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Brain Cell COllege Game Show - Frequently Asked Questions

College Events Only

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Is a prize package included & how much?

Brain Cell at a college event includes a prize package of $300 in cash and prizes.

Brain Cell is unique in that there are prize winners throughout the game, not just as winners of rounds. Lots of smaller winners instead of a few people winning larger prizes.

Brain Cell is unique in that there are prize winners throughout the game, not just as winners of rounds. Lots of smaller winners instead of a few people winning larger prizes.

Of course you can increase the prize package if you so desire. To recieve a price quote please fill out the form on our contact page.

How many students play the game?

Everyone who attends will have a chance to participate using their cell phones.

We even have ways written into the show to involve those without a phone, a cell signal and those who have a dead battery.

If you're looking for a show that has the most audience involvement - it's Brain Cell.

What are your technical needs?

Silver Level - Budget Plus Production Level

We'll need to following to be provided for the Silver/Bronze Level (Budget) Shows.

  • Video Projector & Enough Cable to reach the Podium
  • Podium
  • Sound System that is appropriate to the venue
  • Extension Cord with Power Strip - enough to reach the podium.
  • Technician who knows how to access your sound/video
  • Check the room for a cell signal from AT&T - the show runs off of text messaging. If it's in a black hole of coverage it changes the show.
    • Note: We do have a back up plan if a cell signal is weak or non-existant. But if you know that in advance, it really helps.


Gold Production Shows

Electrical: Our equipment can run off of regular household current. We ask that 4 outlets, on 20 amp circuits, be available for our exclusive use.

If these outlets are further than 30' away from the performance area then extension cords should be provided.

General Stage Lighting: A general stage wash is needed for the show. The lighting we carry is for effect and general illumination should be provided by the venue. Our Platinum level shows include full stage lighting.

Sound: We carry our own sound equipment for Beat the Banker

Load in/Load out assistance: We have a LOT of gear to load in. It's all on wheels, so there's no heavy lifting. We don't require help, but we sure appreciate it when we get it and it puts our crew in a great mood for your show!

Platinum Level Shows

All of the above plus we strongly recommend a spider box or a direct power input as we will be drawing a lot of power. This is only for the platinum level shows as the lighting package is much more robust and intense.

How are people selected to play the game?

Brain Cell uses texting challenges, the types of phone you have (for creating teams) and other audience wide challenges to create teams and to call up individual players onto the stage.

Once on stage the audience still has opportunities to participate through text voting on challenges.

We even have ways to get people participating who don't have phones, have dead batteries or no signal. We thought ahead.

What level of production is Brain Cell available in and what does each include?

Brain Cell is available in all levels of production except Bronze as a technician is required to manage the text messaging and game play. Silver, Gold & Platinum. This show plays very well as a Silver or Budget show as it was designed from the ground up to be a show that we could fly with.

Entertainment value is exactly the same for all levels of production - the difference is the "stuff" we bring with us.

Silver Level - Budget Plus Production Level

We'll ask you to provide a few things for this show. It leaves the big sets at home and uses readily available items from your campus. See "Technical Needs" on this page for those items.


  • Host
  • Computerized Game Play
  • Custom Text to Screen Software
  • Video Mixer
  • Audio Mixer
  • Helmets and Mallets for "Bonking In"
  • Buzzers and LED Scoring System
  • Custom Printed Table Cover for Player Stand
  • Prize package
  • Sound Effects
  • Host Microphone
  • Music

Gold Production Shows

All the bells and whistles of a TV Game Show.


  • Host
  • Technician
  • Huge Set
  • Buzzers and Full Sized Player Stations
  • Microphones at each of the player stations
  • Intelligent Lighting
  • Signage
  • Music & Sound Effects
  • Full Sound System (appropriate for audiences up to 500) if more are expected you should either provide sound or go with a Platinum Level Show.
  • Video Projection
  • Stylized Video Screens

Platinum Level Shows

Everything included in the Gold production PLUS...

  • Front of Stage Truss System to suspend lighting and video projection - giving cleaner lines
  • Enhanced Intelligent Lighting
  • General Lighting - an important distinction between packages
  • Enhanced Sound System (when needed)

Additional Items that can be added on a per item basis but that are NOT included automatically in our published pricing:

  • Live music & announcer
  • Follow Spots and Operators
  • Customization of questions or game play
  • Live video recording and side of stage video projection (outsourced locally)
  • Custom Commercials and Videos


Can we get all inclusive pricing?

