Wow....hey guys. The thread is still alive! Haha. Anyway, although it has been pretty much clarified many times, here is what I used to get a restaurant job and have told others to use also. Out of the people I have told, no one got turned down....yet...
My personal recipe for restaurant magic success:
a. DO NOT NOT NOT, at any costs, DO NOT send letters or e-mails to restaurant owners/managers. You probably will never hear from them, ever.
b. Either call them or go see them in person.
c. Ask them about their what entertainment they commend and if they would be interested in having a table magician there. (You might have to do a "preview" performance for him/her to swindle them over....3 "teaser" tricks max! Quick, visual and stunning).
d. Discuss, discuss, discuss PAY! DO NOT UNDER SELL YOURSELF!!! You, at the very very minimum, should be making around $30-40/hour. If they offer less, that is your call. The reason being is that most people (people eating at the restaurant) are unaware that they SHOULD tip the magician. For this reason, you probably will heavily rely on the hourly pay the restaurant is giving you. When I first started out, they offered $20/hour and I got them to agree to $25. If you can swindle them higher, excellent. If you're afraid at losing a potential job over 5 more dollars, than do what you feel is best.
And then....you're set! Again, don't sell your talent short. Plain and simple.
If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact me back.
-- Shane H