LA History Conference

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LA History Conference

Postby Bill Mullins » November 2nd, 2015, 12:48 am

So who will be there? This is my first time going, and I'm giving a talk on Kid Canfield, a reformed gambler/silent movie star. Come say hi if you see me.

I'm arriving at LAX at about 1:00 pm Thursday, staying at the Garland, and flying out 11:30 Sunday morning. I've got a (small) rental car, so I can possibly give someone a lift if schedules match.

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Dustin Stinett » November 2nd, 2015, 12:01 pm

Glad to hear that you will be there. See you then!

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 2nd, 2015, 2:38 pm

The Genii will be there.
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby JohnCox » November 2nd, 2015, 3:43 pm

I'm excited to be attending this year. My first Conference!
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Leonard Hevia » November 2nd, 2015, 4:03 pm

John--will you be lecturing for this Conference?

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » November 2nd, 2015, 4:25 pm

I will also be there.

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Bill Mullins » November 2nd, 2015, 4:55 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:The Genii will be there.



This one? :D

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Larry Horowitz » November 2nd, 2015, 10:36 pm

I will be there

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 2nd, 2015, 10:57 pm

Yes, I've gone trans.
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Donal Chayce » November 3rd, 2015, 1:08 am

I'll be at the Saturday night program. It will be my first time--very excited!
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Steve Bryant » November 3rd, 2015, 8:01 am

We -- the Uninvited -- look forward to reports from you guys. Any advance word of what the big resurrected illusion will be?

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 3rd, 2015, 12:02 pm

All is silent.
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Matthew Field » November 3rd, 2015, 12:43 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, I've gone trans.


Yes, all is silent. We are contemplating the above.

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Re: LA History Conference

Postby JohnCox » November 3rd, 2015, 4:49 pm

Leonard Hevia wrote:John--will you be lecturing for this Conference?


Nope. Just enjoying the other lectures.
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby JohnCox » November 9th, 2015, 2:33 pm

There was a surprise attendee at the Conference this year...

http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2015/11 ... story.html
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Re: LA History Conference

Postby Bill Mullins » November 10th, 2015, 12:45 am

I'm looking forward to Dustin's article on the convention, so I won't describe the events. But I will say how much I enjoyed going to Spectral Motion's shop, and seeing owner Mike Elizalde (who is also a magician) give lessons on movie special effects.

My own talk on Kid Canfield (look for an article about him in Genii some day soon) seemed to be pretty well received. It was worth the effort of putting it together -- I found myself being treated as sort of a peer by so many magicians and historians and writers whose work I have enjoyed and respected for years. (I've been lucky to actually do something at a few really good meetups in the last few years -- the Erdnaseum, 31FN, and this -- and it's so much more fun when you actually participate, rather than passively attend). One word of advice, though -- if you do give a presentation, try not to follow Steve Valentine. He absolutely killed.

I caught up with many folks who I only see occasionally, and got to finally put faces on names that I've known online for years (Andrew Pinard, John Cox, Jeff Pierce, Diego Domingo, Todd Karr, Bill Spooner, others I'm sure I'm forgetting -- I'm still a little sleep deprived). I finally met the lovely Lisa Cousins, and foolishly turned down the tour of the renovated library at the Magic Castle. I heard from some who went that I really missed out. Maybe next time, Lisa!

But as good as the talks and shows were, perhaps the most enjoyable part was talking and spending time with old friends and making a few new ones. Dinner and drinks and just sitting around with Jason England, Charlie Randall, Dick Hatch, Bill Kalush, Ricky Jay (!!), John Lovick, Mac King, Max Maven, Steve Freeman (!!), Stephen Minch, Peter Lamont, Dustin Stinett, Peter Samelson, Sara Crasson, David Ben, Julie Eng, Brad Henderson, Will Houstoun, Richard Kaufman, Mark Setteducati, Eric Mead, and more. (Protip: If Max Maven says to you "I know this really good sushi place", follow along. The man knows his fish.)

Getting there is a bit of a slog, but even the flight home was somewhat magical. Delta's Flight Safety video had a surprise, featuring one of the conference's attendees. Special kudos to Steinmeyer, Caveney, et al., for coming up with a way to make the 14th Los Angeles Conference on Magic History last all the way to the airport.


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