Happy New Year!
2018 was a great year for us here. Have a look at some of our favorite highlights IN TECHNICOLOR!
Saving The Day
It was the morning of December 13th. I was in the midst of the holiday season with numerous events each week and I receive an inquiry for an event THAT EVENING.
A few moments later I’m speaking with the client who informs me that due to a scheduling conflict, they lost their casino vendor and they’re stressed with no entertainment.
“Can you be in San Ramon tonight to perform a show for 250 guests at an awards dinner?”
Here are the results.
Magical Emcee at Awards Luncheon
One of my favorite events this holiday season was an awards luncheon for a local construction firm. I had met the CEO at another event, we hit it off and kept in touch.
In our discussions leading up the the event, I was told that due to the size of their operation and numerous simultaneous job sites, they may not all know each other. This would be the only opportunity to have everyone in one together in one room to celebrate achievement.
My job then, was not only to break-the-ice but create rapport and connections between people who have never met.
Clearly, it would begin during the cocktail reception where I can get to know them a bit and help break the ice with close-up magic.
After lunch, I would be officially introduced as host of the company’s awards ceremony. I went on to introduce some of the company officers who presented a total of six awards to employees.
But there had to be more magic. We needed to bring more rapport and levity to the event.
Awards were presented to reflect each of their company values, which included Excellence, Commitment, Positivity, Ownership, Improvement, and Teamwork.
So, I created three customized piece of magic specifically for this event that I peppered throughout the ceremony and we had a blast.
A few words from the Founder and CEO about the experience….
I can officially announce that my magic has taken me around the world.
In July 2018, my friends at Magnet Productions sent me Shanghai to build crowds for their client at Mobile World Congress, one of the world’s largest consumer trade shows in the world.
Did I mention it was in Shanghai and only 5% of attendees spoke English? And yet, look at those crowds!
Other trade shows this year included MS Ignite and Cisco Live in Orlando, Blackhat and VM World in Las Vegas, and RSA, in San Francisco.
I received an email from someone in England who’s son was graduating from Stanford and celebrating his birthday. She couldn’t be at his graduation party and she was inquiring about being a surprise guest for evening. She also asked if I could come up with a special surprise for him.
Here’s a customized ending for one of my favorite pieces of card magic.
Wait for it.
60th Birthday in Santa Cruz
In July, I was invited to entertain at a 60th birthday event in a cozy bungalow-style home in Santa Cruz.
The evening with began in the backyard patio as I mingled with about 50 guests and entertained with close-up magic. We then sat down for dinner catered by a local taco truck. Everything was homemade and just delicious.
While we ate, the backyard patio was transformed into a cozy theater and once guests finished their meal, they returned for my after-dinner mind reading show as the sun set. It was the perfect evening for mystery and wonder under the stars.
UCSF Fundraiser with Daughters of Penelope
On May 5th, I participated in a fundraiser gala benefiting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, hosted by the Daughters of Penelope at Ascension Greek Orthodox Church —which is just steps away from my home.
The evening offered delicious appetizers — us Greeks know how to cook! — a silent auction, and a no-host bar.
After cocktails, guests settled into their seats for my full 90-minute theatrical mind reading show, where I debuted brand new performance material.
We raised over $7,000 that evening with 100% of the proceeds going directly to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
If you’re planning a fundraiser for your favorite charity, I encourage you to be in touch. We can make it a truly magical event!
Thanks to everyone who invited me to be part of their festivities. I would not be here without you and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my passion.
And thank you for reading. Have a happy and healthy 2019.
Sadly, I never got to meet or see Ricky Jay perform in person. You’re lucky if you ever did because I can only imagine what it would be like.
Mr. Jay’s obituary in the New York Times can be found here.
We’re just back from Orlando, where we stopped traffic at the Lenovo booth at MS Ignite.
We presented over 40 shows over the course of four days, performing content-laden visual magic and introduced speakers from Lenovo and their partners. And we filled the booth with attendees for every single show.
