Frequently Asked Questions
Not always. However, for groups 100 people and over, I do recommend having a small stage or elevated playform. Minimum size should be 10 feet by 10 feet (if I’m the only person using the stage) and there should be easy-access stairs for the participants and myself to use. Most venues can provide a stage or small riser either themselves or through a rental company . If you or other entertainers need to use the stage as well, I’ll need an 10′ x 10′ area exclusive to me. I prefer to have my own stage in these situations because many of my props are very expensive and delicate. I can’t have people near my equipment unless they are a participant of the show. This includes other entertainers, speakers, award recipients, etc.
I need the stage to be up against a wall having all of your guests seated in front of it as much as possible. Guests that are seated directly to either side of the stage or behind, have TERRIBLE seats and therefore I ask that you select an appropriate room. A space that can comfortably seat all of your guests without having them on the sides or behind the stage. Also watch out for those huge annoying beams right in the middle of some rooms. Please take into consideration your guests so they don’t get stuck behind one of them and miss out on the fun.
I can provide my own sound and mic for groups up to 500 /-.
For more guest than 500, many venues have their own built in sound systems. Please check with the venue to see if they have a sound system as it’s usually best to use their system. I need a cordless clip-on lapel mic (otherwise known as a wireless lavalier mic).
I would highly recommend hiring a professional audio/video company to take care of all your technical needs.
A key thing to have is a “mixer”. This allows us to have more than one mic plugged in at the same time (and different volume settings for each). I usually suggest you request a wireless handheld that you can use for speeches, announcements, introducing me, etc. and a wireless lavalier for me.
Strolling entertainment does not require a mic or sound.
No! However, it’s crucial to the success of the entertainment that there be adequate lighting. If it’s too dark, people will not be able to completely see and appreciate what their experiencing. Please make sure there is enough light for your guests to see me and what I do.
Yes, I can but I really don’t recommend it and ask that you don’t make me do it. By the nature of the entertainment, your guests participate in the magic and are often asked to help out. This is sometimes difficult when people are eating. And also it’s hard to “watch closely” when you’re enjoying dinner. This applies to strolling and stage shows.
No. Due to my busy performance schedule, all performances must begin (and more importantly) end on time. Sometimes my busy schedule doesn’t allow anytime for flexibility with this so I do please ask for your cooperation. If you have to start me late, I may be forced to reduce the duration of the performance to accommodate my schedule. Please give yourself some cushion when planning your event’s timeline. Be realistic on how long it may take to serve all of your guests so that I’m not forced to begin while they are still eating.
I’m proud to say that absolutely NO ONE is embarrassed in any way. I’ve heard many horror stories of how other entertainers have completely offended guests in the audience with off color jokes and remarks. My entertainment is completely G-Rated and never relies on entertaining people by making fun or laughing at people. “We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you…”
The nature of the strolling entertainment is that I entertain small groups of people with their own personal 5 – 10 minute magic show. I then move on to the next group and move throughout the room. If you’re looking for entertainment that will entertain all of your guests as a whole, then you’ll want the stage/parlor show.
Although your foreign guests may not understand every funny joke I make, they’ll still be thoroughly entertained and amazed.
Well that really depends on the size of your group. It it’s less than 100, I can usually make it around to everyone for sure. However, if you have 500 or more guests, I can only get around to so many people. As I mingle around and entertain people, other people are mingling too. So it is possible that not everyone would see the entertainment. If you do have a large group, you may consider hiring a small “army” of magicians. Contact my office to get help with this option.