- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It really depends on the job. If I'm just performing for an hour in a cocktail party in New York, so no travel is involved, it'd be $500 for the hour. If I had to travel I'd have to consider how far (I've had to cross the Atlantic for gigs) and how long I'd be needed to perform. Then, I'd need to take the means of my client into account. If I were travelling far enough, I'd probably negotiate a package by which my client would be incentivized to use me for longer than an hour or two, just so they could get more value from hiring me.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm constantly reading both new material and the classics, I meet with two groups of magicians each week to trade ideas and secrets, I attend lectures and conventions, and I'm always rereading the classics.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father is an amateur magician, and when I was in my early twenties I was in Europe, and found that performing magic got me free drinks, free meals, and useful contacts. Soon thereafter, I began doing it for money.