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Corporate Event Entertainment Had the Crowd WOWED

Corporate Event Entertainment Had the Crowd WOWED

Corporate Event Entertainment Had the Crowd WOWED

Corporate Event Entertainment Had the Crowd WOWED

Dear Steve,

Just wanted to say thank you for making our event so great. You did a great job of working the crowd and made all of our guests feel welcome. You certainly “WOWED” the crowd. We all enjoyed your tricks and your commentary. Thanks you so much for making our event SPECIAL. We received many compliments on your performance and wanted to share them with you.

Thanks,

Brooke, Katie and Phil

Phil Leathers
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Washington, MO

New Year’s Eve Event Entertainment was a Spectacular Time

New Year’s Eve Event Entertainment was a Spectacular Time

New Year's Eve Event Entertainment a Spectacular Time Dear Steve,  I would like to thank you for coming all the way to Burlington to put on our New Years Eve show! Everything was wonderful. You were always so friendly and easy to work with, not to mention hilarious and what a great magic show! All of out 130 guests had a spectacular time and we are still receiving compliments on what a great evening it was. They felt that the strolling magic really made them feel like a part of the evening as well. We would highly recommend you to anyone, so please feel free to use us as a reference needed. Again thank you for a true evening of comedy and magic. It was fabulous!  Warm regards, Cary Skeens Event Coordinator Comfort Suites Conference Center Burlington, IA

Dear Steve,

I would like to thank you for coming all the way to Burlington to put on our New Year’s Eve show! Everything was wonderful. You were always so friendly and easy to work with, not to mention hilarious and what a great magic show! All of our 130 guests had a spectacular time and we are still receiving compliments on what a great evening it was. They felt that the strolling magic really made them feel like a part of the evening as well. We would highly recommend you to anyone, so please feel free to use us as a reference needed. Again thank you for a true evening of comedy and magic. It was fabulous!

Warm regards,
Cary Skeens
Event Coordinator
Comfort Suites Conference Center
Burlington, IA

 

Luncheon Entertainment Will Be Difficult To Top

Luncheon Entertainment Will Be Difficult To Top

Luncheon Entertainment Will Be Difficult To Top

Luncheon Entertainment Will Be Difficult To Top

Dear Mr. Barcellona,

A big thank you for coming out to entertain the seniors of Dardenne Prairie at our August lunch . Everyone had a great time. You have a feel for your audience and definitely know how
to work the room and what will work for the crowd. No one left the building without a smile. As they left I received many compliments about what a great show it was, how that was just
what they needed, and that you were the best comedian/magician they had ever seen. I would personally recommend Steve Barcellona over and over again. This event will be difficult to top.

Thank you,
Melissa Nordmann, Event Coordinator
City of Dardenne Prairie
2032 Hanley Road,
Dardenne Prairie, MO
63368

Special Event Entertainment Everyone Was Completely Tuned Into The Show

Special Event Entertainment Everyone Was Completely Tuned Into The Show

Special Event Entertainment Everyone Was Completely Tuned Into The Show

Special Event Entertainment Everyone Was Completely Tuned Into The Show

Our show was for our graduating electrical apprenticeship students and their families. The audience ages ranged from eight years old up to about 65, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

I watched the entire audience throughout the show from different areas and everyone was having a great time and seemed to be completely tuned in to the show.

After the show several guests approached me and told me what an awesome time that they had and that it was nice to have entertainment for all ages.

Steve was awesome from the moment he arrived. He is professional, funny, and very personable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

I will be contacting Steve to check on booking for next year’s event.

Sincerely,
Tina Whitebear
IEC of Greater St. Louis

Corporate Event Entertainment Beyond Expectations

Corporate Event Entertainment Beyond Expectations

Corporate Event Entertainment Beyond Expectations

Corporate Event Entertainment Beyond Expectations

Steve,

I wanted to thank you know for making our event a great success. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed your stage show and how much we all laughed. I really appreciate you taking the time during your strolling magic to make sure every table was contacted and able to join in the fun . You went way beyond our expectations and made sure everyone had a great time. We would love to have you back for future events and I would definitely recommend you to other groups.

