Regain The Magic... William Corey's Psychodynamic Entertainment -F.A.Q. Pg.1-
This page offers a list of Frequently Asked Questions proposed to William Corey's Psychodynamic Entertainment regarding Performance , Booking and related Miscellanea. All questions contained within have been directly responded to by William Corey and hyperlinked to their respective responses.
To read questions received regarding Reading / Belief / Metaphysical Objects & Tools and a couple of related Comments and Responses go to F.A.Q. Pg.2
-- Performance Questions --
Question 1 - I've never heard of "Psychodynamic Entertainment". What is it? Did you come up with the term, and if so, how? Question 2 - What makes your “Psychodynamic Entertainment” different and / or better than other entertainment?
Question 4 - I’ve read through your site and I don’t understand what you do. Are you a magician? Are you a storyteller? Are you a speaker? Are you a “psychic” reader/ philosopher/ historian / anthropologist / performance artist? Help me understand what you do.
Question 5 - Are you a hypnotist / do you hypnotize people?
Question 6 - William, I would like to have you entertain for my group, as your Psychodynamic Entertainment offerings seem really new and different from what we have seen before. Yet, I'm concerned that you might be a bit too serious for our group. Can you settle my concern?
Question 7 - I'm putting together a small party and am looking for something different to offer my guests. I think an entertainer would be great and am considering having you perform for us, but it seems that your performances are really involved and deep, so I'm not sure if my guests would "get" what you do. Can you help me?
Question 8 - I've noticed that there is a lot about magic, the supernatural, and things considered "occult" on your site - how do you respond to those who find this disturbing?
Question 9 - I'm confused, it appears that you have a lot of adult themes, yet you also seem to be a children's performer. So, are your shows for children or adults? I don't understand how you can do both.
Question 10 - I like what I've read, but I'm concerned about the storytelling aspect of what you do. I can't help but thinking of this as being "children's entertainment". Considering my event is for adults, I'm not sure how my group would feel if I hired you to perform for us. Please explain the whole "storytelling" thing.
Question 12 - Do you keep your performances exactly the same (i.e. do you always do the same thing)? Let's say, if I were to hire you for "The Wizard / Wizardess Magical Discovery Workshop" as my child's entertainment one year, would it remain the exact same show the next year?
Question 13 - Do you ever use live animals like rabbits, birds, or tigers in your magic performances?
-- Booking Questions --
Question 1 - I'm thinking about hiring you for a party I'm having in a few of months, but before I do, I want to see you perform live - I don't care what the event is, tell me and I'll be there. Where will your next show be? Question 2 - How far in advance do I need to book you to perform?
Question 3 - Why don't you list your prices on your website?
Question 4 - I work for a non-profit charity and wanted to know if you would be willing to donate a performance for our group?
Question 5 - Do I need to fill your performance form out completely in order to hire you? Question 6 - Why do you have so many questions on your performance form?
Question 7 - I've noticed that for some of your performances, namely the titled shows, there are approx. time-lengths listed, yet they do not fit in with my plans. How flexible are you when it comes to adjusting them?
Question 1 - I found out about you through another website, several months ago. Since there was no direct contact information given, I wrote to you using their form in hopes of getting you to perform for us. Having just found your site, I want to know why you have never responded to my writing?
Question 2 - Are you a part of any social-networking sites? If not, why?
--- Replies & Responses ---
Reply To Performance Question 1:
I've never heard of "Psychodynamic Entertainment". What is it? Did you come up with the term, and if so, how?
Answer: As far as I am aware of, the term "Psychodynamic Entertainment" is unique to me. Even though I am not a psychologist, I came up with this description of my performances while studying psychology.
