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drewdini
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Hello to all. I am a 20 year old magician. I have been performing since I was 8, and I have delevoped quite a name localy. I put on a 25-45 minute comedy act. I am able to book around 15-20 shows a year by myself, but now that I have graduated (a couple years ago), I would like to have a lot more bookings. Any advise on getting an agent or anything to that effect? Thanks a lot.

Drew
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First, do a search here with key words "marketing" "advertising" "agent"
There are plenty of threads dealing with these topics.

Second (should've been first) welcome to the forum.

It would also help to know where you are from. This is so people can lead you in a direction that is relevant to your area of the world.

Contact other local magicians. They should be able to help too.
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HI drewdini
Welcome to the magic Café. I usually charge $100 consulting fee, but I see on your profile that you are a juggler, so I will give you some free advise. Go to your Boyd MN. yellow pages, and look up entertainment, there you will see the agencies in your area. Call the ones that don't offer DJ's, or strippers, send them your promo package with an 8 X 10 color glossy picture, and invite them to an upcoming performance. If you don't have a promo package get one, also an audition video would show them you are a serious professional.
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Thanks Al, I didn't even look at his profile!
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No problem Bill, Drew be sure to look up entertainment in the yellow pages, or yellow book every year because there are new agencies every year. It would also be smart to check the yellow pages of some near by towns.
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Drewdini:

In addition to what Al and Bill have mentioned, which I agre with, I would like to add some other suggestions.

Agents have entertainers approaching them on an almost weekly basis. If you want to get booked faster, you need to stand out from the others.

When you meet with an agent the first time, explain that you have a set fee and that fee includes the commission the client is paying the agent. What the means is, a client can book you through either the agent, or directly, and the fee is the same. That way you aren't competeing with the agent in your market. Agents like this!

Also explain that any future performance opportunities that arise out of a show that you did on behalf of the agent, will be directed back to that agent. In other words, any "spin-off" that comes from a show that an agent put you into, should go back to that agent. After all, you wouldn't have been there in the first place without the agent. Sadly, many entertainers don't practise this method of business. Who do you think the agent is going to call, the guy who sends the spin-off bookings back, or the guy that screws him?

This is the way I run my business and I'm able to make a living in my market because of it. If you find and develop good working relationships with reputable agents it's money, and lots of it, in the bank for both of you.

Best of luck,
Doug
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Many catering companies that do mostly corporate work, also book talent. I have never used them. However, I know that Gary Darwin works with one here in Vegas and has gotten a lot business through them with company picnics, model home grand openings, etc.
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I agree with what everyone is saying however...There are two kinds of agents...event planners and the there are comedy bookers or room bookers (agent that help book a room) not sure which one you are taking about? Since everyone here has given you advice on the event planner type. Let me add that Comedy bookers will come to you find a club near you and start showing your stuff if you are funny and have a class act they will come to you.
cheers chris
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C Christian
What country do you live in? In the United States the comedy clubs scene is dieing. In the US if you are able to get a booking at a comedy club all you will earn is gas money.
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Doug Arden
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In Canada, you'll be lucky to make gas money doing comedy clubs. That's why the posters have directed you toward the real money, corporate work.
C Christian
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All the great comic magicians have started their craft in clubs and have moved on... Drewdini was looking for advice and I thought to give him another side of the coin if you will.
Since Money is the issue Al & Doug call up the Magic Castle and ask for more money here in Southern CA PLEASE!! It's not about the Money it's about getting an agent or manager that believes in you and will get you more work. It helped me at least.
cheers chris
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Christian
I paid my dues in comedy clubs, and I agree with you that it is a great place to get your chops, and a reputation.
TRUCE
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