Amusement Masters Appoints Shane Cochran As New General Manager

Shane Cochran AMInteractive game and amusements company that provides nationwide services, Amusement Masters announces today that Shane Cochran will fill the position of General Manager leading the charge to further develop the growth of regional and national accounts. Shane Cochran comes with a wealth of experience within the special events and event entertainment industry, having spent the last three years at Amusement Masters Shane has been instrumental in acquiring numerous large accounts.

Shane’s new role as General Manager will leverage his unique events game, entertainment and amusement experience against his exceptional customer service background. He will continue servicing many of the top companies in the Amusement Masters’ portfolio and expand his reach with developing clients. Shane shares “I am very pleased and excited to start this new endeavor with Amusement Masters and look forward to working with the team in an expanded role. We have unique interactive entertainment products that I’m proud of. I’m very fortunate to be a part of such a caring, professional and fun loving group of people.”

Kelly Smink, Owner and CEO of Amusement Masters says, “Shane’s event experience combined with his industry knowledge makes him a valuable asset to our ever growing company. We believe his new role will continue to make our services and event services appealing to more and more accounts nationwide. Amusement Masters puts clients first and Shane is always a customer advocate for making the most of an event. I’m confident that Shane will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”


ABOUT US:
Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioned as a strategic partner, Amusement Masters works one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners across the United States to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is their mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters’ owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactives and event trends. For more information on Amusement Masters visit their website, FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Photo Novelty Entertainment That’s Also A Party Favor!

As we move into holiday season your list of party planning ‘to dos’ can get longer and longer. But no worries, we have a solution! Check (√) entertainment AND check (√) party favors both off your list by bringing in a photo novelty activity from Amusement Masters!

Photo novelties bring memory making moments to events that guests can take with them…here, there, and everywhere! With this type of entertainment our team will take your guests picture during a live photo shoot – that image is then incorporated into an activity or product in another fun way. We have a long list of fun, creative and innovative photo novelty options that can be customized for any type of event and for all-ages.

Wondering how to keep a group of 13-year-olds entertained? Book an open-air green screen photo booth! Or wondering how to engage your brand with a group of partying adult conference-goers? Book our Virtual Graffiti Wall or Brain Art booth! From grand to small and intimate, we have a party novelty out there for all tastes. Here are just a few of our favorites – 

GREEN SCREEN PHOTOS
The Amusement Masters’ digital photo studio with green screen background is easily set up on-site for an event. Individuals, couples, or small groups can pose for a close-up in front of the camera and within minutes have their photo printed and placed into a novelty frame. With our green screen we can customize the background to fit your event theme or company’s brand message. This entertainment and party favor option is great for bar and bat mitzvah parties, birthdays, holiday parties and corporate branding events. 

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HALOSHOT 360º PHOTOS
Not your average photobooth, this photo novelty is set up in a closed 8×8 foot area that includes a 360º camera suspended from the ceiling of the booth. Groups enter and within seconds, a complete 360º snapshot is taken of the entire group. Our special software then flattens the image and produces a 5″ x 7″ photo that’s printed onsite. The background can be customized with logos or other backgrounds giving your guests a great souvenir from the event!

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DANCE HEADS
If you’re looking for engagement at your party…you’ll have a line to this one! Dance Heads is an amusement that superimposes participants’ heads onto professional dancers’ bodies while they lip sync to some of the greatest pop hits of all time. The mesmerizing effect is then completed with fully animated backgrounds that again can be customized for your event. Up to three guests at a time can lip sync to the song while their animated bodies dance to the music. Within minutes, guests receive up to three DVD copies of their performance. We can even custom the labels on the DVDs for you to bring more ROI to your branding efforts!

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VIRTUAL GRAFFITI WALL
The Amusement Master’s Virtual Graffiti wall is most definitely unique entertainment, interactive and produces a really cool photo party favor. The screen allows event guests to interact and add ‘graffiti’ to a green screened photo of themselves. When adding ‘virtual’ graffiti to the screen guests use the special infrared spray paint cans to virtually draw on their own photos or custom background and make giant works of art. Each creation is printed as a 5″ x 7″ photo that includes a custom footer for your event. The virtual graffiti wall is perfect where you want to add an interactive activity to your event or to your tradeshow booth.

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BRAIN ART
Our newest, and most innovative photo novelty addition to date is Brain Art! This is a creativity base activity, where guests use their own brain waves to create unique pieces of art. Just as an artist decides on a general direction for their imagery before creating their masterpiece, so does your party guest when choosing their art’s style and colors. Once created, guests pick their favorites, coordinate with a room décor in their home, or just go with how they feel on that day. How fun is it that each person at your event could walk away with a printed piece of art that’s from their own personal ‘brain storming’ session!

