MINDvention Schedule & Performer Update
Sadly, two of the scheduled performers will be unable to appear at the convention; Larry Becker and Richard Osterlind.
Larry is recovering from surgery and his doctor has advised him against traveling at this time. I know you will all join me in wishing Larry a speedy recovery.
Richard and I just spoke by phone and once again his agent has secured for him two corporate bookings that will not allow him to attend MINDvention. Damn that agent!
Richard feels terrible about this as do I, and as does everyone that was looking forward to seeing him perform and lecture. But these same skills we were looking forward to seeing, also make him a much sought after performer in the corporate world.
As I explained last year, the economies of scale mean that a corporate booking (not to mention two bookings!) make it financially a no-brainer when it comes to making a decision. His corporate performances are how he pays his bills, and the chance to lecture and perform at a small convention have to take a back seat to his bookings.
Richard said he was really looking forward to coming this year, as he heard so many great things about last years MINDvention. Thats why we were so careful when advertising and promoting the convention to specifically state after Richards name, (schedule permitting) and sadly his schedule will not permit him to come. Richards knowledge and energy will be missed by all, but we still have an awesome line-up of talent.
So I guess I should let the cat out of the bag and state the surprise event that was listed on the old schedule is none other than David Charvet, the author of the recently released book, Alexander The Man Who Knows. David will be presenting a lecture on this most fascinating character. I saw a truncated version of this talk at MAGIC Live! And I cant wait to see and hear more about the incredible life of one of the arts most colorful entertainers.
Another person that was a late addition to the MINDvention schedule is Rick Maue. Rick will be lecturing and performing and those that have seen him in action know what to expect, and for those that havent, you are in for a real treat.
In addition to the listed talent, (Below is an update schedule of events), there is a veritable whos who of mentalism that will be in attendance either as dealers or as attendees.
Most of last years lecturers will be back this year, just to hang out and have fun, and how many conventions can say that. Also a number of great performers who missed last years MINDvention, after hearing the incredible buzz, have made it a point to attend this year. I am really looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones.
Gerry McCambridge (The star of the 2004 NBC prime time special The Mentalist) is performing Monday through Thursdays at the Rampart Casino. Gerry has graciously invited MINDvention attendees to see his show for free while they are in Las Vegas. E-mail me for more information.
My partner Robert Allen and I have been working hard, and we promise you an unforgettable three days in Las Vegas exploring the ins and outs of mentalism.
Thanks and Good Thoughts,
2005 MINDvention Schedule of Events
Noon Registration/Dealers Opens
2:00 Harvey Berg Lecture
4:00 Panel Discussion -
Pre- Show Work
5:30 Dinner Break/Dealers
7:00 Barrie Richardson Lecture
9:00 Attendee Show effects from convention attendees
10:30 Rick Maue Lecture
11:00 AM Lee Earle Lecture
2:30 Bruce Bernstein Lecture
4:30 Panel Discussion
The Ethics of Mindreading
6:00 Dinner Break/ Dealers
8:00 David Charet presents the
Life and Times of Alexander
9:30 Attendee Show
11:00 Luke Jermay Lecture
2:00 Panel Discussion -
4:00 Banachek Lecture
6:00 PM Dinner Break
8:00 PM All Star Show
Schedule/performers subject to change