Bogie's Mystery Tours®, the creators of Mystery Dinner Theater, has perpetrated Interactive Mystery Events since 1981, featuring professional actors and published mystery authors. Our mysteries are perfect for special events, corporate entertainment, team building, scavenger hunts, spouse programs, engagement, Bachelorlette, & Sweet Sixteen parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, fundraisers, cruises, weekends, and private parties for ages eight to adult.
Price Range: $1500 and up
Gig Length: 150 - 360 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
SPECIAL EVENTS should be just that - something special! They should provide an unforgettable experience that guests will rave about for a long time. Theme parties can turn a corporate meeting, an incentive trip, or a party into a special occasion and can be "the stuff that dreams are made of."
Planners looking for a company as special as the event being planned should contact Bogie's Mystery Tours. Each interactive mystery event is designed to fit the group, theme, or occasion. With advance notice, scenarios can be specifically written or customized for a company, event, or product. And, your guests will have the crime of their lives!
Why have mystery events become so popular? Mysteries have a universal appeal, the events provide "good clean fun," encourage a friendly competitive atmosphere, and are intellectually stimulating. In chaotic times, full of world crises, the mystery provides a neat and orderly universe where everything is resolved. The events also appeal to a very basic human characteristic - curiosity - and, they provide a feeling of satisfaction in solving the puzzle.
How are companies using mystery events? In as many ways as companies have occasions for giving: business gifts, employee incentives, entertaining clients, parties, celebrations, sales rewards, customer incentives, to help improve teamwork and boost employee moral, to develop corporate loyalty, to introduce new products or services, and for theme marketing. These events can be used as entry level awards, as part of a grand prize, or for any other reason. And, the recipients' families can also participate.
How are hotels getting involved? Mystery weekends can help advertise the hotel and often receive a lot of press, and the events can help bring the hotel to full occupancy on an otherwise "dead weekend" during off-season. In addition to selling the weekend on their own, hotels can also offer these arrangements to corporations and to the travel industry. Many of the participants at our hotel weekends have confided that in addition to being interested in the mystery event, the weekend gave them a good excuse to return to a hotel they liked or to visit a new site.
Why hire a company to produce the event? Hiring a professional company to produce the event takes all the work, and the worry, out of the planner's hands. Over the past years travel agencies, hotels, and theatrical companies have tried to do this type of event on their own, thinking it looked so simple! It isn't as easy as it looks, and so much can go wrong without careful, and professional, planning. Needless to say, a good knowledge of the mystery genre is necessary to perpetrate these events successfully.
There are two basic types of mystery events, the theatrical and the play-fair whodunit. The theatrical mystery is the easiest to produce because it really is little than a play. It isn't nearly as much fun as the play-fair variety and active participation is very limited, often to merely guessing the identity of the murderer. The TV show "Murder She Wrote" is an excellent example of the play-fair whodunit. This type of event leaves the solution of the mystery to the participants, and they are encouraged to become actively involved.
Bogie's Mystery Tours, the original mystery events company and creators of Mystery Dinner Theater, has specialized in participatory play-fair whodunits since 1981. Participants are given the opportunity to become detectives, interrogate the suspects, search for clues, and solve the crime. They will be led through a maze of clues, red herrings, and chilling confrontations. Nothing is hidden; all the clues needed to solve the crime are provided through information obtained from the suspects, in the form of physical evidence, or a dying clue. All participants receive mementos of the event, and prizes are awarded to the sleuths, or the team members, with the most accurate solution.
Bogie's Mysteries are written, produced, and directed by Karen and Bill Palmer, members of the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America. The Palmers were the packagers and editors of the Bogie's Mystery Book imprint for PaperJacks Books. The mystery novel CARIBBEAN BLUES was based on their scenario, enacted during a seven-day cruise aboard the Cunard Countess. (c) 1992-2016.
In 1981, Bill and Karen Palmer opened Bogie's, the first mystery-oriented restaurant and bar. Mystery Dinner Theater premiered there, and both the restaurant and the Palmers have appeared in over thirty-five mystery novels.
