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Zac Vee
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Hi folks

This post is to all of you that can give an opinion and specially to the fellow magicians in the UK who do restaurant work.

I have never done restaurant work before , I have performed twice in restaurant before and this was for a table that they had invited me there.

I might be meeting with a restaurant manager soon, that is interested to see me there performig , and I am not sure what are the prices and hours involved. I don't want to appear as I have no idea how restaurant work is , so I would appreciate any help or advice from you guys.

The performance work and routiens is all ok , the only thing I am not sure is the price, and hours i.e do I perform for an hour around the tables and done, or I stay there all evening and perform every now and then.?

Moreover I cant actually stay there long because I might be already doing gig somewhere else. Do I discuss all this , or wait and see what he offers ?



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I would suggest to see and hear what he offers. But always have a backup plan in your mind, that means when he asks you how long you want to perform, don't tell him at once that you might have an other gig, but try to hear from him how long you should perform. Then try to adjust this to your personal timetable...... oh well this sounds very difficult, and it maybe is, but this is how I do it, and I don't have problems with that.

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I don't have any experience in table hopping and bar magic etc and to be honest only read the books and buy the tricks as I'm generally too busy working or taking care of the family to practice, or too injured from my choice of sport to move my limbs. Smile

Anyway I am a door supervisor and have worked in several places now. Since the Disabled Discrimination Act came into force any new bars and restuarants that have bars in them have to have a lowered section of the bar for wheelchair users to use. Now, working in several venues with these bars I have noticed that the lowered part of the bar is rarely used. The only time I have seen them used is for the bar staff to sit on during quiet times.

If the bar/restaurant has one of these areas you could ask to use this part of the bar for your magic. It seems to me to be quite a nice height for a close up mat. You could use this space to entertain the customers waiting to be seated etc. Anyway, just a thought and another post to get me to 50. Smile
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Hi ya guys, thanks for the input.


Magixx.... Do you know what sort of prices goes on in doing restaurant magic? I mean if you have done it in London , then you might have a general idea on how much to charge or ask for.



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Hi Zac,

I have no advice to offer but I do have a question for you!
I'm seriously considering doing some bar/restaurant work and I wondered how you chose and approached the restaurant you're going to be working at?

Cheers,

Anthony
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Magicians who have regular jobs in restaurants get £100-150 for a two or three hour slot.
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I would agree with those figures. £50 - £60 per hour is a good guide for REGULAR WORK. A one-off gig should cost more.
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Derek Heron, You agree with me because I am correct. Zac, I wouldn't worry too much about an hourly rate if you haven't really done any restaurant work before. For example, it would be far more beneficial financially as well as in terms of gaining experience if you did three hours for £100 rather than one hour for £60.

On a related topic, I don't think quoting an hourly rate is ever a good idea. I charge exactly the same for a 1 hour close-up job as I would for a 2 hour one. With the preparation and travel they both take about the same time from leaving your home to getting back anyway. The size and type of the function should dicate how long you are there.
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You charge the same for a one hour performance and for a two hours performance...interesting....

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An hourly rate applies in a restaurant setting. If the restaurant is busy i.e. there is always another table to entertain then "size and type" don't apply here. If the manager knew I'd work for the same fee irrespective of how long I worked he'd have me there all night LOL. Size and type are the main factors when calculating a fee for corporate hospitality, product launches or trade shows but I think time is also a factor.
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I agree with derek. don't quote an hourly rate.

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I have an idea now on how things works , thanks a lot guys.


Anthony .... I didn't approach and ask for the job, they actually approached by hearing I do magic from a firend of mine who works there, so honestly I am not sure what tell you on how to approach, but just going and having a meal in a restaurant and asking if they want you to perform there should be ok, or just going on and asking to talk to the manager and ask him maybe ?

I am sure others can give you better ideas, plus this topic has been discussed before , do a search in the Café , and you will find something .



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