Matrix Fancy Dress Costumes and Party Theme

You are offered a red pill and a blue pill. You are told that if you take the blue pill you will wake-up and remember nothing about what has just happened, if you take the red pill however, your life will change forever and that you will discover reality. Are you bold enough to take the red pill?

Having become aware of something called the Matrix through his illegitimate activities as a computer hacker, Thomas Anderson, under his computer hacker’s name of ‘Neo’ was finally contacted by Morpheus someone Anderson had himself been seeking assuming that Morpheus was the one person who would be able to tell him what the Matrix was.

Morpheus’ drive to find Neo is based on the fact that he believes that Neo is ‘the One’, is it coincidence that NEO is an anagram of the word ‘One’. The ‘One’ who will be able to bring an end to the war between man and machines, a war that has seen mankind unknowingly enslaved to be nothing more than mere batteries to supply energy to machines.

Neo was brave enough to swallow the red pill and found himself awakened and freed from his neurological bonding to the Matrix, a gigantic computer system simulating the world as we know it and providing those who ‘live’ in the Matrix with the illusion of touch, sight, sound, smell – everything they have around them.

Those inside the Matrix have no idea that it’s nothing more than an illusion, nor do they have any idea that there is a rebellion being waged by the few survivors of mankind who live in the reality of Zion outside of the world of make believe that is the Matrix. Morpheus is one of these rebels and they can operate inside of the Matrix by reconnecting themselves neurologically. Inside the Matrix they can operate with superhuman powers but they are continuously chased by the Agents; intelligent programs who enter the Matrix in-order to protect it from the rebels and who possess almost boundless power. The Agents, led by Agent Smith appear as humans dressed in a highly stylised FBI Agent fashion (think Men in Black) and as they are linked directly into the Matrix itself, Agents can transform and take over any human form.

Awakening to the truth of what has happened to mankind, Neo joins the rebels and with Trinity and Morpheus as continual companions they embark on a number of adventures that result inevitably in the destruction of the Agents and freeing of mankind.

The Matrix movies make great cinema. But are you brave enough to swallow the red pill and adopt a Matrix movie theme for your next costume party? I’ve just had a thought (oh, the pain), bowls of red and blue candy (Smarties) would be a good twist, better if you offer them to your guests as they arrive – hopefully all in costume they should take the red ones.

OK, some simple rules, wearing a costume doesn’t mean you can lead tall buildings (hang on that’s Superman) and more importantly it doesn’t mean that you can get involved in some highly stylised martial arts without getting hurt and as for dodging bullets forget it. BUT a few tricks can appear to make some of this possible.

Dodging bullets: Well, OK a picture of you appearing to stop the bullets. There is a fantastic scene towards the end of the original Matrix movie where Neo in discovering his true powers simply stops the bullets from hitting him by holding up his hand. A reasonable fun shot would be to buy a plastic bullet belt with removable bullets, superglue very fine clear fishing line to the bullets – say 8-12 to fill the shot, attach the fishing line to a square piece of card that can be fixed to the ceiling and adjust the layout of the bullets to look clustered and group facing the spot where ‘Neo’ will be. In the film the shot was set in a hallway so close to a wall would be good.

Some experimentation with the lighting will be required in order to make the bullets visible. The set is ready. Your guests dressed as Neo, simply assume the position with hand outstretched palm pointed to the bullets. When you’ve captured the image download it onto your computer ‘remove’ any fine lines left by the fishing line and input some ripple effects around each bullet to give the right appearance. What a memento to send your guests after the party. And of course this works equally well for all of the agents and hey why not for Trinity, Morpheus.

Any guests who come in costume as the Twins could have a series of frames in movement as they process the power of speed in movement almost instantly changing position in the Matrix. Having taken the shots, layer them, ghosting them through time (oldest has most ghosting) giving the appearance of rapid movement.

