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Hello my friends,

this is my line up for this weekend:

https://nordischnobel.de/die-kuenstler/

(scroll down for amazement!)

I am really excited!! Lectures by Michael Vincent and Max Maven, Christoph Bohrer, Miguel Munoz, Kalibo, DK and Mario Lopez! Cardshark will be there, I think Jörg Alexander (for translations)...

This will be awesome! I will report how it was if you are interested!

May you all have a nice weekend, too!


All the best,

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Enjoy yourself, Axel!

I'll look forward to hearing how it goes.
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Very cool!  Yes, enjoy!  I wonder if Denis Behr will be there?  Have you met him?  He has done amazing things with Conjuring Archive, which I look at frequently.
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Thank you my friends for your interest! Bags are packed I´m leaving now.
Yes I met Denis two times there but he comes from Munich that is on the other side of Germany, Lübeck is quite in the North, but I hope he will be there, it is always fun to meet him!...

... I´m the one on the right...2013 or 2015 (by the way the photo was taken by Michael Weber!)
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Wonderful! Have a great time, Axel. I look forward to hearing all about it!

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Looks like a great line-up, Axel.  Enjoy!

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Have a great time Axel! Lucky you! Enjoy it as much as you can! 

And yes, we want to read about it! 



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Thank you my friends for your interest! Bags are packed I´m leaving now.
Yes I met Denis two times there but he comes from Munich that is on the other side of Germany, Lübeck is quite in the North, but I hope he will be there, it is always fun to meet him!...

... I´m the one on the right...2013 or 2015 (by the way the photo was taken by Michael Weber!)
Denis Behr.jpg

Great picture!  But Denis is missing something that he usually is holding when photos are taken. [rolleyes]
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Great picture!  But Denis is missing something that he usually is holding when photos are taken. [rolleyes]


haha!! True 🍺

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Axel,

I hope you've had a great time. Please let us know how it was [smile]
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Hello my friends,

 

I´m back and halfway recovered from that terrific convention! 89° F without air condition, ca. 160 participants..that was cozy warm...but still terrific.

 

First day 5 lectures (Christoph Borer, Michael Vincent, Nico Heinrich/Tom Rose, Miguel Munoz), from 9:30 till 18:30 with short breaks inbetween, no lectures parallel. 19:30 at another location (a really nice old theater), Max Maven One-Man-Show, 22:00 One-Man-Night-Show Mario Lopez, then Aftershow-Party.

 

Second day, same time setting, 4 lectures (DK from South Korea, Kalibo, Max Maven, Mario Lopez); then 19:30 open end the Gala with Niek Takens (Manipulation),Max Maven, Miguel Munoz, Jeton (Gentleman-Juggler), Tim Becker (Ventriloquist), DK and Les Chapeaux Blancs. Michael Vincent and Helge Thun (Flicking Fingers Member) entertained during the break in the foyer.

 

...that was quite exhausting!

 

The lectures:

 

Christoph Borer from Switzerland:

I have seen him performing for the first time, very relaxed, humerous, baffling enteraining routines (one ultra clean prediction of a chosen rune-sign, one out of 9 I believe, the prediction was written on a stone that laid in the middle of a circle of runes, very personal to the spectator, too).

 

Michael Vincent:

Needs no introduction! Nice routine for exploring the Top Change (including Harry Lorayne ´ s Ultra Move!) and his work on the Slot Machine Routine by Dr. Sawa.

 

Nico Heinrich:

Pure Mentalism, mostly done by words and suggestions. Nice anytime/anywhere routine using cellphone/wallet/watch.

 

Miguel Munoz:

he explored his work on finding methods to use Slydini´s lapping techniques and strategies on stage or at least while standing up...that was really awesome, every move/look/expression is planned and thought out in advance to misdirect the audience. That was unbelievable!

 

DK:

Very smooth, elegant, economical, visual and deceiving (card-)routines, entertaining with some awesome ideas and awesome sleight of hands.

 

Kalibo:

He is one of Germany´s best street performers (if not the best)! He spoke about crowd building, holding the crowd and all that can happen during the performances, his philosophy, getting the money. A lot of tips and hints and subtleties for busking. And a very kind and funny guy.

 

Max Maven:

He needs no introduction either. Great professional performances with good portion of humor. He showed a prediction with a ruler (with historical annotations that it was a partygame in the early days), a really nice variation of Stewart James´ Miraskill, that appeared in the same issue of The Jinx, but is without cards, called Candy King. And Mr. Maven had some very fine ideas added. What fooled me more, was his prediction of one of about say 50 different coins from different countries that an audience member chose...I knew the principle but didn´t realized that he used it in this routine. Great!

 

Mario Lopez:

Really funny and relaxed guy, flawless techniques and fresh thinking (Perverse Magic Style). Mostly on cigarettes and his thearies on magic.

 

 

Puuuh!!!

