California Christmas Party Magician Tips

 Magician Nick Paul performing for a corporate event at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.

Magician Nick Paul performing for a corporate event at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.

Holiday party season is upon us. That lovely time of year when Susan from HR has too much nog, and you finally hear what the quiet tech support guy sounds like. Having some entertainment for your holiday party will certainly spice up the event and take the focus off Steve from accounting’s unique dance moves.

I have been working in corporate event entertainment for the past fifteen years. I have worked in every type of venue and almost every type of audience. Here are three common observations I have made.

Three Holiday Party Planning Tips

Know Your Venue

Will you have space for a dance floor or stage? How many people can you comfortably fit inside? Too big and it feels distant. Too small and it feels cramped.

Know Your Budget

Don’t over spend on too many extras. Less is more in my experience. You don’t usually need a photo booth, balloon guy, juggler, magician and a band for only 50 people. Entertainment should be the bonus and memorable part of the event. Over kill is unnecessary.

Know Your Entertainment

All performers, especially magicians, are not created equal. Having an act that fits your group’s demographic is always better. And sometimes strolling entertainment is better than a stage performance and vice versa. Knowing everything that you have planned way before the entertainment booking is finalized usually helps. Also do your research. In LA every magician claims to work The Magic Castle. But only a handful are actually hired to perform there.

Hope that helps! Happy holiday event season to you and yours.

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