Daytona Festival of Magic Day Two

The second day was more full than the first if that is even possible. More back to back lectures plus the stage competition, close-up contests and the professional close-up shows. The close-up featured Arthur Trace, Geoff Williams, Johnny Ace Palmer and John Ekin; a tremendous, well-rounded quartet of great magicians. Scott Wells also hosted the Legends of Magic show featuring John Calvert, Celeste Evans and Jack Kodell. The evening gala show was sold out with standing room only with Arthur Trace, Sylvester the Jester, Banachek and Eric Buss with Scott Wells as the emcee. Johnny Ace Palmer presented a late night workshop opposite Arthur Trace's lecture.

There was a great piece that ran in the local press about Banachek appearing at the Festival. It was a full, front page in November 1st edition of the Daytona Beach News Journal. To read the article, visit

Enjoy this episode that features chats with John Hromada who gave us a rundown of yesterday's activities from his perspective. Later Banachek and Zeke Powerz talk about this convention plus the Winter Carnival of Magic and Banachek's first (failed) attempt at competing at a convention. Harry Allen, the other partner of Daytona Magic, tells us his side of the story from the organizer's point of view. And Bev Bergeron regales us with stories from the the early beginnings of the Florida Magicians Association convention while Kim Olson talks about the new Wizardz nightclub in Kissimmee, FL.

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