A Day in the Life of a Mentalist – Oakley Hall Hotel

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As an entertainer, you cannot always be sure where your next booking will come from. However, if you are booked because someone has seen you perform at another event, you will never be out of business. My latest ‘A Day in the Life of a Mentalist’ series covers a booking that happened precisely like that; the client (Inciper Ltd) saw me perform my After Dinner Entertainment act before Christmas and decided it was exactly what they needed.

An Advocate from the Beginning

Mark Roberts and David Sanderson, founders of Inciper Ltd, booked me to perform at the company’s third anniversary celebrations after Mark had seen me perform at a 50th Birthday celebration. Having grown considerably since their inception, Inciper Ltd celebrate with all their employees and book an annual overnight stay at a country house. This year they had selected Oakley Hall Hotel in Basingstoke; a beautiful location complete with old-fashioned flair and modern twists.

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Oakley Hall Hotel – The Perfect Hosts

The Long and Winding Road

The 3.5-hour drive was not too arduous, but I had to leave in plenty of time to ensure I was able to set up the show before guests arrived. Another aspect that put me at ease before this long journey was I had already met the clients and knew them to be great characters; often as an entertainer, you don’t always get to deal with the client directly before the day, especially for business events.

I arrived around 3.30pm and was greeted by hotel management who were lovely and took me to the Bramley Room. This was to be my dressing room and holding area until the performance. However, complete with a large flat screen TV, I ensured I made use of the facilities and caught up on the football as I unpacked the show.

The Garden Room

Now able to set up the show downstairs, I took my props to the Garden Room which had already been prepared for the evening’s dinner. There was a space for me at the front but only around three metres in between me and the first row of tables. For anyone in the magic and entertainment industry, having and audience that close when you’re not intending to perform close-up magic, can leave you a little vulnerable. However, having been in the industry for 14 years performing at all sorts of venues, I did some quick calculations and couldn’t foresee this intimate spacing as being an issue.

I set up the show, including a prediction envelope (complete with a large black question mark on the front), which I left on the mantlepiece. Hoping the hotel staff and any guests who arrived early would realise it was part of the act and not touch it, I went back to my changing room and waited for guests to arrive.

The Main Event

I don’t usually eat before a performance but as I had a couple of hours, I was able to enjoy a sit-down meal while I did my own social media and marketing.

I soon received a message from Mark and David to say they had arrived and went down to meet them so we could brief each other on what was happening throughout the evening with regards to our respective responsibilities.

As the guests arrived, they selected their own name card from a side table and sat where they desired rather than having a space allocated for them which I felt was a nice touch. Mark and David gave a speech and kindly introduced me for the pre-dinner show.

A room of around 50, there was no need to have a microphone and it’s always lovely to be able to see individual people rather than a sea of indiscernible faces. With an intimate gathering such as this one, I was able to make eye contact with almost every member of the audience at some point throughout the performance which is essential to connect with them.

As a group, they were very receptive, and everything went well. I felt I put on a good show and was even able to try some new things as well as amending other parts of my performance from previous shows. I am pleased with how they went and will likely replicate them in the future.

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The Inciper Team

View the Review

Finally, I always gauge feedback by if a client seeks me out after the performance which Inciper Ltd did immediately. Asking me where they could leave feedback, I received this 5* Google review in the days that followed:

“Looch provided the pre-dinner entertainment for our annual company celebration after I had seen him perform at a prior event. Looch had the whole audience fully immersed in his show and amazed with his performance and mind-blowing skills. He created a real buzz in the room during and after the show – still being talked about now. Big thanks from all the Inciper team.”

Mark Roberts, CEO and Co-founder of Inciper Ltd

Thank you to both Mark and David for inviting me to be part of your celebrations. Here’s to the next three years and beyond and I wish you and your team every success as you continue to grow.

Corporate Event Entertainment – Mind Reader in Barcelona

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Mind Reader in Barcelona

Flying out and performing at Corporate Events in Europe are always a highlight on my calendar. To be able to meet and interact with people from all over the globe whilst earning a living is one of the most fortunate feelings a professional entertainer can have. This feeling was no different when I recently flew out to perform as a Mind Reader in Barcelona the Alight Solutions technology conference.

