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A question for professionals

Postby IrishMagicNews » July 21st, 2012, 3:19 pm

Hey everyone,

Here is a question I posed before on other fora but never really got a satisfactory answer.

Does anyone have a line or 'turn of phrase' they use in the following circumstance?

Often when I get paid, the person just slips it, crumpled in to my hand. I have only been left short once. But on many occasions when I get to the car or home and count the payment I see I have been tipped.

What I require is a line that allows me to open the envelope/check the bundle of cash/check the amount is right on the check without the person thinking I don't trust them. And in the case of being tipped, to thank them.

Previously. When I have posted this question I have been told I don't need a reason to check the cash etc. I know that but I would like a line to cover the moment. Anyone any ideas?

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby M.Lee » July 21st, 2012, 4:09 pm

Reply: " Good God Thats All !
Are you sure you don't know Derek Lever ?

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 21st, 2012, 4:35 pm

I don't think that's quite what Brendan was hoping for.
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Re: A question for professionals

Postby Q. Kumber » July 21st, 2012, 5:23 pm

If you get tipped regularly and have only been underpaid once, you are way ahead.

Perhaps the best way to deal with it without having to check is to simply say the amount of your fee in numbers as they hand you the bundle.

So if your fee is $495, simply say, "four nine five?"

Regarding the remark about Derek Lever, each of the three times I have been booked to appear at the Blackpool convention I have been paid the exact fee without any deductions before I went on.

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby jason156 » July 21st, 2012, 8:42 pm

Do you give them a receipt? If so, it seems logical to count the cash or write the check number on the receipt.

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby Geoff Weber » July 22nd, 2012, 12:38 am

The tactful approach:
Take out a ledger and say "Let me just log this in, so I can give you a receipt"

The cheeky approach:
"I trust you... I just enjoy looking at it".

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby IrishMagicNews » July 22nd, 2012, 3:46 am

Thanks Geoff, I like that cheeky approach one.
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Re: A question for professionals

Postby MickNZ » July 22nd, 2012, 5:53 am

You're worrying about nothing. You're a professional, just as an electrician or any other service provider is. Do you think they finish a job and then feel awkward when they're getting paid and feel like they can't open an envelope to double-check the correct money is there?

Don't be afraid to break character for ten seconds when you're getting your money, your client probably expects it anyway.

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Re: A question for professionals

Postby Matthew Field » July 22nd, 2012, 11:17 am

When I performed professionally (it's been quite a while!) I would start thanking them profusely as they handed me the envelope, then open the envelope and count (or look at the check) as I continued to thank them profusely. The impression I tried to convey was that this was just a habit of mine.

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