You might call me crazy but you won’t be the first.
Close Up Magic. Yes, that kind.
Approaching total strangers at these events is awkward at best. Same can be said for any situation you need to make a connection fast.
I am a professional Mentalist/ Magician and have been for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, I have worked at two restaurants weekly and approach strangers all the time and I can attest to the power of blowing minds.
I am not suggesting you do a one hour show, but, over the years, I have told many people to learn just 3 very strong effects that you can do anywhere or keep with you at all times and you will never meet a stranger.
But there is a trick to the tricks. Don’t just learn them and be the boring ass “tada, that’s your card” person. It requires you to learn to use humor, your personality, charm and story. The story is what makes the magic happen, not the trick.
Find ones that involve people and practice the hell out of them. Then go and try them out. Watch what kind of reactions you get.
And if you think this stuff is just for kids, think again. My primary audiences are grown ups and I leave them absolutely floored and THEY LOVE IT!
It has the added bonus of bringing people joy and brightening their day. Often I do it just for those reasons.
I was at Disney World a few years back and I saw a girl about ten years old sitting with her parents while they were eating. She looked really bored. I walked over, did a couple of things with her and lit her up. Her parents thanked me.
An hour later, in a park this size, she happens upon me and comes running up with a friend and her parents and asks me to do stuff for her friend, so I did.
Then, I did something for the adults and the mood shifted.
Here I am entertaining adults, with kids, in DISNEY WORLD…5 theme parks, rides, shows…and I got tipped for doing magic.
If you want to teach your team some really strong stuff they can use to break the ice, let me know. I do an hour long lecture on it.