Corporate Event Planners Love Magicians
When planning or hosting a corporate event, entertainment is essential to making your event stand out to your guests. Interactive entertainment breaks the ice and encourages active participation amongst attendees. Hiring a corporate event entertainer – maybe a magician – is an excellent solution to relax any tensions in your group and blow their expectations out of the water.
Corporate events – whether it’s a holiday party, awards banquet, seminar, or retreat – often require careful planning to keep guests engaged and actively involved. Hiring entertainment for your event adds texture to the experience for your guests, whether you want someone to mingle with the crowd and break the ice… or someone to entertain the crowd from stage during a break in the program.
Magic is a great way to make a memorable impact on your guests. An experienced magician has the ability to adapt to the particular circumstances of your event. Maybe you are planning a small company office party. A close up show might be a great fit. Planning a bigger event? Have a magician mingle through the crowd during the cocktail hour… a stage show is also a great option for venues with a stage and sound system.
The corporate event entertainer can steal the show
A magician has the potential to make a strong impact on an audience and to connect them with an unforgettable shared experience. This can immediately distinguish your event from the “standard corporate event” your guests may be expecting. Great entertainment has the ability to make us forget our troubles and challenges for a while and just have fun with those around us.
You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing entertainment for your event. The challenge is to find something that will surprise your guests and exceed their expectations. A band is always a great choice, but if that is your only entertainment, the event may not really stand out to your guests. Something different and unexpected can add texture to the experience.
When choosing a magician for a corporate event, do your research. Searching online is a great way to see reviews and promo material for different performers. Another way is to ask around and see if anyone you know has a recommendation. ALWAYS speak with the performer on the phone. This will give you a good general idea of his/her personality and how that performer would interact with your guests.
Of course, if you are planning a corporate event, you will want to make sure the performer you hire specializes in these types of events. A specialist corporate magician will have a good grasp of the crowd, how to connect with them, and the appropriate sense of humor to use. The focus should be surprise, laughter, and fun, without anything offensive.
Ask your prospective entertainer/magician about his/her act. How long does the show last? Does he/she have any special staging requirements? Is the show interactive? Most importantly, ask if the performer has a short promo reel for you to watch.
Hiring a magician for your corporate event
Because magicians (depending on your locality) may be booked out weeks or months in advance, make your decisions about entertainment and start on phone calls as soon as possible. When hiring a magician, have a list of discussion points ready:
- Size of the event (number of guests, size of venue)
- Schedule for the event (Cocktail hour, seated dinner, awards ceremony)
- What type of magic show? (Stage show, close-up show, crowd mingling, illusion show)
To keep your audience engaged, your choice of entertainment is very important. Your goal is to find a corporate event entertainer with experience entertaining crowds like yours. Talk with the performer either over the phone or in person, and ask for promo material. This will set you up for success with your next corporate event!