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  • Event planners often have some “go-to” ideas when it comes to hiring a headline act for their big corporate event. Maybe it’s a magician, or a cover band, or an impersonator. There’s just one problem with all of those types of acts: they’re not improvisational. And not only is the[...]

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    The lights dimmed. The crowd quieted down. And as the spotlight hits me onstage, 700+ people in the audience at Navy Pier waited for me to begin. The rest, as they say, was history. Make that excellent history. Make that decibel-busting laughter, applause, singing and clapping history for [...]

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    Ten years on the stage at Second City taught me one important lesson: use a warm and personal approach to engage the audience. If you do that, they’ll have fun and stay engaged. That’s how I’m able to put people at ease, and receptive to hearing your message. And best of all, I do it [...]

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    First, let me ask you what makes for a successful corporate event, product rollout or trade show? It’s when people in the audience are engaged, enjoying themselves, having fun and participating in the evening’s entertainment! It’s when people are not fidgeting, checking emails or leaving[...]

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    Surprisingly, we have something in common. We both want to make your company’s next big event a huge success – we just go about it in different ways. You do it by hiring the best talent available, and I do it from the stage, making you look good for hiring me. That’s a win-win for [...]

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    BE NICE TO YOURSELF: THE ARTIST'S DATE The last couple of weeks I have been writing about how I remain creative on demand; whenever I need to be, No matter how close the deadline. These are ideas you can put in place with your team and your staff too …. or I can come and show you and your team [...]

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    One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know the words to so many songs?” I make ‘em up! Which is only partly true. These days with contemporary tunes most times a verse and chorus is all you need before people get bored and want something else. We call it The ADD Factor. [...]

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    One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know so many words to so many songs?” Long answer? I've been doing this for so long it comes to me pretty easily. But not before some long years and months putting in the hours. It wasn't always like this. I studied. A lot. I went to [...]

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    It's all about the team. Building a good one is crucial to growing a successful operation. No know does it alone. This week after years of searching, seeking and eventually, finding, we now have a decent new video guy. In Chicago it's all about if you know a guy. Sometimes it's even better if you [...]

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    7 Things About Dueling Pianos You'll Kick Yourself For NOT Knowing They're Fun! If you didn't know that, you now do. So take a look at how we do that so well.... Everyone Has Fun At Dueling Pianos Everyone Gets Involved: There's a ton of different ways a good dueling piano team will get [...]

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