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Dannydoyle
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On Mar 20, 2019, TomBoleware wrote:
Nursing Homes are a lot like Preschools, itís not that they donít have the money; itís that they donít see the value in what is being offered. Those who offer more than just magic entertainment can expect to be paid a little more. For example: The Owners and Directors love being viewed as an important part of the community, and they are, and will appreciate any free publicity you can get for them. You can invite the local newspaper to come take pictures and get a good write up in the Sunday paper. This write up should highlight the home too and not just the magician. Be sure to save your write upís to help book other shows.

Our local magic club used to do shows at some of the nursing homes and we encouraged them to invite family and friends to come sit in. Once I even took some kids from my daycare to watch the show and the members there loved it. Around Christmas time every year my wife would take some of the preschoolers to a couple of the nearby homes and sing. The elders loved watching and talking to the kids. So getting kids there to see your show when possible is a plus.

A word of warning oh, much like doing shows for kids, the elder audience is not for everybody, it takes a special person to please em.

Tom


According to Keith's standards you are not allowed to post Tom. He has WAY more experience sorry.
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TomBoleware
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Keith is one of the good guys Danny.
He knows I have more experience in magic than mindpro.

Tom
Dannydoyle
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Well lets prove that.
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Click on the link below and buy my book. See for yourself. Smile

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Yes you have FAR more experience doing daycare shows. Whooo hooo.
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On Mar 20, 2019, thomasR wrote:
Iím not gonna try to figure out your definition of terms, but what I call a nursing home is a place where I perform and most or all of the audience are in wheelchairs or have limited mobility and / or limited thinking ability. This is the type of audience where you wonít get much response, and you really arenít going to be able to ask for participation. The show needs to be designed with them in mind. As others have mentioned, no sudden loud noises or surprises, more like bright colorful, simple to follow tricks.

There is senior center homes where residents basically live in their own apartment in a large building. That building usually has a space with a small stage where they get together for bingo, or movie nights etc. This isnít a retirement community with a large budget, but the audience will be able to follow along with various tricks and participate and pick a card and remember it etc. This is a great place for a simple stand up / parlor show. Usually there will be a few kids in the audience (grandkids etc. who were invited) and asking them to help with a trick is a big win.

These types of facilities have a budget for activities. They can usually pay in the $250 range in my experience.

Iíve performed at both of the described facilities, for pay. Itís not something I seek out, but when they contact me Iím happy to perform for them when Iím available.


This is my experience as well. Nursing homes have 24 hour nursing care, and are designed for those with higher needs than assisted living, which may help with some lower level living needs. Nursing homes in my area usually house some rehab patients, that may have much higher functioning and only be there for several months.
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