Corporate After Dinner Show Rider
Please read this very carefully!
Curtis’ stage/platform mentalism and magic shows contain a high degree of audience interaction and direct participation. It is highly important that audiences are able to SEE and HEAR CLEARLY, as well as have safe and clear access to and from the performance area. For maximum enjoyment of the show, it is important that the show maintain a natural and fast-paced flow with absolutely no outside distractions. While Curtis’ shows are fast-paced and light-hearted in nature, it is imperative that he has the audience’s undivided attention at all times. Following the criteria outlined in this rider will ensure maximum enjoyment of Curtis’ show with minimal to no distractions.
The following photo is an excellent example of a very good and minimal after-dinner show set-up:
- The stage/platform/performance area should be a MINIMUM of 16’ x 8’ (wide x deep) and at least 6-12” in height. A raised platform/stage is preferred for audiences larger than 50 people. As a general guideline: 12” high for every 100 people.
- The stage should be located against a wall in a central location with no dance floor (or any other large gap of space) directly in front. This is mandatory. If there is a permanent dance floor in front of the stage, then seating must be placed on the dance floor no more than 10 feet away from the front of the stage prior to the start of the event. The seating can then be removed from the dance floor following the show. Please make sure this is coordinated with the catering staff ahead of time so they are prepared. Too much space between Curtis and the audience makes the show extremely difficult, and even impossible, to perform.
- A set of steps or stairs is required for stages higher than 12”, on either side of the FRONT EDGE (not on the sides) with direct access down to the audience.
- ALL SEATING IS TO BE IN FRONT OF THE STAGE, not behind or to the extreme sides of the stage. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. People seated to the extreme left or right of the stage, platform, or performance area will not be able to see or enjoy the majority of the performance. As odd as it may seem, it is better to have a narrow and deep seating arrangement than a wide and shallow one. Guests being seated at a distance from the front of the stage can still enjoy the show whereas those seated to the extreme left or right of the stage, though they are closer to the performer, often cannot. Please keep the stage away from traffic and noisy areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, bar, main entrances, etc.
- PLEASE AVOID ROOMS WITH LARGE MIRRORS WHEN POSSIBLE. If a room has mirrors or a large wall that is a mirror, Curtis should not be performing IN FRONT OF THE MIRRORS. This has actually happened and makes for a very awkward performance. Also, large windows behind the performance space can also create the same effect, especially at night.
The following photos give a basic explanation of both good and bad arrangements.
Curtis can provide his own sound system setup for a performance, though it is often easier and more practical to use systems already in place at most venues.
If CURTIS PROVIDES his own sound system, the following is necessary:
- A 110-V power outlet, within 25’ of the performance/stage/platform area.
If CLIENT/VENUE PROVIDES the sound equipment, the following is necessary:
- A PA system with one wireless lavaliere (or otherwise hands-free) microphone for Curtis. A lavaliere is preferred to a headset or earpiece microphone.
- Also, a hand-held, cordless microphone for use by occasional audience members and assistants. THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS MUST BE A MICROPHONE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION.
- One adjustable-height, vertical, free-standing microphone stand.
- Absolutely NO PODIUMS or LECTERNS with microphones in the immediate performance space.
Client or venue must also provide someone to monitor the sound equipment; volume levels, feedback, etc. If Curtis has to provide someone to do this, the client must absorb all additional costs of providing this service.
Screen(s) and projector that will accomodate an Apple Keynote slideshow presentation. If a Microsoft or PC version is necessary, please let us know. Curtis has an excellent, entertaining, and informative slideshow that loops over several minutes that guests can enjoy during dinner or anytime before or after the show. The presentation is full of fun and interesting information about Curtis’ career, as well as stuff about what audience members need to know and can expect during the performance. If this is not available for your event, please let us know in advance.
The show takes place both ON STAGE/PLATFORM AREA, as well as IN THE AUDIENCE, so both areas MUST BE VERY WELL LIT. The existing room lighting is usually sufficient.
If the venue has theatrical lighting, please give a full basic stage wash and adjustable house lights. No color gels are to be used front of house. A color breakup on the rear wall is fine if available.
SET UP AND TAKE DOWN
A minimum of 60 minutes is needed to load in, set-up, and do sound checks PRIOR to the audience’s arrival at the venue.
ACCESS TO THE VENUE
- Please notify Curtis of any special parking arrangements at the venue for before, during, and after the show.
- Include information about where he may load in equipment to set up the show.
DURING THE SHOW/PROGRAM
- Since the performance relies heavily on direct audience participation, the performance will not take place DURING a meal.
- If the performance is a part of a large after-dinner presentation, then it must take place immediately AFTER the dinner and BEFORE any keynote addresses and/or awards presentations.
- Absolutely NO BEVERAGE OR WAITSTAFF SERVICE whatsoever during the performance. Not even bussing/clearing of tables. It is best if tables are cleared before the show starts. Catering and waitstaff must be fully informed not to be serving or working in the area while the show is in progress.
- Curtis is to be informed of any other acts, performers, speakers, etc. prior to the event. Other performers or presenters are not to be onstage setting up or otherwise distracting in any way during Curtis’ performance. They should be set up prior to the beginning of Curtis’ performance.
- CELL PHONE USE: PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE an announcement must be made by either the client or venue staff that there is to be NO USE OF CELLULAR PHONES (whether texting or otherwise) while the show is underway. For the sake of everyone involved, ALL CELL PHONES and other electronic devices such as iPads, laptops, Notebooks, etc., MUST BE TURNED OFF AND NOT IN USE IN ANY WAY DURING THE PERFORMANCE. If there is an existing emergency situation that necessitates cell phone use, Curtis must be informed and arrangements made prior to the show to accommodate this.
- DRUNK OR UNRULY GUESTS. Drunk or unruly guests who interrupt or otherwise disrupt a performance are the responsibility of the client. Curtis reserves the right to stop or discontinue a show if one or more guests become persistently unruly or disruptive, whether it is due to intoxication, using electronic devices, or any other reason. Please note this is extremely rare and is only a last resort.
VIDEO RECORDINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
While Curtis reserves the right to make his own video and/or audio recordings of the show, there is to be no other video and/or audio recordings of the show in any manner without Curtis’ prior consent. Persons who record video copies of the performance and upload them to the internet without Curtis’ express permission may be held liable.
Still photographs, however, are highly encouraged!
Any meals or beverages provided to Curtis and/or his staff should be made available prior to the performance.