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Race Nights and Mobile Race Nights in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Scotland
The Magic Agency supplies state of the art Race Nights for Fund-raising or Corporate Hospitality, in Scotland.
A Race Night is one of the most effective ways to raise money for your favourite charity or good cause.
Even after deducting the operator's fee, a well-run Race Night, with a hundred people at it, should raise about £1000.
Our professional Race Nights include:
Unlike some other companies, we do not use DJs, who "also happen to do Race Nights". The Magic Agency only uses professional presenters, who specialise in Race Nights and have years of experience in running them successfully.
You don't charge the guests. Every guest is given some fun money at the start of the evening. They then use the fun money to bet on horses.
At the end of the evening, the guest (or guests) with the most fun-money, wins a prize.
Race Nights are a great way of raising money for your favourite charity or good cause. An average Race Night with a hundred people at it will give you a profit of about £1000.
Here's how it works.
Remember - this is just based on one race - you will be having six races (or more, if you wish) during the evening .
Before the night...
You get people to become the owners of each horse in each race. They pay £2-£5 pounds to own a horse and call it a name. If the horse they own wins a race, they get a prize like a bottle of whisky.
If you sell 36 horses at £5 each, then that makes £180. Deduct £60 for six bottles of whisky as the prizes and that leaves you £120 profit even before the Race Night begins.
On the Night...
All the guests bet on a horse or horses.
How a typical tote is calculated.
All bets set at £1 each. There are eight horses in each race. People can bet on any horse - but lets say the betting goes like this...
Horse 1 10 people bet on it = £10.00
Total you collect is £100
50% £50 is taken for the charity - this is your profit
Horse 1 pays £5.00 to each winner
So, for example, if horse 4 wins the race £6.00 per bet is paid to everyone who placed bets on it.
8 bets at £6.00 per bet is paid out = £48.00. Profit on the race for the charity is £52.00 i.e. the £100 you took in for the race less £48 paid to the winners.
The computer betting system will keep track of all of the bets placed and work out the tote in this way for each race.
The percentage pay out to the punters can be set for each race to your specifications.
Organising a Typical Race Night
Before the Event…
The jobs for the event organisers before the event are, firstly to organise prizes for each of the winning owners in the races.
The next job is to sell off eight horses in each race (except the final race which will be the auction race). If you get the prizes before you sell the horses you can use the quality of the prizes to determine how much you can charge for the horses.
Example: If you get a bottle of spirits for each race worth around £10 you can sell each horse for between £2 and £5. A more expensive prize may justify a higher price tag on the horses.
Whilst the horses are selling you can be considering organising/getting prizes for other games and fund raising opportunities which will be available to you on the night. Full details of these will be supplied in your race night pack which will be sent to you on booking.
Advertise and sell tickets, your crowd will ultimately determine the success of the night.
On the night…
You will need to organise bookies who will sell the bets to your guests. Your bookies should have the following skills: be able to use a mouse on a computer and be able to deal with money i.e. give change.
You will be required to organise the selling of stand up bingo tickets and collecting money from auction winners.
Note: The presenter will not handle money collected for the benefiting charity.
More Fun and Fund-raising ideas
"Yes, everyone had a great night and were very happy with the service, If anyone is looking to do a race night, I will be recommending yours for sure.
"To The Magic Agency,
"Just a few words to thank you on behalf of the Rotary Club of Loudoun. Our race night on the 21st May was an outstanding success and that was due in no small way to the skill and professionalism of the presenter, whom you arranged to attend and compere the evening. We managed to raise in excess of £1000 for local charities but beyond that everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and commented to that effect.
We would have no hesitation in recommending your services to any other group or organisation who were looking to raise funds in this manner.
"Yes, Michael, the race presenter was excellent and we raised loads of money. I won't hesitate to pass your details on and will contact you next year for our night. Thanks again."
"To The Magic Agency,
"To The Magic Agency,
"The guy who came along did a fantastic job and the audience were very impressed with the whole set up! We will definetely use them again next year. We managed to raise over £900 for club funds! Thanks once again." - Gregg, Social Convenor, Clarkston Bowling and Tennis Club, 2007
The Law Pertaining to Race Nights
This is taken from the Department for Culture Media & Sport Factsheet pertaining to Race Nights.
"Definition of a race night
Race nights are events in which participants stake money on the outcome of recorded races and where the selection is totally dependent on chance and where no "odds" or "form" are available to assist the selection.
Proceeds go to purposes of the organisation or a charitable purpose but are not for private gain or commercial purposes.
How to run a race night
It is usual to run a race night as an amusement with prizes under section 15 of the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976.
The race night must not be the sole attraction and must be part of an exempt entertainment such as a bazaar, sales of work, fete, dinner dance, sporting events or similar gatherings.
There are certain conditions set out in section 15, which must be observed when promoting and conducting a race night as an 'amusement with prizes at an exempt entertainment'. These are listed below.
There are no registration requirements.
NB. DCMS cannot give authoritative legal advice about every possibility in this area. We strongly advise any individual or company seeking to set up these or any other types of Fundraising events to seek independent legal advice."
For more information please go to www.culture.gov.uk
To Hire A Mobile Race Night
If you wish to hire our Mobile Race Night, then please give us a call on 0141 577 6604.
You can also email us by filling in the enquiry form on the Contact Us page.
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