Magic At The Beach 2012, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA ...

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 05/24/11 02:46 PM

Yes, it is official Magic At The Beach 2012 has released the names of the first 3 artists which will be appearing in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, 12-14 January 2012

We are very proud to announce that Jeff McBride, Mike Caveney and Tina Lenert are coming to Magic At The Beach 2012 !!

In a short amount of time MATB has gained the reputation within the magic community of hosting the most affordable, diverse, fun, friendly little convention anywhere.

Registration is now open via our website and the number of registrants will be limited so jump on-board as soon as you possibly can.

See our website at www.MagicAtTheBeach.org for all the latest information.
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 05/25/11 03:41 PM

I want to point out that 2012 is a bigger and better convention. You still get the same awesome Gala show, awesome close-up show, two contests, opening banquet, and of course THE BEACH!
For 2012 we have added a bonus 7th lecture, our Banquet show will be featuring a LAS VEGAS HEADLINER, and an extra 1-man show has been added as well. That makes 4 fully staged shows all together!!! And we are a small fraction of the price of the Big conventions that offer all of these things.

The people asked and we delivered: JEFF McBride was one of the names all of our attendees requested to see. Not only will you see Jeff perform in every arena of magic and lecture but he will be giving a dose of his Magic and Mystery School. Eugene Burger calls Jeff, "one of the most influential teachers of magic of our time." We hope you take advantage of this once in a lifetime oppurtinity training one-on-one with this master teacher of magic. Each five hour session with Jeff is never like the other, and I think anyone who has taken it can atest to that. Spots are limited so sign up soon for your guranteed slot with Jeff McBride and the Super Session. See the website for details.

In planning your convention travels for next year I hope you put Magic at the Beach on your list.... It is said to be one the new favorite conventions everyone is attending.

We have more suprises in store, keep your eyes open as we reveal what's hidden at the beach.

Best Wishes,

Matt McCoy
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 06/09/11 05:47 PM

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Greetings to all of our Friends in Magic,

It's time again to start preparing for South Carolina's premiere magic convention - Magic At The Beach, the Southeast's newest and freshest magic convention. Last year was a great success and this upcoming year will be even better. Mark your calendars for January 12 - 14, 2012 and head on down to Myrtle Beach at the Ocean Dunes Resort and Conference Center.

Magic At The Beach Convention rate is $135/USD if registered before December 1, 2011. Rate after December 1st including any walk-up registrants will be $150/USD. Registration will be limited. All rooms at the Ocean Dunes are ocean front and rates are $59/night USD. You will need to make your room reservations directly with the Ocean Dunes Resort. All information is on our website. Convention package includes premium swag bag, Welcome Party, workshops, lectures, and shows.

Here are just a few of the talented performers already booked.

Our Headliner, Jeff McBride, is a three time award winner at the International Grand Prix of Magic in Monte Carlo, and is widely recognized as a foremost innovator and most exciting performer in contemporary magic. Naming him "Vegas' Best" Magician several years ago, the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote: "Light years ahead of the pack. McBride is easily the most exciting and mesmerizing magician I've seen in years."

Mike Caveney is a member of the most prestigious group of magicians in the world, The Inner Magic Circle of London, England. He was recently voted Stage Magician Of The Year by the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. His talents have taken him from Japan to Russia, fro m Monte Carlo to Borneo, Australia, China, throughout Europe and most of the 50 States. On television, Mike was named one of the New Vaudevillians and the Hollywood Reporter described him as, "...one of the funniest magicians in America."

Tina Lenert, an accomplished entertainer, has enchanted audiences worldwide and is known for combining elements of pantomime and magic. Her magic skills were developed by being a regular performer and life member of Hollywoods Magic Castle, where she was voted Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts & Sciences.

Save the dates and we will see you in the upcoming year in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Special Announcement - Jeff McBride has agreed to lead his Super Session one-day workshop. This will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2012 and will be for an additional fee. See our website for details !!

