I have a magician friend who doesn’t like performing table-side magic in restaurants. He says that restaurants don’t pay well, and that it isn’t worth his time. I disagree.
Here’s why I choose to perform at weekly restaurant venues:
1. Performing in restaurants brings in business. I get phone calls from people who’ve seen me at a restaurant and who want to hire me for a party or event. Best of all, since they’ve already seen me… I don’t need to convince them that I’m good!
2. Having a weekly engagement also allows potential clients to see me perform before they hire me. Nobody wants to hire bad entertainment for their important event. With a short visit to my restaurant, they they can be sure they’re hiring the right entertainer for their event.
3. Lastly, restaurants are great for working on new material. The best way to polish a newly created magic trick is to perform it… A LOT! “Does my new trick have a good ending?” “Is that new line funny?” The only way to know is to get flight time. And the more you perform… the better you get. Experience is extremely valuable for ANY artist.
FYI: Having a magician is also great for the restaurant! They get an entertainer whose main focus is customer service and keeping the guests happy. Having a magician also helps the restaurant stand out from the crowd in a competitive market like Los Angeles.
Sure… restaurants aren’t going to pay $1,500 per day like a trade show. But the experience and new business contacts you make will pay off BIG TIME down the road.