Come Play With Amusement Masters at The Special Event, Booth #1501

We’re headed back to The Special Event…this year, in New Orleans!The Special Event Artwork Header

Event professionals, producers and planners around the world flock to The Special Event (TSE) conference year after year – finding it to be an invaluable resource for education, networking and creative conversation with others in the industry. Since 1985 professionals in the field of special and live events have mingled and learned from an array of industry leaders sharing their knowledge. This year, TSE will be held in one of our most favorite client and event cities, New Orleans! Conference education sessions and the much-anticipated exhibit hall will be conveniently hosted by the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From January 30 to February 1st there will be over 100 educational sessions, an exhibit floor (where you can stop by to see us!) and several showcase events that attendees won’t want to miss. We’re thrilled to announce that this year Amusement Masters is a leading sponsor for the conference and will have our team both in attendance of the conference and exhibiting on the exhibit floor with many other leading companies in the special and live events industry.

If you’re an event professional attending, we invite you to come see us in Booth 1501 and PLAY!  This year our booth is going Hi-Tech – expect to have fun playing with Spot My Photo, our Giant Etch a Sketch, Calligrams and several LED Collection games! We’ll also have representation from our nationwide gaming experts team in the booth who can speak with you one-on-one and share more about our nationwide event entertainment services.

We can’t wait to see you in NOLA!


 

About The Special Event

The Special Event LogoThe Special Event conference is the world’s premier conference and trade show that is directed at the top decision makers and trendsetters in the event planning industry. The event professionals that attend The Special Event work in a variety of markets, whether they are sporting event planners, caterers designing social events, wedding specialists, event, meeting or festival producers, corporate meeting planners or creators of extraordinary extravaganzas.

The conference mission is to offer experiential education and resources to the Event Planning Industry by offering over 100 event-focused conference sessions, an exhibit hall jam-packed with event products and services, a Hands-on-Hundred learn-as-you-go program, and a week full of showcasing events. Along with the exhibit hall and education conference tracks, The Special Event hosts several over the top showcasing events.

For more information about the 2018 conference or to register and attend click onto The Special Event.

Make Your Event “The Greatest Show on Earth!”

The Greatest Showman HeaderThe Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as the legendary P.T. Barnum, premiered on December 8, 2017 with all the glamour and style worthy of the Greatest Show on Earth. The musical film tells the story of the world-famous circus and rise of P.T. Barnum from his humble beginnings as the son of a tailor, to becoming the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. With the movie’s success, we’re seeing that its original music and circus regalia is inspiring a fun trend in party and event themes. Here are just a few ways to incorporate circus inspiration into your next event:

Issue invitations to your event with a “circus ticket”. Encourage guests to join in the fun by wearing bright clothing with large polka dots, bow ties, and tulle skirts. Amusement Masters red and white stripped carnival tents added to the mix are an inviting way for guests to immerse themselves in the experience. Use colorful balloons everywhere, and incorporate performers like jugglers, gymnasts and clowns that add entertainment and engagement to the event’s ambiance.Amusement Masters Carnival Tents

Rent an Amusement Masters snow cone or cotton candy machine. Kids love to create custom snow cones by mixing flavors and spiked snow cones are also a fun twist for adults. Adding cotton candy in fun, fruity flavors is an affordable circus themed treat. 

Add to event staffing, an old-fashioned lemonade vendor in a red striped jacket and bow tie. This vendor serving lemon and limeade drinks with fresh fruit in cocktail glasses is ideal for a circus-themed bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañera or sweet 16 parties. Use stripped chair covers, and beautiful Lipizzaner stallions or Tennessee walking horses in the event’s circus themed decor.

Watch guests as they enjoy a root beer float bar, hosted by the circus strongman or a wild animal trainer. They’ll enjoy unique creations like Mountain Dew and ice cream with pop rocks. Fresh pretzels with toppings like Jalapeno and chili can be a fresh take on the old favorite.Amusement Masters Concessions Trio

If your event is for adults, including circus themed cocktails is the perfect addition. Substitute the traditional bartender uniform with top hat, bow tie, and bright sequined vest while he or she shakes up ‘Gigi Gourmet Cotton Candy‘ martinis. Serve elevated circus themed treats like mini shrimp corndogs and sriracha-lime popcorn. 

