I’ve decided to get a job at a restaurant and table hop. But I was thinking it might be a good idea to work as a waiter at some restaurant, for a time, before going and getting a job doing magic at one. I would think that would help with walking up to tables, dealing with people, and getting used to the whole restaurant atmosphere. Has anyone been a waiter before they went and got their first job? Does it help? Any of you think it would be a good idea or not? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
No it does not help. I started as a restaurant magician in my 50's. I had never seen a restaurant magician before but talked to some local magi that had done it years ago and my magic teacher who was doing it (and still is.) They told me about things. I went out and got a job and started doing it. edited, made $45 restaurant fee and $60 in tips first night. Got ahold of some books from Mark Neilsen and Bruce Kalver and others and kept going back every Tuesday night. Within a few months the manager had talked to the other 4 local restaurants in the chain and I was doing it full time. My tips were up to $90 a week night and $125 a weekend night. Now it is almost 5 years after that first night. I make higher restaurant fees and my tips are a LOT higher every night.
At 50+ years old I was not about to try to be a waiter and it was not necessary to do that. Be a magician, a good magician. Be a showman, be just a nice guy. I flirt with the ladies and we all enjoy the flirting because it is just that, flirting. They know I am not trying to get in their panties so they are relaxed and enjoy the patter and the magic. To the kids I can be a "grandfatherly" figure and to the parents I am a humourous guy that laughs at myself and everything else.
That is what it take to be a restaurant magi, not being a former waiter.