Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

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Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Bob Farmer » 1 month ago

Magic should never be performed or discussed before sundown.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Bill Mullins » 1 month ago

That's right, Denis ordered every beer at the bar at The Session. Every single one. History will record it as the Great London Beer Shortage of 2018.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Denis Behr » 1 month ago

8 AM really is no fun for a magic convention. The Session in London usually starts reasonably late in the morning as well, which is good. You don't want to hang out in the bar at night and think "damn... gotta go to bed if I want to catch XYZ in a reasonably wake state" when ordering every beer.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 1 month ago

Good to hear that the Orleans has good air filters, as I really do want to make it out to magic live at least once.

At GGG (a very small, but exceptionally awesome convention) pretty much nothing starts until after noon or 1 PM which suits me down to the ground. Makes staying up to 2-3AM in the hospitality suite much more practical! When the suite isn't open for that convention, there's normally some space dedicated for sessioning (a few tables, with pads) which is very nice.

Genii had stuff I wanted to see (Ian Kendall) as early as 8 AM which was tough. Made it the first two days, but too exhausted to get up that early the third day.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Bill Mullins » 1 month ago

Chris Aguilar wrote:
2 months ago
One aspect of Vegas that I hate is the constantly being around people smoking and going to bed every night smelling like an ashtray.
This isn't too much of a problem at the Orleans, where MagicLive is held. I too am smoke averse, and sensitive to it, but I don't see people smoking in the convention spaces (not sure if it is forbidden, or if people just don't do it.) You do walk by smokers going from the convention spaces to the food court and restaurants, but the ventilation is good, and the odor isn't oppressive. When I get home, my wife has never brought up "smokey smell" being on my clothes, etc.
I wish there were fewer events with a bit more time in between for sessioning.
I only made it to one LA History conference (the last one), but nothing started until after lunch. The mornings were available for people to just sit around and talk. (or sleep, if you were up too late the night before . . . ). It's not a "sessioning" event as much as a straight magic convention, but the schedule had room in it, which was nice.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 1 month ago

Also regret thinking taking a redeye for the cross country flight was a good idea. Thought it would minimize my jetlag, but I'm pretty sure it made it worse!

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 1 month ago

Ok, after a week or so of thought, here are the (very few) regrets that I had at Genii convention this year.

Missed Eric Jones lecture and performance. - Got distracted talking to folks in general - Completely my fault.

Heard that John Bannon was there, but couldn't find him.

Spent/wasted about 15 minutes watching "Piff", before slipping out. Just really boring/lame - Upside was that I evidently missed his brilliant "urine to impossible location trick" which involved a volunteer (a woman) actually urinating on stage behind a sheet.

Made a special effort to catch the Duvivier's whose work didn't do much for me. Alexandra's set was pretty pedestrian, topped off with some gratuitous flashing of the American flag at the end to get some cheap applause. At their booth, in the dealer's room, she seemed to have a lot of charm/charisma that did not seem to translate to her on stage presence.

I wish there were fewer events with a bit more time in between for sessioning. Four days was just overload for me, to the point that I couldn't sit through about half the last days events just due to fatigue. Also wish there was a least a small room dedicated to sessioning.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Jeff Haas wrote:
2 months ago
Sounds like it was a good one! I have the same reaction to magic conventions and really only can take one a year. I don't know how these people go to more than that.
This was the only year I've ever gone to two (GGG and Genii). GGG is so convenient for me (i.e. I can drive to it, it's inexpensive, and only goes on for three days, always has great talent, a lot of my friends show up) that it's always a complete pleasure. The genii convention was great, but jetlag, dealing with a long cross country flight, and being four days long kind of wore on me.

But some of that's me, since I hate traveling in general. I had a great time and the Genii convention and would definitely recommend it, especially for those on the east coast.

I figure I do have to do magic live at least once. My wife could enjoy the vegas-ey stuff while I nerd out with the magi. One aspect of Vegas that I hate is the constantly being around people smoking and going to bed every night smelling like an ashtray.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Jeff Haas » 2 months ago

Sounds like it was a good one! I have the same reaction to magic conventions and really only can take one a year. I don't know how these people go to more than that.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

GaryBerard wrote:
2 months ago
Sounds like it was a great convention.
Yeah, though have to admit, perhaps one day too long for me. The last day I had a bit of "magic" fatigue and skipped about half the events. However, this let me spend more time with some old friends and make some new ones which is always a priority for me.

Overall, had a great time and would recommend the convention to anyone. Probably unlikely I'd travel so far for a convention again (this one was comped for me, both registration and room), but Richard Kaufman and his crew did a great job and I really enjoyed myself. The hotel/room was very nice and it was convenient having so many restaurants available so I didn't have to venture out into the humid Orlando heat. It seemed like a large portion of the attendees has plans to go to disney, universal, etc. after the convention and I can't say I would have had much energy left over for that.

I was worried that temptation might hurt my pocketbook in the dealers room but I got out with only spending about a hundred bucks which wasn't too crazy.

Have to admit it was great seeing some live acts that I'd only seen on TV before (or not at all). John Archer, great, Duvivier and his daughter, great, Nick Diffate(sp?) great.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by GaryBerard » 2 months ago

Sounds like it was a great convention.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Last day today, was sort of binged out on too much magic, so skipped a few lectures, shows in lieu of some rest and general hanging around. Last day meant a lot more sessioning in the lobby and got to spend quality time with Kent Gunn, the Millers (Tony ad Rosey) Curtis Kam, Craig and Candy Ousterling, etc.