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PHOTO FLIP BOOKS
Who doesn’t want to see their photo in print! With our Photo Flip Books your guests can step up to the booth (with props of course!) and take a seven second video, solo or with a group. Our equipment takes freeze framed imagery that’s then printed onsite and formatted into a tiny book within minutes. Guests receive the unique take-away of their own animated photo flip book as a memory of the event. We can even customize the book covers to your theme or company branding! 

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Do you remember the saying “take a picture…it’ll last longer”? It’s so true! Take a picture at your next event with one of our photo novelty activities and you’ll see that the memory of your event DOES last longer!

To learn more about which photo novelty would work best for your event connect with us by phone at 800-925-0993 or by email at Ksmink@amusementmasters.com. And remember, we travel nationwide because event ‘amusements’ matter!

Amusement Masters Comes Alive At ISES Live!

In August the Amusement Masters‘ team brought our love of event entertainment and team building to the 2015 ISES Live industry conference. Produced by the International Special Events Society, the annual conference was held this year in one of our favorite cities, New Orleans. We absolutely love New Orleans and our clients in this city – how can you not love producing events where centuries of old architecture is your backdrop!

For any event professional that hasn’t attended an ISES Live conference, you’re missing out. This education event was created to deliver an experience with stimulating industry ideas and promote knowledge sharing with other creative professionals from around the world. Attendees of this 3-day event literally come from all over the globe – many attended that we’re proud to now call friends and a few, clients.

DEAR WORLD, THANK YOU!
The opening session for the conference this year was speaker Jonah Evans of the Dear World project. Dear World unites people through their distinct message-on-skin portraits that are shared worldwide. ISES Live attendees were asked during the morning session to write a short message that mattered to them on their body and be photographed to share their story. We were honored to be a secondary part of this activity, by giving attendees the opportunity to do the same with a custom Amusement Masters’ screen-printed t-shirt. 

Our Live Screen Printing booth started the process for attendees where they selected their shirt t-design and then watched it be printed live. Once printed they could then write their Dear World message onto the shirt. For more than an hour, attendees stepped up to experience our Screen Printing Live booth – we loved engaging with each and everyone of them! Not only did the screen printing booth allow for team engagement and bonding, but it gave every attendee a keepsake that will live on long after the conference has ended.

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Amusement Masters’ owner, Kelly Smink pushes the ink to press a custom shirt.

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Amusement Masters’ Shane Cochran removing a newly pressed shirt from the machine.

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Signage of t-shirt designs to choose from and the process…think, create, inspire!

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Attendees writing their inspiring messages onto custom tees.

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New Orleans event professionals lending their warm and welcoming smile to the booth.

SPONSORS AS SWEET AS COTTON CANDY
Amusement Masters was also given the opportunity to bring our newest sweet treat, Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy, to ISES Live’s Sponsor Appreciation Reception. Held at the colorful and quintessential New Orleans venue, Mardi Gras World, we had the perfect backdrop for serving 100 of ISES Live’s most important guests…their conference sponsors! From witnessing smile after smile we had proof positive that they enjoyed our cotton candy made in a wide variety of flavors and made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. A cotton candy station was perfect for incorporating into this event…and perfect for holiday parties, wedding receptions, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations and more. We were thrilled that ISES Live let us share our enthusiasm about cotton candy with their VIP!

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New Attraction – Want to Swing?

Do you love to swing as much as we do? Now you can with the new addition of the SWING RIDE to Amusement Master’s inventory!

With an appeal to all ages the Swing Ride ride is something different that can supercharge your next outdoor event. It’s super fun that seats up to 20 event guests per ride. Mounted on a trailer, it holds all ages from 40lbs – 200lbs. This attraction is great entertainment for corporate parties, school carnivals, fundraisers, community festivals, and backyard birthday parties.

If you want to know more about the fun and colorful Swing Ride that’s available for events across the United States let us know! And to consider other amusement rides and games for your events take a look at our website inventory at Amusement Masters!

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Carnival of Curiosities – Not Just For Kids!

It’s true that many carnival themed events are targeted for a younger audience and categorized as outdoor, picnic-type events. However, we’ve proved over the years that alternative carnival themed events geared for adults can be just as much, if not more, fun! Carrying the theme of carnival throughout your event gives a planner plenty of adult-oriented opportunities for games and activities. In reality, it’s a theme that has a magical way of taking the ordinary and making it fun with many versatile options for fun details. Guests are made to feel like they are at the greatest show on earth with a multi-sensory experience with colorful décor, customized fun and games and the smell of fun foods that transport them right to the midway. For Spring and Summer corporate events there’s nothing more fun than an authentic and reinvented carnival event.

