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Corporate Event Entertainment When I had Hair!

Corporate Event Entertainment

Corporate Event Entertainment When I had Hair!

WOW! This is an oldie but a goody! In my early 20’s I provided corporate event entertainment on the east coast with a small illusion show and this was one of our promo shots. It really raises a lot of questions for me. Like, why are we crouching? Are we trying to get underneath something? I am sure Gina Zampetti and Joanne Passantino look exactly the same now but what the heck happened to me??? I tell you one thing if I had hair like that now I would double my fee!!!

 

 

Client Appreciation Events: 14 Ideas to Make Yours a Success

Client Appreciation Events Corporate Magician Steve BarcellonaClient Appreciation Events: 14 Ideas to Make Yours a Success

Client appreciation events are an important way to demonstrate an all important message to your clients; that they mean more to you and your organization than just a name and a number on a balance sheet. It give you and your representatives an opportunity to build rapport and trust in a natural way. Client appreciation events also pay a huge compliment to your clients. The loyalty that they build is a measurable way to create business growth. Here are some tips for client appreciation events.

4 Reasons to Have a Client Appreciation Events

  • Your clients want to know that you value their business, they really like to feel appreciated. This one reason alone may help you hang on to clients for years without doing anything other than a periodic phone call.
  • Clients who feel appreciated are far more likely to stay with you through a down market and are more likely to give you referrals!
  • If sending an impersonal birthday or holiday card is all you do to keep in contact with clients throughout the year, it is past time for you to step up your game.
  • Want to reach next-generation clients? Invite your clients’ family and friends to attend your events. There’s no faster way to make a good first impression than when your clients are happy, relaxed and personally engaged with your firm.

The 3 R’s for Your Client Appreciation Events

The goal of any client appreciation event is rapport, retention and referrals.

  • Rapport- Give yourself a chance to strengthen rapport and build on relationships in an easy environment. The conversation gets a lot easier if there is something else to talk about besides business.
  • Retention – It is incredibly important to make an emotional deposit into a client’s mental bank. By far the best thing to be associated with is a fun, pleasurable evening.
  • Referrals – The most powerful way to build on a business is through referrals. Clients will freely offer up your name to friends and family with just a little push from you.

What kind of event should you have? 4 great ideas

  • Happy Hour or Cocktail Party – Happy hour events are fun and if your clients partake in alcoholic beverages, they have a way of loosening people up to a degree that allows engagement. Plan a two to three hour event where you can offer two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. It is a nice relaxed environment making it easy to move around the room, meet people and answer questions. I regularly perform strolling magic for a client who holds an event like this on a regular basis at an upscale hotel lobby bar, which is the perfect ambiance.
  • Coffee and Dessert Party – Desert parties can be a perfect solution. They are great if you have a clientele that is a bit older or maybe wouldn’t participate in a happy hour. They’re informal, inexpensive, and fun and because the environment is relaxed, attendees don’t feel pressured or awkward and are more likely to open up. Spring for some special desserts, something out of the ordinary. Again a hotel or a nice restaurant with some ambience would be great for this type of event. A Mystery Party guest could definitely liven it up.
  • Wine & Cheese tasting – A classy event where you can mix and mingle with your clients. A lot like the happy hour. Have a table where the wine is served and explained. Keep it casual instead of a full blown wine class.
  • Dinner and a Show – This is a wonderful way to really show your clients how much they mean to your organization. Start with a cocktail hour and then dinner. After you make a short presentation an hour of standup comedy magic that ends on a high, positive note will send everyone home raving about your event and will be sure to garner referrals. This can be a perfect holiday event.

 

3 Ways to get the word out about your Client Appreciation Events

  • Newsletter – Make sure you let your list know about your event in the newsletter. It needs to be in at least two editions and make sure you ask your clients to RSVP.
  • ­­­­­­Website – A blog post or a page on your website with a form for clients to RSVP is a great place to direct interested parties.
  • Phone Calls – Make sure your most important clients get a personal invite.

Be careful you can’t invite everyone. You want them to feel special and having a huge crowd won’t accomplish that goal. Somewhere between 50 and 100 will make a manageable group, this way you can spend some time with everyone. It is better to have two or more events than to have a group so large that there will be clients that you never get to.