 From games to rides to concessions, we have so many fun and exciting ideas for incorporating circus inspiration into your event. Connect with us, and let’s get to planning! 

Five Advantages of Hosting Team Building Events With Amusement Masters

Regardless of how talented your company’s employees may be, the full advantage of their collective potential can only be realized when they work together as a team. That teamwork potential is realized when team building events turn periodic successes into consistent quality and productivity. Team building activities are proof that individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work.Amusement Masters Team Building 1Here are five benefits of hosting a team building activity event for your employees:

Cultivate Loyalty
Although a secure sense of company and team loyalty is difficult to accomplish with a group of individuals, members of a tightly-knit team feel like they’re an important part of achieving a common goal.Amusement Masters Team Building 2

Increase Productivity
Once that tight-knit team is formed, the feeling of having a common purpose influences how they work together. That unity comes, in part, from the seamlessly applying lessons employees learned on team-building exercises to situations and challenges.Amusement Masters Team Building 3

Create Harmony in the Workplace
Team building activities offer employees the perfect opportunity to escape from the daily grind of the workplace and to blow off steam while gaining a new perspective on themselves and their team members.Amusement Masters Team Building 4

Promote the Ideal Environment for Creativity
When teams take part in fun challenges, it spurs their creative process. That leads to new and intriguing ways of addressing tasks and challenges in the workplace.Amusement Masters Team Building 5

Create Leaders
Facing unconventional challenges in a team setting enables the opportunity to reconfigure the dynamics of a team. This can often cultivate leaders that may have previously been overlooked.Amusement Masters Team Building 6

From Atlanta to New Orleans to New York City and beyond, we help companies across the United States create unique and goal-oriented team building events for the growth of their employee force. Want to know more about hosting a team building event with Amusement Masters games and amusements for your employees in 2018? Connect with our experienced games team by clicking here.

The Positive Impact of Hosting a Company Family Day Event

Amusement Masters Family DayWhether it’s a carnival atmosphere with inflatables, rides and ice cream, or organized activities such as biking, archery or DIY projects, company family days can be fun events for your employees and their families to enjoy. That fun-filled time can also generate additional benefits for your organization.

Here are three benefits of hosting a company family day:

Secure Company Retention
Showing your employees that you respect and value them goes a long way toward securing their loyalty. One way to do that is to simply treat them to a company family day. Taking a little time away from the regular routine for some enjoyment can help employees recharge and become more productive. Additionally, such a special day provides employees to not only bond with their families, but to discover shared interests with colleagues and supervisors. That connection can have a great impact on employee retention.

Demonstrate Your Commitment and Appreciation
Treating your employees to a day of family fun shows them that you appreciate them and the work they do. It also demonstrates your commitment to their well-being, which can boost morale and increase productivity.

Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance
These days, it can be difficult for employees to effectively split their time between family and their responsibilities at work. By hosting a company family day you demonstrate your company’s support of your employees’ between work and personal lives.

Amusement Masters has a large inventory of games, rides and amusements that open the door for creating great experiences for employees at company family day events. Click here to view video of one of our favorite 2016 family day client events! Then for tons of ideas on how Amusement Masters can help to make your US family day one that employees will never forget connect with us!

