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EliTheIllusionist
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So has anyone ever (or have given thought to) arrived to their gig in a limo to significantly "enhance" perceived value for prospective spin-off gigs?

I have a big big cocktail party strolling + show tomorrow. Apparently, a co-founder of AOL will be there and some other big wigs. Bringing all my best guns. Thinking about pulling in a limo and leaving it parked by front estate's gate. Also will have 2 assistants with me to video and photo the event.

Your honest thoughts.

-E
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Please DO NOT Pretend to be somebody who you are not. Just be your self and all will go well. If a LIMO is not your everyday ride then do not show up in one as you will be perceived as a FAKE Person. Stay true to who you really are.

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EliTheIllusionist
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Thanks. The hostess asked if I could. I never thought about it. The Wrangler is what I always show up in. This show will be over the top. So I was really thinking and digging deep.

-E
EliTheIllusionist
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The main reason for the inquiry is because the event is unique in itself. There will be red carpet, very dressy, photographers, etc. I thought if up'd my new suit, appearance, etc then I should go all out.

I am very obsessed with perfection. Not trying to be fake, ever. Keeping it professional at a high level.

-E
Bill Hegbli
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People that regularly use limos are not impressed by a limo. You are there to entertain and if it works out, you may make some really good connections which is more important to your future in magic then a limo.

Make sure your strolling magic is top notch, put a smile on your face and go to work. Have fun!
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In order to start my show with a bang I always keep a very low key profile before my show. I sit in the corner quietly, and focus on exploding out of the blocks. IMHO you make a spectical of yourself when you step up to the microphone, and not in the parking lot.
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EliTheIllusionist
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That I already Knew. I know I will stand out at the event. I guess I was thinking too hard about getting it perfect. Since this is a rare occassion of a gig. I'm definitely excited!

I will keep it simple for now. Perhaps one day down the road, limos will be a primary method of travel. Cheers everyone. :-D

-E
EliTheIllusionist
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Thanks to everyone for responding. I really appreciate your professional advice(s).

-E
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Who would be paying for the limo? If the hostess requested it and would pay for it, why not? If you don't go in the LImo it doesn't hurt to have a clean car (I might try that myself sometime).

I'm just curious, if this is such a top notch event, why are they hiring a relatively inexperienced Magician?

I'm not saying you're not great, I'm just curious.

At any paid gig (and many unpaid ones) you must get permission to videotape. The age and professionalism of your camera people as well as the camera equipment could make or break the impression you're trying to give.

I'd suggest dressing nicely, being polite and do great Magic.

- Mary Mowder
EliTheIllusionist
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On 2010-10-02 15:02, Mary Mowder wrote:
Who would be paying for the limo? If the hostess requested it and would pay for it, why not? If you don't go in the LImo it doesn't hurt to have a clean car (I might try that myself sometime).

I'm just curious, if this is such a top notch event, why are they hiring a relatively inexperienced Magician?

I'm not saying you're not great, I'm just curious.

At any paid gig (and many unpaid ones) you must get permission to videotape. The age and professionalism of your camera people as well as the camera equipment could make or break the impression you're trying to give.

I'd suggest dressing nicely, being polite and do great Magic.

- Mary Mowder


The hostess was at a corporate event in D.C. where I was performing. She loved the act and her assistant got in touch with me and explained the entire event she had planned. Basically, she flat-out told me that my style and execution was fantastic and she also liked the way I catered to the audience. (She's had 2 other magicians perform at her past events over the years, however, she saw my work up front before she approached me to book me).

We will be employing a great deal of illusion to the cocktail party. I am to make a VIP appear in her elevator. First it will be shown empty to the spectators, then the doors will close, then after about 5 seconds of music escalation, the elevator will begin to fill itself with smoke/fog and a production of the VIP. I am employing BA, fog, and lighting tweaks to pull it off. We already rehearsed and it was flawless. Tonight, it will be on camera. Permission has been granted. She requested an edited footage reel and unedited reel.

So I guess what it comes down to is this:
-People do not overlook youth. She saw the potential I had for her event and my willingness to work with her to pull of an illusion without any theater props except for BA and a fog machine.
-Age should not be directly correlated to experience. I am 26. But started this stuff when I was 5. First corporate gig at 14.

I'm not exactly new to the block. However, this is only my 2nd year performing stage illusions.

I am a stubborn perfectionist, and I usually will never bite off more than I can chew, if I don't think I can handle the request.

