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Mike ODonnell
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"Whoa! Had no idea anyone would charge that much for an hour for ANYTHING.
The card tricks were entertaining, but I wouldnt pay that price if Jesus Christ was the performer.
Best of luck to you"

Found this to be humorous.

Mike
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Who/how was this referred from?

While this happens to all of us, it can be more common with closeup guys or smaller less perceived (production) type of performances. All you can do is see the humor and be proud you are near the same plane as JC.
Mike ODonnell
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Hi Mindpro,

It was a referral from a 50th bday strolling gig. The inquiry was for an Xmas family party (mid Dec ), which is prime time for corporate events.
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Ah, so it was not a referral from another performer or a previous client, but rather someone attending an event you performed at? I don't consider those a referral, hence my asking. Thanks for the info.
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One time a lady approached after seeing my show at a private event. She was raving and ranting about how incredible it was, and told me that she's the special event coordinator for her workplace. What would it cost to bring me in? I gave her my price, and she immediately became viscerally offended. She started arguing with me that "No one makes that amount per hour. My husband is a neurosurgeon and he doesn't make that an hour!" I calmly explained that my calendar was full, and those are my rates. She said, "Last year the magician only cost $75!!!" I said, "Then why don't you call him again?" And she said, "Well, he wasn't very good." I thought oh, imagine that.
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On Sep 10, 2015, Mike ODonnell wrote:
"Whoa! Had no idea anyone would charge that much for an hour for ANYTHING.
The card tricks were entertaining, but I wouldnt pay that price if Jesus Christ was the performer.
Best of luck to you"

Found this to be humorous.

Mike


To be fair Jesus only had like 4 tricks. And one is a 3 day build for the payoff.
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Mike ODonnell
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Mindpro,

You are correct about the referral, I had another email request from a referral and got the two mixed up. It was a lady that saw me perform at the event.
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One time at the end of one my shows.(Standing ovation) very rare. A lady came up that was wearing a Rolex and dressed very classy. I told here my price she said ,"My husband a contractor and doesn't make that much per hour and he has a lot invested in all his equipment. I do to I said. She said all you have is a briefcase there. She said I would never pay that much. Then I said I am just trying to get another Rolex like you. And all of her friends just started laughing her. By the way I got two bookings from her friends.

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Man I hope you got the gig from that skeptical buyer.
But realistically, we can all relate. How many of us thought professional athletes get paid WWWWAAAAYYYY too much to bounce a ball? Smile
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Dannydoyle
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Yea I never get into a back and forth about fee. Once you do the sale is probably lost anyhow.
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Just say you are not an hourly employee.
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On Sep 14, 2015, Nash wrote:
Man I hope you got the gig from that skeptical buyer.


That's one perspective, but I have found that more than likely if he did get this gig it would be a problematic booking with a difficult, hard to please client with unrealistic expectations and demands that may result in performance and perhaps even payment issues. I say take it as a sign to turn the other way for your own good.
Mike ODonnell
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This was my response:
"Hi Margaret,

I'm sorry that my fee is out of your budget. This is my going rate and I keep a steady stream of bookings. Not sure what you were expecting.

Cheers,

Mike O'Donnell"

And no response, which I expected.
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There's an old line from an old joke that goes something like this.

A lady calls a plumber to fix a leaky pipe. The guy arrives, takes a look at some pipes, and turns a knob that stops that leak. The plumber says, "All fixed, that will be $150.

The lady says, "$150 dollars! You were only here for 2 minutes and you're charging me $150! My husband is a doctor and he doesn't make that kind of money."

The plumber replies," I know, I used to be a doctor."

Gerry
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I can tell almost immediately now on the phone or by the email or lead description - whether they can afford my fee or not. I'm usually right.

If there is any hesitation I would rather not do the gig in most cases - I won't beg for business and I also don't want someone who is stretching either.
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The ones that crack me up the most are those who asked what your fee is,you give it to them and they say, "Terrific! I'll let you know." And of course you never hear back lol.
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Friend of mine was working the Magic Castle and a woman asked him to do a kids party. He told her he didn't do kids parties.
She said "Not even for $35?"
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Haha..I'm laughing out loud reading these stories. More please.

Had a lady request a 1 hour show for a birthday and to keep the budget to $100.
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I particularly like the people that tell you that if you do their party, a lot of her friends will hire you. "They do anything that I tell them to,"
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People that want to hire you at a lower than regular fee and make promises as to all the people at their event that will want to hire you ... Are usually wrong.

Birds of a feather Smile
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