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Hands up if you've been to a conference or business meeting and it's been a total yawn-fest? *raises hand* Yes, us too. Is there anything worse than a motivational talk that's, well, boring? Aren't these presentations supposed to inspire us?

Well we believe they are and that's why we've tried to think a little outside the box to deliver exciting corporate event entertainment, and inspiring talks which will stick in people's minds. So when we were invited to entertain at a luncheon at Chilworth Manor in Southampton recently, we brought along our incredible foot archer Orissa, who kicked the event off with a, well, with a bullseye! Check it out for yourself...

Despite the windy weather she didn't miss a trick, and she broke the ice perfectly for guests who went on to network with plenty to talk about!

A week or so later our Director Abi left a lasting impression when she was asked to present about good networking techniques at a summer breakfast event for The Boardroom Network at The Italian Villa in Poole. Using posture and eye contact tips taken from the Burlesque course she teaches, she had 3 willing volunteers donning fascinators and feather fans, and demonstrating how to shimmy, to the amusement of diners. Check out the giggling here.

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Murder on the fort!

Our clients often complain that it's tricky to find a murder mystery experience that isn't 'cheesy' or 'old fashioned' despite how pricey murder mystery packages can be.  And we happen to know that many of the actors supplied for these murder mystery experiences, are volunteers or working for expenses only, and as proud members of Equity performers union we simply don't think that's good enough. Especially if you're paying top dollar for a professional murder mystery product.

So when we were approached to create a murder mystery experience for a group of diners at Spitbank Fort in the Solent, we couldn't wait to get stuck in casting actors, writing a bespoke script that suited the audience and the amazing venue, and of course paying our actors for their rehearsals and performance.  We used a mix of male and female actors - some professional and some amateur dramatics - and the feedback was sensational.

"it went down so well! The story was great and and cast were amazing! Was a great twist on a formal dinner"

Here are a few clips that we caught on a discreetly located Go Pro, as well as some clips from one of the guests' social media uploads. The partygoers were brilliant sports and the Forts were, as ever, sensational hosts.

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Top tips for a masquerade ball

We love a masquerade themed party, and we had our motley crew out at a fab bash at Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton earlier this month. Here are our hints and tips for a brilliant masked ball.

SET THE TONE
Make sure there's background music playing as guests arrive - it doesn't matter how much champagne you ply them with, if there's no atmosphere upon arrival then they will sober up very quickly!

OFFER A FREEBIE
Whether it's a glass of Prosecco being served by one of our LED roaming table girls, or a masked entertainer handing out free masks for those who thought they could escape the theme - make sure your guests are welcomed as soon as they arrive.

CREATE A TALKING POINT
Our giant martini glass prop made for an amazing ice breaker at our recent bash, but masked fire performers work brilliantly with the Venetian theme, as do masked stilt walkers and even our interactive photo frames which our hosts wander around with, encouraging guests to pose for a photo. These solutions offer a talking point that relaxes your partygoers, and distracts them from any early evening awkwardness before the party gets going.

GET THE DECOR RIGHT
Are you going for traditional Venetian golds and reds and luxury? Or a more contemporary futuristic look that Gaga herself would feel at home in? Either way, pick your colour scheme and stick with it, to ensure the theme runs throughout.

KEEP YOUR GUESTS ENTERTAINED
Perhaps you need a masked contortionist or hand balancer to kick off the party section of the night, or a team of masquerade dancers to round up the guests and getting them boogying on the dancefloor. Either way, make sure there's a spectacle which clearly underlines your drinks reception or meal, and signifies the get-up-dance section of the evening.

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