Between the updates from Lee Asher, you might want to read all the chatter from Golden Gate Gathering
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Apparently word is out about how great the Gathering is because it’s much larger this year than ever before. A much bigger turnout meant a change in format was necessary and now, during lectures, we’re two groups and two lectures occur at the same time. This morning featured Jason England and Paul Vigil followed later by Allan Ackerman. Our worlds were rocked, naturally.
Jason is an expert at gambling sleights, Allan might just know more card effects than half the gathering combined and Paul…Well, Paul is a unique experience.
We session, laugh and gasp in amazement. We attend classes to have our heads handed to us and then filled with the knowledge of how to take the heads of others. We sometimes find time to eat.
We’re not quite halfway through.
Time to head to to the Precursor Suite. We’ll let you know what happens tomorrow. In the mean time, take a look at this video of Allan Ackerman in the hotel lounge:
Arriving at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City is always exciting. The glass doors open smoothly and silently as we approach and on the other side we’re greeted by Kent Gunn performing his famous, “Fun Shop Cups and Balls”. What a great way to start out the 2010 Gathering!
Kent Gunn performs his famous "Fun Shop Cups and Balls"
A quick look around the lobby lounge reveals a number of familiar faces; Tony and Rosie Miller (RFA Productions) who will be running the parties this year, Steve Ehlers, Curtis Kam – All appearances say that this is going to be a hardcore convention.
We check in, drop our stuff off in our rooms and hit the lobby to session with our friends – people we rarely, if ever get to see except here at the GGG.
At 7:00 the party in the hotel pub started up and the group moves out of the lobby and into the club. Details of the resulting merriment will not be discussed or disclosed in these pages. What happens at the Golden Gate Gathering…
What we CAN tell you is that at the same time a private, seven seat, no-limit Texas Holdem game began. At the table were Steve Brooks (Magic Cafe), Tony Miller (RFA Productions), R. Paul Wilson (Shade), Tom Cutts (AM/PM Magazine), Tom Frame (Genii reviewer) , Jason England (Foundations) and Lee Asher (CardStar). Ultimately, Paul Wilson was the winner and took all.
Close to 10:00 the party moves upstairs to the Precurser suite run by Tony and Rosie Miller. Here is Kent Gunn reading the rules of the party:
The line up includes Mike Gallo, Norman Beck, Paul Vigil, Allan Ackerman and Jason England, and thanks to Lee Asher, you’ll be able to get updates and reports direct from the convention.
The Golden Gate Gathering began in 2007 as the brainchild of a small group of Bay Area magicians that wanted to learn from underground or non-mainstream artists. In an effort to bring talent both classical and innovative, the planners brought in talent both young and old to teach like-minded people.
A smash success in 2007, 2008 and 2009 the Golden Gate Gathering is back this year with the same caliber of teachers and performers that attendees have come to expect from this small “convention”.
Limited to 50 seats, this years gathering promises to deliver a wide variety of styles and concepts from its expert speakers. As space is limited, early registration is highly recommended.