Sigmund Freud originally used the word "psychodynamic" (taken from his study of thermodynamics) as a metaphor to explain that the human personality has three distinctive and interacting parts. His theory was based upon the idea that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, while emphasizing the influence of the unconscious mind, in regards to one's behavior. Carl Jung later expounded upon Freud's ideas. While learning about this aspect of psychology, I was also reading history and thinking about the way various myths and legends seem to be repeated time and again throughout various cultures. The correlations discovered, combined with other artistic endeavors I was involved in, led me to develop a performance style that is a mix of cultural / philosophical beliefs, psychology, history, myths, legends, and ancient understandings that, when communicated, touch upon and can access various layers of the psyche in regards to behavior and motivation. Comprised with both verbal and visual enchantments, as an entertainment art form, it breathes new life into notions that are often overlooked or abandoned in lieu of perceived certainties. As such, I have found that this mix can be a very powerful experience for an audience.
Since I could not find another description that concisely exemplifies what I do - "Psychodynamic Entertainment" was born.
What makes your “Psychodynamic Entertainment” different and / or better than other entertainment? Answer: In today’s world, it’s difficult not to be bombarded with a variety of entertainment offerings - books, movies, t.v., music, video games and even the daily news are just some of the methods that can provide a bit of escape from daily activities, and all provide that opportunity. However, live entertainment allows for more personalized interaction and greater connection with others that most entertainment forms simply can’t provide.
Unfortunately, some entertainers have designed their live performance offerings, perhaps unrealized, with an emotional, mental and physical separation between them and their audiences. As such, it makes no difference if others are in the same room or a thousand miles away. To counteract this, several live entertainers have taken to incorporate members of their audiences by giving them small tasks to do but, more often than not, still fail to create a greater connection. Other entertainers attempt to connect with their audiences through the use of objectionable / blue language or by bringing in often pointed, personal social / political viewpoints that really don’t fit, or have a place within the performance (assuming that those present view such actions favorably). Granted, this is not indicative of all live entertainers but, unfortunately, the problems described seem to be more common than not.
Adversely, my background interests, studies, entertainment and life endeavors have provided me with a base of unique knowledge and understanding in regards to improving common connection problems regarding live performance interactions, thus allowing for a greater mental / emotional connection with those who are present. This, coupled with my view that good entertainment, not unlike other art forms, exists when it encourages others to consider / reconsider / examine thought and ideas overlooked / abandoned / or forgotten, which admittedly slightly forces some people out of their comfort zones. With that, my view is that such entertainment / art should not be of the sort in which an audience is forced to believe one thing over another, but rather engages them in the possibilities of the “what if’s” which, in turn, can foster further contemplation and discussion.
Now, in regards to my offerings being “better” than others - well, everyone has his / her own views and likes. Nevertheless, if you view entertainment the way I do, or have found the things presented on this site the least bit interesting, then I encourage you to consider booking one of my performance offerings for your next party / event and then draw your own conclusions.
Answer: The word “Psychodynamatist” is one that I coined to best describe not only who I am, but what I do. My interests and studies revolve around discovering connections, commonalities and overlooked truths within and between various cultural / philosophical beliefs, psychology, history, myths and legends which have led to my participation in practices that are based in ancient understandings. As such, I often share bits of this knowledge with others to help, enlighten, entertain, stimulate ideas & provoke thought.
I’ve read through your site and I don’t understand what you do. Are you a magician? Are you a storyteller? Are you a speaker? Are you a “psychic” reader/ philosopher/ historian / anthropologist / performance artist? Help me understand what you do.
Answer: It may seem odd to some, but as to if I am a “magician / storyteller / speaker / ‘psychic’ reader/ philosopher/ historian / anthropologist / performance artist”, the answer is simply put – yes. But there is this small caveat - it should be understood that such labels are not ones that I have chosen for myself, but others' interpretations. When it comes to what I do, picking one classification / category over another is akin to viewing a large tapestry from only a few inches away - you may be able to distinguish the threads by color or size, but the big picture is lost. As such, the tapestry, as it were, is one of my own creation, as is the label I’ve chosen and fashioned for myself - Psychodynamatist.
