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Topic: Hank Lee's Cape Cod Magic Conclave
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 08:39AM)
Just wanting to know who's goin. I am so excited, this will be my first year attending and would like to know what others have thought of the event in past years.

Message: Posted by: Kenardo1 (Mar 3, 2007 10:43AM)
It is always a lot of fun. Hank cares about delivering a great show, and he delivers. I have been a regular for many years.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 10:51AM)
What dealers usually show up? Anybody else staying at the Sea Crest Resort?
Message: Posted by: henreco (Mar 3, 2007 11:08AM)
Yes, I would like to know who the dealers are too? I will be there and this will be my first time there, I will be staying at the Sea Crest. Looks like a good line up.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 05:05PM)
I just cant wait to meet Johnny Thompson he is one of my idols in magic. Its gonna be an expensive weekend but well worth it!
Message: Posted by: magico (Mar 3, 2007 05:21PM)
The dealers last year were Bob Little, David Cresey Products, P&A Silks, Joe Mogar, Tom Yurasits, Lynetta Welch's Fabric Manipulation, Dancing Spring Magic, Kozmo Magic. Some of the lecturers take a booth as well. Last year Eric Buss and Aaron Fisher had booths as well.

Of course Hank Lee's Magic Factory is there and they take up the whole back of the room.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 06:41PM)
Wow! Sounds great! April 20th can't come fast enough! Does Hank Lee record the lectures and give copies to the registrants?
Message: Posted by: APC (Mar 3, 2007 07:31PM)
I may be going! I am really hoping I can...sounds great!
Message: Posted by: magico (Mar 3, 2007 08:47PM)
On 2007-03-03 19:41, Pauly Prestige wrote:
Wow! Sounds great! April 20th can't come fast enough! Does Hank Lee record the lectures and give copies to the registrants?


No, he does not.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 10:00PM)
Maybe he should think about this, Im gonna send him an email and see what he thinks.
Message: Posted by: magico (Mar 3, 2007 10:34PM)
A lot of this is not up to Hank but up to the lecturers, some do not want to be taped. He does have 2 big screens set up, so there is a camera there for the lectures.

He did at one time have Conclave videos that were later sold, which did highlighted some of the acts that were at the convention.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 3, 2007 10:53PM)
You are right magico, I wasnt thinking about the lecturers not wanting to be taped. Maybe its best that way. magico are you goin to be attending this year?
Message: Posted by: magico (Mar 3, 2007 10:59PM)
Not sure yet.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Mar 24, 2007 11:23AM)
Theres been some updates at Hank Lee's site as to the schedule for lectures and performances and I also see magic Christian has been added to the list. I've got my room booked, who else??
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 13, 2007 06:21PM)
One more week!!! Anybody else going? See ya there!
Message: Posted by: Lynetta (Apr 13, 2007 06:23PM)
I'll be there. What an amazing line-up.

Message: Posted by: magico (Apr 14, 2007 08:28AM)
I will be there.
Message: Posted by: EricClark (Apr 14, 2007 11:49AM)
I'll be there.

Mmmmmm, burgers and beer at Liam Maguire's in Famouth, (http://liammaguire.com/). Yummmmm.
Message: Posted by: jcoquito (Apr 14, 2007 06:32PM)
I'll be there as well
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 17, 2007 03:27PM)
Just a few more days! Looking forward to seeing all of you there!
Message: Posted by: ThorstenHappel (Apr 18, 2007 04:42PM)
I will be there, too. It will also my first time attending the Conclave. Looking forward to meeting some old friends and make new ones.
Message: Posted by: JeremiahZuo (Apr 18, 2007 06:29PM)

Thank you again(all this time later) for the work you put into the Flicking Fingers Festival!!

Hope to see you this weekend at the Conclave.
Message: Posted by: ThorstenHappel (Apr 19, 2007 11:21AM)
On 2007-04-18 19:29, JeremiahZuo wrote:

Thank you again(all this time later) for the work you put into the Flicking Fingers Festival!!

Hope to see you this weekend at the Conclave.

