Fees

Discuss the latest news and rumors in the magic world.
User avatar
mrgoat
Posts: 4257
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Brighton, UK
Contact:

Fees

Postby mrgoat » March 21st, 2012, 6:46 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?

Richard Hatch
Posts: 1739
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Providence, Utah
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Richard Hatch » March 21st, 2012, 8:01 pm

Sounds about right for strolling, close up magic in a major metropolitan area like Phoenix.

User avatar
mrgoat
Posts: 4257
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Brighton, UK
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby mrgoat » March 22nd, 2012, 6:44 am

Thanks!

User avatar
Andrew Pinard
Posts: 353
Joined: March 13th, 2008, 11:13 am
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Andrew Pinard » March 22nd, 2012, 6:50 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)...
Last edited by Andrew Pinard on March 22nd, 2012, 6:51 am, edited 0 times in total.
Reason: expanded the info

User avatar
CraigOusterling
Posts: 88
Joined: November 10th, 2009, 5:11 pm
Favorite Magician: David Williamson
Location: San Jose, CA

Re: Fees

Postby CraigOusterling » March 22nd, 2012, 10:58 am

250 GBP an hour = $395 US (currently)

User avatar
Andrew Pinard
Posts: 353
Joined: March 13th, 2008, 11:13 am
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Andrew Pinard » March 22nd, 2012, 6:25 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!

User avatar
Andrew Pinard
Posts: 353
Joined: March 13th, 2008, 11:13 am
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Andrew Pinard » March 22nd, 2012, 8:34 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...

Ted
Posts: 20
Joined: May 8th, 2010, 8:49 pm
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Ted » March 22nd, 2012, 9:07 pm

Andrew Pinard wrote:most performers undervalue their product


A perennial problem with creative types.

pixsmith
Posts: 80
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Arlington, TX

Re: Fees

Postby pixsmith » March 23rd, 2012, 1:37 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.

User avatar
Richard Kaufman
Posts: 22974
Joined: July 18th, 2001, 12:00 pm
Favorite Magician: Theodore DeLand
Location: Washington DC
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 23rd, 2012, 2:15 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.
Subscribe today to Genii Magazine

User avatar
Pete Biro
Posts: 7125
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Hollyweird
Contact:

Re: Fees

Postby Pete Biro » March 24th, 2012, 12:55 pm

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

User avatar
The Manx
Posts: 2
Joined: February 29th, 2012, 1:50 pm

Re: Fees

Postby The Manx » August 22nd, 2012, 12:34 pm



Return to “Buzz”