Question for Amateur, Thinking of going professional

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Postby Guest » 11/14/05 07:12 AM

I have been thinking about offering my services as a magician and am curios how professionals charge. Can Anyone help me here?
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Postby John LeBlanc » 11/14/05 07:20 AM

Originally posted by Josh Sundberg:
I have been thinking about offering my services as a magician and am curios how professionals charge. Can Anyone help me here?
Before anyone can answer specifically (and usefully), it would help if you'd provide a bit more information.

What do you mean by "offering (your) services as a magician"? Doing what, exactly? Where? For whom?

And how do you define "professional"?

As for what to charge, largely that's a function of who it is you're working for and what it is you're doing for them. A professional entertainer at a private party will be paid according to a different scale than someone working a corporate event.

And a professional entertainer in one section of the country (or world) will be paid according to a different scale than entertainers elsewhere. "What the market will bear" married to "what are you worth?" will get you closer to that figure.

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Postby David Alexander » 11/14/05 09:11 PM

Right on, John!
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Postby Guest » 12/09/05 04:47 PM

It depends where you are and how good. When you have built up your market a bit you can charge more. I would say start off at about $50 an hour or say $75 for a children's gig. The you can up it as you get more bookers. For corporate events you should be charging $500+ for a couple of hours walk round.
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