Ambarella Brings A Touch Of Magic to The Silicon Valley

Last Saturday night, Dee Dee and I were hired to perform at the Ambarella company holiday party in San Jose, CA. Ambarella is the leading developer of low-power, high definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression and image processing solutions. Their processing chips can be found in the very popular GoPro cameras. 

The event was held at the 6800 square foot Fourth St. Summit Center which is part of the Fairmont Hotel. It's a beautiful space with an amazing view of the Silicon Valley.

They were expecting about 250 people, and 280 people showed up. The room was filled to capacity, and after everyone was done with dinner, Dee Dee and I were introduced.

We performed a 45-minute set, and the audience was fantastic! We surprised the CEO, Fermie Wang, by having him assist with one of our signature routines. He was a great sport, and the guests loved seeing their boss being put on the spot. You can see some pictures below.

The event was a great success with many positive comments from the attendees. We were told that the employees were still talking about the show days later.

It was a great way to kick off the holiday season as December is turning out to to be our busiest ever.

Lou Serrano - Corporate Magician

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Holiday Party Entertainment Tips

'Tis the season for corporate holiday parties as corporations all across the nation are busy making plans to bring their employees together. The benefits of having a fun-filled event are numerous. Having a company holiday party shows employees that their efforts are appreciated, and can boost morale, encourage teamwork, and enrich the company culture.

One way to ensure your party is a hit is to have the right entertainment. Having a DJ and dancing might be a great fit if you have a lot of people who love to dance, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes it's better to have interactive entertainment that will transcend generational differences.  

Corporate magicians, Lou Serrano and Dee Dee, performing in front of 500 people at a Corporate event N BEVERLY HILLS, CA for Cedars-sinai Medical Center.

As a corporate magician with over 20 years of experience entertaining at events all across the country, I have a few tips on hiring the right entertainment to ensure your event is a huge success.

1. Decide on the type of entertainment your group would enjoy. Comedians, magicians, and jugglers are all good choices for interactive entertainment, but be sure to watch a video of their performances before making a decision. 

2. Determine a budget. Having quality entertainment doesn't have to break the bank, but realize that the best entertainers usually charge more than entertainers with less experience or with a show that isn't as polished. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Entertainers aren't interchangeable. Be sure that the personality and performance style fits the culture of your group.

3. Make sure your entertainers carry liability insurance. In the unlikely event of an accident, you don't want to be held financially responsible. Any professional entertainer will already carry liability insurance (I carry a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy). If your entertainer doesn't carry liability insurance, I'd stay clear. Many venues require a certificate of insurance from all entertainers and vendors, otherwise they won't be allowed on the premises.

4. Strolling entertainment or a formal show. Strolling entertainers are great during the cocktail reception, while a formal show is usually best after dinner. I usually recommend that my show is scheduled after dinner and before desert. Don't have waiters clear tables during a performance as it distracts from the performance. 

5. Staging and sound. Make sure you have adequate performance space where the audience can easily see the performance. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to rent a riser or stage. You also want to make sure you have adequate sound reinforcement. If you have a small group, many entertainers can provide their own P.A. system. I always carry a P.A. system for situations like these.

It's very rare that your employees will remember the food, but people will remember great entertainment years afterward. This holiday season, show your appreciation for your hard working employees by rewarding them with a party they will remember for years to come. 

If you have any other tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Lou Serrano

Corporate Magician

Magic In The Key Of E Minor

As a professional Los Angeles magician who specializes in high-end private and corporate events, I have to be ready to perform in a wide variety of situations. Many times my performing conditions are less than ideal, but as the saying goes, "The show must go on."

The following video is a perfect example of performing in a less than ideal setting. I didn't have a stage, no backdrop, no special lighting, no backstage area, and the audience was spread out in a very large room. 

Regardless of the situation, I still have to make it work. In the end, the client and the guests were extremely happy with the way it all turned out.

If you're having an event and could use some world-class entertainment designed to amaze and delight your guests, please give me a cal. I'd love to hear from you. 

Lou Serrano

Mind Blowing Magic