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40th Birthday Party Magic

Over the years I’ve done all sorts of birthday parties; kids’ parties to 80th birthday celebrations and everything in between.  (Well, not a 73rd birthday party – still haven’t done one of those.) 

Here are photos from Ann Marie’s 40th birthday party at The Venue in Tacoma recently.  Thanks to Jan Domek for the super pictures.

See more photos at my Flickr site.

Learn more about entertainment for private parties at http://www.amazementproductions.com/parties.html or call Jeff Evans in Olympia at (360) 412-5064.

Cedarbrook Lodge in Seatac a Hidden Jewel

Just when I thought I knew about every major venue in western Washington, WHAM – I get to visit Cedarbrook Lodge.  It’s just a few minutes from the Seatac airport. 

          Wait a minute, because that conjures up the wrong image. 

When you’re at Cedarbrook you feel like you’re miles away.  For one thing, the building is built more like a retreat center than a hotel.  (It should – it was custom designed as Washington Mutual’s corporate training center.  It is now under new owners and open to the public.) 

The grounds are well-manicured and are a cross between an ornamental flower garden and a private golf course.  (It is!  According to the Cedarbrook website, “Eighteen lush acres of natural restored wetlands provide an optimal location with the ambiance of a discreet hideaway.”)  I can see this being a fantastic location for weddings and outdoor meals during the summer. 

I was there performing for the Washington Society of Association Executives.  This was the annual awards banquet for the WSAE and members came from all parts of the state (Vancouver, Bellingham, Spokane, you name it). 

Donna Cameron, CAE, President of Melby Cameron & Anderson writes:

You were really fabulous!  Everyone was talking about how amazing your performance was, and how funny, as well.  Patty will be sending you an “official” thank you on WSAE letterhead when she returns from vacation and also looks at the meeting evaluations, but please know that you were quite a hit with WSAE.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing from a number of our members who want you to dazzle their own members.  Thanks so much for setting the perfect tone for WSAE’s Awards Luncheon! 

Thanks to Donna for sharing photos from the banquet, too!

To learn more about the Cedarbrook Lodge contact Robin (Catering Sales) at (206) 214-4383 or Sylvia (Director of Sales) at (206) 214-4140.

40th Birthday Party Magic

This past weekend was a fun mix of shows; a school assembly in Lakewood on Friday, a private party in Puyallup on Saturday and a 40th birthday party that evening in Tacoma, and a private party in Lacey on Sunday.  Yesterday I was in Toppenish for a school assembly. 

A big thanks to Nems Scarim, owner of Three Chicks Catering and The Venue, for sharing a great audio testimonial for me.  She’s been a big fan of mine for several years and has passed several clients my way. 

This photo was taken at the grand opening celebration of The Venue. Nems and the Chicks do a fantastic job and really know how to throw a party!

The private party on Saturday was for Nate with The Cart Doc (ink cartridge refills, replacements, and parts).  He’s a member of Saturn Barter.  I’m a big supporter of barter and belong to Itex, BizXchange, and Saturn Barter, all active here in Washington. 

Thursday I’m performing for the rollout of the new Microsoft Kin phone at the Verizon Store (on the Microsoft campus in Redmond). 

Friday I’m at the Red Lion in Olympia for a regional Lions Club convention, and Saturday I’m performing for Armed Forces Day at JBLM (that’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the non-military folks).

“Another Satisfied Customer!”

Last summer I received a call from the Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge in Yelm.  They have events for members and were looking for something special. 

Voila!  After my show for the Lodge members and guests, Carol Kann writes:

“You are great!  Members are still talking about your show, and inquiring about when we can have you return.  I don’t believe I have ever witnessed a magic act that was so utterly amazing.  That, coupled with your awesome showmanship makes your show worth seeing over and over again!”

I perform for private parties too, and last week I did magic for a young man’s 18th birthday party.  It was a SURPRISE party, and as it was a couple of weeks after his real birthday, they really did surprise him! 

It was held in a beautiful house in the South Hill area of Puyallup.  The young man arrived blindfolded, carried by several of his friends.  They unloaded him and let him, still blindfolded, into the entryway.  When they took the bandana off, thirty of his family and friends were screaming ‘SURPRISE!’

My client writes:

“Wow, what a show! You had everyone scratching their heads and laughing all night. My boys just kept talking about your tricks all the way.” 
     -Brad Stutz, Puyallup

I was able to get some video from the show and hope to be able to put small clips from that online soon.

Holiday Magic

Whew!  It’s the second week in December and I’ve already done ten shows.  Corvallis and Salem were fantastic.  Susan Adkins with Class Act Event Coordinators did a phenomenal job creating a Charles Dickens-themed event for the Videx company Christmas party. 

The Salem show was for the James W. Fowler Company.  It’s the third time in six years that they’ve invited me to be part of their Christmas party.  And, like Videx, it’s great knowing that there are companies that are not just surviving, but thriving in the challenging economy.  2010 is looking to be a huge year for them.

I picked up a top hat and scarf to fit the Dickens theme.  I liked the look so much it became part of my annual Christmas photo! 

Many thanks to my good friend and business partner Rick Anderson with Bruno Photography for taking all of my promo photos over the years. 

The hat and scarf are functional, too.  Last weekend I performed strolling magic outside for the Dupont Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony where temperatures were well below thirty degrees.  It’s the first time I wore long underwear tops and bottoms beneath my tuxedo, a wool cap under the top hat, the scarf, and was still chilly! 

  • Yesterday:  Frank Tobey Jones staff party (Tacoma)
         BizXchange holiday mixer (Seattle)
  • Today:  Lionfish Creative holiday party/Seattle
  • Saturday:  Olympia Country Club Santa Breakfast
         Tacoma Fire Department
         Microsoft holiday party (Seattle)
  • Sunday:  Bellevue Regional Library
         Microsoft holiday party (Bellevue)
  • Monday:  Bow Lake Elementary (Federal Way)
         Valley View Elementary (Seatac)
         Federal Way 320th Library Holiday Magic
  • Tuesday:  Lake Hills Elementary (Bellevue)
         Aberdeen Police Officer’s Guild
  • Wednesday:  Military Officer’s Association of America (Olympia)

Tips for Planning Corporate Events – part 11/15

It’s important to take into account special accommodations that are needed by any disabled attendees.  If you don’t know what someone will need, simply ask them.  They will be happy that you cared enough to ask and understand that you didn’t have any other way to get the information.

This applies to wheelchair accessibility, food allergies/vegetarian requests, hearing or visually impaired guests, and more.

Kittitas County Fair and Ellensburg Rodeo

Last week I was in central Washington for the Kittitas County Fair and Ellensburg Rodeo. The Rodeo is a stop on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) tour and this is THE big event for Ellensburg.

I had a great time and was able to catch up with show-biz friends Roberto the Magnificent (juggler/crazy stunt show), John Dunnigan (funny and original songwriter and singer), Tammy Harris Barton (master hypnotist), Allen and Damien with the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull Show, and Rocky, John, and Jason with the Mechanical Bull Riding Competition. 

Listen to these rave reviews about my magic show from mom, dad, grandma, and the most skeptical audience of all: teens.   (Click to open MP3 audio file in a new window.  filesize:  1 mb) 

Learn more about my magic shows for fairs and festivals.