Sometimes you just have to walk away! (the thought kept racing through my mind) “They’ve decided to bring their rug rats” she said! (She being a prospective client) “I’m getting married on October 22nd and even though the invitations clearly spell out no children, they’re bringing them anyway.”She went on to describe her wedding guests and their children in such unflattering terms that I wondered how she had any friends at all given she was expecting 1000 guests at her wedding. I had actually performed at the wedding’s banquet hall earlier this year for a birthday party. When I mentioned that I was familiar with the facility and that I had performed on the stage there she quickly pointed out that I would not be performing on the stage but out in the hall with the brats! Most Chicago magicians, myself included work very hard to earn your business. After all, we need to book a certain number of shows per week just to make a living. But sometimes you just have to walk away! I have never seen the show Bridezillas but as I talked with her the name immediately popped into my head!
The bottom line for this Chicago magician is that I enjoy performing for children because I like children. As a father I enjoy spending time with my daughter and also watching her interact with her friends. Kids are great! Even in the worst of times as a parent you can look over at your child and it can elevate your mood by just watching the joy with which they tackle some task or activity. So the idea of working for someone that clearly dislikes children was really off-putting to me. I tried to be as pleasant as I could and gave her a price that I felt was so high that she would be forced to look elsewhere. We ended the conversation and I had forgotten about her. And then a week later I received a voice message asking me to call her with my website as she wanted to look at some of my videos! I sat at my desk and thought about it. I had quoted her a fairly high price and I could certainly use the money… but you know… sometimes you just have to walk away!