The Internet – Now That’s Entertainment

The Internet is now a source of everything from pure entertainment to up to the minute news for the private citizen, but it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, in the early days of the Internet (before it even carried that name), it was strictly limited in its use and no one would have dared suggest it be used for any frivolous. The Internet was originally conceived of in the early 1960’s as a way to enable multiple computers to access information for research and development purposes in the scientific and military communities.

By 1970, several major universities had super computers sharing information between research groups and libraries as well as exchanging an early form of email. The increase in information necessitated a way of indexing and organizing the information that eventually led to simpler codes, hypertext and ease of use in the 1980’s. Initially, the government funded the development of the Internet, so commercial use was prohibited unless it was directly linked to research or education.

Everything changed in the late 1980’s and early 1990s, when independent commercial networks sprang up in response to the ease of use and smaller, less expensive computers for office and home use. Since these independent commercial networks could pay for their own Internet connections, they could route to each other and bypass the government’s “backbone.” By 1995, the World Wide Web was in full swing and the government was out of the Internet business.

Predictably, as soon as the Internet was open to the public, individuals changed its look. Individuals wanted more than just a way to conduct business or do their banking, although such practical applications were certainly popular. Today’s Internet provides information, ease and more than anything else, entertainment to home users.

The entertainment industry quickly jumped on the Internet bandwagon by distributing movie trailers, early release teaser chapters from new books and lots of press photos for always-interested fans. They created entire websites dedicated not only to networks, but also to movies, particular televisions shows and even particular fictional characters. Today, many televisions shows have mirror websites with special features that add to the viewer experience. For instance, if you love the show “Monk” on the USA Network, you can play games relating to the character’s peculiarities, take quizzes about past episodes and enter contests to win prizes or learn more about the characters to enhance enjoyment of the show. That’s savvy marketing.

In an entirely different vein, the Internet brought entertainment of other kinds right into the home that people previously had to go to, not the other way around. Video poker, arcade games, and downloadable streaming video all mean that you can be entertained 24/7 without ever leaving home. Users can play a few hands of cards or enter a tournament. There are tournaments going on around the world at any given time. It’s even possible to play a classic pinball game by downloading it to your computer.

In fact, the face of entertainment has changed considerably by allowing individuals to upload their own photos and videos for the world to see and even script and edit their own films. The Internet has made us all into amateur photographers and videographers with a potential audience of millions thanks to YouTube, Flickr and other programs. Not only does the Internet provide us with 24/7 entertainment, it allows us to provide the world with entertainment that we’ve made. Upload a clip of that amazing wipe-out you made on the slopes during your last ski trip and you’ll be amazed how fast you become entertainment for millions of viewers.

Some of the most popular sites on the Internet are celebrity gossip sites. It’s human nature in today’s hectic world, when we’re all hunkered over our computers hours every day working to earn a living, to want to click over to a gossip site for a few minutes and check out how “the other half” lives. It’s harmless entertainment news that reassures us that are lives aren’t so bad, and we get the guilty thrill of checking out the photos.

With so much instant gratification at our fingertips, the Internet has changed the face of entertainment forever. With the Internet in almost every home, you can no longer feel there is nothing to do. After all, there’s always something entertaining just a click away.

Andy West is a writer for Entertainment Review Place [http://www.entertainment-reviewplace.com/] and CUCSA [http://www.cucsa.org/].

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Andy_West/128871

 

Psychic Entertainment

Did you know what the latest ‘must have’ elite entertainment could bis in vogue? You may now find psychic entertainers at premiere profile corporate banquets as well as at exclusive events.

A clairvoyant is no not just only for spooky parties! Sixth Sense Entertainers and their paranormal are enjoying their skills emerging from the closet and being on complete public display. Psychic clairvoyant can be found today out in the main stream, entertaining event’s and corporate clients in the most of events and corporate events, not just at private friends parties.

How does it work?
Your guest/client can quiz the psychic a question about any issue going on in his or her lives, give a palm print, a personal possession or even a sample of their handwriting if graphology is used and Aura reading. The psychic may use different tools to produce a reading such as: Tarot, Astrology, Palmistry, Psychometry and even Graphology. Your guests may then often react in a very positive way to their psychic consultation. Both guest and clients appear increasingly attracted to this old world form of entertainment with a real up to date angle rather than the more traditional. Guest and clients at celebrations and high brow events are equally enjoying their experience with the unexplained and very much relishing doing so.

