Tom Stone wrote:
Nathan Muir wrote:Wow, Tom, that's a particularly cowardly approach. Not the way we do things in the free world.
Well, when idealism run into the brick wall of realism, one get a different perspectiv of things. Some fights can not be won.
I spent 1.5 years trying to find out the reason why I was not allowed to compete at FISM2006. Did not get any real explanation, instead I became the target of an extreme mud-slinging that left me more or less alienated from the whole Swedish magic scene.
So, yes, I regret that I asked about the reason.
Tom, as Sue-Anne and a number of other Aussie magicians will attest to, I was targeted by a fellow Aussie magician because he didn't get a free rego to a convention I was organising several years ago.
(The only people who go to Aussie conventions free are the overseas guest artists).
Anyway, he was President of the local club and started gossiping about me. When I was nominated to join the club more rumours were spread and I was suddenly the anti-christ of Aussie magic. For some reason he and his colleagues got away with saying anything they wanted to about me (discussing fictional versions of my private life, non-existent restraining orders etc) but as soon as I spoke up to defend myself they used that as "evidence" to show how much of a "troublemaker" I was and all the more reason I shouldn't be in the club.
Yes, you're right, there are some fights you cannot win.
In the end a lot of the committee who wanted me to join quit in protest, only to be replaced (without club voting) by this chaps friends. He even changed the clubs constitution to bar me (and Sue-Anne) from joining. (Ironically, the person in question is also on the Blackpool banned list).
So Tom, in a nutshell, I know how you feel.
If one person is running a club or a convention they can bar who they want, they can slander until the cows come home, and still pretend to be operating in the "best interests of the harmony of the club".
However, I disagree that in THIS case, we should accept that some people are not welcome.
FISM 2012 is not, as Derek Lever has made very clear, a Blackpool Convention, it is a FISM event.
In speaking with Derek he seems a very reasonable man (he's even expressed interest in having Ellis & webster appear at FISM 2012 so he has excellent taste *g*) so I can't see how he would even be considering extending his Blackpool bans to FISM 2012.
I'd be very surprised if he doesn't submit a post in here in a day or two clarifying exactly that.