I'm sorry if I'm asking a question that is obvious to everyone but me - But 40 tickets!?!?!
Is there a reason, other than poor planning and marketing by the AMA? - Is this an affair that is exclusive to AMA members? - Did they hold the ceremony during the Superbowl? Or is it the age old rut we seem to love and loathe - politics?
Holding the presentation during the WMS may actually help the AMA with exposure - Though Blaine is not my particular favorite - (I prefer to watch a trick being performed with out the camera being turned off while the "magic happens") - I can see why he's this year's choice - Who else was more apparent in the general public's eye?
Even my 17 year old daughter, who is studiously oblivious to everything, said, after watching Copperfield do his "street" segment, "Who's he think he is, Mumbles?" (Her name for Blaine) "You guys (magicians) copy everything you see, don't you?" So, he's made an impact - evidently, even on Copperfield
The main difference between Blaine and Copperfield audiences are, 100 people might watch Blaine - but only two of them can afford the cars advertised during the show - Copperfield may have 75 people watching and probably 10 of them can afford the same car. That's why a show like TRL on the music channel is successful - but wouldn't last a month on network TV - Same demographic, different affluence level
Anyway - Congratulations to Blaine