Friday, February 8, 2013

Choosing the Best Entertainment for Corporate Events

I have seen some of the best entertainment for corporate events. I have attended a lot of corporate events as a professional magician. I have seen the most amazing entertainment and watched some of the world's best professionals. How do you decide who will be best for your event?
As a professional magician I am often employed to work the tables during the meal to provide entertainment at corporate events. At the larger affairs artists often perform between courses or at the end of the meal.
I have seen members of Cirque Du Soleil flown over from the states for a ten minute spot during an expensive corporate banquet. I have seen top charting bands provide amazing entertainment for corporate events.
I have seen some of Britain's top comedians perform after the meal with varying amounts of success. The larger corporate events with thirty plus tables can be difficult to negotiate particularly if you go on late in the evening.
To provide the best entertainment for corporate events the artist does have to have some sort of recognition prior to going on stage. At these large affairs where the attention span of the audience is limited you need some sort of hook. This does not have to be celebrity status, although that helps. It can be recognition in the Industry.

Can Stickers or Decals Harm My Car? Can I Put a Sticker on a T-Shirt?

No. In fact, it provides a sunscreen to your vehicle's paint, which is why we don't advise you to put decals on your car's painted surfaces unless they're permanent.
If you put a bumper sticker on the painted surface of your trunk, for instance, and remove it 3 years later, the other paint on the vehicle may have faded somewhat, but the paint under the sticker will be a little newer looking and less faded.
If you're also wondering if removing a decal or sticker from your car's painted surfaces, unless you have a really poor quality paint job on your vehicle, it is highly unlikely that a decal can remove paint, and certainly, the acrylic adhesives used on decals won't affect the chemistry of the paint.
The best and easiest way to remove the sticker from your car will be to apply heat to the surface, using a hair dryer or a heat gun. This will loosen the glue's grip and make it so you can peel the vinyl decal from your vehicle.
If it leaves glue residue, and often they do, especially if it's been there a long time (over a year), you can purchase glue remover (orange peel) at most hardware or home improvement stores. You'll simply apply the remover to the glue, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a paper towel. Re-do this step as needed.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Grow Old Along With Me - The Best Is Yet to Be

Is growing older so bad that we have to perpetually pretend we are still that magical ideal age, whatever that is? Movie stars keep coming back, caked in make-up and magical lighting. I get it in a way. Acting is pretending after all. Making believe. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, clumsily running, not like a young man would run but like they're afraid of losing their balance, yet never daunted, never out-run, never out-witted. Here's another thing, aren't any of the characters these actors play good enough at their jobs to get a promotion? You would think after thirty or forty years of exemplary on-the-job performance they would be up for more than an occasional Employee of the Month with the honor of reserved parking privileges. Is a reverse Peter Principle at work here? Wouldn't you think that Double-0-Seven should at least be Double-0-Eight by now? Well, at least they're old enough to have jobs.
Musicians are another matter all together. With them we are mostly still in school, going to a sock-hop with a pack of Lucky's rolled in our t-shirt sleeve or up all night in a beer can littered dorm room arguing, up to our necks in our own bullshit. Is it nostalgia or denial? The worst offenders are the ones who gave us the sound track of our lives. To hear them tell it nothing's changed. There is nothing new in, or about, life worth writing about. The sound track is still the same this many years on. Someone said at a recent Rolling Stones concert he thought they should have sung, `I Can't Get No Wheelchair Traction.' The list goes on. Carly Simon still thinks I'm So Vein. Paul McCartney's still hanging out with the bubble-gummers. James Taylor still sees Fire and Rain.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The DJ Argument

So with this new technological world we live in, we are faced with the opportunity and possibilities to try things that were much more difficult to try in the past, namely DJing. We have new apps and DJ software that can be easily downloaded and anyone can try their hand at spinning. You can even hook it up to a powerful sound system and presto, instant party with a DJ. Well, if you've ever been to a shindig with an amateur DJ, that has been in the biz all but 3 hours, you will soon understand that it takes a lot more than just choosing music and beat mixing.
The art of DJing, as we know it, goes back to that infamous era of bell bottoms and Disco, where DJ's played at huge packed Disco's and Roller Rinks. DJ's across the Nation would spin all night long and where the Disco Ball was the center of attraction.
Well the times have changed but not the love for spinning. What most people don't know that being a DJ requires passion, dedication, love for music and the desire to please the crowd. You can only be as good as your inventory of music, music knowledge and experience. If you have DJed as many venues, parties, events, stadiums... etc. as I have, then you know for a fact, that reading a crowd, and having numerous past mixes under you belt, knowing what button does what, what mixes with what, where that momentary pause is... I can go on and on about all kind of techniques, and tricks of the trade, but I won't.
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