Without the

by Gary Norsigian

The subtitle of these notes is "A Treatise on Close-up Magic in Restaurants When the Performer Is Not on Salary," and that pretty much says it all. This is a manual on how to work tables for tips. Gary mentions that the material in these notes should only be used in situation where the performer is not being paid by the restaurant. He also states that a need for such a manual exits, and he may be right; I'm not sure that I have ever read any information on this subject anywhere else, and the information and advice Gary gives seems useable. If the idea of taking a gig knowing that you have to hustle the patrons for tips in order to make any money is not as repellent to you as it is to me, you may find that Gary's suggestions will be of value to you.

However, one thing that is not discussed in this manual is why any restaurant in the world would allow someone to perform in their establishment knowing that the performer's only means of compensation would be from tips from the patrons. There is also no discussion of how to deal with the waiters and waitresses, who (probably quite correctly) are going to feel that you are going to cut into their income. There is no discussion of what gives a performer the right to walk up to people who are minding their own business and put them in a position where they are pressured to give money to someone for a show that they didn't ask for. There is also no discussion of the possible negative opinion of both magic and magicians that this approach could generate.

You should also be aware that Gary is very opinionated, and one section contains racial comments which are offensive, and should have been eliminated from the notes.

I have been doing restaurant magic for almost 20 years, and I can tell you that when you approach a table and introduce yourself, very often there is a look of "Oh my God, what's this going to cost us?" on the faces of the spectators. Fortunately, I have always been able to say that the magic was compliments of the restaurant. I can't imagine going through an entire performance without resolving this issue first.

If you are so desperate for money that the idea of hustling people for tips seems like a good idea, then what is offered in Without a Net may be of value to you. But I think you'd be better off keeping magic as a hobby and just holding up the restaurant patrons in the parking lot. They'll probably feel the same about you either way.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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