Why is this?
Simply because- it’s all about them!
They may often delight in the peace, pampering and uplifting experience that will often stay with them long after their psychic has entertained them. Unlike other forms of entertainment that are viewed or experienced and then quickly discarded, a psychic consultation will often remain in your guest minds as a moving, fun & and memorable event. Readings may be performed privately in a quiet room or space privately for maximum enjoyment.

Dealing with Skeptics?
It appears that the most ardent skeptics and business folk are enjoying this psychic gift as much as regular believers. Who doesn’t glance at their astro sign predictions from time to time? Who secretly enjoys the luxury pass time of obtaining a psychic reading on a regular basis? You may perhaps be quite surprised to know that many psychics have persons from all spheres of life among their clients, from ‘A Listers’ – librarians, top flight business people to entrepreneurs, they are even hired by some of the planets top companies to help with matters such as head hunting the right employee for an important position!

It may appear odd to some in our time of high tech technology and fast pace living that psychics are very well established in our times and the fascination in the paranormal which shows no signs of ending any time now.

Will my guest/clients like this entertainment?
Consider this, many of us have at least a vague understanding of psychic ability and the paranormal and unknown area is as popular today as any time in history. The majority off people have had their palm read, obtained an astrology report and even law enforcement agencies world wide are known to have used the use of a psychic from time to time. In the past even our politicians and world leaders through history such as Winston Chruchill have engaged the services of psychics and astrologers, this fact is very well documented. We all long to to hear about ourselves and find it evoking to be told personal future predictions. An pro psychic will get a balance, between light and fun for you function and entertaining and engaging the party guest’s on a personal level.

Choose wisely. Avoid simply engage anyone, take the time to locate the best psychic for your event, preferably with proven experience at entertaining at such event in the now long gone times. Take care that you engage an genuine, ethical and trained and pro psychic to enthrall your personal guests and I would guess- your preferred form of entertainment will go down extremely well indeed with your special guests and priority business clients.

Will a party psychic entertainer be well received?
Whatever your personal opinion on psychic world, of this you can be reasonably sure: your party guests will be talking about your special event & unique party entertainment for a long into the far reaching future.

Recommended Resources – To find out more about psychic-entertainment, visit: Party Psychic – [http://www.partypsychic.co.uk]

Alternatively, to read more about psychic ability visit: Future Forecast – http://www.future-forcast.co.uk

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Nigel_Franks/225255

 

Built in Entertainment Centers – A New Modern Day Look

Have you been looking for the right entertainment center for your home? Maybe you have searched various furniture stores, or have been looking online. I’m sure you have seen many styles and colors, and maybe you have not been able to find one that fits your expectations. Have you ever considered a built in entertainment center? Let me share with you some of the benefits of owning one:

-It will be built to fit in with the structure of your house and will follow the designs and colors you already have. The woodwork will be done to match any other woodwork in your home.

– You won’t have to worry about any of your DVDs or CDs falling behind it. With a traditional entertainment center, you would have to move it every time something falls behind it. With an entertainment center that is built in, it is absolutely impossible for that to happen.

– If you have small children, you won’t have to worry about them climbing on a built in entertainment center and causing it to tip and fall on top of them. There have been cases where small children have had these kinds of accidents.

– In the case of an earthquake, it will not fall over causing your expensive electronics to fall and break.

– With a built in entertainment center, you won’t have to move it to clean behind it. If it is built in, there won’t be any way for the dust to accumulate behind it.

– It will add style and elegance to your decor. It will give your home that “custom built” kind of look and feel.

These are just a few of the benefits of owning a built in entertainment center. There are so many different styles and colors. You will be able to choose the wood grain and color to match your furniture or your cabinetry. The size and the style can be custom built to fit your living room, family room, or den; you could even have one built in the bedroom. You may be concerned about not being able to move the entertainment center in the future if you choose to re-arrange things. I’m sure you have never thought about moving your kitchen cabinets or your stove.

Your entertainment center would become a part of your house, not just another piece of furniture. Of course you want only the best for your home and family. You need to make the right decision as to what will accommodate your needs. Unless you plan on moving in the near future I’m sure you will take into consideration all of the above mentioned benefits of owning a built in entertainment center. I hope that this information will be helpful to you in choosing your entertainment center.

Wendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about entertainment centers [http://modernhomeelectronicssite.info/built-in-entertainment-centers-a-new-modern-day-look], please visit Modern Home Electronics Site [http://modernhomeelectronicssite.info] for current articles and discussions.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Wendy_Pan/258274

 

Event Planning Tip – Things Entertainers Don’t Tell You

I love Reader’s Digest. I forgot how much I loved it until a friend started giving me her copies when she was done with them. One of the regular sections I like is titled, “13 Things Your _______ Won’t Tell you.” I like it because you get useful advice, but the person dispensing said wisdom gets to be a bit snarky.

For instance, in the December 2008 issue they have, “13 Things Your Hairstylist Won’t Tell You.” The first one is, “I’m a beautician, not a magician. I can give you Gisele Bundchen’s haircut, but I can’t give you her face.”

Well, I AM a magician, and if I could wave my hands and make the world beautiful, I would’ve done it by now. That being said, I figured I’d rip off the Reader’s Digest Formula and give you, “13 Things Your Magician Won’t Tell You (unless he’s me)!” Of course, this list applies to entertainers in general.

1. Why his price can’t be found anywhere – Most magicians prefer to have you call in so they can fish about before quoting you a price. After a few questions, they guess at the highest price they think you’ll pay. If Magicboy sees an area code from Beverly Hills or South Beach, the price goes up before he answers the phone.

2. Most won’t tell you there’s a guarantee – Of course, the best entertainers stand behind their services just like a good company stands behind its product. If a magician isn’t willing to offer a refund if he bombs, keep shopping.

3. Magic contests are meaningless – Don’t get me wrong, some contests have more prestige than others. However, magicians like to watch different stuff than the average audience member. Magicians may think a performer is great because he’s unique within the community. Meanwhile, spectators are bored. So, if Joe “The Plumber Magician” tries to sell you his show based on the awards he got from his secret club, ask if he has any letters from past paying clients and if you can contact them for a reference. You’ll probably get some confusing response that leaves you scratching your head, kind of like talking to the real Joe “The Plumber.”

4. That they’re a kids show magician – There’s nothing wrong with your average balloon twisting, cape wearing magic guy for the little ones. However, sometimes unsuspecting people call these magicians for an upscale event and end up turning their elegant affair into romper room. So beware, that great price may not be so great.

5. You aren’t funny – When it’s time to pay the magician his fee don’t say, “Can you make this bill disappear?” As a matter of fact, whenever you talk to a magician, refrain from the, “Can you make ____ disappear” joke. I mention this as a matter of your safety. One day, and it might be me, a magician is going to snap from hearing this one too many times.

6. Your date isn’t guaranteed until you pay the deposit – If a magician, DJ, band, etc., are holding a date for you, get your deposit to them immediately. People like to shop around and we can usually tell when someone is just trying to cover their bases. A friend of mine once got booked twice by the same person through two different agencies at the same time. Luckily, when she canceled through the agency she didn’t want to use, it didn’t effect him, but the one agent got ripped off holding a date she could’ve used for a paying client. The bottom line is this. If we hold a date for you, we have to turn down other work at that time. If you’re slow in paying your deposit, we assume you’re shopping, and we will take another job if that person is prepared to send in their down payment right away. So, don’t be disappointed, reserve your date with prompt fee deposits. While I’m at it, it’s customary for entertainers to be paid immediately after the job. If that’s the arrangement, keep your word and have the performer’s check waiting for him when he’s done. We don’t have collections departments to track down these late payments.

7. Your event determines the type of show – If a magician only performs one type of show, he may be selling you on a performance that isn’t right for your event (see kids magician example above). For instance, if a magician strictly does card tricks, he can’t entertain an audience of 1,000 people for an hour. On the flip side, if the performer’s act requires a stage and elaborate lights and sound, he can’t entertain at your cocktail mixer of 30 people. Don’t be sold on a show that doesn’t fit your event. Find a performer that can tailor his performance to your needs.

8. Timing and time is important – Don’t have a magician attempt to entertain while people are having dinner. It’s a waste of your money. Also, when you hire a magician, you’re paying for his time. If he’s scheduled to work before dinner and you make him stand around until after dinner to perform, you’ll be billed.

