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 each table works out at about fifteen pounds for probably four people. In turn this means that the per person 'fee' for your services works out at around £4 per person, which for a high end restaurant represents a good deal.

Obviously your area is unique, just as every other area is, but it's better to start somewhere at a lower price and build up experience rather than plough in and get a poor reputation. Later you can move on to somewhere higher profile and charge more. We would suggest a lower figure than those quoted above if you are starting out in this field.

Make yourself worth more to a restaurant and you can charge more. If you can prove that you bring in more customers, even if they include friends and acquaintances, you can charge a higher fee. Many restaurants spend a fortune on musical groups, so they can pay a magician too can't they?

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