I am an amateur magician. In a couple of weeks I am helping at a fete for a local group I belong to.
I'd already decided on my tricks and then began to think about the routine. I won't be doing a show but will have a stall. So, I'm going to try NOT to have a routine. Instead I am going to whizz up some menus on my PC. People at the fete can buy a trick. I'm jazzing up the names of the tricks to make them sound appealing. So, for example, I do a version of Out of This World, using half a deck. I'm going to put that on the menu as Test Your ESP (as seen on Ghostbusters).
The trick are all ones that don't need setting up, so it won't matter about repeating them (although I may make a house rule that says no trick will be repeated immediately). I have one trick that does need a stacked deck, so that's going to be a 'Chef's special'. That means I'll make a big thing out of opening a special package to do the trick. The package will have the stacked deck in it. I'll make up three or four of these. Once they're done the special is off.
I could also offer a discount for those who buy several tricks. Or even offer a set menu...mind you, that brings me back to routining, which is where I began.
I'll let you know how it goes (two weeks off) and would appreciate any comments.