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Topic: A series of Essays geared toward the Walk Around performer/Worker.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 29, 2010 05:27AM)
Hiya Gang!

I haven't been posting in this section as much as I have in the past, simply because I've found that most everyone here has a solid knowledge base with regards to the working gigs. A great thing! But, just in case you have some questions or thoughts, I thought I'd share with you a list of Essays I've written over at some other sites that are focused more on the working aspect of our wonderful art.

Please bear in mind, these are simply ideas that I have found have worked for me! Results may vary, lol...

[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29040-Rates-FAQ-2.0-%28how-much-to-charge%29-by-Jamie-D.-Grant"]Rates FAQ 2.0 (how much to charge) by Jamie D. Grant Essay #1[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29179-The-single-most-important-thing-you-can-do..."]The single most important thing you can do... Essay #2[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29190-How-many-tricks-should-you-learn"]How many tricks should you learn? Essay #3[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29204-Tips-or-Wage-more-thoughts-from-JDG"]Tips or Wage? ~more thoughts from JDG /Essay #4[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29224-How-to-design-a-business-card-Essay-5-by-JDG"]How to design a business card~ Essay #5 by JDG[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29198-Magic-Friday-by-Jamie-D.-Grant"]Who I am~ Magic Friday ~ by Jamie D. Grant[/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29261-Developing-Your-Sets-Essay-6-from-JDG&highlight=jamie"]Developing Your Sets - Essay #6 from JDG [/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29634-Do-you-need-a-stage-show-Essay-7-by-JDG&highlight=jamie"]Do you need a stage show? Essay #7 by JDG [/url]
[url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?30048-Crushing-the-Haters!-Essay-8-by-Jamie-D.-Grant&highlight=jamie"]Crushing the Haters! Essay #8 by Jamie D. Grant
[/url][url=http://"http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?30261-How-I-introduce-Sentinels-%28the-only-deck-I-now-use%29"]How I Introduce Custom Decks #9 by Jamie D. Grant
[/url]

Who the heck am I? Check out the podcast:

[url=http://"http://www.linkingpage.com/magicnewsfeed/2010/12/3/this-week-in-magic-jamie-d-grant.html"][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_khqkv71iMBM/TRsYvq4LZLI/AAAAAAAABvM/wCMrB8Gqp50/s200/JAMIEGRANTNewswire.jpg[/img][/url]
Message: Posted by: Sir Richard (Dec 29, 2010 06:23AM)
I can't access the sites. I get a message that says that the url is not valid & can't be loaded.

Sir Richard.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Dec 29, 2010 06:30AM)
Strange! Let me try again (and thanks for letting me know!)...


[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29040-Rates-FAQ-2.0-%28how-much-to-charge%29-by-Jamie-D.-Grant]Rates FAQ 2.0 (how much to charge) by Jamie D. Grant Essay #1[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29179-The-single-most-important-thing-you-can-do...]The single most important thing you can do... Essay #2[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29190-How-many-tricks-should-you-learn]How many tricks should you learn? Essay #3[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29204-Tips-or-Wage-more-thoughts-from-JDG]Tips or Wage? ~more thoughts from JDG /Essay #4[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29224-How-to-design-a-business-card-Essay-5-by-JDG]How to design a business card~ Essay #5 by JDG[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29198-Magic-Friday-by-Jamie-D.-Grant]Who I am~ Magic Friday ~ by Jamie D. Grant[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29261-Developing-Your-Sets-Essay-6-from-JDG&highlight=jamie]Developing Your Sets - Essay #6 from JDG[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?29634-Do-you-need-a-stage-show-Essay-7-by-JDG&highlight=jamie]Do you need a stage show? Essay #7 by JDG[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?30048-Crushing-the-Haters!-Essay-8-by-Jamie-D.-Grant&highlight=jamie]Crushing the Haters! Essay #8 by Jamie D. Grant[/url]
[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?30261-How-I-introduce-Sentinels-%28the-only-deck-I-now-use%29]How I Introduce Custom Decks #9 by Jamie D. Grant[/url]


Who the heck am I? Check out the podcast:

[url=http://www.linkingpage.com/magicnewsfeed/2010/12/3/this-week-in-magic-jamie-d-grant.html][img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_khqkv71iMBM/TRsYvq4LZLI/AAAAAAAABvM/wCMrB8Gqp50/s200/JAMIEGRANTNewswire.jpg[/img][/url]
Message: Posted by: octave (Dec 29, 2010 06:46AM)
The links in the original post are all pointing to Http:. The links in the recently added post works fine.


