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I was wondering: Do magicians who do parties and work at restaurants and such places always do the same 4 or 5 tricks? Do you keep on buying tricks or what ? Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
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You may want to start with 4-5 tricks and really master them. I have seen close-up workers walk from table to table and do substantially the same thing and others mix it up a bit. As you get repeat business it is good to be able to mix up the tricks a bit...
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being only 16 and doing restaurant twice a week personally i have about 3 different routines that last for about 10 minutes plus some about 3 other effects that i will slip in if i feel necessary. being young i am always reading up for new material and getting new stuff to see if i think it will fit in. i think that many young magicians who perform in restaurants like myself will say similar. as they get older i think you will see that people are more set on their routines and tend to work on their own effects rather than get others.

really though it does vary from person to person.
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I agree with Robin. If you're performing regularly at the same restaurant, it would be nice to have a couple of routines available, or some extra stuff you can slip in if you happen to recognize the bunch you did magic for a week ago.

I say come up with interesting ways of performing the same effect, so at least it looks fresh when you do it again to the same people.

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When I'm hired to do walkaround magic I usually only perform 3-4 effects. Usually you don't need more than that as the clientele is always changing. It's amazing how confident you become when you master 3-4 effects so well. Your patter flows so much easier, your hands don't shake..you sound confident. I think most that are new in magic make the mistake of buying the newest and latest gadget without taking the time to master 3-4 effects really well. Sigh, but I think all of us that have been doing it for a while can attest to having shelves full of things that we never used. You discover what suits your persona the best and buy those items.

When I perform for stage the audience remains the same so in that case then I have enough for a 1-2 hr show. The props are also different than what I would use for a walkaround show..bigger , more visual.

Robin and Alexandre are correct however, if you perform at a place on a regular basis you're apt to have the same clients. In that case then it's nice to have different effects to show them.

Good question Blitzchampion and good luck with your magic. Smile
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I'm still not doing any pro shows yet Smile
Anyway, you should have 2 or 3 sets of about 4 effects,right ? Smile
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I Just learn some effects. Practice them. Master them. And start all over again.

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I have changed my table side act....and the customers who come back and bring newbies with them have asked for the effects they brought their people in to see. I ended up doing two acts...too much time.

I don't change my act. A structured, set, act gives the repeat veiwers a reminder of how much they likd it the first time (never heard of reruns? Never watched a movie more than once?). I've repeated many audiences with my act(s) and when I was hired (retired now due to disability)they often asked...you Will be doing that...blah blah...right?.

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3 sets of 3 effects and some effects that you can put in the middle if necessary. It works for me.
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