Last week featured shows in Burien, Redmond, Olympia, Oak Harbor, Clinton, Langley, Coupeville, Freeland, Colfax, Moscow, Pullman, Marysville, Standood, and Monroe. Whew!
"I just wanted to thank you so much for such a great show last night at East City Park. I have received nothing but great comments!!!" -DJ Scallorn, Moscow Arts Commission
This week’s schedule includes visits to Gig Harbor, UniversityPlace, Dupont, Lakewood, Tillicum, Bothel, Burien, Federal Way, Covington, Fairwood, Issaquah, Key Center, Kent, and Olympia.
Jeff performing magic for last year's Aberdeen Splash! festival. Photo by Anice Bommerscheim.
On the 4th of July I return to the City of Tumwater’s “Thunder Valley” and Artesian Family Festival. It’s my ninth consecutive year! Gates open at 6:00 pm; my magic show is at 6:30 pm, Rhys Thomas (my favorite juggler) is at 7:30 pm, skydivers drop in at 8:45 pm, and fireworks blast off at 10:15 pm.
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It’s been a busy week! Two shows yesterday (Microsoft party in Bellevue, family night in Woodinville). Two shows today: upscale birthday at the Seattle Tennis Club and a very fun 50th birthday party in Olympia. At the kid’s birthday party I saw a new inflatable “ride” that I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of. It’s a huge inflatable ball with room in the center for a child. You can hold on inside and let someone roll the sphere around, or you can run on the inside and move the ball like a big hamster ball. I love it! I seriously wanted to try it.
Tomorrow I’ll be at the Puyallup Spring Fair with my Science Magic show. It’s open to the public and sponsored by the Puyallup School District at 4:00 pm on the second floor of the Pavilion.
McLane Northwest recently had me add magic to their annual driver’s banquet at the Emerald Queen Casino. It was my first time in that building since it was the old Fife Executive Inn – wow! (It’s completely remodeled by now, of course. The Puyallup tribe has done a fantastic job. What happened to their paddle boat/casino? I worked a couple of gig there…)
Larry Stewart, McLane Section Sales Manager and professional photographer, sent me a full CD of photos from the evening. Thanks, Larry!
Michael, VP of Distribution, and I having fun...
This event was a full-blown magical evening; strolling magic during the cocktail hour, magic souvenirs for all of the guests, and my stand-up show just before the awards presentations.
Photos by Larry Stewart
I’m always glad when companies decide to go with the souvenir magic tricks for their guests. They’re going to give something away anyway (centerpieces, custom imprinted items, candy, something), and I know that many folks will go home and show a magic trick to their family or friends. And, I only choose the tricks to give away that I love demonstrating. The fun is in the presentation, and it makes a big difference between reading how to do something and watching it done right.
Clean comedy. Interactive magic. Guaranteed fun.
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Last month I received a great letter from a client who had me perform for her husband’s doctor office holiday party. She was thrilled with the show, and even mailed me a photo CD with pictures from the party. Her story is one that I’ve heard before; people who have experienced a bad magician. I asked if I should share her letter and she agreed.
Unfortunately, seeing bad magic often reflects poorly on other magicians, too. It’s a little strange, because when you hear a bad musician you don’t automatically assume that all musicians must be bad, but I think it’s because there are relatively few magicians. If a person has seen one bad magician, they are leery of giving another a chance.
“I wanted to share a story with you. Earlier this month Bob attended a big 50th birthday party for another physician. A magician was featured. Bob said the magicians was excruciatingly bad. He said that the entire tone of the event was adversely affected and all in attendance were embarassed rather than entertained. He was already so very happy with the quality of your work and this experience made him even more aware of how well our party went because of you.
“People are still talking about the magic show. As you know, I have done a theme staff party for over 30 years and I have been repeatedly told that this staff party was “the best ever.” I think the audience participation of your show was one key factor in that assessment.”
-Pat Krick, Tacoma
Pat did a wonderful job with magic decor, table centerpieces, and Goody Bags for each guest to take home.
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)
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Birthdays can be a big deal, and last month I performed for several that stand out.
Mike and Mary Servais of Shoreline met me while I performed a Family Night Magic Show for an elementary school. They immediately wanted to book for their son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower.
Mike writes, “Everyone loved the show, I’ll be in touch about booking you in the summer. Please use us as a reference if you like.”
RJ and his wife Grace have had me perform for three (four?) of their fantastic parties for their kids. First birthdays are traditionally big celebrations in their culture and they put on an amazing time. This year it was held at the Indian Summer Country Club in Lacey.
A wedding reception held earlier that afternoon happened to have the same color scheme as their birthday so they kept the chair covers. Add in balloons, games, a DJ, wonderful food, and MAGIC and the effect was incredible!
Last but not least, I performed for Mildred’s 80th birthday party. This was held at a jam-packed restaurant banquet room in Tacoma. She saw me perform at a friend’s 80th celebration a couple of years ago in Puyallup and loved it. I hope I live to see 80, let alone being as sharp as Mildred.
Now – fast forward to December and a VERY busy weekend approaching!
Friday – Corvallis, OR for the Videx company party
Saturday – Salem, OR for the James Fowler Construction party (a three-peat client!)
Sunday – private party in Olympia
Sunday – Dupont Tree Lighting ceremony
When you are planning an event, especially a large event, make emergency and contingency plans in case of disaster, illness, or any other emergency.
I’ve mentioned several “lists” in this series of Tips and this is another place where a list can really shine. Have a list of all of the contractors you are working with, their contact information, and their cel phone numbers for that evening. This way if someone is late, there’s a problem with the cake, or anything you can get in touch with someone who can help.
Having your schedule of events and game plan written down makes it a little easier to delegate responsibilities to others if something unexpected happens.
Your contingency plans will vary depending on the particular situation. Here are a few possible scenarios. What if…
- Your associate forgets to bring the LCD projector.
- The weather forecast predicts a windstorm with possible power outages.
- Snow and ice is expected later in the evening. Even if the party begins on time, guests may have difficulty driving home. Do you cancel or ???
- Your guest of honor – and presenter for the evening – is unable to attend.
- You are busy taking care of another emergency and won’t be able to attend.
Stuff happens, and thinking ahead to what might derail your grand affair gives you resources to make the best decisions and ensure that the event is a success.