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JustDoIt
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Just for the record, these advices I will take them for the next time, but few hours before the gig, as a rule #1, I don't change anything.
I will have a small effort to make to move the table, and walk around with it, but the gig is in less than 12 hours, haha, no way I will change my program, or setup. I am sure you understand this.

This is how I am the more confident right now

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Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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How'd the show go? There should be tables set up for the people attending or a bar that you can use, right. Definitely don't carry a table around with you when doing walk around. Perhaps a small case, but not a table. Stopping at tables is usually a 5 minute thing. But you won't know until you're doing it, if the people are feling it and all are involved, play it out. If not, finish the effect,t hank them and carry on to the next group. Hope the show went great and that you're already looking to book your next one. Hopefully you had some business cards made that you handed out while performing!
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Why should he be handing out friggin business cards? It's his first gig! Do musicians try to get signed for record deals after learning how to play the scales?

This is something that really irritates me about magicians. No concept of paying dues or honing their abilities before they think they're ready to start hustling for work. The real world doesn't work like that.
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Futureal, magicians don't live in the real world. You should know that!
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Reading some of the delusional posts on here certainly reminds me.
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Well...

I was carrying a table because all my tricks needed that support to work properly. And I was carrying my territory, my confort zone, and it helped a lot. It was a little to big but that is what I had.

The performance went good, very good, but I worked a lot in my head. I was nervous, and I hated so much to be looked at without interest by those who didn't really like magicians.

So I did 6-7 small groups, some for 10 minutes, one group for 30 minutes (a group of guys which saved my night, who were so interested and having so much fun).

I had a tough time, really, emotionnaly and mentally. But I have no regrets and in the end, this was a positive experience since I learned a lot on myself, and what I want to do with magic. Now I know one thing for sure, I don't like to perform in front of people that do not really want magic performance. I will do with a lot of fun when I'll know that people are interested. I know that it happens to everyone, but I consider since this is a hobby for me, that I still have the liberty of chosing the crowd context.

Nothing is lost, but now I know more about this kind of gig.

JustDidIt
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You need to perform more. When a performer who has experience starts, everyone is interested and watching. You demand attention without saying so, you carry yourself in a matter the gets people interested, and you do it in such a way your audience loves you, and wants more.
A good friend of mine who places in the world magic seminar a few years back, and has performed at the magic castle has this swagger about him. We were at the Magic shop, and it was busy about 10-12 people in the shop. I was behind the counter doing a demo of an effect, and My buddy started doing a card trick for someone, the entire room stopped their conversations, stopped reading the back of the DVDs, I stopped doing my demo, and the customer stopped listening to my demo as soon as My friend started his routine. Why? because he had that swagger, he drew in the entire room though he was only talking to one person.
This is something you can only learn by performing a lot, and sucking a lot. It is crazy how it works. But In the end you become a performer, and not a guy who knows a few card tricks.
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On 2012-12-04 15:05, JustDoIt wrote:
Well...

I was carrying a table because all my tricks needed that support to work properly. And I was carrying my territory, my confort zone, and it helped a lot. It was a little to big but that is what I had.

The performance went good, very good, but I worked a lot in my head. I was nervous, and I hated so much to be looked at without interest by those who didn't really like magicians.


So I did 6-7 small groups, some for 10 minutes, one group for 30 minutes (a group of guys which saved my night, who were so interested and having so much fun).

I had a tough time, really, emotionnaly and mentally. But I have no regrets and in the end, this was a positive experience since I learned a lot on myself, and what I want to do with magic. Now I know one thing for sure, I don't like to perform in front of people that do not really want magic performance. I will do with a lot of fun when I'll know that people are interested. I know that it happens to everyone, but I consider since this is a hobby for me, that I still have the liberty of chosing the crowd context.

Nothing is lost, but now I know more about this kind of gig.

JustDidIt


COngrats on the performance!!! The hardest part (the first time) is done!

I hear you about the comfort zone thing. When I first started out doing my parlour shows and kids shows, I didn't move from behind my set up, not even a little bit. I had volunteers come up, but I didn't move. After about 5 or 6 shows I got much more confortable and was going intot he crowd and having a blast. But the confort thing is very true.

My apologies for suggesting business cards, I figured if you enjoyed it and wanted to do it again, handing out business cards would be a good way for people to get in touch with you.
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On 2012-12-02 22:04, Futureal wrote:
Why should he be handing out friggin business cards? It's his first gig! Do musicians try to get signed for record deals after learning how to play the scales?

This is something that really irritates me about magicians. No concept of paying dues or honing their abilities before they think they're ready to start hustling for work. The real world doesn't work like that.


Futureal, I do not think bands try to get a record deal after their first show, but I am sure they try to get more shows. That's all I was saying to him. Pass out business cards to get more gigs. I wasn't implying that if he has business cards he would move to vegas and take over for Copperfield. Paying dues = working your way up, which is achieved from working gig after gig. Which is exactly what handing out business cards helps someone do, get more gigs. Practicing is practicing, that's not considered paying dues. But honestly, the world does work exactly like that. You perform a gig, you hand out some cards to people, if they liked the show, they call and book you. I am not trying to be rude at all, but that is exactly what happens when I perform. Sometimes people walk up and ask me for a business card and sometimes I leave them on tables. There is no harm in either one. I was just trying to encourage him and give him some ideas. Sorry to have offended you, just trying to help out a new guy "breaking into" the performing side of magic.
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