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Chris Spencer
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Thank you. I will. The event is on April 11th so I will advise as soon as I have a chance.
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Congrats on getting a paid gig. I have yet to accomplish that just yet due to me being somewhat new to magic. I look forward to hearing how it went. I wish you the best of luck and think these guys gave wonderful advice.
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Snoogansgt

Thank you. I will definitely let you know how it goes. And hopefully this will help you when you decide to take the next step as well.
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I didn't take the time to read every post above me, so forgive me if I repeat anything. (I'm sure I will)

You're similar to me-- I have 3 sets of 3 or so effects and I know I wont necessarily use all of them. Something that is consistent for me is that the first 2 tables or so of a night, I'm always nervous... After that, it's all smooth sailing.

Just spend every moment you get leading up until then practicing your sets and if you get the chance, perform them for other people too.

I'd love to hear how it goes! Keep us posted.
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Zephury Thank you,

I have been practicing my set and so far so good. I just need to work on my pocket management.

Thanks again for the advice.
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"Nothing builds a show like booking a show"

If you have fun, your audience will have fun.
You´ll do great!
FREE TRAINING FOR PERFORMERS ---> https://www.performersecrets.com

My background: Loved magic for 25 years, always wanted to do paid gigs but never had the courage. Faced my fears some years ago and now perform regularly. Would love to help you get there too!
Chris Spencer
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Hi friends,

Well the gig is over and now it's time to reflect. Too much to cover it all but I will highlight some good and bad.

When I arrived I had a little pep talk with myself to get myself ready. I remembered something I read somewhere. I believe it's from Tarbell but I could be wrong. To sum it up it goes something like. " When you introduce yourself as a Magician people believe you are a Magician. Have you ever questioned whether your waiter is actually a waiter?".

This brought me some comfort and I was ready to go. In I went and I stood in the back while they finished speeches. During the final speech they introduced me and said I would be walking around the room.

This was good because it made it easy to approach tables however it seemed to add more pressure.

The first table I went to my hands shook bad. I have not had this happen to me this badly for a very long time. However I successfully made it through the table with no problem. The reactions were good but not great. The next table was the same and the the third table I screwed up a trick that I never have before. I moved on with another effect but still was just getting ok reactions.

By my fourth table I found that I had calmed down and I began doing a few more effects and I began to have fun. The reactions were great and I could hear people discussing the effect when I left.

I came fully prepared with pockets full of material but at the end of the night I think I used maybe a total of 8 effects. 3 or 4 I used a lot because they reset fast and got great reactions.

At the end of the event the client told me he was getting great feedback and I handed out a few cards as well.

Over all I had a good time. I learned some great lessons and I think my next similar gig will be that much easier.

Thank you everyone for your advice leading up to the event. I hope this all helps anyone getting ready for their first strolling gig.
Chris S.
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Sounds like it went well, congratulations! All the research and reading in the world is no substitute for actually getting out there and doing it, so you'll learn more from that than anything.

These events are also where you find your 'workers', and what you don't actually use or need. Hopefully this will give you an insight into routining, preparation and different sets.

Congratulations again,

Simon
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Chris Spencer
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Thank you Simon
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Congrats, Chris!
Chris Spencer
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Thank you
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On Apr 12, 2015, sjdavison wrote:
Sounds like it went well, congratulations! All the research and reading in the world is no substitute for actually getting out there and doing it, so you'll learn more from that than anything.

These events are also where you find your 'workers', and what you don't actually use or need. Hopefully this will give you an insight into routining, preparation and different sets.

Congratulations again,

Simon

Very true....Now keep on performing. I could obviously tell from your post that the more relaxed you became the more your audience enjoyed you. It's a process. Over time as you continue to perform, encounter various venues, as well as various personality types you will get better. (provided you learn from them)

You did it. CONGRATS !! Now start looking for your next gig.
If you can't help worrying, remember worrying can't help you!
Chris Spencer
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Thanks. Great advice.
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