Now as to what I do – simply put, I offer a unique style of entertainment that is rooted in a myriad of ideas, thoughts and understandings (some as old as time itself). My entertainment offerings are designed with the audience in mind, to promote various levels of mental / emotional / physical participation, foster contemplation, encourage discussions and perhaps, challenge ones personal perspectives of what is / may be possible (i.e. giving others an opportunity to rethink reality) I call it “Psychodynamic Entertainment”. Through the years, I have learned, via conversations and notes received (including some guestbook entries), that the ideas, feelings and discussions stimulated by what was seen, heard and experienced during my presentations have often lingered long after the event had concluded.
Answer: I hate to disappoint if you are looking for one, but I'm not a hypnotist, nor do I believe that a person can "hypnotize" another. However, for reasons ranging from the boredom of monotony to complete concentration, I do think that individuals are able to hypnotize themselves and enter trance-like states from time-to-time.
As an entertainer, my goal (as I think the goal of anyone who participates in entertainment or artistic endeavors) is to provide an opportunity for an audience to see things from a different prospective and / or, to a certain extent, get lost within the work presented. Based on the reactions and comments received, it seems that my offerings can be especially powerful for those who are able to look beyond what I do as being simple diversions. For those who like to occupy themselves with speculation of methods, there is plenty of room for theory in regards to what is seen / experienced during my presentations. Likewise, those whose knowledge of hypnosis comes from fictional portrayals - or from a wish to relate their accounts to others - then hypnotism provides an easy explanation.
William, I would like to have you entertain for my group, as your Psychodynamic Entertainment offerings seem really new and different from what we have seen before. Yet, I'm concerned that you might be a bit too serious for our group. Can you settle my concern?
Answer: I understand this concern, as my form of entertainment is new to those who have not been in one of my audiences, nor ever participated within my performances. For better or worse, my style of entertainment is not as easy to classify or, for want of a better term, is as predictable as, let's say, a singer, dancer, juggler, or clown may be. As a performer, I know there are times to be serious, times to be light-hearted, and times to just have fun. As such, you may be relieved to know that much, but not all, of what I do can go in any direction. Depending upon the type of performance desired, I have a tendency to play off of those around me. As such, separate audiences might have differing thoughts as to what Psychodynamic Entertainment is, concerning the presentation style. Granted, you know your friends and acquaintances better than I do, so if you are concerned about the performance in this regard, feel free to contact me and I'll be better able to assist you in determining which offering will best fit your group's needs and personality.
I'm putting together a small party and am looking for something different to offer my guests. I think an entertainer would be great and am considering having you perform for us, but it seems that your performances are really involved and deep, so I'm not sure if my guests would "get" what you do. Can you help me?
Answer: I've found most don't understand that the role of entertainment at a party / event is to provide a new dimension to the proceedings and stimulate positive interaction between those present. As such, I see my simplified role as an entertainer as someone who is able to bring people together by providing what has been described as "a uniquely individual, yet common experience" that can later be used to spur discussion, thereby making the party / event something that will be better remembered and talked about.
Unfortunately, since I don't know your group, or what sort of party you are planning, I can't really recommend something specific at this point. Yet, if you have a theme in mind, are willing to provide me with an idea of your guests (their age range, likes and commonalities, etc.), I could better guide you in making a selection from my offerings, or even put something together for you. As far as my offerings being "involved and deep" - well, generally speaking, some people look to entertainment as a superficial diversion, while others seek deeper understandings. As such, my offerings are layered in such a way that no matter how deeply one allows him/herself to get into the offering provided, it will not negatively affect the performance value, in itself. This is assuming that the individual or group in question desires to be entertained in the manner offered and he/she is not there to disrupt the proceedings for others.
I've noticed that there is a lot about magic, the supernatural, and things considered "occult" on your site - how do you respond to those who find this disturbing? Answer: I realize that there can be some hesitation in regards to my offerings (the prospects of magic, the supernatural, and things considered "occult") especially if one's personal belief system regards these subjects as taboo. Yet, all too often in today's world, the trend seems to be that people often disregard things that cannot be seen or easily explained by science as being fantasy and / or superstition, having little to no relevance in one's life. The fact is that the ideas of magic, the supernatural, and things considered "occult" are intrinsic within human history and is the basis of religion and all sciences, as mankind has sought to find answers and reasons for our personal existence and the workings of the world. As much as one may desire to relegate such notions to the un-enlightened, many great thinkers have found power, inspiration, and new outlooks on various problems (both internal and external) by opening themselves up to things that Einstein once described as "the mysterious". In this manner, my performance goal is to not only entertain, but to offer the opportunity for others to regain the magic that resides within the self and surrounds all.
