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fefe_fontane
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I got paid $900 per show. And the magician still made a great deal of profit.
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That is a sweet deal! For those of us that have worked ships, amusment parks, know that is not in the budget. For those that work venues under 200 and have 4 assistants know that that price is not in a working budget. SO I do commmend you on your work. If my venue is not of 1000 I would not beable to pay that for an assistnt. No wonder Dave Womach and The spencers make sure to have a husband and wife team! LOL Seriously if there was only 1 assistant and 2 backstage personal maybe. My show consists of 6 people behind the scenes and 4 assistants.
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NICE TOPIC, I'm also looking for an asistant, good luck with that!
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Well the pay depends on shows, there are magicians that do 1 show everyother month that can bring in 1500+. Fefe's pay is for a show like that (i think) not for a long run show. Fefe pay is really up there and that means that she is the only assistant, at that rate she is getting paid more than Copperfields assistants (i know what they get for a fact!) So what might be too muich for one person might be just right for another it all depends on venue.
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I usually hand-pick my assistants when I see them out somewhere: They look about the right size for my show (they fit in the props) PLUS they have that special charisma! I just come up to them, introduce myself and hand them a card. Surprisingly, most of them say yes and most of them stay with the show for a long while. Mostly women work in my show, but I have also had a few male assistants.

I do not pay my assistants for rehearsals, but I provide food, refreshments, and an occasional gas stipend. I am always respectful to them and do not over-use them with excessively long rehearsals. I usually pay my on-stage assistants $500 - 600 per show for my big shows. For medium size shows (corporate and colleges) I pay anywhere from $50 - $150, depending on the amount I am charging for the show.

Remember, whatever pay you start with, you can only go UP from there. Keep this in mind when you are tabulating your assistant's fees. You can always give them a bonus for extraordinary work!
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It does help tremendously when you are married to your lead assistant! Cindy and I have been performing together for years. That kind of consistency builds an intimacy and rapport on stage that's difficult to duplicate with a part-time or occasional assistant. And we are very fortunate that we work regularly so it allows us to keep all of us very busy - Cindy and I as well as a full time production team. The most important thing to remember about your assistant(s)? They are the most valuable visible (and invisible) asset you have during a performance often accomplishing the "miracles" for which we take the credit.
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Kevin,

Long time no see, hope things are well with you both...when will you guy's be back through Chatt, Town? Hopefully we can get together if for nothing else dinner...Thoughts and prayers are with you always.

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At least one important thing to remember is to make an agreement before doing anything. Some magicians pay for rehearsal time as well as performance, its up to one, your investment budget and what ever you and your assistant agrees to. remember to give a percentage of your income to your assistant.

Best way to look for one is to ask a high school or college student or anyone who might be desperate for a job and good wage.
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To clarify, actually my show was not a one time deal. It was $900 per show for the weekend which consisted of two shows. Travelling shows paid more - plus all expenses paid. As a magician, you can make 40K + per show (after overhead is subtracted). You just have to have the PR, manager, agent, producer, and a venue that is willing to present you.
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