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In 2014 we had the opportunity to work with a client in creating a custom event called ‘Carnival of Curiosities’ for their corporate guests. By embracing a black and red color scheme it gave a darker and more mysterious twist to the standard red and white carnival palette. Throughout the event we created custom midway games. As guests won games they were rewarded with tickets that they could then redeem for a multitude of prizes at the Prize Booth. In addition to midway games there were also interactive amusement games, like ‘Whack-A-Mole’ and jumbo ‘Connect Four’ to keep guests entertained and mingling. It was a custom experience that those that attended won’t forget any time soon!

When planning your company’s next event we encourage you to consider the fun of a carnival themed event. Connect with us and let us add a creative twist!
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Event Producer:  Destination South Meetings & Events
Games Provider:  Amusement Masters

Team Building Games with Amusement Masters

One of our absolute favorite types of events to provide games for are the ones that build team synergy! Watching a  group come together to overcome obstacles and achieve a goal is super satisfying. Team building activities can have such a positive impact for a team. Communicating in new ways within the group allows members to learn new strengths and gain insights about the people they work with. This gives each individual the opportunity to show their dedication to achieve the team’s goal. We feel the best part about team building activities is getting employees outside the monotony of their work. You engage with them in a fun way, making them feel valued.

Below we are a few of our client’s favorite Amusement Masters games for team building activities:

JUMBO GAMES 

Our GIANT TOWER GAME is a classic that’s now larger than life. Working together, taking turns removing each block, each team can continue to build the tower until it topples. We love that each team must work together or it’s timber for the tower!

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Our 18 foot JUMBO FOOSBALL table accommodates up to 16 foosball players at one time! Competitively play against 8 opposing players, making sure to pass the ball down the long table to score a goal. Whether your team is in defense or offense, each member plays an important role in winning the game where communication is a must!

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Playing our JUMBO CHECKERS AND CHESS games bring a team together by challenging the opposition’s wits through classic board games, now blown up to epic proportions. Create a strategy, implement that against the other team and win the game!

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COMBAT GAMES 

Relay your way across our inflatable OBSTACLE COURSES  that are perfect for team engagement. Constructing the proper race order and matching up with the opponent makes this ‘race for the win’ game great for ensuring that teams learn to work together!

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Blast away the mundane nature of office life with our EXTREME LASER TAG! Split groups into two teams that work together while navigating through the combat arena. Teams learn the art of communication as they work to bring their team a victorious win!

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It’s been said that you can discover more about a person with an hour of PLAY than a year of conversation. Start getting to know your team and building their communication skills today – visit our website to get a quote and better your company culture. Connect with one of our Event Entertainment Experts and book a team building package for the Spring or Summer!

 

Gourmet Cotton Candy Is One Sweet Treat!

Brown Shoes (HI RES)It’s been an exciting fall season at Amusement Masters as we expand into a new market with Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – we just had to add our very own Amusement Masters’ gourmet twist to it. Our cotton candy is made in a wide variety of flavors (some very unique) and each made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. Fat free, Gluten free and pesticide free – the cane juice we use is also produced in a nut-free and dairy-free facility. Cotton candy stations can be incorporated into all types of events, from holiday parties and weddings to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Whatever your celebration we have a cotton candy station for you! But before we gush anymore about our sweet treats let us delve into the intriguing history of cotton candy and find out how this treat became so popular.

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Once called ‘Spun Sugar,’ cotton candy dates as far back as the 15th century for the social elite in Italy. The creation process back then was long and the ‘sculptor’ would literally melt the sugar and then drizzle it over an object, spending hours creating spectacular table centerpieces paired with fruits. In 1897 a dentist named William Morrison and a confectioner John C. Wharton created the first electric-spun cotton candy machine, coining the name “Fairy Floss” (in Australia they still call cotton candy that!) William and John introduced it to a large audience at the 1904 World’s Fair, selling it for just .25 cents. In 1921, a dentist named Joseph Lascaux invented a similar confection machine but instead of calling it “Fairy Floss” he referred to it as Cotton Candy, which was an instant hit. Slowly the old name faded away and the rest is history!

Cotton Candy ConesOne thing that client’s particularly love about Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy is the variety of delicious flavors that Amusement Masters exclusively offers. Mouth-watering flavors like: Raspberry Rush, Fabulous French Toast, Cookie Dough Delight, Mango Madness and over 20 more flavors! These flavors make for endless opportunities to customize a candy station that’s unique to your event. Every station is manned by a skilled Amusement Masters candy technician – this allows clients and their guests to enjoy fresh spun and individual servings. Our manned cotton candy action stations can be placed indoors or outdoors for an event with the magic done right in front of your guests, creating a sweet interactive experience! For clients that want to offer guests a cotton candy take-away we also offer pre-packaged that is ‘grab n’ go.’ These pre-packaged treats are perfect party favors to handout to guest because they are so easy to store or put into a gift bag.

To book a Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy station for your event just connect with us on our website or email: ksmink@amusementmasters.com.

