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Topic: Items for sale after theatre show - help
Message: Posted by: Slymagic (Jul 5, 2008 01:37PM)
Hello! I will be performing a theater show in the month of Aug. (every Fri. & Sat. night). I am considering selling some items in the lobby after each show.
Three questions;

Is this a good idea (backroom sales?)

What items would be good to sell and where would you get them?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Carl
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Jul 5, 2008 04:50PM)
When ever we can, we sell items after our shows. Graphics 2000 sells a combo half color book, and half easy magic tricks kids can learn booklet. I forget how much they are, you buy them by the case. We sell them for a buck each and I sign them, as well as my assistants from the show. We also sell the ball and vase trick we buy from U.S. toy company. I think I pay around .25 cents each and also sell them for a dollar each.
Sometimes we don't make a heck of a lot, but several times we have sold $ 200.00 worth of stuff. The folks seem to really enjoy the chance to buy something and talk to everyone from the show, and puts a few extra dollars in our pockets.
Hope this helps and best of luck to you with your shows.
Bob.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 5, 2008 08:28PM)
You MUST be kidding right? Please tell me you didn't book a theater show and not already know the answer to this LOL.

That aside, you are asking if it is a good idea to try to make more moeny after your show? To basically increase your bottom line? This as far as I see it is question one. As far as an answer goes, my first thought is yes.

As for which items to sell, you don't tell us anything about the show you do at all. You don't say if it is a show which will have lots of families with kids, or be a mostly adult oriented show. Is it an illusion show, a spook show, a whatever show.

The answers to these and many more questions will dictate what it is you should sell at the end or during intermission. I think if there was more information given in the questions, then there would be more ability to be helpful.
Message: Posted by: sier5 (Jul 5, 2008 08:52PM)
Danny what do you sell to an adult audience that isn't apparel.
Message: Posted by: Slymagic (Jul 5, 2008 09:37PM)
Bob, thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

Dannydoyle, I am happy to have provided you with a good LOL.

You are right. I can see that I should have been more descriptive.

Yes, I did sign a contract with a Theater Company to perform my show (this will not be my first). I have, until this point, never considered selling anything after any of my shows (silly me, I usually meet and greet after any show, make contacts ... and book more shows). It came up in a recent discussion and I thought that, since this is something I have not done before, posting for information here would be helpful. I might even learn that there would not be enough time to set this up for this run. That's OK. But, I might learn something that I could use in the future.

To be more specific:

It is an adult oriented sleight of hand show in a 110 seat theater that will start at 9 pm. The show is 75 min. in duration with no intermission.

Anyhow, if anyone can point me in the right direction for nice items that would sell in the ten to twenty dollar range I would be most appreciative.

Thank you,
Carl
Message: Posted by: James Munton (Jul 5, 2008 09:45PM)
For adult shows, this is perfect...

[url=http://www.test.magicsells.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=garden_flypage.tpl&product_id=3&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72]Instant BOR System...[/url]
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jul 5, 2008 10:14PM)
I heard a teleconference that James did on his book. It's a killer idea!

Here's another clever idea that Ryan Pilling and Donovan Deschner came up with for BOR sales... Pack of Wonders:

http://www.magicwest.org/wonders.html

Basically, a special deck and an instructional DVD.

I don't think is being sold as a license, available to others. I'm just pointing out an idea. (Please don't use their product name without their permission.)

- Donald

P.S. Ryan is also the guy who recently released the revised two card monte, which is another BOR possibility. http://www.twocardmonte.com/
Message: Posted by: TheDean (Jul 6, 2008 07:55AM)
There are a TON of threads right here on this very subject... whoo hoo!

Thinking of YOU and your Success!
Deano (back) in Reno
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Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 6, 2008 04:29PM)
Yes Dean is right, if you simply use the "search" function on the Magic Café' you can find a LOT of threads which will be very helpful.
Message: Posted by: sjballa147 (Jul 13, 2008 02:08PM)
You might try getting some Promotional photographs made up of yourself to sell then you can sign them. Don't forget to have your contact info put on them.

Good Luck.

Shane
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Jul 13, 2008 03:52PM)
T-Shirts always sale well and the margin is great on them. Come up with some appropriate witty saying and find a local printer to do a short run for you. If they sale well then have a larger run made with your profits and you can then profit more off of future shows. Make sure you have your website on the shirt somewhere.