Yes, Mickey Silver, from Boston, won one of three Awards of Merit. The other Merit winners were Adam Keisner from the UK and Hyashi from Germany.
First prize in the contest was won by the extraordinary Ferenc Galambos from Hungary. Second prize was Kevin Gallagher from the UK, and third was Marc Oberon, also from the UK.
It was my first MacMillan convention and I had a ball. Lectures by David Willaimson, Flip, Piet Fortin, Vito Lupo and Ray Grismer. Mr. Grismer was suffering from jet-lag or something and could not complete his lecture, so John Lenahan stepped in and taught a McDonald's Aces routine.
Close-up sessions (from a stage with excellent TV projection) by Piet Forton, Flip, Lennart Green, Mickey Silver and David Willaimson. Lennart Green was, as always, phenominal and Williamson did some really excellent sleight of hand work from his new DVD "Magic Farm." Since I'm no longer the Genii video reviewer I can tell you here that I think the video is first rate. John Derris introduced the acts here and in the contests.
The gala show, repeated on three evenings,, featured Mirko (Argentina), Evgeniy and VAssily (Russia), Leo Ward (New Zealand), David Williamson (Mars), Magic Wave (a duo from the Netherlands), Ailona (a hula-hoop act from Russia), John Lenahan (U.S., nmow living in London), Vito Lupo (U.S.), and Nina & Nikolai (quick-change act from Russia). Noel Britten was the excellent and funny compere (that's emcee for those in the States).
The Shaw Theatre, located in the new Novotel Hotel right across from the British Library, was excellent. The bar service was so-so (did you ever know a bar to run out of Scotch?), the dealer room disappointed (as others have stated). Jerry Sadowitz did have two new issues of the Crimp on sale, but not to me (damn my soul) and a new little book as well.
I had the chance to chat for a while with Alex Elmsley, who was in the attendance, as well as Obie O'Brien, Anthony Brahams, Bobby Bernard, Bob Read, Ron Macmillan, Elizabeth Warlock and others. Mickey Silver, whose coin work is first-rate, had a free DVD for everone he came into contact with.
I think everyone enjoyed himself, I know I did. Things seemed to stop a bit early each evening judging by U.S. convention standards, and there were no concurrent sessions, but I actually like both of these things, the more so the older I get.
Friendly, helpful staff members were available throughout, few lines (queues) anywhere -- as I said, a real treat for this nouveau Londoner.