It was at the IBM convention in Quebec City in '93 that Mundaka appeared.
After the show, the late Karrell Fox said to me: "Well, there'll be mixed reviews about that."
Mixed reviews? Much of the audience either walked out or booed the guy!
And, while his props were spectacular, I disagree with Pete Biro about his act; it was fairly routine: Linking rings, cut and restored turban, etc.
And, of course, the notorious borrowed-bill routine that "brought down the house" (but in the wrong way!)
I agree with Jay Marshall who once said that the ideal convention would be:
No set acts.
An open bar.
That would satisfy just about everybody here, it seems.
I would add one thing: Big conventions (and they are too big now) are 'way too cheap. The registration should be at least doubled to stay in line with conventions in other fields -- medical, insurance, academic, etc. conventions.
A magic convention should be an event, an occasion, a high point in your year.
Not a challenge to see how many can sleep in a car in the parking lot and how little you can spend, while getting the maximum in return.