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 OR SPEAKER
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…
One Of The BIGGEST MISTAKES Event Planners Make When Hiring A Entertainer: RELYING SOLELY ON A DEMO VIDEO
A performer’s testimonials are more important than their demo video, much more important. The problem with basing your decision solely on someone’s demo video is the fact that anyone can make themselves look good on video through editing and retake after retake.
Three quick, true stories that will graphically illustrate this point:
HORROR STORY # 1
I recently did a show for a major German automobile company. The event planner told me the year before she had hired a comedy juggler. She said his demo video was great and that he did some amazing things on the video. But when he did his show live he, “Couldn’t do anything…Dropped everything on the floor…Was totally embarrassing.”
HORROR STORY # 2
A Fortune 500 company paid a fairly famous magician to perform strolling magic at the tune of $50,000 for the evening. The president of the company saw this magician make himself float on television in front of a crowd of people on the street and asked him to make himself float for his group. “I can’t do that here,” the magician informed the very disgruntled client.
HORROR STORY #3:
A local teacher’s association hired a hypnotist based on the great demo video he sent them. In the words of the event planner, “It was a disaster. He literally couldn’t hypnotize anyone. People started leaving the event. Other’s starting talking amongst themselves. And the hypnotist started yelling at all of us.” Yikes!
So what should you look out for in a demo video? If the video is over-produced and too slick, beware. The performer may be trying to hide behind special effects. The video should give you a feel for what the performer does, how he interacts with the audience, and what the audience response is. (The audience’s response to the performer is in reality more important than what the performer actually does.) Ideally, the video should consist of clips from more than one show.
Bottom line: A demo video can be a useful tool in helping you decide whether a performer is right for you but it should only be one the factors that contributes to your decision.
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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