Last Saturday I performed close-up magic at the Association of Dutch Business people’s 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 in 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 were 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 are interested in 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 corporate entertainment Singapore
Part 2 of 3 on tips how to get the most out of corporate entertainment Singapore that you engage for your events.
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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10 Tips for a Successful Stage Magic Show
Part 1 of 3 on tips how to get the most out of the corporate entertainment you pay for.
You are the organizer for an event that needs stage show entertainment. The venue is booked, the guest lists have been sent out, the entertainment has been hired…and there is nothing else to do, or is there?
Many times, stage shows that incorporate the audience, such as comedians, magicians and mind readers, can be destroyed by a few little things. However, a lot of organizers are not aware of them and that they can make or break a show at an event.
If you are thinking of booking a stage magic show or other stage entertainer, or you have booked one for your next event, here are tips that will make your event and the magic show even better:
1. Keep Your Audience Close
A stage show can be extremely interactive, this is especially true of comedians, comedy magicians or mind readers. This means that the audience should be as close as possible to the stage.
The event manager at the venue will often place a dance floor between the tables and the stage. If you notice this, ask the banqueting staff to move all of the tables closer to the stage. You are in charge so you can demand this!
2. Fill The Front Tables First
This is the follow up to ‘keep your audience close‘. People naturally tend to stay away from the very front tables, and as a result, if there is a deficit of guests, the front tables will be inadequately populated. This creates another empty zone between the tables and the stage, limiting audience interaction and slowing down the flow and pace of the performance.
A good trick is to place ‘Reserved’ signs on the tables furthest away from the stage until the tables closest to the stage are full.
3. Keep People Together
Hotel, restaurant, conference center staff will always try to fill the room by spreading out the tables and chairs to use up the space. This type of distancing might utilize the space but doesn’t build a connected room for a show. In a theater or comedy club people feel connect thru the proximity to the other audience members. It is better for your event, and the entertainment, if there is an atmosphere of intimacy. This is true not only for theaters of comedy but for small or large function rooms in hotels or other venues.
You are the customer and the venue staff are there to ensure that you get what you require. Not the other way around!
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As a restaurant magician you often get requests from management to entertain some VIP customer/guest. At the Hyatt they have private rooms that you can reserve for the brunch with cater for up 30 people. Yesterday I got a request to entertain at one of the rooms for one of the VIP guests. When I walked in and introduce myself the main person looked at me stone faced and said no thank you. All you can do is excuse yourself politely and exit. However the gentleman just played a joke and started laughing – he was basically testing my reaction and the others in the room looked how I would respond. I just said you have a great sense of humor I think it would be worthwhile to include you in my act as heckler at other tables would you mind after the performance here to come along. I got a laugh and he said yes. The rest of the show was great and I stayed longer than usual. You have to think on your feed as a restaurant magician.
Back after 2 weeks vacation to my job as Hyatt Magician. It was good to have a rest be outside Singapore for a while. This week I had the pleasure entertaining a friend for mine from my Karate Club who came to the brunch. He had no idea that I was performing there it was a fun surprise.
Easter brunch was packed with almost 400 guests. I did some overtime to cover more tables and focused on groups of at least 6. Great thing is that most of the tables were requests meaning people asked me to come and perform for them which makes it easier and audience is very receptive. Also some friends of mine came over for the brunch which was a lot of fun and I managed some free beers for them – after all they are German…Tomorrow I am of for a trip to Japan for almost 2 weeks. A couple of Cities in Kyushu and Tokyo.
Hyatt Singapore magician
Full House yesterday at the Hyatt. Over 300 guests for the brunch. Something funny happened at the end of the brunch. A Lady came up to me and thanked me for the great brunch, the service and commented on the food. I was sure that I didn’t perform at their table but she went on to compliment. I realized that she thought I am part to the management. Well I don’t wear a costume when I perform but a business suit. I just played along and thanked her and said we hope to see her again soon.
Stefan corporate magician Hyatt Singapore
Sometimes you face ‘tough’ customers when you do a regular performance especially in a Restaurant. Yesterday the management asked if I could go to a table which was not to satisfied with the service. I believe the important thing in a case like this is not to focus on the entertainment but on the conversation with the guests and most of the time you find something that you have in common with them. Yesterday it was easy for me because the table was German and one Gentleman was from my region. This made the whole thing much easier. I chatted with them for a while and we had some laughs even with performing a single trick. I did then only one strong effect for them and invited them to come back. I believe they had a good time after all and hopefully forgot about the thing they were not to happy about earlier.
Stefan corporate magician grand hyatt
P.S. I almost forgot, I got my new contract which good until the end of the year – yeah!
One of the nice things when you perform regularly at the same venue is that you get repeat customers. I have now been the Magician Grand Hyatt for almost a year and I would say I have every Sunday at least 10-20% regulars. Usually they bring friends or family and they request that I come to the table which is a great marketing point to the management. This week was the same. I performed at a table for a Gentlemen that had seen me at least 5 times but he was always there with different people so the show is always different. Next time he comes I have to think of something different.