Total secret corporate event
- Event: Jan 12 – Client… Can’t tell- Appreciation event – 140 Guest
- Venue: Four Seasons
- Package: Close Up – Roving Magic
This was a very secretive show – no photos allowed, no mentioning of the name of the company online. No exchange of business cards – I felt like being on a secret undercover mission. The performance was a lot of fun and I met a new performer that is in town.
We had a great chat after the event about performances, magic, and life as a performer. I am looking forward to seeing this Gentleman at other gigs.
Expeditors Singapore Corporate Event
- Event: Dec 3 – Expeditors – 250 Guests – Annual Dinner and Award Event
- Venue: Carlton Hotel
- Package: Stage Show
Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle. The subsidiary engaged my services for their annual award dinner event. The audience at this Singapore corporate event, consisted of all the employees plus some guests from overseas. I performed a 25 minute stage show during the dinner including the 2 VIP guests in the performance.
Magic Performance – IATA Conference
- Event: IATA Conference Cocktail reception – September 22 – 180 guests
- Venue: Raffles Hotel
- Package: Close-Up Magic
IATA is the International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines. They support aviation with global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. I was booked to do a 2 hour close up magic performance entertaining the guests during dinner and cocktails. I was working together with Adam Chua, who is probably the best Caricature artist in Singapore.
Here is the last update from the corporate magician Singapore for this year. First I would like to say thank you to all the people who have engaged my services, either the first time or repeatedly. Without you I wouldn’t be writing this entry.
2015 was, with over 100 performances, stage and close up, great and I am looking forward to do more in the coming year. It is hard to pick a highlight since I enjoy and learn from all performances even the ones that don’t go to well.
Yes there are shows that could go better! I learn from each of them. In fact the shows that don’t go well are the ones I take the most out of. I am a perfectionist and I try to deliver the best job I can, however no matter how well you plan things sometimes go wrong. Who’s fault is it? Wrong question – what can be done better to avoid the same thing happening next time. I see performance like Kaizen – continuous improvement.
If I had to pick a moment from this year that illustrates what I want to achieve with a performance it would be this one:
I do an effect in which I borrow a coin which disappears and re-appears inside a small sealed envelope which was inside a zip closed wallet. I offer my audience a long or short mystery. The short mystery is the option to open the envelope right now and validate that the coin is theirs’ . The long mystery is different. They don’t open the envelope. This means they have a mystery as long as they have the envelope if it is really the coin with their initials on it. I claim it is – but I am a magician…
I have been performing this effect at my regular gig at the Grand Hyatt Sunday brunch for over a year now. Last week a family came back and I was asked to come to there table. The daughter (about 8 years old) still had the envelope unopened. The last time they were there was about 3 months ago. The same happened with a Gentlemen that comes to the Hyatt with his wife at least 5 times a year. He still has the envelope – not opened for over 4 months.
Why is this great? Because the performance is in their mind for a long time and they have a magical moment every time they look at the envelope. How many people open it right away? I would say about 75% and usually out of group pressure. However I still have them open it after I left the table. This means they will debate out after the performance is done.
My goal for 2016 is to have 50% not open the envelope.
Finally some pictures from a recent performance. Amazing interaction
This was a busy week. The Sibos exhibit and conference was taking place in Singapore this week. Sibos is the annual conference, exhibition and networking event. Sibos is organised and facilitated by SWIFT, the global provider of secure financial messaging services. All the major banks and big commercial Software providers were present. There were are a lot of events going on and companies were looking for corporate event entertainers. I performed close up magic for 3 different banks on Monday and Tuesday. One was at the Boat House a nice Roof top bar opposite the Casino. On the picture I am getting ready for the performance. The other picture was taken at on of the MBS function rooms before the guests came in.
Corporate event entertainer amazes clients at Saxo Markets event
Saxo Markets provides institutional clients and their end customers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage and trading technology. I was engaged to entertain their clients and employees at a cocktail party at the Singapore ArtScience Museum. The event photographer did send me some performance pictures.
On July 3 I was hired to do close-up magic for an hour at the ICMAT conference at the Raffles City Convention Center. In my job, you meet a lot of other performers. This was the first time I came across a snake charmer. His name is Mohd Yusof and he is the only one in Singapore. He has been in the business for over 30 years and had a lot of interesting stories to share about his gigs and the people he met. He learned the craft from his Dad. He actually has a real King Cobra in his shows and when he pulled it out on stage at the conference he had the audience in stitches. He said it is still a baby but the critter was already about 3.5 m long. After his stage show, you could take pictures with him and the snakes. Not with the cobra… the snake on the picture is a python I think.
Mind Reader in Singapore
Last week I was hired to perform as a Mind Reader in Singapore at a corporate event the Prestige Class Award 2014-15 for about 400 people. In my usual stage performance I do a couple effects with mind reading but I mix them with other magic effects. The challenge with this event was that the client wanted to have a complete 30 minute show. I have a show that did fit the requirement however I usually limit it to an audience up to 150 people at a dinner event. Since people were eating during this performance I decided to limit the number of people that join me on stage which is normally the highlight of a Mind Reading performance but I just do not feel comfortable to get someone up, while his main course is getting cold.
The audience consisted of business owners and their spouses. I decided to do an effect related to marketing – subliminal advertising. Which is the of hidden images in commercial content in the hopes that viewers will process them unconsciously. I used the logo of a famous company which was displayed on the screens. The logo actually contains a number which is displayed only when the logo is inverted. I had the audience look at the logo and then a couple of audience members thought of 3 and 4 digit numbers. These numbers were totaled by another audience member and the total matched the number hidden in the logo. The rest of the performance went OK however I still prefer to do a show after the meal…