SpotMyPhotos: Think Outside the Booth

At many events, whether corporate or personal, professional photography is the best way to save and share memories. But searching through thousands of photos online can be a difficult task, which means your event attendees may skip past it entirely. That’s why we’ve added a better way for you to share event photos with attendees: SpotMyPhotos.

SpotMyPhotos is an automated private photo delivery service that simplifies event photography in four ways: automation, personalization, delivery, and analytics. Since its launch, more than 750,000 photos have been shared using SpotMyPhotos at 2,600+ events.

With its 99.9% spotting accuracy and 13-second delivery time, SpotMyPhotos with Amusement Masters is a fast, accurate way to share your photos with those who want them the most.

Automation

At the beginning of the event, each attendee registers with the Amusement Masters’ photographer, indicating where they want their photos to go. After the event, SpotMyPhotos high-tech proprietary cloud “spotting” engine will send each attendee the images they are in—meaning no scrolling or searching required.

Personalization

Organizers have the ability to create custom settings that generate personalized galleries centered around their own branding. Clients hosting the party can add overlays to customize the look and feel of each image, which can give them more leverage and outreach when attendees download and share photos online.

Hands-Free Delivery

SpotMyPhotos requires nothing more than a traditional photographer and a cell phone—simplifying the traditional photo booth option. Attendees receive photos in as little as 13 seconds through text, or they can print from their phone and pick up with onsite printing within 20 seconds.

Analytics

Unlike a traditional photo booth or hired photographer, SpotMyPhotos gives you access to Photo Reach Analytics that can give you real-time insights on who is utilizing and sharing your photos. This gives you better and more in-depth understandings of your photography and event ROI.AM Spot My Photo Collage

For your next event, ditch the photo booth and give your event attendees instant, personalized access to your photos…then watch your content spread! Learn more about this entertainment item, click here to connect with our team!

Create Better Engagement by Adding Virtual Reality To Your Event’s Entertainment

Amusement Masters Virtual RealityThe use of virtual reality for event entertainment is a growing trend and it’s no wonder why. Statistics show that by the end of 2018, there will be over 170 million virtual reality users worldwide. With prices for this entertainment becoming more affordable, now is a great time to start engaging your event audiences by creating a unique brand experience.

THE WHY
Virtual reality technology immerses your audience in your brand’s world, all within a small space. No need for large presentation screens or lots of materials to pack. With limited equipment, this technology provides more impact than a flyer or brochure. Consider these survey results regarding consumer awareness and interaction with virtual reality:

• 92% of survey respondents in 2017 were familiar with the term “virtual reality.”
• 35% of respondents rated their experience with a virtual reality headset as “very exciting.”

As the virtual reality trend continues to grow, so will the statistics as more audiences engage with the technology at events.

THE HOW
You don’t have to be a multi-million corporation to incorporate virtual reality at your events. Just remember the key ingredient to Virtual Reality success is focusing on the user experience. Here are a couple of tips Amusement Masters shares with clients for getting started:

• Keep the Virtual Reality experience short at 2 minutes or less.
• Make the experience easy to do with simple controls.

VR Button Amusement MastersFrom playing games to experiencing destinations, virtual reality is changing the way audiences participate in events. As the technology continues to evolve, more opportunities will become available for brands to develop unique experiences. Virtual reality is fun, exciting, and an available marketing tool no matter the size of your company. If you’re ready to jump into using virtual reality to engage your audiences, contact us. With the latest in virtual reality equipment, Amusement Masters’ professional staff stands ready to help you get started!

Casino-Style Activities For Your Event

There is something uniquely glamorous about going to a casino. The excitement of watching the dice tumble, or that moment knowing that the next turn of a card might be what doubles your winnings. You don’t have to go to a casino to capture that feeling, though. In fact, you can bring it to your next event by making sure you have the right activities for your guests to join.Blacklight Craps Amusement Masters

Why Turn Your Event Into A Casino Night?
Whether you’re hosting a corporate holiday event, or you’re trying to get people together for a non-profit fundraiser, it’s important to have a theme for the evening. It immediately sets the tone for how people should dress, how they should act, and the sorts of games that will be available. And when you tell your guests they should come with a Las Vegas mindset, it can get them excited for the night to come.

