Ok so let me just give you guys a little background information before I get started. I've been doing magic for around 8 years. I originally started with the little kids magic sets and kind of worked my way up. I've done like 7 shows so far. At first I just showed a number of tricks in succession, and now I'm slowly trying to create a routine that actually makes sense. I don't like saying "for my next trick". Doing the shows is helping me get a lot of experience though, I'm just having trouble figuring out a way to link them together with some good patter.
Anyways, that's not what I wrote this post to ask you about. I know this guy who goes to my Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship). Apparently he heard about my magic from someone. So the last time we met, I gave him my business card. As he took it he asked, " Are you trying to do business?" In this case that wasn't exactly my intention, but I said, " Yeah, kind of." He told me he knows all about business. So he asked how much I charge, and then how long I go for. Then he made me an offer: How about you perform for an hour, and I pay you $150.. I thought it sounded good. Apparently he owns an Indian restaurant, and he thinks that having an in house magician will be good. He said he gets 60,000 hits on his website a month. He told me about how I'll be well known in the valley after a year and how he wouldn't charge commission at first. Then he would make my price $250 and keep 100 for himself. I showed a couple of tricks to his kids and they loved it.
He was also giving me presentation tips and stuff. We haven't worked out anything official yet, but I really want to do this. I think it will be a great learning experience, and I wouldn't mind getting some cash. Its cool because everything is kind of informal. Also he is the one who asked me, not the other way around. I'm still going to talk to him about it more.
From the way he was talking, it seems as if he's thinking of having me do shows in the restaurant, when people book events, ie. birthday parties..
But I'm wondering if I should talk to him about walk-around? I think that would be something I want to do more, and would be more comfortable with. Can you guys give me any tips, suggestions, advice about the whole thing? I'm still new to restaurant environment, but I think I'll adapt to it.
Could you recommend any tricks or resources that might be helpful? I would appreciate any other thoughts/comments on the subject. (I'm not asking for bashing :p However, constructive criticism would be nice)
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