Booking the Right Entertainment for your holiday party.
Looking for entertainment that will blow away your employees and colleagues at your corporate event or holiday party? There are many important things to consider to make sure your event is a huge success when booking a corporate entertainer. It is a good idea to call the entertainer and be sure to ask him or her important questions about the venue, performance style, audience type, parking, and all information about the date or time frame. This will all help the performer figure out the type of show or group to group entertainment that will best fit your holiday party. Sometimes you may even want to have a meeting with the entertainer at the venue so that they can get a feel of what will work best by visually seeing the location. A lot of performers like magicians for examples have to see how the angles are to let you know how to arrange the seating for the best experience for your audience.
Consider what your colleagues find interesting. Ask around on what they think would be cool entertainment for the upcoming holiday party. Often times your emplyees, friends, and colleagues will help you come up with ideas just by asking what they think would be an interesting piece of entertainment this year. Going along with what your employees would like to see at the holiday party will help them feel appreciated and that you really rewarded them for a hard work year.
Watching video and reading reviews
The best entertainers and performers in the industry will have thorough industry specific reviews. Reading reviews and making sure there are plenty of 5 stars is extremely important because this is how you will know if they are amazing or not. It is a red flag if the entertainer that you want to book doesn’t have any reviews or has several 1 star reviews. If any of these red flags come up then it is reccommended to move on to booking a different entertainer. These days all of the top entertainers are listed across several review directories. Confirming that the magician or other entertainer has good reviews can mean the difference between having a good show and having one that will be amazing and having one that is embarrassing. Read google reviews of the best rated google and yelp magician in the country.
On a performer’s website they should also have a tab that says, “corporate events” or something similar so you know that they have a performance that will fit your type of audience. They should also have videos that show them performing for a corporate or adult audience. You wouldn’t want to book someone who only has videos of them performing shows for kids even if they have good reviews. Good corporate entertainment will have a show that balances comedy, amazement, and audience reaction in the best and most organized way. You can be sure to have that if you book the right magician for example. Not all entertainment has this balance which makes magic more valuable.
Book directly through an entertainer
There are many of benefits from booking directly through an entertainer as opposed to booking through a talent agency or event planner. Many talent agencies or event planners take a cut from an entertainer so they charge extra to make a cut. For example, if an entertainer normally books a large corporate event at $5,000 often times an agent will charge $7,500 so that they make a cut from the booking. So you can sometimes save thousands of dollars from booking directly through the entertainer. You’d be surprised how many amazing magicians and other performers book themselves solely and don’t go through agents. You can avoid confusion on the day of the performance as well because no matter which agent you may be currently working with while planning there can always be important details overlooked when not working directly with the performer. The agents don’t always know the answers you are asking because they are not the entertainment. You may have a certain question about how to arrange the seating and this is only something the performer knows because they are the ones actually doing the show.
A famous magician or famous entertainer will usually go through an agent but remember that when you book someone like this you are paying for the name and not necessarily the talent or how good the performance actually is. This is not to take away from the success of some famous performers of today but some of the top entertainment are not necessarily what they were when they first made it big years ago. So often times you will get much better value out of a non-famous performer without the 6 figure price tag.
Some corporate party entertainment and holiday party entertainers can actually customize the show to your corporation in a very amazing way and also tailor to your theme. MagicIAN has a special effects light show with holograms and he can customize your company logo to appear in the hologram during the show. This is a great way to impress at a client appreciation event where you want your company to look, “larger than life.” This show is even different to anything you may have seen on Americas Got Talent.
You can see video examples from this LED light show performance here. This is one of the most amazing things you will be able to witness. There are a few small stage and lighting requirements that can be discussed with magicIAN or his agent if he is busy performing a show during the time that you call. Imagine seeing holograms fly around your audience, a LED light show changing different colors, and a woman levitate in the air with lit up angel wings. This is Vegas style entertainment with customization at its finest. He usually arrives about 90 minutes early to prepare the show to discuss lighting and sound with the DJ. It is also recommended that you schedule a meeting with him at the location so that he can be sure that your seating is arranged in a way that your audience will get to experience the show optimally. Limited days are available so as soon as you have your event date, time frame, and venue you should give a (714) 471-4472 or send a request through the contact form.
Corporate Strolling Magic
Unlike a formal show, strolling magic is when a magician goes group to group. The entertainer usually performs card magic, coin magic, mind reading, along with some comedy magic to really engage small crowds in an intimate setting. Keep in mind that if your guest list is about 50 people you can make due with an hour of strolling magic, if you have around 80-100 people then you should have at least 2 hours, and so on. That will guarantee that your crowd will feel like the entertainer or magician has spent enough quality time to really entertain your guests thoroughly. Rates for a formal show can be much higher than strolling magic and if budget is really something you have to take into consideration then sometimes strolling magic will be better for your corporate audience. If you are on time constraints because your audience is receiving awards or you have a keynote speaker then that could be another reason to have strolling magic instead. Although to really amaze your crowd the formal Vegas style show is usually the most recommended. There are also options to have strolling magic and formal show combination to really maximize the most out of the entertainment. These combo packages usually are longer than just having one or the other.
