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15 Jul

DAY 2 -- IBM Jacksonville Convention 2015

Category: News   Posted by: C. DENNIS SCHICK

 As if the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida could get any busier than yesterday, it did today, Day Two of the 87th Annual Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Of course more people arrived every hour and that meant more competition for everything -- and that’s one of the fun things about conventions, excitement and hustle and bustle.


The Lance Burton Teen Seminar continued this morning. Since it was only for teens registered for the convention, we did not qualify to get in. But the program said there were two major sessions: first Suzanne lectured to them at 9 am, followed by an informal “Talking Magic” panel discussion with Eugene Burger, Larry Hass, and Suzanne. Watch for more details and photos about this and all convention activities and events in the August and September issues of The Linking Ring.


Today brought what many convention attendees looked forward to -- the Stage Contest. In the morning the stage contestants met to get their instructions, order, and information about setting up this afternoon. Then the stage judges meet to get their instructions. At 1 pm was the first of two two-hour contest sessions. There was lots of terrific magic and the judges are going to have to make some tough decisions Thursday.


I.B.M. International President Shawn Farquhar led his last Board Meeting this morning, and Lunch and Magic at The Landing featured Kozmo. Boris Wild give the second lecture of the convention mid-afternoon.


At 6 p.m., the popular Celebrity Autograph Session was held as part of the Welcome Party. Then one of the highlights of the convention took place -- the honoring of the convention’s special guest, Fantasio. The evening show was an “All-Argentina Tribute to Fantasio,” and featured Daba & Cielo, Fred Karis, Gustavo Raley, Sebak, and Selene. Talk about colorful magic!


The day ended with a late-night lecture by SOMA.  


As expected, magic has been everywhere, around the clock. But that’s what we come to magic conventions for -- it’s the magic and the people. There are friends, old and new. Sleep is highly over-rated. We can catch up when we get home. 








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