January 12-14, 2012
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 06/15/11 09:13 PM

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Recent convention favorite makes his first stop in the South East. And where better than Magic At the Beach? For 2012 we will have New York Magician ASI WIND joining us.

ASI WIND-Spontaneous and unpredictable, Asi's performances are a roller-coaster for the mind. Combining a free-spirited playfulness with superb skill and a uniquely creative mind, NYC based Corporate Mentalist (mind reader) Asi Wind treats each audience to a truly memorable experience.

He is globally hailed by magicians as being one of the few performers in the world to constantly innovate, develop, and perform entirely original material. Indeed, when a magician wants to be fooled, he attends Asi's show. No surprise, then, that a committee of his peers recently presented him with the International Merlin Award for "Most Innovate Show" - an award previously given to David Copperfield, Criss Angel, and Penn & Teller.

In addition to being the headliner at New York's longest-running magic show, and the performer of choice at the city's most upscale private events, Asi is frequently asked to invent and design ideas for other magicians worldwide. He is currently one of the main advisors for David Blaine's upcoming television special - a project that, for now, remains secret.

Asi Wind was born and raised in Tel Aviv, where he was voted "Best Magician in Israel." He currently resides in New York City, and spends most of his year performing across the globe.

JEFF McBride, MIKE CAVENEY, TINA LENERT, and ASI WIND. More names to come. The biggest surprises won't even come until after December 1st so make sure to register early. Last year we had around 225 magicians come. To keep it the same, intimate atmosphere we are capping it off at 250 magicians. Once we hit our limit no more registrations will be sold. TEN international stars of magic, FIVE shows, SEVEN lectures, and one heck of a good time. Register Today!!!!
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 07/06/11 12:55 PM

Another Performing Artist Announced:

Direct from Paris, France.

Magic At the Beach tries to have a few surprises and unknown
magic sensations. For 2012 we have found a European jewel that
is coming for the first time to the U.S.A!!!!! I promise you
have never seen him at another magic convention in America.
Magic At the Beach is bringing one of France's most sought
out cabaret performers. He has worked some of the most
prestigious theatres in Europe and for the first time he is
bringing his combination of magic, mime, music, comedy, and circus acrobatics to America.

Do not miss the highly entertaining magic of XAVIER MORTIMER! Xavier is just as excited as we are to be coming to the States.

www.MagicAtTheBeach.org for all the 411

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 07/12/11 11:46 AM

For Immediate Release

Magic At The Beach is very proud to have announced two more talented artists in our incredible line-up of performers and lecturers.

First Asi Wind, from New York. Spontaneous and unpredictable, Asi's performances are a roller-coaster for the mind. Combining a free-spirited playfulness with superb skill and a uniquely creative mind, NYC based Corporate Mentalist (mind reader) Asi Wind treats each audience to a truly memorable experience.

Asi will be at MATB in Myrtle Beach, SC, January 12 - 14, 2012 performing in our Close-up Show and presenting his NEW lecture as well as performing his one-man show. These shows and lecture are only available to convention registrants so visit www.magicatthebeach.org and register online today.

Also making his first appearance in the United States, Xavier Mortimer from France. Corn-fed on a farm in Southwestern France, Xavier packs up his suitcase to travel the world while creating shows that blend magic, circus acts, music and comedy. At the age of 15, he created his first show, a combination of magic, mime and comedy. Thereafter, he won several prizes for Magic (1st place at the Albano International Congress in Italy, Gold Star at the LEau dOlle magic festival in France)and more. He will be preforming on the cabaret show and Gala show as well. An international star you won't want to miss!

MATB 2012 will be held at the beautiful Sands Resort & Conference Center. Oceanfront rooms only $59/nt. Still one of the lowest convention rates in the country. The Gala Show will be at The Gilmore Theater, home of The Carolina Opry. Gala show tickets are included with your registration.

If you were there this past January, you know and if not then you've heard what a great event this is. It's not too early to make your reservations now so contact us and the resort as soon as possible. Make sure you tell them you are with MATB!