I'm confused, it appears that you have a lot of adult themes, yet you also seem to be a children's performer. So, are your shows for children or adults? I don't understand how you can do both.
Answer: I can understand your confusion. Everyone has it within himself or herself to be many things to many people - it all depends on the situations encountered as to how one presents one's self that helps others form their own perceptions. Unfortunately, those who have seen me perform for children may be unable to think of me outside of that role. Likewise, those who have seen me perform for more mature audiences might have difficulty in imagining my performance ability with younger audiences. Simply put, I have several performance offerings. Some are designed for children as the key audience, others are designed for adults or mature audiences and some are performances that can go either way.
To better explain…
My performances for mature or what can be classified as "adult" audiences are not due to anything that may be considered risqué or "blue" but, often (not always) carry intricate themes with heavier or darker tones that are not intended for young audiences.
My performances for children are simpler, kept on a light and more positive note that, as a general rule, encourages the power of belief in oneself and the importance of knowledge.
I also offer performances for engagements in which there is no set age focus, such as family nights, fundraisers, etc. For such events, I have and do offer some things that strike a balance between these performance modes mentioned above, most of which are not defined by a specific title but based upon the needs of my client.
With the explanations above, I'd say that adults present for my performances designed for children will more-than-likely find them enjoyable, perhaps not for the same reasons or way that the children present do, but enjoyable none-the-less. However, children in attendance for one of my performances designed for a more mature audience may not have the same reaction. In fact, during my "Journey's Through the Veil" entertainment offering, one parent who had seen me perform during a child's birthday insisted in having her 9 year old sit in (against my urging against it and that of the wishes of my client). Unfortunately, the parent got her way and even though some of the performance (by request of my client) was "toned down", from what I heard, the child suffered with nightmares for several weeks after.
After all, just because you and your young child may enjoy watching reruns of the 1978-'82 science fiction sitcom "Mork & Mindy" (in which Robin Williams made excellent use of his comedic talent in his role as Mork, an alien sent to earth to observe human behavior), it does not mean that you should expose your child to the 2002 psychological thriller "One Hour Photo" (in which Robin Williams confirmed his ability to play serious - if not frightening and disturbing - roles through this movie). Not unlike him and other actors / entertainers, I, too, take on different roles, depending upon what my clients call for and the offering requested.
I like what I've read, but I'm concerned about the storytelling aspect of what you do, I can't help but thinking of this as being "children's entertainment". Considering my event is for adults, I'm not sure how my group would feel if I hired you to perform for us. Please explain the whole "storytelling" thing.
Answer: Although "storytelling" is often considered "children's entertainment", one must realize that news, art, movies and songs can be reduced down to a collection of stories. It's also true that information, facts, and events in our lives are often arranged in "story-form" to aid personal memory and relate our experiences to others, no matter what our age. Often the manner in which "stories" are presented, the way they resonate with us, individually, determines if we will be drawn in, keeps our interest and, on some level, becomes part of us. Generally speaking, my core audience is primarily comprised of adults and, to some extent, older teens who enjoy entertainment that, if desired, can provide room for later discussion. As such, all of my performance offerings have their own narrative and flow that are often infused with actual experiences, both my own and that of others, as well as history, legend and cultural mythos. Although not always spoken directly, these are ever present. So, for the exception of a very few, my offerings are subject to speculation and contemplation that is largely dependent upon each individual's observations, interpretations, mindset, life experiences and personal points of view.
Answer: Being an entertainer, the greatest thing I can do is to provide a door in which my audience may free themselves from the daily grind and present an opportunity for them to possibly see / think about things in a different way, including the "what if's". Like it or not, things labeled as "real" often depend on ones' personal perception. I believe in what I do (just about any acting student understands the importance of this mindset). That said, what's "real" for me may differ from what is "real" for you or someone else, and no matter how much evidence is provided to prove or disprove ones' notions, people will still find / create their own "truth".
