What’s New In Games For 2016!

The year 2016 rolled in and we hit the ground running with lots of wonderful events. We took off running so hard though that we completely forgot to let our loyal blog followers know about the new 2016 games! From augmented reality activities, to exciting obstacle course and physical challenge games, we’ve added loads of new inventory that we can’t wait to share at events across the United States. Enjoy this sneak peek of a few of our favorites. And if you see something you’d like to incorporate into your next event let us know! We travel all over the US and would love to bring our games to you! 

To view Amusement Masters‘ entire 2016 new games list (that’s always growing) just visit us online at www.amusementmasters.com :)

ARCHERY WITH INFLATABLE TARGET BOOTH
With the popularity of the Hunger Games movies, as well as television shows like Game of Thrones and films like Brave and The Avengers, participation in the sport of archery has most definitely increased. With our new Archery setup that includes an inflatable target booth you can now bring the excitement of this competitive sport to your event! Perfect for team building and carnival or sports themed events.

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BRAIN ART
Hi tech becomes hibrow when cerebral activity is used to create one-of-a-kind artwork that each event guest can take home with them. Brain Art‘s engaging activity is one where everyone gets something that’s unique and creative to them – a print of art from their ‘brain storming’ session! Super cool, right?!

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HIPPO CHOW
The childhood game ‘Hungry, Hungry Hippos‘ is brought to life with ‘Hungry, Hungry Humans!’ Seriously, playing Hippo Chow has been some of the most fun we’ve had with any of the games in our ‘super-sized’ category. Great for team building or as a spotlight activity for a party. Your attendees will be talking about the fun they had playing this game for years to come!

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LEAPS AND BOUNDS
Are you a fan of watching TV episodes of the reality gameshow with a goofy twist, Wipeout? Have you ever wanted the chance to try a ‘Wipeout’ inspired challenge? Now’s your chance with our Leaps and Bounds inflatable obstacle course! It’s a super fun addition for team building and carnival events. Your guests will be bouncing with joy when you add this to your next event!

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NINJA TOWER
Who doesn’t want to be a ninja?! Our new Ninja Tower gives event attendees the opportunity to pick their challenge on a 4-sided vertical obstacle course. If you enjoy the televised competition American Ninja Warrior then you’ll love our twist on ninja challenges that’s perfect for adding to events. Heart-racing fun, it’s perfect for both outdoor and indoor event fun!

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VIRTUAL REALITY GOGGLES
Our new VR Googles make it possible to experience anything, anywhere through virtual reality! Invite guests to immerse themselves into a fantasy world of your choice – giving them the opportunity to experience one of the hottest and fastest growing technological activities of this decade. Whether it’s riding a virtual roller coaster or hang gliding over a countryside our Virtual Reality Goggles will give your guests an awe inspiring experience powered by Amusement Masters!

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Three Reasons You Should Bet On Casino This Holiday Season

Tis the season for merriment, tinkling cocktail glasses, and twinkling lights. When planning your holiday party – whether it’s for your corporate office, a local non-profit, or a gathering of family and friends – put your guests in the mood to give and receive by incorporating popular casino games that will delight and surprise even the ‘Grinchiest’ party guests.
 
Sound like a new holiday tradition in the making? Amusement Masters can host, staff, and curate a wide variety of your favorite casino games such as roulette, black jack, and craps, so you can focus on enjoying your party rather than entertaining.  Here are our top three reasons your guests will be thankful you bet on fun this holiday season!
 
A Theme To Remember
Transform your traditional holiday party by adding a unique and memorable theme that inspires guests to attend, talk about, and share your event. Whether you simply want to add an element of old world elegance to your sparkling soiree, host a full out holiday prohibition party, or throw a neon Santa bash with Black Light games (because who wouldn’t flee the North Pole for the bright lights and casino games in Vegas?), there are hundreds of ways to incorporate casino games into your holiday party theme.

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Those That Play Together, Stay Together
In addition to adding an element of novelty that sets your event apart from the deluge of holiday festivities, casino games introduce an element of camaraderie to your event that encourages guests to mix and mingle better than mistletoe ever could. After all, what could bring competitive coworkers together better than a friendly game of blackjack, or get guests rubbing elbows better than a throwing the dice together at a lively craps table?

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FUN-raising and Fundraising
Casino games raise the bar on fun … and are a great vehicle for fundraising. Let guests donate to their favorite charity for extra chips or contribute to a company cause to play. During this season of giving, why not do some good while having fun? While this tactic is especially effective when encouraging gifts at non-profit events, it can also elevate corporate matching programs and inspire community service between friends in new and unique ways.

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No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday season, add a new element of fun and levity to your event with casino games. Contact us and we’ll help you plan the perfect lineup of games for your most successful holiday party ever!

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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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

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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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’s Game of the Week: PlayMotion

I hate to brag, but well, Ok – I have to say it – I just LOVE PlayMotion!!! 

 

There I said it and judging from the responses we’ve had since we debuted PlayMotion at MPI’s Meet Different Conference in Atlanta this past February, so do many of you!

 

It’s not that you can’t turn a plain wall into an interactive magical playground – you can with PlayMotion. 

It’s not that your imagination can’t become a  reality – it actually does with PlayMotion. 

It’s not that it’s limited to kids or adults – EVERYONE who uses PlayMotion, loves PlayMotion! 

 

So my pick for Game of the Week goes to PlayMotion – come in and check it out for yourself, I will leave the light oGigin for ya!

 

 

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The PlayMotion! 

 

playmo_spectrum1_mThis system includes EVERYTHING you need to transform your space into a dynamic playground welcoming to adults and children alike. Participation is guaranteed.  Includes Fast Eddy Billiards, ShufflePuck, Muscle Beach Volleyball and more YOU CAN PLEASE EVERYONE… (Click on the picture to see a demo!)