We'll see you at MATB 2012 !!

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 07/28/11 10:35 AM

For Immediate Release:

Magic At The Beach is pleased to announce the addition of Jade to our stellar line-up.

The exotic allure of Jade's magic stems from her Chinese heritage and her childhood on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Jade took the male-dominated world of magic by storm in 1990, when she won first place in the International Brotherhood of Magicians' World Magic Competition. More importantly, a panel of celebrity judges honored her with the organization's coveted Gold Medal of Magic, a prize awarded only a handful of times in the competition's 20-year history. To date, she remains the sole woman to receive this honor.

The renown from her win propelled Jade into appearances on foreign and national television. She has performed on the stages of variety theaters in Europe and Canada; luxury cruise lines like American Hawaii and Holland America; and casino revue shows in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Biloxi, and Las Vegas.

Monte Carlo 1994, the Royal Family of Monaco invited Jade to perform at the Princess Grace Theater, an honor she considers a highlight of her career. Paris 1999, France's Minister of Defense personally presented her the Golden Mandrake Award, France's most prestigious magic honor. Las Vegas 2000, the International Magicians Society recognized Jade as "Best Female Magician of the Year".

Jade's fluency in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English has proven a bonus in her travels and engagements, allowing her to exchange illusionary techniques with other master magicians throughout the globe. As Jade's repertoire and talents expand and become even more diverse, the extraordinary beauty and grace of her enchanting performances will continue to enrapture audiences around the world!

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Dont miss the Beauty of magic, JADE, performing at Magic At the Beach 2012 in the Cabaret' and Champions of Magic Show!

See www.MagicAtTheBeach.org for all the current information.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 08/25/11 11:59 AM

Have you registered for South Carolina's premier magic convention, Magic At The Beach? Thank you to the many who have and we wish to encourage those who have not to do so as soon as possible. Discounted convention rate to early birds and our list of incredible talent will be sure to entice you. Workshops, lectures, in-house shows, contests, Dealer's Room, awesome swag bags and a ticket to Champions of Magic Show at The Carolina Opry, too.

Jeff McBride will offer his Super Session master class on Sunday for an additional fee. Jeff's workshop has received high praise from those have experienced it first-hand. This is an excellent opportunity for you to benefit from this class as well.

Visit our website at www.magicatthebeach.org for all the information on the convention and resort. Feel free to call us at 843.626.8191 if you have any questions.

More artists yet to be announced. This is an event that is not to be missed !!

I'll see you at Magic At The Beach 2012.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 08/30/11 02:50 PM

ANOTHER NAME ANNOUNCED----IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

It just wouldn't be Magic At the Beach unless we had at least ONE FISM WINNER.
Well, as it turns out, the Thursday night HEADLINER is one!!!!!!
Each year Magic At the Beach starts out the convention with a BANG with the lavish
welcome reception. This year's theme is the dazzling stars of HOLLYWOOD and we
have decided to bring in one of Hollywood's greatest magicians.....performing for
you a NEW one-man comedy show for all the attendees Thursday night. Each attendee
is going to feel like a star stepping onto the MAGIC AT THE BEACH red carpet.
And who better than Hollywood magician, GREGORY WILSON, to dazzle us that night?

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GREGORY WILSON:
Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award-winner with a number of best-selling
instructional DVD's on the market. In 1998, Greg was also awarded the "Most
Creative Magician of the Year" by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He has contributed scores of original effects to MAGIC, Genii, Linking Ring,
M.U.M., Arcane, Penumbra, Magic Menu and other magazines, as well as a full
chapter in Paul Harris' The Art of Astonishment, a chapter in Harry Lorayne's
Best of Friends 3, a chapter in John Lovick's Switch, and a chapter in the
wildly popular Magic for Dummies. Just don't hold that last one against him!

