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North Carolina Magic News

WHEN YOU HIRE A MAGICIAN

What You Think You're Paying For:

- Someone to stand in front of or roam among your guests and provide a bit of entertainment for a couple of hours.

What You're Actually Paying For:

- Someone to stand in front of or roam among your guests and provide a bit of entertainment for a couple of hours, PLUS:


- Expertly crafted equipment and materials
- Quality sound and show gear
- Years of costly instruction and study
- Hours of rehearsal time
- Storage and rehearsal space
- Transport to and from your venue
- Elegant costumes and wardrobe
- Promotion expenses
- Website fees
- Internet fees
- Office, phone, and business expenses
- City, County, State, and Federal taxes
- Professional liability insurance
- Manager and agent fees
AND
- A fair and reasonable income that allows the entertainer to support and feed his family, pay his mortgage, cover common expenses, and maybe enjoy an occasional vacation.

This is not my hobby.
This is my profession.
Like you, I have obligations.
Like you, I cannot work for free.
Thank you for understanding. 

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R. PAUL WILSON TOUCHES OUR MAGICAL HEARTS WITH THE MAGIC BOX


This beautiful short film touches on the nostalgia and charm of magic. It was posted to YouTube by Magician R. Paul Wilson.
 

One of my favorite high school English teachers once told me that, "Poetry is what you bring to it, and what it brings to you." I couldn't agree more. As we create or experience any form of art, all of our experience, knowledge, and spirituality becomes intertwined with the artwork. Any given word will produce a different set of thoughts, emotions, and images in each observer.
 

This marvelous short film captures the passion behind our art.  As magic artists, we create fascinating new worlds beyond reality for each individual. We stretch the imagination of our observers to a realm of "What Could Be."  We shouldn't be asking what the objective value of magic is, but what it is we most value in ourselves.  The most enduring art, be it poetry, a painting, a novel, a sculpture, dance, or magic, speaks directly from your heart to theirs. Be heard!

 

Enjoy the film: http://youtu.be/DyfM7oLIlp0



     
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I.B.M. RING VISIBILITY
Any club without a website, Facebook page or electronic newsletter is all but invisible to prospective new members and sponsors.

Part of my job as T.V.P. is helping North Carolina Rings increase their visibility to the magic hobbyists, enthusiasts and pros spread throughout our beautiful state.


Facebook club pages are free and easy to set up and maintain.

The I.B.M. offers free 5-page websites that you can adapt for your Ring.

Several low-cost and free options exist for electronic newsletters and special notices.

I am here to help your Ring prosper and grow.  I can help your Ring create these pages and show you how to easily maintain them. Tell me how I can help you!


NATIONAL MAGIC WEEK
Now is the time to start planning your Ring's celebration for National Magic Week, October 25 - 31. 

  • Send out a press release to your local city news desks.
  • Offer your best magicians for on-air interviews during morning radio and TV shows.
  • Plan a benefit showcase at a local mall, library or school. Work with your local librarian to set up a magic display or workshop.
  • Send your mayor a request for a city wide proclamation of Magic Week. Send the wording for the proclamation with your request.
  • Plan a special magical visit to your closest children's hospital or senior center.
  • Organize a Ring banquet, potluck or dinner to commemorate the week.

Let us know how you plan to celebrate National Magic Week this year! 



      
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StarStarMe - THE RISE OF THE VANITY PHONE NUMBER


If you haven't noticed the **Phone Number on billboards and business cards yet, keep watching.  You will!   

StarStar Me is a $3.00 add-on mobile service that lets you use your name or nickname as a vanity phone number. People can call you on their mobile phones by simply entering ** and then a unique word or phrase that you choose like **MAGIC. 

You can use your vanity phone number to:Instantly dial your business phone number or open your business website on any smartphone.Instantly send coupons to the callers smart phone.Push apps to the various app platforms available for today's smart forms.

Open a video with a single click from any mobile phone.Provide voting and other interactive participation platforms for your audience (insert mentalist opportunities here).

And much more! Enabled on all major U.S. carriers - representing an addressable market of over 250 million U.S. consumers - StarStar vanity numbers provide a fast, familiar and easy way for consumers take action on mobile offers from brands they like, all through a simple mobile phone call. 

The theory here is that **KAZAM is easier to remember and dial than 919-123-4567.  As a business and marketing idea, they may have something there.  

Like vanity license plates, these come one to a customer, so don't delay! grab yours today. 

(Sorry guys - **Magic is already taken.)

Visit StarStarMe.com for additional details!



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