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Topic: Convention planning for 2008
Message: Posted by: Jonathanmc (Dec 17, 2007 04:07PM)
I am trying to plan to get to a convention this next year. I have never been due to work obligations and finances.

If you could only go to one convention (inside the USA) which one would you go to and why?
Message: Posted by: Tate (Dec 17, 2007 04:59PM)
Assuming you want to go to a kid show related convention, as opposed to a general magic convention, I would suggest KIDabra in August in Tennessee. http://www.kidabra.com/

If that's too far to travel, I believe Jolly Roger and friends are still planning one in Arizona. I don't know the details for it.

Message: Posted by: drosenbe0813 (Dec 17, 2007 05:00PM)
The one convention for serious (if any of us can be serious) family entertainers is Kidabra. I have learned more from this convention than any other single thing that I have invested in. I learn something every year...and it is the friendliest convention that I can think of. It is not for the hobbyist, because you won't find the latest card move, but you will find solid, workable routines and information.
Message: Posted by: magicmanfrank (Dec 17, 2007 05:18PM)
I have always wanted to go to Kidabra,
but am always on the road performing at
Fairs when it is held!

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 17, 2007 05:26PM)
I totally agree with Tate on this one. If you are a commercial magician, KIDAbra is the best convention about the business of magic. If you are a children's magician this convention is specifically about your work. This is an August convention. That is not always workable for some magicians.

For kid magic, that makes it a toss up for other conventions.

For May 2008, May Magic Madness in Charleston, SC is a good new convention. Another advantage is that it is just one day long. It will have a section on The Business of Magic. (Your's truly will be lecturing on the subject.)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Dec 17, 2007 05:39PM)
Kidabra certainly is a fun convention and one to go to if you are a kid show performer and want to really gain a lot out of your experience. However, if you want a really fun all around magical experience that is not just kid show oriented, then I would have to say the IBM/SAM Combined Convention in July is the place to be. It is going to be simply incredible.

Message: Posted by: disneywld (Dec 17, 2007 06:34PM)
I'd vote for the combined IBM/SAM
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Dec 17, 2007 07:37PM)
If you check out the Worldwide Calendar of Magic Events on my site, you are certain to find a convention taking place near you. That calendar is also linked to a Calendar of Magic Lectures... the next best thing to a convention with a lot less distractions. If you belong to a magic club, you might even go to the Lecturer Link page and make the convention come to you by hiring your own lecturers over the space of a year.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Dec 17, 2007 08:18PM)
A convention is only as good as the guest lecturer, so without knowing the line up how can anyone make an informed decision? I suggest a visit to the good professor Spellbinders web site would be the smart place to start your process of elimination.

Is there a magic convention in Tahiti?
Message: Posted by: Tom Riddle (Dec 17, 2007 11:40PM)
"If that's too far to travel, I believe Jolly Roger and friends are still planning one in Arizona. I don't know the details for it. "

I would also love to know if this is taking place. I heard some rumours about January 2009. I believe there was a conflict with The Superbowl in 2008.
Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Dec 18, 2007 07:26AM)
I'm looking forward to my first Magi-Fest next month.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Dec 18, 2007 12:39PM)
Each person has their reasons for going to conventions and conferences. I'm no different. It's really boils down to what you want to gain from that event or reason for going.

The beauty of this years 2008 combined [url=http://www.ibmsam2008.com/]IBM/SAM Convention[/url] is that one gets to visually see quality original performances, and have just about every dealer in the country at that location. One meets all kinds of well known magicians. A dealer usually does well at these type of conventions.

Mini Conventions like [url=http://www.boblittlessupersunday.com/]Bob Little Super Sunday[/url] and [url=http://www.martinismagic.com/Funarama.html]Marty Martini's Funarama,[/url] is a meeting place of old magic friends and a variety of dealers. Add in an auction like Super Sunday, and one can get so great deals. If clowning, magic, balloons and/or cards are your thing and a friendly atmosphere, then Funarama is a great place. Super Sunday is near me and one of the best mini-conventions I've attended.

One day I will go to [url=http://www.venthaven.com/]Vent Haven[/url] just because it is loaded with lots of laughter, and uniqueness for me.

An annual Event is [url=http://www.maesonline.org/]Magician's Alliance of Eastern States (MAES)[/url] which is much larger than a mini-convention and not as big as the "Super Conventions like SAM or IBM. This three day convention has the competition many like, close-up for those in to this area, children entertainers, comedians, a variety of lectures great stage shows, and lots of dealers. This is a worth while regional convention. (Focused in the Northeastern section of the country.)

Then, of course there is [url=http://www.kidabra.org][b]KIDabra International[/b][/url] which can only be "experienced" Words cannot do this convention justice and there are no Magic Conventions, I know that can compare to this one. If you are into family and children entertaining, then this is the conference to attend. Notice I wrote CONFERENCE not Convention, that is because it is a teaching environment for professional children entertainers. If I had only to choose one, then this would be it. It is the one I get the most out of as well and the friendliest group of people ever.
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Dec 18, 2007 03:01PM)
I am chairman for a convention in Atlanta August 21-23rd 2008 SEAM

http://www.seam2008.org is the web site.

Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Dec 18, 2007 03:18PM)
Don't forget Magi-Whirl March 28 & 29, 2008 sponsored by IBM Ring 50 in Washington DC area (from e-mail written by Bob Patterson today to Ring 50 members):

Be sure to get registered for Magi-Whirl 2008 before the price increase on March 16. Magi-Whirl 2008 will be held March 28 & 29 in Alexandria Virginia at the Bishop Ireton High School. It will feature four lectures, three close-up performances, ten magic dealers, and a Gala evening show. For details see the Ring 50 web site: http://www.Magi-Whirl.Org New this year will be on-site food. We will have snacks, coffee, doughnuts, sodas, and we will be taking orders for lunch subs for the attendees. These are ordered and paid the day of, so you will not be able preorder.
Message: Posted by: jkvand (Dec 18, 2007 09:05PM)
On 2007-12-18 08:26, Tim Hannig wrote:
I'm looking forward to my first Magi-Fest next month.

I'll be there, and am very excited to see your lecture, Tim! Magi-Fest is a great convention! -Jeff
Message: Posted by: todd75 (Dec 19, 2007 10:59PM)
Kidabra is the way to go. Get your schedule out and mark off the dates for 2008 right now. Don't take any shows during this time! Instead get to Tennessee and you'll come home with more knowledge than you can keep in your head.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Dec 20, 2007 09:30AM)
I will not be at the combined convention as a dealer. It is too expensive. It would cost almost $3000 to go and exhibit when ou figure all the costs. Now when you add in the extra day for the convention and such, how much money are people really going to have to spend. And if I am going to spend that much this once in a lifetime convention, I would like to see some of it not spend all my time looking across the aisles in an empty dealer room.

I will be at Magi-whirl and the Battle of Magicians. Both are smaller conventions with less costs and give people more of a time to get to know each other.

Kidabra is a good convention if your interests lie in that area. I guess there are so many conventions that you need to decide which one best serve your needs and interests.

Message: Posted by: ALASKA MAGIC (Dec 24, 2007 04:51AM)

You live in LAS VEGAS! Almost EVERYONE travels there. I've attended Mooseburger camp at Circus Circus a few times. It has a great line up every February of venders, classes, etc. Right in your own home town. Give it a try along with other "clown conventions". They have great venders that sell tricks you can build a fantastic show around; International Clown Convention and Clowns of America International.
They even had a convention here in Fairbanks earlier this year. Shop around and good luck, maybe I'll see you at one of the events.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Dec 29, 2007 09:59AM)
I plan to attend KidAbra in 2008. My first time in person. (I've been an invisible registrant before.)

I want to attend because many of the influences I TRUST in the world of kidshow magic will be there to learn from, and spend time with.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: The Great Smartini (Jan 6, 2008 07:53PM)
I would attend any of the McBride Mystery School programs. My second choice would be Kidabra or one Avner the Eccentric mime/movement sessions.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jan 6, 2008 08:23PM)
First choice: KIDABRA, Pigeon Forge TN

Second Choice: Magic on the Beach, Daytona FL (Fantastic experience!)

No Way: Combined SAM-IBM, Louisville. I LIVE in Louisville and I can't afford
to go to this one. What were they thinking?

Message: Posted by: Cody Comet (Jan 7, 2008 03:38PM)
Same with me Jim.
Message: Posted by: derrick (Jan 7, 2008 04:00PM)
I agree that the combined SAM-IBM is going to be a lot of $$$$$ but what an incredible list of talent being showcased. Seems to me though that if you're on this forum the one convention I'd be trying to get to is KIDABRA.

It looks like Ken's Convention - SEAM is shaping up to be a darn good value, particularly since I can drive to it. Time permitting, I may see you there Ken.

Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jan 7, 2008 04:04PM)
Yes http://www.seam2008.org is going to be great. I am looking forward to it.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Jan 7, 2008 07:07PM)
I will be at the SAM/IBM combined convention. I would not miss it for the world. It is going to be a great time to see old friends and meet new ones and to also just have a wonderful time with my wife and I and seeiong so much great magic. I am really looking forward to it.

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 7, 2008 09:36PM)
Ken, are you still participating in KidAbra this August, even though you are likely working on last minute details for SEAM at that time?

- Donald
Message: Posted by: kenscott (Jan 7, 2008 09:50PM)
Oh yes I will be at Kidabra. I am not lecturing this year at kidabra but I will have an active role, I think I will be performing in the show that Mark tapes. We have talked about a couple of other things . So yes I dare not miss a kidabra.

Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jan 7, 2008 09:52PM)
Thanks, Ken. That's good news.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Jan 7, 2008 10:29PM)
As I have been focusing more on vent the last few years, I will again be attending Venthaven convention is July!