A Day in the Life of a Mentalist – PPWH Annual Ball

Photo of the PPWH Annual ball being set up

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs where I intend to take you behind the scenes and give you an insight into a day in the life of a Mentalist.

Now, while I won’t be giving away all of my secrets, I will certainly reveal the highlights, the frustrations and the challenges I face when performing live or designing new tricks for various audiences.

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Annual Ball

I had been looking forward to this performance for a while because of the scale of the event itself. While I love performing close up and mingling with a crowd, performing on stage is one of the most thrilling experiences for any performer whether they are a musician, dancer, singer or comedian – or in my case, a mind reader.

Now, I feel it important to state at this point that what I do is nothing to do with clairvoyance or reading minds; instead I read people. I read their tells, their expressions and their mannerisms in a way that makes it seem I am reading their thoughts. What I do is often referred to as mentalism however, being known as Looch the Mentalist probably wouldn’t help my marketing team.

The Night Before the Performance

So, back to the event.

I flew up to Glasgow on the Friday which took all of 45 minutes. In fact, it took me longer to get to East Midlands Airport airport than it did to fly to Scotland. But after a quick and easy flight, I arrived at the wonderful Torrance Hotel in East Kilbride which was my home for the next two nights.

Photo of the plane Looch flew up to Scotland in
The flight up took just 45 minutes

To my surprise, I was quite anxious about the performance the following evening as it was the first time I was ever using live video and audio cues during a show. I did not sleep well at all, but this is always the case when I am away from home.

The Day Of the Performance

With a whole morning and afternoon to fill before the show, I found myself in East Kilbride Shopping Centre where I was able to distract myself watching the new Joker movie – a bleak and majestic film which I highly recommend. Sitting back in my reclining leather chair, I was able to relax before heading to the venue to prepare.

I arrived at Crossbasket Castle at 5pm and with the help of a company called Cameron, we set up my videos and other links I needed later on before they started work setting up links for the charity auction that would take place before I took to the stage.

I had two screens flanking me on the stage and there were screens set up around the room so all 150 guests could be part of the performance.

Then it was just a waiting game which is the part I like the least.

The Performance

My performance was preceded by a choir, and a young opera singer who was amazing and plenty of compèring from the host, Jackie Brambles who is a journalist, radio DJ and former presenter of Loose Women.

Things over ran, as they naturally do, and I stepped foot on stage 25 minutes later than planned, at 10.10pm ready for my 30-minute, one man show.

I couldn’t have asked for a better audience, They had been so responsive through the Stroop Test I had set up for them during the meal, I just knew I was going to thrive on their energy.

For those who do not know what a Stroop Test is, this was an interactive video played for the guests just before my show started where they had to shout out the colour a word was written in rather than the word itself.

The idea was to introduce an interactive element prior to me getting on stage so they were ready for the audience participation elements I used throughout my live performance.  

The audience laughed the entire way through the above test, which was a fantastic precursor to my show.

The show itself went well and my 30 minutes included

  • Reading peoples body language and ‘poker tells’
  • Rapid calculations
  • Influencing a lady’s thought so she would search for a ‘Hamster’ in Google
  • Revealing people’s memories from school.
  • Making someone feel me touching their shoulder when I was 20 feet away (something you also might have seen recently on Britain’s Got Talent by my good friend The Masked Magician, ‘X’).

I was incredibly proud of the show itself and received some amazing feedback. In fact, I had difficulty leaving as people kept on coming up to speak to me about the act, fascinated to learn more about what I do, and often how I do it.

The clients were happy, the crowd was happy and more importantly, the event raised £28k for a charity that does some amazing work.

Image of the beautiful Crossbasket Castle
Crossbasket Castle

The Day After the Performance

With a flight booked at 5pm on the Sunday, I had yet more time to fill and what was a 30 minute performance took three days to complete.

Luckily, I was able to meet with my friend Drew McAdam who is Scotland’s foremost mind reader and is well known for his work on the Tricia show as The Interrogator, acting as a human lie detector test.

It was great to spend the afternoon talking about the industry and sharing ideas for new performances with each other.

Overall, the show was exhausting in terms of the travel and the preparation, but it was absolutely fantastic and a highlight of 2019 due to the sheer amount raised for charity on the night; I am so proud to have been a part of it.

5 Clear Reasons You Need to Hire a Corporate Magician for Your Next Event

Photo of Corporate Magician Looch performing

Mind reading and magic tricks at corporate meetings and events?

Yes, please.

The idea of a magician for hire isn’t new. In fact, magicians have been wowing and enticing the world for over 5,000 years. Anyone and everyone finds some level of fascination with magic. Adding mind-reading to the magical mix, and all eyes and ears are piqued.

Here are a few reasons to consider hiring a corporate magician to awe your guests, clients, and employees.

1. Grab Attention

Someone making balloon animals and doing card tricks is cute. But how about someone who’s perfectly honed skills as a magician and a mind-reader?