9. The hard part is in the getting there – Most of the work we do as comedians and magicians is in the marketing, show prep, and travel. Once the show is booked and we’ve arrived at the venue, the hardest part is done. With that knowledge, if you hire a magician for an hour of strolling close-up magic and decide you’d like him to stay an extra hour, he’ll probably give you a great deal since he’s done all of the grunt work. You can get a better deal waiting to negotiate overtime like this, but you also risk the performer having another show scheduled after yours. If he does, he’ll have to leave to keep the appointment.

10. They have jobs – There’s a lot of magicians that perform part time. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s a big difference between somebody that entertains day in and day out versus a semi-pro. Here’s a clue. If you call two magicians and one is $200.00 and the other is $2,000.00. You found out who the hobbyist is.

11. Testimonials and demo videos are most important – Don’t get fooled by slick graphic design and gimmicks that make a person look like a star even though they’ve only done two shows. Look at their demo video so you can see them perform. Make sure they have letters from past clients and that they worked for them more than once!

12. Your guests may suck – If your guests are sourpusses, drunk, loud, obnoxious, or just plain jerks, it’s a waste of your money. Look, it’s your dime, but if you hire a great entertainer, you should let your guests know ahead of time. Put it in the invitation, and make sure they know it’s a big deal to you. If you tell them in the invite that, “Zach Waldman, an incredible comedian and magician from the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA is going to be entertaining,” and to arrive early or miss out, they’ll show more respect. Also, when you talk to them on the phone, tell them how excited you are about the entertainment and how great it’s going to be. When the entertainer arrives, make it a big deal, make it special, because if you hired somebody great, IT IS SPECIAL. If you convey how important the entertainment is, the entertainer will be treated better and in turn do a better show.

13 – The secrets – Don’t get frustrated when we won’t tell you how to do a trick. No matter how much you paid us, we don’t have an obligation to tell you. Besides, if we really told you how we did most of this stuff, you’d be bored to tears. Enjoy magic by being engaged in the moment, and don’t worry so much about the man behind the curtain.

Zach Waldman is a professional stand-up comedian and magician. He can be reached at 310-922-6244 or visit his web site for tons of information on making your next event memorable and unique!

http://www.zachwaldman.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Zach_Waldman/94455

 

Birthday Party Entertainment – Watch For These “Deadly Sins!”

When planning your child’s birthday, you’ll quickly discover that there are a billion entertainment options available. Let me get something out of the way up front. They are NOT all created equal!

Many folks seem to be under the delusion that entertaining children is simple and requires little or no skill. They’re wrong. Entertaining children is a very specialized talent that takes years to develop. Like anything, it’s hard work. You need someone who truly cares about children and has taken the time to develop their craft.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of qualifying a children’s entertainer. Just about anyone looking for a fast dollar has hung out their shingle. The last thing you want is to bring on someone who’s looking for “easy money”.

Here’s a few ways to tell whether a potential performer is a real pro or not. This goes for all kinds of children’s entertainers, including clowns, magicians, and balloon twisters.

Do they Respond to Your Inquiries Promptly?
If the entertainer is a true professional, you’ll hear back from them in 24 hours or less. If they respond via email, check for major grammar or spelling errors. True professionals spell check every email before sending it.

How Many Shows did they do Last Year?
Responsible business owners know their numbers. This is an answer they should be able to give you off the top of their head. If they won’t give you a straight answer they may be trying to conceal the fact that they’re new to the market. There’s nothing wrong with hiring an enthusiastic newbie, but they should be up front about their experience.

What does Their Website Look Like?
Modern business owners realize that their website is the “face” of their business. Any professional is going to want to put their best foot forward. If their website looks like it was designed in 1996, consider looking elsewhere.

Ask for Details About the Performance
If you’re hiring a balloon twister, ask what kinds of sculptures they make. If you’re hiring a magician, ask what kinds of acts they perform and what their audience participation is like. Get the idea? The point here is that any professional entertainer is going to be intimately familiar with the product they’re selling you. If they stumble on this point, move on.

When in Doubt, Ask for References
Be sure to qualify those references. Relatives and close friends don’t count. You want to hear from bona fide customers who were satisfied with the entertainment that was provided.

Hiring a good children’s entertainer can be a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. The extra time and effort you spend checking up on their credentials will ensure that your money isn’t wasted and your child’s party is a success.

Next, check out the fantastic 12 Step Guide over at [http://www.birthdaypartyplan.com]. It contains more information about birthday party planning, including information about how to hire birthday party entertainment [http://www.birthdaypartyplan.com/entertainment.html]!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Malachai_Goodman/98802