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WillRoya
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What were you selling and when and where?

My best was $1700 one Saturday at Western Washington Fair last year, selling a Svengali deck, thumb tip and Floating card as a $25 package. Using no mic, in a inline booth, I did have a helper baging the product for me.

The next day my voice was so shot that I started charging people $1 if they wanted to see the demo and still did a grand. I gave the $1 back if they bought something. A lot less demos and much higher closing rate.
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One reason that it's good to have some idea of your top possible take, is that it helps you figure out what your top possible table fee should be.

In my experience, some shows have table fees that are all out of proportion to what you can possibly make. And then they want to ding you for insurance, signage and electricity to boot!

While they may think the fees are fair, they may not be good for you, based on what you're selling. Even taking into account that there may be great foot traffic, lots of kids, etc. (which is certainly worth something), the fee may be so high that it just doesn't make any sense to do the show. SETH
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I've decided that I will rarely if ever pay more then 200 a day for a spot. One of the worst spots I did this last year were these kids events that I thought I would do huge numbers at and they charged 750 for the weekend and I lost my shirt. All the kids were in strollers. Recently I've been doing train and gun shows, only 100 or so for the weekend and I do good numbers.


Posted: Mar 6, 2010 9:35pm
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I broke my record in Chicago recently, had back to back 1800 days. All Splat balls. One bagger helping.

It is great to know your average so you never over pay for a show.
iugefu
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How do you demo splat balls, and could you recommend a wholesaler Will?
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I'll be putting out a DVD soon that will have my splat ball and magic pitch (and a couple others) and reveal everything.
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No worry Will.
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Your figures are certainly impressive Will.
My personal target is a mere $200 profit for about 3/4 hours of a very enjoyable Saturday morning pitch. Rent is only $10, and coffee is for free from my mate in the adjoining stall.
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Just because its in print iugerfu, don't believe it. $200 in 3/4 of an hour is good for any pitch...and free coffee to boot...my god that's like "hog heaven"

I have spent more time sitting behind a pitch joint than Will has on a pitch joint and all ready hes an "expert" and coming out with a DVD...give me a break!

Later, Don
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Yes, I meant 3 or 4 hours. As for 480 decks, WOW WOW and WOW. Could you still talk after that?
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Perhaps if Will would be willing to divulge how much a splat ball sells for, this would give an indication of units shifted. Or is that info for your dvd only?
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Believe it or not iugefu its easer on a pitchman to sell 480 decks than it is to just sell a few dozen.When all thoses lines(money) is coming across the joint its amazing how much energy one has.


Later,Don
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For an update, I beat my biggest numbers day at a show in Chicago in February. Back to back 1800 days. Total of 6k for 4 days. Two people who post here and saw me at the show can verify the amount of money I was taking in.

It was with Splat Balls and I had one helper at 10%. I sell the Splat Balls for 5 for 1, 3 for 10, 7 for 20. I sold out at the show on Sunday.

The splats and my magic pitch will be on my DVD. For those who have questioned my motivation for the DVD and for those who have begged me not to put it out, I can say this; I have my reasons and they are not for my ego or for the proceeds’ of the sales of the DVD.
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Anyone here know what splat balls wholesale for?
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Iugefu,

Here you go.Click on " splat pig"

http://www.rinovelty.com/index.cfm?fusea......alls&Go=

google splat balls there are lots of designs out there besides just pigs.

Don
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Thank you Don

Good markup on the splat pigs it seems, at $4,20 per dozen.......no piggies in stock though.

What distance do you throw the poor beast for demonstration purposes, and is it re-usable once demoed?
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Just throw it on a table or floor in your booth but get a good size piece of plexiglass to splat it on so the ball stays clean,it will last longer.Let the kids throw it as much as they want.

Don
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Thanks again Don,

Anybody else out there who has pitched splat balls?
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Q. How do you know when a magi is lying...



A. The second he mentions his "fee" unsolicited...


:)

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iugefu
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B. When he supposedly charges $1 per demo......utterly unheard of as far as Im aware.
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Quote:
On 2010-05-13 05:10, keithmagic wrote:
Q. How do you know when a magi is lying...



A. The second he mentions his "fee" unsolicited...


:)

Keith


LOL - even in Mexico you're funny Stickley!

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