I had been hired by the team to provide my Mix & Mingle Entertainment for guests during the drinks reception. This is a popular option amongst these types of corporate events. It’s a very relaxed and informal type of performance, that is flexible in how it can be implemented into an event. Typically I would perform at these sorts of events for 2 hours in total. However for this particular conference there was a particularly large number of delegates. The party was on the rooftop of the Purobeach Venue in the Hilton, Barcelona. As a result I mingled for over 3 hours in the relaxed and ambient settings with deep House music being played by the DJ.

The rooftop venue was spectacular. the views were fantastic and certainly enhanced the atmosphere of the night. It wasn’t the first time I had been hired to perform in Spain. previously I had entertained at the beautiful La Manga Club resort for Intrinsic.

If you are currently planning your corporate event and require a Mentalist or a Mind Reader in Barcelona please get in touch!

10 Incredibly Creative Corporate Event Ideas to Consider in 2020

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Are you planning a corporate event for 2020?

You put a lot of effort and resources into planning corporate event ideas. So, get creative and make it something your guests will never forget!

10 Awesome 2020 Corporate Event Ideas

Some corporate events seem to drone on, making employees and clients cringe at the thought of them. You do not want this.

Great corporate event entertainment will raise company morale and help lock in important clients! Keep reading to learn 10 ways you can make it memorable.

1. Let the 20’s Roar

The 1920s were a time of greatness. This is one of the best corporate party themes for the new 20s!

Think of the Great Gatsby! He knew how to throw an event that everybody wanted to go to.

Rent out an establishment with beautiful Gardens where you can decorate with fairy lights and paper lanterns as he did. You can secretly serve cocktails from this era, like Bee’s Knees and hire a live band to play Jazz from that era.

On the invitations, give everybody the secret code to get in, as if entering an American speakeasy, and tuck the bar away. Set a formal dinner with 20s inspired foods.

Bringing history to life will give your company a promising future! Guests always love this portion of American antiquity.

2. Make It Magical

People of all ages love magic. It doesn’t matter that adults understand the magician simply plays mind tricks because our wonderment makes the magic.

Hire a magician and mind-reader to put your guests in awe. Your corporate party will levitate above all others as people cannot stop talking about the excitement and humour during the performance.

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Hire a Magician for your 2020 Corporate Event?

3. Become a Murder Mystery

Turn the night into a murder mystery, where everybody who attends plays a roll of some sort. Your guests will enjoy this immersive game paired with a fancy dinner.

The murder mystery dinner is a perfect prelude to the magic and mind reading show! Better yet, keep the mystery going during the magician’s performance so that the intrigue never ends.

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Murder Mystery for your Corporate Event in 2020 ?

4. Get Your Guests Raving About It

Remember, this is the new 20’s. Throw out the old concept that you must throw a proper black tie affair.

Creative event themes should match the times, and now is the time for people to let loose their creativity! Make it a literal rave. 

Book a nightclub, hire a DJ, play techno dance music, and pass out glow sticks! This will especially appeal to a younger workforce.

5. Add Art

People love to create things. And your company is always making big ideas happen!

Portray that with artsy conference theme ideas! You can do this in several ways.

If you want to highlight the individualism expressed in your company, then supply all guests with a canvas and paints. Ask your guests to depict how their work makes them feel.

Or, if you want people to recognize the unity within your corporation, make it more of a group effort! You can have everybody design something on a large canvas, graffiti one large wall of your building together, or use various items pertaining to your company to build a sculpture.

Art binds communities together. It also allows people to safely and freely express who they are, what they feel, and the things they stand for. This can show everybody the beautiful true colours of your business.

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Bring out your delegates artistic side?

6. Reach for the Stars

If you want to set your company vision beyond the limits of the sky, then book your next corporate event at the local planetarium. These spacious domes can typically hold a large crowd.

After a quick star show, you can put the keynote speaker into the centre of it all. Choose from the best keynote speakers in the world, so they can inspire out of this world motivation.

You can still choose your magician for your corporate party entertainment in this facility. It’s all in the stars!

7. Create a Flash Mob

Take your event outside of the box! These 2020 Corporate Event Ideas can bring everybody together to do something that tells the rest of the world about your next big business move!

Take a half-hour out of each workday to all practice together. When teaching the moves, talk about the whys you might hear during a corporate conference.

How does this song fit your forecast? What does this imply?