Do you keep your performances exactly the same (i.e. do you always do the same thing)? Let's say, if I were to hire you for "The Wizard / Wizardess Magical Discovery Workshop" as my child's entertainment one year, would it remain the exact same show the next year?
Answer: Generally speaking, my bookings, more often than not, are generated from those who have seen me perform, who have booked me previously, or requested me to do something on the spot. So, with that said, I try to keep aspects of my performances fresh. As such, my performances do change from time to time, even though the specific theme / show title remains unchanged. This is not to say that all of the elements, or the context itself, will change, but the content and the format might and often does. With "on the spot" performances, I use what is available, and as such, these are often quite different from any of my booked performances.
In regards to the entertainment offered for children, well, what is presented and / or the way it is presented for, let's say, a seven year old will differ from that of a nine year old, simply because, more-often-than-not, their understanding, life experience and general knowledge has grown. However, it should be noted that within such situations wherein a child is in the audience of those younger or older than him / herself, he / she will still enjoy and get a lot out of the performance (just as many of the adults present will, if they allow themselves to do so).
With that stated, my performances for children, even within the same age group, do go through changes more frequently than my other offerings, simply because some children have a tendency to be invited to several parties.
Do you ever use live animals like rabbits, birds, or tigers in your magic performances?
Answer: I have worked with and used small live animals (birds, rabbits, cats, etc.) in some of my performances - but that was years ago. Even though animals of this nature do have a certain quality about them that often generate positive reactions from most audiences, I currently refrain from their incorporation (unless specifically requested to do so and then only under certain conditions) due to a variety of reasons. Among these is the fact that several people have allergies to the popular feather and fur covered assistants, and one may not discover the allergy until being in the same environment or within close proximity to the animal. As such, I don’t believe that the day of a live show, whether it is during or after the actual performance, is the proper place for anyone to discover such a reaction.
I'm thinking about hiring you for a party I'm having in a few of months, but before I do, I want to see you perform live - I don't care what the event is, tell me and I'll be there. Where will your next show be?
Answer: I know that nothing beats seeing an entertainer live, for the feelings and energy experienced just can't be gotten when viewed on a screen. Saying that, the vast majority of the parties / events I am hired for are not open to the public. As such, I know that if it weren't for what I offer, I probably would not have attended the vast majority of the parties / events that I have. So, if you have not personally received an invite, or are otherwise part of the event where I happen to be performing, I can't (in good conscience) extend the invitation to those who I have not trained, worked with and need present - even if it's with the possibility of acquiring more work. With that said, I occasionally perform for events that are open to the public. Likewise, you are more than welcome to see me at these events, providing you abide by the event requirements in order to attend.
How far in advance do I need to book you to perform?
Answer: My schedule does fill rather quickly. So, when planning a party or event, it's best to inquire / book no less than one month (approx. 30 days) before the engagement (in fact, some book a year ahead). As such, the more time between the initial inquiry / booking and the actual date of the engagement will help better ensure possible availability.
Answer: In this day and age, finances are tight for many people and I think, it has always has been, that one should not be forced to pay for things not needed. More-often-than-not, when a performer presents a fee - not knowing or understanding what is truly needed - then he / she has no choice but to set their fee higher than necessary in order to cover all eventualities. Although having a catch-all price makes it easier for those hunting for the lowest price, it does not address the quality of entertainment offered; nor does it say a lot as to how much that entertainer cares about your wishes. The fees I charge are based upon the needs, wants and desires of my clients. As such, no one is ever asked to pay more than what is needed when booking me directly. (However, within my performance form, there is a section entitled "Entertainment Budget" that will give you an idea of the parameters I can work within).
I work for a non-profit charity and wanted to know if you would be willing to donate a performance for our group?
