Originally Posted by fredreisz
I just returned yesterday from the Genii Convention in Orlando. Very strong lectures, presentations and shows. Fairly good representation of people from other countries...enough to give one a feel for magic in numerous parts of the world. The Koreans were most prominent.
This must be a "bear" to plan. manage, and control when needed. The timing to some things could have been improved. It is a packed schedule. Time for prep for the evening gala shows seemed to be particularly an issue with people waiting in line outside in the lobby for an extended period of time.
This year. the unintended most popular trick in performances was the gypsy thread....who knew! Finally one gracious woman performer "spared" us seeing the trick again and just showed us she had the equipment set to go! That happens almost every year...at 22least this year there were less snowstorms...although with the heat we could have used more. Many people complained about the super cold temperatures in the showroom (as well as elsewhere). This is the hotel's fault and mine since I should have known to bring a sweater. The organizer Richard Kauffman was always multilayered. He knew!
What was most memorable?.....Ok you cannot top Piff the Magic Dragon and Penn (of Penn and Tell) and their classic stage extravaganza …"Urine to Impossible Location." This may have been your single chance to experience a woman coming up out of the audience volunteering (knowing what she was being asked to do) namely to urinate into a container while on stage. Was it reality or illusion??? Laymen always ask....sooo it is good for we magicians to do likewise. I hope she was "stooged." All was as funny as it was outrageous. AND "unforgettable." An extended interview and response to questions by Penn in person and Teller via being broadcast in was interesting, informative nd an insight into their minds, their relationship and how they conceive their performances,. Their critques of magic and magicians were worth hearing and heeding.
More than glad I attended and I came home with some money left in my wallet which is a sign of my age (80) and not my enthusiasm for magic and the creativity of some dealers. Gimmick Magic was new to me and their card gimmicks were impressive and not the usual stuff.
Less smoke gimmicks this year in the dealers' room and more technology.
Peace to all and love your audience and care for yourself AND advance your magic!
Fred Reisz, SC