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

Los Angeles Magician Provides Unique Corporate Entertainment

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As a corporate entertainer I'm hired to perform at a wide variety of events in very different industries. Every event is unique with its own set of challenges. Some nights I might be performing my full stage show for several hundred people, and other nights I may be performing a very intimate show for a group of ten people. Luckily, I enjoy the diversity of performances, and I welcome the challenges that come with delivering a performance that meets and exceeds the expectations of my customers. 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to perform a 30-minute close-up magic show for a group of twenty CEOs from several Los Angeles based companies. This was a group of very sophisticated, intelligent, and successful people who were incredibly receptive to my performance. The show consisted of sleight-of-hand magic with small objects combined with a mind reading showpiece. The reaction was fantastic with everyone talking about what they had just witnessed long after I was done. 

Sometimes these small shows end up being my favorite (probably because of the ease of interaction and engagement with the attendees) and this event was no exception. My client was thrilled with the response, and one of the attendees offered his thoughts in the accompanying video.

If you have an upcoming event and would like to WOW your attendees, please give me a call. I have several entertainment options available to meet almost any need.

Lou Serrano