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RealityTwisterSFX
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Restaurant break-in for mentalist..

I am trying to break in to doing some mentalism shows at my local restaurants while party halls can anyone please give me tips on how to get some doors open?
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What does "...while party halls" mean?

There are really only two ways to get booked weekly in a restaurant.

1) Frequent the place and perform for the staff and eventually get the manager's interest. This is the method Bill Malone gives. Bill Malone talks about sitting at the bar and performing for other patrons but the idea is the same.

2) Ask to speak to the manager and pitch your idea. You will probably get a lot of rejections before you hit the right restaurant at the right time.

The way I got my first restaurant was that I worked there, starting in the kitchen and eventually bussing and then waiting on tables. I did a little magic for my customers and it became very common for them to ask me to do tricks. One day the manager suggested that I just do magic and let the other waiters serve the food.

Over the years I picked up other restaurants but I never had to go looking for them. The restaurant owner or manager would see me perorm and ask if I could do the same at his place.

When Covid hit I lost all my restaurant gigs. As masking and distancing eased up I expected the restaurants to call me but they were still struggling or in one case had closed.

I finally got a new restaurant two months ago. It was the first restaurant I got cold calling. I went in, asked to see the manager, and ended up doing a nice little magic show for her and some of the wait staff. They hired me and the responce from the patrons has been great. I think other restaurants will take notice and I will pick up one or two more.
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Thaks so much for the input.. I been doing ZOOM for about 2 years online but want to break into restaurants
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You will probably have to try a lot of places. The family restaurants I work probably higher me as much for balloon animals as for magic. It fits in with their kid's night promotion.

As a mentalist, you are an unusual commodity for a restaurant. (Unless you do balloon animal mentalism)

Best of Luck and report back when you get something.
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Tell us about your last 4 paying gigs.
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Show some visual mentalism that would go down well with their customers. Think about what they think - pleasing their clients whilst they eat and respecting their privacy. If you can fit into that with your initial effects, that's key

Also read Pure Effect by Derren Brown if you haven't already - or recap the first chapters where he talks about the key of building rapport with the customers and the effect comes AFTER that. That will go far as well. Don't try to just perform IMHO
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RealityTwisterSFX,

I still don't know what "...while party halls" means
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On Jul 28, 2022, KarpeNoktem wrote:
Show some visual mentalism that would go down well with their customers. Think about what they think - pleasing their clients whilst they eat and respecting their privacy. If you can fit into that with your initial effects, that's key

Has this ever worked for you?

It seems to me you’re projecting what your thinking for what you believe they are thinking.
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It's worked for me personally

But perhaps I don't understand the projecting part

Let me know what you mean and I'll try and answer better Smile
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You are projecting your thoughts on what the hall owner is thinking and pretending they are theirs. Not many who own these places think like that. Magicians think like that.
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