The Evolution of Inflatables For Special Events

The use of inflatable structures in the special events industry has changed a lot in the last ten years. Historically, inflatable structures were great options at carnivals, block parties, birthdays, and other events that would be heavily populated with children. The classic ‘bouncy house’ is where the inflatable structure industry started, but since the introduction of the bouncy house those structures created and used have evolved. Inflatable structures are no longer just for kid’s birthday parties!Lagoon of Doom

In the last few years, inflatable structures have gotten a lot more sophisticated, and they have been getting use in many types of special events with the focus on adult users. The corporate world now brings in inflatable games, obstacles and amusements as part of team building exercises or entertainment for company retreats and picnics. For other types of events Inflatable walls and igloo structures are also commonly used. At the 2017 IMEX America conference recently in Las Vegas several large inflatable structures (igloos) were used as meeting areas throughout the conferences’s ‘Inspiration Hub.’Adrenalator

Big inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and use as structures have really changed the scope of inflatables in special events. The industry of inflatables that was once led by bounce houses has really moved from a niche, a rather large niche market of child entertainment to be fair, into more widespread usage. It is rare to go to any large event today and not see at least one inflatable structure at it. An item that used to be used only for kids has now become the staple of any good event. The numerous possibilities that inflatables can be used for is a major reason why they are so popular. Also, they are just plain fun!

If you’re considering bringing an inflatable to your next event contact Amusement Masters and learn more about our inflatable games and amusement options!Zorb BallPlinkoLeaps and Bounds

4 Hot Amusements & Novelties For Your 2017 Holiday Company Party

It’s time for your company to start planning for the holiday party. But it’s not fun to do the same things year after year or to do what everyone else is doing. So, this year, stand out by considering these four Amusement Masters’ super-fun entertainment options!

PHOTO BOOTHS & SELFIE STATIONS
What better way to remember your time at your office party than with a photo booth or selfie station, right? With our Photo Booths you can go into a booth and take photos with friends and coworkers. Have us add some props, and you really and the fun and silly. Then print your photos out and take them home…extending the memory beyond the holidays!VIP Photo Booth

Or, add a selfie station like our DC Digital or the Instacam Station. What is a selfie station? Well, instead of going inside a photo booth and having to print off your photos, a selfie station is just a free-standing station. Our selfie stations allow party guests to choose from amazing backdrops, green screen effects, and filters just like the apps on your phone. Plus, you can send these photos instantly to your phone or social media accounts!DC Digital

GOURMET COTTON CANDY
Another fun idea is to add a cotton candy booth to your party activities and dessert stations. But not just any cotton candy…Amusement Masters Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – 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. Here are a couple of great ideas to customize and make this more of an ‘adult’ station:

Add LED lights! We can really bring your cotton candy offerings to life by adding LED-filled handles. This is great when you want to add a night-club feel or simply light up the party.

Mix in cotton candy into some cocktails! Mixing champagne with your cotton candy is a deliciously sweet addition to any adult cotton candy booth.Cotton-Candy GLO STICKS (1)

CASINO
Keep your party entertaining by bringing the casino to the office. Bring in craps table, black jack, poker, Texas hold ‘em, roulette or other must-play casino games. You can rent these tables from various companies, or just grab some tables and set them up yourself. They are a fun and inexpensive way to make sure your guests have the time of their lives! You can even build a party theme around it, like the Roaring Twenties. Have fun with it!Casino AM 2

LED GAMES
Captivate guests and light up the evening with the glow of LED lit games. From an electric dance floor to glowing billiards or radiant ping pong, LED Games add unique entertainment to parties instead of the traditional. If you want to see your guests leave the party with a glowing smile then LIGHT UP your event!LED Dance Floor

Spider-Man Climbs The Ninja Tower Before Hitting Summer Cinemas

The newest film in the series of Marvel Comics movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened last week with a successful summer box office weekend…making it the #1 movie in the world. But just the week before Spider-Man was swinging into our Lynchburg, Virginia event and climbing the Ninja Tower! Thanks Spider-Man, we look forward to you dropping in again soon. Next time, check out our Adrenalator!

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ABOUT THE FILM:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second time actor Tom Holland has played Spider-Man. The first exciting time was in Captain America: Civil War where we saw Holland bring the new iteration of this superhero to life. It was thrilling then and even more so in his own stand alone movie. Finally we get to see an awkward Peter Parker turn into the hero we all want to see. The film’s timeline begins directly after Spider-Man’s fight along side the Avengers in 2016’s Civil War. There is a bit of plot that gives the audience some context from eight years before during the Avenger’s NYC fight with Loki.