Corporate events have a stigma of being dry and sometimes uncomfortable. Not everyone knows each other. Pair that with the feeling of the event being work-related or mandatory, and this can make guests feel uptight.

Add a magician to an event, and you’ll instantly grab everyone’s attention.

2. Get Them Talking

Did you hear about the guy reading minds?

If that kind of phrase becomes the buzz at an event, people will want to stay longer. They’ll want to learn more. They’ll want to have their minds read.

Adding some magic to any evening can be the best icebreaker. People will want to talk about what they witnessed. They’ll want to compare their experiences.

Allow for a little bit of magic to create a collaborative experience for guests, one they’ll be excited to talk about, even after the event’s over.

3. Make It Memorable

Anyone can sit and listen to a band or an act.

What happens, though, when a corporate magician mingles around an event? One stop to wow a small group turns into another stop that draws a larger group.

No one is sitting, waiting for the event to finish. People are gravitating towards the entertainment. Your guests want to be part of a magical experience; almost everyone loves magic

4. Inspire the Group

Magic is universal; it has the ability to inspire.

Seeing something who doesn’t make sense to the mind is intriguing. The saying seeing is believing can become a group experience that draws people together, regardless of title or status within a company.

Hiring a magician is an easy way to bridge the divide between guests.

5. Leave Them Wanting More

Corporate magicians don’t just perform fun tricks of the mind.

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Corporate Magician & Mind Reading in Action

One of the most alluring traits of a corporate magician is easily involving the crowd. Guests become the focal point of the tricks, which provides a personal and exciting experience.

Consider letting guests challenge the mind-reader as a way to develop company culture and morale.

Let Your Mind Wander With a Corporate Magician

Hiring a corporate magician for an event can add value, excitement, and awe in just a few short hours.

Your clients, employees, and guests will appreciate the endless opportunities for fun and camaraderie. Give them an experience that won’t quickly be forgotten.

Interested in discovering how a corporate magician can make your event amazing? Contact us to find out why others have chosen wonder, mystery, and intrigue to create the perfect corporate event. 

Why You Should Have A Christmas Magician At Your Next Corporate Event

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Worth over £39 billion, the UK events industry is thriving right now.

Brits are clearly holding events of all shapes, sizes and varieties, up and down the country. Alas, you can guarantee that many of them will have failed to live up to expectations!

Are you in the process of organizing a corporate event? Well, make sure you prioritize the evening’s entertainment. It’s a sure-fire way to keep guests and attendees happy.

There are masses of entertainment options to choose between.

However, with winter around the corner and Christmas parties edging ever closer, hiring a Christmas Magician can provide the perfect entertainment to kick start the festivities.

Wondering how your event stands to gain from adding some magic to proceedings?

Keep reading to 7 key reasons hiring a magician guarantees a good time.

1. For the Entertainment

There’s nothing more entertaining than a quality Christmas magician.

Sure, Magic Mick from down the road might not cut it for your corporate event. But a respected magician in the industry will have honed their craft for years, practising and performing in front of audiences big and small.

Magic has appealed to audiences throughout history. There’s something mesmerising about tricks and illusions. Anything mysterious and unexplainable boasts a beguiling quality to it.

Even better, it appeals to almost everybody. It’s hard to find a form of entertainment that everyone at an event will enjoy. After all, people have varying personal tastes. Yet magic’s different! It tickles a part of the human psyche that makes it almost universally enjoyable.

If you want to appeal to the masses and keep your audience in a state of rapture, then magicians can do it.

2. It’s a Conversation Starter

Let’s face it, any event has the potential for awkwardness at the start.

We’ve all been to a party where nobody’s talking, dancing or getting involved. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife! Entertainment makes a mighty difference to proceedings.

When you’re bringing lots of different people together, you want to create the right energy and atmosphere. For the event to be a hit, you need everyone to engage with each other.

A good Christmas magician can be the conversation starter needed.

It makes sense! Magic is interactive by nature. A magician will go around to tables, or stand on a stage and ask people to engage. They’ll be picking cards, holding props, or being involved directly with the trick itself.

As such, it provides an amazing catalyst for conversation. Two total strangers can bond over the illusion neither of them can explain.

3. Avoid the Lulls

Parties and events of any kind can sometimes run in peaks and troughs.

The atmosphere might be amazing, but then suddenly drop into a lull, before picking back up. All sorts of reasons explain the phenomenon, but there’s no denying how awkward those lulls can get!

Magicians are the perfect tool for avoiding them at your event. It’s their job to create the energy and atmosphere in the room! With their tricks and personality, you can almost guarantee peoples’ ongoing attention with a magician in the room.

That’s good news when you’re trying to host a ‘lull-free’ event that only gets better throughout the night.

4. For the Lasting Impression

A good magic trick stays in memory.

Try as you might, it’s difficult to forget anything you can’t explain. When something tickles your interest and sparks your curiosity, it’s natural to want to know how it works.

