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Lee Darrow
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Quotes from satisfied clients are often a great way of establishing credibility with new potential clients.

When one sees quotes like "Hire him. Just hire him, you won't be disappointed!" from the general manager of a major theme restaurant/show, or "Really, he's the best I've seen," from a major radio personality (with name stated and which affiliation they might have, it can be very impressive.

Just be sure you can back the quotes up with proof that they are not just puffery.

MAD magazine, years ago, did a strip on advertising a bad movie, using quotes out of context. It was screamingly funny, but it also addressed the issue perfectly.

If a client tells you that your show "was a perfect example of what a kid's show should never be," and you quote it like this:

"..a perfect example of what a kid's show should... be," then you are going to have trouble.

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to quotes.

Trust me. Smile

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harris
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Loved the Wahhhhhhh,

Nick.

We (Nigel and I ) have a Mega Mouth Sound Generator.

One of my favorite sounds is the Cartoonish Waahhhh
Waahhhh.

Funny is good and hard to convey in print.

Way to go.

Mr. Snack.

It is more like a meal that you fed us.

Sorry couldn't resist the easy pun/play on words.

As far as what you leave them with.

Saturday Night I did a repeat program at a Community Center that focuses on The Recovering Community(AA, NA.....SA, GA.....)

The last 3 things were, A Strait Jacket Comedy Escape with a patter about the Chains of Addiction are so soft they can't be felt until they are so hard they can't be broken.

Charlie the Alcoholic Puppet and Nigel the Child of and Alcoholic and

We closed with everyone saying the Lord's Prayer.

The title of the program was "We absolutely insist upon enjoying life." (from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous)

This is just one example of fitting like a glove a program for a particular group.

Of course not every joke or routine slammed home their message. That would have been overkill.

We had fun and got a message out.
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Jim Snack
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Harris,

I love the puns and play on words...now, here's some food for thought:

Our job is to entertain, but it can go far beyond that for our audiences. When you customize your routine for a specific audience, as you did with those routines for The Recovering Community, you bring so much more value to the table and you feed their soul. They will remember you much longer than "the guy who just does a bunch of tricks!"

Keep up the good work.
Jim Snack

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I once had a client who said "I'd call you a smartarse if you weren't so good". I rang the agent who booked me and asked if he could find out if I could use the quote. He rang me back and said it was fine.

Over a year later I got a rude call from the woman saying that she had never given permission and that she had gotten in trouble from her boss because I used the company name!

Make sure you get permission in writing if you use the full name and company!!!!
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Jim,

Thank you for your kind words on the Biz section. From what I gathered on your web-site they come from someone who knows as a "worker"

I loved your website article on Magic Contest and Magic as a business.

Although I have gone part time as an entertainer, my bookings may be greater than some of the "full time pros" area.

New and not so new magi/entertainers ask me how to get more bookings.

I pass on what was passed on to me.

Stand out from the crowd.

Follow the first word in advertising.

FirstYou have to get their attention.
In other words they have to know you have an act that as recently discussed "meets THEIR needs."

I have entered our local contest. (placed and never won) Judges always tell me my program was high in entertainent and suggest more hard hitting magic.
My wife has suggested the same thing for years. Stewart Lewis a very knowledgeble magician, also a member of Ring 129 did note that this year I did have a bit more magic. It was cleverly disguised in Rocks, (In my bit about the first Rock Mugician),Sponge Bob Ties, Baby Puppets, Kazooz,.....

I did recently enter the IBM's Strolling Olympics at their 75th Annual Convention.

That night they gave me the prize(s) for Best Comedy Strolling Magic.

It was basically the same routine that placed on the local level. I did leave out the puppet and put in my nearly normal strait jacket routine. I used the floor instead of a close up mat.

As you infered I am not sure how much winning a magic contest directly affects long term bookings.

It does wonders for the ego.

Unfortuneately my EGO can mean that I am losing my humility and

"E.dging
G.od
O.ut".

Thanks for sharing your food for thought.

It was great masticating.(Chewing that is! Look it up ---LOL)

Harris Deutsch
Laughologist and Nearly Normal Magician
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Harris Deutsch aka dr laugh
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I just added a really nice quote from a show I did over the weekend to my site. I love it when they gush!

""Thank you for Saturday's party...The kids had a ball!! - As did the adults! I really appreciated how patient you were with the children who were all over excited. I had lots of comments from parents as to 'where I'd found you' and how well you entertained the children. One parent said that she had taken her boys to 'spiderman' and other character parties and none had been able to hold their attention for as long or as well you had. Congratulations!" - Nyree Beer (parent)
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