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Hi all,

Just wanted to ask the opinions of some of the English guys here about earnings potential. I've been reading lots of advice saying to charge twice a meal for two per hour, or whatever, but I just wanted to know if this held true in the UK?

Also, how do you work out a suitable charge in non eating pubs?

Any advice you can offer would be most helpful.


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Hi ya Munskin.... I am not English guy, however I live in the UK for many years.

Charge as much as you can get, but don't go cheap. A minimum of £50 per hour I think is good, if they give at least 8-10 hours a month. It alos depends on the venue you are performing how expensive is their food/drink , what type of customers they got etc.

In London, you can be paid good money when hired,but first you have to find the place that wants magician. There aren't many restaurant here in the UK that wants magician as supposed to the USA where magic in restaurants is a lot more popular.

P.S In the UK you will almost never get any tips, unless you somehow suggest they tip you and that could be a bit out of place.

Hope this helped
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Griff Howell
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My mate who does TGI Fridays gets £125 and says that £100-£150 is a common amount for restaurant magic. If you are just starting out though I guess experience is worth more than the cold hard cash!

The above figures are for 2 or 3 hours, not per hour Smile Smile
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Hi, I work at several restaurants in the Midlands and have done for a couple of years, I charge £150 - £200 for 3 hours, that is what most guys I know who work restaurants charge, however you need to look at the venue, if it is a small family run pub/restaurant they would pay less than a branch of a large chain, the groups I work for have got entertainment budgets and want to spend them.
Also don't let the price of the food affect you price I know people who work for a large pub group who specialise in cheap and cheerful food and are charging a good rate.
Hope this helps.
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I treat restaurant work as getting paid to advertise (you will get so many bookings from it if you handle the situation right) I did a place last week and got booked for a party and a wedding reception
Chris Jones
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I work at a celbrety restaurant in a posh part of london and I'm paid £300 a nightand iget loads of tips a minmim of one hundred pounds.

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