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Postby Mark Collier » 03/25/10 08:34 PM

I just registered 15 min ago. Still waiting for a confirmation email.

I suspect there will be no cap on registrations. I agree with Ian. Why would they? Except the threat of a limit creates a sense of urgency (which I apparently fell for).
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Postby Frank Yuen » 03/25/10 09:53 PM

The limit makes no sense to me either. I figured out what happene, the "Register to Attend" button does no show up when you are logged in on their site. Apparently my payment did not go through but I did get registered to the site. Mark, did you actually get some page that said to look for a confirmation email?
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Postby Magic Newswire » 03/25/10 10:08 PM

I'll be happy to look into the limit issue. Given that their goal is to deliver hight quality video with two way communication during the conference, it may be a bandwidth issue.
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Postby Mark Collier » 03/25/10 10:42 PM

I did get a confirmation email. It took a while and its not in English but everything looks legit.
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Postby Evan Shuster » 03/25/10 11:04 PM

I registered yesterday, and I received my confirmation almost instantly. I was also curious about the limited registration and came to the conclusion that it was likely a bandwidth issue. Even so, I imagine that subscriptions to the "on demand" content, after the event, could potentially be limitless.
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Postby mrgoat » 03/26/10 06:14 AM

Magic Newswire wrote:I'll be happy to look into the limit issue. Given that their goal is to deliver hight quality video with two way communication during the conference, it may be a bandwidth issue.


Bandwidth is the cheapest it has ever been. Most hosts have a decent CDN. If they SERIOUSLY are in doubt their host cannot support x simultaneous connections, get them to talk to me, and I will put them in touch with hosts that can.

Really, capping potential profit cos of bandwidth fears is a little 1995.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 03/31/10 08:05 PM

From the emails that I've been getting since posting this podcast, it seems that everyone's pretty excited by the idea. As I mentioned when I first posted this, we'll be getting updates to share with you from the speakers and others associated with the conference from time to time in the months leading up to the actual event. The latest is a chat with Bill Kalush in which he discusses the founding of the Conjuring Arts Research Center. Bill is among the 33 presenters scheduled for the three day event in July: http://bit.ly/doQ821
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Postby the Larry » 03/31/10 08:13 PM

This looks like a great concept. The only beef I have with it is that they scheduled less than 30minutes for each speaker. Way too little particularly since they want to make this interactive. How can you do a presentation and have an exchange with the viewers in 30 minutes? Less would be much more in this case.

The other problem with such online events - and I have participated in several of such events in the past (not magic) - there is alwasy something not working technically. Either being on the client end or the service end. And that can lead to utter misery.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/31/10 08:20 PM

Well, "the Larry," rather than saddle this new event with your complaints about other events of this type in the past, let's see how the first one actually goes before you complain about technical glitches.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 03/31/10 08:26 PM

They are also adopting the Ted model which limits presentations to 20 min or so. I for one will say that I have sat through far too many 1HR + presentations that would have been far better at 20 min or less!

Also, for your $75 registration, you'll also be getting a set of DVD's with all 16 hours + of content!
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Postby mai-ling » 03/31/10 11:26 PM

This is actually perfect for my father
because he can sit at home and watch
people talk about magic and talk
back to the TV (and me) even tho
he might not do it any longer he
still like to talk about it ...
and you get him on a subject and
he goes on a tangent and he just
talks all day long. non stop.

this would be perfect with him
since he can't travel (and I can't
get him to go very far) and he
can sit in the comfort of his own
recliner.

Despite the fact he was never much
for attending lectures, he was more
of a doer, i think anything magic related
he can watch or be around makes him
feel good.

Hmmm... maybe i'll treat him to this.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 04/01/10 12:46 AM

If it guarantees 60+ hours of us not hearing about you father in each and every freaking thread, I'll treat him.
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Postby the Larry » 04/01/10 03:23 AM

20 minutes of presentation is great but 10 minutes of Q&A or 'interaction with viewers' (however they have planned it) is way too little. Particularly since this is being marketed as 'interactive'.

Despite what Mr. Kaufman tries to read into my post, as I opened "I like the concept". I am sorry that I have seen too many online conventions fail because of technical problems. Not to mention the fact that 16 hours in front of the computer or TV makes Ben Hur seem like a short story. It is not what most of us are looking forward to. 7 speakers over 7 hours would probably be a better choice than 33 speakers and 16 hours.
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Postby NCMarsh » 04/01/10 07:05 PM

So sorry you're disappointed by the event that hasn't happened...
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Postby mai-ling » 04/01/10 07:59 PM

Brad Henderson wrote:If it guarantees 60+ hours of us not hearing about you father in each and every freaking thread, I'll treat him.


Can't help it.
Much of the reason why I hang around is for that reason.
You can't really say that I mentioned him in each thread.
Since there are many times when I'm not even active here.

