Saturday nights. One of your main jobs is to keep them happy while they wait.
At all Brinker International restaurants (OTB, macaroni Grill, Chilis) they try not to have more than 12 minutes from the time people order food to the time it hits the table. That means even if you are at the table right after the server takes the order, you shouldn't plan on more time than that. What ever you are doing, stop if the food arrives and tell them you'll come back later. If you are in the middle of an effect say something like, "and now the real magic, your food is here". They will laugh and it gives you a good out. People are usually hungry and want to eat. Don't linger, just get out of the way and excuse yourself.
In general I try to move around the restaurant a lot. (Not staying in one section all the time). Your job is to make people want to come back to the restaurant, that is the bottom line.
ok, thanks. i will apply that to my walk around stuff. i just have one question. do you perform cap in bottle tricks with like bear bottles and stuff. i think that would be great for walk around. if you do, what would you recommend. i already have Prohibition but i am really interested in captured and a few others.