What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Generally my pricing is $200 for an hour or so. If you would like two hours, then it's only $100 more for that second hour. I'm already there, and don't have to set anything up. Less work, so I charge less. If you wish for me to travel more then 45 minutes from my area I add $50 to the price for travel and gas. The price goes up $50 with every extra 45 minutes of travel. I am willing to travel anywhere you need me.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Typically, we exchange phone numbers. I find out their exact needs. I ask for a deposit. Then we go forward accordingly.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
There are many books, DVDs and downloads for magic. There are also magic shops. If there isn't a local one, you can find them online. One thing a lot of people don't realize, learning magic can be expensive. The average cost of a magic DVD is $35. Magic props cost anywhere from $5 for small items up to thousands of dollars. Typically a good prop, for what I do, costs $50 to $250. And that cost is for 2 to 6 minutes worth of entertainment each.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've been in love with magic my whole life. I believe it started when someone pulled a quarter out of my ear as a child. As a child, I would take out magic books from the library. I learned what I could from them. Then, as I became an adult, I got busy with life. Then at 34 I had the opportunity to chase my dream and become a magician.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do all kinds of events. I've performed at festivals, a chili cook off, countless parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, celebrations, campgrounds, bars and more.
At the moment I perform magic once a month at two bars. The Still bar and grill in Agawam MA and The Root Cellar in Greenfield MA.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm proud of all the jobs I do.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Always check reviews. Thumbtack does a great job with reviews. You see all of them, good and bad, unedited. Thumbtack doesn't give the provider an option to edit the reviews. They are posted and kept just as you put it.
Do online searches about the provider, if you feel the need. This gives you further insight into their work.
When spending money, you always want to make sure it's spent well.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Is the entertainer worth the money, or just over priced?
Are they reliable?
How are their reviews?