We provide Cambridge Solution murder mystery dinners throughout Asia as a way to entertain private parties, banquets and corporate events in a more interactive setting. Participants get directly involved as characters in the show! It's easy and fun to play! Our professional hosts help to get them to be the stars of the show and develop and build better teams!
While we have pre-set scenarios, there is always a little customization. We go back and forth to settle on the scenario and characters. Once settled, you can share that information with the people who will play those characters. Remember, they have a chance to win as the best actor!
Our host, who is a Director, meets with the people playing the characters just beforehand. The host makes them comfortable and provides them with techniques on how to have fun and try to win. The last information is provided and they are made comfortable.
The host comes in and announces that there has been a crime. The scenario is read and the characters are given a dramatic introduction. Our host provides a written version of the scenario to each team and the characters go table to table, usually, answering questions about the crime. They rotate through the tables, with one per table, until they've spoken to them all. They then answer some questions that were pre-written in front of the audience and might have a speed round to go around the tables again.
The audience writes down who they think committed the crime and vote for the best actor. The team closest to the truth wins little prizes that we provide. The prizes are good enough for people to want, but small enough that people won't be too upset if they didn't win.
THEFT VS. MURDERWe give you the options of having a mystery with either a theft or a murder. Honestly, it does not impact the structure that greatly. In some Asian countries, however, the stigma surrounding either can be an issue. We play either very loosely and it is quite clear that no one has actually been killed or stolen from. The idea of the show is to allow people to enjoy an evening of problem solving while not taking away from the fact that both acts are reprehensible. All of our events end with the guilty chastised and moral law prevails. It is a morality play more than anything with humor as well. Feel free to ask us if there are any concerns whatsoever.
This 1920's themed party involves the corrupt politicians of Chicago during Prohibition. It is an upscale event and is a great time had by all. This will often include a costume contest as well.
Mobsters American-style with mayhem erupting upon the death of the Godmother. You'll laugh... if you know what's good for you!
One of the more standard scenarios, this involves a millionaire who made his wealth on the backs of many others who want a piece of the action!
Our own take on the spy genre has the death of the second fiddle to MI-6's most famous agent. You Only Live Twice? Not so fast, 008!
The head of the Fraud Division fighting fraud in golf is killed on the night that he was announcing his retirement!
We can create just about any scenario that you can think of. The writing does take some time and there is a nominal fee, and we must abide by local laws.
THE DARTMOUTH PLANThe Cambridge Solution is named because we thought it was Harvard-smart when we came up with it. For smaller groups, under 30 people, we have The Dartmouth Plan. Named for the smallest of the Ivy League schools, everyone is a character in more of a mix-and-mingle game designed as an icebreaker. People quickly get more comfortable with everyone to enhance the success of your event.
THE PRINCETON PERMUTATIONNamed for another Ivy League School, the Princeton Permutation is designed for larger groups where going table to table isn't practical. Usually for 100 or more audience members, this event has the audience suspects delivering speeches with a comedic approach. The first speech explains why they are upset at an offstage character. The second speech, delivered after the murder is announced, is about how much they miss the victim and how they suspect one of the other characters for having committed the crime. Likely, time would be allowed for audience members to ask the suspects questions around the room before coming up with a solution by table.
THE CORNELL CONUNDRUMNamed for another Ivy League school, the Cornell Conundrum is designed for groups to be able to operate separately. No one plays the characters. Your people are in the prosecutor's office and each time chooses the dossier of the suspect that they would like to prosecute. Each team chooses a different suspect and makes their case to the District Attorney, played by our comedic host, as to who should be prosecuted. They can make their presentation in any format that they like including a court case, a music video, an infomercial, a haiku, or anything else. All members of the team must participate in the presentation. This is an event that can easily allow for social distancing or video presentations.
THE PROVIDENCE ADDENDUMThis is an add-on to our standard Cambridge Solution event named for the location of Brown University. This involves the creation of additional generic characters for each person at the table. These characters are repeated at tables around the room and each character is provided with some specific information about one or two of the suspects with whom they will be speaking. The characters might be doctors, cab drivers, attorneys, psychologists, etc. and it is a great way to allow everyone to participate while limiting the lack of information should they choose not to play.
When a millionaire gets into the business of wine-making, some people won't be happy. There are competitors, neighbors, politicians and ex-spouses, all of whom could have reasons to be stressed by the millionaire's success.
We have a couple of variations on the theme of having a celebrity who is having a party and is found dead. The participants play a variety of celebrities who are the suspects and others could be adoring fans. There are a collection of pseudo celebrities who are the suspects and may have committed the crime of the century of the week!
Music mogul Mickety Mack is found killed at a meeting of his latest charity record venture. There are a collection of pseudo celebrities who might have committed the crime. Characters include Michael George, Girl Georgina, Ave Maria, Miguel Llackson or many other pseudo celebrities from the decade of excess! Girls may just wanna have fun, but attendees of our events actually get to do so! We can also customize other scenarios, such as Greed is Good.
The leader of a local chamber music society is killed. The political in-fighting and topics of gossip come to the fore as the group investigates their own. There are questions about the Music Director, the starving artist, the Vice President of the organization, the spouse, and many others. It's a classical good time for audience with an appreciation for the finer things.
