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Postby mrgoat » 03/21/12 06:46 PM

Hey

I'm coming over to Phoenix for a trade show next week and have an inquiry about someone booking me to do close up at a dinner.

He's asked my fee.

In the UK I get 250 GBP an hour.

Is that transferable to the US in terms of an acceptable rate?
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Postby Richard Hatch » 03/21/12 08:01 PM

Sounds about right for strolling, close up magic in a major metropolitan area like Phoenix.
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Postby mrgoat » 03/22/12 06:44 AM

Thanks!
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Postby Andrew Pinard » 03/22/12 06:50 AM

Hate to disagree with Richard, but it seems a bit low (at least for the Northeast where I know several professionals who get between $450 and $750 per hour for strolling; depends on the number of hours strolling)...
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Postby CraigOusterling » 03/22/12 10:58 AM

250 GBP an hour = $395 US (currently)
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Postby Andrew Pinard » 03/22/12 06:25 PM

CraigOusterling wrote:250 GBP an hour = $395 US (currently)


Yup. That's what it was when I checked before posting (and about that when I was in London back in August).

Do you have anything to contribute regarding fees in Phoenix?

Would love to have you compile a database of strolling fee ranges for each of the fifty states; it would come in handy!
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Postby Andrew Pinard » 03/22/12 08:34 PM

Craig: My apologies, I didn't intend for my post to sound so snarky.

Fees are a touchy subject for most people. My opinion is that most performers undervalue their product; clients benefit...
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Postby Ted » 03/22/12 09:07 PM

Andrew Pinard wrote:most performers undervalue their product


A perennial problem with creative types.
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Postby pixsmith » 03/23/12 01:37 PM

Andrew Pinard wrote:Fees are a touchy subject for most people. My opinion is that most performers undervalue their product; clients benefit...


I think there is a tendency, as a good friend and excellent show "business" person, told me once, for performers to fail to capitalize their talent and experience. That kind of sheds a whole new light on it for some folks.

Just another .02. Great idea to get a range per state -- it's amazing what differences there are.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/23/12 02:15 PM

In cities where rent and cost of living is higher, performers can command a larger fee. And the reverse is also true.

So, just look at the ten most expensive cities in the US: Boston is among them. Also DC, San Francisco, Chicago, etc. If you perform there, you can get more.
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Postby Pete Biro » 03/24/12 12:55 PM

Gadzooks... I quit doing parties too soon. We were thrilled to get $20 an hour.
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