Thanks so much, Jeremiah, for your kind words. All the thanks should go to the Flicking Fingers that decided to take time off their busy schedules and do the workshop. It sure was a wonderful two days in New York. Thanks also to everyone who attended.

Looking forward to seeing you at Hank Lee's Cape Cod Conclave.
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 20, 2007 06:55AM)
I'M HERE!!!! I'll be staying at the Hotel, say hi if you see me. -J.R.
Message: Posted by: brokin6 (Apr 23, 2007 01:12AM)
I must admit that I was pretty disappointed this year. With all due respect to the performers who tried their best, saturday was a total nightmare. The acts were beyond bad and to top it off with a high school a capella (sp?) group!!! What kind of magic is that? It sure made the spectators disappear! Anyway, Friday was absolutely great and the lecturers were fabulous as well but saturday failed to produce. I hope that it is taken with a grain of salt and also a bit of tongue in cheek but I was not happy. Helder Guimar„es was truely my favorite and I hope to see more from him in the future. Well, here's to hoping next year will be better. Cheers!
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 23, 2007 01:07PM)
I agree, the show on Sat night was a bit rough. I must say that I do feel bad for the performers that have to work with borrowed doves, but I think the problem of not travelling with birds isn't going away anytime soon, so it may be time to adapt. As far as the pitchpipes, I wonder which one of them was related to Hank to get booked. They sucked, and the 4 minutes of the show I caught before walking out was highly innapropriate (and I myself am usually highly innapropriate). Overall I did have a blast. Met some great people and spent lots of money (ok, that part isn't so great). I'm already signed up for next year and can't wait to see Cyril!
Message: Posted by: EricClark (Apr 23, 2007 01:45PM)
I wasn't a big fan of the guy who did a bullwhip and lasso exhibition. He was great for what he did, I just kind of wanted to see magic tricks (being at a magic convention and all).
Message: Posted by: MikeHall (Apr 23, 2007 02:20PM)
I have to agree with brokin6, the shows in general where not up the level that they normally are. The pitchpipes where unacceptable to have booked for a magic convention.
Message: Posted by: magico (Apr 23, 2007 07:46PM)
"As far as the pitchpipes, I wonder which one of them was related to Hank to get booked."

One of them was his son. He is the one who brought up his grandmother for the group to sing Happy Birthday.

I agree the Saturday Show was the worst of the two shows.
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 23, 2007 11:29PM)
On 2007-04-23 20:46, magico wrote:
"As far as the pitchpipes, I wonder which one of them was related to Hank to get booked."

One of them was his son. He is the one who brought up his grandmother for the group to sing Happy Birthday.

I agree the Saturday Show was the worst of the two shows.
[/quote]I missed the birthday song, I walked out when they were singing "D**K in a Box" to a woman who looked to be about my mom's age. (if you don't know what I'm talking about, search YouTube and watch the original video, it was pretty funny, just not something I would want some high school kids to sing to my mom).
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Apr 24, 2007 03:01PM)
I've been to about 12 CCC's and always enjoy myself. I am getting a little tired of the hotel, the money is waaay out of line. However, the thing about the shows is that it's usually the case: One night better than the other...

But I will still keep going.
Message: Posted by: Corey K (Apr 24, 2007 04:41PM)
This was the first time in about 6 years I haven't been able to make it. I'm surprised that Saturday's show sucked. Usually it's the other way around. How was Dimmare?

I guess I'm not all that upset that I didn't miss it this year! See you all next April.
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 24, 2007 09:28PM)
Yeah, the hotel is very pricey, think I'll skip the meal deal next year. Dimmare had some problems with the borrowed doves he was using, they didn't want to cooperate, otherwise he did well.
Message: Posted by: Corey K (Apr 25, 2007 05:33PM)
I have never and will never do the meal thing. There are places around town to get food, or there's the little grill place right in the hotel. Plus who wants to wake up for breakfast when you're up late the night before sessioning? Not me.

