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Topic: Above and beyond the call of duty
Message: Posted by: Rimeister (May 21, 2005 07:14PM)
Hey guys, just thought I'd post a thought for those of you who work restaurant gigs. Today I was sitting at home (I may very well have been on this site at the time) when the phone rings. So I answer the phone, and it's the restaurant I work strolling magic for on Saturdays. The girl on the phone asked me if it would be possible for me to come in a little bit early today because there was going to be a child's birthday party (there were A LOT of kids there) at the restaurant and the kids had told their parents that they really wanted to see the magician, and the parents asked when they were booking if I could be there. So, seeing as I didn't have anything else to do today, I said I'd show up a bit early and do some magic for them. I tossed a couple things from my kids show in a case and brought them with me (linking rings, Newton’s nightmare, and a rope effect).

In all honesty... the actual kids performance was mediocre (I tried to do more card tricks than I probably should have- but hey, I can't just give them my actual regular kids party show for free!). But the quality of that mini-performance isn't the focus of this post. My question is, has the restaurant you work forever asked you to do something extra for them, or have you ever gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your employer realizes the value of what you do? Or have you ever been in a situation that made them realize the value of having a magician on hand?

Anyways, have a nice day.

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (May 21, 2005 08:40PM)
Unless you are being taken advantage of, which is not very likely the case, this kind of thing happens more than you might think, if people like what you do. Honor these favors with a smile. They will do you much good in the long run.

Message: Posted by: mrunge (May 21, 2005 08:45PM)
Hi Rimeister,

Great story! You should be commended. Even though you knew it was a "freebie," you did it anyway and helped a child have a fun and memorable day. To me, that is what magic is all about. For a little while, that kid was surely on top of the world.

I'm sure the restaurant manager heard about it. Even if they did not, you know what you did. I have heard it said that one should try and do something for someone else, each day, anonymously and without credit. One day, it will come back to you when you least expect it.

Thanks for sharing. Mark.