I just watched the movie The Founder. It's the story of Ray Kroc and how he took one great hamburger stand and turned it into a billion dollar empire. The movie left me feeling inspired and disgust at the same time. Ray screwed over the McDonald brothers, broke a contract and didn’t treat them with honesty. How far are we willing to go to get what we want?
After a college show this past semester one of the students on the activities board asked me, “What did you think of the audience? Most performers say we have a rough crowd.” I didn’t really think they were different than any other audience so I replied, “They were great.” Which they were. “People are people, once you give them a smile and let them know you are just a person like them, they smile back and put down their guard.”
Later driving to my hotel this interaction got me to thinking about a larger question. Are people really that different from one another? I think most people think so, but I have to disagree.
I’m busy doing magic shows, you’re busy doing your job, everybody is busy. That’s why we have technology to help us do everything we need to in less time. Here are 6 apps that I can’t live without, hopefully you’ll use your saved time for something more worthwhile than work…. like studying the curve of a wave while sitting on a beach.
I travel a lot for my job. Wherever anyone wants my magic show, Colleges, corporate clients, theaters, I go. I’ve performed in 49 out of 50 states (still waiting on Hawaii). I’ve learned a few things about traveling that you can use when you travel. Traveling is about being comfortable, saving time, and saving money.
Getting people to your event is probably one of the hardest parts of putting on an event. Without people your event can shrivel and die a horrible death. I do a lot of magic shows for colleges and I’ve picked up a few great ways to help get the word out about the show. Here are 6 ideas for you to use to get people to your next event.
Seinfeld has a joke, “People rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.” I used to get really bad stage fright. Over the 20+ years of performing for strangers I’ve learned to control it. Here are 4 tips I use most often to help you NOT die next time you have to speak to a group.
Good quality sound can make or break your event! Don’t be scared away thinking it’s complex, or there are too many buttons and knobs. Learn everything you need to know and nothing you don’t to make your events sound great!
3 sore spots for me at trade shows are sleep, breakfast, and travel boredom. Here are three ways to help to remedy those.
I’ll start with some low hanging fruit, it’s an obvious one but I'm always surprised how many people don't do this, also an app recommendation to help you stay organized.