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Yes, it’s time for another Conference update.

For those of you who are wondering when you should arrive at the Conference, we suggest that you make sure you’re there around lunchtime on the Thursday.  (Mind you, don’t forget the Knights of Sleights the night before!) Here’s what’s in store.

Registration will open around 11:00 AM.  The Dealers’ Room will open around 12:00 Noon.

Unlike previous years where the first formal activity did not happen until the evening, we’ve scheduled two events for Thursday afternoon.

First, we’ve scheduled – for lack of a better name – a Dealers’ Show.  This will give each dealer – and we have a broad range of dealers participating  – the opportunity to stand in front of the group and describe or demonstrate some of the special items that they brought with them to the Conference.  I’ve always loved the Dealers’ Show at regional magic conventions and, having worked in a magic shop in my youth, want to support the dealers in any way that we can.  Besides, it’s a great way for the attendees to learn what old things are, so to speak, new.

Second, we’re bringing back “Tricks Seldom Seen”.  It will now be, however, in the late afternoon slot – following the Dealers’ Show.  I always liked this component of the programming.  Let’s face it.  Most of us are apparatus guys – and girls – at heart, admiring the ingenuity of the secret – or lack thereof – and craftsmanship associated with props or routines that are part of our magical heritage.  Now, this is not meant to be a show.  No one – I hope – expects those participating on this program to be polished performers; but you can expect the presenters to be passionate about magic, and the prop or trick they are showcasing.

I’m pleased that Tom Ewing will be reprising his role as host of Tricks Seldom Seen – and the Dealers’ Show – at the Conference.  I know that he’s already lined up a few presenters for Tricks Seldom Seen.  Let us know, however, if you’d like to add your name to the roster, as Tom and I are finalizing the group.

So, between the Dealers’ Room opening, the Dealers’ Show, and Tricks Seldom Seen, it will be a full afternoon. I’ll flush out the Thursday night programming in a future post.

Departure time Sunday?

It’s your call. The official program winds up Saturday evening.  As mentioned in a previous post, Potter & Potter will be auctioning off another tranche of Jay Marshall Estate.  The auctions are always fun and profitable for all concerned.  Yes, even the buyers have been known to get a bargain or two.



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