Gregory will be Headling the banquet Thursday night, performing his FISM winning
close-up magic in the ALL STAR close-up show, and then also will be appearing
in the CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC show Satturday night. Can it get any better????
I think so... but why wait? REGISTER TODAY!

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 09/10/11 09:52 AM

NEWS:

As more and more names have been announced our phones are ringing off
the hooks. More and more registrations come in each day. We are getting
a lot of interest from new people this year. I want to encourage everyone
that has attended in the past and wants to be included again this year needs
to register NOW. We are quickly reaching our 200 mark soon and we will
only take 50 more after that.

Once we hit 250, NO MORE REGISTRATIONS will be taken.
We have not discussed a "waiting-list", but I wouldn't count on that. We want
to make sure that the people who do come have a personable time with not only
the invited talent but with each other, too.

The small venue and crowd is what make Magic At The Beach feel like a family gathering.
So come join us and sign up for Magic At The Beach 2012 if you haven't done so already !!

January, 12 14, 2012
Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center
All Rooms Ocean-Front
Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

Matthew McCoy - MATB Talent/Stage Manager

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 09/14/11 01:50 PM

MATB2012 will be January 12 - 14, 2012
Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center
Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
All Rooms Ocean-Front, $59/night
Typically weather is sunny, 65 degrees F

Lavish Welcome Reception,
Complimentary Swag Bag full of surprises,
Workshops, Lectures, Three In-House Shows, & Dealer's Room,
Registration includes premium reserved seat for the "Champions of Magic" Show,
"Champions of Magic" is produced at the Gilmore Auditorium, Home of the Carolina Opry,
Jeff McBride Super Session master class offered Sunday January 15, 2012.

What a Fantastic weekend dedicated to the Art of Magic !!

Invited Performing Talent includes:
Jeff McBride, Jade, Tina Lenert, Mike Caveney, Asi Wind, Gregory Wilson, & Xavier Mortimer
More Performers to be announced very soon.

We'll see you at the beach !!

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 10/15/11 03:45 PM

Jay Mattioli to appear at MAGIC AT THE BEACH 2012

At 18 years old, he was hailed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians as a "Champion of Magic", becoming one of the youngest magicians to ever receive this honor. Then in 2006, Jay was awarded 1st Prize at the Society of American Magicians International Stage Contest of Magic. Jay is one of only a few magicians in HISTORY to receive 1st prize in both of these international magic competitions.
More recently, Jay electrified the nation and stunned the judges with his appearance on NBC's #1 hit show " AMERICA'S GOT TALENT".

Come and be a part of this unique experience and join us at Magic At the Beach 2012 being held January 12 - 14, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Ocean Dunes Resort.

All rooms are ocean-front and are $59/night USD.

Information for the Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center is available on our website.

Be sure to mention 'Magic At The Beach' to get the special rate!

Can it get any better? I do believe it could ... but why wait? Registration is limited. Register early and save!

REGISTER TODAY - www.MagicAtTheBeach.org
or call Broadway Magic at 843-626-8191.

Yours in Magic,

Mike Heidtman
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 10/28/11 02:06 PM

Another FISM Winner Added!

Paul Gertner to appear at MAGIC AT THE BEACH 2012

Paul Gertner is recognized as one of the finest sleight-of-hand magicians in the world today, his first place awards in international competitions at Las Vegas, Madrid and Miami confirms this status. Paul has consulted for David Copperfield on his TV specials. His original routines, Cups and Balls with Steel Ball Bearings and Ring on the Hourglass, are classics of magic - leaving experts amazed. He is the author of "Paul Gertner: Steel & Silver", also released on DVD in a four-volume set.

Paul's close-up magic has won First Place awards at major magic competitions including FISM, IBM, SAM, and winner of the first Siegfried & Roy Gold Lion Award for close-up magic at the $10,000 Las Vegas Desert Magic Seminar Sleight-of-Hand Challenge.

Come be a part of this unique experience and join us at Magic At The Beach 2012 being held January 12 - 14, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Ocean Dunes Resort.

