The Bingo Detective went on a search to answer what it is that you need to learn if you ever want to become a Bingo Caller. Although their job is to “just” gather bingo balls and call them out so that players can spot the respective numbers on their bingo cards, their personalities always shine through the calls, whether they’re announcing a good old “B12” or revealing the ball “N32”, you can tell straight away if they have a sense of humor, confidence, and sometimes you can even tell whether they’re having a good or bad day.
It’s a complex job that requires people to have communication skills that some people naturally have and others have to work on. The Bingo Caller is a sort of MC of the bingo halls and if you want people to be entertained, you better start following these tips.
- Familiarize yourself with the game. If you have little to no experience in playing bingo, then it is almost guaranteed that you will not be a successful bingo caller. Learn the card and the five columns, and try to memorize which numbers go where without giving it away.
- Practice calling at home. The best way to learn is by doing it in your own time before you get in front of a large crowd.
- Design and print bingo cards using numbers, words, etc.
- Call the number loud and clearly. Also, repeat the number by saying each digit to help people understand in case they missed it or heard it wrong.
- Learn the different games and which numbers are required for each game. For example, the letter X” does not require the “N” numbers, so whenever an “N” number pops up, quickly remove it to keep the game at a steady pace.
- Call out only the numbers when playing a “Quickie” game. This makes the game faster, which is the whole point of a “Quickie.” Slow down towards the end of a “Quickie” game when you are nearing 50 to 60 numbers. This will help ensure that no bingo calls are missed.
- Listen for bingo calls after each number is called. Some people do not say it as loud as others, so look out for raised cards as well.
- Turn each ball towards the ball monitor as soon as it pops up. Learn to multitask and turn balls as you call the other numbers.
- Apply at different bingo halls in the area. Look for bigger halls, because small bingo halls are usually run by members of fire departments and VFWs and may not be paying positions.
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The bottom line is that the final word in this matter is always a personal preference. Do what you feel most comfortable with, and the less artificial and uncomfortable you sound, the more respect you will command and the more enjoyment you will create.