Benjii, I am not saying that you're wrong. You are correct and crashing does work, but all I'm saying is that you should also tell the risks involved. When I got caught, it was not my first crashing experience, not my last either. But these kids should know the risks involved and that getting jobs is WORK!
That's right. Getting jobs is work. I prefer to have a high quality business card, good salesman skills, high quality magic, a website (if you don't know how to build your own website or you can't afford to hire a professional to do it for you, you can use some free services such as squidoo to build a website and throw the url address on your business card).
I think a combination of having or using a newsletter (or newsletter postcard), having a website, good business card, salesman skills and if you have a little money and know how to do good direct mail campaign to generate leads, then use a combination of those marketing methods. But honestly, I got my gig through cold calling, sitting down with management and then using salesman skills. Once I got my first gig, I invested most of my time and money into practicing and having high quality magic. Once you get your first gig and you do a good job entertaining people with high quality magic then word of mouth becomes another method to market yourself. You can also market yourself for much higher paying private gigs at restaurant and I have a few leads for private gigs at the restaurant I am currently working.