Of course. We list our prices plus travel and lodging, but we will give you a firm price for travel, and if you prefer we can even include the cost of the hotel.

You'll know exactly what your price is when you send back the contract.

We're all about being easy to work with.

Do you have insurance?

Of course. We are fully insured. We can add your event to our policy at no additional charge - so you're covered too.

How much time does it take to set up/tear down?

Silver Level Production

We'll need about 2 hours to set up. It takes far less than this to set everything up, but this gives us time to troubleshoot since we'll be using unfamiliar equipment. This always gives us plenty of time, providing that all items from our tech needs are ready and waiting for us when we arrive.

Gold Production Shows

Take about 3-3 1/2 hours to set up and about 60-90 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

Platinum Level Shows

Take about 4-4 1/2 hours to set up and about 75-100 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this

These set up times assume easy access to the rooms, a loading dock and NO STAIRS. If we will need extra time to load in please let us know in advance.

How long does a show last?

Left to it's own devices our shows last between 60-90 minutes with an average of 70 minutes.

It will largely depend on the audience and the people playing the game. Some players take less time than others.

We can always hit a shorter or precise show length, though we don't recommend "stretching" a show to last longer than it does organically.

Can we customize the game or game play?

We have a great "Distracted Driving" show and are willing to work with you to customize a show to meet a specific need.

If we feel the topic you are interested in will be popular with other schools, we'll write a custom show at no extra charge. We may already have something for you with a different show, as each show has it's own character and strenths.

We are happy to work with you to figure out what will work best for your event if you have something special in mind

What size of performance area is needed?

Our Bronze and Silver shows are very flexible and can fit in just about any space. However - to make it feel more like a show we recommend the minimums outlined below. We can be very flexible with the budget shows, but not quite as much with the Gold/Platinum shows.

Our shows are pretty big. So we do need some room. Though we do have a bit of flexibility these are our ideal space needs:

For Gold or Platinum Level shows a stage or platform that is a minimum of 16' deep x 24' wide (preferably 28' or wider)

If a stage is not available we can work on floor level - just add about 4 feet to these dimensions.

Near the stage/performance area should be a place for two 6 foot banquet tables (we'll bring these) for our technician to set up.

This space should be indoors, or if outdoors this should be preapproved by our staff and it should be a covered area. Outdoor shows are not recommended for daytime events as even our very bright projectors get washed out in full sunlight.

We also need 10.5 feet above the stage for our full set - though we can make the set shorter if we need to. Again... just let us know in advance so we are prepared.

State Fees/Taxes/Permits

Some states such as California, North Carolina and Missouri (just a few that we know of) have "Out of State Entertainer" taxes or state income taxes that we don't have here in our home state of Texas.

Our contracts will always contain this wording:

SPECIAL NOTE: The agreed upon fee is the amount that should be paid to Game Shows To Go AFTER ANY FEES, STATE TAXES (income, performer or otherwise), Special Licensing Fees required by your state or other municipality or organization. There is no way for us to keep up with all 50 states and thousands of states and cities. The amount of the check written to Game Shows to go, after deductions should be (amount quoted for show). If the gross needs to be adjusted please do so to ensure the proper payment amount. Thanks for your understanding.

This seems to be the best way to keep our prices low and only pass along these costs to the states/people who charge them. Our fees usually include travel/lodging/prizes/promotional materials and many other expenses and that are not income.

Ways we can work around this are:

  • Add the amount expected to be deducted for these fees/taxes to the amount your check is requested for.
  • Subtract the amount of fees/taxes from the prize money we give at the show (if we are providing prizes).
  • Add a clause that says expenses of "up to <the amount of taxes/fees> will be billed after the show" and we'll bill you for that exact amount.
Are discounts available?

We fully participate in block bookings both through NACA and on our own. Check our calendar page to see when we'll be coming near you to save.

We give HUGE discounts to schools who work with us to create routes. Using Coop buying really helps everyone to win.

You can also get discounts by scheduling more than one show during the school year.

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