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felixjr
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Not sure if this topic has come up or not, but I was curious what other Rings do to raise money throughout the year?

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Michael Taggert
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Ring 50 is holding a convention in April Magi-Whirl 2007. We also partner with a local drama deptment as a fundraiser gala show. Our ring also produces several shows a year that we charge admission to. We also have an annual auction and we have a 50/50 drawing each meeting and yes we charge dues once a year.
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drwilson
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1. Public shows. The big money-maker is a public show, if you do it right. Our Ring has two public shows planned for the year to come.

2. Raffles. We have lately been having raffles of magic items at each meeting. The best raffle items are not magic tricks, but memorabila from the Golden Age of magic:

http://www.ibmring362.org/prizejan07.html

http://www.ibmring362.org/prizefeb07.html

As Michael suggests, a 50/50 raffle would work also, but as long as we have donated magic items, we will raffle these.

3. Dues. Are dues are pretty low, $5/year this year, which doesn't even cover postage. Next year they will be $10.

4. Ads on our web site:

http://www.ibmring362.org/hire.html

Interest in these is picking up; it looks like this year the ads will cover the cost of website hosting.

5. Programs. We will be adding programs with paid advertising to our public shows. The goal is for the ads to cover the cost of the program and then some.

Yours,

Paul
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Ring 258 Leesburg Florida will hold its second club fundraiser magic show, (see the flyer) http://www.ring258.blogspot.com
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Steve Hart
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Here in Brevard County, FL our Ring 188 Space Coast magic club performed a series of magic shows on the stage at the local Flea Market.

We were asked to perform one Saturday every two months. We would perform three 20 minutes shows with a 10 minute pre-show warm up of some magic close up.

One person from the club was responsible for each day and others would come and jump help out to fill out the day. It was a enough to make each show a different show. Plus we were able to promote the magic club and experiment with new routines through out the day.

All the money from the shows went to the club. Plus we got a free lunch at the Flea Market's concession stand. I think the magic club made over $800.00 in a year.


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Mike Gorman
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Raleigh Ring 199 does public shows, but all the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Many people get interested in magic from these shows and some eventually join our Ring.

Hosting magic lecturers and charging admission (more for non-club members) is a good revenue source. We also have an "annual magic auction" and charge admission (and also keep 10% of all sales for the club treasury).

Our $15 annual club dues are not spent on postage... all communication is done via email and our website (www.magician.org/member/raleigh) that is FREE from IBM!
The dues are spent on getting lecturers in for the club (at least two lectures per year are free for our members... so they don't mind paying the dues)

We used to do 50/50 raffles but haven't done them in awhile... got to restart them! Sometimes we get some good magic effect donated to the club and we have a raffle for it!

These are just some ideas we have tried successfully.... I hope you get some ideas from it. If you come up with something better, let us know too!

Mike Gorman
drwilson
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We have found that a newsletter mailed out to members helps us hang on to people who don't like computers, or who have flaky computer connections. Our newsletter complements our comprehensive website. Since the newsletter is sent privately, it can actually have some magic secrets, which our web site is kept clean of.

We are doing well on raffles. We have also decided to throw open our contests to a ticket-buying public, so our stage and parlor magic contests will actually bring in some money.

Yours,

Paul
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Depends on the size of the ring, you can have members donate unused props and have an auction, or silent auction, or ring garage sale for ring members only with all sales going to the ring. In a fair sized ring that is a pretty fair fund raiser and a good way for folks to get rid of the stuff that collects dust in their magic collection.
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