Looking ahead to the MAES Convention in New Jersey.
In 1938 The Magicians Alliance of Eastern States came into being and started to bring together magicians under its wings. It has a fine reputation and has been holding conventions on and off ever since. I am looking forward to being able to attend their next convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It should be a blast. Their convention takes place this year on October 4th-5th, at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill. MAES have a wonderful line up of performers and lecturers and the event should be really first rate. I am especially happy to say that I will be both lecturing and performing at the convention.
Marc DeSouza and Mike Miller have put together a truly outstanding talent roster for the event, which promises to royally amaze and amuse the attendees. In fact if you register for the full convention there is a delightful bonus on the evening of the 3rd of October featuring the one and only Aldo Colombini.
Aldo will be performing a special lecture on that pre-convention evening and it is a unique event exclusive to MAES. As many of you will know Aldo and his lovely wife Rachael retired from touring in 2011 but they will be presenting this featured event for MAES and it will not be repeated on any lecture tour. What a great way to kick of a convention, I’m coming in a night early to catch this delightful addition to the proceedings.
2013 convention headliners include Scott Alexander who has being wowing audiences on this season’s ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Bizzaro—The Optical Illusionist, who will be spreading his demented brand of magical entertainment, and manipulative sensation Farrell Dillon, who has taken his magic to some amazing places since graduating from ‘The Chavez Studio of Magic’ in California. This is just three of the stars that will be adding their unique skills to the convention.
Other performers/lecturers being highlighted during the convention are Alexander Boyce, Doc Dixon, Michael Feldman, Corey Haines, Hilby the Skinny German Juggler Boy, Anthony Lindan, Zoe Reiches, Torkova and yours truly. That is a lot of magic to pack into a couple of days, and I can’t wait to get started!
For those of you wanting to purchase your registrations you can do so by visiting http://www.maesonline.org, which will give you a chance to purchase various admissions to the convention. There are also great rates still available at the Crowne Plaza starting at $109 per night for single or double occupancy. You can contact the hotel at 856 665 6666 but make sure you mention the MAES convention to ensure your discounted booking.
There are a fine group of magic dealers attending the event to keep the attendees busy when they are not watching the shows, lectures, auction and contests that will be the heart of the convention. I suspect there will be several very late nights in store when this group gets together to celebrate. I love those late night magic sessions at the bar!
If you are interested in participating in the contests then you can learn more details by contacting Arlen Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 215 443 7908. It is always a pleasure to watch magic contests and see what is new in the performing field.
As always I will look forward to meeting any of my readers in person who don’t know me other than by my writings; I hope you will make a point of saying ‘Hi’ to me. There will be plenty of old friends there too, and I am very excited to be a part of the convention.