Mr. C --
Would recommend that you check out the SAM's Parent Assembly web site at http://www.geocities.com/samparentassembly/home.html
. Not sure which events are open to folks who aren't members of the Assembly, but may be worth checking out. THey tend to have a full calendar of events, and located in NYC.
I echo the recommendation for the Roundtable lectures -- great group of magicians who have now been meeting for over 50 years! (and there is a train station 50 yards away so easy to get there from New York City)
Not sure where/when, but I thought there are some lunch/brunch-time meeting spots for magicians at some local restaurants - can anyone help me out here?
Seeing that you're coming our way from Ireland, if you'd like to visit our assembly in central NJ for one of our lectures (www.sam161.org
), I'm sure we could arrange transporation to/from one of the local train stations. Just let me know!
Hope this helps :)