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Santa: I would totally agree with you on that. A great group can indeed extend your time as I tend to improv a bit more and feed off and crowd.

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Gotta ask...who cares anyways james...you can just go work the streets...you can make that on the streets easy!

if you knew anything james you would buy the new capehart dvd set....

koz

Kozmo, buddy, thanks for all you have helped me which is a lot! You are one of the most savy and also most generous magicians I have met. I can't wait to get the Capehart dvds. They're too cheap!

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You know, I was wondering the same thing Jim, why you doing birthdays when they are during the period the touristos are rambling?
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Some days are great some days are not. Birthday shows are guarenteed and I can do 800 to 1800 per weekend. It's shorter performance hours doing birthdays (longer driving hours).

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You do have to evaluate your business constantly and decide for yourself what is working and what is not. A professional is one in which they will determine what is the bets course of action for the year. With it being New years, this is the perfect time to look back at 2007 and to make resolutions not only for yourself but for your magic buisness as well. what changes will you make for this year. What goals are you setting for your magic business? Are you wanting to change markets or enter new ones? All this can be done but it takes time to think about it and then set a course of action to make it happen.

JIM: An idea for you that may be worth it in 2008 is to combine your passion and success with busking and birthdays and enter the festival and fair market near you. This would be ideal for you since you can offer them a family style show and strolling magic for a price that is 3 to 4 times your birthday fee if not more. It might be something to think about.

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1800 is a lot of birthdays, I can only manage four in a day.
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I am satified with 2 a day, and they are 1 hour long. In them I choose to do a chair suspension, and a rabbit production. With the exception of Kyle and Eric Paul, I don't know to many others that add an animal and a suspension. Also, I carry several age appropriate routines based on age and gender. (All girl's party and all boy's party, most young kids at party, daycare party, all determine my final selection of routines Also Daycare is 30 minutes.)

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MagicSanta,
Looking back, those 1800 weekends have been when I had a Friday night gig and maybe a couple times when I had a corporate gig as well over that weekend. Like for Halloween, I did a supermarket's Halloween strolling gig after a couple morning birthday parties.
Kyle,
What days and hours are the festivals? Is it weekend work? Also, how long are the hours? How much can you get?
I would like to do more corporate work this year.
BTW, my calendar is pretty sparse at the moment. December was great, but it's quiet now. So I will probably be busking.

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Jan and Feb were always my dead zone. Time to clean up and paint props etc.. I think after Christmas parents figure the kids don't need big birthdays.
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Some of you guys arguing about how little disposible income certain people have would be better off coming up with strategies of how to get more shows or work for people with more money.

... You seem to be putting in a lot of work to justify why you can't earn more money ...

Just a thought Smile
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Jim: Festivals are mainly all day events most of them. The smaller ones will run form mid morning to mid afternoon. Now this does not mean you have to stay or be booked for the entire thing. You can play it 2 different ways.

1) You get yourself booked all day and set an all day price for the festival that can have you performing a few stage shows and even strolling. The price you set would more then cover you for the day and instead of having to do 4 b-day shows that day, you can stay in one spot and make just as much money if not way more.

2) You book yourself as a strolling performer and book by the hour. This way you can ste a certain hourly minmum with the festival and can arrive to do your strolling and then leave once you are done.

In both cases you have a greta ability to market yourself to a lot of people who may be intersted in the services you have to offer. If you stay the entire day and set a day rate package, then you can also often have them give you a booth spot as well and make extra income off or BOR sales.

If you want or need any information, just let me know. I would be happy to helpyou out. You can make a pretty penny working this market easily.

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Kyle,
What time of year does this market take place? Don't you have a book about this that you wrote?

Jim
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Jikm around my parts I can do festivals and fairs every week form April to the end of October. Now in your area (being a warmer climate), I am betting you can probably work festivals and fair events almost all year round. You would be totally surprised at just how many festival type events go on every week.

The book never got finished as I got in the middle of buying our first house. I will get back to writing it soon I hope. Instead I do have a huge festival and fair thread on here that anyone can find with a simple Café search.

Hope this helps. If you have any questions at all, please just let me know. I would be happy to assist you or anyone else.

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