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bdungey
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Since we're in the 'strolling' forum - I've got an opportunity in about a month to perform at a large birthday gathering - what are your openers for party strolling?
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On Apr 9, 2019, davidpaul$ wrote:
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On Apr 8, 2019, aligator wrote:
If one is worried that customers but not realize your purpose, might I suggest wearing a lanyard with an ID tag.


Years ago here on the Magic Café someone suggested a professional looking name tag pinned to a shirt or jacket. ( like managers at fancy hotels) I have my name with "Prestidigitator" underneath. I ordered it on-line. It's a conversation starter allot of the time, plus I look official to the patrons.


I have to say, I like that idea better than a lanyard.
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From experience, the lanyard or tag works great. I have used a lanyard (got the idea from The Approach), and it helps people know quickly what is your purpose at the party or event. Additionally, it clearly communicates the reason you have approached them. I used a line from Jamie Grant in his excellent book "The Approach" that quickly explains your purpose and makes the person feel special. Then, I proceed to build rapport with the party goers and then perform accordingly.

My purpose is for people to have a great time, to have fun, and I use magic as a vehicle to make that happen. At the end of the set or the day, I try to make the magic about the party goers, not me. If people are having a great time, amazed, and feel a connection with you, you are more likely to be invited back the next time. My attitude is that I am the conduit for the host/planner to ensure his/her guests are have an amazing, memorable time, and I use magic and/or mentalism, along with humor and good ol' Texan charm to achieve this.

Keep amazing your audiences everyone.
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Ok, my comments were about paid strolling events, not restaurant work. But the same premise applies.
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A restaurant gig IS a paid strolling event. (unless you are working for tips only)
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On Jul 16, 2019, MeetMagicMike wrote:
A restaurant gig IS a paid strolling event. (unless you are working for tips only)


I was venturing off talking about private parties, corporate events, community events, etc Restaurants can be a paid strolling event if you negotiate correctly with the restaurant and it is a win win situation for the restaurant and the magician. It depends on the specifics of the agreement. Hopefully, one can book private shows from the restaurant's clientele.
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I like the Fay Presto's opener (producing a pocket watch with a flash string)
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I really like that idea. Quick, visual, definitely gets your attention due to the fire, and let's them know that you are not going to be there all day
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