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Giuseppe
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Does performing for little kids pay well? I have been thinking about starting to do shows for kids but I don't know how much to charge. I am turning 16 in a year and I am saving for a car --would doing shows help?

Thanks.
Andy Wonder
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Firstly make sure you are doing it for the right reason. You can't be successful doing this if you don't enjoy it and love kids. If you are only doing it for the money you will find it very difficult. Like anything if you love it and perform with a passion there is good money to be made.

Just one party each weekend can cover your costs. Even if it does not provide you enough to buy a car right away you have to start somewhere. If you can perform a good show and have the marketing skills to sell it there is no reason why you can not earn just as much in 1 weekend doing kids shows as a regular job pays all week, or more.

As far as what to charge goes I can not answer that, it depends on your area. Basicially you want charge as much as you can while still offering good value for money. If you are new to any market it is always good to charge a lower price to start with. Once you start having to turn people away because you are fully booked you can increase your fee.
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Peter Marucci
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Giuseppe,
Yes, it can pay well -- but I don't recommend it for you or anyone else who thinks it would help bring in a few extra bucks!
A lot of people think that doing kids' shows is an easy way to pick up some spare cash.
In fact, doing kids' shows WELL is about the hardest thing you will ever do in magic.
And, if you aren't doing it well, why are you doing it at all?
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I think Andrew's reply about sums it up to perfection. Peter's reply gives you the stark truth as it REALLY IS! I have to admit I came into it as I was fed up with music and the poor pay and other people's smoke endured 4 hours every night. It took off beyond our wildest dreams - and next year, well 25 years! There are however (and this is a contentious issue but there again I'm a contentious person) people everywhere who meddle and dabble in kid's entertainment. Many do not pay tax, just advertise in papers on mobile numbers etc. and will let down a customer at the drop of a hat or if they do turn up then do something horrific (how about the guy near us who pulled a string of razor blades out of his mouth at a Playgroup Christmas Party!) Typical other businesses they try are double glazing, wedding videos, buying and selling cars from home - you know the sort! Some also declare themselves 'Agents' (God help us). We have brought up a family and bought houses on kid's entertainment - and pay a hefty tax bill every January, and well, have to admits guys, have 'corrected' one or two of these types over the years. I even think PB would agree with the advice given here!! (?) Smile
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Hi,
I have to agree with Ace Parties here. you do find a lot of people go into magic simply because they think it's an easy buck and then are unreliable and drop out. You can also find that there are those in magic for quite a while doing shows that are unrelaible.
I have one such person near me. last year to my knowledge he let 5 birthday parties down on the day (they rang me in a panic)Also I had a call from a corporate client who said this person had let them down 3 times (I would not have give them 3 chances) I can Honestly say that in the 22 years that I have performed for Money (12 full time 10 partime) I have never Missed a show or Started my performance late!
(apart from when the booker requests)
Phillip Smile
ruiefe
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Altough you have been given really good advice here I would add something:
Kids can be very bad to performers whose toughts when performing go to the model of the car to buy instead of the show itself...
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They have a terrific skill - they feel when you are not there for them
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Not quite clear here Ruiefe. Are you wanting a car to do children's parties or wanting parties to just buy a car? Or wanting parties to buy a car to do more parties?? Smile
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yeah I made the assumption that you alreday have a way to get around to your parties. Silly Billy in who performs in Manhattan for his kids show can walk or take the subway.
For most of us your can't go far without a car.
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ruiefe
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Oops!
I think I hit the language barrier! It hurts! Smile
What I wanted to say: if you do a show thinking about what to do with the money and not thinking about what you are doing, kids can sense (?) this. If you do it only for the money, kids will know.
That what I wanted to say (in a playful manner, I thought) Smile
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I have to agree with Peter and the rest of the post. Birthday performers can make alot of money. But you should be a GREAT perfomer. Doing 5 shows on a saturday for kids can kill you. But if you have a great show and enjoy kids it is the best. You can make over $100,000.00. I do alot of up sells such as pinatas and party favor bags etc. Which by selling the extra things to the parent; you look professional and you are making it "HASSELL FREE FOR THE PARENT". Smile
Giuseppe
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Thanx you guys Don't get me wrong first i started magic when i was young because it was fun and i loved the reactions it is still the same for me now
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one birthday party show 10 years ago turned into an average of 10 shows a week in the hotel industry for me not to mention - more b.day shows. Price wise i say make a fixed price of say $100 dollars and stick to it. NEVER go down. Offer charity shows at half price or even for free if it is a non profit company or a party for the disabled. There is so much potential in kids parties and you can always offer more or less. Lately I have been going to birthday parties with as little as a close up bag full of small items (good for you if you don't have that car yet) but I don't mind offering everything from cake to gifts if I feel it nescessary and charge extra of course.
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You may be young but that doesn't me that you can't get a good price for a birthday party. You sell your ability not your age. If your show is good and you handle yourself professional, ask for a professional price. If you want to make real money with birthday parties get Ken Scott's package, but plan on working. Most people fail because the they don't do the work to get the shows. Ken's stuff shows you how to get the shows. My show starts at $250 and goes up with extras and milage. Most of the time a get $300 to $350 for the package. I have got as high as $600, but I was there for over two hours. I guess the point is, that you can make around a $1000 on a good weekend if you do the work through week to make the shows happen.
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You're doing it for the wrong reasons. So don't.

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Windrunner, he was young when he posted this IN 2002 !!!

He is now 24 years old! LOL!
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Windrunner, he was young when he posted this IN 2002 !!!

He is now 24 years old! LOL!

And alas - no longer part of TMC it seems. I wonder if he ever got that car.
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On 2011-09-05 23:39, charliecheckers wrote:
And alas - no longer part of TMC it seems. I wonder if he ever got that car.


Now that's a good question. I couldn't stop laughing when I read that.
windrunner
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That' funny!!! I didn't read the date. If that is the biggest mistake that I made that day, I had a good day. LOL Thanks for making me aware that some of these post are old. I haven't been reading the date. Maybe I should start.
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