Picture this: the commanding presence of a magician on stage, mesmerizing his audience with grace and aplomb. Just last month, Meta Illusions had the pleasure of empowering the L2 directors of UOB, to do just that.
Welcome to the UOB GTO Dinner & Dance 2019, featuring the dazzling directors of UOB!
It’s one thing for a magician to craft a professional stage act for himself. It’s another to completely customize an entire show for a board of directors to perform, knowing full well that they wouldn’t have the prior experience either.
Of course, nothing is impossible here at Meta Illusions. With no time to lose, our team swiftly kick-started the creative process with the directors
Together, Meta Illusions and UOB agreed on an exciting 4-act performance, one that would build up to a bold, dramatic finale. But then next came the toughest bit: training. So over 4 intense 4 hour sessions, we worked closely with them, bringing them up to speed with the dos and don’ts of being a stage magician.
But it wasn’t all fun and games with this crash-course on magic! With our close guidance and supervision, the directors worked hard and gradually familiarised themselves with the props, motions and sequences designed for their upcoming show.
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and magic is certainly no exception. With their dedication and our direction, these budding magicians learned the ropes and were able to pick up the subtleties fairly quickly. Diligently, they also learned from their mistakes and not before long, were confident and fully ready to take on their Dinner & Dance stage.
A performance is only as good as the amount of preparation poured into it. On the actual day, we promptly made our way to the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre to get started early with the background work.
Lights, Camera, Action!
With Alexander Yuen coordinating the entire process, the team huddled together for a quick brief. Under a tight schedule leading up to the main event, we had mere hours to set the stage, lights and sounds, as well as run final rehearsals with the directors. The clock was ticking!
The stage was the key platform for our budding magicians to shine that night, so it was only critical that we set it right early for the full performance. Liaising carefully with the lights team, we ensured that it would be precisely illuminated for a captivating night of magic!
The team began arranging the various props, making sure that everything was aligned clearly and visibly for the night’s audience. This show was made for them after all!
Here at Meta Illusions, it’s the small things that count. Attention to detail was absolutely crucial, so minor adjustments were constantly made until we could get all the perfect arrangements in order.
With multiple props about to be cycled in and out of the 4-act show in a flash, we worked readily to ensure that they could transit smoothly and would function perfectly when it came down it.
With most of the work done we had one last piece to wrap it all up: the ultimate finale!
and expertise, the team was able to improvise, rectifying the problems and adapting to an unfamiliar stage set promptly.
And finally, without further ado, the L2 directors took to the stage and dazzled the guests with their spectacular stage magic!
We dare say that the L2 directors knocked it out of the park with this one! A round of applause to them!
None of this could’ve been accomplished without the efforts of both Team Meta Illusions and UOB. Working closely with them was as fruitful as it was delightful, and we hope that everyone had an enjoyable night of magic at the Dinner & Dance!
Team Meta Illusions
Article Written by Ryan Yeap, a junior associate magician of Meta Illusions. An excellent card magician and he is on his way to Cambridge to be a lawyer
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