For the costumes themselves, most on-line retailers have a selection of fully licensed Matrix fancy dress costumes from the stunning full length flowing coat worn by Neo through to the very sexy black PVC/leather coat worn by Trinity. Clearly these are the main characters but Morpheus and the Twins are also available as are all of the stylised sunglasses favoured by most of the characters.

For any Agent, including Agent Smith, a black suit, white shirt, black tie and black shoes complete with accessories of shoulder holster, semi-automatic pistol and obligatory sunglasses should do the trick. And this is a perfect costume for anyone who doesn’t really like the idea of dressing up as its simple and taking off the glasses makes you look like any other human in the Matrix.

In the main, the main characters inside the Matrix; Neo, Trinity and the Agents all had slicked back hair and therefore a degree of time with the hair gel will be required. To complete the look for the Twins, there are long dreadlocked wigs available – clearly a number of couples costume themes exist here; Neo and Trinity; the Twins and any number of Agents.

How to Save Money When Planning a Bachelor Party

Back in the 70s and 80s, planning a bachelor was a simple task; bestowed upon friends, relatives or the best man. An empty basement, a keg of beer, a dart board and some wild movies sufficed. Today, bachelor party planning is a multi-million dollar industry, with every restaurant, night club, and adult entertainment venue in the nation getting into the act. In fact, there are multiple companies on the internet which are more than willing to take your money and plan the event. Some offer discounts on limos, free admission to bars, entertainment, and discounted bar packages at various venues. The price for these services can be steep, but if you’re willing to spend a little time doing research and making a few phone calls, you can significantly reduce the price of the bachelor party.

Saving Money on Transportation

Limo services can often be terribly expensive and charge unreasonable hourly rates. Depending on the type of vehicle chosen, prices can increase greatly. For example, full blown hummer limo can cost a few hundred dollars more than a stretch sedan. Larger limousine companies will often tack on extra fees for including alcohol, snacks, and for stops along the way. You can cut the cost in half by finding a small company in your area, which allows you to bring your own drinks. My best advice is to ask if the limo service has a party van or small bus, and charges a flat fee. Because the limo industry is so competitive, smaller, private companies can be more personable, and much more likely to cut a deal. Additionally, smaller limousine services are not as likely to rush your group through the night and ruin the bachelor’s experience. If you are staying at a hotel, utilize the hotel’s consigner and van drivers to save money on planning bachelor party transportation. Remember, the staff at your hotel is all about customer service, and is there to make sure you have a good time. Simply go to the bellhop stand and let them know you have a bachelor party and want to go to a hot spot. Most upscale hotels offer this service for free, and only a modest tip is expected for the service.

Saving money on Strippers and Strip Clubs

Hiring a stripper or visiting a strip club has become tradition when it comes to making plans for the groom. Adult entertainment has made bachelor party planning a cottage industry and can seriously drain funds for the evening if you’re not careful. To begin with, hiring a private stripper almost always requires an hourly rate. Private agencies will offer a stripper, but then tack on more money, depending on if the private show is topless, or nude. Prices can skyrocket to nearly $300.00 for an exotic dancer to strip at your location. Worse yet, private strippers are often in a hurry because they have other bachelor parties to schedule-especially on weekends! To save money, call an agency and ask exactly what’s included in their fantasy show. Ask for a flat fee, and make sure to let the agency know that you expect the clock to start ticking, once the girl begins dancing. Many strippers will show up at the bachelor party, hang out with the guys and only perform at the very end. This can be a complete downer for the evening and leave the groom bored, disappointed and with nothing else to do. A better option is combining a private stripper and a strip club in the same evening. Strip clubs are hungry for bachelor party business. Most, if not all offer some sort of discount or price reduction for large parties. In many instances, strip clubs will allow the entire party to come in for free. Strip clubs also offer fantastic bar packages, VIP seating and discounts on bottle service. If responsible for planning the bachelor party, look online for strip clubs or adult entertainment in your area. Ask the club what sort of deals and specials they offer for a bachelor party. A plethora of gentlemen’s clubs are willing to match or beat the price of their competitors, so make sure to tell the club what other places are offering. Strip clubs are also willing to throw in extra perks if you’re party has dinner. Yes, many adult clubs today have restaurants or cater in food. The newest, craze is having the bachelor brought on stage and having a few girls give a wild dance. Some clubs offer this service at a very affordable and reasonable price. Strip clubs are also a less expensive alternative because the groom has a large selection of strippers to choose from. He can have table dances or private dances, depending on his preferences. Table dances at many clubs only cost $10.00 to $20.00 and can be a lot of fun. In my opinion, the best bet is to have a private stripper during the first part of the evening, and then head to a strip club. Done correctly, the groom will have a great time and your party will defiantly save money.

