Weekend Updates & News

 

As we welcome the spring season, we also bring forth more news and updates about our forthcoming Magic Collectors Weekend, May 10-12 in Chicago to be held at the Westin O’Hare. (REGISTER NOW!) Be sure to book your hotel before May 1 to receive the discounted rate.

There are many reasons to attend our weekend May 10-12 in Chicago at the Westin O’Hare. Here are four more:

First, we have a superb list of dealers who include: JP Jackson, Jay Hunter, Joe Hanosek, Arthur Moses, Domenico Dante & Priska Walther, Mike O’Dowd, Potter & Potter Inc., Mario Carrandi, Ken Trombly, Tad Ware, Trevor Dawson, Angelo Iafrate Woodturning, Pierre Mayer, John A. Greget, Byron Walker, and Mark & Nani Wilson. As you can see, there will be quite a range of dealers, so you can be sure there will be something for the collector in each of us.

Next, we welcome back TOSS – Tricks Old & Seldom Seen. Thanks to the hard work and persistence of Tom Ewing, we have inserted this old chestnut back into the line up for Thursday afternoon, just after our dealer’s show and before our dinner break. As always, the show looks to be fun and informative. Let’s just try to not lose our heads this year. If you have something to show the group, please contact Tom Ewing. Tom’s already got quite the line up in the works, but would also welcome more.

Now, there has been much in the way of discussion about the future of the Collectors Weekend. For those of you interested in this topic, we will have an open forum, Saturday morning at 8:30 AM led by convention chair, David Ben. While it will mainly address the pros and cons of moving to a biennial format, we are also happy to address any other questions put forward about the organization. So, if you have some thoughts or ideas, this is the time to voice them! If you cannot attend the Weekend, email us your questions or comments and we will present them to the group.

Finally, if you really need a fourth reason to attend our Weekend, it is so that you can hang out after our Weekend at Potter & Potter. On Sunday May 13 you are invited to attend their spring auction featuring The Collection of John McKinven. McKinven was a master craftsman noted for his ability to turn intricate and precise apparatus from wood, including Morrison Pill Boxes and other such devices. He also crafted an Expanding Die, based on the plans of de Kolta’s original, and performed the astonishing trick on several occasions. This and more – including McKinven’s important research archives, Germain memorabilia – will be featured in the sale.

McKinven’s treasures will be complemented by what are, perhaps, an even greater assortment of rarities, including early and unusual Houdiniana, ephemera and posters, rare magic books dating to the 17th century, antiquarian magic props, and apparatus with significant historic associations. The auction takes place at Potter & Potter’s Chicago gallery on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 10:00 am. Pre-sale exhibition will be held in the gallery in the week prior to the auction.

Full color catalogs will be available the second week of April; attendees of the Magic Collectors Weekend will receive complimentary copies as part of their registration to the event.

Whew. Sorry for the big blog but you can see there is a lot to report. Keep an eye on this blog as we will also update you on the progress of No. 182 this week, too.

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