I supported a documentary about Indian magicians in Delhi and got a magic ring!

Documentary made in India: Tomorrow we Disappear raised funds on Kickstarter

Last fall I was on the Kickstarter website — thinking about running a fundraising campaign of my own — and I came across an appeal from three young filmmakers in the USA, Jim Goldblum, Adam Weber and Josh Cogan, who wanted to raise $40,000 to return to India to finish filming and editing a documentary about a magicians colony in Delhi, India that was about to disappear. The film is called Tomorrow we Disappear and this link will take you to the Kickstarter description. The slum area the magicians live in is going to be razed to make room for new buildings — hence the title.

I was intrigued by the project to make a documentary in India and also by the rewards they offered. Rewards are a key ingredient of a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign. They need to be fun, valuable and manageable. These guys had great rewards at almost every pledge level, but I chose to make the $10 pledge and get a magic ring in return.

I have followed their progress on their Facebook page and even saw a photo of them, back in New York, lugging boxes of rewards to the post office.

And today — the day after my birthday actually — when I am in the midst of a big life change and in need of some magic, frankly — I got my ring. And it’s turquoise, my favourite colour and the colour I requested! So, thank you to Jim, Adam and Josh for making this film and keeping to your word and sending me a ring. Here’s the trailer, below — watch it and you will see why I wanted to help fund this project.

P.S. They raised $61,000.

What would you do with a magic ring?

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8 Responses to I supported a documentary about Indian magicians in Delhi and got a magic ring!

  1. Madhu Nair March 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Mariellen,
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Did know about this … seems very fascianting.
    I’ll be going back to India in April for a few weeks.
    Will try and meet up with these magicians … Will be quite fascianting to meet up with them.

    Cheers,
    Madhu

  2. Mariellen March 17, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    That would make a great blog, Madhu! I hope you write about it. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Anji March 22, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    This is really interesting- I find it extremely inspiring how much people actually support each other! I recently discovered kickstarter and there are some pretty cool ideas out there! It’s great! I hope your magic ring gives you all the magic you need! 🙂

  4. Mariellen March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Kickstarter is awesome. I love how the Internet is opening up possibilities for people. We don’t have to rely on a few people who hold the pursestrings of funding organizations to pick and choose. We can go directly to the people!!

  5. Mariellen March 22, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    ps Magic ring doing its job so far 🙂

  6. Jennifer March 29, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    The two wards are named as Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli

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