Direct Invitation

This will apply once you become established at a venue. Regular diners will occasionally ask you directly to perform for them if they have seen you before, or if they have heard how good you are! This is a real compliment, and you can enthusiastically give a good show.

Regardless of your choice of approach, your first words should indicate who you are, why you are there, and that no tip is expected. You could say something like: "Good evening. My name is Bob Jones, and I am the house magician. Welcome to the restaurant, and on behalf of all the staff we hope you enjoy your meal. I will be happy to show you some brief magic, compliments of the house, if you would like that."

If the guests indicate that they would like to see some magic, be ready to perform straight away. There should not be a long pause whilst you setup, fumble in your pockets, or decide what to perform. Aim to be slick.

Another unusual technique we have seen is where the magician played a fanfare over the restaurant sound system. He then stood on a chair in the middle of the restaurant and did a quick version of the linking rings. This got the attention of the entire restaurant.

At the end of the routine he said his name, and that he was the resident magician who would be delighted to show them some magic under their noses throughout the evening. As he got down from the chair, the fanfare played again, and he went to his first table.

It's a clever idea, because it breaks the ice for all tables at once!

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