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Topic: The Ten Commandments for Magic Buyers
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Jun 12, 2005 12:38AM)

I'm new to these forums and have decided, on my very first visit and very first post to add my thoughts to the ten commandments for magic dealers posted here...

A bit about me...I'm a veteren performer of over 20 years...I began my career as a Juggler and Ventriloquist, over the years I have added singing, fire-eating, and just recently, Magic...

Understand, however, that I have been around magic for a very long time, more of an avid fan and insider, but not a performer....That changed about 3 months ago when I went to work for a chain of magic shops here in Branson...We have 3 shops in the 3 largest and most popular tourist spots in this city...I will perform for roughly 3-4 million guest this season and our shops are VERY high volume at times...

In short, and NOT to be egotistical at all, I'm familiar with the life.

So here they are, my take on dealer/buyer relationships:

The Ten Commandments of the Magic Buyer

1. A magic shop is a place of business, not a club-house...Please don't expect to be allowed to hang out in the shop for hours at a time. While it is cool to have a break in the day and talk magic with friends and customers, there is work that has to be done.

2. This is a magic SHOP, not a magic SHOW...Please don't expect for me to show you every trick in the shop.

3. This is a magic shop, not a babysitting service...Please don't leave your children in my shop while you go shopping in the other stores in the mall/park.

4. Signs that read: "Please Do Not Touch" actually DO mean you TOO...I don't really care how long you've been in the business, if I don't want something messed with, please respect that.

5. If I have to back-order something for you AND I include an estimated delivery date AND I keep you abreast of any developments that may delay shipping, PLEASE don't call every day in between those times on the off-hand chance it might have come in early...Trust me, I gain NOTHING by 'holding out on you'...When it arrives, it goes out the door.

6. Please do not think that it is alright for you to interfere with other customers or attempt to hijack a trick I am demo'ing with your own version/routine/perspective/etc...This is my livelihood, not your stage.

7. Please do not expect me to allow you to 'borrow' large display illusions I have in my shop for a show that you have booked...Work, scrimp, and save as I did so you can have your very own prop.

8. Please do not come into my shop and discuss other magic shop's prices/policies/atmosphere/etc in front of other customers...This is, in my opinion, very rude.

9. Soliciting customers for your own business (Birthday magic shows, etc) is not professional...I will display your picture (with contact info) and I will always recommend quality entertainers to those who inquire...In not so polite terms, the magic shop is not the place to pimp your show.

10. Please DO remember that we need each other...I need your business to keep the roof over my head and shop and to live, you need me to provide you with the tools necessary to work your Art and make a living as well.

I'm truly grateful to have found this site and look forward to getting to know all of you...I hope that this post is taken in the sense in which it was written...Fair play and profit for all...

Keep the magic alive.

Professor Piper: The Singing, Juggling, Fire-Eating, Magical, Ventriloquist.
Message: Posted by: thehawk (Jun 12, 2005 01:30AM)
Probably the best first post ever on this forum. There is lots of usefull information here . Thank you.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Jun 12, 2005 06:08PM)
Thank you for the reply and compliment!! Had a pretty slow day at the shop today...Home early for a change!!


Professor Piper
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 27, 2005 11:25PM)
That's quite a list. You must have a lot of problems in the shop. People like helping people, so the best way everyone in your town can help you is by getting there magic on the Internet.

You'll lose your shop, but those 10 problems will vanish!
Message: Posted by: magicsojourn (Dec 28, 2005 11:23AM)

Are you a hobbyist, a performer or the masked magician?
Message: Posted by: Review King (Dec 28, 2005 12:08PM)
On 2005-12-28 12:23, magicsojourn wrote:

Are you a hobbyist, a performer or the masked magician?

When you have 100 posts, ask again.