Save Money on Bars

One of the best ways to save money for a bachelor party is to find a pub crawl. In many cities, bars come together and offer unbelievable specials during weekends for bachelor parties. Typically, each person in the party pays a small fee (Prices range from $10-$30) for the evening. Pub crawls are wonderful because they include food, beer, wine and mixed drinks at each location. For example, the party starts off drinking and eating at the first location, and then moves on to other places through out the night. The initial price paid covers most of the costs at each spot. One of the most attractive aspects of pub crawling is it eliminates the need for hiring transportation. In larger cities, the bars and taverns are usually strewn across the same area, so you’re party can easily walk from place to place. To find a good pub crawl, just go on the web and look for companies near the bachelor party location.

Planning a bachelor party can be difficult, expensive and a hassle. By doing a little homework, you can save money and make sure the groom and your friends have a memorable evening!

Party Plan Business Success – Home Based Business Marketing Ideas

How To Accomplish Home Based Business Success

Only about 20% of new to the job direct selling business owners actually realize success. Why is there an 80/20 rule in direct selling business? Not even 20% of the new sales reps who start a home business actually stick with it long enough to make money and become successful. What is wrong with that picture?

Profitable Home Business

There are many reasons why reps do not attain success in work at home businesses. The central reason is that they do not treat it like a real business. In the world of brick and mortar businesses everyone knows that it takes time, commitment and investment to create a business with profit. As a matter of truth, most new start-up businesses are told that they need 3-5 years of capitol to invest before they can expect to start to become profitable. Most new Home Party Plan business owners are not even prepared to invest any funds after paying the initial sign-up fee, let alone wait 3-5 years to turn a profit.

In direct selling businesses the new consultant is often told that it is easy. While most direct sales business plans are simple and usually no problem to follow, that does not mean does get involved can do it. A superior attitude to bringing in new sales reps would be to share with honest thoughts how the business works and what it takes to make it. When a newbie direct sales business team member has a better sense of the amount of energy required as well as a true picture of the time frame to achieve a profitable success then they will not get disillusioned and abandon. While it is most likely not necessary for a work at home business owner to wait years years to become profitable, it is not realistic to expect a substantial income from day one. New business owners should be educated to the fact that efforts put into business do not turn up the following week in the form of a pay check but may take several months to pay off.

Small Business Marketing Ideas

The difference between success and failure in most party plan businesses can be as simple as a few business systems and marketing ideas. In order to be a success in home based business, sales reps should put onto practice other basic business practices that all successful businesses utilize. Incorporate these work at home business strategies into your business to guarantee success.

  • Every business has office hours so schedule your work days.
  • Get an education. Go to team trainings and seminars.
  • Use a business plan. Every profitable business operates with a yearly map.
  • Network your business in many venues.
  • Go to work everyday. It requires effort to grow a business.

party plan Business Failures vs Success Strategies

While these simple guidelines seem almost a given, it is amazing how many Home Party Plan business reps fail for those very reasons. The last bullet point above really is the key strategy to direct sales business success. Frequently, new sales consultants think that their party plan business will be conducted “in between” other life activities, yet yield the results of a viable business. If you want to create an income from your direct selling business, you have to treat it like a business. Reaching goals is based on simple plans incorporated on a consistent basis. Your business cannot be put in after your hectic life. It must be a priority in your life.

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