Getting Audiences for Magic Shows

So you have a magic show coming up. Chances are you were hired by someone either for a company, a birthday party, a school show, a dinner party, a walk around at a wedding or Bar Mitzvah. You probably worked hard to get it. Maybe you have an agent or did the work yourself, but one way or another you managed to get the show. One thing is sure with all of the above, you have a captive audience. You know there will be people there.

There are some brave souls who may be great magicians and have a terrific show and want to rent a hall or theatre and sell tickets and want people to come. That is a whole different ball game. The competition is stiff. Big time. No, not there are another dozen people doing the same thing. You’re competing with cell phones and computers. People are reluctant to leave the comfort of home to see an unknown magician do some tricks. Then the weather may be bad and there may be plays and other things going on in the city. So how do you get an audience? That is the question. I assure you, it takes more work to get the audience than to learn the magic. I don’t care how many years it took you.Audience

Ted Outerbridge and his wife Marion after years of struggling, managed to finally make it. You have to want it really bad and you have to work hard. Ted came to Perfect Magic, like anyone else interested in the art. Now he has a travelling road show, like the performers of years gone by.  He wrote  about it in his his lecture notes. You have to have a strategy. Once you make it, of course it becomes easier. You are known and instead of renting a theatre and taking a chance, you’re hired by the theatre and at least you get paid, whether an audience comes or not.

Phil usually has the captive audiences for his piano gigs. Last week his did his first of four shows at the Cote St. Luc Library. I must tell you that I was worried about attendance. Although the library had flyers and posters but up, I couldn’t help but think, “Who wants to drag themselves out on a cold winter day?” My family and friends were tied up with other things so no one we knew personally was there, although they would normally be there to fill up a few seats, so I did worry. When people started coming in I must say I was relieved.

The theatre was 3/4 filled. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and hopefully will be back with friends. As they say “There’s no business like show business.”

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  1. Last year I did just that. I rented a small theatre and with an even smaller promotional budget, I tried to fill it. It was much more difficult than I thought it would be. I relied on friends to help spread the word (including my friends at Perfect Magic), social media and a few posters and flyers. We eventually sold all the tickets but, like I said it was much tougher than I thought.
    It seems a little easier to get an audience for a children’s show but adult shows take a little more energy.
    I must say though, everytime I have taken these sort of risks and worked hard to deliver, I have emerged as a better performer both artistically and from a business sense.

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