The other reason a casino night is a good idea is that it provides something for every guest’s tastes. From card games like poker and blackjack, to table games like roulette and craps, there’s always something to do. Even better, these games provide a simple place for attendees to socialize. While it might be awkward to make small talk just standing around a bar height table, it becomes a lot easier to do when you’re both holding cards in your hand. A game provides something to talk about, and a shared activity breaks a lot of ice.

Low Cost, High Reward
It takes less than you think to plan and bring in a casino-style event. Companies like Amusement Masters make it easy by providing game tables, inventory (chips, cards, dice, etc.) and experienced game dealers to lead activities. You can even rent larger games, such as a roulette wheel or unique variations on the games, like Black Light casino activities. Scale up with lots of games or down as your event requires – a theme that provides flexibility without losing out on the potential for attendees to enjoy themselves.

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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.

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!

Our DC Digital Photobooths Share Your Event Across Social Media!

Amusement Masters DC Digital CollageAmusement Masters is proud to bring the DC Digital Photobooth into our corral of photo novelty offerings with social media integration! ‘DC’ is Digital Centre, which for our clients means this photobooth can be a digital center for the event. Photobooths are almost a necessity and very popular at events in our current digital environment. Everyone wants to put their best photo forth on social media platforms and they want to do it in as close to real time as possible. This piece of entertainment technology allows that, and without the annoyance of holding one’s phone and angling it for the perfect ‘event selfie’. The DC Digital Photobooth provides a pro-like photo with the perfect lighting for each and every guests that steps in front of it’s camera!

Amusement Masters DC Digital PhotoboothThe strip photobooth can accommodate photos of anywhere from 1 to 50 people, including custom screens and strip designs with the event image – it’s completely customizable to your company brand or event theme. The booth allows for sharing of photos and even video messaging that can be sent out through event guests favorite social networks. These features put you and your event guests in control. The unit is also ultra portable which makes for easy location changes.

Amusement Masters DC Digital Photobooth 2Don’t miss out on booking this entertainment opportunity to the more expensive photobooths or something that takes up valuable floor space without the rewarding returns. Having your event attendees posting to social media directly from your live event can put you on the map and increase your social cred. Click here to connect with us for more info on the new DC Digital Photobooths and let us share with you the rewards!

Photography credit: Joe Keith Photography

Planning Your Casino Themed Holiday Party

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With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning your perfect holiday party! Though the typical holiday party is fine, who doesn’t love something a bit unexpected? Amusement Masters’ casino themed holiday parties are a blast and can be absolutely perfect when you want to plan something that is going to blow everyone away.

Setting Your Budget
The first, and perhaps most important step to planning your party, is to determine your overall budget. This is going to help you plan the scope of your party, help you decide how much food and favors you can purchase, and will ultimately help you determine what entertainment and games you can rent for your casino themed party. Your budget is entirely up to you and to the people that are planning the party with you. While a healthy budget is best, there are great entertainment options for budgets of all sizes.

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Choosing Your Games
The next step is to decide what games you want at your casino themed bash. Amusement Masters is a great company for renting casino games like blackjack tables, craps tables, roulette setups, Texas hold ‘em tables, money wheels, Black Light Casino, staffing of experienced dealers and more. You want to go with a professional company that knows how to set up your games and that can help you decide what is going to fit your budget and what games are going to work best with your party space. Your games are what is going to make your party – expect that entertainment will be a large portion of your budget.

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Décor
When it comes to decorating you may want to go with decorations that reflect your company or organization. Personalized chips, banners, black velvet ropes, red carpets, luxurious chairs and tables, basically anything you would expect to see in a casino is a great touch. You can find wonderful casino decorations through many of the decor and design vendors that Amusement Masters works with. Or, you may even be able to create a few on your own that can help make your party a hit. Setting the right feeling can make up for not being able to go to a real casino for your holiday party!

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Food and Drink
The last thing you should consider is of course your food and drink. Since casinos rarely ever serve plated meals, you can often get away with passed appetizers, buffets or snack stations. Offering a bar with a diverse inventory of alcohol and non-alcohol drinks is an important component. For special beverages, feel free to do something a little different like sparkling ciders, fizzy drinks, or champagne (which is always a nice touch). 

No matter what you decide to do when planning your casino themed party, the real goal is to make sure everyone has a great time. With a few great casino games, wonderful company, and some delicious bites and beverages anyone can pull off the perfect casino themed holiday party!