I respect you having your friend's back, but your arguments are flawed.
Of those that had posted there, only three (by my count) had valid first-hand observations and experiences that they could share from the point of view of the lecturer himself.
Mr. Hampton represented himself as a audience member, and clearly conveyed his disappointment. No other experience is necessary. I've given many lectures in my life, and that means nothing as well. And if I failed (or bailed) in the attempt, never would I fault the audience for not understanding my side of the lectern.
On the one hand, you decry Carlos Hampton for one-sided reporting, but you offer this:
At that, Cellini considered the numbers, realized though his experiences that he would probably end up performing for and talking with these fellas for the next 3 hours for what benefit? It certainly wasn't financial-- he'd had enough experience to realize that this group wouldn't buy what he was offering.
Now I might ask if there has been anything constructive to come from this? If there are some that can take this to heart and realize that there are lecturers out there who are interested in furthering the art, not for the monetary rewards alone, but because they have a deep abiding love for magic and on that basis meet them with encouragement and kindness, then we'll all be better for it and most of all in so doing, we'll infuse the art with that most ephemeral and venerated quality-- meaning.
Cellini is a great magician, and now he's a mindreader. A lot of words have been used to say it ain't about the money, but the money keeps getting mentioned. And raising a flag to Art for Art's sake can't be done when you walk out on your audience.
That said, we all get tired, we all get sick, we all get sick & tired. It's Cellini's prerogative to call off the show, but he can't hide behind Art or Nice-Guy-ness in that event. Yeah, the host may have been boorish to boot, but I bet he isn't the first one Cellini has encountered.
Finally, this is just weak:
If you go to lectures in order to buy new tricks for your living room, don't bother seeing Cellini (or myself for that matter) when he's around, but if you seek deeper meaning, lessons infused with power-- power that increases your effectiveness in what you already do, I can do no better than to recommend Cellini's lecture.
There were a number of people at the lecture, Carlos Hampton included, who did come to see the lecture, denied only by the decisions made by Cellini.
I'm with the Show Must Go On crowd. A deal is a deal. Complain after the show to the powers that be -- heck, give them a poke in the puss -- but don't turn on your supporters.
-- Randy Campbell