Other than that I don't mind the Seacrest. I think it definitely be cheaper for the quality of the rooms, but it's worth it to be right there where the action is.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Apr 25, 2007 07:26PM)
Have to agree with Justin.. the price of the Seacrest is crazy. Nothing special about it.
Message: Posted by: EricClark (Apr 27, 2007 11:46AM)
I stayed at the Falmouth Inn. It was about half the price, but I had bright green water in the pool and a bathroom full of ants (probably still cleaner than home though ....)
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 28, 2007 11:26PM)
Alrighty. Its taken me over a week to get back to this topic, had to work lots of over time to make up for the money I spent at the convention! I initially wanted to write about everything that went on at the convention but that would take too long! I had a wonderful time at this convention. Fridays lecture with Helder was the finest lecture I have seen. Helder is brilliant and also a very nice guy. I find his notes to be worth their weight in diamond. I watched a little bit of Chris Capehart's lecture but then got hungry and left. Next was Jon Allen, he was alright, he seemed really stressed and jet lagged. He had a nice false cut and also a nice production move, but other than that he didn't really impress me.

The friday nite show was awesome! My favorite act on Friday was Johnny, my girlfriend and I were included in his dollar bill routine, my girlfriend was put on the spot and that was fun! I thought all the acts were very good but watching a living legend perform was very special to me. And after the show we went back to the Seacrest and had some drinks and then moved into Bob Cassidy's lecture. Bob is very passionate about the art of mentalism and I just loved how he went on and on about the history of mentalism and the spirit mediums. Bob had a lot to share and I really enjoyed his lecture.
Ok Saturday, I overslept and missed Nate Kranzo's lecture. I heard through a few of my boys at Hank's that it was good and was also tipped about an upcoming Coin DVD that Nate's working on as he gave one of my friends at Hanks a demo of it(I get to watch it next week!). And then was David Regal, a very extroverted performer to say the least! I only caught a little bit of his lecture due to my oversleeping, but I heard he was great. And next was Dirk Losander, at first I wasnt going to watch him but I am so glad I stayed! What a nice guy and great magician! I look at him now as a master of levititation! After watching his lecture I bought a crapload of Loops! His floating table was the prettiest levitation I have seen and then BANG no hands!!!! Amazing!
Then after lunch came Tim Wright, Skilldini. He was very funny and his magic wasnt too bad either! I thought he was gonna have a heart attack he was sweating sooo bad! He obviously wasnt ready for his lecture, nothing was prepared and he was forgetting a lot of stuff and it seemed like he was only doing things he could remember, very random stuff if you ask me. And then:
The Close Up Show: Yeaaaah! We were in the room with Bob The Balloon man. I think we had the best room. First we got to have Johnny Thompson first and he also gave us and extra 6-7 minutes extra magic. He did the Balls and Net and then the Egg bag routine, once again my girlfriend was asked to help him,( I think after Sunday she is now in love with Johnny!). Then we got Helder, this guy is just the best,(nobody tops Johnny) Helder"s magic is just beautiful( I also got to watch a private video he made!!). After Helder, came Jon Allen he was good but I just don't like his british humour. And then we got Nate Kranzo, he was great, he did a beautiful 3 coin routine and also a brilliantly funny Ring in Lime routine. Im thinkin about using his party poppers for some of my work!! And lastly and very lately was Tony Birreli, my girlfriend wlso participated in his gambling routine and it was very good, at one point he had about 15,000 Euro on the table!!! So all in all the close up show was wonderful, maybe too much magic for people to handle but it was Wonderful!
And Saturday nites show was good too. This post is getting very long so I wont go on and on, but what I will say is Chris Capehart stole the show!! The performers werent really on point but that's ok, we are all human and make mistakes. Magic Christian trying to the thing with the cards and the cane took a lot of you know what! Anybody remember when he made a spread of cards on his arm and them *poof* Gone! That was crazy! Anyways I enjoyed it all even the guy with the whip! Then back to Seacrest and drank a few and made some friends.
Sunday, wow that was just great. Taking that trip down memory lane with Johnny Thompson( My hero!) I loved it when he did the impersonation of Dai vernon, that cracked me up! I also got me a Birt Shirt to always have that day in my head when I wear it. All in all it was a great weekend at Hank Lee's convention I personally took him to the side and thanked him for doing such a great job. I will be back next year and will again stay at The Seacrest, yes the rates are unreasonlably high but its worth it to be right there the entire time. I hope people read this, its taken me awhile to type it up for those who were not there and who would like to come next year.
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 29, 2007 08:35PM)
Pauly, looking forward to meeting you there next year! I drove up there from PA by myself, didn't know anyone there, and didn't do much talking to anyone. Guess I was just a bit shy being at my first convention. -J.R.
Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 29, 2007 09:15PM)
Yeah I'll be there for sure!! that's a long drive from PA to MA. Must have taken you 5 hours. I don't remember seeing you but then again there was a lot of people there! Im hoping next will be as good if not better. Hank is taking requests for next years performers I still don't know who I would like to see yet! Hank doesn't have the same performers there every year so there is no telling what next year has to offer. *** Did anybody else buy Helder's lecture notes I have a question about his " Test Condtions" effect. If you do have them please PM me.
Message: Posted by: J.Robert (Apr 30, 2007 11:24AM)
Actually, the drive was about 8 hours. For the record, New Jersey and Connecticut suck (the highways, that is). I wish I had bought them, he was one of the most impressive performers there. In the notes is there any contact info for him so I can get a set? -J.R.
Message: Posted by: Jon Allen (Apr 30, 2007 06:07PM)
On 2007-04-29 00:26, Pauly Prestige wrote:
Next was Jon Allen, he was alright, he seemed really stressed and jet lagged. He had a nice false cut and also a nice production move, but other than that he didn't really impress me.