But my statement in this one is valid.
He can't travel since his stroke, so for someone
to attend a conventionwithout being on the road is nice.
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Postby Dave Klaiber » 04/02/10 01:34 PM

Mai-ling,

I have 4 grown children and am fortunate that I currently enjoy good health. I hope, however, that should I ever become incapacitated as your father has, at least one of my children would honor and treat me with the same love, respect and compassion that you have shown to your father. It is very obvious to me that you were raised with loving parents that besides their love for magic also instilled in you many other virtues.

Perhaps that is the reason you "Can't help it". I for one do enjoy hearing your comments about your father. I also enjoyed meeting you and your parents at my first Collector's Weekend event a few years ago. It's magicians like your father that made the magic history we are now able to enjoy learning about. But more importantly it's fathers like yours that can be extremely proud of the children they raised.

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Postby the Larry » 04/02/10 02:00 PM

NCMarsh wrote:So sorry you're disappointed by the event that hasn't happened...


The organizers specifically have solicted feedback to the planned event. I am providing my feedback. I know that criticism is often taken the wrong way. I am trying to help so that it will be a success. I am not the kind of guy that says to everything "Oh yes, that is great, it can't be improved any more."
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Postby Brad Henderson » 04/02/10 03:32 PM

Mai-ling,

You consistently insert your father/mother or other family stories into threads that have nothing to do with them. You have done this to the point that many people are tired of hearing about them - which I know is the exact opposite of your intentions.

In the past few days I have made several comments that were taking jabs at your habit. I think you failed to realize the sarcasm in those statements.

However, I have received dozens of emails and messages from people thanking me for saying what was on their mind.

If you would like to post about your father, please create specific threads about him and please stop interjecting him into topics of conversation that have nothing to do with your obsession/devotion to your family.

I will personally take a moment to apologize to those interested in the EMC for playing a role in hijacking this thread. I assure you my intention was to prevent further hijacks and digressions from Mai-ling. I hope this clear and outright statement will prevent the need for any further tangent.

I realize that some people may find these words harsh. However, many magicians refuse to say anything but the kindest of nonsense lest the brotherhood be tarnished.

I am clearly not of that mindset.

I am tired of hearing about your family, Mai-ling (much as I am tired of hearing about Glenn Bishop's.) Please try to remain on topic in the future and should you feel the need to praise your father, start a thread and praise away.

It will make you, and the rest of us, feel better.

Thanks,

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Postby Chris Aguilar » 04/02/10 03:46 PM

I'll take this as an opportunity to enhance my forums experience by using the handy "Ignore this user" function. (Available from a users profile screen)

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That being said, I wish the promoters of this online event much luck and success. I see potential in the concept.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 04/03/10 12:41 AM

I just posted the next video in the EMC "Passion Video" with Steve Cohen available only at Magic Newswire.com : http://bit.ly/djHdwx
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Postby Magic Newswire » 04/11/10 11:39 AM

The latest video from the Essential Magic Conference went online exclusively at the Magic Newswire this week and features Roger Quan, the owner of Rogue Magic in NYC: http://bit.ly/cH3Pmu
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Postby Magic Newswire » 04/20/10 07:46 PM

I just posted the latest interview from the Essential Magic Conference which features Bill Herz. Watch it here: http://bit.ly/d87fDJ
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Postby Magic Newswire » 04/27/10 07:32 PM

I have just posted the latest video from the Essential Magic conference with Matthew Holtzclaw. Enjoy at: http://bit.ly/dmCxJF
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Postby Magic Newswire » 05/11/10 11:25 AM

The latest EMC 2010 video features Apollo Robbins and went up today here : www.bit.ly/d5l48w
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Postby Magic Newswire » 05/16/10 02:11 PM

In case you're wondering what the EMC conference will look like, have a peek at the set where the broadcast will take place: www.bit.ly/EMC2010set
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Postby Magic Newswire » 05/30/10 12:47 PM

The latest EMC Video went up today featuring mentalist Ava Do and you can watch it here: www.bit.ly/AvaDoEMC

Several members only videos have been also posted with more to come which are only available to EMC Members. The most recent of these features a chat with my co-host on the "This Week in Magic" podcast, David Kaye.
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Postby naquada » 07/01/10 03:10 AM

Last night the media partners had a sneak peek at the Essential Magic Conference..

We were more than impressed!!! Using the same interface that conference attendees will be using we were shown around the set of studio 33, and walked through how the conference will work.

http://www.magicconventionguide.com/201 ... peek-live/

The video feed wasnt your normal slow, fuzzy transmission, we can honestly say that watching Luis and the team live at Studio 33, was just like watching TV at home, add to that the fact that the video feed can be full screened, it made it wonderful to watch.

You also have the choice of bandwidth for the live video, 1/2meg 1meg and HD quality, under the video is a live chat system, and an area for raising questions to the speakers.

The media partners will be getting some video of the sneak peek this week, which we'll all place onto our sites so you can see just what we're talking about..

