Last Saturday I performed close up magic at the Association of Dutch Business people annual Gala Dinner. It was hosted at the Tamarind Hill restaurant. The group consisted of about 150 guests most of them from the Netherlands. One might think that a German magician Singapore isn’t a good match for a dutch event but even at football matches the 2 groups can celebrate together – just look at the last world cup. The setting for this event was very nice and the guests where receptive to the performance. I like venues where people are seated at big tables from 10-15 this doesn’t feel anymore like a close up performance but rather a parlor show in a living room. If you interested on information on how to get the most out of entertainment you hire for your corporate event please check out this article:
10 Tips for a successful engagement of conference entertainment Singapore
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7. Never Have the Show after the Lucky Draw
This applies especially for Asian events where it is common to have a lucky draw as part of the event. From experience we know that people will leave after it because it is a natural end to any event. Save time and money if you cannot find another slot.
8. Be Aware of the Sequence of the Acts
If you have more than one act during your event make sure to speak with the respective performers regarding the sequence. It is not good to have a local favorite actor or comedian as an opener since he or she will hype up the audience and makes it tough for a follow on performer to regain the attention.
9. Place The Stage Show Before Any Speeches and Awards
It’s no secret that people switch off during the speeches and awards. This is especially true if food was served just prior to them.
You need to make sure that your guests are charged up, alert and listening to the speeches and awards; too much time and effort has gone into them to just to let them fall on deaf ears.
By having the entertainment before the speeches, you give people a chance relax, re-vitalize and become excited. At the end of the performance they will be amazed and feel alert, ready to hear your important messages.
10. Can the People at the Back see and hear the Stage Show?
When dealing with groups larger than fifty people, a stage or a riser should be used. Most acts can and will perform on the same level as the tables, but this stops a large number of people from seeing what is happening.
The same applies for the sound and lighting. Without either, the audience will have a difficult time understanding what is going on. Ask the performers regarding their requirement they should provide you with a technical rider
When you hire an entertainer for a stage show, it is in your best interest to make use of him, or her, as best as you can. Great entertaining acts can become dull if the above tips are not applied. As the event organizer it is within your power to take care of these variables which could make your carefully planned event begin to unravel.
Always remember that when you hire a venue you have the right to ask for things to be done the way you would like them. Don’t allow the venue to stipulate things that will make your event dull, boring, or lose cohesion. If they baulk against your request, make sure to put your foot down.
Hospitality suite entertainment at the F1
Last weekend was again the F1 in Singapore. A lot of companies, especially banks take this opportunity to connect with their most important clients and invite them to a hospitality suite with great food and usually access to the race or the pre-qualifying. I have in the past provided multiple times hospitality suite entertainment at the racetrack in Singapore and the Hockenheimring in Germany. Usually I am engaged before the race to entertain the guests during the cocktails and/or dinner. This year I was working for UBS at the Raffles Hotel Bar and Billard room. Here is a picture from the outside of the restaurant/bar
It was great fun and no noise from the race track… You would think that is normal well I performed once at suite directly above the track which was for a small group of 40 people. The client booked me for 3 hours to entertain the guest during the race… Well I had not much to do since everyone was watching the race and when the watched it was interrupted by the passing cars. This is basically like somebody puts you on mute for 30 seconds. At least the fee was good ;-).
I usually recommend the client to have the entertainment as part of the pre-race cocktails and/or dinner. This ensures that people can enjoy it and the client gets something for the investment.
10 Tips for a successful engagement of corporate entertainment Singapore
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4. Remove Tall Centerpieces on the Table
While tall center pieces look beautiful , they can also obstruct the view of your guests. This is also a barrier for inter-table communication. When your guests cannot see what is going on at the stage they will lose interest and start talking among themselves and this will have a negative impact on the performance. If tall centerpieces cannot be avoided then make sure that you ask the banqueting staff to place them to one side before the show and return them after the show has ended.
5. Stop the Service During the Show
Whether it is a free bar or not, people at events enjoy drinking. But people moving around during a stage show are disruptive to everyone in the room. The best way to handle this is to have the bar closed during the stage show. We recommend covering the bar with a table cloth, allowing people to see at a distance that the bar is currently closed. Furthermore don’t have the bar at different location than where the show will take place. Especially after dinner your guests will be there instead of watch the performance that you paid for.
Also announce the temporary closure at least half an hour before the show begins, it allows your guests the chance to grab a drink or two to keep at the table.
For a western style dinner the show should begin either after the main course or after dessert when service has concluded.
In case of a Chinese style dinner the show should begin after the dishes and main course (rice and noodles) and when the fruit has been served. The service should stop at this time.
In general keep in mind that when people are eating they will not pay any attention to what is taking place on stage. If you don’t want to interrupt the service it might be better just to have live music instead of an audience participation act like a comedian, magician, juggler etc.
6. Never Have a Break Immediately Before the Show
Some people will lose track of time during the break and not return on time. People arriving part way through the show will disturb the enjoyment for the other guests. If people need a break to use the facilities they will do so as and when they need to.
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