Many thanks to Peter Eldin wrote sent in his view of this years Blackpool Magic Convention 2011:
It proved to be another bonanza weekend for the 3500 magicians who attended the 59th Blackpool Magicians’ Convention. There was so much to see and do delegates were spoiled for choice. My apologies for names and events missing from this report but it is impossible to cover every event in detail and I have made no attempt to do so. The answer is be there yourself, then I will not have to write a report!
Under The Hammer
I popped in to see the auction on Thursday afternoon and bargains were being snapped at a fast rate thanks to the autioneering skills of Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd, aided by a band of ‘delivery’ people to carry the goods to the successful bidders. There were plenty of bargains to be had and I estimated that some 2000 items went under the hammer which must have raised a tidy sum for Blackpool Magicians’ Club.
Marathon Of Magic
The FISM European Magic Championships was a marathon of magic with so many entrants it had to be split into several sessions. I saw very few of the acts but waited for the All Winners show on the Saturday.
Derek Lever welcomed the audience to the All Winners Show and presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Eric Eswin, Derek Bressman and Domenico Dante. (more…)