Make your event something they will want to tell their friends about. A great event will make it easy for them to mention you the next time they talk to their friends and family. “We went to an event that our (your firm’s name here) put on and it was amazing! It was so much fun that I can’t wait for the next one.”

If you are searching for someone to wow clients at your event, please get in touch to learn more about how I can help you at your next client appreciation event.  Click here and fill out the form for more info.

New Year’s Eve Entertainment Greenville, Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

New Year’s Eve Entertainment, an Evening of Comedy and Magic

New Year’s eve Bicentennial Celebration Greenville, IL. Obviously, I decide to bring the new year in with GOOFY face syndrome! I thought about calling this post “Some things seen can not be unseen!” My apologies to the entire town of Greenville.
None the less, We had a great time bringing in the New Year! We kicked off the party with tableside strolling magic and then stand up comedy and magic after dinner!
Thanks to everyone on the committee for having me. I had a great time sharing my New Year’s eve with you.

New Year's Eve entertainment Steve Barcellona Comedy Magic a volunteer

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Steve’s Introduction

Steve’s Introduction

It’s important to have someone introduce the show. It gets everyone’s attention and gets them focused and quieted down so the show gets off on the right foot.

Sometimes, before we get started, some remarks are going to be made or there will be an awards presentation. It is best to have these things happen before the show. Whenever these festivities have concluded the MC should go into one of the following introductions.

If you read them as written you will get at least 3 laughs. I have seen many people try and adlib, I have rarely seen people make these remarks funnier, but it is up to you! Have a good time with it.  Remember, we are trying to get everyone relaxed and change any preconceived ideas they might have about what is to come.

This first one is the one we will most likely use.

Introduction 1 (No Music)

Our entertainer this evening became interested in magic at an early age and after years of practice… he still isn’t any good.

His company Barcellona Presentations helps corporations and associations get their events off to a great start, by providing motivational comedy entertainment for banquets and sales meetings throughout the Midwest…whether they like it or not.

His main goal is to make magic cool, hip and sexy.
Instead of dumb, geeky and lame.
But face facts, it is really just a desperate cry for help.

Let’s put some magic on the menu with a warm round of applause for the master of magic and mirth…Steve Barcellona.

(Lead the applause, when I get to you we will shake hands and
then you walk off and enjoy the show!)

Occasionally, if there is a long walk out prerecorded music might be used to cover the transition. In that case we will use the second introduction which ends a little differently because the music has an announcer’s voice on it.

Introduction 2 (Music Intro)

Our entertainer this evening became interested in magic at an early age and after years of practice he still isn’t any good.

His company Barcellona Presentations helps corporations and associations get their events off to a great start, by providing motivational comedy entertainment for banquets and sales meetings throughout the Midwest…whether they like it or not.

His main goal is to make magic cool, hip and sexy.
Instead of dumb, geeky and lame.
But face facts, it is really just a desperate cry for help.

Thank you all for coming and on with the show!

(Walk off as music plays Steve on)

Awards Presentation Entertainment Made Event Even More Special

Awards Presentation Entertainment Made Event Even More Special

Awards Presentation Entertainment Made Event Even More Special

Awards Presentation Entertainment Made Event Even More Special

Steve,
Thank you for making our special event even more special! Your impromptu interactions during the coffee hour were wonderful and your opening act got everyone in a happy spirit for our
awards presentation. Your stage show was amazing. We are still hearing about you, your magic and your humor.
What a pleasure it was working with you from our initial phone call to your final act. You were professional, accommodating and friendly. We couldn’t have asked for more.
We look forward to having you at future events.

Thank you very much, Magic Man!!

Andy Lawrence
CEO
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY
Alliance Real Estate
Home Services

Fundraiser Entertainment for Arthritis Foundation A Success

Fundraiser Entertainment for Arthritis Foundation A Success

Fundraiser Entertainment for Arthritis Foundation A Success

Fundraiser Entertainment for Arthritis Foundation A Success

Dear Steve:

Thank you for being part of the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run Top Fundraiser Party at Hollywood Casino recently.
Our guests were texting me before I made it home to tell me how much fun they had at the event.

It’s great to see how you engage with the guests and make them feel special. We will definitely be calling you for our event next year.

