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Bud Dietrich & Dick Jarrow
The Trade Show Handbook by Bud Dietrich & Dick Jarrow

Bud Dietrich was a full time pro since school days. Later in his life he has been almost exclusively a trade show magician, and had the added honor of being Mr. Hoyle, front magician for Hoyle cards.

When a man like that sets down his ideas on trade shows, backed by a good solid magic thinker like Dick Jarrow, we can expect a handbook that should rank easily with How to Sell and New Field. Trade shows are where the money is. Let Dietrich tell you how to get it!

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Brian T. Lees
Magicians First Website by Brian T. Lees

There comes a time when all magicians consider a website. With everything involved: web host, domain, design, design tools, purpose of the site, and content one has a lot to think about. No one gets it right the first time. We all end up going back and making adjustments, changes and adding information to our site. But the closer you can get with your initial design and launch the better your results will be. This text will get you pointed in the right direction. It includes purpose, functionality, design strategy and tips on finding a good web host. Everything has to blend. The website design,...

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Brian T. Lees
Fundraiser Host Coach by Brian T. Lees

Fundraisers have always been popular. There will always be organizations that need to raise funds. And, there will always be needs out there that fundraisers will be launched for. The success of these events depends on community support, and ticket sales.

When organizations host fundraisers they always reach for the free, and least expensive ways to promote their event. Many of these organizations are very good at their activities and operations. But the reality is that they do not focus their daily operations on event promotions. As a result, they often need help.

This text is a coaching...

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Brian T. Lees
Advanced Marketing by Brian T. Lees

Marketing is the key to a magician's success. The amount of work he gets depends on how well he gets his name out. All of us use the common sources: newspaper, Facebook, direct mail, email and others. Many fail because they make their debut in these areas only to drop out and not keep them going.

Even with common sources covered there comes a time when magician's cast their eyes on higher income. At that point, the opinion is such that they must jump into expensive media. Newspapers, radio, television and others sound good. They should. It is a sales person presenting this information in...

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Brian T. Lees
Cold Calls For Hire by Brian T. Lees

When performance opportunities from brochures, flyers and other marketing activities slow down you need to pick up the phone. Cold calling has played a major role in almost every industry. These calls fill cancellations in schedules, book shows while traveling from city to city, and can help fill those calendars during the slow months. When you find yourself waiting for the phone to ring there is no reason you cannot make a few calls and book yourself. The materials in this text will get you started.

  • What makes cold calls work
  • Join the telephone soliciting team
  • Best times to call
  • Pre-call ...
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Brian T. Lees
Conversational Negotiation by Brian T. Lees

Entertainment should not be a menu of prices set in stone. There are ways you can charge more for your performances. The power rests in the key elements of communication. Bringing the conversation to an ultimate "take it or leave it" conclusion may not be in the magician's best interest.

There are four elements that need to be covered through conversation. Quoting a price without knowing those elements is a problem that chips away at the magician's profits. Magicians who make more money deploy these elements. They are not hard. In fact, they are so simple to work with that no special training...

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Brian T. Lees
Marketing Outside the Box by Brian T. Lees

Marketing does not have to be expensive. Newspaper, radio, and television are good sources, but they can cost a lot of money. There are other activities magicians can do to advertise their services. Many are free, and others have minimum expense. Some magicians only use these sources. This type of marketing works well for them.

To tap into these sources the magician must start to think outside the box. One must reach beyond those expensive venues and get their name out to potential customers through different media and activity. The magician must get creative, carving out exposure to their...

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Brian T. Lees
Get the Second Booking by Brian T. Lees

Competition for performances today is more intense than it every was. Organizations are comparing information on large numbers of performers. Loyalty remains. But being the previous entertainer, only for the reason he/she worked it before, is not always the hiring factor. Individuals/agents are now looking beyond the cost. The non-documented elements are starting to carry a lot more weight in the hiring decision.

A dear friend once said that it is better to position yourself to be hired over and over, then to make one deposit and never perform again. That statement carries a lot of weight....

