Holiday Party at Ameren Services a Success

 

Annual Sales Meeting Entertainment Lots of Fun and Laughter
Holiday Party at Ameren Services a Success

 

We were very pleased with your presentation at our holiday gathering December 7th, 2011. I heard folks talking about it in our office today (How did he do that?) and everyone had a great time. You are very talented. I really liked the way you brought some of us “on stage” to participate in your act. This really made it enjoyable. You made it great even if the venue did not have a stage or a specific area for you to work in. You made it happen. thank you so much for a most enjoyable experience!

Jan Kretsinger
Ameren Services

Annual Christmas Celebration Entertainment a Hit at Douglass Community Services

Annual Christmas Celebration Entertainment
Annual Christmas Celebration Entertainment a Hit at Douglass Community Services

We Invited Steve after a personal testimonial from one of our staff who had attended one of his performances at another event. This was for our annual Christmas celebration for an audience of around 145, made up of our company staff and board members.

I found Steve to be very personable and easy to work with in arranging for the event. Our staff responded well to Steve’s performance, especially after getting to know him more personally as he went from table to table during the lunch demonstrating his expertise with a deck of cards. He is upbeat, constantly on the move, with no breaks once he started. His skill combined with his sense of humor make a great combination that was well received by our group.

I would heartily recommended Steve and Magic on the Menu.

Dave Dexheimer
Executive Director
Douglass Community Services Inc
Hannibal, MO

Audio Visual Setup for a Great Show

My goal is to make sure you have an event that your guests will talk about for months or maybe years to come. Below are some guidelines and requirements. Having the right setup makes a huge difference it the way the audience enjoys the show.  Any setup happens at your convenience, whatever works for the event. Everything is pretty flexible, if you have any questions give me a call.

Audio Visual and Room Set-up

Lighting: General stage wash. Just about everything happens center stage. If the program takes place in a banquet room general lighting will be fine.  Call for details or questions.

Sound: Depending on the size of your group a sound system may be required. You can provide this or depending on travel arrangements, I can provide a sound system with wireless mic. Your group can use it for announcements or awards before the performance to keep it easy for you. Please call for details.

Electrical: Two (2) electrical outlets near the performance space and out of the traffic pattern will be required.

Stage: For audiences over 75 people, a raised platform of at least 8’ x 12’ in size with stairs for audience access will make it easier for everyone to see (prefer 12’ x 16’).  Place the front row within 5’ of the stage. If you have a large group and you are doing a theater set up make sure to have a center aisle. If other speakers are using a podium or lectern please place it off to one side so that there is room to walk in front of it.

Performance Area Positioning. If the room is rectangular, position the “stage” in the middle of the long side of the rectangle (the 50 yard line). In that position, as opposed to one end of the room, almost all of the tables in the room are much closer to the stage.

Recommended room set up
30 to 45 minutes is required for set up and sound check . It can be done in a shorter time if needed, please call with questions.

SUCCESSFUL SHOW REQUIREMENTS:

SHOW TIME: After dessert has been served and all service has concluded. Service staff can easily block the view of the program and make it difficult for your audience members to enjoy the opening moments.

The Audience Must Be Seated. People standing, talking, or drinking can quickly change a captive environment into a struggle for the performer to try and hold their attention. There are ways to overcome these problems, but a normal interactive act may not survive the disruptions. An alternative approach to entertainment may be required such as strolling magic.

Close the Bar During the Show. (If possible) If people get up during the program to get a drink, it sends a psychological message to everyone in the room that they are no longer interested in the show

Avoid Obstructions to Viewing the Program. Columns, walls, large table decorations, or a large buffet table between the audience and the stage, block the view of the program. If they can’t see, they will talk, and be unable to enjoy the program.

Avoid a Dance Floor.
Occasionally, a dance floor will be placed in front of the stage creating a divided room with half the audience on the left side of the room, no one in front of the stage, and half of the audience on the right side of the room. The entertainer is forced to place his back to half of the audience at all times. When the performer addresses the one side of the room, the other side of the room is no longer able to see or be involved in the program. Audience interest is difficult to maintain. A small dance floor which does not divide the room into two separate halves can work, but special care must be taken to position the audience as close to the stage as possible. There must be an audience in front of the stage.

Recommended Layouts
The first 3 layouts will make for a great show. All of the tables are in front of the performance area and the entrances are at the back of the room so guests don’t have to walk in front of the stage if they arrive late or have to go to the restroom. The round tables work great for banquets, awards dinners and galas. The rectangle tables are great for seminars and meetings.

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The following layouts make the performance difficult.  If the stage is surrounded some tables can’t see the show and lose interest. They will eventually start to talk, ruining the show for everyone. If there is a dance floor between the audience and the performance area it will act like a barrier and the audience will feel like they don’t need to participate. You might as well fill it with alligators!  Also the entrances are by the stage.
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Other room set ups are possible please call for details

Holiday Party Entertainment Exceeded Expectations at Crowne Plaza St Louis

Holiday Party Entertainment Exceeded Expectations at Crowne Plaza St Louis
Holiday Party Entertainment Exceeded Expectations at Crowne Plaza St. Louis

Recently the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis had the pleasure of having magician extraordinaire Steve Barcellona for our holiday party entertainment. Wow! He completely exceeded our expectations.

Knowing Mr. Barcellona I was not surprised that he was an excellent magician, I was not however prepared for the enormous positive impact he had on our event.  It is not just the great magic but how he works the room and gets everyone involved. Many of the guests wanted to know where they could see him perform again. He entertained and astonished everyone and where ever he strolled the laughter and amazed expressions followed. Steve’s vast repertoire and quick wit really made our event special. I am still hearing comments about him from people that were there.

Steve was a pleasure to work with. Arriving early and staying past his contracted time, he was the consummate professional.  I will continue to highly recommend Steve to anyone looking for a fun and entertaining way of upgrading an event and providing an authentic crowd pleaser, guaranteed to keep you smiling.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Steve Molina, CSW
Catering Sales MAnager
Crowne Plaza St. Louis

Company Christmas Party, the show was a hit!

Company Christmas Party, the show was a hit!

We would like to thanks you for performing your Magic on The Menu act at our company Christmas party, the show was a hit! Our audience ranged in age from 21 to 85 and everyone thought the show was great. You really got the crowd involved and made everyone;s experience pleasant and your added humor made the show that much more fun! You have really been a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend you as entertainment for anyone’s event!

Thanks again,
Stephanie Westendorf
EJ Water Cooperative