Last year we packed the daytime schedule with presentations and described the evening activities as optional. For those who needed a break from the Weekend, it gave them the chance to enjoy a more elaborate meal off-site with friends old and new, see a show downtown, or make the trip to Potter & Potter Auctions to catch a preview of the auction scheduled on the Sunday.
For those who preferred to stay at the hotel, and for whom there is no such thing as too much magic, we also scheduled some activities – a performance by Jason England in the theatre and the chance to view Max Maven’s interview with Billy McComb shot originally at 31 Faces North in Toronto shortly before Billy’s passing.
After hearing the feedback from the attendees, we have altered the programming ever so slightly for this year. You are free, of course, to take a break from the proceedings and venture off-site be it to a restaurant, a show or the auction house. We will not be organizing or providing transportation, however, as we did last year. We have reallocated those funds towards other programming for the Weekend.
Charles Reynolds 1932 – 2010
So, although Friday night is technically “free”, we will be screening some very special films for those who elect to roam the dealers’ room and stay at the hotel. We are very pleased to report that one of the films will be a one-time screening of Patrick Watson’s interview with Charles Reynolds at 31 Faces North in Toronto.
Several years ago Charles, like Billy McComb, was a Guest of Honor at 31 Faces North. There, Patrick Watson, a broadcast icon whose pioneering on-air style spawned such programs as 60 Minutes, interviewed Charles about his life, and his interest in magic.
Allan Slaight and Magicana, co-producers of 31 Faces North, are pleased to provide attendees with the opportunity to hear Charles discuss his life and career with candor and humor.
There will also be one or two other short films screened prior to the Reynolds interview.
We will then retire to the lobby bar to have a nightcap … or two.