Thanks again,
Charlie Myers
128 W. Central Street, Bethalto, IL 62010
(618) 377-3100

Awards Banquet Planning Tips to Make Winners Feel Like Stars

Shine A Light from above

Steve Barcellona Comedy Magic St. Louis, MO Awards Banquet Planning Tips Tp Make Winners Feel Like Stars

It is awards banquet time again; time to recognize those employees or volunteers who have done outstanding work on behalf of your company or group. In addition to the plaque or certificate what else are you going to do to make the award winners feel honored and most importantly special? Here are a few tips to make them feel like the stars of your awards banquet.

Treat your award winners like celebrities
At a recent awards banquet, I performed strolling magic in the VIP suite for the winners. Having a special area for your awardees and their families makes them feel special and honored. Have the room stocked with drinks and appetizers. Make them feel like celebrities; remember most people never make it to the VIP room.  

Big stars sit down front
Did you ever notice that the likely Oscars winners always sit down front with George Clooney? Reserve some tables down front for you award winners. It is a simple way to make them feel special.  It will also make for a smoother presentation because it will be easier for them to get to the stage for their award. Having stairs front and center, instead of the sides make stage accesses quick and easy.

Red Carpet Photos
Capture professional photos as award winner and special guests arrive. Those “hurry up” onstage snapshots rarely look good. You don’t want everyone to remember the evening with eyes half-closed and a head half-turned photo do you. Where appropriate, arrange for a professional photographer.

Cap the evening off with Great Entertainment
After dinner and the awards are finished treat everyone to some laughs. Not everyone will be a winner, but everyone should have a good time.  I recommend to my clients interactive, high energy comedy magic show.  If you have many awards 30 to 40 minutes will be perfect if you have only a few awards 45 minute to an hour will be the right amount of time.  The entertainment should be light and something that gets people having fun. An inexperienced entertainer or a long winded speaker will kill the night. People that are laughing are having a good time and will have wonderful memories of the evening. Make this year’s awards banquet amazing!

Lots of Laughs Performing Strolling Magic at EO St. Louis Event

Strolling Magic EO St Louis All laughs at table

Strolling magic for EO St Louis, all laughs at the table

Comedy magician Steve Barcellona at EO St louis event performing strolling magic.

Comedy magician Steve Barcellona at EO St louis event performing strolling magic.

Here are some recent photos from an event I did for The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of St Louis. Super fun night with a really great group of people.  Thanks to Marvin Meyer Photography for the great photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strolling magician EO St Louis  At tables with ladies all smiles

Strolling magician EO St Louis At tables with ladies all smiles

Strolling Magician Steve Barcellona at EO St Louis Event

Strolling Magician Steve Barcellona at EO St Louis Event

 

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Office Christmas Party, What a Good Time

Sheriff's Office Christmas Party, What a Good Time  Hello and hope this letter finds you doing well. I just wanted to drop you a line and THANK YOU so much for the entertainment on Friday evening for my office Christmas Party. What a good time! You were able to mix into the crowd during the social hour and break the ice with the guests and make the laughs begin. And the after dinner spotlight was outstanding, don't think I could of done much better as a host. I have heard so many compliments about the entertainment that I chose and the many Thanks that I have received for a great night. I would recommend your show to anyone with confidence. So a big THANK YOU goes out to you and I wish you the very best. Should you ever need a reference, point them in my direction.  May you and your family have a blessed holiday season.  Sincerely, Jimmy Shinn Sheriff Marion County

Sheriff’s Office Christmas Party, What a Good Time

 

Sheriff’s Office Christmas Party, What a Good Time

Hello and hope this letter finds you doing well. I just wanted to drop you a line and THANK YOU so much for the entertainment on Friday evening for my office Christmas Party. What a good time! You were able to mix into the crowd during the social hour and break the ice with the guests and make the laughs begin. And the after dinner spotlight was outstanding, don’t think I could of done much better as a host. I have heard so many compliments about the entertainment that I chose and the many Thanks that I have received for a great night. I would recommend your show to anyone with confidence. So a big THANK YOU goes out to you and I wish you the very best. Should you ever need a reference, point them in my direction.

May you and your family have a blessed holiday season.

Sincerely,
Jimmy Shinn
Sheriff Marion County

 

How To Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party…Part 2

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How to Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party Part 2

Here is part 2 of my recent interview with GigMasters.com. They were looking for some insights to help guide clients in booking entertainment for all kinds of events. I thought it would be useful as kind of a “How To Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party”. This is Part 1, please enjoy and spread it around if you like.

