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Dal
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TAOM 2008 is still fresh in my memory and I’m already getting ready for TAOM 2009. I got to visit with the Houston Magic Clubs that will be hosting the event next September 4-7 and those people are excited. Their website is up at http://taom2009.com and they are taking registrations. Their line up looks great with something for everyone. So far they have booked Michael Ammar, Banachek, Danny Garcia, Ken Scott, Mike Bent, Bev Bergeron, Glen Strange, Oscar Munoz, Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, and Bebel just to name a few. Check out this video.

http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=5rjEZPts1p8

This is one of the best and the biggest annual conventions…often drawing more people and better talent than the national conventions. That’s not just a Texan bragging about Texas (and you know we do like to brag) this is the way it is.

…at least, that’s the opinion of this Texan from Dallas.

—Dal Sanders
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Bob Sanders
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Dal,

I have to agree. This time it is in Houston with plenty to do for all.

I hope these folks keep us posted.

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Bill Palmer
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Just to keep everyone up to date -- the new venue is marvelous. They are busting their backsides to get the Omni Hotel and Resort in shape for this convention. There is a complete remodel in progress. All the activities will take place in the hotel.

And here's the interesting part. We are making a concerted effort to bring the guys who are interested in Street Magic (as in Blaine) into the fold. With Daniel Garcia -- who is an icon in the new styles of magic -- making an appearance here, I don't see how we can go wrong. Please visit the site from time to time and take a look.

We are doing our best to have something for everyone at this convention.
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OK, another Texan harping in, but TAOM is one of my two favorite conventions. It is always top shelf. It has excellent programs, excellent dealer room, fantastic shows, and top ranked talent. And the price is unbelieveably low compared to other major conventions. You can't beat it.
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We have a podcast with Scott Hollingsworth, Entertainment Director at Houston’s Magic Island and the 2009 President of the Texas Association of Magicians convention

http://www.magicconventionguide.com/2009......podcast/

The Texas Association of Magicians Convention, takes place in Houston, Texas, on the 4th - 7th September 2009.

Performers and lecturers include: Michael Ammar, Banachek, Kenrick “ICE” McDonald, Michael and Jessica, Ken Scott, Bev Bergeron, Oscar Munoz, Jon Born, Garry Carson and Kelsey, Suzanne, Ben Jackson, Glenn Strange, Paul Green, Mike Bent, David Boyd, Bebel, and Yannick

many many thanks for Scott Wells for helping us with the podcasts on this and some other events..
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I have to say I am very excited about being at TAOM. It looks like it is going to be a great convention. With Scott Hollingsworth heading this up you know it will be top notch.

Ken
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Hi everybody

I'm from Colombia (South America) and it's very casual that my sister who lives in Houston is getting married next August 28 which means I'll be there by the time of the convention. I am definitely going. It seems that I'll have the time of my life.
I'm really looking formard to making friends there and learning from those great lecturers.
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Ken Scott is a good fit for this convention. He did a great job in Peoria this week.

Look forward to seeing him there.

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Scott Wells
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Things are really shaping up to make this a great convention. In a time when most conventions are dwindling, I have to admit that our numbers aren't as great as they used to be (well over 1,000 in 2000), but then again, even the national SAM and international IBM conventions aren't drawing the big numbers they used to either.

But we do expect to have a large crowd topping 500 and we already have 18 dealers with room for just a few more. There is still plenty of room in the stage contest. You may never have a better chance to win since the field is so small (so far) this year. We plan to feature the stage contestants as the Friday night show. This will give the contestants a real audience for a change rather than the bleary eyed friends and family who typically show up for the stage contests on Saturday morning. So if you ever wanted to compete at the TAOM, this could be your year!

The talent has been set for a long time with some performers appearing for their first TAOM.

One exciting thing we are hoping to pull off is the introduction of Banachek's new book, Psychological Subtleties 3. If the printer can get it to us in time, this will be a coup for the convention.

Be sure to register now at: http://www.taom2009.com
"A magician who isn't working is only fooling himself." - Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

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kenscott
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Scott you guys have put together a great line up. I look forward to being there. How far from the airport is the hotel?

Ken
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17.9 miles from Hobby, 24.9 miles from Bush Airport.
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Ken did a fine lecture as well as a top notch show.

Yannick and Huot, the Human Deck of Cards, did a great lecture and a great show as well. I recommend them highly.

Daniel Garcia was marvelous, as was Oscar Muñoz, who overcame a sound problem during his show with the timing and delivery that only a true pro can provide. Ice McDonald did a fine lecture. John Born was wonderful. A special thanks to Michael Ammar, whose lecture was delayed by a late closing of the evening show. He did 45 minutes of pre-lecture lecturing that was as good as his lecture.

We had a good time.

The convention was a smashing success -- no trace of an economic downturn here!
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Had a wonderful time! Thanks Bill.
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It was great meeting you, Ken.

Let me also add that Paul Green did a really fine job with his lecture. He broke down the classic force so well that even I can understand it. It's always good to see Paul lecture, as well as to see him work.

Banachek's lecture was in the main stage area -- he has an excellent lecture. His new book Psychological Subtleties 3 was released at this convention. Banachek always does a great job.

And finally, Mike Bent, who is not only Boston's primiere children's entertainer, but a fine comedy magician as well, gave his lecture. If you do comedy magic, you need his book -- The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing.
"The Swatter"

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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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Michel Huot
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I had so much fun at this convention. Southern people really know how to welcome you.
tthanks again for an incredible convention

Michel 'the top half of the Human Deck of Cards' Huot
Tricks aren't important...people are!!!
MikeBent
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I had a great time! What a classy convention!
PaulGreen
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TAOM was a wonderful convention. I had a great time! Thanks to everyone.

Enjoy the search.

Regards,

Paul Green
kenscott
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Check out http://www.magicnewswire.com on some interviews I did at TAOM./
Scott Wells
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Thanks, Ken, for conducting those interviews. You are a great "cub reporter" Smile

I will be posting a lengthy report of the convention on my Scott's Thoughts column here on the Café very shortly. I have finished the first draft but I'm waiting on confirmation of a few details. I'll let you know when it's posted.

BTW, we received a lot of good press on this event with newspaper articles, television reports and video blogs. To view any of these, visit http://www.HoustonMagic.com for the links. Or you can go to them from here at:

http://tinyurl.com/taom2009story1
http://tinyurl.com/taom2009video1
http://tinyurl.com/taom2009video2
"A magician who isn't working is only fooling himself." - Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word podcast: http://themagicwordpodcast.com Listen to convention coverage, interviews with magicians, pictures, videos and more.

Magic Inspirations website for all things Banachek: www.magicinspirations.net
Scott Wells
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Okay, my review / report is posted here on the Café at: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......um=170&0

Grab a cup of coffee from the Magic Café's barista and enjoy the long read.
"A magician who isn't working is only fooling himself." - Scott Wells, M.I.M.C. with Gold Star

The Magic Word podcast: http://themagicwordpodcast.com Listen to convention coverage, interviews with magicians, pictures, videos and more.

Magic Inspirations website for all things Banachek: www.magicinspirations.net
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