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Magic Convention Guide Podcast 25.02.09 – Best Of Blackpool

February 25th, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

Blackpool Magic Convention 2009 was one of the best yet, with the cream of the magic world flocking to Blackpool for three days of back to back lectures and events.

We did a little recording between the posts to see what was going on, Thanks to Daniel Madison, Daniel Garcia, Paul Roffman, Jack Gleadow, Rafael and David Blaine for their time

Don’t forget that the Dates for Blackpool 2010 are: 19th, 20th and 21st February 2010 and you can check out all our news for this year by clicking here.

Reviews will be coming up soon in our Reviews Section, and enjoy the podcast.

Blackpool 2009 – What the Camera Saw

February 23rd, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

..We took quite a few photos for our posts, and not all of them were used in the actual pages, so check out below all the photo’s we took.

57th International Gala Show – Blackpool Magicians Convention 2009

February 23rd, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

The gala show was the end of a fantastic weekend, possibly the best Blackpool ever, and the gala show proved to be no different to the high quality of the weekend.

The theater was filled with the sound of Salene, and Violinist who played alongside upbeat pop music and people took their seats.

Derek Scott, the MC for the show was hilarious, (he’s from Canada!), and got funnier as the show went on. Ervan Bodiou opened the show with a fast, perfect Dove act. Arthur Trace, who has lectured earlier did his FISM Artist Act, Rudy Coby followed with his signature four leg act, quick change, and was met with huge applause as his floating chainsaw cut off his extra legs. He received a great response with a number of people giving a standing ovation.

The quality went up another notch with Jerome Murat, the living statue, who if you’ve not seen before, is a sensational act you have to see to believe. Tony Chapek, interacted with his alter ego through the television monitor, dipping in and out of the screen before a quick change finish. The very strong first half closed with Jeff McBride, performing his Mask Routine, Rain Bowls, carrd manipulation and card shooting sets, giving him and the other acts a huge response and applause.

With the quality set high for the first half the second half was going to be a killer. After the presentation of The Murray Award to Eric Eswin and Duncan Trillo, Ken Dodd took to the stage to award the Ken Dodd Comedy award and present a short(!) set.

An Ha-Lim from Korea presented his award winning Card Manipulations, followed by Juggler, Tony Frebourg who had to be seen to be believed, extreme juggling with Diablos (he’s one of the only people in the world able to perform with five Diablos simulatiously!) that wowed the audience.

The show closed with Oscar, Renzo and Mara – Magic Unlimited with fast paced illusions, a floating packing create, A- Frame and a fast paced metamorphosis type illusion to end.

The show really reflected the quality of the whole weekend, with possibly I think one of the best Blackpool Gala Shows for many years.

Ken Dodd Comedy Award

February 22nd, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

Russell Brown was awarded the Ken Dodd comedy award

Duncan Trillo and Eric Eswin Recieve The Murray Award

February 22nd, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

Blackpool magicians club has for many years presented award for outstanding service to Blackpool Magicians Club and distinguished dedication to art of magic.

This years award was presented to Eric eswin and Duncan trillo. MagicConventionguide.com would like to congratulate Duncan and Eric on this award.

Eugene Burger Lecture

February 22nd, 2009 - Magic Convention Guide

The one thing I’ve been impressed with through out this weekend is not just how many excellent names were here, but just how approachable they all were.

It’s very rarely you get to see Eugene Burger, Jeff McBride, and James Randi, together, it’s even more rarer that you get to listen to them talk, all together, and it’s possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to listen to all three of them lecture, and I think only at Blackpool this year could you find all of them, and sit and talk with them together all day.

The Eugene Burger lecture was excellent, and like every session this weekend had a packed spanish hall. If you get nothing effectwise from Eugene’s lectures, it worth it’s weight in gold just to listen to how he presents, how he sees effects, and how he entertains.

Excellent stuff.