Posts Tagged ‘comedy magician’

Planning the company holiday party

Friday, July 27th, 2012

When do you start planning the holiday/Christmas party? How important is planning? Think aboutthe project you and your team are working on…did that get accomplished in 1 day, most often it took planning, time, and research. Parties are the same…what location are you considering? What date is the office party? What will you have for entertainment? Are families included at the holiday office party?

Location is important because you have to factor into your choices where are the majority of your co-workers driving from? Does the company want to hold it at a restaurant? A hotel so employees have the option of staying overnight if they choose to. Perhaps, it is on site like an after work hours party. Mercury Computer Systems in Massachusetts holds their Santa party for employee’s families after hours on a weeknight. I had the pleasure of enhancing the fun factor for kids of all ages.
Next and perhaps even more important is the date…so the majority of employees can join in the fun. And if going off site finding a facility that fits into your needs, theme, will take some advanced planning to make sure the date you are hoping for is available. And entertainers definitely come under that thought process too. If you want a particular entertainer (band, comedian, or magician) you need to reserve their services early in the year so you can have top notch entertainment to enhance the party and festivities!
A rule of thumb is if your party is on a Friday or Saturday night and you want high quality entertainment you should be booking your entertainment by end of summer or sooner to make sure you are getting your 1st choice for a band, cocktail/social hour magician, etc… otherwise you truly run the risk of getting a 3rd or 4th choice which might not leave the impression you are really aiming to achieve.
Is planning important for your holiday party? For more info, ideas to increase the fun level of your company holiday party in 2012…call Abracadabra Productions at 1-800-964-8749.


Project Graduations- Entertainment that’s interactive!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

How do you know what kinds of activities and entertainment to choose for the seniors at their high school chem free party? A mixture of both is often a great solution.
Some activities that allow the graduates to interact with each other thru games, inflatables, etc… and entertainers. You want to have some professional
entertainers so the kids can kick back and enjoy the fun (it’s a long night.)
Make sure the entertainers you are considering have videos of them with the seniors; and then compare those with others w/ videos and go with the best reactions and skill/entertainment value!
Shows that are interactive are best…like a hypnotist or magician. However, with my 20 plus years of dazzling seniors at their project graduations the Strolling Miracles (roaming style) is the best fit! It’s extemely interactive, allows students to come and go as long as they want to participate! I move to groups of seniors waiting in lines (for massage, tarot readings, and food) and dazzle them until time flyes while they are having fun!!
For project graduations still looking for ideas for 2012 call me at 1-800-964-8749.


The Magic of Children

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

My son is 5 years old and everything he does is magical. He has autism so every gain (new word, new activity, social magical!!!) As I mentioned in an early post he goes to an amazing school in Portland ‘ All aboard Preschool’ which is focused on educating autistic children. I highly recommend it to any and all parents.

Just in the last couple days he has really taken on an interest in magic…he is watching me and trying to emulate my actions (very amazing and amusing.) He took cards up in his hands and was moving them around trying to change them or make them disappear…and the really cool part was he said “Watch” very dramatically. I can’t wait to see what’s next (maybe he’ll make a rabbit appear:)

Magically yours,
Phil Smith


Teaching the secrets of ‘the art of magic!’

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

How young should children be to start learning magic illusions and the ‘art of magic?’   Children are very creative in terms of not filtering thoughts and ideas as much as adults do.  So when you present a challenge to children they are not canceling out ideas before suggesting or trying them out.  

I’ve taught magic to kids for more than 26 years in park & recreation programs, jewish community programs, to birthday parties that include teaching a magic illusion.  For more than 20 years I taught at a wonderful summer program run called the Festival of Creative Youths.  This was a 3 week course of magic meeting once a day Monday-Fridays and the 3rd week…the students presented a magic show for their parents.  For seven years Bernard Blais and myself have taught a magic camp for ages 6 to 16 year olds.   The younger kids may need more play time, but often are more excited about their skill as they grasp the hand /eye coordination to achieve a good level of skill. 

We are coming up to our 8th year in just a few weeks.  This is our 3rd year of running 2 weeks; the 3rd week of July (19th-23rd) and 2nd week of Aug. (9th- 13th).   Each kid tends to come out of the camp with increasing one or more levels of communications skills, hand/eye coordination, confidence, public speaking skills, creative brainstorming, and learning how to keep a secret:) 

There are a few spots open in both weeks so if you have a son/daughter, grandchild, or neice/nephew that would like to participate in a cool camp contact me for more info.

Magically yours,

Phil Smith