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Dante Donato
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Hi guys, So I just recently picked up magic hoping to get into restaurant magic and such and I just booked my first gig for my family friends open house for their business. I am looking at this as a great opportunity to market myself because of the amount of people that are gonna be their. It is gonna be completely walk around magic performing for small groups that will be standing (no tables). I was thinking about doing between 3-4 effects per group with 2-3 different routines. So a total of 7-9 tricks. The tricks I am planning on performing are "Here and there" card switch in spectators hand. Daniel Garcia "twisted" dollar change and "rubber made" ring through rubber band. Garcia's and Houchin's "marked" using their gaff deck along with "2nd chance" using their gaff deck. Also stigmata and Daniel Garcia "warning" match with card on lip. Along with a full ambitious card routine with around 5-6 effects. I'm wondering if I have enough tricks for this and if my tricks are powerful enough. Also any other tips for my first day would be greatly appreciated. 8) thanks
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You have more than enough material, just relax and you'll do just fine. Let us know how it goes.
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Dante Donato
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K thanks Rock for the reassurance.
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It sounds really good to me. I don't know anything about walk-around magic but I imagine you wouldn't want to overload them with tricks. I also like that you have some variety in there. If you only did card tricks, you might be in trouble if the people didn't like/understand cards.

Maybe someone else could comment on that... 1-3 tricks, stun them, then move on?

Mark
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Sounds like you're on top of it, and you should be fine where you're at now (assuming, of course, that all your effects are properly practiced up, but I'll take that as a given).

Couple things I might suggest, though, either for this (if you have time to prepare) or for the next one.

1) Get a business card made (and have it done, don't just print it yourself--businessmen can spot the difference a mile away) and come up with an effect using the business card. If you're doing this partly for promotional purposes, there's nothing better than doing something magical with a business card and then handing it out to the people you've just floored.

2) Have one "big" routine on standby. I don't mean something for a big audience, but just something that packs an extra wallop. Maybe something using props that you don't want to be handing out for every small group, or something that takes an extra bit of set-up, but whatever it is, it better be really, really good. And don't do it for any of the groups. Just have it waiting. That way, when you really floor some people and walk by them later, you have something extra special to pull out when they ask for "just one more trick." Or if the owner of a restaurant you'd like to work happens to be in attendance, you could close your set for him with such an effect. But whatever the occasion, I like to have something big on standby so I'm ready for whatever opportunity might arise.

But you're right on with your plan of doing just a few tricks for each group, and rotating the effects between groups. Keeps it a bit fresher for you, and helps you out when people start rubbernecking to see what you're doing for their friends on the other side of the room. And that's what you want, because if you're really flooring people, they're not going to want to miss what you're doing next, even if they aren't directly involved.
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I would also advise to think about how to open and close, and which effects are good to go and the beginning, middle and end of your "mini-act" per table, structure it so the effects complement eachother
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Dante Donato
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Thanks for all the great advice. Yah I was planning on starting each routine with a card trick where the spectator can examine the deck, then going into a trick not including a deck so that I can put the deck back in my pocket so that the gaff cards will already be placed on top. So then after I finish with my final card trick where the card smears I can put the deck back into my pocket and take a bow, not having to worry about them seeing the gaffs. What do you guys think about that? Not sure if putting my cards in pocket and taking them out again is bad. The event isn't for another month so I have plenty of time to figure something out with business cards (Thanks for the Advice Robert!) and I will think of a Big bang trick just in case the opportunity arises.
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