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disgruntledpuffin
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Hi everyone
I have never seen a magician working an English restaurant,and that is something I would love to do. If there are any English restaurant workers here, how did you go about getting your job, and what restaurants are you working at?
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I'm not a restraunt worker but...

In nottingham there's 1 restraunt that I know of that has a magician, it's called 'Millers Barn' (it used to be called The Nottingham Knight). It's maybe a bit far north for you to pop by, but at least you know there is somewhere.
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For london based magic performance look here, I have never had the chance to go but would like to. I am not sure that there is table hopping in the trad sense but you could always give them a ring.

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Chris Jones
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I am pretty sure there aren't any magicians doing magic in restaraunts in London. I have looked in loads and asked around but seen none. Just an urban myth I guess. I heard that Michael vincent worked in TGI fridays but I don't know if that's true.

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I'm going into london this weekend for the exact same reason. it seems an un tapped market and its worth looking into. theres so many bars and restaurants someone has got to be interested
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I have lived in London for 21 years. I eat out quite a lot in a variety of venues. I have NEVER been approached by a magician at the table, nor do I know where any perform. I have once seen a young Croatian guy busking for tips round pub tables in the west end (and he wasn't bad)and that's it.

Shame, but it's just not a common thing this side of the pond.
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I don't know about magicians who work in restaurants as a job or anything, but previously it's been pretty cool just walking over to a random table, and showing a trick. You usually get a good response or a tip! I've only done it a couple of times, when I was really enthused over this one card trick, but it'd be cool to see a professional doing it. Word out.
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I think pub landlords on this side of the pond are just too mean!.They won't spend
money on something they don't have to. If you think I'm wrong look at what they charge for soft drinks!. Americans just understand hospitality and entertainment more.
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I really agree guys. Its a shame their isn't any close up magicians actually performing reguarly in London or anywhere in the UK for that matter. I travel quite a bit over the UK and I always ask my non magicians friends to look out for them but nothing. I see there are loads of UK magicians advertising at http://www.corporatemagicians.com but I assume they are all bedroom magicians as they don't work proffesionally...lol.

Does table hand magic even exist in the UK?

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Ooooh ouch! I get a fair bit of work out of Corporate Magicians, Duncan Trillo provides a fantastic service with his website. Oh yeah, I'm a bedroom magician too, so the wife tells me, anyway Smile
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warren
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You should be able to see a close up magician in just about every tgi friday's in england at the moment,they work saturday evenings usually 7pm till 10pm,i know this because I've done it myself a few times now working as a sub when the regular magician can't make it,hope this helps.
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I'm finding it very hard to get into a UK restaurant! No one wants me - am I that bad!!!!
Chris Jones
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Gandalf you look magical so I am suprised you are having trouble gaining magic work. Your fan is excellent and that is what counts.

Warren I have heard about TGi's but I believe its a myth. Whereabouts do you live? Who do you cover for? I assume you are just working for tips. Can you tell me the name of a magician and a location of a TGI specifically as I would like to witness magic up close.

The UK is a magic desert.

Cheers,

Chris
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I worked TGIs in Bedford Street for about 7 years in the 90s. I also worked Old Orleans restaurants too. The only magician I know working one now is Michael Gee who is at the one on Watford Way on Saturday nights.
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I work closeup at parties and bars in London- not regular gigs, just bookings when they have special parties etc.

Am often performing at nightclubs etc for events- recently was hired to entertain closeup magic at the Gizmondo (games console) launch party at the Park Lane hotel, great fun! Can now say ive performed along side the likes of Lennox Lewis, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell Williams, Clipse, Dannii Minogue and Verne Troyer (aka Mini Me), Tom Green, Sting and Jamiroquai as they all attended the party!!! Smile

Its quite rare to have regular 'house magician' closeup gigs in the UK, most work seems to come from one-off bookings.
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Chris,
the tgi fridays that I've personally worked at is in sutton coldfield in the west midlands,the gig isn't for tips it is a regular payed gig,the magician I cover for is alec powell although the work comes through an agency and not from tgi fridays direct,as already said if you go to a tgi fridays in the uk on a saturday evening you will see a magician at work.
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I was wondering who did the Sutton Coldfield TGI. Now I know!

I did the Ladybridge 'Beefeater' restaurant in Tamworth for about 18 months. That was on a rota with several other magicians. It finished about a year ago. The booking came through the agency 'Pete Corby Entertainments'.

Some of the hotels have entertainers in the restarant at busy periods eg xmas. Hilton and Forte-posthouse are a couple I've worked at a few years ago. As with anything you have to go out and get the work. Ring your local entertainment agents and let them know you want the bookings. Visit restaurants, impress the manager and leave your card.

Bear in mind it's often the children the management want to see you keep amused.

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There was a national contract running with TGI Fridays in 2004 through Starfish Entertainments in the UK. It seems that not all the Fridays restaurants have carried forward into 2005. I share the Cardiff TGI work on Saturdays with another magician.

Agree - you don't see much restaurant magic in the UK. I would really like to secure several residencies but it is difficult to sell.

Darren
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Hi
I also work restaurants in London - Have done for about 4 years now.

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