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Never Forget Another Name Again Presentation

May 19th, 2020 Posted by Speaker, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Never Forget Another Name Again Presentation”

This fun, funny, interactive presentation will have your group members, colleagues, or coworkers laughing and learning as they create outlandish and silly visual cues to help them remember the names of people they’ve just met (or have known for years and have been too embarrassed to admit they forgot their name)!

Available for your next virtual or in person networking meeting, civic or non profit meeting, or business luncheon, Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts will teach you his easy three step process for remembering names.

Just fill out the form at this link and Edd will have you on the path to starting successful business relationships while having a good time.

https://forms.gle/RhmSw8rK5jrZhpwFA

 

Oh, and Plan the Holiday Party too

November 27th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Oh, and Plan the Holiday Party too”

Have You Been asked to Plan the Office Holiday Party?

If you  have been asked to plan the office holiday party and think to yourself, “I don’t know how to do that.” or “I don’t have time to do that.” I can help.

Over the last 15 years I have performed at countless office Holiday Parties and I have put together some tips that will help you. There is no obligation. Just fill out the simple 2 question form here (http://www.wizardofsorts.com/corporate-party-planning-tips/) and I’ll email you the PDF.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

 

 

Giving Thanks

November 23rd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Giving Thanks”

The True Meaning of the Day

As with many holidays the true meaning of this day often gets lost. Luckily Thanksgiving gives us the definition right in the name. Today I would like to give thanks.

I am so lucky

I am incredibly lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love to do. I sometimes think about what I would do if I couldn’t perform anymore and I always get the same answer, “I have no idea!” I am only able to do what I do because of you, my friends, my family, my clients, and my audience. Thank you so much for your support over the last year. It means more to me than you could ever imagine.

I’m Customizing my magic for Clients, why aren’t other magicians?

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “I’m Customizing my magic for Clients, why aren’t other magicians?”

I guess you don’t have to work hard

I was working part of a multi-day event with a spy theme and there were other magicians working the other days. One of the staff said, “You are the only magician doing anything spy related.” And I was, as the British say, “gobsmacked.” Custom scripting was not requested by the client but when a client has such a clearly defined theme, I think to myself, “Why wouldn’t I customize my script?”

Yeah, I’m that guy

Yes, as a kid I once reminded the teacher that she had forgotten to give us the assignment she said she was going to give us. The ridicule I faced from my classmates made me never do that again. But, I had a work ethic installed in me at an early age by my Father. He said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” It’s something I’ve always believed in.

I don’t usually use this space to critique other performers but it just made me wonder, “Why wouldn’t they customize their scripts?” Then I watched one of the other performers and it hit me, he doesn’t customize his scripts to be about the event, the theme, or the message, because his show is all about HIM.

I know about me, Let’s get to know you

My self esteem is pretty good. After more than 20 years on stage getting applause and laughter, I’m all good with myself. So, my show doesn’t need to be about me. It can be about you, your goals, your event, and your message. I have a genuine interest in people and what it is they do in their work and hobbies. I often ask people about what they do and they say, “Oh, it’s boring.” I’ve never found that to be true. I’ve always found that things are as interesting or as boring as one makes them.

Let’s Make it About You

Any place you have people gathered where information needs to go from one person to a group of people, I can help. Are you holding a sales meeting with your staff and don’t want to do another Power Point Presentation? Let me take the same information and present it with magic and comedy! Are you hosting some clients after a big day at the trade show? I can entertain them and inform them at the same time as to why they should continue to do business with you. Do you want to stand out at the next trade show? Imagine aisle blocking traffic clambering to learn about your product or service.

Is it for you?

Are you doing one of the above events? Are you doing something crazy and want to know if it’ll work? Fill out this quick contact form for a free phone consultation of what I can do for you.

 

Over head shot of Wicker Park

Get away from the trade show for a minute

January 23rd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Get away from the trade show for a minute”

It is important to get away from the trade show for a minute, a few hours, or if possible, an afternoon. When I travel to other cities for shows, I try to do at least one local thing. For me, this means something that is not touristy and not in the central downtown district or right near the show location. And usually for me, it involves eating.

City of Neighborhoods

Chicago is often called a city of neighborhoods. Each small area used to be dominated by one ethnic group or another. You can still find ethnic neighborhoods, they are just not as concentrated as they used to be. Get out into the neighborhoods.  This is where you will find the real Chicago. I’m coming up on my 14th year as a citizen of Chicago. I actually live in the city in one of these storied neighborhoods. All of the places I’m recommending are places I enjoy. I am not getting any consideration from them for the recommendation.

