IBM 2011 Closes on High Note

Inside Magic Image of IBM Convention LogoAnd now the 2011 IBM Convention is complete.

It ended with a wonderful show entitled “Legends of Magic & Comedy.” The show began with Jeff McBride. He was in top form and served as the perfect entreaty to the special night. His energy unique ability to take advantage of any unplanned surprise ensured a wonderful start.

The lovely Frances Willard introduced son-in-law Michael Ammar and his beautiful wife, Hannah as they performed their rendition of The Spirit Cabinet. Hannah has learned well from her mother — the effect was perfect.

Max Maven introduced the concept of “suspension” by correctly reading the minds of the sell-out house and segued into clips of Walter “Zaney” Blaney performing his Ladder Suspension over the years and in many venues. But this evening Walter did not perform his world-famous illusion. That honor was bestowed on Becky Blaney and Walter’s granddaughter. They did an outstanding job and Walter’s pride clearly showed.

Tom Mullica looked great as he presented the Guzzler’s Gin routine in the persona of the late Red Skelton. His impression of Red Skelton is second to none. He was so good that we were asked after the show, “Was that the real Red Skelton?”

Johnny and Pam Thompson received a standing ovation for their The Great Tomsoni act. We have seen the routine many times and yet continue to embarrass ourselves by our high-pitched girl like laughing when we lose all composure. The act showcases the couple’s comedic ability but at the same time allows Johnny Tompson to demonstrate his incredible manipulation skills.

Darren Romeo rounded out the evening by perfomring his rendition of Harry Blackstone, Jr.’s Floating Light Bulb with the help of the graceful and beautiful Gay Blackstone.  His handling was impressive and effortless as ever.

The evening ended with a standing ovation for the stars as they gathered for a final bow.

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