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Just wondering out there who are members of the KEA? Interesting to find out what they get out of it and the benefits of being a member are?
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No one?
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Never even heard of it....
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I would have thought that somebody would be. I've been receiving their email for ages, but am not a member. The two original guys who started it have given it over to Zivi Kivi from Isreal. He's been having lots of different workshops lately.
I'm not looking to promote them, just wondering how members like it, and how it's been helping them.
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My thoughts are similar as I typically stay quite up on entertainment business-related enterprises. My first thought was this must not be U.S.-based, so this really doesn't surprise me. The kids entertainment market in the US is unlike most other places which many others do not understand and why many foreign offerings to this market are usually limited, poor, or quite incomplete information. They often treat kids entertainers as novices.

However, I surprised no one here has any experience with them, as they do seem to have a decent amount of content, but no kids entertainers, at least some here often check these kinds of opportunities out. On the other hand, it is a decent investment and kids entertainers are notorious for only spending money on tricks, effects, props, costuming, and supplementary performance things, rather than investing in many pro tools, resources, and the business aspects of being a kids entertainer.

I too am surprised especially as long as Al says they've been around.
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It's a mixed bag as to how to assess the foreign offerings as you put it to the US market.

I find many of the US offerings to be similar as you say: poor, or quite incomplete info. There is quite a difference in mentality to the approach in presenting magic. For a long time I thought that my US magical cousins did their very best to present as many tricks as they possible could fit in during their show performances. The Aussie, British style is more about the journey than the destination. (Been discussed a whole lot here)
I find the, I send out invites, a long list of things to set up before the show, send thank you cards after, vouchers as thanks for the booking, follow up cards, business cards, demand a deposit before accepting a booking style that I feel is quite a US based style, that would in many cases here in Aussie land to be viewed as WAY over the top. If alls gone well with the booking, and the customers have loved the show, they will thank you like crazy as you're packing up and leaving, and after that there is no need to keep following up with all sorts of stuff. It's maybe just me, but I've never done that and it hasn't negatively affected my business.

I must confess to be one of the ones who bought a lot of "tricks" "effects", and not so much in the pro tools side of things. I've changed that a lot in recent years thankfully.
The KEA was started by an Aussie and a British (South African) team. There are some great podcasts on their site that I've listened to over the years. I've never signed up though as a subscriber and am not likely to as this point.
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