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Brian T. Lees
Added Value by Brian T. Lees

Simple things that get you hired.

You may have a fantastic show, be extremely talented and a high-quality entertainer and still have trouble getting booked. When being considered with a cluster of other proposals there are things you can do to position yourself above the rest. This text covers added services you can include that increases the perceived value of your proposal.

  • The hiring investment
  • Importance of added value
  • Value adds to consider
  • Research: match the add to a need
  • Presenting the value add
  • Follow up calls
  • Wrapping it up
1st edition 2019, 22 pages.
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Brian T. Lees
Marketing 5X by Brian T. Lees

It can take up to 5 exposures of your marketing for customers to notice. That is the recognized average. To reach those 5 one must blend activities and media. This ebook helps magicians' market themselves with minimum or no investment beyond their time.

It introduces a tracking system that allows you to monitor which activities, locations and media produce the best results. If you are willing to make flyers and other announcements the materials in this ebook will help you get hired.

Regardless how full the performance schedule gets successful magicians still use these ideas/sources....

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Brian T. Lees
Cold Calls for Performance by Brian T. Lees

An approach to turn drive by cold calls into contracts for performances.

The hardest part of promoting our magic is making cold calls. As part of business, cold calls are done to get our name out. The goal is to prompt hiring committees/individuals to reach out to us before they open the doors to floods of entertainers searching for work.

This text will provide sample approaches, materials you need on hand and ways to introduce yourself to organizations. The focus is on your information and potentials your magic can support/enhance their events. A good cold call will place you in front...

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Brian T. Lees
Promotional Pack Press Kit by Brian T. Lees

Major corporations, large festivals and fairs offer large paying contracts. In these environments a magician needs more than just a business card and brochure. The best approach is to provide them with a promotional presentation. Some refer to it as a promo pack and others just call it a press kit. Regardless the term those who get hired often gain their consideration based on the promotional information they provide.

One does not have to go out and invest a lot of money to build a professional presentation pack. You can purchase high quality folders from the local office supply store. Using...

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Brian T. Lees
Coupon Marketing by Brian T. Lees

Businesses in a wide range of industries use coupon marketing. It prompts customers to return and helps promote referrals and recommendations. Magicians might consider coupons to help fill schedules during the slow seasons. The keys are to relate the coupon to a specific reason/justification, set an expiration date and control the number of coupons printed/distributed.

This text will help you get started with a controlled coupon marketing campaign. The coupon is printed on your color printer. The number you distribute is based on your established customer list. The results could turn into...

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Brian T. Lees
Create Your Own Event by Brian T. Lees

There is $ to be made with community events. There will always be community needs and non-profits that work to address them. This text helps you get started planning events with non-profit organizations. If the organization has event plans in place you can work with them. If they do not have plans this text helps you partner with them to coordinate activities before, during and after the event. When schedules slow down, events are always close by that you might tap into. Pending the size of those events income potentials can be substantial.

The marketing impact between the event and the...

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Brian T. Lees
Sponsors by Brian T. Lees

Sponsors are one of the most powerful assets a magician can have. Sponsorship can be one of the strongest marketing activities for a business. The interactive potentials with the audience enhance the exposure, and compared to other media, they can get higher results. This ebook identifies the benefits of sponsorship, introduces ways to approach businesses and provides ideas for ongoing support. The organization wanting a show may not have the funds to hire you. If the audience appeals to your sponsor, the sponsor will pay your invoice, and you can perform for the hosting organization at no charge....

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Brian T. Lees
Power of Negotiation by Brian T. Lees

When the potential customer says "no", it might translate as "not yet". There is a strong chance that there is not enough incentive yet. A good negotiating magician will not discount his price. He will discuss value added services and other incentives. Then he will ask the individual for the contact again. This text introduces the power of positive negotiation. Applying these tools will help you get more performance contracts.

  • Negotiation History
  • Availability Signs
  • The Approach
  • In the Trenches
  • Be Ready to Walk
  • One Last Attempt
  • Close the Deal
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2020, PDF...

