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Topic: Market
Message: Posted by: Salazar Magic (Aug 13, 2003 05:38PM)
We all know about Corporates, Birthday parties, Bar-mitvahs, Restaurants, School Shows, Camps, Comedy Clubs...

Are there any unusual markets out there you've worked at that you would like to share?
Message: Posted by: docdazzal (Aug 13, 2003 06:53PM)

As a Medicine Showman, I often times get booked for historical societies, museums, rodeo's, wild west themed parties or gatherings, city & county fairs, and ghost towns. Lots of fun.

Best Regards,
Doc Dazzal
Doc Dazzal's Hocus Pocus Traveling Medicine Show
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Aug 13, 2003 09:18PM)
While I have never worked them I know that bookstores have hired magicians to work the children's book section. This was especially popular recently with the new Harry Potter Book, but was done long before this.

I have also heard of some magicians getting in with tobacco shop sponsored "smokers" meetings for the cigar aficionados. Some decidedly off beat ideas.

For a short time I hooked up with a small outfit that rented out their small "country store" space for parties with catering service included. I was hired to provide some after dinner entertainment. The physical space, however, was never big enough to make it a profitable venture but it was fun while it lasted.

But hey, I thought it was weird when I was hired to do a wedding. It was only later I discovered that this was a not uncommon venue. Go figure!
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Aug 13, 2003 09:50PM)
I was part of a wild west show once playing Magic Fingers the Bartender at the Pacific National Exhibition.

After the show closed I got to keep the cool western looking sign they painted for me "Ask Magic Fingers to Show You a Trick" Looks like a real saloon sign! :cowboy:
Message: Posted by: Scott Grimm (Aug 14, 2003 07:17AM)
Summer camps are another almost untapped resorce. They are always looking for new and different stuff for the kids and a favorate seems to be doing a small show followed by a teach in of small magic effects. The marketing is almost flawless. Something to do, keeps them out of trouble, can teach them self confidence, and is a great way to get the timid kids to come out of thier shell. It also gives the counselors time to do all the stuff that made 80's summer camp movies famous!
Message: Posted by: Salazar Magic (Aug 14, 2003 02:08PM)
<<<tobacco shop sponsored "smokers" meetings for the cigar aficionados>>>

That IS off-beat
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 15, 2003 01:31PM)
I have worked for a few different ones such as:

- Summer camps
- Summer reading programs
- Sports teams for promotional nights
- County fairs and carnivals
- Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinners
- Church events

There are so many out there if you just keep a keen eye to events happening in your own area.
Message: Posted by: Salazar Magic (Aug 16, 2003 12:24AM)
That's great, but I'm looking for some really weird markets.

E.G. A friend of mine got a call to perform on a train.
Message: Posted by: Davro (Aug 16, 2003 02:13AM)
I've done trains too. How about at a Shakespeare play? Or a Dungeons & Dragons event. I was booked at a dinner party but when the fire alarms went off I was asked to carry on on the street while the fire brigade checked the building.
Regards, David
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 16, 2003 09:53AM)
Salazar. I have performed on a train as well. It was different but fun. I did shows on the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad. I am sure you know of which I am talking about. Hmm bizarre or different venues. I will have to think about this one.
Message: Posted by: Jim Snack (Aug 16, 2003 10:18AM)
There are a few possiblilities for work with motor coach companies. Motor coach companies are always sponsoring tours to popluar tourist destinations such as casinos, resorts, and historic sites. An enterprising magician may be able to profit from these tours.

One way is to provide entertainment for a bus trip called a “mystery tour.” The bus company arranges a “Mystery Tour” for a particular tour group - usually a senior citizen organization.

The members sign up to go for a weekend trip, destination unknown. These trips typically include shopping, sightseeing, and a show. In upstate New York, many groups go to Saratoga Springs or Lake George, two popular tourist locations.

On several occasions, a local motor coach company has booked me to provide a performance after dinner on Saturday night as part of its mystery tour. The magic show fits in well with the “Mystery Tour” theme, and always goes over well, particularly with senior citizens who often fill the buses for such tours.

In one of the strangest bookings I have ever had, I was once hired to entertain a tour group on an hour long bus trip between the Albany, NY airport and Lake George, NY.

That’s right, on the moving bus!

This was for a regional meeting of the Young Presidents Organization, a national organization of CEO’s. My job was to make the hour long bus ride to the hotel more enjoyable for the group and their spouses.

I presented a short act standing in the aisle of the bus before we left the airport, then strolled the aisle of the bus performing sleight-of-hand while the bus rolled down the interstate highway.

All things considered, it was a lot of fun. This job was booked through an agent with close ties to the bus company, who suggested entertainment for the ride (incidently, he booked a Celtic music trio and a guitarist for the other two buses).

I've written more about this market in Volume Two of Success in Magic, even discussing how a music group I know of partners with the bus company fro senior citizen luncheon shows. I hope this gets you thinking.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 16, 2003 11:56AM)
Great stuff once again. That is a fascinating gig for sure. It seems like you handled it quite well and it went off without a hitch. I certainly think that would be a bit crowded on the bus and having to perform in the asiles must have been different. I guess a true professional really learns to adapt. =)
Message: Posted by: Jim Snack (Aug 17, 2003 09:50AM)

Knowing how to adapt is key. Most of the material I had planned did not work well because the Harbin Table I brought with me was a little unstable on the rocking bus.

Luckily I had about ten three-foot lengths of rope with me which I used for the Impossible Knot Trick. I set it up with a number of rope tricks first (right out of Chapter One of George Anderson's Magic Digest - a great book if you can find it). Then went into the routine where I pretended to teach them all a trick - the Impossible Knot. It went over well and kept them busy for most of the ride.
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Aug 17, 2003 04:33PM)
That is excellent and really shows how one must learn to adapt in difficult situations while maintaining a professional image and demeanor. The rope was easy to carry and visual enough that people could see it in their seats. It also allowed you not to worry about a table in an unstable bus. Nicely thought out.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (May 12, 2005 09:50PM)
Excerpt from a quote by Jim Snack
..."In one of the strangest bookings I have ever had, I was once hired to entertain a tour group on an hour long bus trip between the Albany, NY airport and Lake George, NY.

That’s right, on the moving bus!

This was for a regional meeting of the Young Presidents Organization, a national organization of CEO’s. My job was to make the hour long bus ride to the hotel more enjoyable for the group and their spouses. ..."


We have more than a few things and interests in common Jim.

I too recall working on a moving bus (and liking it) some 15 years ago, to entertain a corporate group heading from Montreal, up North, to enjoy a casino night in the wonderous Laurentian mountains of Quebec.

Was it a lot of fun?


Would I do it again?

Of course.

But I would hope to learn from my past experience and on my next trip I would be sure to substitute some inexpensive balls in place of the Mike Rogers' baseballs for my "strolling" (down the aisle) cups and balls routine.

I seem to remember that one of these valuable and valued M.R. baseballs rolled off my very small table- top and onto the floor (right in the middle of the routine!). The bus must have been turing a corner on one of the many winding moutain roads...well you know the old "Spaghetti" song... " and then my poor Mike Rogers' baseball, it (almost) rolled right out the door!

Take good care Jim, and thanks so much for your priceless (and countless)contributions to this Café.