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Returning to Virtual Events

January 17th, 2022 Posted by Virtual Events 0 thoughts on “Returning to Virtual Events”

 

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Video Transcript:

Hello Fanatics of sorts, it’s your friend Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts.

It’s probably unusual for a comedy magician to fight in Muay Thai Kickboxing but we all do things to balance out our lives. That’s me right there with the big tattoo on my back in my first Muay Thai fight.

In fights, like in most of life you can be going forwards or backwards. But you never do just one of them.

Muay thai being from Thailand is intertwined with Buddist principles. Like the tide one moves in and out, forward and backwards.

And that’s what we are doing with COVID. We are in a fight and right now we might need to return to virtual events and that’s OK. Sometimes you move forward and sometimes you move back. You step in and you step out.

But you keep fighting and you take more forward steps than backwards ones and at the end of the day you get your hand raised in victory.

I imagine most of you don’t want to go “back” to virtual events. Sure they don’t have all the same things as in person events but sometimes to avoid a huge punch to the face you have to step back out of the reach of your opponent.

And there are benefits of Virtual events:

Obviously keeping our family and friends safe is number one.

Virtual events require less or no travel which is good for the environment.

The dress code, well at least the bottom half, is way more relaxed for virtual events.

Virtual events are way less affected by winter storms. 

Virtual events have limitless attendance and reach.

And because of all of the above, virtual events are way easier to plan.

Muay Thai kickboxing is, as the name proves, from Thailand and is rooted in Thai Buddhist principles. I am not an expert and I am not a Buddhist scholar but I think I understand some of it. I’m actually more acquainted with Taosim. In Toasim they say, “Water has no shape yet it can be any shape. Water is soft, yet it can break the rock.”

When I’m training with newer students I always paraphrase Bruce Lee and I say, “Be like water.” 

The tide moves in and it moves out and it fits everywhere. 

We need to be like the water and move in and out and conform to fit our situation. We are not moving backwards. We are eroding the rock.

Is it a mishmash of philosophies? Sure. Am I just trying to make sense of this whole situation, you betcha. But we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do in order to move forward fully.

And if that means taking a step back to avoid the big punches, then that’s what we’ve got to do. 

If you need any help with planning a virtual event, need ideas, or just want to vent, you know where to find me.

Until next time, take care of yourself and take care of each other.

Happy April Fools’ Day

April 1st, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Happy April Fools’ Day”

The origins of April Fools’ day are a mystery… to me. Because I didn’t look it up.

April Fools’ day should be the National Magic Holiday! Pranks are hard to get right. If you don’t go far enough it’s not funny. If you go too far people get hurt either physically or emotionally.
A rubber band on the kitchen sink sprayer to make it squirt someone when they go to use the sink is an old favorite. Or putting a piece of tape over the optical sensor on the underside of a computer mouse is fun.
If you’ve done those and are looking for something better, learn a magic trick! Here’s one we can do together:

 

But it’s not all fun and games.

How do I plan ANYTHING right now?

It can be challenging to plan events in the best of times but right now planning anything is incredible tough.

Should my event be virtual?
Can I have something IRL (In real life)?
What if the rules change between planning the event and the event date?
These are all things probably swirling in the minds of every person looking at the calendar and seeing an upcoming birthday, anniversary, communion, or graduation.
The quick and continuous changes make any advice old before it’s given. So, I would say, “Be as flexible as possible.”
If you can plan your event at a venue that you control like your home or office or at a venue that is very low cost like a Church basement or the multi purpose room in your building then if you need to move the event to the virtual world, you can easily do it. If it’s at home, just let your guests know to go online instead. If it’s a low cost venue, tell them to meet you online, and then your rental fee is a donation to the organization.

Plan for Both

Picking activities that can be done both in real life and virtually will make your planning much easier. Things like trivia can be played in both locations.
And if you hire me to perform at your event, I guarantee that I will make the transition as seamless and painless as possible.
Remember whether we want to or not, we are all in this together. Leave a comment with any questions you have about event planning and let me know if you have a fun April Fools’ Prank!
 

FAQs about Virtual Shows

February 22nd, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “FAQs about Virtual Shows”

Where do you host your virtual shows?

Shows are hosted primarily on Zoom for up to 200 attendees. More guests can be permitted for an additional fee. Special requests for platforms like Teams, Meet, etc can also be accommodated. 

Edd pulls from his years of experience utilizing Zoom and understanding its architecture, benefits and limitations to create a straightforward and user-friendly digital environment. For each magic show, Edd sets up the room, provides audience instructions, and creates a space to mix and mingle before/after the show, so all the audience needs to do is show up and enjoy the event.  

 

What’s a magic show like on Zoom?

Just like in-person shows, these digital magic shows are 100% interactive. There are tricks that use volunteers, tricks that the whole audience participates in together, and in particular shows, there are magic tricks that occur at audience members’ houses.

Each show is primarily performed live with occasional pre-recorded segments. This allows Edd to respond to things occurring in the Zoom room and invite the audience in to an interactive experience where no two shows are the same!

 

How do you customize shows for different audiences?

Part of being a professional performer is understanding the audience. When booking your magic show, Edd will ask questions to create a custom script and curate his illusions based on nearly two decades of experience creating specialty magic shows for a wide array of different audiences, from crowds of rowdy children to professional corporate presentations.

 

Me and/or my child are interested in learning magic. Where do we start?

They say that “a magician never reveals his secrets,” but in truth, most magicians will teach someone who shows a genuine interest in magic. 

Before investing a lot of time and energy into gear and lessons, Edd recommends a trip to the local library to learn about basic magic principles, beginner illusions, and the history of the art form. For novice magicians looking to take the next step, Edd has created a beginner magic kit available for sale at https://www.magicshowschicago.com/magickit

 

What would a magic show cost?

This is where it gets “Tricky” 😉 Edd performs different shows for different audiences and offers different packages and prices. The very best way to get a direct quote is to call Edd at 773-818-0195 or by filling out as much info as you have about your event on the form at https://wizardofsorts.com/contact-2/

 

Are you doing in-person shows?

At this time, Edd is only offering digital shows in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 and keep his audiences safe. 

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

 

Magic Quiz

February 23rd, 2020 Posted by Fun 0 thoughts on “Magic Quiz”

How well do you know magic?

Take this 5 question, True or False quiz on Magic History and Terminology in the video below and then let me know how you did.

 

 

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