Peter Parker has some typical teenage moments with his adult mentors Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who offer advice that Peter follows and also ignores. With the addition of Tony Stark into the Spider-Man franchise fans are given a full dose of the Marvel Universe that they have been clambering about for years. Aunt May played by Marisa Tomei is also fabulous and gives us some of the more family moments of this much needed teenage format. 
 
This version of Spider-Man and Peter Parker is less cocky that some of the other offerings we’ve been spoon fed through the years. Something that Holland latches onto and really makes his own. It is part of what makes the story believable and what makes Holland so lovable. The movie delivers some genuinely effective action/suspense, ranging from the Washington Monument to the Staten Island Ferry to Coney Island and beyond. Director Jon Watts has put together a well crafted movie for the superhero genre. Sure there are bad guys and explosions, but the movie has a lot of heart and just the right amount of CGI.
 
Overall, this is the best of the Spider-Man movies – by far. Actually using a teenage actor in the role of Spider-Man is very pleasing and genuinely needed for believability. As for story, this might be the best superhero story so far to have gotten it so right. If you’re a fan or not this is a good movie on its own merits. Swing down to your friendly neighborhood theater and catch it on the big screen!

Light Up Your Event With Our LED Games Collection

Are you looking to add entertainment to your event that’s an ‘attention getter?’ We have your challenge solved – the Amusement Masters LED Games Collection!

Our LED and glow activities light up any event space and captivate attendees from start to finish. From glowing billiards to radiant ping pong to electric dance floors and more. LED games add unique entertainment to events instead of the traditional. From corporate company events to team building training meetings, if you want to see your guests leave the event with a glowing smile…let us help you LIGHT UP your event!

What type of events do you host? Click here to connect with us and we’ll come up with a plan to LIGHT IT UP!

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Pump Up The Tunes With Our New Jukebox For Events!

Nostalgia is trending and we’re bringing it back in event entertainment by adding a 1015 Bubbler Jukebox to Amusement Masters’ inventory! No waiting on the DJ to play your song…adding our 100 cd jukebox to your event will allow attendees to hear the music they love when they want! A conversation starter, it’s the perfect addition for social events, corporate functions, holiday parties and fundraisers. Also, if you’re looking for an entertainment element to help establish an event theme, the iconic jukebox can take your guests back in time to a great one! Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring the Jukebox to your next event!Amusement Masters Jukebox 1 Amusement Masters Jukebox 2


 

HISTORY OF THE JUKEBOX
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Coin-operated music boxes and player pianos were the first forms of automated coin-operated musical devices. These instruments used paper rolls, metal disks, or metal cylinders to play a musical selection on the instrument, or instruments, enclosed within the device. In the 1890s these devices were joined by machines which used actual recordings instead of physical instruments. In 1890, Louis Glass and William S. Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, the first of which was an Edison Class M Electric Phonograph retrofitted with a device patented under the name of Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph. The music was heard via one of four listening tubes.

Early designs, upon receiving a coin, unlocked the mechanism, allowing the listener to turn a crank that simultaneously wound the spring motor and placed the reproducer’s stylus in the starting groove. Frequently, exhibitors would equip many of these machines with listening tubes (acoustic headphones) and array them in “phonograph parlors”, allowing the patron to select between multiple records, each played on its own machine. Some machines even contained carousels and other mechanisms for playing multiple records. Most machines were capable of holding only one musical selection, the automation coming from the ability to play that one selection at will. In 1918 Hobart C. Niblack patented an apparatus that automatically changed records, leading to one of the first selective jukeboxes being introduced in 1927 by the Automated Musical Instrument Company, later known as AMI.

In 1928, Justus P. Seeburg, who was manufacturing player pianos, combined an electrostatic loudspeaker with a record player that was coin-operated, and gave the listener a choice of eight records. This Audiophone machine was wide and bulky, and had eight separate turntables mounted on a rotating Ferris wheel-like device, allowing patrons to select from eight different records. Later versions of the jukebox included Seeburg’s Selectophone, with 10 turntables mounted vertically on a spindle. By maneuvering the tone arm up and down, the customer could select from 10 different records.

