New Year, New Attempt

It’s been 6.5 years since I said, “I miss performing, I’m going for it once again!” — but nothing happened. No performing, no practicing up. Bleah.

I *think* the main reason I never got back into it was mainly financial. I was self-employed and we had some personal problems hit about that time which meant there just wasn’t any free time for anything other than just getting by. But now the kids have grown and flown the coop (mostly) and I gave up the self-employed thing for a real 40-hour a week job (plus another 11-13 hours a week commuting, argh!), which means I have time for a “hobby.” I’d planned on continuing doing game development, but apparently I’m kind of burned out on that and the only no-work stuff I’ve been doing has been magic. Woot!

So here’s my new plan — unlike previous attempts, this time I’m not shooting for doing so many shows I could switch back to it full-time. Instead, I’ll remain a full-time IT guy and just do shows when I can. However, instead of just being a hobbyist, I’ll attempt to become a semi-professional performer — getting paid for my shows, but not making a living doing it.

What Kind of Shows?

While I’ve done mind-reading tricks as part of a magic act before, the “people who know” say mentalists can command much more per show than a magician. That, plus the fact that I’m more interested in mentalism than sleight of hand, etc., makes me want to try my hand at a mind-reading act.

I’m going to do my mentalism performing under a pseudonym, but to get back into the swing of things I’m going to do some magic shows under my own name, and just throw some of the mentalism routines into the act to try them out. My intention is to put my alter-ego to work in Q4 of this year (2017) which gives me a good 9 months to get ready.

I’m not sure if my plan will work because I want the first show my pseudonym will do to be a paid show, and hopefully very well paid. I’m hoping to transition from Jay the magician to the unnamed mentalist all at once, using the testimonials from my magic shows to get the corporate work.

And that’s what I’m going to be shooting for — focusing on corporate banquets, parties, etc. And aiming for $1,500 per 45-minute show in December, 2017, and moving up to $2,500 per show in December of 2018. I intend to turn down shows that don’t meet a certain minimum and only do higher-priced shows.

Weekly Theatre Show

What I’d like to end up with is a weekly show at a hotel in Anchorage, doing about 90 minutes and charging somewhere around $35 a ticket. In the summer it would cater to the tourists and in the winter it would give locals something to do. Something like the Mind Tripping Show in Indianapolis. Not sure whether Anchorage is big enough to support something like that on a weekly basis when the tourists aren’t here.

What I’m Doing Now

Number one thing I’m doing is spending too much money on books, videos, etc. On the other hand, those things I’ve purchased have given me some good ideas for tweaking some of the older routines in books I’ve carried around for the past 30 years.

In general, I’m diving into mentalism and reading as much as I can about the subject while starting to work on things that can be done impromptu. Then I’ll start working on a few “parlor-sized” effects so the next time there’s a family gathering I can do something (it’s been a while since that’s happened).

I’m hoping to start doing some magic shows by late spring and the results of those will help me figure out whether my timeline is doable or not.

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