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The Mighty Fool
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Tonight, one of the tables I performed for was a 7-top of 3 adults & 4 kids. The kids were enthralled, but I came away empty-handed. Of course, I'm paid a flat rate by the house, but I love getting tips. About 1 hour later, the grampa from that table found me, pressed a bill into my hand, said 'thanks' and walked off. It was a $100 bill! That was an all-time first for me. Mabye some of you in the biz longer have had that or better happen?
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Not gonna lie I used to work at a pretty gangsta frequented bar.
THe week after I almost got shot as an innocent bystander at a parking lot gangshooting... I got a $100 tip from a different gangsta fellow.

needless to say I don't work there anymore.
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On 2007-02-17 05:31, Nash wrote:
Not gonna lie I used to work at a pretty gangsta frequented bar.
THe week after I almost got shot as an innocent bystander at a parking lot gangshooting... I got a $100 tip from a different gangsta fellow.

needless to say I don't work there anymore.


Wooooord. Glad you are ok.
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My biggest tip was my private private gig. It was my first, and definately wasn't my last. Other than that, the biggest cash tip I recieved was $10.

Congrats on your tip!

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Steve
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I've been tipped $20s from working for a lot of local business men and women, but never been tipped $100! Congrats on that one.
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I usually don't push for tips. If the customers feel that your performance is another thing they have to pay for, they might not come back. A family with 3 or 4 kids have enough things they have to pay for without another 5 or ten dollars on top of that for a magic show at a local restaurant. Better to push for a private show where you can make much for than a 10 dollar tip (or even a hundred if you price your private shows right).
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I've been tipped a $50.00 bill on two different ocassions. I never look at the tip, I just slide it into my pocket and take a peak at the end of the night - either in the car or when I get home. What a pleasant surprise to find a fifty amongst all the ones and fives!


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On 2007-02-17 12:12, INFANTINO wrote:
I usually don't push for tips. If the customers feel that your performance is another thing they have to pay for, they might not come back. A family with 3 or 4 kids have enough things they have to pay for without another 5 or ten dollars on top of that for a magic show at a local restaurant. Better to push for a private show where you can make much for than a 10 dollar tip (or even a hundred if you price your private shows right).


Spot on.
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I don't PUSH for tips either, but I still love getting them, not just for monetary reasons, but for the compliment factor. One cool tip I got once was this: After doing a show for a table with a 3-year old girl, the waiter brought me something from the table after theyd left. It was a disney pin, wrapped (actually 'crumpled' would be a better term) and a very scrawly 'thank you' written in crayon.
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I never push for tips, I always politely decline and let them know "I'm taken care of by the house" If they then push on me again I graciously accept. The largest I recieved was around christmas time last year when they pushed it in my hands and said they wanted me to have a "magical christmas" as well and they gave me 100$. Very cool. I've gotten many crayon written notes from kids. Those are great.
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I get LOTS of offers for drinks but never dollars...

I did have a lady call me cheekey and slap me upside the head once, not sure how much that was worth. As a reaction,I thought it was priceless.
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Allan
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While performing at restaurants, I have received $100 dollar tips on many occasions. At a private events, I have had many $300-$350 tips.

Usually, they don't tip. I especially the ones that S-L-O-W-L-Y open their wallets but never quite get the money out until after I leave. Or the ones that put the tip on the table without saying a word about it. Since it was not offered, I just walk away. I usually here them take credit for the tip they never gave by telling their guests "I GUESS HE doesn't WANT THE TIP, HE JUST WALKED AWAY"

While tipping is nice, it is not why I work in restaurants. I just find human behavior interesting.
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The biggest tip I've received so far is $5. Like many people stated, I don't push for tips. I do accept them though, under certain conditions however. If a customer asks me if I accept tips, I tell them the best tip they can give me is to let the manager know they enjoyed the magic; if, however, they just hand me the money, or shove it in my chop cup, I'm not going to refuse.

I guess the best tip would've been from a friend that drove three hours to see me work, and bought me dinner.
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I worked a place where tips were heavy and frequent. I never had to push for them. $20.00 bills were the norm, but $50.00 and $100.00 bills were not uncommon. I was making a grand a week at the place.

Doctors, lawyers and other well-to-dos frequented the place. Also, several of our clients were bookies. Tuesday was when they collected (after Saturday, Sunday, Monday football games). The "sugar" was spent freely on Tuesday nights. Dom, Moet, and Tattinger flowed like rivers. I was always called to entertain at the tables, often a few times a night.

These groups came and stayed the entire night. We took care of them, and they took care of us.

Oh, and what MAKMagic said about crayon written notes... those and homemade cards are GREAT!!!

But... The BEST tip I ever got came from a woman who bought me a rose after I did magic for her and a friend. We have been married now for almost 16 years!

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Good advice: Never take a tip while working a brit-mila!


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On 2007-02-21 08:04, Lyndel wrote:

Good advice: Never take a tip while working a brit-mila!


Lyndel


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I'm here all week! Try the veal!


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On 2007-02-21 19:24, Lyndel wrote:
I'm here all week! Try the veal!


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Might as well, it's the only kosher thing on the whole *** menu. Smile
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Besides not taking a tip at a brit mila, don't take a front row seat.

Getting back to the thread, got a few $50 tips.
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My biggest tip was an extra hundred dollars in the form of a check, last friday night after performing the cups and balls in a local bar/club/organization I was tipped 3 twenty dollar bills.

Mostly I usually get tipped a one, a five or a ten...but never a twenty let alone three in one performance.

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