The third and final day of the Daytona Festival of Magic (DFM) finally gave us a breather with only a half day of activities scheduled. Banachek's silverware bending workshop started early in the morning at 8:00 with Jeff Allen's comedy lecture starting at 9:00. The dealers were all open and making last minute sales as some of the registrants spent the last of their magic money on precious treasures. But some held back some cash to bid on auction items. The annual auction was the last scheduled activity of the convention.
The Daytona Fesitval of Magic is one of the best values for registrants on the convention scene today. Where else can your registration include learning from and watching performances by some of the top magical talent in the country plus a buffet dinner on Friday night at the low rate of only $135. And as if that's not enough, they also give you an additional full hour of magic for no additional charge...compliments of the change in Daylight Savings Time.
I finally got the chance to have podcast chats with the Legends of Magic: Celeste Evans, John Calvert and Jack Kodell. I also spoke again with FMA President, Dan Stapleton, and DFM Organizer, Harry Allen for a wrap of the convention. Still performing and getting standing ovations at 100 years of age, John Calvert opened the Saturday night gala with his cigarette production routine.
It's official...the 47th edition of the combined convention of the Daytona Festival of Magic and the Florida Magicians' Association (FMA) will continue again next year...same time, same place. It will not split into two conventions (Memorial Day and early November) but instead will continue as a combined event in Daytona Beach. More information on the 2012 convention at: http://bit.ly/ttyhOV