Flags and banners can help project this to on seers. Choose a location with heavy traffic and your target market. 

Done right, this will pleasantly surprise a crowd. People will pull out their mobile to snap a video for their social media, further expanding your reach.

Like all good corporate events, making a flash mob will help your employees see the direction of your corporation and get motivated to meet your goals. Everybody will remember this creative and fun idea.

8. Kidult For the Night

Nobody wants to grow all the way up. Give your responsible team a night to remember with a childlike party!

Hire lovable characters to walk around in costume for photo-ops. Hand out swag bags with lots of fun goodies. 

Corporate party themes like this require games and exciting entertainment! This is another great opportunity to bring in your favourite magician or mind reader for an overload of excitement.

Who says business cannot be fun?

9. Snap a Picture

Set up photo booths for your guests to take pictures with one another! Stock the stations with a variety of fun props and disguises.

This will promote bonding within your corporation. To make the memory of the night last, set up a large bulletin board in the office and encourage people to pin up their pictures from the photo booths!

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Dress up and snap some crazy photography at your next corporate event?

10. Encourage Attendance with a Giveaway

People love the chance to win. Even losers get to experience the thrill of possibility for a time.

Create a monster giveaway and announce it in your invitation. Every invitation equals one raffle ticket, giving everybody equal opportunity to win.

Then, build up your guests throughout the night by reminding them of the drawing at the end of the night. Depending on the size of your company, you may want to raffle off some shares, send them on a mini vacation, or give then an awesome product or service for free.

Plan Your 2020 Events Now

Allow these 2020 corporate event ideas to inspire you! Your party should speak to the way your company appreciates everybody involved.

I want to help you make your event magical! Contact me to set up entertainment you won’t forget!

Bring More Visitors to Your Booth: 5 Reasons to Hire a Trade-Show Magician

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If you’re making plans for a trade show booth to promote your products and services, you want to make it memorable. You could spend your entire budget on trade show gifts, display screens, and booth designs and only attract a few prospects.

This is where a corporate trade-show magician comes in. Imagine your booth with a good magician who makes your brand unforgettable. A talented magician can put you ahead of the competition drawing a crowd to your booth.

When you’re thinking about trade-show booth ideas, put a magic trade show at the top of your list. With showmanship, personality and an upbeat message, a magician will generate sales and new clients like magic.

Are you ready to take your trade-show booth to the next level and boost your brand awareness? Read more about trade-show magicians, and five reasons to hire a magician for your next trade show.

1. Entertaining Way to Reach Your Audience

A magic show lets your audience know that your company is different. You have fun and want your customers to have fun. It demonstrates your positive company culture.

2. Generate Sales and Clients

Whether you’re trying to attract new prospects, build your brand awareness or retain your current customers, instead of handing out business cards, a magician can weave your message into a trick. Generating sales and clients is the key to your business success and a trade-show magician can help you do that.

3. Attract and Keep the Crowd

Magic attracts a crowd to your booth. Then, the magician relaxes them, gets them laughing and curious, and delivers your message through humour. The aim of all the tricks is to attract people to your trade-show booth.

Not only that, when your visitors are having fun, they engage with your brand on an emotional level. This helps them retain your message even when the trade-show is over.

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Laughter & Amazement leads to increased footfall and sales on your booth.

4. Engage Visitors Through Participation

A magic show engages your visitors by getting them to participate in the show. Engaging prospects is an important part of successful sales. The magician asks questions, answers questions and invites your visitors to take part in the magic acts. This keeps them at your booth instead of leaving for competitor’s booths.

5. Stand Out from the Competition

By combining magic and salesmanship, a trade-show magician can help your business stand out from the crowd. When you’re at a trade-show or corporate event, you have to compete with hundreds of other businesses trying to attract prospects.

A trade-show magician is guaranteed to grab the attendees attention, build your brand awareness and value, as well as keep the crowd from leaving your booth.

Choosing a Trade-Show Magician

When you’re choosing a trade-show magician, you want someone who becomes part of your sales team. You should select someone who will be a good representative of your company.

The magician you choose should also be able to integrate your sales goals into his presentation. Your magician should be as enthusiastic about your products and services as you are.

Contact me to learn more about how I can use magic to make your trade-show booth or corporate event entertaining and unforgettable.

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

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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.