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Topic: Close-up vs. Parlor
Message: Posted by: Bato William (May 23, 2010 02:57PM)
If one is contemplating making a part-time living in magic, and just speaking from a purely commercial standpoint, is it better to start out doing close-up magic, or parlor (medium sized) magic?

I'm not advocating staying with one over the other over the long term, just when one is seriously starting out, is one commercially preferable over the other until you get somewhat established?

And again commercially speaking, what are the advantages and disadvantages of one over the other?

Bato William
Message: Posted by: Vick (May 23, 2010 10:37PM)

There are many rooms in the house of magic ~ Eugene Burger

There are many ways to skin a cat ~ Everyone

It may be more important to find what you do best and do that. Many examples of success in both fields can be cited and to some degree they can be mixed

Do what you do best and follow that path, you will be happier, more fulfilled and there you will have the greatest earning potential

Bato William from your profile you work with special ed students. You can give those students an incredible learning experience, you can reach them on a very special level. That is very impressive and meaningful
What could be more important or more fulfilling? Maybe that could be your room in the house of magic

p.s. If one is contemplating making a part-time living in magic I would STRONGLY SUGGEST NOT TO
To reach your full potential Magic isn't a part time occupation
It is an all consuming, never stop learning, never stop getting better, never stop growing and never stop giving your audience an incredible experience

Does that sound like a part time thing for a little extra pocket change?
Message: Posted by: Anatole (May 24, 2010 08:42AM)
I think a parlor magic show would be more profitable just because the number of spectators would correlate with the budget available to pay a performer. An audience of three people paying for a $150.00 close-up show would cost $50.00 a person. An audience of 15 people paying for the same show would be only $10.00 a person.

Then there's the story of John Scarne being hired to perform his stand-up act for a group of gamblers who politely sat through tricks like the Bill in Lemon and the Card in Wallet waiting for him to get to the cutting the aces effect... and then kept him all night repeating just that one effect. But then, that was Scarne...

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Brad Burt (May 24, 2010 09:59PM)
Listen to Vick. But, DO select ONE and work on that until you have a commercially viable product to offer. You can spread yourself to thin and end up not being 'very' good at any particular specialty.

Once you have a solid 'close-up' product you can start working on a parlor product, etc.

Message: Posted by: Bato William (May 24, 2010 10:38PM)
Thanks for your feedback.

Bato William