I am full time Military. I have been the whole time that I have been learning and advancing my skills in Magic. I started out 8 years ago enlisting Air Force, and thats when I bought my first DVD from Ellusionist. Ever since then, it has been my main hobby and I feel like I have gained alot by doing magic. I started table hopping in restaurants and had my first paid gig for $100 an hour in 2006, three years after I started. I had a great list of routines set out, and material that was easy to rotate in and out for restaurants. I did my first Stage show in 2007 at Howl at the Moon Piano Bar in Destin, Florida. I split the night with a recurring Hypnotist and was paid $400 for the night for two 30 minute acts, and walk around. NONE of my prices were negotiated by me, they were all from other Magicians who had come before me. Now, that is still what I stick with. If I do a private office party for a Bank, organization on Base/Post or for a Business off base/downtown I stick with $100 an hour, or no more than $400 for the night. For private parties for friends and their friends/families, it is still at a solid $100 an hour. There is never a time where you are going to be lingering around, hopefully, for more than two hours (collectively) doing magic. You would be wasting your time, and material by doing so. The money is always going to be there; you should do your planned material, hand out your information and leave. Don't hold out for more money. You are making alot more per hour than anyone else will ever see. That $200 night just bought you new material, and refills/extas of the things you need.
With all that being said, if you are thinking about using some progressing monetary show-to-money ratio for how much you should charge, you are short changing yourself, and just being rediculious. If you want to get the groove for doing a routined show down, and are afraid to charge- then don't charge. But once you are confident in yourself and your material, you should be charging for your stuff.
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