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Besides the modern sideshows, what are the best modern venues for sideshow acts (fakirs, fire kings, sword swallowers, etc.)?
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That's a hard question to answer Steve, the simple answer would be to say that the best venues for magicians and variety performers are also the best venues for sideshow performers. Your question gets complicated when you ask what do you mean by the word "best." Do you mean which venues pay the best? Which venue is most fitted to sideshow performances? Which venue is the most enjoyable to perform sideshow? Which venue is the best to start in?

Each question is easy to answer but difficult to answer fully and with reasoning.

The sideshow is a PERFECT fit for street performing, state fairs, casinos, ren faires, festivals, kids parties, nightclubs, Halloween haunts, colleges, theaters, tattoo conventions, bars, bowling alleys, cruise ships, television, corporate events and the list goes on. Excluding cruise ships I have performed sideshow at all of these venues and have the opinion that sideshow is a PERFECT fit for all of these venues. Having said that... each venue has a different requirements and needs. A good performer will never perform the same show for every one of these venues. The show must be tailored to satisfy each audience. A show that is awesome for one venue might be mediocre at best in another venue.

Having said all that there are some generalizations about different venues.

Colleges, Corporate Events, Cruise ships, and Casinos will generally the highest paid venue. However they also are the hardest to start out in and get booked at.

Street performing is a great way to get your show out there, develop your show, and is very easy to get into. You have no boss and you can tell evaluate how good your show is based by the amount of tips you get.

Night clubs, and bars, are pretty easy to start out in but generally don't pay well, with the poor pay however you will get a venue with little rules and an easy way to pick up drunk chicks.

Kid's parties are often view as the bottom of the totem pole of entertainers the pay is low, the show must be family friendly, and the audiences can be hard to handle for beginning performers. This is a great venue if you are a pedophile or would like to maintain a day job during the week and perform for fun.

Television can get you great exposure and help you build a resume but usually doesn't pay well unless you are doing movies or commercials.

I hope that answers your question and give you a quick reference to figure out which venue fits you and where you would like to go with your show.

-Erik Kloeker
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Top money gigs for me in the UK break down as follows >>
1)Outside shows of all types,,,from afternoon Fetes to 6 day gigs such as the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
2)Biker shows,,,from Hells Angel run shows through to Motor Cycle club days.
3)College shows,,,especially the all night Ball gigs.
4)Paid Street entertaining (Not on the bottle).
5)Corporate work (Thin on the ground but pays well when available).
6)Private adult party work (Not kids).
that's my list based on the books for the past two years.

There is virtualy no club, theatre or film work here.TV pays rubbish and dictates the performance outcome ie Breakfast TV (Fly you into the studio both ways, feed and water you pay the minimum Equity rate and try to excuse it by saying "Look at the publicity this will get you"!).

The higher income will be got from being completely self contained working the outside shows and following the show routes.

To supply your own stage unit, power supply, pa, lighting and even barriers, will put you streets ahead booking and price wise,,,way ahead of the performer who turns up in his car, stays in a Hotel and requires all the latter supplied for him by the booker.

We do very little work in the UK January through March other than the odd cabaret or kids show!! (The kids get the Flea Circus, that's it)This also gets a limited income when booked by Shopping Centres (Malls).

So that's, how and where we make our full time living,,,its our proper job + of course extra return from the Zibb and swag stall.

Ken
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Does anyone do store openings, auto dealerships or other 'promotional' venues?
I once saw a 'human bomb' at a lumber company, but don't know how common these types of 'promotion' shows are, or what benefits (other than potentially drawing a crowd) you would offer prospective clients.

If I seem a little 'dim' in this area, it's because my experience has been confined to colleges, night clubs, banquets & company picnics, private parties, malls and busking.
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I've done promotional gigs for a few radio shack store openings and some Harley dealerships. The pay varies but it is definitely worth a shot. If you could get on with corporate or a chain store it might be very lucrative if they want you for every store opening. The stores generally just want to draw a big crowd on the first day and make it seem like a fun place to be, they want to have a great first impression on customers because that sticks with a lot of people.
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