The Restaurant Workers Handbook

by Jim Pace & Jerry MacGregor

For the close-up magician, a restaurant is the most viable venue in which to ply your trade. Kirk Charles has written an excellent book on restaurant magic, and for the past couple of years Jim Sisti has had a column on the subject in Genii. Jim Pace and Jerry MacGregor are two experienced restaurant magicians in the Pacific Northwest, and they have pooled their knowledge (and have synthesized information from the published record) to provide a useful guide to getting and holding a restaurant gig.

The book begins with a discussion of the importance of deciding what your philosophy of magic is. To help you with this process, the authors discuss their own "magic paradigm." There follows several chapters on how to land a restaurant job, including valuable letters and telephone scripts which can help you get your foot in the door with the restaurant manager. Also offered here are suggestions on pricing your services and hints on how to keep your job.

The middle section of the book is devoted to material - the routines that you will use in the restaurant. There is a list of suggested books, and each author shares some of his pet routines. One aspect of this section which I disagree with is the practice of "borrowing" patter lines from other performers. If a performer publishes a routine and includes his patter, then it is certainly available for your use. But to take a line you've heard without permission isn't borrowing, it's stealing, and it's wrong. (In this regard, a line I use with "The Origami Bunny" is quoted. I have never published this line, although it is likely that I have used it on a videotape. I do not suggest that anyone use this line, because it requires a very delicate touch to deliver it without offending the spectator. In fact, in recent years I have changed the line to soften it even more.)

The final third of the book discusses how to deal with special customers (children, lovebirds, businessmen, drunks, other magicians), advice on how to increase your income, suggestions on tipping, and hints on how to work effectively with the restaurant staff.

For the most part, I agree with everything that is suggested in this book, and I would certainly recommend it for anyone who wants to break into this field. If you are unfamiliar with Kirk Charles' or Jim Sisti's writings on this subject, you'll find that The Restaurant Worker's Handbook gives you a "one-stop" shop of useful information.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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