All rooms are ocean-front and are $59/night USD.
Information for the Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center is available on our website www.MagicAtTheBeach.org .

Registration rate goes up after December 1st and is limited to the first 250 guests to register.

Don't miss out on this event ... it's going to be unforgettable !!

Jeff McBride, Gregory Wilson, Asi Wind, Jay Mattioli, Tina Lenert, Mike Caveney, Jade, Xavier Mortimer and Paul Gertner will all be there ... will you?

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 11/02/11 12:25 PM

Reminder:

Jeff McBride will be offering his Super Session Master Class on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Magic At The Beach conference center. THE JEFF McBride SUPER SESSION is a unique teaching format that allows all students of magic, regardless of age or skill level, to improve their abilities, develop their character, and learn the inside secrets of the business of magic. Here's what Jeff says:

Dear Fellow Magician:

Students come to my magic classes with a single common vision: to take
their magic to the next level of excellence. This goal is always achieved.
SPACE IS LIMITED ... REGISTER TODAY. If you have a passion for magic, and a desire
to learn and spend time in the creative process with other dedicated students,
then this is for you.

ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS WELCOME
We welcome all those who are dedicated to taking their magic to the
next level. I look forward to seeing you at THE JEFF McBride SUPER
SESSION!

Yours in better magic,

Jeff McBride
Founder and President

Thanks Jeff. This very special session is being offered for a reasonable additional fee at Magic At The Beach 2012 in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. Be sure to signup for this very unique learning opportunity when registering for MATB2012.

More information can be found at www.magicatthebeach.org .

Yours in Magic,

Mike Heidtman
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Postby Brad Henderson » 11/02/11 02:16 PM

Xavier Mortimer. I have told every convention organizer I know that to hire him will be a major coup de grace. Saw his l'hombre orchestra show in paris. (it's a play on words - shadow orchestra and one man band). Not flawless (yet) but in a few years will be a truly important act. Moments of sheer magic, often without traditional means of deception. Would be worth the trip just to see that act.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 11/02/11 05:09 PM

Brad Henderson wrote:Xavier Mortimer. I have told every convention organizer I know that to hire him will be a major coup de grace.


Hmmmm... "coup de grace" is "a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature." Maybe that why your entreaties have been unsuccessful?
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Postby Brad Henderson » 11/02/11 05:30 PM

Well, I wanted to say it was a "coup" to bring him in, but thought that meant a revolution/take over (though the turn of phrase sounded correct to my ear.) I thought, then (and apparently incorrectly) that "coup de grace" was a great thing, a triumphant achievement.

I was wrong.

What would be the right way to phrase it?
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Postby Kent Gunn » 11/02/11 06:16 PM

Brad,

You were right.

Coup - (say coo, not coop) is right. It really means blow as in, "strike a blow". In context it is a suprising or especially effective action. I'd leave off the quotation marks.

coup de grce - (don't say gras - that makes it fat) is blow of grace. If you're shooting your mortally wounded buddy on the battlefield to end his suffering, this is what you're delivering.

coup d'tat - (say this one like it looks) - Blow to the state. It's a military takeover of an established government.

This message brought to you courtesy of my seventh grade French teacher.

I'm leaving work now because I'm all cooped up.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 11/02/11 08:53 PM

Brad Henderson wrote:Xavier Mortimer. I have told every convention organizer I know that to hire him will be a major coup de grace. Saw his l'hombre orchestra show in paris. (it's a play on words - shadow orchestra and one man band). Not flawless (yet) but in a few years will be a truly important act. Moments of sheer magic, often without traditional means of deception. Would be worth the trip just to see that act.


You are correct Brad, it would be worth the trip just to see Xavier with all the other acts on the bill being some type of "coup", too !! Xavier's American premiere, MATB2012.

Thanks Kent for the clarification ...

