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magicman02
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I'm performing for a small corporate event tomorrow and the CEO has asked me to customize a few of my tricks to fit their corporate and brand messaging. I'm having a hard time thinking of something. Any suggestions would be appreicated.
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Without knowing what the corporate and brand messaging is, I have no idea what to suggest. But seeing as how the show is tomorrow, it's really a little late.
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This is a last minute booking. They called me a few hours ago. The company is in the self help business. Similar to www.Lumosity.com
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Since Lumosity is all about "brain training," it seems as though a program of mentalism has an intrinsic relationship to their "brand".
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Having that "lightbulb moment"...
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Benji Bruce Magic square presentation, brilliant.
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I'm not familiar with Benji's magic square presentation. I would like to do something similar to Human Phone Number test where envelopes are mixed and after a bunch of random decisions, the envelopes are in order where it spells the company name.
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Have a look at this, its not the company name, but could be a pay check for the gig type effect.

http://shop.dananddave.com/magic-tricks/......ind.html
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It's probably to late but you are looking for "the real thing" from Doug Dyment's Stimulacra (or it's ancestor "eat at joe's" from Bruce bernstein's three).
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I think that in a case like this, you should only look at modifying something that you already perform regularly and altering the script, not learning and scripting a new piece less than 24 hours before show time.

Last minute bookings do happen in busy seasons on rare occasions. Learning a new effect, plus customizing a message in that short a time span, is a recipe for disaster.

I have several effects that I can alter in various ways if needed, including the final reveal on a large Spelling Bee Board or other predictions. Again, this almost always involves a change in scripting, not learning a new effect without plenty of advance notice. Even the scripting takes times to do it thoughtfully and entertainingly.

I'd be interested in hearing what you ended up doing and how it went. Hopefully it went well!

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Eat At Joe's
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I've done "Eat at Joe's" and I have recently switched to Doug Dyment's "The Real Thing". Same effect, but a cleaner handling. Both versions are not hard, but both are certainly not something you would want to put into your repertoire at the last minute. Well thought-through audience management is key here!

Something that I have heard occasionally to be used to transport a corporate message is the classic Professor's Nightmare - a possible presentation would be, how this specific company manages to put for example quality, customer service and blablabla into a good relationship, while others can't. I have tried it like this and it proved to be a good opener for a corporate presentation.

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Going to use eat at joe's
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As hard as I try, I don't understand threads like these.

I think it's me.
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Forgive me, I know this will sound condescending, but I'm struggling to find a way to phrase it that isn't open to sounding offensive...

I would have thought that, upon entering the corporate market, one would have expected (or even advertised) the possibility of customised shows to suit the needs of a given client. And therefore, the base set for any corporate gig should have the ability to slot in various scripting or props that makes the customisation a breeze without having to actually switch any effects in or out.

I will admit that I don't do that many corporates at this stage, but when I do, I tend to write in references to the company wherever I can anyway, even if that's not what they ask for. It is my way of showing that THIS PARTICULAR client is important to me, and if it gives the impression that I custom crafted the whole show for them, then so be it.

The last corporate gig I did was for McAfee, makers of computer security systems and antivirus. Some of the things I did were to re-word my rationales to make reference to what I do being akin to tapping into a communual thought space similar to "The Cloud". Naturally, references to neural networks could be exploited for a laugh. And I re-jigged my envelope prediction so that rather than placing it on a stand, I placed it in the hands of "someone who could be trusted to ensure its security" and brought up the guy whom I could best judge as having a pretty senior role in the anti-hacking arm of the business. As a kicker, I handed it to him with a comment about having a seal to ensure that the contents wouldn't find their way into scheming hands, and as I did so I turned it around to show that I had pre-printed the McAfee logo on the front. The response was some good laughs, and some hearty groans; exactly as I wanted.

The effects stayed the same as they ever were. The little embellishments made it personal for the client.

And so, my advice is, don't wait until a day before the show to have a CEO "surprise" you with last minute requests. Build your show in such a way that it can be personalised (almost) every time. I realise that we all have different approaches to what we do, but in my mind, that's what they are paying me for.
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On Dec 14, 2014, magicman02 wrote:
Going to use eat at joe's


Eat at joes would IMO be risky for a last minute gig. Doug Dymants real thing is far better but still not for last minute. It's a great routine.

For a corporate event in Seattle for UPS last month I customized my usual book test by specifically buying and using a book I ordered on Amazon about the history of UPS as the test book. The CEO loved it and mentioned he had read the book.
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I did Eat at Joe's. Show went great! I received 3 standing ovations!
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Oh and before I forget, thank you everyone for taking the time to answer the questions ...
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