There were several people I was really happy to meet and spend some time with.
Richard Kaufman - Mostly talked Disney with him.
Ryan Schlutz - discussed a few tricks of his that I really like and he gifted me one of his "False Anchors" decks.
Ray Kosby - Nicest guy ever and a thrill to see him perform some of his classics.
Ian Kendall - Monster set of skills across almost every magic discipline. Has work on almost everything.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Jeff Haas wrote:
2 months ago
Paul Harris is always interesting to talk to. What did you discuss?
Well, the conversation had a few people drop in and out. Ian Kendal, myself, Paul and a very nice lady who was bringing her young autistic son to the convention. Lisa Menna joined in and we talked for almost an hour.

Discussed Paul's current locations (he splits his time between Bali and Portland) complete with sharing of iphone photos. Discussed his essay on astonishment with an emphasis on how children perceive the world, etc. Spoke with Lisa Menna about some of the abusive ways that women in magic get treated, garnered some advice on how to effectively deal with my tween girl, etc. Really had a very far ranging discussion of small stuff to some fun stuff on Paul's view of creating magic and selling it these days, etc.

Really glad to have had a chance to meet and chat with him. Every bit as interesting a guy as I thought he'd be. And Lisa Menna is really smart, talented and a joy to converse with.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Bill Mullins » 2 months ago

Chris Aguilar wrote:
2 months ago
While watching the show, the gent next to me introduced himself and it was Gene Anderson of "Torn and Restored Newspaper" fame. Really nice guy, had some great conversap.tion with him.
Gene Anderson is probably the nicest guy in magic.
At MagicLive in 2018, I stayed over a day to go see Mac King's show. Gene was there with a group of his friends. He knows Mac well, and had seen the show many times. He saw I was by myself and invited me to sit with them. After the show, he said, "What are you doing? We are going to have dinner with Mac -- wanna come?"
So seeing a great show turned into an even better experience, because of Gene.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Bill Duncan » 2 months ago

Lisa Menna should be better known. Her performance of High Heeled Card Stab is just a wonderful example of original card magic.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Jeff Haas » 2 months ago

Paul Harris is always interesting to talk to. What did you discuss?

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Yikes, too tired for much of an update today, but awesome again. A very nice performance by Mike Vincent, with a few items I had seen before but was happy to see again. Did I mention that Gaetan Bloom is all kinds of awesome? His linking pins is really clever.

"49 Boxes" is something I can't really explain, but started off as stressing me out, but then became pretty damn cool by the end.

Some excellent manipulation work (no cards or coins) by a Korean guy named Read Chang. Just beautiful to watch.

Watched 10-15 minutes then skipped out on Piff the magic dragon and instead spent that time in focused conversation with this guy and Lisa Menna (who was really great to talk to).
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Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Day two. Finally got over jet lag and was more social.

Started the morning (8 freakin' AM) with Ian Kendall. Lots of fun, kind of off the cuff. Full house, needs a bigger room for tomorrow.

Mickael Chatelain lectured on some incredible gaffs and showed how to make an effect flap card in less than five minutes. His booth was mobbed by people wanting to buy his gaffs. Really good stuff.

Hector Mancha lecture. Perhaps not as interesting due to language limitations. Some interesting ideas.

Jim Steinmeyer - Interesting historical talk and video presentation about Morrit's disappearing Donkey. Really interesting.

Paul Vigil - a full hour show in which Paul kicked all kinds of ass. Really nice multiple prediction effect.

Nick Diffate - very young guy, very talented, I guess he coverts for Mac King sometimes. A lot of fun and very impressive for such a young fellow.

Gala Show - Three performers (Lucy Darling, Hector Mancha, and Raymond Crowe) - Show was performed "round robin" with each performer coming to bat three times. Transition were nice and all three were pretty great.

Lucy Darling - Really funny character, sort of a boozy floozy. Did a really nicely presented variant of pass pass bottles.

Hector Mancha - His show pieces were really great, much more interesting than his lecture. Amazing card manipulation, honestly some of the best I've ever seen.

Raymond Crowe - Amazing act, first time I've seen him. Stellar take on Zombie with a borrowed gentleman's jacket and some astounding hand shadow work. Really enjoyed everything he did.

Missed Eric Jones lecture because I was hanging out in the bar with Curtis Kam, Ian Kendle, Ray Kosby, Craig Ousterling, Kent Gunn and Ryan Schlutz. Lots of great conversation and sessionining which is why I'm writing this so late.

Spent some quality time with Tony and Rosie Miller and I believe Rosie posted a goofy photo of me on FB. :biggrin:

Just a really great day overall, look forward to tomorrow for the first close up based show.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Dealer room was really busy. Really jet lagged, so that kinda gave me a headache. Had fun seeing Tony, Rosey and Kent Gunn. Paul Harris is here and sort of floating around talking to everyone. Curtis Kam showed up later in the evening.

Tom Gagnon lecture had great material, but I was really tired and missed some of it.
Then they cranked the A/C and I got second wind.
Paul Vigil was awesome, showing an especially nice combo of "fast cash" and "endless Chain".
Sara Crasson talked about legal issues in protecting magical creations. Very nice presentation made a dry topic kinda fun.
Jonathan Neal closed out and he had a new linking rings routine (very nice) and highlighted a great take on the vanishing cane that he published in Genii some months back.

While watching the show, the gent next to me introduced himself and it was Gene Anderson of "Torn and Restored Newspaper" fame. Really nice guy, had some great conversap.tion with him. Had some fun card discussion with Ian Kendall, who has monster chops and a great take on Gagnon's hop.

Re: Genii Convention 2019 Schedule

by GaryBerard » 2 months ago

Interesting that the lectures are so short. However, there seem to be a lot of them. I’ll be interested in your reports.

Have Fun.

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