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Tim Ellis
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Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Tim Ellis » May 27th, 2010, 6:03 pm

With Magicon changing the dynamics of what people expect from a magic convention, the "traditional" conventions dropping in numbers, and the EMC offering a convention you don't even need to get dressed for... what aspects of a convention (existing or yet to be created) most appeal to you?

What is it that you consider a convention must have to get you to take time off and travel to?

Or what is it that turns you off going to conventions...

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby gberard » May 27th, 2010, 7:53 pm

It needs to be close to minimize travel expenses. It needs to specialize in close-up magic, which is what I do.

And then I go to see people that I have met through my almost fifty years involvement with magic (and that I only see once a year or so because of these conventions) and to meet new people with a common interest in close-up magic. It's a chance to get away and spend time with some great and fun-loving folks. I am always amazed me with the stuff that people continue to come up with.

I don't think that I would care for an "on-line" convention but to be honest I haven't given it a try.

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 27th, 2010, 8:59 pm

The socializing aspect of a convention is vital to its success. Facetime with other conventioneers and friends is key.

Overbooked conventions, where you are expected to show up starting at 8 am for the contests, and which have lectures going until (or past) midnight, leave little room for this.
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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Kamal » May 27th, 2010, 9:00 pm

The problem I have is that I'd like to see more stage performers lecture - even though the majority of convention attendee's would rather see a close-up sleight jockey.

My ideal convention will never happen, but the upcoming NZ convention would probably come close.

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby rkosby » May 27th, 2010, 9:31 pm

I agree with Richard's assessment.

Other convention turnoffs:

Contests with too many contestants.
Shows with too many performers
Overlapping events

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby rkosby » May 27th, 2010, 9:32 pm

As a rule of thumb, shows or lectures over 90 minutes get uncomfortable.

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Brad Henderson » May 28th, 2010, 12:04 am

Tim Ellis wrote:With Magicon changing the dynamics of what people expect from a magic convention,


While Magic Con was a great convention, it hardly changed the dynamics of anything. It was Magic Live for closeup workers.

Again - don't get me wrong - it was great, but the format was not revolutionary, nor has the face of magic changed because of it.

I say this not to blast those involved with Magic Con, but to suggest that perhaps the qualities that made it successful are readily at hand to those smart enough to tap into them.

Great talent who (as a rule) are not over exposed via DVD or the convention circuit and an outreach program to people who are ACTIVELY involved in magic, not merely fossils who attend to sleep during the shows.

Their enthusiasm undoubtedly paints a picture of the proceedings in an incredibly positive light. (which it correct - but you simply don't see the order of merlin crowd rushing home to blog about the great time they had.)

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Paul Gordon » May 28th, 2010, 2:55 am

As a dealer (not with my lecture/performing hat on), I don't like it when the dealers are treated as a "carbunkle" to the convention. A well-known UK magic convention is so jam-packed (overkill) with lectures/shows that in a 12-hour event, there is only 45 minutes when the dealers have full attention; full dealing time. And why oh why do so many convention organisers overlap same-style lecturers? Convention-organising is almost an art-form unto itself, but - sadly - too many convention organisers haven't a clue!

My fav part of any convention is the socialising with friends...and often this is when the best magic (of the convention) occurs!

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Re: Why do you go to conventions?

Postby Terry » May 28th, 2010, 10:02 pm

Lexington, KY Ring 198 has been running their Unconventional Convention for decades based on a feature performer/lecture, local performers volunteering for the 2 night shows and a mix of dealers/swap meet.

It is primarily a weekend of socializing to the extreme.


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