• Trapped Puzzled Rooms Bring Muggles Together

     
    POSTED October 2, 2018
     

    Team Build with Witchcraft and Wizardry

The Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has fallen, and it’s up to the participants of A Very Potter Escape Room at the Trapped Puzzle Room in St. Paul to find the Elder Wand before He-Who-Must-Not-BeNamed claims it for his own.

Groups of up to 10 are tasked with solving themed puzzles to achieve the end goal within an hour. Fans of the series will recognize the elements, but familiarity is not a requirement. “[Participants] might miss things that fans would maybe know more about, but we’ve created it so that you don’t need Harry Potter knowledge,” says Jamie Fassett-Carman, who co-owns Trapped with his mother Karen. 

“I often encourage groups to bring people that aren’t superfans, because sometimes fans read too much into certain details that can take up too much time,” says Kelly Houlehan, St. Paul location manager.

Trapped Puzzle Rooms have become a growing group experience in the Twin Cities area with its two locations, all of which host different themed escape rooms. “It’s something that’s more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge. People are looking for something more interesting,” says Fassett-Carman.

Portable puzzles are also available for groups of 12 in which fully immersive experiences (complete with puzzles, clues and décor) are brought to another space. Custom puzzles can also and range from small paper puzzles to a full escape room experience.

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.