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Brent McLeod
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On 2009-04-09 13:01, mindpunisher wrote:

The fact is hypnosis largely successful due to cornering successsful venue's and milking them. Its more important to be a good marketer than a good hypnotist. There are more than enough good hypnotists around. Its the one's with the marketing machines that make the money. Or the one's that have cornered the key venue's.


If Danny moved here he would fall flat on his face. He's found a bubble that can be sustained. Most of those expensive courses promising you big fees and a big career are ********ting you into parting with your money.


Its true I can't make what I would consider good money over here. But niether can Mckenna or Andrew Newton even with their marketing machines.

Despite what you may want to believe it doesn't take that much talent. My venue in my home town I was more successful than Newton, Powers and Halpern who all played the same venue but never sold as many tickets.



Very good comments, my take on this is similar....

Andrew Newton for example comes out here to NZ each year or so and fails miserably with small venues

Why-Because his marketing is non existant and he hasnt realised the main area to achieve this here-Years ago maybe but he had no competition only plays 1 night and it doesn't work


Dave Upfold -is the busiest Hypnotist in NZ with a top show to match -I know as I have seen all the rest
and the quality of there shows which is not good, very slow too long and the Hypnotist wants to be centre of attention in each skit rather than the Volunteers who must always be the Stars of the show..

- Bar 1 other Hypnotist in Auckland who also does a very top show but they work different marketing venues etc.. but he is very good..

Why- Dave is successful-He is brilliant at Marketing with his background and it shows and has a specific audience and gets 15-20 theatre shows a month average crowd 350-600 per night
and always runs 2-3 nights at his Chosen venue-We have averaged over 1000 per night for 6 nights as well in Auckland in recent years at one venue alone..... but he knows the local market.

Andrew touring plays small RSA type venues -We attend a few as hes in the area when we tour all over NZ each year, if hes got 90-120 in the room hes lucky-some nights theres only 60.

We know by many contacts who attend the shows for us who else is performing & doing what and what there ticket sales are and what there charging.....

Its all about Marketing regardless how good your show is

Each Hypnotist entertainer Im sure has his own speciality areas etc so have to chase that side of things ..
Just my 2 cents worth on Overseas acts here at times!

Cheers
Brent
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I asked this a long time ago, Please only if you actually have the course by Michaell Anthony could you give a review!
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I have purchased Michael Anthony's program and I must say it far exceeded my expectations. He really does present every aspect of the industry and gives incredibly insightful details that only a veteran performer like himself could provide. Every time I had a question in my head as I was reading, it would be answered within minutes. The best part was I made a list of things I wanted to ask Michael based on his suggestions and he answered every one of them personally. Its obvious he is successful at what he does and I did not feel there was anything he did not disclose in the program, I was very satisfied with what was advertised and what showed up at my door. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I'll be happy to answer.
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If you don't mind I'll PM you with specific questions I had, Thank you in advance.
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I have the course and I will post my thoughts on it this weekend.

In the meantime, the person who asserted that The Beatles paid girls to scream at their shows is dead wrong. Virtually every official and unofficial biography/autobiography has debunked this myth.

Ahimsa,
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Well it simply happens to be true, and that's a fact. Not just a story I heard. Nothing wrong with it by the way. After The Beatles many other band managers took it up, and of course it worked very well.
Bob Burns is the creator of The Swan.
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My review is coming, and Bobser, I would welcome your debate about The Fab Four in a music forum Smile

Look folks, show business is a tough business no matter the area. Lucikly, we in magic/mentalism/hypnosis can make good money without the fame. In that sense, we have it all over musicians - especially those in Rock, R&B, and C&W. I think that the really tough part for US however are the stereotypes associated with the "mystery arts." Let's face it, we go into this KNOWING that fortune will HOPEFULLY favour us. You can have a well oiled marketing juggernaut and still not "make it." Certainly it DOES help and one SHOULD market. But, how many stories have we heard in show business of being in the right place at the right time? Or, someone attended a show or heard or saw something they liked? To use The Beatles as an example: EVERY major record label turned them down. Decca told Brian Epstein that "guitar bands are on the way out." So Epstein's literal final stop was EMI. And George Martin heard something he liked. Granted, at that time (1962) they were still quite raw and FAR from the being the biggest act in all of show business. But, if Martin had not heard that "something" (pardon the pun Beatles fans) then, rock as we know it would not be. And it all started because a few kids went into Epstein's record shop asking for a copy of "My Bonnie" - a record that The Beatles were merely backup instrumentalists for crooner Tony Sheridan. I have often wondered what happened to that A&R guy at Decca Smile

How fortuitous for Blaine that DeCaprio happened to see him performing on the street in the Tribeca section of New York!

As a musician, actor, and mystery entertainer, I have ALWAYS been taught to perform as though 20,000 people were in the audience - even there are only six. You never know who is watching! McCartney has a nice line for that as well: You never know who may be listening to you"

Ahimsa,
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For the OP:

Here are some quick thoughts to get you rolling before my longer review. Please bear in mind that it is 2:53 AM as I write this?

SHU is no dog and pony operation. The sheer QUALITY of the materials is uniformly excellent. Anthony lays it all out from staging to anticipating problems to contracts, riders, markets, etc. The Million Dollar Rolodex and Show Tools alone are PRICELESS for any entertainer.

And I see no problem with Anthony or ANY entertainer selling a system or course. Tarbell was a busy magician yet wrote one of THE essential courses on magic. More power to Anthony and any entertainer selling courses! Will SHU attain the status of Tarbell? Who knows? Ask the Mentalists Smile But, that being said, Michael Anthony DOES cover the bases. The customer support is excellent, and here is the best part: if you don't LIKE the course, you have 30 days to return it for a FULL refund! So really, you have nothing to lose financially, and savvy readers will be able to judge whether this specific course will work for them.

Review within a day or so forthcoming.

Ahimsa,
Vlad.
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