It is very, very, very rare for a professional comedy magician to write this kind of report. Many other entertainers, comedy magicians, and entertainment agencies do NOT want you know this information. Please take the time to read it carefully. In fact, if you are – as I hope – very interested in making sure that your company’s events are successful, then
I urge you to get comfortable, ask not to be disturbed, and STUDY this report – it IS that important! It reveals vital information that you NEED to know!
It’s shocking but true.
Every day, businesses hire entertainers that they should not be hiring. Comedy magicians, entertainers, and entertainment agencies often lie about their qualifications, charge you a LOT more than they should, end up turning your important event into an embarrassment and put your reputation on the line by presenting sub-par performances.
Organizing a corporate event is a DIFFICULT and STRESSFUL job. There are so many details that must be attended to. But here is the undeniable truth:
THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF YOUR EVENT HINGES ON YOU HIRING
THE RIGHT ENTERTAINER
I realize that you might not believe that right now but think about it for a minute. When is the last time you remembered the dinner you had at a corporate event? Did the centerpieces make the event memorable and successful? When is the last time you attended a corporate event when the band or the DJ made it successful?
The entertainer is the “key” to a successful event, but here’s the problem…
Hire the wrong person and your event will be a flop. Hire someone who offends members of your audience and it is your reputation on the line. Overpay for an entertainer who delivers a sub-par performance and all eyes will be looking at you.
This blog post for event planners is going to give you the inside-scoop on what some entertainers, and agencies do to unsuspecting event planners. You’ll be armed with the knowledge you need so you won’t be “taken” by these people.
In just a minute, I’m going to reveal what the Biggest Mistake is and how you can avoid them, but first let me answer a couple of questions that are probably on your mind:
Who Are You And Why Are You Revealing This Information?
My name is The Magic Comic- Jamahl Keyes and I’m a corporate entertainer. For the past 15 years my unique comedy magic shows consisting of magic, mindreading, motivation, comedy, and audience participation have helped event planners at companies including AM General, Yahoo, Sony, Chic-Fil-Let, The Magic Castle, Revlon, and State Farm Insurance make their events unforgettable, fun, successful and fun.
I’m revealing this information that the corporate entertainment industry doesn’t want you to know for two main reasons:
REASON #1: If you end up hiring a lousy entertainer, this closes the field not only to me but other competent professionals. Odds are, if the person you hire stinks, you’ll be very reluctant to hire a similar type of performer in the future.
REASON #2: I HATE to see bad performers rip people off and make event planners look bad. It puts a back eye on my profession.
Okay, now that you know who I am and why I’m doing this, let’s talk about the one of the Biggest Mistakes Event Planners Make When Hiring Entertainer for a family event.
One Of The BIGGEST MISTAKES Event Planners Make When Hiring A Entertainer: BELIEVING TESTIMONIAL CLAIMS
Testimonials are of the utmost importance when hiring any entertainer. In fact, they are of paramount importance. If a performer does not have a TON of great testimonials it means one of two things.
First, the performer is inexperienced and hasn’t worked professionally long enough to get testimonials. Second, the performer isn’t very good and can’t get any testimonials from his customers. In either case, this is a performer you probably don’t want to hire.
Yes, testimonials are critical. In fact, I have an arsenal that I use in my marketing. What people say about a performer is infinitely more important than what a performer says about himself or herself.
The sad fact is that many entertainers and speakers make up their testimonials and totally lie about their credentials. In fact, in a best-selling videotape program for magicians a budding entertainer asks the “expert” what to do if you don’t have any testimonials. The answer was, “Oh, just make them up. Do what ever it takes.” As disgusting as this sounds, it is unfortunately common practice.
Another scam that entertainers pull on unsuspecting event planners is to claim that they have performed for people and at places they never really have. For example, one sleazy entertainer, who will remain anonymous, claims on his website that he has performed on the Tonight Show and The Late Show With David Letterman. He then shows a picture of himself outside the Tonight Show Studio and one of him inside the Letterman studio. Please note that David Letterman and Jay Leno are nowhere to be seen!
Discovering the truth is very easy. Ask the performer to give you copies of some of the actual testimonial letters they received and not just the quotes from these letters. (I have a whole book of them that I send to my prospects upon request.) If the entertainer/performer can’t produce at least some of the actual letters, you’ve caught ‘em! If a performer claims to have performed on a well-known television program, simply ask for a copy of the tape. If they don’t have it…well, you know.
Bottom Line: You should put a lot weight on performer’s testimonials when making your decision. Just make sure you are dealing with someone who is honest and ethical.
Well, there you have it. Obviously, if you’re a seasoned event planner you may have already known some of the secrets revealed in this report. But I hope you found a few gems that you can use to ensure that your next event turns out exactly as you want it so you get the applause, accolades, and acknowledgement that you so richly deserve.
If I can help you or you want to contact me, please call 866.230.9808.
The Magic Comic- Jamahl Keyes
P.S. For more details about my programs go to www.TheMagicComic.com
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