Hi Pauly,

The false cut is called the G-Cut created by John Gordon. The four ace production utilising it is mine.

You are right in that I was jetlagged as I only arrived from the UK the night before. I was also pretty stressed as UPS failed to deliver a box containing my lecture, my act and my products! I spent all of Friday morning and afternoon up until the lecture trying to piece things together so I could do the lecture. As it happened, with the help of a number of people I was able to do the lecture I wanted but not with the preparation I am used to having!

As for the British humour......... there's nothing I can do about that :)

I agree with you about Johnny Thompson. What an amazing performer. His dove production from cellophane is a thing of true beauty.

Message: Posted by: Paul D (Apr 30, 2007 07:12PM)
Jon Im sure lots of people loved your british humour! Maybe I just don't like it because my girlfriend makes me watch all those Hugh Grant movies! Your thought of card to mouth effect was great Ive spent a lot of time thinkin about that one, aswell as your torn and restored rubberband around the wrist trick. On Friday nite I was sitting a few rows behind you and Helder and spent more time watchin the 2 of you finger fling cards back and forth than I did paying attention to my girlfriend!!! I really think your a great entertainer(but no Derren Brown!!) just kidding and hope to see you back next year. American humour its only funny on this side of the pond!

Message: Posted by: Jon Allen (May 1, 2007 08:18PM)
Hi Pauly,

If you spent more time watching me and Helder than your g/f something is seriously wrong! ;-) Mind you if she make syou watch Hugh Grant films you do have a point.

There is a chance I will be back next year. If so, I will see you then and we can discuss the merits of Eddie Izzard over Robin Williams.

Message: Posted by: J.Robert (May 3, 2007 02:27PM)
Jon, I give you a lot of credit, I thought you did very well considering the conditions. Two words: carry-on! Look forward to seeing you next year! -J.R.
Message: Posted by: David Rysin (May 19, 2007 10:40PM)
In response to J.Robert's question (contact info for Helder, posted on the forum in case anyone else needs to contact him):

You can e-mail Helder at info@helderguimaraes.com

Calling him would be harder as you'd need country codes, but you can find his phone number at http://www.helderguimaraes.com

His lecture notes are worth every penny, and make sure you get the notes with the DB Ace of Diamonds/Ace of Clubs.

Sorry for bringing this dead thread back to life, I just didn't want to send J. a PM only to find out a year later that someone else needed the info too.

Best of luck to everyone and their magic,
~Magically Dave