22 Nov a night at the Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel in Birmingham was host to a night of magic, great music and of course, the Close-Up Corner.
At Close-Up Chris & Co, we love nothing more than a good corporate event. We thrive on the challenge of entertaining a room full of important people and making them smile.
This week, we were lucky enough to be hired by Stiltz – a stairlift provider – to perform at their annual event.
With over 300 guests in attendance, it was clear that more than one magician would be needed to keep the night running smoothly. So I got in touch with my trusted team to help spread a little magic!
The ballroom was looking spectacular. Recently refurbished and grand in scale, it was the perfect setting for a corporate event.
The organisers had done a stellar job with the set-up and the company’s name in lights was the focus at the top of the room.
As the band performed their sound checks, our magicians made a plan of attack on which tables they were to perform at so that every table got to see a little something.
Table magicians help maintain a lively atmosphere during proceedings – keeping guests both entertained and amazed in a shared experience that provides plenty of conversation opportunities long into the evening.
The team comprised of Sean, Russ, Christain and Gavin. Four professional magicians who were there to work the tables during the meal.
The guests enjoyed a glass of champagne in the bar area whilst a roaming photographer captured some of the fine outfits on display.
Stiltz went all out with their entertainment booking not only 4 close-up magicians but also:
- Live band
- Casino & roulette tables
- A silent disco
- The Close-Up Corner
The Close-Up Corner was to be an extra surprise so this wasn’t set up until the guests left the drinks reception bar area.
These small additions help provide that x-factor that leaves a long-lasting impression on guests and I’m certain that Stiltz achieved just this!
Guests filtered through to the ballroom and after a short welcome speech from the CEO of the company (who was keen to point out it wasn’t a Christmas party!) it wasn’t long before the starters were served and our magicians sprung into action.
There was a nice relaxed vibe to the evening – not too rowdy and although there were over 300 guests, the spacious room provided enough leg and elbow room!
As I set up the Close-Up Corner I could hear plenty of “oooo’s and “arrrrrs” mixed with plenty of laughter. Our magicians were getting some great reactions.
As the meal concluded, guests started to filter through to the bar area to grab another drink and the Close-Up Corner began to create a bit of a buzz.
Having further entertainment away from the dance floor was a cool move by Stiltz realising that not everyone loves to dance and that other guests like a quiet corner away from the music.
Performing for groups of 4-15 at a time, the Close-Up Corner kept the party going long into the night and as midnight approached, there were no carriages to be found. Instead, a sea of silent dancers wearing headphones and smiling faces filled the dance floor.
It was a great night, with everyone having loads of fun and plenty of people taking away lasting memories.
The Grand Hotel in Birmingham is a stunning venue and its grand ballroom provides more than enough room to entertain large corporate events. We highly recommend it as the perfect setting for your next corporate event – you won’t be disappointed!
Chris is a corporate close-up magician who has been entertaining guests at events for over 20 years. His slick style and quick wit make him a hit with audiences of all ages, and his ability to read people makes for some truly interactive magic. Whether it’s a black-tie event or an informal get-together, Chris is the perfect choice for corporate entertainment.