I spent the first couple of weeks working the best I could, and I think I was pretty successful (as I posted on my Facebook page, within the first two weeks we were asked to stay an extra month). During my first day, I was introduced to the Soda Fountain manager and he mentioned again that this was a soft sell and that our priority was to entertain (he even suggested that I go do some table magic for the guests who were waiting for their food). I was happy to work within the parameters I was given, but after the first two weeks my boss came down and told me that it would help sell the trick if I showed everyone how it worked.
But I also understood the thinking behind it. The trick we were trying to sell was so good that most people would walk away thinking that you had to be a professional in order to do it. No matter how many times I stated the opposite, in my audience's mind there was no way they would be able to do what they had just seen without years of practice. Showing them just how easy it was would make the amazing magic feeling they had just experienced something they could produce with their friends. In fact, most of the people I know who do sell the trick do reveal how it's done. During my talk at The Magic Castle it had been brought up, but in that conversation it had been mentioned as a hard sell technique. I think that was the final reason I decided not to follow my new instructions.
In the end, while I can't say for certain that we sold as many decks of cards as we would have, I feel I did make all the parties involved happy.