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!

We Played At Eventeract!

This Spring we were honored to be a major sponsor for the Eventeract conference in it’s inaugural year. Produced by the Georgia Chapter Meeting Planners Association (GaMPI), the conference was geared towards engaging the meeting and special events planner. The partnership was win-win; it gave Amusement Masters the opportunity to showcase to an audience of planners and it gave attendees two days of play that enhanced the learning experience.

On both conference days Amusement Masters maintained a booth on the expo floor. This gave us an ideal space for meeting with attendees and giving them a small taste of our game and amusement inventory. Our booth was Western inspired and featured the Wild West Quick Draw, our Western Shootout arcade game and our newest game, “Hit The Hero.” The decor was straight from the Wild West with western fencing and barrel decor items. We even brought in comfortable leather seating for guests looking to kick back and take a load-off as they made their way through the expo.

On the first evening of the conference we placed games throughout the conference’s signature fundraiser “The Gathering.” The event theme was “Back to the 80’s.” We loved this theme because it opened the door to bring in a variety of 1980’s Arcade Games and Pinball Machines, our Classic Strip Photo Booth and our new 2014 Instagram Interactive Booth. All in all, Amusement Masters helped keep the 80’s vibe alive that night.

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About Eventeract:
Produced by the Georgia Chapter Meeting Planners Association (GaMPI) and evolving from the DNA of the Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC), Eventeract 2014 was an exciting new experience that challenged the way the event and hospitality industries relate. Held in Atlanta, Georgia and powered by the Southeast’s most influential associations, Eventeract featured 90,000 square feet of education, innovation and networking covering a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to: Corporate and Association events, Food & Beverage, Meeting Design, Décor & Event Design, Meeting Planning Strategies, Tactics & Design, Technology, Audio Visual, Incentives, Revenue Management, Sales, Revenue Management and DMC Services. The General Session and Education and Exhibits were located all in one space designed to provide  attendees a 360 degree comprehensive event experience and to present the exhibitors and sponsors to a vast customer base with which to network. Find out more about Eventeract at www.eventeract.org.

Game Girl Wins An ISES Esprit Award

2013 Esprit Win

Amusement Masters is proud to announce that we are a recent recipient of a prestigious 2013 Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the category of Best Entertainment Production Budget Under $25,000. Since 1999 we’ve been a special event company providing amusements and interactive event entertainment. While having been nominated for an Esprit Award many times over the years we’ve considered ourselves the “Susan Lucci of Esprits” until finally winning and bringing home an award this August at the Esprit Awards ceremony held at ISES Live in Nassau, Bahamas.

Providing comprehensive interactive solutions for a diverse range of clients nationwide is what we do. We’re still beaming from ear to ear having won this 2013 Esprit for the Texas corporate event titled “A Texas Sized Grand Opening” that we participated in planning and providing signature entertainment for. Owner, Kelly Smink shares “Our team has proven expertise in creating great experiences through an approach of fun and professionalism in the special events industry. We are so very proud to be adding this Esprit Award to our other accomplishments. Now we’re looking forward to adding a few more to our shelf!”

All 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. Positioning ourselves as a strategic partner, we work one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is our 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. Keep up with the fun and games by following the Amusement Masters Facebook page!

About the ISES Esprit Awards Program –

Since 1995 the International Special Event Society (ISES) has acknowledged the achievements and creativity of its membership through the ISES Esprit Awards program. The 2013 ISES Esprit Awards was held on August 24, 2013 in conjunction with ISES Live 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas at the Atlantis. The awards recognize ISES members who have excelled in their respective event field throughout the year. The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the events industry. To view all 2013 winners watch this video.