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8 Things to Consider While Hiring the Services of a Magician Online

8 Things to Consider While Hiring the Services of a Magician Online

Are you yearning for a truly magical wedding celebration? You will need a magician! Entertaining your guest is very important and a wedding ceremony is one big occasion you won’t want to mess up.

Full Magic Shows can be scheduled into your event, with the option of Balloon Sculpting, Close-up Magic, and or Meet and Greet with the LIVE Animals between the shows. Seeking a magician to grace your wedding celebration can be a job of its own but thanks to the internet; the search has been made easy.

The most important thing to consider when hiring a magician to entertain your guest is to ensure that you have the right person for the job and not a bad one to spoil your special day.

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Choosing the right magician

Rather than applauding only the famous magicians, isn’t it enough that the individual is sufficiently talented to perform magic tricks in front of a crowd? He may not be as renowned as some of the other big names in the field but the fact that he is capable of bringing all his tricks to successful completion is enough of an indication that he is indeed a good magician.

While experience is a measure when choosing a magician to perform at your wedding ceremony, it is fundamental to validate the identification and social worthiness of the magician. Assessment of the magician’s portfolio is very important as it will aid in decision making and your selection process. From the portfolio, you can be guaranteed that entertainment at your wedding ceremony will be a blast of awesomeness.

Nevertheless, the experience is a standard that you cannot overlook. It is advisable to look for magicians with numerous years of experience especially in the area of wedding entertainment because they know the nitty-gritty of entertaining guest in a wedding ceremony setting and have gained reputable recommendations from past clients.

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Here are some tips to help you with your search for a magician online.

1. Check his experience

You don’t want to be deceived by people who fake their identity and claim being a professional magician online. Be careful and ensure that the entertainer is really experienced and has been in the magician profession full time. Experience really counts and should be the first criterion.

2. Be sure the magician performs at weddings

Make sure that the magician is highly experienced when it comes to entertaining during wedding ceremonies and has lots of tricks to thrill your guest throughout the ceremony.

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3. Ask for references

If the magician is really good as he claims to be, references from past works will also help you verify his claims. Asking for references from clients who has patronized their services is very important.

4. Assess the tricks to be performed by the magician

Take the time you can to assess what kind of tricks the magician has in his list of performance for your wedding, to prevent being disappointed and to evaluate if it is commendable to be performed at your wedding.

5. Analyze performance costume

The manner in which the magician dresses is worthy of scrutiny because you don’t want your entertainer looking untidy. You should request pictures of the magicians past performances to assess his costume.

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6. Inquire for pictures/videos of recent performance

Demand up to date pictures/videos of performances done by the magician. This will help you to decide and review how professionally the magician can really handle your wedding event; especially when it comes to the tricks to be played to wow your guest.

7. Providing equipment

Sometimes, you may need to provide the sound system for the event. Ensure that all that the magician needs for his performance is provided, though some magicians tend to bring all the equipments themselves. Just make sure you cooperate with the magician in terms of planning for the event.

8. Discuss age limits

Not all magicians’ tricks are suitable for kids. Some of them perform exclusively for adults, while some perform for all age brackets. Make sure to inform the magician to perform fewer tricks which are not suitable for kids but to render general entertaining services.

 Conclusion

Choosing the right magician to deliver quality wedding entertainment services lies in your ability to ask the right questions such as; how experienced is the magician as related to wedding ceremonies? What is the magician’s area of specialization? Does the magician have a good reputation; request pictures/videos of past most recent performances and if they can be identified by individuals. Once all these questions are answered, you are definitely on the right track to choosing the right magician to grace your wedding ceremony.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

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