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ChrisZampese
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Hi everyone,
I would really like to get into doing table hoping. However the country/city I live in is not used to seeing performers at restaurants (I have never seen or heard of anyone doing table hopping in Hamilton, New Zealand!)

What sort of approach would you suggest, and what sort of rate do you charge? (Maybe you could compare your rate to other forms of entertainment, or other types of show ie Kids shows. This would help alot as it is hard to compare prices between Texas and New Zealand!).

Many thanks,

Chris.
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Dave Scribner
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Hey Chris: I don't do table hopping much so can't answer your question but it sounds like you might have a gold mine on your hands. If noone else is doing it, you've kinda got the market cornered. Think of the possibilities.
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ChrisZampese
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Always look on the bright side huh!

Possible that noone is doing it 'cause noone wants to see it!
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Dave Scribner
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Guess they just don't know what they're missing.
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Kinda think you ought to give it a chance Chris. Maybe a free trial for the restaurant so the proprieter can see the reactions. Be sure your ready though, you don't want to burn bridges.
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Chris..
Forgive me for saying this but you sound a little self defeating. Most everyone loves to be entertained in some way. The restaurant is a great setting and prime place in my opinion to do what you love and to bring a smile as well as astonishment to your audience.

You first of all have to be POLISHED both in your abilities as a magician as well as your PEOPLE skills. Do you have a series of effects that you know that will flow well, are resetable etc. etc.

Next I would check out restaurants that you think could use your services. Mixed clientele, busy, long waits, and I should mention that you should consider what type of clientele you would like to perform for.

Chris, there are many approaches to selling your services, from writing a marketing letter to the decision maker and following up with a phone call to just stopping in at off peak hours between the lunch and dinner crowd, and just talking with the manager. Be prepared with some knock out stuff and maybe offer a free hour of performing.

Your fee is commensurate with your experience, but in general terms if you take the price of a typical meal and double it, that should be your hourly wage. ( I would not go to McDonald's) Also pick up Jim Pace's And Jerry MacGregor's book "The Restaurant Worker's Hand Book.

Finally keep a positive attitude. If you try and sell yourself and your services with a defeatist mind set, work will be hard to find.
Be upbeat, encouraging. Tell the manager how much his customers are going to love this, and that you will increase his business. Then live up to your claims...DO YOUR HOMEWORK and as Peter Marucci would say GO FOR IT !!
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ChrisZampese
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Thanks Daivd,
Some sound advice. I did not mean to come across as defeated before I started! I think there is a great opportunity for me to 'get in before everyone else'. I guess I was just wanting to know how others would approach the managers considering they have quite possibly never had this sort of offer before.

Thanks for the great tips,

Chris.
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By all means charge. I don't believe in doing it for free. You will not be respected as an entertainer if you start working around for free. Do something for the manager, impress him or her, charge small if you wish, but by all means charge.



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