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Magic Convention

As I type this Debbie and I are on a flight back from Portugal.   Three years ago a friend of ours, the great Portuguese magician Luis de Matos, had an idea about an online convention.  He teamed up with the astonishing Marco Tempest and the writer/creator David Brittland to bring to life something called the Essential Magic Conference.
At his own expense he flew in the most knowledgeable performers and thinkers from around the world to lecture and demonstrate all aspects of this incredibly wide theatrical art.   All of those participating did it for free, but Luis, who had built his own fabulous studio and workshop, funded flights and hotels and catering and technical staff.
This year we were broadcasting on the internet to 70 countries and all of those who registered then received live access to the shows and will receive very high quality DVDs of the event.
The names that you might know in magic that took part this year were Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine, Teller (and yes, he did talk) and David Berglas.   Everyone else was very well known within the world of magic and some well known within their own countries.
The quality of the lectures/talks/demos was extra-ordinarily high and the banter and the swapping of ideas amongst these masters of their varying crafts off camera was mind boggling.   If I dare to pick one out the biggest surprise was watching the card work of Daniel Madison and Dani Ortiz.   But then there was Topaz, and Gaetan Bloom and Tina Lenert….. and it went on and on and on.
One of the off air discussions was about the puzzle as to why more of the internet generation didn’t log on.  I offered that they believe they can get magic for free on the internet and that is so true… what they don’t know is how bad that magic is, not just in content but in presentation.  The kids point a camera at themselves and do a trick… and it’s AWFUL.   If any of you reading this think that is the way to present magic then heaven help the audiences.
I don’t know if Luis de Matos will sell the DVDs to non-registrants but if he will, buy them because there was an unbelievable amount of magical thinking out there.

8 comments to Magic Convention

  • jac
    August 2, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply

    “I don’t know if Luis de Matos will sell the DVDs to non-registrants”

    He will. The boxes from 2010 and 2011 are already available at http://essentialmagiccollection.com/.

  • MVoss
    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply

    It may sound corny, but I watched all three days of EMC 2012 live and I really feel like I was apart of something special. I hope someone picks up the torch because in this age of dieing conventions and economic troubles, the chance to learn from a group of the worlds best is something that I hope I won’t have to go without for long.

  • Ivor
    August 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply

    I have ‘attended’ all three EMC’s and the wealth of material that has been presented is invaluable – whether you’re a hobbyist or a full time pro.

  • Mike
    August 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply

    This waw my first EMC and I was blown away by the talent…I also felt like I was part of something very very special.. I am an unknown in the world of magic but that didn’t matter this past weekend I was in the presence of the best influential in magic

    I also hope someone take the idea and runs with it.

    I know one thing , if there are others I will register quickly.

  • Masterless Magician
    August 3, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply

    I agree with everyone above. Had an amazing time being part of the EMC. It was my second time (I bought the 2010 DVD’s this year as well). The trouble isn’t just the low grade free magic out there. Too many people pirate good magic and feel entitled to the lessons and secrets for free. Ironically I think paying for something adds value in your own mind and you appreciate it more (and will be more willing to struggle through a hard part of a book/DVD as a result, making you a better magician)

  • Pete Biro
    August 7, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply

    I heard ms. Debbie was the hit.

  • Hanno
    August 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply

    Yes Debbie was great, lot of fun, want win a price from the feminist society but who cares? :-)

    The concept of EMC is great.
    Loved also the sections with Paul. That´s entertainment!!
    What a great mixtures of magic and performers.
    Hanno
    Tyrol/Austria

  • Hanno
    August 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply

    Yes Debbie was great, lot of fun, want win a price from the feminist society but who cares? :-)

    The concept of EMC is great.
    Loved also the sections with Paul. That´s entertainment!!
    What a great mixtures of magic and performers.
    Hanno
    Tyrol/Austria

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