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Booking Your Wedding

Recently I stumbled across a website from a friend of mine – Isobel at www.bookyourwedding.co.uk and unlike most wedding directories is extremely unpretentious and offers an extremely good service to its clients.

Book your wedding is designed with the Bride and Groom in mind and helps take the stress out of your big day by putting everything in an easy to navigate place.

There is a directory detailing different suppliers, a comprehensive venue list and and superb planning information page with tips, suggestions and ideas. Isobel has also compiled a book you wedding magazine too which is regularly published and updated.

One thing I’d always refer clients too is her brilliant wedding countdown page which breaks down what you should be planning and preparing from the moment you get engaged all the way up to the big day.

Other unique suggestions offered by Isobel include how you go about changing your names – something often overlooked in many wedding websites but really so important! She also gives some great advice if you are looking into planning a wedding on a budget.

For completeness – there is also an invaluable resource provided by Isobel which details the top 15 tips for your wedding which should not be overlooked….

All in all, this is a truly brilliant resource which lots of great, unique suggestions and tips to make your event go as smoothly as possible. If you are looking for a wedding magician then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me 😉

You can get in touch with Isobel via her website www.bookyourwedding.co.uk 

Wedding Video Booths

Want an event with a difference? Video booths are the future

Much like my unique form of wedding entertainment; if you are looking for something equally unique and memorable that will last long after the DJ plays his last song then it will be well worth checking out the new concept of ‘video booths’.

Whilst the majority of photo booths are set up for taking photos, this new and soon to be extremely popular concept takes the idea of a photo booth to the next level.  The Pod Group are able to provide you with footage of the film that you shoot so you can re-watch it time and time again. Much like a photo you can look at your leisure, now, too, you can do the same with some filmed content in a booth.

This is not just fun for weddings – it’s also a new and innovative idea for a secluded place for delegates to offer feedback from seminars, conferences or hospitality events and The Pod Group booth even includes the option to upload pre-loaded questions which keep delegates ‘on point’. This is ideal for corporate events where discreet feedback is wanted for how the event went or comments regarding the conference content.

This ‘Diary Room’ idea comes off the back of the once super popular Big Brother series where guests can record a message just for you – the birthday boy or girl or bride or groom or event organiser. All footage is then uploaded to a secure website where you can access and distribute at your own discretion.

It not just this innovative idea that makes The Pod Group so successful but their extensive range of other products too including Graffiti Walls and Giant iPads

They get booked up early and cover all of London & the rest of the Englad. For more information, feel free to get in touch via their website here: https://thepodgroup.com/ideas/video-booth/

Points of note include the fact that all their electrics are PAT tested, seating for 2 people, you can use your own backdrop to customise your own options. The inside of the diary room includes a 10” LCD monitor with spotlights to enhance the clarity of the diary room. The booth itself can also be branded with your own logos and branding material to strengthen your corporate identity too. This makes it an ideal solution for trade shows and similar events where you really need your brand to stand out. You can see how this is a really versatile option much like the versatility of a wedding magician too.

Part 8 – Astonishment and an interactive experiment.

Art of astonishment part 8

Art of astonishment part 8

Indulge me to digress for a second. A simple experiment of clasping your hands together with your thumbs crossed over, will for 75% of people determine whether they are creative or logical people. The right-hand is linked to the right side of the brain and the left hand vice versa. Now, it is believed that the right hand side of the brain controls our creative powers and the left side, our logic and reasoning powers. If your thumb on top is the left hand – this would suggest you are more creative person than logical person and vice versa. Try it with your friends. It is certainly not a science in it’s itself but is always an intriguing anecdote to chuck into to discuss at a funeral to lighten the mood (ok so not a funeral – but a social setting) This ‘two hemispheres’ model of the brain is somewhat simplistic but nonetheless, as a baby, child or infant this right side of the brain works overtime. Absorbing all external stimuli like a sponge. As a result this right side of the brain tended to be dominant and active for long periods of time. As a result, child love to lose themselves into stories of fantasy and adventure and conjure up a world of imagination in their own heads. (Some go on to be compulsive liars). Children can transform as a white bed sheet into a ghost, Santa grotto over the back of the sofa (with added hole-punch paper bits as fake snow) or a world of other costumes and inventions. They do this, so effortlessly and buy into the reality of the situation they have made in their own heads. Their friends can do that too. Let’s be soldiers. It’s easy. They imaginations are frighteningly active and the reason they are come in covered in mud, leave the house in absurd outfits and at fancy dress parties act like they actually are ‘Superman’, ‘Spiderman’ or ‘Harry Potter’. If you have been to a children’s birthday party – you will know exactly know what I mean. If you can think back to your own childhood, you will too.

However, we have to think back to this time, because when we look at children we think “Aaaah bless – he’s having fun” or “God I wish he’d grow out of this” or “I’m going to step in if he still keeps pretending he is Darth Vader, for the 4th week in a row”.  It is now, that the right side of our brain because less active, less dominant and that creative dominance and activity of the right side of our brain diminishes and the left side full of reasoned logic takes the dominant seat. That bed sheet becomes ‘something that goes on the bed’ and the hole punch bits of paper become ‘”something that dad has to bloody hoover up!!”

Magic takes us back to this state where the right side of the mind is dominant. If you perform magic where everything is in sync and your participant’s mind is open, you may, just may, take them back to this infantile state of astonishment where magic is real. The more open they are too it, the way you have framed the effect as well as a number of other factors will extend this period of astonishment and elevate you above ‘the magic man’ to someone has taken 5 minutes from them but in that 5 minutes have given them something back which has been more special, more intimate, more astonishing, and more beautiful then they will experience, over any 5 minutes, in that week, year or rest of their life.