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Virtual Hero For Your Next Event

One of the newest forms of entertainment for special events is incorporating gamification into event activities. Amusement Masters is proud to be a pioneer of this new trend by offering gamification opportunities to clients through a suite of virtual and customizable games called Virtual Hero. The term gamification refers to an incorporation of social and reward aspects into an activity. Essentially the concept of ‘gamifying’ links the game player with a system of online social interactions and rewards through customization – personalizing the game experience all-around for the user. With Virtual Hero we use green screen imaging to capture an event attendee’s image and literally place them ‘inside’ the game that’s played on their own personal mobile device during the event. Each Virtual Hero game can be customized to the specific event’s theme or company brand of the host of the party. It’s a unique game tie in with ‘social engagement’ that most games cannot match – engaging for players of all ages!

By adding our Virtual Hero game to an event clients’ have the option of four interactive games, each with a fun virtual twist:

• Hit the Hero, is a fast-paced game that emulates the old arcade favorite Whack-A-Mole. In this modern update, the game is customized so that the player whacks their own face and attempts to not hit the rabbit. All good fun, in an effort to increase their points and make it to the event leaderboard for prizes and recognition. Want to see how this game works? Click onto Google Play!

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• Hero Jump is a game that completely engages the player into the action. Players work to jump towards the top and beat the record by climbing the hero tower. Like Hit The Hero, players maneuver to increase their points and make it to the event leaderboard for prizes and recognition. Want to see how this game works? Click onto Google Play!

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• Bring casino fun to your event with Hero Slot Machine. This game makes the user feel like they’re in a Las Vegas casino…virtually! The image of the attendee’s face is added to this game and incorporated into a rolling slot machine. Guests then choose a bet and win according to their playing result. Want to see how this game works? Just click onto Google Play!

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• For guests who want to show off their style then Hero Dress Up is the perfect activity! The attendee’s image is captured by green screen photography and then put onto a touch screen iPad. Attendees can then customize their virtual fashions to their liking. Once customized and completed the fashionable results are printed…making the photo a great party take away. Want to see how this game works? Click onto Google Play!

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Super fun – Virtual Hero offers games and entertainment activties that can be added to any type of event, from youth Bar and Bat Mitzvahs to adult corporate parties. Interested in bringing this incredibly innovative technology to your next event? Contact us or visit our website by clicking here.

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Spooktacular Halloween Games

The spookiest time of the year is right around the corner! We’re in the ‘Halloween spirit’ and highlighting three games that will bring a ghoulishly good time to your All Hallows’ Eve or Fall themed event!

LASER SHOOTING GALLERY
Ready, aim, fire! The Laser Shooting Gallery uses infrared camera technology and laser guns to simulate live skeet shooting activity. Choose our HALLOWEEN PACKAGE and have guests play a variety of six spooky shooting games. Increase the fun factor on this game by having your guests arrive and play in costume!

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ALIEN SKEE BALL
Skee ball – a favorite for all ages! Our full size “Alien” Skee Ball machine will bring out the devilish side of every party guest. With full working sounds, lights, and a blacklight design this game creates a cosmic atmosphere that’s “out of this world!”

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BLACKLIGHT POOL TABLE
Pool has proven to be an engaging game that entertains guests for hours. Our Blacklight Billiards add a unique entertainment element to an event that’s perfect for a frightening theme, like Halloween. Watch your guests enjoy playing on a table where everything glows – including the tabletop, balls and cue sticks!

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If you’re interested in having these spooktacular games at your Halloween Party or Fall Festival contact us or visit our website by clicking here.

Game of the Week – Jumbo 18′ Foosball Table

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“Foosball is a game that constantly test your skills against your opponents luck” – Whimsical Scribe from 1985

Isn’t it funny how a game with plastic molded players and a tiny coin sized ball can evoke such emotion? From elation to a cold somber demeanor, with just the flick of the wrist a game of Foosball becomes endless hours of fun that will take you on an emotional roller-coaster of highs and lows.

Invented in 1921 by soccer fanatic Harold Thornton, it was destined to become the popular interactive game that audiences of all ages love to play. In fact, at Amusement Masters we love playing it so much that we decided to take the standard 4 ½ ft table that Mr. Thornton constructed and magnify it up to 4 times the standard size! Our JUMBO Foosball table is 18 ft long and allows up to 16 players to compete against one another in a monumental Foosball game of epic proportions!

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Bring this jumbo game to your event and watch the fun unfold as a team of 16 Foosball enthusiasts match-up and compete. Coordinate teams that work together passing the ball down the table all while keeping it from the opponents. Watch them get in striking distance and let her rip, while being careful not to spin!

This game is perfect for an event where you’re looking to build great group synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. So what are you waiting for? Call us today, book it for your next event and start having JUMBO fun!