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Pro Tips for Reading Tarot at Fairs, Markets and Events

Hi Tarot Tribe, it’s Ethony and I wanted to share with you some tips I have learned for reading the Tarot at fairs, markets and events. I blogged about this WAY back in 2010 so I wanted to update the list for you.

I have read at many fairs, markets and events over the years. Psychic fairs were where I got most of my face to face experience in the beginning before I started to work from stores. They were a wonderful way to start and those experiences did get me booked for events such as corporate events, holiday parties and bachelorette parties or as we call then in Oz, Hens nights. I have also worked at baby blessings and kitchen teas. Not every Tarot Reader will want to read at events and that is totally cool. If it isn’t your jam, then don’t force it.

This is just from my experience, as with everything I share take what resonates with you and leave the rest. Here are my tips for getting the most out of reading at Fairs and taking care of yourself in the process.

Tips for Fairs

1. Sherlock that shit – Research the event and even visit one before you hand over your cash. I have been lucky and maybe even a little smart when booking with fairs. The fairs that I worked at where popular and were run by professionals that were organized and also promoted and marketed their fairs, which showed in the turnout and interaction I had with the organizers. Likewise I have been to big events like the Body, Mind and Soul expos in Australia and decided that the environment was not for me.

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2. Do the Math – Calculate how many readings you would have to do per day to cover your costs before you make a choice. If you have a table that is going to cost you a lot of money then ensure that you can at least cover that and your other expenses. These events are fantastic local marketing so that alone may be enough for you to part with your money, but exposure doesn’t pay bills either. Make an informed money choice.

3. Keep your offers simple – You don’t want the list of readings you offer at an fair or markets to be so long it turns people away or confusing for that matter. Make it easy for people to see what they are going to be getting. Make your offers timed (15-20min etc) by card (1, 3 and 5 card) or by question. Whatever you feel comfortable with choose that and stick with it.

4. Socialize – Say hello and introduce yourself to the other readers at fairs. A lot of people will know each other at these events. I always arrived nice and early to get set up and say hello to people. I even love giving everyone a Money Magic Manifestation card as a abundance booster to start the day.

Tips for Private Events

1. Get Paid and Get it in Writing – Make sure you have your agreement with the person you have been liaising with in writing and get a deposit that is non refundable. People will drop out from things like Bachelorette parties but you would have still blocked out your time. I also have a fee in my agreements for overtime. So if the event runs over the three hours they have booked me, I charge per half an hour after.

2. Get out before it get’s messy – If there is alcohol at these events (and a lot of the time there is) it is highly recommended that you get the readings done before everyone gets too drunk to read for. Being a sober Tarot Reader in a room full of people off their face and not taking in anything you are saying can lead to you feeling frustrated. I have been there. Plus, I don’t want anyone spilling red wine on my Tarot deck.

3. Keep it light and fun – Now don’t throw hate my way for saying this but most of the time you are there for entertainment and insight not the other way around. If people have some heavy, life changing things that come up (and it will happen) suggest to them that they book with you another day. There is a difference between saying this to everyone to coax them into booking with you again and honestly recommending that a party is not the best time to decide whether they leave their wife or not. Don’t be surprised if in a wider environment not everyone is going to take you seriously, especially at corporate events. I have been hit on, I have had people tell me that Tarot reading is a joke but this has been rare and when it does happen I just smile and remain professional.

Tips for All Events

1. Stay hydrated – You can take pee breaks you know. Do that in between readings, people will understand as long as you don’t take forever. Keep a bottle with you at all times during the day and sip away. Just make sure you have someone to cover your stall while you are in the bathroom or take your money pouch with you. I have found that most communities will look after each other and I have had other vendors watch over my stall for me. Your brain will go to mush and you will feel horrible by the end of the day, so drink lots of water.

