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Meet Chad Chesmark of Chesmark Entertainment in Richmond

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Chesmark.

Chad, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started out as a childhood magician. After completing college with degrees in public relations and sociology, I began performing as a headlining comedy-magician for Royal Caribbean, Disney, Holland America, Celebrity, and Princess Cruise Lines.

Having a fascination with the potential of the human mind, specifically the subconscious mind, my stage presentations began to incorporate mind-reading, hypnosis, and motivation messages. From here, my motivational presentations that often focus on leadership began to become popular for corporate events and conferences.

In the past seventeen years, I have been lucky enough to deliver my presentations to over a million people, have sailed on more than 700 cruises, and have spoken at corporate events for companies like GE and Snap-on. My ability to customize my presentations to align with a company’s message, products, or services, has also led to companies using my services as an attraction at trade shows.

While I still enjoy performing on the high-seas, my primary focus is providing entertainment and motivational presentations for company conventions and events in the Houston area.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge to being a one-man operation is that I can only be in one place at a time. I find myself having to turn down many opportunities to speak and entertain because of my performance schedule. A single cruise ship contract can last a full seven days which can make being available to my corporate clients challenging. My schedule tends to fill up six to twelve months in advance and I’m often contacted to speak at a conference only a few months away from the event. I wish that there were enough days in the year to be available for every opportunity that comes along, but even as a magician I haven’t yet figured out how to control time. I’ll let you know if I figure it out.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Chad Chesmark Entertainment – what should we know?
I am basically a public speaker on some occasions and a magician or hypnotist on others. Having several tools at my disposal, meaning magic, comedy, hypnosis, and mind-reading, I am able to create completely unique presentations that fit exactly what a client is looking for.

There are two primary things that set my business apart from others. As an entertainer, my presentations are unique in that I take great care in the customization that I do for each client. When I’m hired to perform, at a company banquet, for example, the audience will see a magic & mind-reading show that feels as though it was created specifically for them. This customization raises the value of the performance and creates a great social bond among the audience members.

As a public speaker, my services are unique in that I am certainly not your typical motivational speaker. I do not simply stand and talk at the audience. My customized presentations are an interactive experience for the entire audience. I get the audience involved throughout the entire presentation. They will laugh, learn, have their minds blown all at the same time. It kind of like a motivational talk disguised as world-class entertainment.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The most important characteristic affecting my success as a corporate entertainer and speaker is a willingness to truly listen to the desires of my clients. I do not simply show up with a generic presentation for each event. Instead, I make it a point to understand exactly what it is that my clients see as being a successful event. Once I find out their wants, I create a presentation that delivers just that. My goal with each presentation is to have the event planner approach me after the program and say, “That was even better than I could have expected.” If I’m not hearing that on a consistent basis, then I am not doing my job correctly.

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