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Branding Magic: A Case Study

Recently, I was approached by a division of Thomson Reuters that was launching their new brand at a financial services conference in San Francisco.

 
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The newly named division, Refinitiv, sponsored the evening’s networking reception and they asked me to help with two things:

First, it was long, two day conference and they wanted to provide the cocktails, entertainment, and fun for the evening.

And second, they wanted to ensure attendees were aware of the transformation, why they changed, and what their new capabilities were.

After gathering information via phone conversations, emails, and their marketing materials for the event, I set upon connecting the dots.

Combining the powerful visual metaphor inherent in magic with some of the big ideas Refinitiv wanted to get across — transformation, re-branding/re-birth — is the most creative part of this process and I love it!

And here is the result that evening…

San Francisco Magician Dennis Kyriakos

See those faces? That’s genuine wonder, excitement, and surprise attendees are experiencing and in that moment they are incredibly receptive to Refinitiv’s message.

Are you planning to sponsor a cocktail reception, hospitality suite, or kick-off meeting? Launching a new product or making an announcement? Perhaps you want to create an experience that will effortlessly open the minds and hearts of your audience to your specific message or brand?

Well then, let’s talk.

PS - And if you’re curious to see a “down-and-dirty” rehearsal of the piece I came up with for Refinitiv, let me know.

2018: In Technicolor

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.

Corporate Magician
Corporate Magician
Corporate Magician

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.

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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….

Trade Shows!

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!

San Francisco Trade Show Magician

San Francisco Trade Show Magician

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.

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Trade Show Magician
Trade Show Magician

Stanford Graduation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Thank you

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.

Ideal Private Venue

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.

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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

San Francisco Mind Reader Dennis Kyriakos

San Francisco Mind Reader Dennis Kyriakos

One of the most comfortable homes and gracious host and hostess. The perfect mix for a perfect evening entertainment.

2016: In Technicolor

We performed at dozens of events in 2016. Here are just a handful of highlights from some of our favorites.

Enjoy!

Toyota President's Award Dinner

Toyota Motor Sales rewarded their top dealers from the Boston Area to a weekend at Calistoga Ranch. We entertained these VIPs and their spouses on the closing evening of the festivities with our after-dinner mind reading show

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This way to the reception. please.

This way to the reception. please.

Stage is set for 30 minute mind reading show.

Stage is set for 30 minute mind reading show.

A short testimonial from the Toyota President's Award Dinner. #bringingyoutoboston

Team Building at Facebook

Facebook brought us in for a Team Building event for Halloween.

The recruiting team were working overtime and were in "lockdown mode" for months. We were brought in for a 30 minute mind reading show that brought down the house. What a great group.

Hands down the absolute highlight of the event! His performance was beyond incredible...off the charts, exceeded anything we expected and pushed the boundaries of what everyone thought was possible.
— Vivian T., Meeting Planner, Facebook
Post performance photo with some very happy Facebook-ers.

Post performance photo with some very happy Facebook-ers.

"The Year of The Trade Show"

2016 put a number of big IT Security shows under our belt. In fact, we were in Las Vegas twice in August for two different shows! 

We helped to build huge crowds with custom=scripted presentations and amazing magic over the course of multiple days on the trade show floor.

And 2017 is looking even better.

VM World, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas

VM World, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas

AWS re:Invent, Sands Convention Center, Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

AWS re:Invent, Sands Convention Center, Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

RSA Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco

RSA Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco

San Francisco Lithuanian Community Awards Gala

Performed at and hosted the SF Lithuanian Community Awards Gala.

We were honored to introduce and share the stage with Lithuanian dignitaries and ambassadors who were invited to celebrate with the local community.

Hosting and performing for the SF Lithuanian Community Awards Gala

Hosting and performing for the SF Lithuanian Community Awards Gala

Ken Fulk's Magical World Book Release Party

In October, we were invited to entertain at the book release event for Ken Fulk's Magical World.

Ken is San Francisco's interior designer du jour, having created some of the most elegant, sophisticated, and fun spaces and homes in San Francisco and across the country, including The Battery, where I entertain on Thursday evenings.

This event took place in the lobby and penthouse of The Harrison. A new, luxury apartment building, with interiors design by Mr. Fulk.

Ken Fulk's Magical World

Ken Fulk's Magical World

Lobby of The Harrison, in San Francisco. Awaiting to entertain guests.

Lobby of The Harrison, in San Francisco. Awaiting to entertain guests.

 

 

Family House FANGtastic Halloween Gala

Saturday, October 29th, we entertained in the VIP Cocktail Reception for Family House's FANGtastic Halloween Gala.

The event took place in the penthouse of The Fairmont, in San Francisco. It was my first time at The Fairmont, which is now one of my favorite venues. The Penthouse offers an amazing view of downtown San Francisco from it's large patio.

There are multiple bedrooms and baths, spacious dining and living rooms, a billiard room. and a cylindrical, two-story library with a history and secrets all it's own.

One of the bookcases is actually a hidden door that leads to the roof. My hostess told me a couple of stories about two former presidents who used that door in very different ways. I'll tell you about it sometime.

There is also one new secret the library now holds -- a pack of cards set for a miracle on my next visit. 

Ken Fulk's Magical World

On Thursday, October 20th, we were invited to entertain at a book release party for Ken Fulk's Magical World.

The event took place in the lobby and penthouse of The Harrison -- a new luxury condominium in the SoMa district of San Francisco. Interiors where designed in inimitable Ken Fulk-style. We mingled and shared magic with San Francisco's elite.

Have a look at photos here.

Best of the Industry

Back in 2013, I entertained at the annual gala for Silicon Valley National Association for Catering and Events. Had a great time and made some new friends.

Last night I was booked on an event by the past president of the SV NACE Chapter and before I took the stage, she presented me with this award for Best of the Industry 2014.

Had no idea and it caught me completely by surprise. Flattered and honored. Thanks, SV NACE!

Wine & Wonder

Our son's school has an outstanding PTA which fosters a great sense of community. The big fundraising event each year is a gala evening for the grown-ups with a silent auction that includes "Pay-to-Play" events -- a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences hosted by parents to raise money for school programs.

Couldn't think of a better way to be involved than to organize an intimate, little evening of magic for a select audience.

As this was our first go at something like this, we capped the event at 5 couples and quickly met the limit. Guests arrived and were offered hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Once settled, I presented just over an hour of close-up magic behind the bar.

Hopefully this is the start of something special.

2014: In Technicolor

Serving as emcee and entertainment at a Gala Event at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, in San Francisco

Serving as emcee and entertainment at a Gala Event at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, in San Francisco

Duplicating an image merely thought of...while standing back to back. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Duplicating an image merely thought of...while standing back to back. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words

Private Birthday Party in the Penthouse at The Battery

Private Birthday Party in the Penthouse at The Battery

After-dinner entertainment for an association event in San Mateo.

After-dinner entertainment for an association event in San Mateo.

After-dinner entertainment for an association event in San Mateo. Revealing an innermost thought has this effect on people.

After-dinner entertainment for an association event in San Mateo. Revealing an innermost thought has this effect on people.

Ken Fulk's April Fool's Day Party -  Read about it in SF Gate

Ken Fulk's April Fool's Day Party - Read about it in SF Gate

Return to one of my favorite clients and venues. Three monthly performances for an exclusive Wine Club event in Napa. What a treat!

Return to one of my favorite clients and venues. Three monthly performances for an exclusive Wine Club event in Napa. What a treat!

Stopping traffic at a trade show exhibit in Reno, Nevada.

Stopping traffic at a trade show exhibit in Reno, Nevada.