A millionaire from the city wanted a place to get away from it all and bought a nice ranch. He decided to throw a hoe-down and invited people from both of his worlds. The combination of city-folk and ranchers create an odd mixture. With the death of the millionaire, there are plenty of potential suspects to choose from. It appears time to apply some frontier justice!
Created for a college environment, Sherlock had lectured at the university and now that the Dean has been found dead, the students have to determine the murderer using the skills of deduction taught by the famous consulting detective. This scenario is in the Victorian era and is at your university on the bank of the Thames River in England. Suspects include various professors and other faculty of the university.
Certainly the region hasn't had a lot of shows involving crime. We will discuss any concerns that you may have and help to put them to rest. The topics are meant to be in-line with cultural norms and we would take no actions to endanger our clients or their guests. Though the topic may seem strange, that of a death caused by a character, it is all about collaborating to determine the culprit and to see to it that justice is served. It is a quick morality play where truth and justice win the day!
The classic format for very large groups with all kinds of added elements. This includes shows for charities as part of our Justifiable Homicide program and are catered to high society. These meet even the most particular of guests from royalty to CEOs.
The industry standard bring 4-7 actors interacting with your crowd leading up to the crime and a comedic investigation. Meet and talk with the crazy cast of characters, witness a crime and then work together to solve it!
We create a scenario where the audience is unaware that a mystery show is taking place. Up until the crime is committed, they think it is really happening. They are immersed in the story and relieved with the revelation that it is a show!
Our unique product of the Cambridge Solution leads the way for getting your audience to mix and mingle and work together to find solutions. With many fun themes and our Director working behind the scenes to keep people engaged and adapting the story along the way, it is truly Harvard Smart!
WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE! While our initial conversations will likely be in English, we have the capacity for shows that are bilingual or in specific other languages. Ask us how we might be able to serve your group entertainment needs. Customizing a script for a Cambridge Solution into another language will cost extra, of course.
Solving crimes together can build cohesion, define roles and responsibilities and get people working as a unit.
Your staff can be the suspects in the crime to enhance face time with your clients.
Seeing the teams engaging can lead to the solution you are looking for!
We can provide Asian murder mystery dinners to develop camaraderie and build teams as they work together to solve the crime.
For families and friends getting together, we have mysteries that liven up any private party!
Our Keynote can be killed in an ambush mystery that the Keynote solves using the techniques he had just spoken about.
WE COME TO YOU!
We do not have our own venues. We come to any restaurant, hotel, resort, cruise ship, club, or home. We can work with groups of any size in whatever location you want. The specific location may impact the cost and availability. We will discuss this with you.
Many US companies continue to grow one of our most productive relationships in the region. We understand the needs for local entertainment for Americans operating in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka, and Yokohama. We help bring together Japanese and American business interests.
While the government of China has many restrictions and legal hoops to jump through, the companies that operate In Beijing, Shanghai, Sanya, Hong Kong and Macau find great business opportunities. The employees can feel isolated and we work to alleviate their longing for home.
The countries of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia in Jakarta, Vietnam, Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Thailand in Bangkok, Singapore, Brunai, and The Philippines, are filled with wonderful destinations for meetings & incentives events and hard-working people looking for opportunities.
India is a powerhouse that is on the move. Not only have they renamed Bombay to Mumbai, Madras to Chennai, and Bangalore to Bengaluru, Delhi dropped the New and Hyderabad has emerged as a major center for tech companies to operate.
America has long had a close relationship with the southern half of the peninsula. We work with the US military bases as well as multi-national companies to enhance their relationships and improve morale.
The companies that operate on the island are given to more stress due to the precarious nature of international tensions. Having a bit of escapist fun in Taipei or elsewhere can relieve that tension and allow the employees to concentrate on other things.
The first step is to determine your needs. This includes potential goals, desires and concerns. Is it more than just entertainment? If you are looking to show appreciation to clients or employees, for example, then we would take one approach. If it is family and friends, we might approach it differently. The more we know about what has already been decided can allow us to narrow the conversation to approaches that interest you.
We need to know the city where the event will be as well as what kind of venue might be used, which can let us determine cost issues as well as legal hurdles that might be required. A date, or date range, for when you would like to have this and what time frame you are looking for will help to determine our commitment and availability. Knowing the size of your group, though that will likely just be an estimate, will allow us to choose appropriate options for the performance and have a better feel for the resources required. Knowing who might attend can impact language and content.
Let us be honest. Operating in Asia is not inexpensive. In fact, it can be quite costly. If you know budget limitations, that can allow us to restrict the conversations to those options that will be within your financial constraints. This works in both directions. We don't want to overbuild and propose options that can't be done. Also, we don't want to try to operate at the lowest cost possible and not provide options to achieve the results that will exceed your requirements and expectations.
The classic entertainment with variations to allow for people to work as teams and enjoy solving a crime.
A great way to get a show that is completely customized to the group and keep the audience engaged.
Comedians can come to your group and provide a traditional night of comedic entertainment.
We get everyone interacting in a variety of games ranging from those associated with TV shows and specialty items.
Our magicians can mesmerize you for an evening of close-up magic, mentalism, psychics or full stage shows.
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