Walking distance

McCormick Place

If you are attending a show at McCormick Place, Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood is within walking distance for most people. It’s a fifteen minute walk. There are some great Chinese-American restaurants there and cool fun shopping. I recommend you check out Three Happiness Restaurant (https://www.yelp.com/biz/three-happiness-original-restaurant-chicago)

Downtown aka The Loop

If you are staying in the Loop (Chicago’s downtown) or your show is there, you can walk to a few different neighborhoods depending on where you are staying. If you are Michigan Ave at the Marriott or the Inter Continental, you can walk to River North in 15 minutes. I would recommend checking out the Green Door Tavern. It’s one of the oldest taverns in Chicago and I feel it has real Chicago Charm. The building is actually sinking into the notoriously unstable Chicago dirt. So, the door itself is at a very odd angle (http://www.greendoorchicago.com/).

If you are in the West part of the Loop near Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) you have to go to Greek town! It’s also about a 15 minute walk. While there check out the few specialty shops and then head over to The Greek Islands (http://www.greekislands.net/) for a great meal!

Taking the “L”

I’ve noticed that many things in this article so far have quotation marks around them. That’s because in Chicago most things have their real name and then the name we call things. The “L”, “EL”, Elevated train or CTA is one of those quintessential Chicago things. And for my money, one of the best ways to see the neighborhoods.

From McCormick Place

McCormick place seems to be unnecessarily inconvenient to get to.  It’s a 15 minute walk to the nearest train station or a 5- 10 minute bus ride. Even though the train is called The El (short for elevated) not all lines are above ground at all stops. So, don’t let that throw you off. If there isn’t a major Cubs Game, jump on the Red Line heading TOWARD HOWARD. This will take you toward downtown and then underground. Just stick with it! When you come back out from underground you will be at the Fullerton Stop; go a few more stops to Addison. You’ll have a great view of Wrigley Field right from the train platform. Check out the Cubs store and get your picture in front of the iconic marquee. After you soak up all your sports you can walk east to East Wrigleyville also known as Boystown. It’s Chicago’s gay neighborhood. If that’s not your scene don’t be put off. It’s an amazing neighborhood. While there go to the Chicago Diner (http://www.veggiediner.com/) Yes, it’s a vegetarian diner and if you didn’t know that and where just feed the food you would never guess it! It’s SO GOOD.

From the Loop

From the loop you can grab a train to almost anywhere. I would recommend getting on the Brown line toward Kimball. There is something about the Brown Line that seems quaint to me for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because they use smaller trains, that the brown line is never underground, or that out toward the end of the line, it is actually at street level like a street car or trolley but I find the Brown Line to be less hustle and bustle than the other lines.  On the Brown Line get off at Western and walk 1 block Northeast to Lincoln Square. The whole neighborhood has become known as Lincoln Square but the actual square is just Northeast of the station. There you will find some cool shops and the Chicago Brauhaus (http://chicagobrauhaus.com/). If you like giant portions of German food, this is the place! Also on the weekend there is a live band and polka dancing. After dinner or lunch at the Brauhaus walk Southeast on Lincoln (it’s one of Chicago’s diagonal streets). In a few block you will come to the Davis Movie theater, a great old theater that has been around since the twenties and the Old Town School of Folk Music. The Old Town School often has concerts of folk and traditional music so check out the schedule (https://www.oldtownschool.org/ ).

By Car

Even though Chicago is still the country’s third biggest city, it’s not hard to drive in. If you are bringing your car or you want to hop in a cab or ride share service to really get away from it all, your options are endless.

From McCormick Place

If you have a car or are paying a fair you don’t want to just drive all over the place. I would recommend heading over to the Bridgeport Neighborhood. If you have heard of the Chicago South Side Irish, this is one of the places to find them. You will also find the home of the Chicago White Sox there. And any trip to Bridgeport would be remiss without stopping at Schaller’s Pump. They are so old school they don’t even have a website but check out Yelp for info (https://www.yelp.com/biz/schallers-pump-chicago). If you miss eating in your Gramma’s kitchen, Schaller’s is the place for you.

From the Loop

If you have your car with you and you are heading out of town or are up for a super fun adventure I have one for you. I call it, three parts of the world in 1 day! For exact directions use Google maps or something. Here is a thumbnail sketch of the plan. Head North out of the Loop on Lake Shore drive. Admire the amazing view of the lake and get off at Lawrence Ave. You will be in Uptown. Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood was the Harlem of 1920’s Chicago. It was where our Black Renaissance took place. On the corner of Broadway and Lawrence you will both the Green Mill, a historic bar and jazz club (http://greenmilljazz.com/) and Demara, (http://www.demeraethiopian.com/) an excellent Ethiopian restaurant. Head north on Broadway to Argyle street. There you will find Chicago’s Vietnamese neighborhood. Go to Tank Noodle at the corner of Broadway and Argyle (https://www.tank-noodle.com) and check out the shops on Argyle and along Broadway. In just a few blocks you can travel from 1920’s Chicago, to Ethiopia, and then to Vietnam!

All Work and No Play…

You know the old saying about all work and no play making “Jack a dull boy.” I think it’s a bit more than that. All work: standing on hard floors under artificial light just isn’t good for you. You need to get outside. So, I hope my little guide of a few things you can do in Chicago is a help. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at edd@wizardofsorts.com 

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