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Company BBQ’s making them fun!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

How to plan the best summer party

The sun is out, the grill is lit, and now you want to thank your hard working staff, perhaps clients for their business.

1st rule to party 101- have a back up plan. That might be an indoor location if it rains or a rain date. But planning that in advance and lets staff or clients know those back up plans are key.

Pick up a good grill book, ask around the office who is good on the grill and pick the best one that is willing to put a hour or two in. Make the good alittle more exciting by offering an exotic recipe, or some unusual toppings.

Is there a theme? A company’s anniversary or an annual company BBQ, picnic, lobster bake…make it fun.

Add some door prizes, fun entertainment (which an illusionist would be a great addition to your back up plan…rain or shine!)

Pick a date and start the grill…I look forward to seeing many of you this summer:)
Magically,
Phil

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Project Graduations- a night of magic

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

High School ‘Project Graduations’ are (chem free nights) for seniors that just graduated. They are excited, full of energy, and New England schools are giving them a place to celebrate safely!!

Finding fun venues include: tennis clubs, YMCA’s, & college universities (which often include pools, gyms, and physical activities).
More unique ideas include bowling areanas, cruises, comedy clubs, etc…

Often, the entertainment includes a hypnotist/comedian and a magician …in several schools all three entertainers. Live entertainment gives the students a chance to be a part of a professional show; entertainers that have spent years and even life times creating fun programs that your typical seniors haven’t seen!

At wee hours of the night the graduates need excitement to pick up their energy level, add excitement, and create a memorable experience! Strolling Miracles (roaming magic) allows me to personally connect with students in a unique way. The magic is interactive, engages them as an active participant, and it happens in their hands!!!

In 2012 plan exciting interactive entertainers like Abracadabra Productions will provide!

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Graduation parties-making them magical

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Wow, you’re son or daughter is graduating. You want to celebrate and make it fun. How do you make it fun? You hire, master magician, Phil Smith to increase the FUN FACTOR!

TIps to relax and enjoy your son or daughter’s big day:
Hire a caterer…be a guest at your own party, not running around serving everyone. Or keep it simple w/ BBQ. Maybe one of your friends or relatives can serve the beverages, to take one of the jobs away so you can enjoy the party.

Put some music on to create a festive mood. Keep it simple again, either hire a DJ or pre-record a mix of music for all ages.

Last, make it fun, exciting, and uniqe by adding sleight-of-hand, mind reading, and comedy while I mingle with your son/daughter and all their guests!

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Open Houses- making them interesting!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Why do you want to do a Open House? Is it to show off some new construction/renevation to your clients or employees? Perhaps both, letting employees feel pride in a new well built building, and to show the operations of how things are done for your customers.
How do you get clients and employees to attend? Some food is a good start:) Maybe a theme that relates somehow to your business; i.e. if your an accounting firm perhaps canapes that are green, or in the shape of money.
Will your company’s Open House be for adults only or will families be invited? Either way entertainment would be a great addition to liven up the festivities and give them a reason to stay more than 15 minutes.
A magician producing money or a crystal ball and a phychic palm reader would create a fun atmosphere ‘on seeing into the company’s future.’ Perhaps 3 or 4 stations of entertainers depending on how large your audience is. I’ve ‘wowed’ small open houses for Bagel shops which had maybe 50 people to a Post Office Distribution center in Scarborough, Maine with 500 people attending…so make it interesting and make it fun to get your customers and employees to come out to it!

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“The gift of Magic”- young kids in magic!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Most magicians got started with a magic kit when they were young. I was no different, I was 10 years old when I recevied mine for a Christmas present. I fell in love with it..my dad and I would work on the details together and then I’d practice. After I had several rehearsed I would put on a neighborhood magic show.

I wish I had had access to a professional magician who could have given me insight at that young age. Having an expert to tweek and improve upon what I was working on would have been an amazing experience.

I decided 8 years ago with a good magic friend, Bernard Blais to give other young kids that opportunity with a real pro…for a whole week of lessons, insight, getting their creative juices moving around in their noodles. Now in our 8th year children love our magic camp…called Wizard’s Workshop! I hope to see your children there this summer!!

