The Symphony of Richard Kaufman

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Postby Edward Pungot » 10/07/12 05:23 AM

Bravo Richard!
Well done.
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Postby Tom Gilbert » 10/07/12 04:59 PM

Yes, bravo. It was a great time. I'm really glad I went as
by the 100th birthday party, I probably won't know my name.
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Postby erdnasephile » 10/07/12 07:27 PM

Mr. Kaufman's Opus?
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Postby Paul Cummins » 10/07/12 07:32 PM

The convention was... EPIC.
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Postby Kent Gunn » 10/07/12 07:56 PM

The convention was beyond compare.

Best swag ever.
Got to meet the Genii staffers. Especially enjoyed spending some time with Mr. Goat, Dustin and Ian Kendall.

Saw a slew of old friends from Florida; Paul Cummins, Giovanni Livera, Wallace Murphy, J.C. Hiatt, Terry Ward, Ed McGowan and Doc.

Even a few of my pals from the west coast showed up.

The shows rocked, the lectures were superb.

I've run a convention for years. I have to say Richard and company did everything right.

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Postby AJM » 10/07/12 10:24 PM

Already looking forward to next year - there will be a 76th Birthday Bash right?


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Postby Don Hendrix » 10/07/12 11:08 PM

This may be the first convention hotel to have more missing silverware than towels. I even saw more than a few bent magicians in the bar last night.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/07/12 11:46 PM

Argh! Kent and Andrew, why didn't you come up and introduce yourselves!
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Postby Ian Kendall » 10/08/12 05:43 AM

Kent was too busy trying to stop me thieving his cups...
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Postby Kent Gunn » 10/08/12 08:22 AM

Ian, ya thieving bastard, it was grand to meet you.

Andrew, it was great to finally put a face to the initials.

Richard, you looked busy. I know that when you run a convention you simply have no time. Thanks for the Bash. Since I've moved to Florida: Next time you come to visit the mouse, drop me a line. I'll buy you a soda pop.

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Postby Mark Ratekin » 10/08/12 11:42 AM

This was my first convention after being obsessed with magic for nearly 40 years. I cannot imagine a better event - the location was great, the artists were fantastic, and the swag was unbelievable.

Thanks to everyone involved - Richard and his team knocked it out of the park.

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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 10/08/12 01:08 PM

Rob Zebrecky, Charlie Frye and Juan Tamariz were worth the price of admission alone so the rest was just bonus entertainment!

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Postby Ikwsonilak » 10/08/12 06:35 PM

I am compelled to add my comments here now that I've just barely recovered from the marathon.

This was my 2nd magic convention and am now truly afraid to attend any others. The bar has been set high.

I was impressed with this event from my arrival. The venue was great, the Genii staff was simply perfect: friendly, approachable, understanding, helpful.

The lectures, the shows, the give-aways... all truly memorable.

I signed up to go to see Mr. Tamariz, as I'm sure many others did as well, but the chance to see all the other acts of people I never imagined getting to see live... well, I'm still dumbfounded by some of what I saw and heard and experienced.

Finally, I was repeatedly struck by the talented professionals who were there just to be in the audience - folks who could have just as easily been on the stage with their peers with no questions asked. Everyone was approachable (well nearly everyone), and gracious, and kind. (A special thanks to Mr. Ian Kendall Smith for being so generous with his time. Another special thanks to Real Secrets for some good times Saturday night).

This was a truly professional experience and will always be held as one of the highlights of my life.

Here, here, to Mr. Kaufman.

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Postby Bob Farmer » 10/09/12 09:13 AM

The best big convention I've ever been to. It was great to see all the preparation and planning pay off. I was badly fooled several times and that makes going all the more worthwhile. Still trying to make up for sleep deficit.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/09/12 09:39 PM

Never again will I listen to Thelonious Monk's solo recording of "Dinah" the same.

Wish I got to meet Bob Farmer. No, he's probably better off.

In the afterglow, it becomes misty like a dream. Such a time it was . . .
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Postby Bob Farmer » 10/10/12 07:57 AM

This was the "Woodstock" of magic.
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Postby mrgoat » 10/10/12 07:58 AM

Bob Farmer wrote:This was the "Woodstock" of magic.

So pleased I didn't take the brown acid.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/10/12 08:42 AM

Seeing Bob frolic in the mud was worth the price of admission.
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Postby CraigOusterling » 10/10/12 08:39 PM

Kent Gunn wrote:The convention was beyond compare.
...Even a few of my pals from the west coast showed up.

West coaster posting: Kent, THANKS for using the going away present! The Genii bash was incredible! Candy loved it too!

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