2. Protect Yourself – This is more about protecting yourself energetically as there is usually a LOT of energy in conference rooms where fairs are held. Take the time to protect yourself before, during and after the day. Using aura sprays is a great quick way of protecting yourself during the day. Being aware of your energy is key.  Keep it under your control. I personally use aura-sprays, meditation before the event, crystals and also have a good salt bath when I get home (perfect purification and de-stress at the end of the day and who doesn’t like a good soak!). Check out my library of Tarot Tutorials for a number of posts on protection before and after a reading.

3. Remain confident – Don’t take it personally if people don’t choose you for a reading. It could actually have been a wonderful stroke of luck. There are many people to choose from at a fair usually and Clients always find the right person for the right reason. Trust in your abilities and that you are going to read for the right people.

4. Snack – If you get a lunch break that is great but I don’t recommend going out and having a huge meal at lunch at a fair or eating a lot at an event. Snacking during the day on healthy treats (and some chocolate, cause… chocolate) will help maintain your blood sugar levels and your mood more stable. Eat before a party event or corporate event too. Make sure you are fueling that body like a champion!

5. Make a list – Make a list of everything that you will need to take with you and, like Santa, check that twice. I have turned up to an event and forgotten my business cards before. While forgetting things happens, you can minimise it by being prepared.

6. Inspire – Rock out your space and make it somewhere you would be drawn to and want to hang out in all day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money but salt lamps, crystals, goddess and god statues, fairy pictures, stones and feathers help to create a beautiful space. For private events ask for what you need. I ask for a table in a room separate from the main area if possible for privacy. I take a bag full of things including the table cloths, reading cloths and crystals I want for my table at events.

7. Marketing Material – Take LOTS and LOTS of business cards and make sure that they have your contact details and website and any social media links you are a part of. Also kindly suggest that people who have readings with you take a couple of cards for their friends. Referrals are SO powerful.

8. Reflect – Take some time to journal your day and then let it go and be back in the present. I have had joyful moments, touching moments and really difficult clients at fairs and I don’t want to carry around all of that for the next day or week. I journal each night even if it is just getting as much out as I can remember and let it go. If you don’t like writing maybe have a friend you can call and chat to. Of course you want to honor client privacy (which is why journaling is so great) but if you leave any identifying information about your Clients out and talk more about your experience, then I think it is ok.

9. Have Fun – Enjoy your time and do this because you love to be of service and help people. People often come to see a Tarot reader or a healer when they need something and I think it is our responsibility to make sure that we are there being a positive force in their lives.

What do you recommend to people who want to start readings at fairs and events? Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below.

9 Comments
  • tita
    Posted at 12:37h, 12 July Reply

    I love listening to you, such good vibes you send

  • Jill Scoggins
    Posted at 13:10h, 12 July Reply

    Fabulous! As always. Someday I want to work at fairs and parties. Especially parties. This is very helpful – Thanks.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 09:48h, 13 July Reply

      Parties are really fun to do:)

  • Narelle Birthisel
    Posted at 04:44h, 13 July Reply

    Fantastic tips. Thank you for sharing, I appreciate your mentoring. X

    • Ethony
      Posted at 09:48h, 13 July Reply

      Thank you for the lovely comment

  • Lynn Summers
    Posted at 06:19h, 13 July Reply

    Great advice…..I am considering signing up for a fair, and you have me valuable information. You are generous in the amount of sharing you do. I hope I can pay it forward.

    • Ethony
      Posted at 09:48h, 13 July Reply

      Thank you Lynn, have a blast at the fair!

  • Daughn Lee
    Posted at 09:54h, 14 July Reply

    I just sent for info about doing a fair here in NYC, Ethony. Thank you for your wonderful advice. I did a party and a fundraiser years ago ( both were wonderful), but I am starting to “get back out there” with Tarot so I am nervous and excited. Peace.

  • William Rossiter
    Posted at 21:14h, 16 July Reply

    I’am a male Market Reader & I find so many broken hearted people coming up for readings. I usually go to the positive reasons as to why things happen and give them hope for the future. Is this an incorrect thing to do. Thank you for your tips and information, cheers William

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