Well, here we go, day one of the six day (and night) congress. After arriving a week early flying into Milan and traveling to Stresa for a couple nights, to Padova for a couple more then ending in Padova, we traveled to Rimini to check in for the International Championships.
Day one was filled with stage and close-up contests and plenty of lectures from dawn to, well, almost dawn the next day. My favorite so far for stage illusion was Mag Edgar from Spain and for manipulation (and maybe the Grand Prix) Lee Chang Min from the Republic of Korea.
Time stamps for this podcast:
00:02:54 - karl 'Coppertop" Hein, Enrico Dela Vega and Ian Rowland
00:10:28 - Armando Lucera
00:15:17 - Christian SCHENK, owner of "Card Shark" and maker of the Phoenix deck
00:25:41 - Bruce Trigg
00:30:03 - Trish Alaskey and Joe Furlow from the Academy of Magical Arts
00:34:12 - Jussi Saari, Congress Producer, and Henri Honkaluoma, Technical Producer both from Finland
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