The Elevator Illusion

Magic Illusion Door

Still widely performed today by many top illusionists, this is a lovely effect where what appears to be a lift compartment (elevator if you are American) is shown on stage, towards the back of the stage. The audience can see the front, and both sides. They can also see clear space over the top, and underneath the compartment. The compartment is seen to be empty, and a cloth or door closes on the front side. Then the floor indicator starts shows the lift descending, a light appears from within,...

How Much Should I Charge

The matter of charging really comes down to what the market can stand. We know of some magicians who are performing restaurant magic for 50 -75 ( 75- 100) an hour, and others who charge 150 ( 200) an hour at certain upscale establishments. Let's look at this in a bit more detail. If you spend about five minutes per table, you could cover around ten tables in an hour when you allow for resetting tricks, chatting etc. If your fee is at the top end of the scale, let's say 150 an hour, that means...

The Secret

Instead, the 'base' is mounted vertically behind the front of the wall of the trunk, and is supported by two end pieces. This means that when the trunk is tipped over the false base piece is in the correct position so that when the lid is open, everything looks normal, and the trunk is empty. The assistant is concealed behind the false base, and can easily appear once the lid is closed and the trunk is flat again. The magician and helper outside the trunk conceal...

Cold Calling

Perhaps the hardest method, cold calling is where you approach a table on your own initiative, and initially they may have no idea that you are a magician. Under these circumstances, your approach should be to make friends as quickly as possible. Politely ask if they have been to the restaurant before, if they are enjoying themselves, and if they need anything. This always goes down well. Then, tell them you are the resident magician, entertaining diners during the evening, and ask if they...