The peripatetic and personable team of Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster are on the ground giving the bird’s eye view of the low-down in Beijing, China.
How is it going over there?
From their latest entry, it sounds like Beijing may have found the secret to pulling off a great Magic convention.
Compare the reviews of prior FISMs.
This one is shaping up to be a humdinger.
Even though no magic was performed during the welcome banquet, Mr. Ellis and Ms. Webster write it was still magical.
Yes, there was absolutely no magic in the dinner show, but we were treated to what appeared to be the absolute best in many facets of Chinese entertainment. Most people I spoke to afterwards said they wouldn’t have changed a thing and rated the first day of FISM 2009 a 9 out of 10.
That is high praise from real magicians who make their living entertaining real people all around the world. They’ve seen some lesser FISM iterations and have a perfect perspective.
We would love to quote more from their updates but think too highly of Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster to blatantly borrow from their site without their permission. Of course, they did not explicitly say we couldn’t just “re-publish” everything they write.
Plus, we have somewhat strange taste in journalism. One of our favorite posts from their reporting thus far was the contents of the Official FISM Goody Bag.
We really wish we could be there. It sounds too cool.
Frankly their writing trumps anything you would likely find here. And as an added bonus, they are actually there reporting live on the real thing.
As noted on a recent scandalous post on an otherwise reputable magic forum, we have gotten by for so many years “just making it up and attributing fantastic quotes to difficult to identify sources. “
Check out their fantastic site, read the latest from Beijing, and if you find it in your heart to come back to visit every once in a while — maybe just to see how Mandrake is doing — that will be good enough for us.
You can read their great coverage of the Opening Night dinner and show here.