What places you in a position to determine whether a magician is ready to perform or not? Maybe if you viewed my routine you would then have some standing to make such a judgment. How based soley on a list of tricks do you arrive at your review of a performance you have never witnessed. I understand your comments but I think they are unwarranted. How much reset is involved in "Pen Through Dollar"? How long does it take to reset sneak-a-peek? disappering silk? Did you even read my list of tricks? No...no you did not. You saw some gimmicks and you freaked. I know that I am not alone here but when you are dinning out which would you rather see: Some guy pull a coin out of someone's ear or a Magician burn his fingers revealing the card you selected?
I don't think you are ready........ I don't think you are ready to brand me as someone who would "close the door on magicians" just because I use a gimmick here or there. It is people who use gimmicks poorly or think because they have a gimmick practice is not necessary they are the ones that "close the door for all of us". FYI I am an attorney who quit practicing law to stay at home with my daughter. For two years all I have done as Mr. Mom is to practice magic. Until you know the situation please don't pass judgment. Thanks
I never said that you would close the door on magicians. I said...
Please please please be sure you are ready to do what you set out to do when getting a magic job... as they say, a good magic performance opens the market for other magicians, while a bad performance will close the market, possibly for years.
If you aren't ready, you will close the door, if you are, you won't. I only asked you to not do it if you weren't ready. And quitting your job as an attorney has no bearing on your qualifications as a professional entertainer. Also, time has no bearing. Some people have been in magic for decades and they still can't land a gig because they don't know how to be entertaining. Being a magician and an entertainer are two separate concepts.
As I said, I don't think you are ready, but to each his own. I don't find the idea of burning a card on your fingers is entertaining at all... you need to make it entertaining.
I just called and cancelled the audition. You guys may be right. I know my effects backwards and forwards. Really, my individual tricks, gimmicked or not, are in good working form. The problem is that I have not really sat down and hammered out a routine. Yeah I have strung a few tricks here and there like Sneak-a-peek and then RHMcita but as far as a well oiled routine I guess I wrongfully figured that you only do 2-3 tricks per table a routine is really not necessary. I kinda thought that after the audition , I could polish the order of my effects. This is why I was asking about what to use for an audition. It appears that the cart was placed well ahead of the pony. Thanks for your time and suggestions.
A restaurant isn't the place to polish your performances... it's a place to perform. I'd recommend looking up some literature on restaurant performing. Peter has a new book out, and judging from the quality of his advice, I'm sure it will be excellent. Sorry if I came off as harsh, but I find that honesty is the best policy. Would you rather me lie and tell you that you're ready to be the next Michael Close?
Again, I apologize, and I hope things work out for you.