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MarkinMadison
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I know this is very basic - so please no negative comments - but I have questions about what to charge. I paid for college doing magic 25 years ago. I've recently got back into it, but am not performing yet as I want to perfect a good stage and close up show. I was wondering if people know of any good resources or advice on what to charge? I am trying to figure out what a good 30-40 minute stage show goes for these days. I know there are many variables, but am looking for some direction. Thanks much!
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What type of events - kids, corporate?
Benji Bruce
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It would be impossible to answer that question. I know guys who charge $200 and guys who charge $10,000 or more. So you can charge as much as you want as long as people think you're worth that much.
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I agree with Benji here; matter of fact he gave you the bottom to the top numbers.

I guess you could go from there, but perhaps if you tell us more about your show,
where/who you plan to market to; maybe, maybe we can give you something to start with????
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It also depends on the area in which you live. For example, I live in rural Northern Michigan, with a ton of lower income and unemployment. I simply can't charge what someone performing in a major metro area can.

Plus, a birthday show in a living room will be charged differently than a corporate show or stage show.

I am starting to get back into birthday parties and school shows. I am planning on charging around $200 for a birthday party, and about $500 for a school program (10 minute motivational talk, 30 minute magic show and the rest of the time for meet and greet).

Any thoughts?
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Al Angello
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Call some local magicians, and ask them. I will give my prices to anyone that calls, or emails me.
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Al, that is how I set my prices for b'day parties. I call around to all the others and then set my price higher than theirs. I, and a lot of mu clients, believe that "you can't get a Rolls Royce for the price of a used VW." It works, I'm busy.
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Al Angello
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I network with lots of local magicians in order to cover double bookings, and I recently raised my basic prices because I was cheaper than they were, so even after 25 years of performing I'm still adjusting my prices.
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MarkinMadison
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Thanks for the responses. I know it is a variable question. I was just curious if there were any writings on the subject. Thanks.
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How good you are, who is your audience, how much do other local magicians charge, and where do you live are just a few of the variables that you have to plug in your self. This is not the kind of thing that you learn from books.

Is there a magic club near you where you can get an idea of what the local magic scene is like?
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Jim Snack has written a Success-In-Magic Course, which has lots of praise.

Occassionally, he shares gems in posts, from his course.

Here is one great post where he talks about 5 fee levels. He also shares this in his lectures.

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