 

Any further questions? Dirk Losander was there, almost all Finger Flickers (Pit Hartling and Manuel Muerte were missing), Helge Thun, Jörg Willich, Jörg Alexander, Stephan Kirschbaum, Christian Knudsen, Luke Jermay (!), Cardshark Christian Schenk, Uwe Schenk and Michael Sondermeyer (Germany´s foremost experts on Children Magic and Publisher (Paul Potassy, Mnemonica in German etc)), Hakan Varol, Pegani from Denmark, Mark Mason, legendary street performer/busker Hörbie Kull...etc, etc, etc.

 

Did I say that it was really awesome, terrific and great?

 

Notes on the Gala could be added as some photos...please let me know…

 

 

All the best,

 

Axel

PS: Haven´t seen Denis Behr...

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Wonderful report, Axel! Sounds like a blast. Glad you had a great time.

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Great report, Axel. Thanks for sharing it. Sounds like a lot to absorb in a short time span.

Here's a reflective sort of question you can answer or not:

What did it leave you most interested in or wanting to work on for your own magic?
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Hi Chris,

great question, much appreciated!

Two things are planned:

First, I´ll dig out and will refresh my knowledge of misdirection.
Of course Michael Vincent as Miguel Munoz as Mario Lopez mentioned Slydini and explored their deep insights. Miguel Munoz was awesome, he did a three-balls-under-hat-routine, stand-up, and took it as an example to explain his techniques he developed while transfering Slydini´s lapping techniques to the stand-up position. Every movement, every body position, every gaze he did was planned and had a function to direct/misdirect the audience. Ok, some trickery was going on, too, but the sleight-of-hand was really an art-form. And later I had the joy to see his "agua"-act, live, second row, and it is a thing of beauty! (I didn´t report from the gala evening, did I?!).
So, I have read (not really studied!) some of Slydini´s  creations many year ago, the descriptions didn´t really appealed to me (I´m more a card guy...), but now I will give them a second chance. Besides I have laid books by Ascanio, Tamariz (Five Points and The Magic Way), Alexander De Cova and I think Carneycopia is also a good start to refresh, rework re-think my knowledge about misdirection. (ok, Strong Magic comes also to my mind...any other suggestion would be very welcome!!!)

Second,
Mario Lopez detailed his thoughts on...Perverse Magic, that our honored member Gerald Deutsch propagates for years. I wasn´t too excited what I heard about this theory or strategem before...this lecture got me thinking and I think I will give it try...I have ordered Mr. Deutsch´s book and hope to find also some thoughts on the theories background (besides of first class moments his material will create..I am a great admirer of his work that I know mainly from Apocalypse). I´m curious. I think this could be really fun on one side and have a deep impact on the audience on the other side...along the lines of Paul Harris´ Astonishment- concept.

Reading all this great books again is a great challenge besides Mike Powers´ Tesseract, Allan Ackerman´s Card Theater and his earlier lecture notes, John Racherbaumer MO is waiting for me as is Scripting Magic Vol. 2, on the convention I bought The Ramsay Classics and The Ramsay Finale (signed by Andrew Galloway and now also by Michael Vincent who explained the Ramsay Vanish on his lecture...) and a book by Jörg Alexander. Sigh.

So, up to here, far too much text and far too less pictures...thank you for having brought up this question! Any further questions? All is welcome!

All the best,

Axel



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Thanks for that thoughtful reply, Axel. Sounds like you have a bunch of fun magical journeys ahead.

For misdirection (or direction), the only big one that comes to mind for me that you didn't mention is the Tommy Wonder books.
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What a great report!  Thanks, Axel.  I haven’t been to a convention/lecture in a long time, but your synopsis made me feel like I was right there!  Excited about your re-discovery of misdirection principles.  That’s something I’m personally also exploring.

 


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Thank you, my friends, for your kind words!

This is the only magic convention I go on regular basis, it is almost like meeting some distant relations on a regular basis, every second year since 2011 I believe, they skipped 2017 and I was really sad about it. It is a small convention, as I said, it is a financial desaster every time for the event organizer, but he still runs it because he is crazy (in a positve way...) and because it is really like a family-meeting. I have met there Juan Tamariz (also had the chance to have an extra lecture (12 other persons I beleive)), Richard Osterlind (also private lecture), Daniel Garcia, Dirk Losander, Paul Gertner, Michael Weber, Denis Behr, Pit Hartling, Jay Sankey, Axel Hecklau (as a participant), Jörg Alexander, Eric Jones, Dani da Ortiz, Joshua Jay, ...and now Migual Munoz, Michael Vincent, Mario Lopez and Max Maven (!) (ok, don´t forget Kalibo!) etc etc. :

I would never have met these giants if Daniel Mayer and his crew had not taken these exertions all two years to rock such an event in the north of Germany! A historic town (Lübeck) but also somewhat of a small town and he nevertheless pulls these big names: That has my greatest respect...

...and I have the hope he will do it again in 2021!. Perhaps I have animated some of you to keep an eye on this event and to take part in it, too, the next time. Three or four people can stay here at my home during the visit, no problem!

So, thank you for your interest...I haven´t described the gala, have I?!


All the best and greetings from Lüneburg, Germany. (Hope "Dorian" didn´t hit you at all or not too hard, my east-coast-friends!!)

Axel
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