There are some more photos caught live from the event on the above article on MagicConventionGuide.com along with all the current coverage at - http://www.magicconventionguide.com/cat ... ence-2010/

if the sneak peek is anything to go by, I'd highly recommend registering today - http://essentialmagicconference.com/

this is something very very special!!!
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Postby Doug Thornton » 07/01/10 08:32 AM

Thanks, naquada.
Any idea what the schedule time frame is for us folks across the pond?
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/01/10 09:14 AM

Luis did say that the final scheduled would be released soon as well. I agree with Andrew, the quality of the broadcast was outstanding and the production values were excellent! There are multiple cameras being used and directed from a central control center, much like a traditional television broadcast, and included a steadicam which can be used to get up close and in the action when needed. I've posted photos of the set that is used before, but will let you know as soon as the video from yesterday comes available. If you haven't signed up, I'd highly recommend it.
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Postby naquada » 07/01/10 03:31 PM

Currently the three days are scheduled as three sessions per day.

Thursday 15th July
Session one: 16:00 - 17:00
Session two: 18:00 - 20:00
Session three: 21:30 - 23:30

Friday 16th July
Session four: 15:00 - 17:00
Session five: 18:00 - 20:00
Session six: 21:30 - 23:30

Saturday 17th July
Session seven: 15:00 - 17:00
session eight: 18:00 - 20:00
session nine: 21:30 - 23:30

I believe as Dodd said, they will fill in who's appear in each session shortly.. I also think all times are local time for studio 33 (portugal, which is currently the same as UK time.. luckily)
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/05/10 10:18 PM

We had a media preview of the EMC 2010 conference to get a feel for what it would be like. Here's a slideshow with a video to follow. Register now if you haven't at www.essentialmagicconference.com after watching There is another free event for registered attendees approaching very soon!
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/12/10 12:52 PM

Just a quick heads up from the EMC:

At 15.00 EST (20.00 in UK and Portugal) on Monday, July 12th EssentialMagicConference.com will be giving a live broadcast from Studio 33. This is the venue for the Essential Magic Conference on July 15th, 16th and 17th.

We want to take this opportunity to give you a behind the scenes look at the conference venue and the technology we will be employing during the worlds first digital conference for magicians.

The broadcast will be delivered in three different video streams: HD, 1mb and 500kb which should enable everyone to watch no matter what their connection speed. The tour will take no more than 15 minutes of your time.

You will see for yourself the high quality video that will be broadcast during the conference. And you will have a chance to test the chat facility used to ask questions and receive answers from the Speakers during the event.

For those who have registered for the conference it is a chance to test your computer system and internet connection. For those who have been waiting for an insight into how the event will look, maybe this demonstration will convince you to join us. We hope so.

All you have to do is visit our website at 15.00 EST (20.00 in UK and Portugal) on July 12th. Well open a portal to our live broadcast. Our web address is www.essentialmagicconference.com.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 07/12/10 04:09 PM

I tried to watch it. It took me 10 minutes for the website to finally let me in and another 10 minutes to find the link to the broadcast.

By the time I got connected, I was only able to watch the final 2 minutes of the live broadcast. :(
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/13/10 12:09 AM

Watch for another public preview, possibly on Wednesday, before the conference begins on Thursday.

How did it go today? Find out from Macro Tempest and Luis DeMatos as they join me, Rudy Coby, Cameron Ramsay and Justin from iTricks as we do a quick post op of todays open preview: http://bit.ly/cRmeII
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Postby Scott M. » 07/13/10 02:10 AM

Thanks for the update. I registered and am looking forward to it, even if most of the sessions I'll be watching after the fact due to work and other commitments. That said, I'm surprised they were only expecting 2,500 people for the test. Between the email blasts, Twitter promotion, announcements at Ellusionist and T11, iTricks and Magic Newswire pieces, they definitely got the word out.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/13/10 08:14 PM

There will be one more open preview tomorrow at 3 PM EST before the closed convention begins on Thursday. http://bit.ly/cRmeII
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/14/10 06:42 PM

The EMC did several unannounced broadcasts today. For anyone interested, have a peek here: http://bit.ly/9XDWfw
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/15/10 10:26 AM

From the EMC Staff:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE ESSENTIAL MAGIC CONFERENCE

The Essential Magic Conference begins today!

Our first Session begins at 16.00 (8AM Pacific or 11 AM EST) Portugal time. Hosted by Lus de Matos, the session features Eric Mead, Ponta the Smith and Dani DaOrtiz.

You can join us at our old Web address but we also have a new live address which we think will make logging in even faster for many of you. Go to:

http://emcbroadcast.com/

(Our streams will be active starting at 15:15 for early arrivals)

See you later. And thanks again for joining us for this exciting event.

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Postby Jim Riser » 07/15/10 01:50 PM

The EMC technology is, so far, working beautifully. This conference is really a breakthrough in magic lecture type of presentations. Perhaps in the future even the video will be interactive with viewers being able to add visual input to the presentations. Everyone involved should be congratulated. Hopefully, it has all turned a profit so that we might see more such events and be able to watch the technology evolve.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/15/10 02:05 PM

Could this be the end of live magic conventions?
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