I also suffer from "Sudden Hearing Loss" and have lost 70 to 80% of the high tones in my left hear. Any ambient noise makes hearing a muddle. Many people have heard me ask for them to repeat something, or seen me cup my hand behind my right ear to hear better.
So I have some first-hand knowledge of hearing loss. I thought Derek Lever was an greedy little anus before this, however due to his prejudice against the hearing-disabled my opinion, if possible, has descended even further.
Mr. Lever puts this notice at the top of his emails to intimidate people from revealing the repulsive things he writes to them: "THIS E.MAIL IS CONFIDENTIAL AND COPYRIGHTED AND MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED IN ANY FORM."
Part of Mr. Lever's pathetic response to Johnny Gapp was to invoke the same kind of [censored] excuse he used when I requested to be allowed to hand out flyers for the Genii convention at FISM: "we do not allow flyers to be handed out during the convention." In my case, he then proceeded to claim that the Winter Gardens venue would charge something an extra 4000 pounds for a cleaning charge if flyers were littered all over the venue. Of course, there were flyers for at least three or four other conventions on the registration table in the Winter Garden, and many other flyers on dealer's tables throughout the dealer's room. This is just Lever's standard excuse to prevent people from doing anything he doesn't like.
It's hard for anyone in the United States to really understand the power a tyrant like Lever has over performers and dealers: they are terrified of being banned because they make such huge amounts of money.
This bit of discrimination against the hearing disabled, however, may be in violation of British Law. The members of The Blackpool Magicians Club perhaps don't realize the perilous situation in which Mr. Lever has put them. He's not the only one who will be held responsible since the convention is put on, ostensibly, by the Club. They are all responsible for his pathetic tyrannical and prejudicial behavior.
At this moment it also seems appropriate to print this press release from the SAM regarding their upcoming convention July 4th weekend here in the nation's capitol:
SILENT MAGIC SHOW TO MAKE HISTORY
Try this. Stand up with both arms high in the air, palms open. Rotate the wrists of both hands as if screwing in some light bulbs Thats all you ll need to do to applaud for the deaf performers at the SILENT MAGIC show July 4 at the Society of American Magicians convention in Washington, DC. This will be first ever show of its kind at a National Convention. Simon Carmel emcees a lineup of all Deaf Magicians such as Liliana Morgan, Matt Magic Morgan, and Nobu Kamizuru As part of the Society of World Deaf Magicians, they have appeared around the world at their biennial international festivals.
This is an historic unique magical experience you wont want to miss. Register now at www.magicsam.com