5 Questions to Ask Every Corporate Entertainer Before Your Corporate Event
Whether you're an employee planning a business event, or an event planner who's coordinated hundreds of corporate events, here's a little food for thought. When you're hiring a Dallas magician, you should have a few questions ready. Some of you already ask these questions, while others may have never thought to bring them up!
1. What size of audience do you perform for?
Typically a good Dallas magician or corporate entertainer should be versatile enough to keep the attention of a 1,000-seat auditorium for a 40-minute magic show, as well as a small audience of 20 with strolling magic. Different corporations have different needs, so your entertainment should be ready to fulfill those needs.
2. How long have you been in corporate entertainment?
Now let me start off by saying this: just because someone is newer to the industry doesn't mean they're not good. They may have just switched from doing another genre of entertainment, like Wedding Magic, or magic for colleges. But simply knowing how much experience your prospective corporate entertainer has under their belt can help you make your decision.
3. What outcomes can I expect from hiring you as my corporate event magician?
You should expect your guests (staff, whoever) to be laughing, gasping, and occasionally letting out a scream (to their own embarrassment) because they're so blown away by what they've seen. You should expect new connections to happen. If your event happens to be a nationwide event where nobody knows one another, you should expect your entertainer to "break the ice" and have them laughing together like they're old friends by the end of the night!
4. Do you have insurance?
I've had a few events where I was asked about insurance the night before. Thankfully I had it, but what if I hadn't? Would they have had to cancel and find someone else at the last minute? Some venues require any vendor to have some kind of insurance, or they may not be permitted to work in the building. This sort of thing is best sorted out in advance to prevent last-minute hiccups.
Does a magician and mentalist really need insurance?
The answer is subjective, but I feel that it's always good to have a "just in case" safety net. I suppose just in case someone dies of laughter or gets a deadly paper cut when asked to "pick a card". Every professional should have insurance, whether they need it or not. It shows that they care about their clients in the event of something unexpected.
5. What kind of attire do you wear for corporate events?
I think this is a great question that not enough people ask! Like I said before; every business is different and has different wants and needs.
While some may want their entertainer to dress in a zebra striped suit with a funny hat and tie, so the guests (staff, clients, whoever is being performed for) can easily pick them out; others prefer the entertainment to either blend in with a nice suit, or be dressed nicer than everyone. Whatever the company's needs may be, it's always good to know in advance so the performer can make arrangements for a tux rental... or a feather boa rental.
Personally, I wear a variety of suits with a crisp, starched shirt. I vary the colors and styles based on the type of event or the color scheme they're going for. On one occasion, I was even asked to rent a costume so I'd fit the event's Edwardian theme! I have an account with a local costume shop so I can easily get unique attire if requested.
I hope this list is helpful to anyone planning a corporate event in Dallas, or anywhere for that matter. Check back for updates later this month!