What are corporate magicians? And Why do you need one?

I got a call today from a very nice woman who had some excellent questions about my use of magic in my job as a professional speaker.

I ended up giving her a short course on corporate magicians and what sets them apart, and it struck me that this was an excellent topic for many of my readers.

The main difference between a typical magician and a true corporate magician is that corporate magicians are experienced in working for sophisticated, well-educated groups that want more than just the average run of the mill magician. Corporate audiences don’t want a magician or magician speaker to do the “magic scarf” trick or the silly rope trick. Nope, they want some serious entertainment. And if your magician is going to incorporate comedy, then by all means make sure you select a comedian magician who understands how to work clean and for high end business audiences.

There are a ton of magicians who are part time professionals; they are wonderful teachers, plumbers, doctors etc. who are often amazingly skilled magicians as well. Many of these folks are my pals.

But if you are making a huge investment in a corporate or association convention, it is well worth your investment and trouble to engage a professional corporate magician.

Brad Montgomery: National and Colorado corporate magician

Using Humor to Better Deal with Change.

Today I was a humorous motivational speaker for Marsh in Des Moines, Iowa. What a hoot. It was a great group, and it struck me that this was a text book situation for an excellent use of somebody like me — an excellent use of a comedian motivational speaker.

The morning of this off-site meeting was filled with important information; valuable high content. Boring high content. This is the type of information that there meeting needed to have (state of the company, upcoming new products and company changes, new technologies to be introduced soon, etc). It was important info, but not necessarily exciting info. Tons of charts, graphs, numbers, and powerpoint slides.

So, right between two of these important (and dry) presentations they put me in to prop their folks up, to respectfully poke fun at the company and the products, and to help remind their folks that they are:
1. Important
2. Doing good work
3. Appreciated by the higher-ups.

It was a blast…. we got that group of 120 employees, staff and managers laughing, participating, and generally smiling until their faces hurt.

How do I know it was a success? Many reasons. First, the meeting planner is sending my information to other meeting planners at Marsh. Second, the “boss” or top guy at the meeting told me that this was the exact type of energy they needed. And finally — and for me, best of all — several folks from the audience came up to thank me, telling me that it was great to smile and laugh.

I was impressed with Marsh. Some managers might consider it a risk to bring in a comedy-club funny comedian motivational speaker during an offsite meeting. But they were convinced that, given the huge investment they were already making on the meeting that NOT having somebody help remind them that their work is meaningful, important, and sometimes VERY funny was an even bigger risk.

Thank Marsh. What a blast!