IBM / SAM Convention Is Nigh

IBM SAM FISMThis just in from headquarters:

The Combined Convention is fast approaching. Have you reserved your hotel room? If not, don’t procrastinate. The special room rate of $115/night (single or double) plus applicable taxes will expire on June 9th! After that date, if rooms are available, you will be charged the normal room rates.

Convention registration rates increase to $595.00 on June 15th. Register now to avoid the extra charge!

Thank you to those who have registered to compete in the IBM/SAM 2014 Combined Convention Contest of Magic. The Contests are now completely filled and applications are no longer being accepted. We look forward to seeing all competitors at the Contestant Briefing Session on Monday, June 30 at 6:00 PM. Check your registration package for room assignment.

The Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar is SOLD OUT.

If you haven’t registered yet – why wait any longer. Register today and be a part of the most talked about magic convention of the year. See you in St. Louis – where IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGIC!


McBride & Burger Present Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar

Inside Magic Image of Lance Burton, Master MagicianThis just in: Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger will be facilitating the Lance Burton Young Magicians Seminar at the 2014 Combined Convention in St. Louis, MO on June 29-30.

Jeff and Eugene have been facilitating Lance Burton’s young magician’s events since its inception in 2003.  Along with Jeff and Eugene we are expecting participation from Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, David Oliver, Dr. Larry Hass, Kayla Drescher, Bryce Kuhlman and other surprise guests.

If you haven’t registered yet – don’t wait any longer – register today! To register go to http://ibmsam.com/registration/ TODAY!  See you in St. Louis, where it is All About the Magic.

Ad Opportunity for Magic Melange in Missouri

FISM, IBM & SAM Together for 2014For those interested in  getting maximum ad coverage in the vital magic market, the International Brotherhood of Magicians is offering a super special deal.

You can spread the word through an advertisement in the 2014 Combined Convention Souvenir Program.  It is called that because the convention will be a melange of the IBM, Society of American Magicians and the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques together in St. Louis this summer, 2014.

If you are interested, contact Becki Wells at publicity@ibmsam.com to request the Ad Rate and Specification Sheet.

The souvenir program is an opportunity for you to advertise your magic business, show, convention or service, promote your Ring or Assembly, drive traffic to your dealer booth, and send greetings of praise or congratulations. Your ad or message will reach 1,400 people!

Previous convention programs, like the 2008 Combined Convention Program from Louisville, are now collector items and this year’s program will be no different. Be a part of magic history and place your ad now!

To register for the convention go to http://ibmsam.com/registration/ TODAY!  See you in St. Louis, where it is All About the Magic.

FISM: ‘The Incident’ Shocks Audience

Ugly, Unfortunate, and SadTim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster continue their updates from China and the FISM competition in Beijing, China.

They report on a particularly unsettling incident immediately following a contestant’s performance in the Close-Up Competition.

On occasion, we get caught up in the excitement and become disoriented as to time, place, and identity.  There are even times when we forget our place in human history.

Magicians are assured that FISM may be world wide in scope and fertile ground for our craft, but there are those who would attempt to plant the malignant weed of division to destroy, not build.

Not surprising given recent events reported virtually everywhere but Mainland China, the issue of Taiwan gave rise to a very ugly moment in what was promising to be one of the best FISMs yet.

The USA Today has a neat article about Taiwanese Magician Lu Chen, a fantastic magician lauded by no less an authority than David Copperfield.

Check out Tim and Sue-Anne’s blog for the details on “The Incident” here:  Magic Unlimited with Ellis & Webster.

Be sure to visit their incredible web site for access to their store, their performance schedule, and the very latest on just about everything Magic: http://magicunlimited.com.

Ellis and Webster Report on FISM Day One

Sue-Anne Webster and Tim Ellis on a Great Wall in China Covering FISMThe 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.

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