Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I seriously doubt that Ron Bauer gets $25,000 a day. Perhaps $2,500 a day, but certainly not $25,000.
I recently bid against Joel Bauer for my motivational-magic show. Lost out, unfortunately.
Beforehand, I called a friend who does corporate work and asked him how much Joel charged for motivational magic. He said $15,000 a day.
I hung up and said, "No way." I called another magician friend in another part of the country and asked him. Without prompting, he said $15,000 a day.
I hung up and, once again, said, "No way." Called a third friend. Once again without revealing what the other two had said: $15,000 a day.
Three independent sources who work in the business.
Over the past two years, two other sources in the corporate world have alluded to Joel's high prices.
"But it's worth it," they both said.
Just yesterday, I played a wedding for a big salesman who is a friend of Joel Bauer. He said he couldn't afford Joel so he hired me. Also, he was worried that Joel would take over his wedding with his personality.
When I got there, I said hello to Joel. He was very nice, even loaning me a couple loops when I offhandedly said I'd just broke a thread. I performed for two hours and did well with the crowd.
Later, Joel was coaxed to perform his own version of Psychokinetic Touch. Afterward, he apologized to me, saying he was coerced into performing, that he protested that it was another magician's venue, finally relenting to perform something that wasn't even magic, as he put it.
Joel is one of the most enigmatic performers in magic, imho. His talent is undeniable, his personality is some unduplicatable alloy, and the most fantastic thing about it is the money he brings in. That intrigues everybody.
At the moment, I'm being mentored by a motivational speaker who earns shotloads of money. A month ago, I gave him a rundown of what magicians earn.
"That's appalling," he said. "And with all their talent...."