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 11/15/11 03:04 PM

If you haven't registered yet - get er done. Convention package rates go up after December 1st. That gives you another couple of weeks, DON'T wait. Visit the website or call if you have more questions (number on site). All rooms $59/night - all rooms ocean front. This is the one they're talking about. Jeff McBride Super Session on Sunday January 15 for additional fee. MATB2012, we'll see you there !!

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 11/28/11 08:17 PM

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Rates go up after December 1st, that's just a few days away.

Call or visit our website to register ...

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MATB2012, 12-14 Jan 2012, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 11/30/11 07:34 PM

This is the last day to take advantage of the discounted registration rate. You know you're coming and we want you to have a little more money to spend in the Dealer's Room so call us now at 843.626.8191 before 9:00PM EST or register safely online at www.MagicAtTheBeach.org .

Looking forward to seeing you at the beach in January !!
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 12/04/11 05:50 PM

New video to promote the Big Show ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... tPYNYEhC5A

Remember your registration includes a premium reserved ticket to this, too.

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Jan 12-14 2012, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 12/13/11 05:17 PM

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It is Official,

At an afternoon meeting today with the Myrtle Beach City Council we were presented a Proclamation From Mayor John Rhodes proclaiming January 9th through the 15th 2012 "Magic at the Beach Week". The City Council officially welcomes "the hundreds of performers and enthusiasts who will attend the third annual Magic at the Beach convention and accompanying "Champions of Magic" show."

Now if you haven't 'officially' registered call us or signup safely via our website:

www.MagicAtTheBeach.org

Call 843.626.8191 10AM-6PM EST if we can help with anything.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 12/17/11 07:30 PM

Now if you haven't officially registered call us or signup safely via our website: www.MagicAtTheBeach.org .

We will feature the talents of Jeff McBride, Tina Lenert, Jade, Mike Caveney, Gregory Wilson, Asi Wind, Paul Gertner, Jay Mattioli and making his American debut, from France, Xavier Mortimer.

Beginning with a lavish Hollywood themed Welcome Reception on Thursday night, the weekend is pleasantly paced with workshops, lectures, in-house shows, contests, diverse Dealers Room, awesome swag bag, premium ticket to the public show, farewell party and more. On Sunday Jeff McBride will lead his Super Session Master Class for an additional fee.

The convention is January 12-14, 2012 at the Ocean Dunes Resort & Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. All rooms at the resort are $59/night and are all oceanfront. Registration fee is $150 for the weekend events and is a great value for your magic dollar.

Call 843.626.8191 10AM-6PM EST if we can help with anything. Well see you soon at Magic at the Beach !!
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Postby Mike Heidtman » 12/22/11 08:35 PM

SEO Magic and Losander recently added to the Dealer's Room.

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www.seomagic-usa.com

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Jan 12-14, 2012

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 01/04/12 01:44 PM

We are little more than a week away from hosting South Carolina's premier magic event, Magic at the Beach 2012. An incredible line up of stars will be offering workshops, lectures, and shows. Diverse Dealer's Room, awesome Swag Bag, kickin' "Hollywood" themed opening Welcome Reception and premium reserved seating at the "Champions of Magic" show at the Carolina Opry Saturday night. Registrations still available and all rooms $59/night oceanfront. See the website and call 843.626.8191 for further assistance.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 01/10/12 12:49 PM

Swag bags packed, registration packages assembled, first push for load-in happening now, talent begins arriving tomorrow. Some registrations still available.

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Postby Mike Heidtman » 01/17/12 03:09 PM

Magic at the Beach weekend in Review


Magic at the Beach 2012 is a wrap. Looking back on the flurry of activity over this past weekend Im not sure where to begin my review. I suppose at the beginning first allow me to thank the incredible staff for their hard work leading up to opening day: Dave Tanner and Roman LePree our Co-Chairmen, Melena LePree as Logistics & Hospitality, Michelle Householder in charge of Marketing & Corporate Liaison, Matt McCoy as Talent Liaison and Stage Manager for all productions and Mike Heidtman as Event Coordinator. Jeff Miller and William McLean help us every year doing anything that needs done on the fly you two are fabulous.