The Palmers have been involved with mystery weekends since 1977, as lecturers, suspects of the crime, and as winning team members. Bogie's Mystery Tours® was officially created as a separate business in 1983, making this unique and exciting event available to the general public. Their mystery events feature playfair, participatory whodunits where guests have the chance to become detectives and win the coveted "Super Sleuth Award." They have since perpetrated numerous murders on land and at sea, in domestic and exotic locales.
Members of the Mystery Writers of America and The Private Eye Writers of America, Karen and Bill write and produce their analytical whodunits in the classic style.
The Palmers have appeared on TV on Hour Magazine, Daytime, the Channel 2 News, and twice on The Joe Franklin Show on WOR. Their mystery weekend, "Murder at The Grand" was televised on WKYC TV. They have been interviewed on radio on The Voice of America, Canada's Basic Black Show, WBAI, The Patricia McCann Show on WMCA, the Warren Pierce Show in Detroit, and the Mystery Maize on WNYE. They were among the winners of Showtime's "Murder In Space" contest, and gave a talk on solving mystery puzzles and games at the 1985, Mohonk Mystery Weekend. Bill co-authored a radio show which aired in Germany, Switzerland, and on England's BBC. It has since been published as a short story in P.I. Magazine. A Japanese video magazine taped a World Success segment on Bogie's Mystery Tours® in 1990. An article appeared in Nikkei Venture, and Entrepreneur Magazine published a feature story on their corporate events in 1999.
Karen and Bill are the creators of CARIBBEAN BLUES, a novel published in 1988, written during a mystery cruise they perpetrated on the Cunard Countess, based on their mystery scenario. In 1990, a hardcover version was published in England, and the paperback was reissued in the U.S. in 1991.
The Palmers initiated the Bogie's Mystery Book imprint for PaperJacks and were the packagers, editors, and co-publishers for the award winning line. Bill served as vice-president of the NYC Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. He writes a column on new books in print for P.I. Magazine, and Golden Age radio shows for Scarlet Street Magazine.
Karen and Bill are book reviewers for Mystery News, and wrote the "Broadway Beat" column for Mystery Scene Magazine for over ten years. The Palmers write mystery game reviews for Mystery News and New Mystery Magazine. They have also written articles and reviews for several publications, including The Armchair Detective, the Sherlockian journal Varieties of Ash, and Games Annual. .
Bogie's Mystery Tours® is listed in the OFFICIAL TOUR DIRECTORY. Karen is listed in WHO'SWHO IN AMERICA, IN THE EAST, IN ENTERTAINMENT, OF AMERICAN WOMEN, U.S. EXECUTIVES, and WORLDWIDE.
Additional Booking Notes
Travel expenses are billed at cost.
Out-of-town bookings are billed according to the length of the event plus travel time, in addition to travel expenses, meals, and accommodations when an overnight stay is necessary.
All overtime is pro-rated on an hourly basis beginning one-half hour after the event is scheduled to end.
Events are confirmed upon receipt of a signed contract and a 50% deposit. All checks must be made out to Bogie’s Mystery Tours.
The 50% balance due is required one month prior to the event. Payment in full is required for bookings made one month prior to an event. Bookings made within two weeks of an event must be paid by cash or certified check.
It is the booker’s responsibility to insure that the performance site is adequate for, and suited to, the mystery event.
All final information for an event must be provided a minimum of one week prior to the event. Prices quoted for events booked without a specific location are not guaranteed until the location is confirmed.
Confirmed bookings may not be canceled without penalty. Deposits are not refundable. If proof is submitted that an entire event has been canceled due to illness, death, or disaster, the contract will become void and the deposit can be applied to a future event. Cancellations six months prior to a date are subject to a penalty of 25% of the contracted price; three months prior - 50%; two months prior - 75%; one month prior - 100% of the contracted price. An event can be rescheduled for another date mutually agreed upon by the parties, or fees paid to us can be applied to another event. Writing fees for original and personalized scenarios are not refundable under any circumstances.
Rates for parties on holidays such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are subject to a 50% surcharge.
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