In part 1 of the Restaurant Gigs for Kids Entertainers series, long-time restaurant manager Andrew Cox gave tips on how to get hired as a strolling performer at restaurants and hotels. Here in part 2, he shares more about the restaurant setting and the magician’s role in it, as well as advice on how to get a smooth working experience. See his answers below.
Do you follow blogs for kids entertainers? If yes, here's something I hope you'd love: a blog in video form--suavely called a vlog--that I started, and it's particularly made for magicians.
Called The Magic Behind the Magic, this weekly vlog "looks at what full-time magicians do when they are not performing magic"--and that is running the business side of magic.
To kick off the series, I share with you the first two videos I made.
Last time, we talked about the mindset any beginning magician would benefit from having. Now we’ll go into where you can look for good tricks that you can use to start building your own act.[Read more...]
From December 2016 to January of this year, Doug Scheer of Scheer Genius Assembly Shows, together with Kids Entertainer Hub, ran a contest for all Kids Entertainer Podcast listeners. For a chance to win Doug’s hit comedy routine Punctuation Pandemonium, we asked you to share a story of how you connected with a special needs child. The entries we received were so moving and insightful that we decided to collate them in one post and share them with you. Here are some of them.
*Note: Permission was granted by the owners of the entries to include their stories in this post.
In my previous post about the top 4 performing styles for kids entertainment events, I talked about what artistic disciplines work best in various children’s venues, including school assemblies. In this post, we’ll go into the factors that make a school assembly show a raging success.[Read more...]
Want something fresh and out of the ordinary for birthday parties, particularly for boys? Here’s a brilliant idea from Alberto Lobo-Guerrero S., a professional magician from Colombia and a member of the Kids Entertainment Academy.
Knowing that their child and their child's friends love to make paper airplanes, Alberto and his wife decided to throw their son a paper plane party for his ninth birthday. If you’d like to try the same idea, read Alberto’s post below:[Read more...]
Last time, I discussed effective guarantees that will help you win the trust and the business of your potential clients. In the final post of this series, we’ll tackle what could be called the most important part of your copy—your headline.
The only way to ensure that your reader will read the first sentence of your website, blog, or marketing content is to give it a good, effective headline. During that one or two seconds when your readers glance at your headline, they will decide whether you’re worth checking out, so it’s imperative that you craft your headline carefully.[Read more...]
Eyeing that restaurant in your area as your next client but not sure how to offer your magic services or apply for strolling work?
In this new series on how to land restaurant gigs for children’s and family entertainers, we talk with Andrew Cox, a restaurant manager with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, about tips on how to get hired to perform strolling magic. In this first post, we ask Andrew about what managers want to hear when a magician enquires about doing strolling work, when best to call, and what magicians should consider when performing for restaurant goers. We condense and share his answers below.[Read more...]
- Have a day job but you find yourself thinking about magic a lot?
- Watch magicians, observing every little detail of what they do, what they say, how they say it, what they wear, what tricks they do?
- Have a magic kit that you spend endless hours on, arranging and rearranging?
- Feel "I could do that" if only I had a bit of help?
- Often feel defeated by a lack of confidence?
- Feel that you have untapped abilities?
- Crave guidance and mentoring from someone?
- Like the idea of entertaining people but you have already taken another path in life?
- Feel stumped simply because you don't know where to start?
If you answered yes to most of those questions, then you and I have a lot in common. Most likely the greatest difference between you and me is that I am a professional magician. This is how I earn my living—it's what it says on my tax return—and what a great way it is to earn money.
So how can you get started on the same path and write your own success story as a kids magician or family entertainer (or perhaps a balloon twister or face painter)? My answer is have the right mindset early on. This is important as your mindset will inform how you approach learning the tricks of the trade and what you focus on, and these in turn will greatly affect the success you enjoy and how fast you get to that level of success.
So what mindset am I talking about? I explain them below.
In my previous post The Best Children’s Gig, I compared 7 venues for which children’s entertainers perform. I offered my experience on the pay one could expect, and my opinions about the pros and cons of each venue. In this post, I wish to talk about which performing styles (disciplines) work best for each venue.[Read more...]