This week we are excited to announce a new client spotlight series where we interview our amazing clients who use WellAttended to sell tickets to their events. In this inaugural post, we introduce you to Matt Brandt with Sleightly Impossible. Matt produces a highly entertaining monthly magic show in Denver, Colorado. Read on to learn more about Matt’s story and enter the secret world of magicians. Take it away, Matt…
Hi Matt! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in magic?
I actually got into magic late in life. I was 19 and in college. I had gone to college on a football scholarship but was injured 4 weeks into my freshmen year. So with lots of free time on my hand I got into magic.
We’ve seen your show and it’s fantastic! Can you tell us more about Sleightly Impossible?
Sleightly Impossible is a unique collaboration between myself and Gene Gordon, where we blend our two different styles into one hilarious show. The show has 3 parts: my part, Gene’s part, and our combined part.
How did you and Gene meet?
I met Gene about 5 years ago at a meeting of the Mile High Magicians Society. He invited me to a super secret gathering of magicians that takes place on Monday nights at Perkins, I guess not that secret. I learned a bunch, I probably learned more in a year of going to those Monday night meetings then I had in my previous 10 years of learning magic.
Why did you decide to have a two person act? How’s it different than producing a one man show?
It’s a little more fun. I get to perform and work my good friend. It’s also challenging because we want our tricks to be different from one another and it can be difficult to come up with 2 person effects where both people are actually performing magic. We started doing it really to expose the most people to the most magic as possible and I think collaboration is just more fun in general.
What do you love most about performing?
I love making people happy. I think entertainment can be very helpful to people. We’ve had people come to shows with serious problems, cancer, loss of a loved one, etc., but after the show when a family member of that person comes up and says, “We haven’t seen dad smile since …” That is a really great thing to be able to give people. If even for 90 minutes we can help people have fun and forget about the real world, I think that is awesome.
What’s one common misconception people have about magic?
When I hear someone say “I don’t like magic…” What I hear is I haven’t seen good magic or magic that I like. When people hear a band that doesn’t play music they like they don’t say, “I don’t like music” because they know there is more great music out there. There is lots of great magic out there, you just have to seek it out.
How do you get people to attend your show?
Unfortunately neither Gene or I are business geniuses. We spend most, if not all our time thinking about magic. So most people come to our show because they’ve seen us perform somewhere else, which isn’t difficult since we perform magic everywhere we go. The other way is through word of mouth. We’ve actually developed a small fan base, and we are so thankful for them.
What where you using before WellAttended and why did you switch?
We were using a poor combination of my limited website developing skills and PayPal (see above about spending most of my time doing magic). WellAttended is just much simpler and frees me up to do what I do best which is magic.
What do you like best about selling tickets through WellAttended?
That it’s easy to use and looks professional. I think it has that look and feel that customers are used to finding when they buy something online.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
WellAttended has really help move Sleightly Impossible forward. It is easy to use and looks very professional.
Thank you Matt for contributing to our Client Spotlight Series! If you are in the Denver area, we encourage you to check out Sleightly Impossible. You can also find more about him and get in touch through his personal site.