Should be a fantastic event!

-E
matt straightedge
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A limo isn't necessary, but if youre car isn't how youd like to present yourself try parking up the street and taking a cab.
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Bill Hegbli
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On 2010-10-02 16:19, EliTheIllusionist wrote:
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On 2010-10-02 15:02, Mary Mowder wrote:
Who would be paying for the limo? If the hostess requested it and would pay for it, why not? If you don't go in the LImo it doesn't hurt to have a clean car (I might try that myself sometime).

I'm just curious, if this is such a top notch event, why are they hiring a relatively inexperienced Magician?

I'm not saying you're not great, I'm just curious.

At any paid gig (and many unpaid ones) you must get permission to videotape. The age and professionalism of your camera people as well as the camera equipment could make or break the impression you're trying to give.

I'd suggest dressing nicely, being polite and do great Magic.

- Mary Mowder


The hostess was at a corporate event in D.C. where I was performing. She loved the act and her assistant got in touch with me and explained the entire event she had planned. Basically, she flat-out told me that my style and execution was fantastic and she also liked the way I catered to the audience. (She's had 2 other magicians perform at her past events over the years, however, she saw my work up front before she approached me to book me).

We will be employing a great deal of illusion to the cocktail party. I am to make a VIP appear in her elevator. First it will be shown empty to the spectators, then the doors will close, then after about 5 seconds of music escalation, the elevator will begin to fill itself with smoke/fog and a production of the VIP. I am employing BA, fog, and lighting tweaks to pull it off. We already rehearsed and it was flawless. Tonight, it will be on camera. Permission has been granted. She requested an edited footage reel and unedited reel.

So I guess what it comes down to is this:
-People do not overlook youth. She saw the potential I had for her event and my willingness to work with her to pull of an illusion without any theater props except for BA and a fog machine.
-Age should not be directly correlated to experience. I am 26. But started this stuff when I was 5. First corporate gig at 14.

I'm not exactly new to the block. However, this is only my 2nd year performing stage illusions.

I am a stubborn perfectionist, and I usually will never bite off more than I can chew, if I don't think I can handle the request.

Should be a fantastic event!

-E


I think you read more into Mary's inquiry then she stated, she did not mention anything about age. The word experience has nothing to do with age.

I do agree, when an opportunity comes along, go with it, that is how many magicians have gotten really great careers. Right place at the right time. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Your story reminds me of Bill something, can't remember his last name. He was doing close up at a resturant. Some wealthy business man came in liked his magic and funny personality. He traveled the world with the guy on a lear jet for a number of years.

So have fun and do what impressed the lady. Good luck!
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On 2010-10-02 03:16, REMLAP wrote:
Please DO NOT Pretend to be somebody who you are not. Just be your self and all will go well. If a LIMO is not your everyday ride then do not show up in one as you will be perceived as a FAKE Person. Stay true to who you really are.

REMLAP


Fake it till you make it.
I think the Limo strategy is great marketing!
I have a buddy who often pays for two glam models to accompany him to gigs. His clients love it!

BB
magicofCurtis
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Hmm...
At these type of events the entertainment is not seen until the start time.

However, I am a firm believer, if you are the entertainment you are the star and stars are about glamour and over priced luxury items. Smile

I performed at a company outing last night and wore my Prada jacket and Prade shoes and my custom made pants and a great fantasic black shirt I got for 6 bucks...

The event planner who hired me made a remark, "Curtis you alway look good!" Then she walked in and introduced me to the client.
THE ENTERTAINMENT SHOULD STAND OUT - NOT BLEND IN!

This morning the client sent the agent an email saying, "I was a hit and she received nothing but great reviews from her guests..".

Also, I have walked into events and I have heard, OH he is the magician, OHH this is going to be good...
HENCE, you need to present yourself as a pro - if your first impression is GOOD, then they will be thinking on the lines of good! Smile

-Always valet your car at the hotel or event location -if available
-Ask to be escorted to the performance location by the door person or event planner
-Speak highly of everyone you meet in the evening and or associated with the event
-Always thank your group of people for letting you pick on them (a nice way to end the presentation for any silly remarks that you or someone else might have made)
-Decline food and drink or ask to have it in a private area when offered
-Smile and thank the event host for the evening and drop a few names of people you have met at their event....


WE ARE STARs - act like one!

Keep us posted on what you do, best wishes...

:)
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If I were on facebook, I would 'like' Curtis's above post.
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