San Antonio, the Alamo City, is the host for this year's 88th annual I.B.M. convention. The weather is perfect, the talent is outstanding, the fellowship is fun, the magic is awesome, and the dealers have all the latest, greatest stuff. If you cannot be here in person, then these daily podcasts will be the next best thing.
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First day activities.kicked off with the stage contest. This year there will be two scheduled days to hold all of the contestants, and it looks like there may be a Gold Medal or perhaps a Gold Cup awarded this year. Stiff competition.
The afternoon featured our first lecture with a full house for Joshua Jay. The evening started with an autograph session and each registrant received a free commemorative poster to have signed by the performers. The evening featured the Guests of Honor, The Great Tomsoni & Co. in a one-on-one chat with Paul Vigil as host. Afterwards followed the "Penn & Teller Fool Us" panel discussion featuring some of those who have been on the TV show and this was hosted by Shawn Farquhar that concluded the day's activities.
Time stamps for this podcast:
00:00:14 - Scott gets ready to depart for San Antonio
00:02:28 - Incoming International President, Oscar Munoz, talks about his goals and direction for the coming year as the new head of the organization,
00:11:35 - Joe Tuner talks LIVE on Facebook with Scott about his travels and work this past year as the International President.
00:22:44 - Andi Gladwin talks LIVE on Facebook with Scott about the Session convention in England, his partnership with Joshua Jay, and the MagiFest that he and Josh put together each year.
00:37:34 - Paul Vigil hosts a chat on stage with Johnny Thompson and Pam. This was recorded in the banquet room but pretty good acoustics.
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Today begins the first of our daily reports from San Antonio. If you plan to attend (or even if you would like to keep up with what's happening each day), then download this FREE Guidebook app now to keep everything in the palm of your hand: schedule, maps, performers, dealers and more. Plus you can create your own personalized schedule so you never miss anything you want to be sure to see!