Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common jobs are corporate events and banquets. I am a magician and inspirational speaker with a sales and management background. I can incorporate magic into company themes. I am the CEO of a mortgage and real estate firm and have owned a sales training company and taught sales.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Three Recent Jobs: Trailor Cove Home Association - the association brings in enteratiners once each month and I entertained more than 70 people..
Birthday Party in the back yard of a home for an 11 year old..
Corporate Event where I did a lunch time comedy magic routine for 200 +/-
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions. If I am not right for your event I will let you know. I ask a lot of questions so that I make sure if you hire me that you look good !
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How do they do that stuff. Of course we actually have a code of ethics that forbids us from disclosing.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Who is their best audience? What type of humor do they use? Are they up to date and aware of different ethnic sensitivities?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. What message they really want to convey to an audience. What do they want me to say that they cannot say.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. For my corporate work because of my background. I know what it is like to do commissioned sales. I know what it is like to run a company. I know the stresses that producers must feel.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It makes me feel good when I make people laugh. I love seeing kids laugh and when I make adults laugh I know that I have taken them back to wonderment for a little while.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. What is the price....most birthday parties are $200 and that includes balloon tieing....Most of my events are commercial/corporate or social groups. Those events range from $500 to $2500.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One I did magic for a Sr. Citizens group. I was to do a stage show but I did some close up magic for the tables before my show. I switched 5 one dollar bills into 5 one hundred dollar bills. Next week a 90 year old lady called me and wanted me to teach her the trick. I told her it was a magic trick and why did she want to learn it. She replied, "I need the money."
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Magic is not just the performance. One of the most important things is choosing the right set of tricks for the audience. It takes a lot of time packing the proper tricks.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I did not choose magic. Magic chose me. If I were talented enough I would be a musician but I have the ability to read an audience and make them laugh. Magic has always presented itself to me,
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I performed at San Jose State for Chineese New Years before a crowd of over 900. This was a varitey show and was quite spectacular.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Magic is timely. I have done fun shows in the past showing magic from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. It changes so we have to be aware to what is popular today.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Magic is ever changing and fits the times. Motivation and inspiration never changes below the waters but appear to change at the surface.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Be prepared to do a lot of free shows and do a lot of shows; closeup and audiences. Nothing prepares you better than the reaction of the audience.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My natural quick wit and being able to adapt on the spot. I don't even know where it comes from but it seems I am touched by the magic and comedy angels.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. My close up routines. I can do excellent close up magic but need a routine that flows and that I can do for 30 minutes. I want to develop 3 different 30 minute close up routines.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Why would I choose you as a motivational speaker? Because I have run my own company for 25 years and still have my original employees with me -- I have been through the highs and lows of business and know the stresses. I have had to use my motivation on me to keep going in rough times. I know what I teach works and am my own best example.