I totally forgot to mention the Cabaret show. The show was the strongest of the pack (but I just came back from Siegfried and Roy, so my mind was still in awe). Lossander's table looks magical and the other two acts were funny. Thanks for pointing them out.
I have to disagree with you about Darren Romeo. I thought that his performance was one of the disapointments of the convention. I'm no music major, but he obviously hit a few bad notes during his singing. The magic was so-so and nothing special. The lightbulb was not even equivablent to 1/20th of Blackstone performing the same piece.
I'm not sure about his success as a magician/singer. His singing is below average on the professional show (Vegas/Broadway) level and his magic would be considered among the weakest of any of the acts in Vegas.
Also, who is his intended audience? People who like magic? People who like showtunes (he has that whole musical theatre major, over-acting voice down pact).
What demographic(s) will go see his show? I don't think that kids want to see someone sing songs they barely know? Most 10 year olds don't want to hear the songs from Jesus Christ Superstar or Cats.
Straight men don't want to see an effemanite magician sing showtunes. Young women? I don't see them at magic shows...they're at Thunder Down Under. Married women? Not sure if the kids or hubbie would want to join them? The only crowd that I can see at his show are older (50+) women, a subset of the Melinda crowd.
I also don't think that he has much sex appeal (unless you're gay or a teeny bopper).
Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I saw virtually nothing because someone had to man the Genii table in the dealer room, and that would be moi!
I did see the cabaret show at 10 pm one night with Tom Burgoon, Bruce Gold, and Lossander. A terrific and very funny show. Burgoon was a scream as usual, had never seen Bruce Gold before and he was excellent, and Lossander did some very fine magic. The best thing at the convention, in my opinion, was Darren Romeo's brief performance at the Awards show on the final day. What a pro! He had great star presence. When he finally gets his evening show mounted, it should be great.