Day Three of the I.B.M. Convention began as yesterday with the Big Three event. Today I was slated to see the professional close-up show,. You can see the photos of the performers below. The close-up competition had about 18 performers in the afternoon and had a variety of skill levels and ages coming from around the world. Peter Samelson delivered what (for me) was perhaps the best lecture of the convention (at least so far). But to each his own.
The evening show featured the six finalists from the stage contest all competing for the Gold Medal. Rich Bloch is the usual emcee for this event, but he was unable to be with us this year. Filling in admirably, Shawn Farquhar and Oscar Munoz compered the gala Gold Cups show. The professional acts that were on the bill were: Jean Paul Ohlaberry who was last year's first place stage winner then concluding the show was Jade.
Curtis Kam presented his late night lecture after the evening show. I thought it was an interesting challenge that Curtis presented himself during the close-up shows. The Big Three event had each magician performing three shows on three days. Curtis decided to perform a completely different show for all nine performances from his vast repertoire. Wow! People were following him from room to room to see what he was going to present in the next room.
One more full day to go and I promise to get a LOT more interviews and chats recorded on Saturday. This podcast is a little short compared with most, but the day has slipped away and I had some obligations that kept me from switching on my recorder. Look for the next episode which will include Todd Robbins, Larry Haas, Fielding West, Roger Dreyer and many more (at least those people promised to make some time for me). We'll see what actually happens and who can be pulled aside for a bit to talk with me.
Time stamps for this Podcast:
00:00:08 - In case you missed hearing Eugene Burger's lecture, you will learn so much from hearing him here as he talks about the Mystery School, Ross Johnson, working corporate shows, advice on performing and so much more.
00:25:38 - All the way from New Zealand (though originally from Scotland), Bill and Marie Seagraves talks about working "Down Under" in "Kiwi Land", some of his magical inspirations, and advice on character development. Thanks goes out to Ron Gordon, a listener from Aberdeen, Scotland who suggested (via Facebook) that I seek out Bill (their Honorary President) for a chat. See...it pays to listen to The Magic Word regularly!