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Deal or Not is a show I created on request of my old job. Obviously it’s Deal or No Deal, but the committee I was working with asked us to change it for copyright reasons. They wanted to boost moral so they asked me host 3 episodes in a row every Wednesday for a month. Since then I’ve only done it one other place, but I may do it again in the future.

This Show is unusual in a couple of ways, mainly because it was done by a corporate origination so I actually had to follow the rules of my own show instead of free style it for maximum audience reaction. This is also the only show to date that I was asked to do instead of pitching the idea first. We gave away real cash money so I also had to make sure not to break the bank by giving away clues to where the good cases where. To ensure that second part didnt happen, I made the cases, but didn’t randomize them myself.

One of the first things we did was create that ad to put all around the building. It’s obviously another pre-college design, and the fact that I look like Howie Mandell was completely lost on me. I had that look and was hosting gameshows first damnit!

The reason I’m always plastered on the ads may surprise you. I don’t do it because I think I’m great, I do it because I want people to think “If that guy went to the trouble of dressing up like a Gameshow host and making this ad, maybe that’s a show I want to see.” This is doubly important at an office where you expect it to suck out of hand.

Since this was a month long event, I wore a different suit each time, but The only pictures of the show I got was on week 2 in the blue suit.

The best part about this particular show is the banker

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we used a sheet, and an LCD projector and the effect is just great! They don’t do better on the show.

My coworker Matthew made an interface in Powerpoint that looks really good too,
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Our models were the company managers
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At first I thought that was going to be kind of lame, but I was really pleased with the effect of this. The managers didn’t suddenly leave or take conference calls during the show, and they got into it in fun not-lame ways.

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way to go Lumbergs!

Our first contestant of the day was pregnant and sat during the show.

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Because she did, so did everyone else. I didn’t ask for them to stand because I didn’t want it to be an issue, so I let it slide this week. next week everyone is going to have to stand.

We had real working phones too, the banker would call me and give me a offer.

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I was a little worried about the phones at first, but then I remembered that we are a telecommunications HR firm in a building with at least 5000 of them so hooking one up like we needed was the easiest thing we could ask.

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This week the contestants were playing for a chance to be in the final show instead of real cash. This is because we can’t give away 600 bucks every week. So to entice the deal I offered a few things like an action Einstein toy or bawls cola.

Once I offered 5 bucks in real cash and they didn’t take the deal. I was surprised because even if they get to the final round, they may still walk away with less.

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I sniffed the case to see if it smelled like money, turns out it did, it had 200 dollars inside

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She took a deal for 60 bucks and an autographed picture of me, I think she made out like a bandit.

We had a real button for them to push when they wanted to make a deal. Contestants were real quick to close the box before I had the chance to explain all the bonuses of saying yes then.

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That’s pretty much the whole show. It works well, but requires a large audience to work because of all the players involved at once. Eventually I can see running it again.