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Brian T. Lees
Vaudeville Magic Show by Brian T. Lees

The pandemic has major impact on entertainment. Looking back through history the vaudeville style show was immensely popular. Magicians can tap into that type of production to get back in front of audiences once again. This text introduces and helps you plan a vaudeville style show. Want to get back to work in front of an audience? This may be the approach you need to help build your schedule.

  • August 2020
  • Key factors of pandemic
  • Vaudeville
  • Magic show production
  • Booking
  • Expanding
  • Wrapping it up
1st edition 2020, PDF 22 pages.
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Brian T. Lees
Online Magic Shows by Brian T. Lees

When your audience cannot come to you, you need to take your performance to them. Using equipment and materials you already own, you can get started. Pending the success you can grow your online magic as big as you wish. This text will help you get started with webcams, microphones, recording environment, planning your show and other things to consider.

  • Overview
  • Camera and microphone
  • Lighting
  • Camera angle
  • Production, performance assistance
  • Show
  • Sponsors
  • Recorded shows
  • Pricing
  • Wrapping it up
  • Sources

1st edition 2020, PDF 28 pages.

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Brian T. Lees
Senior Center Shows by Brian T. Lees

Senior centers can be a strong market. They already practice social distancing and are anxious for fresh entertainment. This text identifies changes for these types of show, contact goals when speaking with the Activity Director, and follow-up activities to entice future bookings.

  • Preface
  • The audience
  • The activity director
  • The budget
  • Contact
  • Performance
  • Follow-up
  • Wrapping it up
1st edition 2021, PDF 20 pages.
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Brian T. Lees
Performance Negotiation by Brian T. Lees

Magicians are in the entertainment service industry. Just like other independent contractors we provide quotes. There comes a time when we must negotiate. Some magicians move along when they hear the venue/individual say no. Others negotiate to try to find a win/win agreement. Those who are willing to negotiate their performance have a better chance of getting hired.

  • Negotiation, element of business
  • The differences between "NO"
  • When to negotiate
  • Set up negotiation
  • Open negotiations
  • Accept/decline negotiation
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2021, PDF 19 Seiten.

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Brian T. Lees
Sponsored Shows by Brian T. Lees

Businesses have to promote themselves, even through the pandemic. Media today is extremely expensive and sponsorship is a very attractive alternative for them. The impact and long-range potentials are a win/win situation for both the business and the magician. This ebook gets you started with sponsors and identifies the "hot spots" you need to mention as you speak with them.

  • Business Basics
  • Basic Marketing
  • Sponsors
  • Sources to Consider
  • Approaches
  • Calendar and Files
  • Wrapping it Up

1st edition 2021, PDF 20 pages.

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Brian T. Lees
Promote Your Magic Show by Brian T. Lees

Use local free or economical sources to promote your magic and get hired. This text gets you started on listing sources and using a tracking system to track your results. You refer to that system as you adjust your goals into areas that generate more opportunities to get hired.

  • Marketing 101
  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Plan
  • Tracking System
  • Wrapping It Up

1st edition 2021, PDF 20 pages.

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Brian T. Lees
Magic Class by Brian T. Lees

Teaching a magic class is another way to generate income and promote yourself as a supportive magician. Community venues are always searching for programs such as this to host. They use these events to keep the community involved, provide productive activities for youth, and add additional services to their community programs.

This text outlines a basic magic class, provides materials you can use and can get you started with your first series of classes. Teaching a class will not pay as much as a large performance. But it still provides a solid base for income. A magic class can help fill...

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Brian T. Lees
Recurring Performances by Brian T. Lees

The advantage of recurring/repeat performances and how to market yourself for them.

  • Identifying the recurring performance need
  • The basic approach
  • Timing
  • Pricing
  • Personalizing the show to the entity/sponsor
  • Suggested businesses and entities to contact
  • Wrapping it up

1st edition 2022, PDF 19 pages.

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