Answer: Much to the dismay of some, I usually do not work free of charge. As such, the compensation I request is based upon several factors and is outlined within my website's performance form. I do, however, take into consideration any charity / non-profit's requests and needs when determining the fee. Once booked, paid in full, and after the performance(s) requested has / have taken place, I am not opposed to the thought of giving a portion of my fee and, in some cases, more to said non-profit / charity.
Do I need to fill your performance form out completely in order to hire you?
Answer: It is understandable if not all aspects of the event are decided upon at the time the form is being filled out, especially if the event date is several months away and is still in the planning stages. If such is the situation in which you find yourself, the "Other thoughts, comments, questions, clarifications, and additions …" section on my forms can be used for this purpose. Likewise, you can write, or call me with your concerns and I will be more than happy to work with you to figure out the best course of action to take in regards to the planning (based off of past experiences). It should be noted that a request for a performance, and a positive response to such, does not constitute a booking. Not until the agreement is drawn by William Corey's Psychodynamic Entertainment, accepted and signed by both parties will a booking be made active.
Why do you have so many questions on your performance form?
Answer: The Performance and Psychic Forms found on this site are there to help me to help you. If you are planning a party or event, then you have a pretty good idea of what sort of entertainment you are looking for, as well as the environment, location, date, time, a general idea of the number of people you are expecting, etc. These are basic questions which anyone planning a party or event will need to answer at some point or another. Your responses also assist me in determining a price based upon your needs.
I've noticed that for some of your performances, namely the titled shows, there are approx. time-lengths listed, yet they do not fit in with my plans. How flexible are you when it comes to adjusting them?
Answer: In the event a shorter or longer performance is desired, despite the timeframe listed, then (if possible) the performance offering will be adjusted to comply with the requested duration. The same thing goes for a performance wherein a set number of people present is listed and it is requested that the offering be adjusted to accommodate a larger group. In such cases, the performance, itself, will inevitably differ in content and format; yet will remain true to the context outlined.
In what languages can you perform? Answer: Unfortunately, I am not gifted with the skills, nor ability of a polyglot - so all communication, and those relied upon by me within my performances, need to be in English. Having stated that, based upon the type of performance requested, if you can provide an interpreter, then I am not opposed to working with one. Also, it may be of interest to learn that I do have performances available in which verbal communication is not a necessity. Alert me to your needs and we may be able to work out something suitable.
I found out about you through another website several months ago. Since there was no direct contact information given, I wrote to you using their form in hopes of getting you to perform for us. Having just found your site, I want to know why you have never responded to my writing?
Answer: There are a few websites that offer a list of performers from a variety of states, allowing you to find, question and / or book an entertainer. Some may list the entertainer's contact info. and / or link to that provider's website. Others do not, offering instead to contact the entertainer on your behalf via their own online form. Depending on the site, the entertainer may be presented with a teaser, then given a chance to pay for or bid on the complete information. William Corey's Psychodynamic Entertainment does not bid on or pay for such information. Likewise, requests received from sites that require such will go unanswered. (Note: problems can and occasionally do occur with the sending and receiving of e-mails and on-line forms. So, when using these methods of contact, it is a good idea to locate a phone / fax number to alert the party of your request, especially if it has not been responded to in a timely manner.) If you are seeking entertainment, contact the entertainer of your choosing directly, or find an agent who cares enough about you as a client, the talent he/she represents, to ask the right questions and provide you with someone who will meet your needs properly.
Are you a part of any social-networking sites? If not, why? Answer: After being a long-time holdout in regards to my participation within social-networking sites, I succumbed to growing pressures of current trends that show no signs of burning out. As such, I can now be found on LinkedIn . However, as I've stated previously, I still think it takes a lot of work and time in regards to posting updates and one must be willing to devote a good portion of energy to such endeavors. Yet, I have been somewhat convinced that constant postings and updates are not necessary (devotion of energy and my dislike of typing remain issues). As far as keeping in touch with others, I still prefer face-to-face communication. Barring that - phone, fax, e-mails, letters and notes are preferred rather than having my correspondence with friends and acquaintances available for others to read and comment on. Still, if you are so inclined, pop on over and check it out.