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Topic: Magic for free at children's playhouse
Message: Posted by: AndreJ (Jan 10, 2014 05:20PM)
Don't know if you have commercial playgrounds, but in my local area we have three "advanced" playgrounds that charges the children about 10 usd to come in and play. Parents are let in free.

I figured this would be perfect spot for practice since I'm not ready to take on paid gigs yet. Most of the parents are quite bored, there are several children who would love to see magic, and the overall theme of the place is that of joy and play.

I know some would argue that doing magic for free is bad, but I figure I exchange my time for experience and then it's not really for free.

Has anyone tried this approach?
Message: Posted by: Robin4Kids (Jan 13, 2014 02:29PM)
We have several indoor play businesses that specialize in birthday parties. They have been more than willing to allow me to come in and perform about 20 minutes at a time each hour throughout their busiest times. They have even promoted me through their advertising and social media to attract new business. In turn, I am allowed to promote myself and hand out cards and flyers to book birthday parties. They have all allowed me to sell my BOR items as well. Not a bad way for some targeted marketing for your birthday business. I don't have to commit far in advance, so I have been able to book last minute parties without having to cancel my free promotional gig.
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Jan 19, 2014 12:59PM)
It is much better to practice in front of a 'free' audience instead of screwing up royally at a paid gig. This allows you to work on routines and to gain confidence in what you are doing. It is a place to hone your skills.

Ray
Message: Posted by: DrewPett (Feb 18, 2014 10:21AM)
I don't think performing for free is bad at all. Especially if you're trying to get that experience that only comes from actually performing for real live people. I wish I had as perfect as a place you're describing to go and practice and gain that experience.