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

The End Of An Era

    

 

 

Mo's Restaurant in Burbank, CA opened its doors in 1995. Famous for its burger bar and champagne brunch, I've been the house magician there since 1997. Friday nights and Sunday brunch were my nights for performing.

Strolling close-up magic is the term normally used for the type of magic I performed. After people would place their orders and before they got their meal, I'd stop by and entertain the patrons for a few minutes.  

Throughout the the years I've developed friendships with patrons and staff. I've watched children grow up into adults and bring their own children to see me perform. Some customers would come by week after week to see a new routine I had been working on, or they would bring their friends to witness the close-up miracles they had experienced. 

Many customers have hired me to be the featured entertainment at a wide variety of private social events such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations to large corporate events such as trade shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, and wrap parties.

Warner Brothers, Disney, and NBC studios are all within walking distance of the restaurant, and I've provided corporate entertainment at various events for all three companies. 

For the past 18 years, Mo's has been my home. Throughout my trials and tribulations as a full-time professional magician, I knew I could go home and share my passion of magic with the patrons.

This past Sunday, Mo's closed it's doors for the very last time. It's the end of an era. 

But like the Phoenix, the legendary bird that rises from the ashes, there is a new restaurant opening its doors in the same location.

The Continental has its grand opening this Wed. Feb. 25, 2015, and I'm happy to say I'll be back performing my special brand of table side magic every Friday night from 7 to 9 P.M. and Sunday brunch from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. If I'm lucky, maybe I'll last another 18 years.

The Continental is located at 4301 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505. It has a swanky vibe to it, and the food and service is sure to outclass it's predecessor. If you're in the area, stop by, check it out, and be sure to ask for the house magician (me) to visit your table.

Lou Serrano

Last Minute Strolling Gig

I got a call just last night for a strolling magic gig in Fountain Valley, CA. It's for a 50th birthday surprise party at the birthday boy's home. Luckily my calendar was clear for today, and I'm looking forward to performing tonight. It's just an hour of magic for about 70 people. 

I love these types of parties where everyone knows each other and get to share in the experience of magic. Much of which will be in their own hands.

These people really have no idea what's in store for them. They're about to have their minds blown (in a good way of course). 

MAGIC. It's good entertainment!

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