 

GigMasters: Do you prefer to work adult or children’s events? Or both?

Steve: I almost exclusively perform for adults. There are a couple of children’s charities that I work for. The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Shriner’s Hospital are two groups I can’t say no to.

GigMasters: What services/specialties do you offer?

Steve: I have a package called “The Evening of Comedy and Magic” That I consider my specialty. It starts off with strolling magic during the cocktail hour and finishes with an hour show after dinner. It is all self-contained and hassle free for the client and it really makes for a complete evening of entertainment.

GigMasters: What is the most interesting/unique event you have ever worked?

Steve: I sure have had some interesting things happen. I remember one time at a medical society awards banquet an older gentleman accepted his award and then fell off the stage. Thank goodness he was OK. He just bounced up like nothing happened it looked like he was made of rubber. Then there was the time a pipe broke in the ladies room. That was a mess! Ladies were screaming so loud that it was obvious something bad had happened. A few of them came back looking like they fell in the lake! But you learn to take it all in stride.

GigMasters: Anything else you’d like to share?

Steve: People always tend to shop performers by fee. The assumption is that all performers are the same and it all comes down to price. Rarely are the best, most experienced performers the cheapest. Realize that if you have 100 people at your event and you only want to pay a performer $300 that is only $3 dollars a head. What kind of entertainment can you get for $3 dollars out in the world? A trip to the movies is $7 to $10 bucks. Always hire the best talent you can afford. This year’s event is only going to happen once, don’t take any chances.

 

How To Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party…Part 1

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How To Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party

Recently, I was interviewed by GigMasters.com. They were looking for some insights to help guide clients in booking entertainment for all kinds of events. I thought it would be useful as kind of a “How To Hire An Entertainer For Your Holiday Party”. This is Part 1, please enjoy and spread it around if you like.

 

GigMasters: What should a client consider when looking to hire an entertainer for their event?

Steve Barcellona: First thing, always look at testimonials on GigMasters website and the performer’s website. Do they have any video testimonials? If the performer has glowing recommendation from past clients that is a pretty good indication that they have a quality act.

Second, clients should always match the performer to the event. What kind of event is it? Is it an awards banquet, holiday party, conference or is it a children’s party, school assembly. Some magicians are great at children’s birthday parties, some are great for family events, and still others excel at corporate events. Clients should always look for the specialist. A lot of performers like to think of themselves as an “all occasion performer” not many are great at everything. I would hate to hire a general practitioner when I needed a brain surgeon.
Also, you should watch their video to get a good idea of who they are.

GigMasters: What questions should a client ask a Comedy Magician that they are considering booking?

Steve: Clients should get a good idea of what kind of act the perfromer has. Are they a stage performer? Do they perform close up? How does what they describe fit in with what you have planned? Always keep in mind that it might be worth it to adjust a bit if what they describe sounds like it would be really something special.

Also, they should always find out what kind of audiences the performer has worked for in the past. Are they groups like yours? How large? Are they events like yours? Most importantly, what kind of questions is the performer asking you. Does it seem like he has done this before? That is pretty important.

Gigmasters: Once a client books you for a performance, what details should be discussed prior to the event?

Steve: I always get all the details down on paper in the form of an agreement. It is nice for you and the client to see everything in black and white. That way there can be no misunderstanding. It is always nice to meet the event planner earlier on the day of the event. That way you know exactly where to set up. You can also handle any last minute changes together.

Oh yeah, make sure the performer has a good GPS’able address. You would be surprised how often people take for granted that there address is on the map!

GigMasters: Please tell us – when did you get started with magic, and why do you do perform?

Steve: I have been performing magic since my teenage years. My mother worked for a publisher and she brought me home a couple of magic books. Once I showed a little interest she kept bringing more. And so began the spoils of a misspent youth! I took a short break from performing to work in the corporate world, but I realized that life is too short not to do the things you really love to do…It just happens that I like to lie, cheat and keep secrets. (My wife hates that joke)

GigMasters: What kind of gigs do you usually book?

Steve: I do a lot of corporate and association events. At banquets I usually perform strolling magic during the cocktail hour as a mystery party guest. Then I do a really funny comedy magic stand up after dinner show. It is the kind of thing you would see in a comedy club, but clean, PG13. I also perform at hospitality suites and trade shows and some private parties.

Part 2 coming soon…