Did the SEATTLE EXPO last Sunday and had a great time. Lots of action at the booths, but Brent,
Mark, Paul, and Chris were fantastic as lecturers, with a more than just demonstration presentations
- each had bits and byplay beyond the bottom line. Frankly, I feel it takes that kind of
interaction to more fully understand an effect's potential versus a one shot video demo.
Each presenter was allowed 3 effects. Mark Mason demo-ed: No-Tear 2, and the brand new Under
Wraps and Block Buster, each with his signature audience byplay.
Paul Richards presented
iBalance, Huego, and his supplemental handling of Johnny Wong's Double Face Super Triple Coin.
Each, as well as everything else from Paul since he sold Elmwood, is only available via live events,
so another big plus for attending the EXPO.
Chris Smith demo-ed his MagicSmith products:
Ignition, as well as showing how Big Bang and Lightning could work well together in addition to each
as a separate effect.
Brent Braun presented Sticky Situation, Bill Breaker, and Psypher,
each with a special emphasis on the situational switches that make the effects outstanding.
In my opinion though, the following detracted from the experience:
Penguin provides a
Watch/Learn/Discuss forum for products bought through the web-site, however, there does not appear
to be any mechanism to join those forums if you "Buy Live."
You are not quite sure who
you will get. I know Penguin/Brent can't fully control people's schedules and availability, but
several of the attendees I knew mentioned they were expecting some other vendors.
I know a
friend has already mentioned it in a Facebook post, but I will reiterate; not a single book on any
aspect of magic was amongst the various offerings. Not necessarily the vendor's fault, but a sad
statement on the state of the art
There was no representation of local clubs and other
organizations. There were a lot of people present who we have never seen at a meeting, convention,
lecture or other event in the area. Now that IBM is a sponsor of the EXPOs, perhaps a corner could
be provided for local clubs to allow an transition opportunity for some of these "internet
magicians" to build live networks.
Will Penguin and/or other vendors be offering books at the Alexandria, VA Expo this November?
Also, are credit cards accepted? There is no mention of payment methods for purchases at the Expos. Some of us would rather not carry large amounts of cash. Thank you.