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A camp that is ‘Magic’ in Maine

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Bernard and I have run ‘Wizard’s Workshop coming up on our 8th year… Since the very 1st year we have helped children with physical or mental challeges shine thru the ‘art of magic!’
Sometimes, it’s coming up with different secret techniques (Hidden moves) that are more manageable for different students. Other times it’s been teaching it in many different ways to get the point across.
And even just refocusing those students on their favorite magic illusions from an earlier session.
Each child is different in skill, creativity, and execution during a performance. That’s the magic of kids…you never know what the outcome will be till it’s over…some students that were focused, but shy become hams during the show for their parents. Others might run into a minor challenge and because it hadn’t happened in practice or rehearsals it can be very unnerving. But when the individual performances are completed and the show is over their new skills in public speaking have become sharper, confidence is gained, and the smiles on their parents faces say it all…Now that’s magic!

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Magic Camp for kids

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Learning the ‘Art of Magic’ can be tricky business. In the past, learning the secrets of magic could only be learned through the passing of knowledge from one magician to another. Often, we learn thru books sometimes the internet, but the absolute best way has always been thru a professional magician.

Why reading a book or watching a computer screen only goes so far..there is no feedback.

A magic camp is a wonderful place to learn, grown, get advice, see peers practicing, struggling with similar challenges, and succeeding after practice! I teach illusions that are visual, magic tricks that include mind reading (watch out parents, ha,ha), magic card tricks, coin illusions, and many more surprises! By the end of 1 week they are ready to put on a small show for parents, siblings, and relatives that want to see improved communication skills, creativity, and problem solving skills.

More secrets revealed later on how to become a magician!

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Weddding reception entertainment

Friday, March 4th, 2011

How do you choose the right entertainment for your wedding reception? Start by deciding what is your objective. Do you want background music or interactive entertainment? How long do you think the photos and your limo ride with the bridal party will take before you arrive at the reception? A wonderful choice is a wedding magician! Why a wedding magician? We can make the wait for your guests and family disappear! If they are having fun that is very interactive no one will keep track of the time. You and your bridal party can relax while your guests are being dazzled! A roaming style is perfect for all ages; and can be incorporated into the time you and you new spouce or significant other make the rounds to greet everyone as the new couple!!! All your receptions really needs is a little magic:)

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Holiday parties making them creative!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Holiday Parties are a terrific way to thank co-workers and clients for their hard work and business throughout the year.

How do you make it more than just another party?Food, Location, and entertainment are the main ingredients. If you are having food is it a focus? Casual or elegant and gourmet? Maybe having many different appetitizers is one creative way to go. Having the catererer offer some sample menus; maybe steak, chicken, and fish are offered but to jazz it up different dipping sauces are whipped up.

Location, location, location…a glamorous banquet facility, or creative spin like a museum (antique cars, science, etc…) The banquet location can be decorated to a theme (Hawiian, winter, etc)

Last, and maybe most important entertainment that is memorable. Music will it be background or dancing? What about a creative opening to your cocktail social hours by having a magician roam/stroll and mingle with your employees and clients?! Or a fun after dinner performance of magic and comedy?!

Whatever you do make it memorable!
Magically,
Phil

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Competitions- How to make them fair

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

We see competitions everywhere in life. From Dancing with the stars, Olympics, chess tournaments, and yes even in magic.

Competitions are funny animals…they are exciting, electrifying, disappointing, and an education. On paper it may look like so and so is going to win the gold medal in the Olympics, but muscles are torn, on any given day one individual could beat out another…strange happenings:)

How do we go about ensuring fairness in the judging? The Olympics has one of the best solutions…a point system, but most importantly judges that know what they are looking for…the audience might go wild, but the technical difficulty might be a 1 and someone else tries a level 5 difficulty. They deduct or add points accordingly.

In a magic competition, a point system w/ points being added or deducted based on technical difficulty would be a great start, but then finding judges that know what to look for and judge fairly.

Perhaps, the best solution is a combination of audience reaction (scoring?) and other magicians not in competition but with expertise in that area scoring technique, showmanship (presentation that is engaging vs one that is self explanatory…now I’m going to cut to the 4 aces.)

Until the next competition:)

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