Large-scale show options
Some entertainers have a full large scale illusion show or a variety show with multiple entertainers which flows together to entertain your audience. These kind of show require to have a theatrical stage or a raised performance area to really maximize your viewing experience. For example, you can have an mc, magician or illusionist, cirque du solei performer, and a comedian. This can give you a full 2 hour entertainment experience or more if you really want the focus of the night to be entertainment. Be expected to have a budget of around $10,000 if this is the route you want to take if you really want the best of the best in each field of entertainment. This is to make sure the quality that you are booking will exceed everyones expectation. Some entertainers can actually book the rest of the entertainment for you because often times the top performers in the industry are all friends. Although it is smart to do your research on individual performers to guarantee that they will be the best because your reputation is at stake with who you decide to book.
Why a magician over other entertainment?
Have you ever spoken to an entertainer who seemed to have a very, “1 dimentional” feel for what they were offering with their performance? A magician or illusionist is different has a wide variety of different forms of entertainment to offer. There are a select few magicians who perform strolling magic, a formal illusion show, and a comedy magic show. Each of these 3 performances differ and some work better depending on the structure of your event. Many corporate events even enjoy a combination of all three types of performances. Magic can be a much more versatile piece of entertainment because it can be much more easily customized to your event than other entertainment options. A lot of holiday parties do want a formal show because some magicians even have a holiday themed show and this is really what sets magicians apart from other entertainers. You can call the magician or other entertainer to really find out the best option they have to offer after explaining how the structure of your holiday event will be like.
Different types of holiday parties
You may be having a company holiday party, a private house holiday party, an office holiday party, a cultural holiday party, client appreciation or holiday dinner party just to name a few. There are different kinds of magic or entertainment that accommodate your specific holiday party optimally. For example, a company holiday party with tables all around the banquet facility and a busy night of speeches might benefit best from the strolling magic. Another example would be a cultural holiday party might benefit better from a formal illusion show because you can really see the different mixes of culture in the stage illusion show. Although the ambiance of the event will also help dictate exactly what will fit your event best. The size of your venue, location of venue, control of audience seating, structure of the timeline, and your audiences preferences are also variables to consider when choosing the best entertainment option for your holiday party. Budget is something to consider as well. If you have a higher budget then a formal Vegas style illusion show will be best for your holiday event.
How many people will be at your holiday party? This is one of the most important questions in addition to the seating arrangement for the magician or illusionist to know the answer to. This will almost immediately help figure out the most suitable piece of entertainment in addition to some other smaller details. Knowing as much information specific to your holiday party is important because this is how you can get the best experience from a show possible. Do some research on the entertainers website so that you can read about and visually watch some videos. Doing this will help you imagine the performer at your holiday party actually performing. Send some pictures of the venue or the performance area to the entertainer as well and this will also aid them in figuring out the best kind of performance. With all of the variables to consider, as long as you book an entertainer with good reviews and videos then they should be able to fit their performance into you holiday event well. Speaking to the entertainment on the phone is a good practice just so you can tell them details to.
What makes a successful holiday party?
Having a succesful holiday party includes having a nice venue, themed decorations, a nice ambiance including lighting, and of course great entertainment. The food is also important but keep in mind that years later people will not be talking about when they were eating the 5-course fancy meal but they will be talking about the entertainer. This is why it is important to allocate your budget wisely if budget is something you even need to consider. It is a much better decision to have a nice venue and a great entertainer than to have super extravagent food with long drawn out speeches by important figures within your company. You want your employees to be talking about how great of a time they had so that they will come back next year with excitement.
When to book the entertainer for your corporate holiday party
Once you know all of the details about the event including parking, venue, performance area, number of guests, and time frames then it is a good idea to move forward with book at this point. If nearly everything is set then it doesn’t hurt to call the entertainer so they can help you finalize the details with their portion of your timeline. Once a performer saves a date in the calendar and collects the deposit it may be tough to move the time frame around if there is a confliction. It really depends on how busy the performer is and many of the best in the industry are willing to work with you permitting their schedule. It is important to have most everything figured out for your corporate event because if you are having dinner or speeches planned then you don’t want the time frames of the entertainment to conflict with those. Overall, you should do your best to be as prepared as possible so that the day of goes as smoothly as possible. It is often a good decision to also meet the entertainer at the venue sometime prior to the performance date.
You should feel good about booking the entertainer and excited about what they are going to perform to help you honor your employees or clients for the special time of the year. Look at it as a way to give back to everyone in your life who has helped you by providing them with something that will amaze them and make them laugh.