The term jukebox came into use in the United States beginning in 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage “juke joint“, derived from the Gullah word “juke” or “joog” meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked.[6] As it applies to the ‘use of a jukebox’, the terms juking (v.) and juker (n.) are the correct expressions.

Song-popularity counters told the owner of the machine the number of times each record was played (A and B side were generally not distinguished), with the result that popular records remained, while lesser-played songs could be replaced.

Wallboxes were an important, and profitable, part of any jukebox installation. Serving as a remote control, they enabled patrons to select tunes from their table or booth. One example is the Seeburg 3W1, introduced in 1949 as companion to the 100-selection Model M100A jukebox. Stereo sound became popular in the early 1960s, and wallboxes of the era were designed with built-in speakers to provide patrons a sample of this latest technology.

Initially playing music recorded on wax cylinders, the shellac 78 rpm record dominated jukeboxes in the early part of the 20th century. The Seeburg Corporation introduced an all 45 rpm vinyl record jukebox in 1950; since the 45s were smaller and lighter, they soon became the dominant jukebox media for the last half of the 20th century. 33⅓-R.P.M., C.D.s, and videos on DVDs were all introduced and used in the last decades of the century. MP3 downloads, and Internet-connected media players came in at the start of the 21st century. The jukebox’s history has followed the wave of technological improvements in music reproduction and distribution. With its large speaker size, facilitating low-frequency (rhythm) reproduction, and large amplifier, the jukebox played sound with higher quality and volume than the listener could in his or her home, sometimes music with a “beat”.

Jukeboxes were most popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, particularly during the 1950s. By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes. While often associated with early rock and roll music, their popularity extends back much earlier, including classical music, opera and the swing music era.

Styling progressed from the plain wooden boxes in the early thirties to beautiful light shows with marbelized plastic and color animation in the Wurlitzer 850 Peacock of 1941. But after the United States entered the war, metal and plastic were needed for the war effort. Jukeboxes were considered “nonessential”, and none were produced until 1946. The 1942 Wurlitzer 950 featured wooden coin chutes to save on metal. At the end of the war, in 1946, jukebox production resumed and several “new” companies joined the fray. Jukeboxes started to offer visual attractions: bubbles, waves, circles of changing color which came on when a sound was played.

 

Giant Battleship Game Arrives Summer 2017

Giant Battleship GameWe’ve all played it, that wonderful game that pits player against player with warring strategy and tempts us all to throw the board. The game, is Battleship. The goal of Battleship is to hit the opponent’s ships with pegs or ‘missiles’ until you win. Each player is given the opportunity to configure their battle plan however they choose placing their ships around the board. A little unknown fact is that this game was once known as the ‘pencil and paper game’ because it started out as a game that was played with note pads.

Dating back to World War I, the concept of Battleship originated when war games were popular. Beginning as a ‘pencil and pad’ game, it was published in this form by several companies and in the 1960’s was released as a plastic board game by the toy and gaming giant, Milton Bradley. The game was thought to have originated in France and has changed and evolved ever since.

Battleship is played with two players who each have their own fleet of ships. Each player places their fleet on a grid (squares) that are identified by a number and a letter for coordinates. There are five ships that are placed on the grid and include: the carrier, which is five grid spaces; the battleship that is four; the cruiser that is three; the submarine that is 3; and the destroyer that is two.

Once the players place their ships on the grid each takes turns shooting missiles to sink each other’s fleets. If a ship is hit, you put a peg in it to show that it has been hit. The game goes on until one player sinks all the ships of the other player. 

This summer Amusement Masters will have GIANT BATTLESHIP available in our event entertainment inventory. A super fun game – one that we have all played and that is great if you’re looking for a bit of strategy mixed with a bit of luck. This classic is now larger than life, and is perfect for an indoor or outdoor event where you’re looking to add giant synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring Giant Battleship to your next event!