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Make Magic at Your Next Event with Lee Terbosic September 1, 2013

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With magic making a comeback, we sat down with one of our favorite magicians, Lee Terbosic, to find out how he got into the business, at what types of events he performs and what trick he would do forever.

 

Hello: Tell us about your business.
Lee: I got into magic at the age of 12 after seeing a magician at a birthday party and I was instantly hooked. Over the next few years I learned everything I could about magic and performed as often as I could. I was able to put myself through college by working restaurants, corporate and private events all over the city. When I graduated from RMU with my degree in Marketing & Business, I decided to continue being an entrepreneur and start working with an agent. Since then, I have found myself working corporate events around the country and also performing at tons of college campuses.

 

Hello: How do you determine what acts you perform at each event?
Lee: I have a standard “corporate clean” show I do for companies but I like to switch it up from time to time and customize a few things depending on who the client is. I always have fun working in new effects and jokes for certain shows. I also have a crazy college show called “Tricks & Jokes” but I am always changing it up to keep it fresh for myself.

 

Hello: What types of events do you perform at?
Lee: I would say mostly corporate, colleges, comedy clubs, organizations, private events and even a few weddings during a year.

 
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Hello: How far in advance should clients contact you for their event?
Lee: I normally am booked at least 2-3 months in advance and sometimes 4-6 months during the holiday season, but you never know … if a client calls and wants me tomorrow and I am free, I’ll be there.

 

Hello: Where do you find inspiration for new acts?
Lee: Inspiration for me comes in so many places … usually music, movies, interaction with friends but every once and awhile it comes from a special place. I had the opportunity a few years back to meet an awesome kid named Saxon who happened to battling cancer. I was invited to perform at his Make-a-Wish party … and after, while I was hanging with him, he asked me a question that completely blew my mind. I was teaching him a few tricks and out of nowhere he asked me if there was a trick I know I would do forever. I have never been asked that before so I was completely at a loss for words. After a few minutes of head scratching I came up with my answer and then showed him the trick. Saxon loved the trick and even said good choice. Now fast forward 2 years to the day when I am driving in my car … a John Mayer song came on the radio and the lyrics in the song took me back in time to the moment Saxon asked me that … it was really weird but almost like fate. I raced home, downloaded the song and then did the trick to the song and synced up perfectly. I now close some of my shows with the story, and routine. It gets a standing ovation every time … but I like to think that they are standing for Saxon as much as me.

 

Hello: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Lee: Definitely the interaction with people and seeing their reactions to what I am doing. The ability to be creative every day and express myself on stage is always a blast. And if I sleep in, my boss doesn’t care.

 

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Want to catch Lee in action? He will be bringing his show, “52 Up Close”, back to Pittsburgh on September 11-14 at the Bricolage Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.

 

“52 Up Close is a two act performance that features some of the most amazing sleight of hand and magic you will ever see. Each performance runs 75 minutes in length and includes some of Lee’s favorite effects that have taken him a lifetime to learn and master. Lee gives this intimate audience a rare peek into mind of a magician, and even reveals how a magician thinks when trying to fool you. He weaves a story throughout the performance using just 52 playing cards, telling a history lesson about where cards came from and where they are headed. He shares intimate stories of where some of his tricks were conjured up and will even invite people on stage to experience them firsthand. He brings the show as close to the audience’s eyes as possible, yet keeps nearly all of the secrets to himself.” (www.52upclose.com)

 

Tickets are on sale at www.52upclose.com, Lee’s website: www.leeterbosic.com, or by calling 412-478-6137.

 

Want to book Lee for your next event? Let Hello Productions help you or contact him directly at www.leeterbosic.com.

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Kick Off Your Annual Meeting in Style! February 27, 2012

It’s that time of year again when we’re gearing up to help our clients plan their annual meetings – expertly balancing engaging content, superior venues and high-quality, exciting entertainment for the attendees. As our clients are realizing more and more the value in providing not only a great meeting, full of important content for their employees, but also in providing them with an experience that will help to energize them through the next year and beyond, it is becoming imperative that we find the most creative, cost-effective and fresh entertainment and outing ideas possible to include as part of the overall concept.

 

So as you look to find that delicate balance of fresh entertainment with HR-friendly material, what kinds of options do you have? Try the following on for size:

 

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Treasure Hunt: Get everyone bonding and learning all about the city the meeting is being held in with a distinctive treasure hunt…the winning team could be recognized at the opening dinner.

 

Lunch Cruise: If you live near the water, provide your staff with a fabulous cruise including lunch, musical acts and networking activities…consider adding a private wine or beer tasting by a local winery or brewery to the itinerary if this fits within your budget and corporate culture.

 

Comedy Troupe: An array of acts can be found within the comedy world…consider asking them to do some creative improvisation with ideas from the audience, or impersonations of your top-level executives to get everyone laughing (or laughing at themselves!).

 

Invite the Circus: If you’re kicking off your event in a large auditorium or banquet room, hire stilt walkers, gymnasts, trapeze artists, fire eaters and more to wow your guests and get everyone feeling like a kid again! If your CEO is up for it, ask them to conduct the dinner or opening discussion dressed as the Maestro of the Circus. If this happens in the afternoon or early evening, have cotton candy, Cracker Jack and lemonade vendors circling the crowd.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Hire a professional team to perform a murder mystery while your guests enjoy their meal. This will engage your attendees, get them working together and also entertain them.

 

Tradeshow Floor Fun: Since many vendors and attendees have been at their fair share of boring and/or lengthy tradeshows, make yours “pop” with strolling entertainment! Invite a magician to do card tricks, a mentalist to read the minds of attendees, position living statues at strategic points on the floor, and celebrity impersonators to mingle with the crowd. The possibilities are endless, and can be tailored to your specific tradeshow theme.

 

As always, the entertainment and outings created for your guests can and should be tailored to your company’s culture, the message of the overall event and the “look and feel” you’re looking to convey to your employees about the company for the upcoming year. In many cases, the annual meeting is a way for your company to show your appreciation for your employees. If that is the case, keep in mind that you’ll want to balance presentations and executive messages with engaging activities of all types to suit the makeup of your audience.

 

Hello Productions would love to help you create your best annual meeting to-date in 2012! Contact Lindsey Bradley, lindseyb@helloproductions.com, today to learn more about our services and to see what kinds of killer events we have up our sleeves for you!