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Michael Taggert
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We are burning a bunch of grey matter here. The Holidays are upon us and we have several chances to get on board to do some great events that can promote the ring to the public. Skip I know that the Raleigh Christmas parade is coming up I also Know that the Historical Enrichment Society (ie Rennaisance Faire) is haveing a public show Featuring Mooney and Broon in your area (at Peace College I think Partner with them as well to help you get some public visiblity.
BTW I hope to get down there the first week in April for the NCRF. Would love to drop in. Did you say Air Force? as in 4tfw SJAFB?
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Many of us are willing to participate in a "free lecture" for a Ring meeting. This can even be attractive when there are at least 25 magicians there and the lecturer is allowed to sell products. Of course, picking a time when the lecturer is already nearby is critical.

Learning to ASK is powerful stuff. Give it a try.

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I hang around the magic shops in my area like a fiend looking for a fix. It is really hard to spark interest because of the trash the internet spews a la youtube and the wrong spin from mainstream TV. I talk to folks who come by the shops about the club and how it can nuture their magic growth. I explain the benefits the club offers. I go into the history of magic and help explain the influences different magi have on each other ex: Johnny Thompson, Criss Angel, Paul Harris, David Blaine, Dai Vernon, Every magi. So far I have helped in getting 2 people below the age of 30 ,who I happpen to know didn't start magic by seeing Blaine or Angel on the boob tube, join in only a couple of months. I even offer rides to those who are jonesn' and aren't old enough or able to drive. These cats are fiends just like me looking for a piece of strange to unleash a moment....
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Mike Ching
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Some very great ideas Skip!

I'm a brainstorming kinda guy myself. Grew up at JIMMY YOSHIDAS magic shop here in Hawaii and learned from him that keeping meetings fun, exciting and slightly unpredictable keeps interest high.

Some of the things we've done to bring Hawaii IBM back up to speed the last couple years:

* Sponsoring a "MAGIC BASICS" Class (The hour before our regular Meeting). Open to the Community & anyone with a sincere interest in Magic.

This EASILY gets into the Newspaper Community Calendars, and in only 1 year has brought us 2 TV News appearances and a huge article in a Major free weekly. (From an idea by member Yona Chock).

* Producing the Worlds' First COMMANDO ACT CHALLENGE (Create your own contest before a regular club show). A most unique contest that we are working to make an Annual Hawaii Event. Jeff McBride loves the idea and has been in touch, saying he hopes to work with us in making it a World Class event. That is the goal.

The Dec 28 /06 event was held between Christmas and New Years, a time when families are off work/school and LOOKING for things to do together. This is an excellent time to stage a club show since halls are often cheaper on weekdays, and newspapers are just looking for 'tween Holiday events to publicize (Granted, Holidays are hectic enough, not to mention your own shows, but you'll thank yourself when you see the crowd).

* Our WEBSITE has proven to be a tremendous tool. A BIG "plus" was securing an Easy-to-Remember domain name (In our case HawaiiMagicClub.Com). Something the average person can file in their heads with no problem. The site name says what we are.

It is an OPEN site, and the entire local magic community can tune in to keep track of NEWS (updated every few days), and upcoming lectures and events. Planning to Vacation in Hawaii? Check out all the Magic in town on the "Magic In Hawaii" page!

The fact that the site CONSTANTLY updates and stays current is a huge plus, thanks to our enthusiastic webmaster Bryan Yoshimoto. (We were fortunate enough to win "IBM Website of the Year this past July, so I guess Bryan is our "Webmaster of the YEar"!)

* With money earned from our December show we are having our annual NEW YEARS/AWARDS/INSTALLATION banquet with a club sponsored "BUY-DOWN" of a dinner at a local buffet banquet hall. This means the club picks up a portion of the meal making it much more affordable to attend.

I always suggest we make our events "OPEN" to the local magic community to encourage attendance and increase membership. Non members pay the regular rate for dinner. Still it is VARIETY and creates interest. Here is a link to that upcoming event on our site:

Hall of Famer JIMMY YOSHIDA will be there. Celebrating his 87th birthday with us. I hope to suprise him with a Trophy saying "Magic Teacher of the Century".

Being around the clubs from a very young age, I've seen what works and what doesn't. Being POSITIVE, Encouraging members, being media-savvy, and Trying NEW things WORKS. Membership is up and morale is good.

Hope to keep up with this thread.

Magical Aloha;
Mike Ching

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We are trying something at our APRIL meeting that I am very excited about.

Officialy, the topic is titled "MAGIC ON MYSPACE", but it is really becoming promotion of your work on the Web.

We are planning a projected live-feed of the web, and any members willing will draw up their websites, and explain why they made the decisions they did in creating the format. This will include Bios, photos, Prices (to list, or not to list?), Testimonials, and other page ideas they think are effective.

Member KELVIN CHUN, a Technology teacher will also draw up and discuss MYSPACE, FACEBOOK and other sites for Networking and displaying your wares. Time to bring Magic into the 21st Century and see where online PR is heading. It is also part of our effort to attract new and YOUNGER MEMBERS. (If the clubs are to grow strong, they Must provide the new "Connected Generation" with information that cannot be had by just meetings or online blogs).

Looking forward to your continued communiques.

Best Wishes & Magical Aloha

Mike Ching

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Some great ideas flowing out of this thread.

My own idea is that the IBM themselves could send a "CARE" package to the Rings once in a while with little give aways or things that could be raffled or handed out as prizes.

Just my $.02
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Michael Taggert
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Mike Ching let me know how well the internet session did for you guys the premise is very interesting.
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Aloha Mike Taggert!

It went I think, exceptionally well.

The livefeed was rigged by 3 of our guys and worked perfectly. It was exciting to have Kelvin Chun, a technology teacher, explain MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, CRAIGSLIST, and other FREE sites, and how they could be used to advertise or network on a shoestring budget, (Compared to the old days of costly Newspaper, magazine, flyer production, ect.).

Our Webmaster Bryan explained how our own website was created for less than $50. and went on to win IBM International WEBSITE Award of Excellence for 2006, only a year after it hit the net. (The concept was Win-Win-Win! For example, the panoramic images were used with permission of the photographer in return for mentioning his site. For that we had some of the most awesome Hawaii images for every page!).

Finally, several members drew up their own websites and explained the process of creating it, complete with finding the webmaster, program used, costs, purpose (Fun/Hobbyists sites used to network and find friends, to very commercial websites created by those to maximize bookings, promote superior client service, and close dates).

It was amazing. Here was information we'd never seen/heard anywhere else including Major conventions. Material many who were thinking of creating their own sites finally nodded at and said "Oh, so THAT's how it works!" I'm thoroughly convinced it was one of the best meetings we've ever had. It drew applause at the end.

Try It, Try it, Try it!

Best Wishes & Magical Aloha,

keep the good ideas coming!

Mike Ching

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Wow! Some great stuff listed here. Thank you everyone who contributed.
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Thanks for the great ideas- very Inspiring
Imsure at sometime weve all slacked off a bit about meetings etc
this post helps so much-cheers!!
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Very good stuff gentlemen s
No more politics on the meetings and no more personal STORYTELLING the ring's are for the one who love the art
here is a Example we use.a new member every month to do and explain a trick we do it all the time and is always a great response
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