-octave
Message: Posted by: Bad to the Balloon (Dec 29, 2010 08:43AM)
Good Stuff.... Thank you!
Message: Posted by: djurmann (Dec 29, 2010 03:03PM)
Liked this, thank you!
Message: Posted by: rockthemike (Dec 31, 2010 06:04PM)
I liked these!
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Dec 31, 2010 07:22PM)
Jamie knows his stuff and offers some good information. The beginning to intermediate worker would do well to study his articles.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Jan 1, 2011 05:47PM)
I enjoyed these very much Jamie. Thank you for taking the time to write these up. :)
Message: Posted by: ablanathanalba (Jan 3, 2011 02:28PM)
Thanks Jamie. Really worthwhile!
Message: Posted by: coolini (Jan 3, 2011 04:59PM)
I suggest this topic becomes "sticky" and remains on the top of this forum page please, it have valuable info shared by a kind man.
Message: Posted by: Yekrats (Jan 4, 2011 04:17PM)
Thanks for the great bunch of essays!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 5, 2011 01:31AM)
Thanks for the kind comments guys! That means a lot- truly.

This is all prep work for a book I'm writing called, "The Approach", which will outline how I approach all things magic.

My best,

jamie
http://www.Professional-Magician.com
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 27, 2011 12:50PM)
Hiya Gang!

Here's the latest:

[url=http://bit.ly/gqngEP]Shaking Hands & Falling Cards~ Beating anxiety, by Jamie D. Grant[/url]
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Jan 27, 2011 06:08PM)
Good one. I agree it will go away. It takes a little longer for it to go away when performing for your peers though.

The last part sounds a lot like Stuart Smalley... "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone it, people like me." :)
Message: Posted by: Sammy J. (Jan 27, 2011 09:32PM)
Thanks, Jamie. I enjoy your insight and it helps make me a better magician.

Sly, I love the Smalley quote!

Sammy
Message: Posted by: Mister Boston (Feb 22, 2011 07:07AM)
These are awesome! I've read a few of them multiple times. I like 'how to crush haters' -- do you really say "lol" in real life!? :)
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Feb 27, 2011 01:09AM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-22 08:07, Mister Boston wrote:
These are awesome! I've read a few of them multiple times. I like 'how to crush haters' -- do you really say "lol" in real life!? :)
[/quote]

Ha! I laugh...a lot. What can I say? I'm a happy guy!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Mar 13, 2011 01:25PM)
Here's [url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?32136-Deflecting-Thoughts-and-False-Memories.-Essay-10-by-JDG]#10 (Deflecting Thoughts and False Memories).[/url]

I personally find this one of the most important skills I have: the ability to innocently ask a question...

And I realize this is a link outside the Café, but it seems to work well. The Café gets Magic Friday, and I'll link the Walkaround Essays here in this thread!

Thank for reading!
Message: Posted by: Futureal (Mar 26, 2011 04:39AM)
I had no idea you were a professional magician, Jamie.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Mar 26, 2011 07:44AM)
[quote]
On 2011-03-26 05:39, Futureal wrote:
I had no idea you were a professional magician, Jamie.
[/quote]

Lol, why? I've been doing corporate gigs, weddings, and VIP functions for years (I always try and maintain at least 50 gigs a year).

http://www.Professional-Magician.com is my main booking site. Fun!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (May 22, 2011 06:49AM)
Hiya Gang!

Something a bit different this time around for everyone who's thinking about adding a stage show to their repertoire~ fun!

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-pt-Dq71s4][img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FQ0591AEFdU/Tdj4CUeYAiI/AAAAAAAAB3M/UvXW7yWlIDw/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-05-22%2Bat%2B4.46.41%2BAM.png[/img][/url]

All my best,

jamie
http://www.SendWonder.com
Message: Posted by: puggo (May 22, 2011 08:14AM)
An excellent piece of information Jamie - Can you do a bit more on this subject?

Thank you for continuing to share your experience.

