Five months from now sees one of my favourite times of the year – the International Magic Convention in London (aka Ron’s Day or, simply, Ron’s). It was established by Ron MacMillan, who started the International Magic shop in London (hence the convention nicknames). Not only is 2011 the 50th anniversary of the shop itself (you can read a great article about the shop on the Spitalfields Life website), it is also their 40th annual Convention and so they are pulling out all the stops, putting them back in and pulling them all back out again to make this year’s really special.
The celebrations start on Monday 14th November with the very first London Festival of Magic and while full information has still to be announced, 4 days of workshops and evening performances are promised featuring a Bizarre Night, a Mentalism Night, a Burlesque Night and a Comedy Night.
Friday 18th November to Sunday 20th November sees the 40th International Magic Convention itself taking place at The Mermaid Theatre located on the banks of the River Thames. Please remember that this year’s convention is a week earlier than it usually is! The star line up, organised by Noel Britten, looks fantastic and includes…
- Eugene Burger
- Max Maven
- David Williamson
- Jerome Helfenstein
- An Ha Lim
- Larry Hass
- Simmons & Simmons
- and more to be announced!
Another big name is being announced on Saturday and I will post who that is this weekend. Don’t ask me to tell you before hand because I can’t. No, seriously I can’t tell you! Please, stop asking! You’ll find out this weekend, OK?! OK.
And don’t forget the 28th International Close Up Magic Competition, now regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in magic with a list of winners that reads like a who’s who in close up. If you wish to add your name to the list, get in touch with the gang at International as soon as you can and they will give you details on how to enter.
The Cardman 🙂