Registration opened on time and ran smoothly. All guests received an incredible swag bag full of products and material. Magic effects, the MATB Magazine featuring articles and effects written by all of the invited talent, a poster, bottle of MATB water and more were given away. The contents of which were almost worth the price of admission.

Buddy Farnan decorated the Main Ballroom for our Hollywood themed Welcome Reception Thursday night and it was beautiful. All of our guests walked down the Red Carpet to enter as they were met by the paparazzi and greeted by Eric Hall channeling the magnetic presence of Mandrake the Magician and Mike Heidtman on the microphone looking quite dapper in his tuxedo. A lavish dinner buffet was enjoyed by all prior to Gregory Wilson killing the room with his one man show. If you have not seen Gregory perform let me say that his wit, skill and presentation lead to infectious laughter from beginning to end. Following the reception the Dealers Room opened where a cash bar was open for the entire weekend and tables were setup for sessioning.

Friday morning started off with Stage Competitions for both Youth and Adults. Our Judges for all competitions were Obie OBrien representing the magic community, Nathan Heron who is the headline entertainer at the Carolina Opry/Good Vibrations show and Brock Santa, a professional actor, dancer and costumer currently with the Theatre of the Republic and formerly toured with Tomsoni & Co. Youth stage contest results had Jay Temaat winning First Place and Christopher Quintero taking Second Place. Adult stage contest results ended with Michael Trixx winning First Place and Steve Owens taking Second Place. Mike Caveney then presented the first lecture of the weekend and following lunch the Close-up Show was performed by Gregory Wilson, Asi Wind, Jeff McBride and Paul Gertner performing his FISM winning act. Gregory Wilson and Jeff McBride presented their lectures later that afternoon. After dinner everyone reassembled in the Main Ballroom for our in-house Cabaret Show. Jade was our MC and presented her magic along with turns by Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Jay Mattioli, Jeff McBride and Xavier Mortimer. Id like to add that MATB was very proud to provide Xavier his American debut. From France, Xavier is a complete package: magician, juggler and movement artist. I predict that this will be the first of many visits to the United States for this young man. Later that night Jay Mattioli presented the fourth lecture of the weekend.


Saturday morning kicked off early with the Close-up competition with Hayden Childress as Haydini taking the First Place award and Ron Conley taking home Second Place. After Paul Gertner presented the fifth lecture of the weekend the Main Ballroom was transformed into the Asi Wind Theater as Asi presented his special one man show for all of our guests. The audience gave Asi a well deserved ovation at the conclusion and one of the many positive comments overheard was, That man is not a magician, he is a true sorcerer !!. Asi then presented the sixth and final lecture of the weekend following his show.

But wait, theres more. All of the guests registered for MATB also received a premium reserved ticket for the Champions of Magic show Saturday night. The show was presented on the stage of the beautiful Gilmore Auditorium, home of the Carolina Opry. MATB guests and the people of Myrtle Beach filled the theatre and were presented with an awesome show. From the prelude laser light show to the final bow by the cast this show surpassed all expectations. Bravo indeed. After the show all MATB guests returned to the resort for the Farewell Party. Heavy hors doeuvres, beverages and a cash bar were provided while music and lights set the atmosphere. This party carried on until the wee hours of Sunday morning and yet some of the same guests that were present until the end still managed to attend the Super Session taught by Jeff McBride which began at 9:00AM. This Master Class was available for an additional fee however all who attended know that any amount of time spent with this teacher and mentor is worth twice the price.

Re-reading what I just wrote I am sure there are still things I havent mentioned and perhaps some folks I have failed to thank and yet the biggest thanks goes out to each and every one of you who came down to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Magic at the Beach. The MATB staff will meet soon and begin making plans for 2013. MATB is held annually in January on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing all of our old friends back and hope to meet many more new friends next year. Thank you all once again for making Magic at the Beach so special.

Submitted by Mike Heidtman, Event Coordinator, MATB2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
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