- Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning?
I planned events long before I started doing it professionally. Growing up in Germany, I was always the one planning elaborate trips and parties for my friends and I. When I moved to the U.S. and started hanging out with more magicians, it was natural for me to start a magic themed party. It quickly became obvious that planning an entertaining show was something completely different than planning an amazing party, and luckily we've been able to merge the two at every single Magic Penthouse experience.
- Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away?
I am half German and half Turkish. My father was born in Turkey and ever since I was a child I've been travelling to the magical city of Istanbul regularly. My fiance and I try to live in a new international city for one month every year and in 2019 we spend all of June in Istanbul. Most people ask me how I can run an events business when I am travelling so much, but the truth is that I structured the business around this lifestyle. That is probably one of the best decisions I've ever made.
- What do you love the most about what you do?
I get to work with some of the most creative artists in the world and give them the stage that they deserve. Both the performers and guests at every single Magic Penthouse experience tell me how different and exciting it is to be a part of this passion project. That gives me an incredible amount of joy. We are doing something that is 100% unique in the world right now and I know that it will impact how the art of magic will be viewed in the future.
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up in different cities in Germany. I was born in a small town called Homberg in the middle of Germany, then moved to Stuttgart for high school, studied Business Psychology in Munich and received my Master's Degree in Kassel. So, if anyone is planning a trip to Germany, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction!
- What is your event gone wrong horror story?
At the end of each Magic Penthouse we have a huge finale that ties the whole night together. The performing magician messed up the illusion and just ran off the stage which left 100 guests waiting for the final trick. At this point, I had to go on stage and spontaneously come up with a final trick that topped everything the audience had seen so far. I ended up getting really lucky, so everyone thought the magician running off was part of the show.
- What made you interested in participating in ILEA?
The people. It really feels like people care about each other and want to collaborate. I've been part of too many organizations where everyone is just trying to sell me their product, but that's definitely not the case at ILEA.
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