Charlie
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jun 16, 2011 01:46PM)
Thanks for the kind words!

Here's the latest:

[url=http://forums.theory11.com/showthread.php?33281-How-To-Promote-Yourself-Essay-12-from-Jamie-D.-Grant]How to Promote Yourself. (This is geared towards the new worker)[/url]

All my best,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Nov 5, 2011 01:39PM)
Just a quick FYI that my book on these subjects is well on the way! I'd love to know what other questions people might have reagrding the working life.

My best,

jamie
http://www.SendWonder.com
Message: Posted by: Deadsets (Nov 5, 2011 06:50PM)
Hey Jamie,

I've read these a few times and they're great. Nice to have a laugh and have some motivation to improve and go forward.

DS
Message: Posted by: coolini (Nov 8, 2011 04:16AM)
Hi Jamie,
I would like to know what to say when you get complements after performing for a group.
they say "ah that's great,i really enjoyed that".
and I go "thank you".....dead end!!!!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 18, 2012 12:35PM)
I think it's always key to end on the high note! So if we're working on my 3 trick theory..

Trick
Applause (and [i]"That's great!"[/i])

then:

"Let me show you another!"
Trick
Applause ([i]"That's even better!"[/i])

then:

"I have time to show you one more."
Trick
Applause ([i]"OMG, that's the most amazing thing I've ever encountered! Somebody hold me up!"[/i])

ending with:

"Hey, thanks, lol! I've got to carry on but I'll hopefully be back. If I'm not- have an awesome evening! You guys are awesome!"
___________________________________________

If, however, it's just after one trick, I'll always make sure I confront the problem of, [i]"Show us another!"[/i] before they even get there. I'll do this by saying, "Check this out! I've been working on this new magic effect! Do you want to see it? It's the only one I can perform today though." or "It's the only one I know!" or "I'm only allowed to do one a day, though. Magician rules. I can't tell you what that means."

After the, [i]"You're amazing!!!"[/i] I will always, always, always, ask them a question. And it's from left field! This not only keeps the conversation moving but will also help deflect thought reconstruction. So...

"Awesomse- thanks! Hey, what time is that movie playing tonight?" or, "Awesome, thanks! Hey did you see that game yesterday? That was amazing. Who will win tomorrow?"

Does that make any sense, lol?
Message: Posted by: Leland (Jan 18, 2012 03:41PM)
This is well worth bookmarking and re-reading it from time to time. Thanks!
Message: Posted by: bunkyhenry (Jan 18, 2012 04:19PM)
Really? Do you really believe it is the single most important thing you can do?
What if you do not know any magic tricks?
What if you are painfully shy and cannot approach a table?
What if......
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 19, 2012 02:48AM)
Hiya Bunkyhenry!

Thanks for the post! I guess the only think I can say is that perhaps this series of essays (as titled as geared toward the worker) probably isn't best suited for someone who doesn't know any tricks yet? Or maybe it is? Just offering some insight into a worker's mindset. On this particular subject, though, proper writing is often crucial to getting the gig! My 2 centz (joke)~

All my best!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: Devious (Jan 19, 2012 02:53AM)
Did you hang up your busking career or are ya' still on the pitch Jamie?
Your pitch experience is still being discussed in the sidewalk forum.
Here's to fat hats guy!
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 23, 2012 06:45PM)
Almost all of my work is split between VIP Walk Around and Corporate stage shows (about 80/20) split. However, busking is still one of my favourite types of work! I love the romance of it. I just never get out.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 3, 2013 01:46AM)
This has been one of the most valuable threads I have ever read on this wonderful and grand Magic Café!

Jamie, I sincerely thank you for the golconda of information you have generously shared with us!
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Jun 4, 2013 02:23AM)
Thank you for the great essays Jamie! Could you consider writing one in the future that concerns business start up? Like maybe the 5 most important points, or something like that? I am getting ready to put yours and Christopher Lyle's information into practice, but have little business experience; especially magic business.

What things MUST we do when we start really working for pay? Start a business account? Put together a promo packet? Set aside 33% for taxes? Get insurance? Open an offshore bank account? Order our Bugatti Veyron?

Any information you share in this area would be fantastic! Thanks again!

:)
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jun 7, 2013 08:02AM)
Great post!