PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Comedic magician Geoff Williams, honored multiple times as Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, regularly embarks from his home on St. Pete Beach to amaze audiences across the country and around the world with his sleight-of-hand.
Now, he wants to magically make money fill the coffers of local schools, churches, Chambers of Commerce, fraternal organizations, and charities by providing fundraising programs at no cost to the sponsoring organizations.
Williams is a performing member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood and a member of the prestigious by-invitation-only Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic in New York. He was a contributing writer for “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and has amassed more than two dozen awards for his comedy-magic shows.
He has worked with a number of organizations in Pinellas County, including Lakewood High School, St. Michael’s Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the TampaBayNetworkers Holiday Gift Drive for the Pinellas Park Firefighters Benevolent Association, the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Women With Purpose, and Networking Women of Integrity and Excellence.
Williams realized that his family-friendly, if slightly zany, mix of humor and magic could provide a high-profile opportunity for other organizations, as well, and he developed a fundraising model that takes the risk out of staging a professional production for a large audience.
“There is no up-front fee for these shows,” explains Williams. “My fees come from ticket sales and I’m eager to help in every way I can. I feel I’m successful only if the groups I’m working with are successful.”
To that end, Williams has written a book, “FUNDRAISING MAGIC: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising the Money you Need NOW,” available free via e-mail at Geoff@GeoffWilliamsMagic.com, or by calling 727-798-9345. It provides a step-by-step manual for producing and promoting his shows, and Williams assists by designing posters, flyers, and e-mail text that the sponsoring organization can distribute.