Another year, another Blackpool convention! I’m getting incredibly excited and am looking forward to a great few days with friends. The lineup seems the same as always with an additional gala show on the Friday. There’s no one on the lineup who I’m particularly excitied about seeing but the social side of the convention wins it every year for me.
Here’s to some lengthy Ruskin sessions!
Can’t believe its been a week already since the Blackpool convention. Had an amazing time and got to catch up with some great people. The line-up this year was poorer compared to previous years but most of the funs to be had socializing in the bar anyway.
Highlight was David Williamson’s close-up sessions – hardly any magic but immensely entertaining. He chose random children from the audience to help him in the act and he handled them brilliantly. At one point he wrapped a child up in a blanket and carried him across to Mark Mason’s table!
The saddest point for me was the fact that John Bannon’s lecture (which was amazing) was barely half full whereasYigal Mesika’s “Loops” lecture was standing room only. Never had time for loops myself – cleverly structured card magic had more appeal for me than the Dangling Bill. Oh well I guess those people missed out.
Saturday night was great – Bebel was performing downstairs in the Ruskin and he had the crowd constantly applauding. He’s a very relaxed handler – with almost no tension at all and his misdirection is spot on.
I stupidly performed Roy Walton’s “Simple Maths” for him – needless to say not the best trick to do to someone who hardly speaks English! Lesson learned!
This was originally added as a comment to a previous post by a man calling himself FISM Lover, but I thought it’d be seen better here.
So far the clip has few views so I guess the Blackpool organisers have yet to see it…
CLICK HERE for the story in which Paul Daniels says what he really thinks about the 2012 FISM being hosted in Blackpool. I actually agree with him. Unless the organisers have got something up their sleeve they’d be hard pushed to make the event as glamorous as previous host cities.