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Sportin Magic
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Hi all... I'm not looking for tricks or effects but the in's and out's of experienced table hoppers. I want to get into Restaurant work, and I know from all the other things I have done, I'ts alot less painfull starting out by learning from people who have already tried things and found out what works and what doesn't.

So if you were just starting out in the field what books would you recomend to yourself? I know the basic's...Not to many card effects, nothing long etc..But I'm looking for things like, getting the gig, dealing with the managers and wait staff , difficult customers, etc..Just a real good all around book ...any advice would be greatly appreciated...
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I know just the book for you, The Complete Guide to Restaurant and Walk-Around Magic by Kirk Charles. This is a great book and will help you with everything you wanted to know.
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Everyone works differently and a lot of it depends on your own philosophy of how things should work. You need to decide how you want to work; table to table, the waiting area or the bar. Do you want to work one restaurant or several? Do you want to work for tips, a salary or both? Do you want to work for children or adults? Deciding these things will determine how you approach restaurants, which ones to approach and what kind of performance you will do. Think long and hard about what you think suits you best. Try different things to find out what kind of work you like doing. Offer to demo yourself one night for a couple of hours at a local restaurant. See where it leads. Most of all, have fun.
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I would recommend the "Big Books O' Sisti," a.k.a., "The Magic Menu, Years 1-5" and "The Magic Menu, Years 6-10," from L&L Publishing. You will learn from collected experience and wisdom of people like Michael Ammar, Scotty York, Eugene Burger, Charles Greene III, Kirk Charles, Andrew Pinard, and many, many others.

Even though I was a contributor, I have no financial interest in the books. The first volume may be out of print. There is more material in these two volumes, both on the show and the business of restaurant and strolling magic, than you could use in four lifetimes.
MacGyver
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Scott Guinn has a great column at online-visions.com detailing a lot of the buisness side of magic, as well as a great manuscript out on the buisness side of resturant work and other buisness sides of magic(mostly close-up oriented I think).


Contact him for info, he's on the Café.
KirkG
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Sack Waldman has an eBook on "How to Get More Restaurant Magic Than You Know What To Do With. It doesn't cover tricks, just business.

Available at:

http://www.the-restaurant-magician.com/

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I second Scott Guinn's book. It is compiled from his Visions articles. Highly recommended.

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Three words: The Magic Menu!
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I'm with eric henning I just purchase magic menu (years 1-5) and when it comes through I hear it will be the best book for restraunt magic.
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Sportin Magic
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Thanks to all !!!!
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Mike
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