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MagiCol
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Flavioromano: Do you actively advertise your services through places other than that restaurant?
Newspaper adverts, notice boards in supermarkets, local radio or TV station. Word of mouth.

Look at it as objectively as you can: this is a negotiation problem, and it seems to me that some/most? of these times you are on the losing side.
If he wanted you lots the restaurant would be planning to have you more involved I think. How can you make it a win-win situation?

I suggest you do some reading/research on negotiation skills. Books, youtube?, whatever.

Alternately, keep him low on your list of priorities of venues and get to and make more money at other venues.

All the best...
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On Dec 29, 2013, flavioromano wrote:
Very Useful topic!
I have al ittle problem; I have done a free night for a ristorant owner, he calls me on the busy nights. He says to me "call me sometimes to remember me to do magic nights" but often when I call him, he says "Sorry this evening I have few reservations, call me another time!".
This is very frustrating, because this is a high value restaurant and I get other jobs from it, I would like to be there very often!



I'm not a restaurant worker, but from everything I've read in preparing to do so it seems you have missed one key point. Make sure to tell the manager the role of a magician is to entertain guests and drum up business when they have average/slow nights.

Think about it from a business perspective, if an audience is having a great night and making lots of money, why would you need a magician to come and make the night more successful?

Magician and entertainment should be there to help the restaurant out in the week and slow nights and make those kind of slow nights better for the restaurant. Even if a restaurant owner doesn't believe you can drum up more custom, even if you do have a couple signs, leaflets in menu racks advertising when you are appearing at the restaurant, you can still approach with the angle that by entertaining guests on quiet nights those guests are more likely to come back, reccememend the venue to friends, and it turns their perspective of "oh it was a good restaurant but a little quiet" to, "yeah it was a really nice place, they had a great close up magician perform while your food was being prepared, it was great"

That's what you should be telling the restaurant owner.


Ps I know this was an old post, but if anyone else reads I hope it helps





Ps s s edit 2. Sorry , yes I did say I'm not a restaurant worker yet but this is all advice a VERY knowledgable restaurant magician friend of mine gave me
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What a great article! This is very insightful. A close magician friend of mine suggested leaving the tips that you receive for the waiters and waitresses. This causes them to like you and they will speak good of you to the boss... thus increasing your chances of keeping the gig. its food for thought.
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I have started using a sort of "Tags for Tips" method when it comes to tips and has worked out quite well. That is Rather than accepting a tip, you give them your social media info and take a group picture with them. Ask them to tag you in it and follow you on social media. I encourage them to videotape my performances and post them AS LONG AS THEY TAG ME AND FOLLOW ME! Smile This has done a great job at helping get some organic follows on my social media which is what I use primarily for marketing.

I then tell them to give the monetary tip to their wait staff instead Smile If the person insists they want to give me an additional monetary tip as well I will graciously take it only after turning it down for the photo op. Smile
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Hi all,

Was wondering what happens if you are halfway through an effect and the food comes.
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On Mar 13, 2017, wchoo002 wrote:
Hi all,

Was wondering what happens if you are halfway through an effect and the food comes.

From my experience that's why it's best to do short effects while table hopping. So you can finish fast.
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Not sure if anyone is still following this.
When food arrives is when I say enjoy your dinner
And leave.
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On Apr 19, 2017, RowB wrote:
From my experience that's why it's best to do short effects while table hopping. So you can finish fast.


As good or better, modular effects. These have multiple climaxes, where you can stop pretty much any time
and they think it was the natural ending of the effect. A trick you can do the effect more than once is ideal for this,
such as Crazy Man's Handcuffs (where you can repeat it a couple times but have each time seem more impossible--1st the usual way,
then looking from below, then looking from over performer's shoulder, then spectator holding the bands...get The Magic of Michael Ammar,
because this is one of those tricks that's easy to do badly, but when done well is amazing), or ACR,
or Homing Card (from Card College...card jumps to pocket, then whole deck minus selected card jumps to pocket).
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Thanks!
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On Dec 29, 2016, obrienmagic wrote:
I have started using a sort of "Tags for Tips" method when it comes to tips and has worked out quite well. That is Rather than accepting a tip, you give them your social media info and take a group picture with them. Ask them to tag you in it and follow you on social media. I encourage them to videotape my performances and post them AS LONG AS THEY TAG ME AND FOLLOW ME! Smile This has done a great job at helping get some organic follows on my social media which is what I use primarily for marketing.

I then tell them to give the monetary tip to their wait staff instead Smile If the person insists they want to give me an additional monetary tip as well I will graciously take it only after turning it down for the photo op. Smile

Pure gold!! thanks for sharing
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