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I got a call on my answering machine to do strolling magic at a private party.

I'm in Los Angeles.

Before I call back, on what basis does one set one's rate for a private party gig? Gas is a factor (distance travelled), but what else goes into giving a quote?

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Hi DaiBato,

I base rates on numbers attending. Generally, a party up to 20 is one rate,(as this tends to be what the numbers are for birthday parties) 25 - 50 (this is generally another category such as pre-schools or daycares) 50 - 100 , again another category ..all the way up to quotes for large festivals which may number in the thousands.

If parents are attending the party or if it is a family type of event then you may want to base your quote on that number, as performing walkaround you will be entertaining everyone in attendance.

Another thing that may affect rates if they want give a ways, balloons, that sort of thing.

The length of time you are asked to attend.

Holidays or peek periods may also affect your pricing.

That's what I can think about at the moment.

Good luck with your show!

Donald Dunphy
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Here's a thread that might be of help:

Magic Café thread titled... About rates

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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You need to charge rates that you will be happy with as well as the quality of service you provide.

Myself, I have a set rate for strolling magic, a set rate for corp meetings, a rate for family shows, and a production fee for my death defying stunts. The rate does not really depend on how many guests will be attending rather then the the market and type of service....

If you are asking this question, most likely you are not a season professional and you should go in much lower then the magicians who does this for a living...

For an example.... A lady saw me at an event, wanted me for her wedding to perform strolling magic,,, my manager quoted her $1200. for 1.5 hours and she booked and stated that she spoke to another magician who was only asking $300.

Why did she go with me over the other? Simple, she liked the package I have to offer, which is; style, showmanship, quality, and entertainment value... Besides who wants cheap entertainment when they can afford established entertainment.
Bob Sanders
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As a former booking agent and agency owner, my position is that most good bookings need a price because they are setting a budget, not because they have one. Price competition is a very minor problem between acts. The real competition is replanning the event so that the act is not needed.

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I would charge $350 for this job.
Al Angello
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Dai Bato
Are you worth $50 an hour, or are you worth $500 an hour? Is your customer Bill Gates, or Joe Schmo, everything is relative. I am doing a show next month for the sisters of St. Francis of Assisie nursing home, and my fee for that show will be $75. Keeping in mind that St. Francis is the patron Saint of the poor, I figure I'm getting all the money that those retired nun's can afford.
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