Originally posted by David Groves:
Personally, when I fill in, I don't like to encroach on another magician's territory. Even if I'm better (and I sometimes am), I find it embarrassing when I book a show from a friend's restaurant gig. I don't really want to be remembered by name at a friend's restaurant gig.
Understood. These gigs of which I speak are situations in which the "magician of record" has a rotating group of performers who cover the gig sometimes for several weeks running. They're mostly descendants of Alain Nu's restaurant gigs around Washington, and we "filler-inners" tend to be more of a rotating magic staff. The regulars in these gigs are sometimes on the road for a month or two at a time.
I very occasionally have to get somebody to fill in my gig, but that's a much more occasional thing than these "staff rotation" things. Personally, I don't mind my audience remembering Karen Berris or Eric Henning or Alain Nu as subs for me at my restaurant.
But I do understand what you're saying, David, and I think that's an admirable approach.