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Topic: Intermission Time
Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Oct 15, 2009 01:10PM)
I currently do a fundraising show that is one hour in length. To help the client raise a few more dollars, I encourage them to have a concession booth set up before the show, with the doors to the show being open about 45 minutes before showtime. (I sell my BOR after the show).

In order to help my client maximize their earning potential, I was thinking of breaking the show into two half-hour segments, with a 10-15 minute intermission. This will allow the concession booth to sell much more product.

Do you think that a half-hour segment is too short of time to break for intermission?

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Oct 15, 2009 01:23PM)
Hi Brian -

I've done a 60 minute show, with no break.

I've also done a 90 minute show. That was a 45 minute portion, 15 minute break, and then a 30 minute portion.

Also, you both should be doing BOR / concession before and after the show, if you don't have the break. It's worked well that way for me, at school family nights / fundraisers.

- Donlad
Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Oct 15, 2009 01:45PM)
Thanks Donald. It is difficult for me to do BOR before the show, as I'm all the staff I have. :) So, before the show, I like to go out among the audience and do some close-up magic, as this gives me an idea of suitable volunteers for the show.

You're right though ... I need to work in the pre-show BOR somehow.

Also, a 45 min. show, break, and 30 min. segment sounds good.

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Oct 15, 2009 01:53PM)
If you are working with a PAC, arrange for them to handle your BOR table completely and then you give them a portion.

After the show, you can wander over to the table to do autographs, etc.

I've done this at a few shows. At one show, 4/5 of my BOR sales were before the show.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: RJE (Oct 15, 2009 02:00PM)
Hi Brian,

We've done 1/2 hour segments separated by an intermission to allow the fundraiser to do sales.

Donald's suggestion of letting the organizer/charity arrange the BOR is a good one and we have done it as well.

We have also done 45/45 split or 45/30 split and they both work fine too, even a 40/30 split works.

Intermission times are often announced as being either 10 or 15 minutes but actually go on to be closer to 20 minutes plus, depending on the crowd, because of BOR, refreshments being sold etc.

My only suggestion is that you do not do less than 30 minutes in a performing segment.
Message: Posted by: Brian Lehr (Oct 15, 2009 02:01PM)
That sure would save the 30-minute line-up after the show! :) It takes quite awhile to sell 50 books and wands, and sign them all.

Bottom line ... it sounds like it doesn't matter either way (regarding the time of the show segments), as long as the customer is feeling like they're getting their money's worth.

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Oct 15, 2009 02:14PM)
One thing that I feel does matter for the length of the segments, is this. If they are different lengths, the longer portion should be the first portion. The shorter length should be the second portion.

That's the way that Murray Hatfield and many other big-name pros do their touring shows.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 15, 2009 02:53PM)
The only problem that I find with having an intermission is it breaks up the foward motion of your act and when you come back to the stage, you usually have to start all over to build up that momentum.

Also, from time to time, upon returning for the 2nd half, part of your audience may have disappeared leaving with you only 1/2 the crowd you started with.

Message: Posted by: Blair Marshall (Oct 15, 2009 05:59PM)
Hmmmmm.....Copperfield's first shows were approx. 75 minutes and that included a TV segment being shown!!

I often do a split show. For schools (K-6) a 60-70 minute show with a 20 minute break (remember these are Moms and volunteers doing the serving/sales) give a nice 1 1/2 hour program. A 7:00 p.m. show start puts them out before 9:00, a good time to get the kids home to bed, even a 7:30 start is not too late.

I would recommend ending each half with a "larger" effect, you may even want to mention the effect you plan to close the show with.

Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Oct 15, 2009 06:11PM)

I think that DC's current shows are about 75 minutes, including a TV segment! :P