Tis the season where bookings for weddings reduce but demand for corporate events and private parties is high. But bookings don’t simply happen through a phone call alone. Many people book my services once they have seen what I do, which is why life as a mentalist can be….well, mental, as networking is key to ensure people get a flavour of my act.
It was through networking that a 50th birthday booking came about and it led to a truly wonderful event that I was delighted to be a part of.
The Mind Reader Meets The Business Doctor
Michael Hardy, who is a Business Doctor, was literally the first person I met at a business expo held at Colwick Racecourse earlier this year. I like to attend events like these as I enjoy meeting business owners and learning more about what they do; I also get to show them that mentalism isn’t about magic tricks.
After chatting to Michael and giving him a demonstration, I received an email a few days later booking me for his 50th birthday celebrations which were to be held at Stubton Hall a stunning location which I have had the pleasure of performing at a number of times. Renowned for its unspoilt, rural surroundings and elegant rooms, it’s a perfect venue for special occasions.
At first, I was just going to perform my Mix and Mingle act while guests arrived. However, Michael’s wife, Jen, soon took over and decided my After Dinner Entertainment would be better, particularly as the couple were using the birthday celebrations to raise money for CASY, a Newark charity which provides Counselling And Support for Young people.
Networking Is Key
Once the booking had been made, I started to see more and more of Michael on the business circuit, which meant we were able to build up a relationship. This is a wonderful feeling to have as an entertainer as you don’t see your job as ‘work’ but as something to look forward to and enjoy yourself.
The big day arrived and I travelled to the venue nice and early to set up on the stage (although there was really no point seeing as the band performing that evening moved my entire act onto the floor for their sound test: thus is the nature of show business though).
Once family and friends began to trickle through the door and to the bar, I was able to begin my mix and mingle – always careful not to pounce until they are settled, caught up with people they haven’t seen for a while and more importantly, with a drink in hand. As well as being an ice breaker, the Mix and Mingle is also a perfect opportunity for me to see which guests were the perfect ‘participants’ for the evening show. Luckily, there were more than enough suitable candidates.
Before I took to the stage, Michael’s daughter announced a bucket list he had to complete throughout the year. And what a list! It has everything from the more simplistic tasks of give blood, adopt an animal and write a poem to the more extreme challenges of complete an indoor skydive, host a charity event and climb a peak. Good luck Michael!
Then it was on to the main event for me, a one-hour long performance with a fantastic audience. They were receptive, funny and had great banter meaning the interaction with them was fantastic and something that is on my wish list for any audience. You don’t always get crowds like that in my industry; audiences that are willing to just let go but when you do, it makes for an amazing atmosphere. I received a standing ovation at the end of the performance too which was a wonderful experience for me personally.
After it was over, a number of guests stopped me as I was leaving to discuss my act and I ended up performing a small show down the corridor and have been booked for a corporate event as a result.
In total, Michael’s celebrations raised over £1,800 for CASY, so he can certainly tick off ‘host a charity event’ from the bucket list.
What a fantastic event and one I will also remember for a long time. I would like to thank Michael and his family for inviting me to perform and al the wonderful staff at Stubton Hall for their hard work behind the scenes.
In addition to leaving a 5 star review on Google, Michaels wife Jen, left the following testimonial:
“WOW, what an incredible show Looch did for us at my husbands 50th birthday party. Over 80 of our friends & family were completely mesmerised during his performance & we are all still talking about it now! Highly recommend Looch for any event as you will be blown away by what he does. Thank you so much!”
– Jen Hardy (Client)