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Jeff Jay
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I was surfing around and ran across an excellent article on the I.B.M electronic ring 2100 web site entitled "First Gig A Success", by James Marshall. You don't have to be a member to have access.

If you are trying to become a working restaurant or bar magician, you'll probably
receive great inspiration, as well as find many usefull tips and words of advice. The author used many effects that are familiar to us, and even goes into detail of his unique patter and presentation.

The article is definatly worth reading, and is longer than some of the lecture notes I have! When printed, it's 10 pages.

A very interesting and educational read. Let the Café know what you think. Here's the link:

In addition to some of the great posts in this forum, this may inspire me to hone my skills and give it a try. It sounds like fun...

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Peter Marucci
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Once again we have a bunch of "tricks" strung together, with no rhyme or reason for doing them other than to imply "look what I can do and you can't!"

The big problem I find with the article is that the author took the job before he actually had an act.

BTW, it never says if he got the job or not!
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Not to contradict, but is that really a problem? he might have had just tricks, but I know that I just started with "tricks". and a darn load of effects on me too. just as much as him. the only way that he would learn to get an act is if he did it a couple of times before.
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Peter Marucci
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That's exactly my point!
You wouldn't (or shouldn't) do a stage show with no script, just showing off a bunch of illusions.
The same applies to closeup: You shouldn't be taking the money if you don't have an act, and I mean the sort of thing that standup comics call a "tight twenty" -- well scripted yet flexible and, most important, guaranteed to work!
Management is paying the performer to perform, not to learn his business!
He's already supposed to KNOW that.
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Peter sometimes I do not agree fully with what you say, it is often black or white and not gray, but here, I agree fully.

How many jobs could you have where you are suppose to know your profession but get paid, instead, to learn? Sure, there are low paid, entry level jobs out there that will train you. That is not what magic should be.
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I got into clowning and magic 18 months ago, so I'm fairly new. I found that there were numerous opportunities to perform free of charge to hone my act. I feel less pressure when I'm not charging and ask for feedback. I'm now at a place where I can actually charge for my performance, but I will still continue to do the charity work to help hone and refine new parts of my act.
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