Lenovo’s goal was to book 42 meetings with their executives. During the presentations we notified attends this was available and when all was said and done, they booked over 90 meetings. Needless to say they are very happy with the results.
Thanks again to our friends at Magnet Productions.
Building awareness and shining a light on Check Point Software at VM World 2018 in Las Vegas last week. Many thanks to Magnet Productions.
A few months ago, I presented an evening of mind reading at a venue in San Francisco. We had about 150 people in the audience. A very sophisticated and savvy group.
Over the past year, I have been working on a new closing piece for the show. It's rarely seen anymore because it's challenging to perform well. I've only performed it a handful of times over the course of the year, mainly because I don't always have the right audience and venue.
But this audience in this venue was perfect.
I think a lot about the shows I perform. I think about structure and theme and plot and character. Then I work things out to try to convey these thoughts. I tend to err on the subtle side, but I think about it and try to convey.
Anyway, I started thinking about this show, considering things about it a couple of weeks leading up to it. So I had invested time and energy into it. Then the big night is here. I arrive early. Set up the stage, check my mic. The audience arrives and I'm introduce and we're off.
An hour into the show and things are going well. It feels good. I think they're getting it. Then the moment arrives to introduce the finale of the performance. The piece I'm most nervous about and have been thinking about for over a year.
This piece involves everyone in the audience. At least those who want to participate. Before the show begins, they each write something specific on a piece of paper, fold it up and drop it in a bowl on stage. My job is to reveal those secret thoughts without reading them. Everyone one is invested in this piece, not just me. See? Challenging.
So, we dive in. I begin with the first revelation when I hear it. "Is that...the fire alarm?" I think to myself. "Nah. Can't be."
A beat goes by and the stage manager comes to the foot of the stage and asks everyone to make their way to the exits.
We make our way outside and wait for the fire department to give the all clear. It takes about 30 minutes. I make friends with some of the audience members and we have pleasant conversation. I'm not sure who is more disappointed. I think it's me.
A couple of weeks later I'm back in the venue -- I have a weekly residency there performing casual close-up magic. And one of the audience members who was at the show, is back to catch some magic. She asks me a bit about the final piece of the show and I walk her through what was supposed to happen. She says that based on what had they had seen leading up to the finale, that was the only inevitable place the show could have gone.
Wow. She got it.
This past weekend, I was invited to be a "surprise guest" at someone's 40th birthday party. The venue was a lovely, modern home in the Potrero Hill section of San Francisco, owned by a friend of the guest-of-honor.
I arrived well after the party began and mingled with guests on the roof deck. Then we moved to the second floor living room to read some minds.
One of the most comfortable homes and gracious host and hostess. The perfect mix for a perfect evening entertainment.
We just wrapped up the 2018 RSA Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. RSA brings in nearly 50,000 attendees and 500+ exhibitors, so competition for mindshare is fierce on the show floor.
We helped Checkpoint Software stop traffic at VM World, AWS re:Invent, Blackhat, Microsoft Ignite, and twice now at RSA -- that's a total of 6 times in the past 2 years. We've triple their leads and have made their investors very happy.
Are you serious about making a change in the way you market at trade shows? Looking for a proven method that will...
- BUILD CROWDS
- GET YOUR MESSAGE HEARD
- DELIVER RESULTS
We're back with Check Point for Microsoft Ignite, from September 25th - 28th. The conference and trade show attracted 30,000 attendees over the course of four days at the Orlando Convention Center, in Orlando, FL.
This was our fourth time working with Check Point to stop traffic and build crowds at their booth. Our presentation included visual and amazing magic and mind reading, as well as custom-scripting that included information on Check Point's vSEC Cloud Security solution for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack environments.
Once the crowd reached maximum capacity, we turned them over to the selected expert for a brief in-booth presentation on specific ways Check Point seamlessly integrates with Microsoft. Then we came back to wrap up the session with more entertainment, messaging, and a raffle.
And finally, here's a brief, candid moment between presentations on the show floor. Photo credit https://www.lindahamlincreative.com/