How to Make a TON of Money
Performing in High Schools
What if I told you about a
magic market that would enable you to perform some of your favorite
‘street style’ effects but for BIG audiences?
What if I told you this market paid REALLY well?
What if I told you this market, compared to others, was virtually
untapped, with less competition from other magicians than virtually
any other market?
market is…HIGH SCHOOLS!
That’s right, high schools are a wonderful source of income
for magicians… IF you go into them with the right kind
I’m Cris Johnson, writer of the Hocus Pocus review
blog and full time performer. I’ve been performing in high
schools for nearly 15 years all across North America and I can
tell you it’s one of the most rewarding markets in terms
of both pay scale and personal performing satisfaction that I’ve
ever gone into.
First, the pay: performing in high schools can be
very, very profitable. I myself typically get between
$800 and $2000 per gig, depending on many factors. I don’t
know about you, but performing in a local high school for one
show is a lot easier than busting my butt performing for 4 or
5 birthday shows to make the same money! Add to this that the
market is not as competitive as other markets (I’ll cover
that in a moment) and you have nearly unlimited earning
potential…IF you have the right kind of show.
Second, the personal performing satisfaction.
For years and years, magicians have been told that corporate
gigs are where it’s at in terms of pay scale with trade
shows (a sub-set of the corporate world) being perhaps the most
profitable. I’ve performed at a few trade shows (Four,
I think) and while the pay IS good, I personally do not enjoy
performing for people who have no desire to watch me. In schools,
your audience is thankful to be out of classes so they’re
in the right mindset to watch a great show!
As far as the reason why
this market is less competitive as compared to other markets,
it’s because teenagers can sometimes be a challenging
audience. They want to be treated as adults, NOT kids and
performing a show with magic based on the “magician
doesn’t see it” principle will get you
Most pros recognize this – in fact, one producer
of extremely popular effects once told me on the phone that
he wanted no part of teen shows… and this guy was
a superstar in the corporate world and now sells magic to
many of the world’s top working pros!
So, because of the challenging nature of some teens,
we have several magic tricks we can’t even consider using
in most cases.
Obviously this means no ‘blooming flowers,’ no 21st
Century Silks and so on. But since teenagers’ cognitive
abilities are not fully formed yet (most people’s cognitive
abilities are not full formed til their mid-20’s) this means
many classic mentalism routines don’t appeal to teens, either.
What we have is an uncomfortable middle ground of material to
choose from: the teens want their magic to be edgy but we can’t
go TOO edgy because of the adults – this means no ‘needle
thru the arm,’ among others!
Adding to our potential difficulty in performing in high schools
is the fact that in most cases throughout much of the school year,
schools do not have the time to bring in a performer for a ‘fun
show.’ There are exceptions of course, but the vast majority
of the time, to be considered for a high school gig, a performer
must have some kind of educational message with their show.
The good news is this: I’ve taken my 15 years
of experience and packed it all into a comprehensive course called
“How to Make A Ton Of Money Performing in High Schools!”
Like my previous best-selling course on elementary schools (which
continues to sell to magicians all over the world to this very
day), I have left no stone unturned.
Here’s a sample
of what you’ll learn when you crack open the
- Mistakes I made and how to avoid
- What school officials want from a performer
- What to expect at the gig
- What kind of audiences you can expect
- The mindset of your audiences (this
differs depending on the situation)
- Sound system tips (both using the school’s
or your own)
- Booking tips
- Sales letters to make the phone ring
- Phone scripts to captivate prospects
- Length of shows
- Multiple show options for more earning
- Keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops
and the differences for each
- What kind of tricks to use
- What to avoid
- How to put your program into a structured
format and just plug certain effects
into that format
- Humor: avoiding the potholes and landmines!
- Email responses made E-Z
- Dress for success: options
- What kind of messages schools want
for a presentation
- “Hot topics” schools want addressed
- How & why to make it
- Trouble-shooting at the gig
- And MUCH more!
The second main element of this course is the fact that
I hand to you on a silver platter (made of paper, of course) TWO
complete scripts for high school shows with educational/motivational
Both of these programs are considered ‘hot topics’
in the high school market and will continue to be red-hot for
years and years to come.
You’ll receive the word-for-word scripts, details
on the tricks that I use and why, and most importantly, once you
understand the structure of my show and why I chose certain effects
over others, you’ll be able to ‘plug in’ tricks
you may already have. I readily admit some of the effects
I use are a bit on the ‘pricey’ side, but that’s
due to my personal taste. Once you understand my structure, you
can readily substitute other stuff in quite easily. (The really
cool thing is the BEST tricks are CHEAP!)
The fact that I’m handing you TWO complete scripts
for the high school market for one fee in this course
must mean I’ve lost my mind because it’s taken me
YEARS to fine-tune these suckers.
to the word-for-word scripts, here’s what
I include with the scripts in the ‘post show
analysis’ of each:
- WHY these particular topics are so
relevant to high schools
- The different situations and booking scenarios
you may encounter for each
- How the mindset of the teen audience
drastically changes for each
- How to integrate some of your own personal
history into the scripts…and why this
is so critical to your success!
- Metaphor: the why’s and how’s
- Effects you can substitute (yeah, I know
I said this already!)
- And MUCH more!
In addition to all of this, I also provide
any purchaser of this program with unlimited email
support. You can send me questions 'til the end
of time and I’ll always be there for you.
Before I close, I have to chime in with a really cool
feature of being a magician and performing in teen markets.
A few years ago when the economy tanked, a fellow performer friend
of mine, who has strong ties in the corporate speaking world,
confided in me that the world of corporate speaking largely took
a nose dive – not for everyone of course, but for many.
As a result, many of these people began looking for other sources
of income and began peddling their services to high schools.
What happened was interesting. When I was booked for many of
my high school gigs after the corporate guys came into the market,
I heard several interesting experiences from my clients.
Many of these presenters were:
- Very demanding of their clients
- Baffled in terms of connecting to teen audiences
- Stunned to discover that the messages they delivered to
great effect in the corporate market bombed in the teen market
This means the potential is there for performers like
YOU to seize the opportunity that high school performing brings!
As a magician and/or mentalist, YOU have a ton to offer to schools!
Right away, YOUR services have the potential to be:
- Visual and FUN
In short, you already have many of the skills necessary to rock
in the high school market and shoot your earnings through the
roof… all is possible with the right kind of program. I’ve
done all the work for you with my 15 years of trial-and-error.
You can take my experience and shave years and YEARS
off of your learning curve!
conclusion, my new “How to Make a Ton of Money
Performing in High Schools” course includes:
- The massive Main Manual with performance,
booking and show structure advice
- TWO red-hot motivational/educational word-for-word
scripts that you can use
- Unlimited email support from me
- 15 years of experience that can and will
take years off of your learning curve!
Your Investment: $299.95