Corporate Christmas Party
Corporate Christmas Party

Magic leaves the mystery hanging in the air! People are sure to go home talking about the event and the entertainment you provided.

At the end of the day, that’s what you need from any corporate event. A lasting impression fosters your reputation in the corporate world. Anybody trying to promote or celebrate is sure to enjoy the reputational benefits of a well-received event.

Hiring a magician can ensure your corporate event is one to remember.

5. Show You Care

Just as a top entertainer goes down well with an audience, bad ones stay in memory for all the wrong reasons.

It also sends the wrong messages to event attendees.

You want to impress your guests and demonstrate their importance to the company. Paying out for a high-quality magician, and providing a fun and engaging atmosphere will do exactly that. After all, you’ve gone to the effort of creating a quality event.

When employees feel valued they’re more likely to work hard and feel committed to your cause. Indeed, happy employees are known to be 20% more productive!

As such, hiring a magician lends itself to your bid to building a positive culture in the workplace.

6. It’s Novel Entertainment

Magicians provide a unique and novel form of entertainment compared to traditional alternatives.

Everybody has been to events with bands, DJs, karaoke, and so on. Unfortunately, people get bored easily these days! Give the people the novelty they’re craving!

Attendees will be thrilled to enjoy something different at your event.

Hiring a magician can help mix things up a bit. When was the last time you went to a magic show? Chances are fairly high it was a while ago. Some people may never have seen a professional magician in person.

As such, hiring a Christmas magician immediately sets your event apart from others. Again, this lends itself to becoming a memorable occasion for all involved.

7. For Awesome Photo Opportunities

Last but not least, hiring a magician helps spark perfect photo opportunities!

Anybody hosting an event will want to capture it in photos. The looks of surprise and amazement after a magic trick lend themselves to awesome photographs.

You’ll be able to look back with amusement at faces of attendees blown away by your magician. It’s entertainment at its finest.

Time to Book Your Christmas Magician

The events business is big right now in the United Kingdom.

However, that doesn’t mean that every event’s a hit!

Hiring some quality entertainment can make all the difference. Hopefully, this post has demonstrated why a Christmas magician would be the ideal solution for your event needs.

Ready to give a magician a go? Get in touch today!

Make Your Next Event Incredible With Our Unique Corporate Events Ideas

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Corporate Event Ideas

Whether you are hosting a product launch, rewarding your clients or celebrating with staff, a successful corporate event will help get everyone talking about your company.

So, when it comes to making your event memorable, everything from food, drink and location can have a huge impact. But what about entertainment?

Having performed at countless corporate events for companies including BBC Radio Nottingham, John Deere Group, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Nottingham University and Centre Parcs, I know first-hand the positive impact the right act can have. The right corporate entertainment act can promote interaction and boost networking amongst attendees through a shared experience. It can help employees switch off from work and relax.

Here are a few of the best types of act I have had the pleasure to work alongside in my years as a corporate event entertainer.

Caricaturist

Typically, this sort of entertainment is better for smaller and more intimate corporate events. Caricaturists serve as a great ice breaker and guests can share the laughs or cringe-worthy moments while gathered around the artists. That said, the event could be transferred to a screen for a wider-reaching effect.

Silhouette Artist

Not too dissimilar to the caricaturist, a silhouette artist adds an element of fascination for the attendees and another way to establish bonds between guests and promote networking as people discuss the act and laugh together, which is a fantastic way to reduce stress. There is even scope for your corporate theme to be included in the act to promote your business and what is more, guests get to take away a keepsake.

Singers and Musicians

Singers and musicians are always ideal whether your event is corporate, a wedding or a private party and are often the go-to for events entertainment. With such a wide range of music styles from groups, soloists or tribute acts, nothing beats a bit of music to get everyone dancing. And while you cannot please all of the people all of the time in terms of the genre you choose, music can never fail to boost morale and bring smiles across the board.

Champagne Dress Hostess

Queuing at the bar can be a little dull, even at the most exciting of events. But now imagine queuing to take your glass of prosecco from an entire dress made of them. It’s a talking point for certain and a great way to treat clients and employees alike.

Comedy Magicians

This sort of corporate magician is a great act to entertain larger audiences during or after sit down meals but also has the added bonus of audience participation. Laughter and wonderment will mean your event is talked about for months if not years to come.

Mind Reader and Mentalist

Of course I couldn’t go without mentioning what I do as a corporate event entertainer. With packages for trade shows, exhibitions, award shows or even the Christmas party, my mind-bending performances will leave guests amazed as I manipulate minds, make predictions and even get guests to read the minds of other attendees. There are numerous benefits to hiring a mentalist for a corporate event whether you have 10 guests or 1,000. My flexible and bespoke packages mean I can more often than not meet every professional requirement you have for your event.

So if you have a corporate event coming up in the next few months or are wondering if you can still make your Christmas function that little bit different this year, then get in touch.