Magical Fundraising Event Ideas

When planning a fundraiser, consider the crowd who will be attending.  For large fundraisers intended to raise large sums of funds for a cause, you should focus on producing a high quality experience for your guests.  From the venue to the food to the entertainment, giving your guests an incredible experience will put them a “giving mood.” There are plenty of options concerning entertainment, but maybe consider a magic show fundraiser. 

The more impressed your guests are with their experience, the more they will likely want to donate to your cause.  Give and you will receive!

If you are tasked with planning an annual fundraiser for a cause, consider magic as a way to connect with your potential donors.

Benefits of a magic show fundraiser

One of the best ways to show appreciation for donations to any fundraiser is to give them an experience they will not forget. A professional performer (juggler, comedian, magician, etc.) could add an element of surprise and texture to the experience for your guests.  

One great option is a magic show.  Magicians tend to be quite versatile in terms of the type and length of performance.  You may want a strolling magician to mingle through the crowd during the cocktail hour of your event.  This will break the ice amongst the guests and get them interacting with one another. An after-dinner stage show is another great option to get the entire group involved.

You want a magician who will actively involve your audience in the performance.  If you are hiring a performer to do a show on stage, this is a very important point.  Audience involvement is a major reason why magic is such an effective type of performance for large events.  Make sure you see some performance footage of the magician you decide to hire. This will ensure you get a performer who involves the audience in his/her show.

Magic is intriguing to people.  If a silent auction is part of your fundraiser, you might consider including an experience of magic as an auction item.  Tickets to a popular magic show or venue will undoubtedly be popular. Having a professional magician performing at your fundraiser will increase this intrigue even further.

Some magicians may be able to cater their acts to suit the purpose or theme of the fundraiser, regardless of whether the event is “magic themed.”  Many times, magic serves as a much-needed form of texture to break up the typical course of events at a fundraiser.  

A major benefit a magic show fundraiser is that there are no hard and fast rules. If you have an idea for your event, reach out to a magician, and ask a few questions.  An experienced magician will have performed at many events like yours and be able to provide helpful advice. A good magician will be open to hearing your ideas and respond with his/her thoughts based on experience.  Of course, it is important to find a magician whose act is clean and non-offensive.

Magical fundraising tips

When planning a magical fundraiser, don’t be afraid to be specific with the performer you plan to hire. It is always a good idea to talk with him/her on the phone so that you are on the same page.  The more details you are able to provide, the better. This will give the performer a mental picture of the event that will be quite helpful.  

Magic shows are versatile, interactive, and fun.  A magic show is a perfect way to get your guests excited about the event and to treat them to a unique and memorable experience.  Show your appreciation for your guests with some personal live entertainment. This is a great way to put them into a giving mood!

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Amory Hermetz

Amory Hermetz

Amory is a professional magician who tours the country performing at corporate events. He specializes in close-up and stage illusions for conferences, awards banquets, client/employee appreciation events, and corporate retreats.

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