Donna Henderson
Special Events Director
HEARTLAND REGION/MISSOURI
9433 Olive Boulevard, #100
St. Louis, MO 63132
Direct 314-991-9333
Fax 314-991-4020
Toll Free 800-406-2491

Corporate Event Entertainment at Gateway Center a Raving Success

Corporate Event Entertainment at Gateway Center a Raving Success

Corporate Event Entertainment at Gateway Center a Raving Success

Corporate Event Entertainment at Gateway Center a Raving Success

Steve,
Thank you for making our corporate party at the Gateway Center in Collinsville a raving success. Our office staff and field personnel attended the event and they are still talking about your performance.

Your combination of comedy and magic is awesome. From the beginning, while you were mingling during the cocktail hour, you made your performance so personal. I had several people
tell me they were sorry when the cocktail hour ended because they thought that was the end of your engagement. Were they surprised to see you reappear after dinner!

Your onstage performance was nothing short of electrifying (so appropriate for an electrical contracting firm).

You were a pleasure to work with from the initial booking process through the final act. I enjoyed meeting you and I look forward to working with you at future events.

Ken Keeney
CEO
Pyramid
Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Entertainment Most Fun in Years

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Entertainment Most Fun in Years for Park Hills Leadington Chamber of Commerce  As an organization that always strives to bring fun, and unique entertainment to our Annual Awards and Installation Banquet, the decision to hire Steve for this year's event was a top-notch choice.  We've received nothing but positive comments from our investors, many saying it was the most fun they had in months.  Initially, we were in search of a comedian for this years event, however, Steve's mind blowing magic tricks, combined wit his incredibly comical personality, truly made it a  night we will remember for many years to come.  We will definitely recommend his show to others, and consider him for future events!  Thanks you so much Steve, for providing us with phenomenal entertainment!  Sincerely,  The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Entertainment Most Fun in Years

 

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet Entertainment Most Fun in Years for Park Hills Leadington Chamber of Commerce

As an organization that always strives to bring fun, and unique entertainment to our Annual Awards and Installation Banquet, the decision to hire Steve for this year’s event was a top-notch choice.

We’ve received nothing but positive comments from our investors, many saying it was the most fun they had in months.

Initially, we were in search of a comedian for this years event, however, Steve’s mind blowing magic tricks, combined wit his incredibly comical personality, truly made it a  night we will remember for many years to come.

We will definitely recommend his show to others, and consider him for future events!

Thanks you so much Steve, for providing us with phenomenal entertainment!

Sincerely,

The Park Hills – Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Company Holiday Party was Excellent, Very Fun and Audience Engaging

Company Holiday Party was Excellent, Very Fun and Audience Engaging

Company Holiday Party was Excellent, Very Fun and Audience Engaging

Company Holiday Party was Excellent, Very Fun and Audience Engaging

We hired Steve Barcellona for our company holiday party and he was excellent! His show was very fun and audience engaging which is exactly what we wanted. Also, the material was very professional and appropriate. Because of it being a company event we didn’t want any profanity or off-colored jokes. His overall presentation was extremely well received and his overall appearance was professional. Loved the way he mingled with the crowd before the show. It helped make the guests feel comfortable and it was a personal touch which made the guests feel connected when it came time
for the show.

The employees were still talking about him in the office the following Monday. We will definitely recommend Steve and will consider hiring him again for future events.

Thanks, Steve, for making the night fun, enjoyable and memorable!!

Sincerely,
Monica Andrews
Business Manager

Bankhead Orthodontics
3006 Highway K
O’Fallon, MO 63368
636·978-8848

After Dinner Entertainment from the early 90’s

after dinner entertainment , corporate entertainment

After dinner entertainment poster from the early 90’s.

After Dinner Entertainment from the early 90’s

It is hard to believe that this show was sometime in the early 90’s. Talk about throwback thursday! It was a dinner and a show at a local restaurant, I think I remember that it sold so well it turned into two nights. I would love to do something like this again. It was really the genesis of my after dinner entertainment career. Well this and Ricky Ricardo. As a kid I never wanted to go to the office, I always wanted to go down to the club to “try out that new number”. With Susan Mirto Scardilli