Blackpool 2018 - beginner's guide toegevoegd

Discussie in 'Agenda' gestart door Danny Joseph, 29 sep 2017.

Added to Calendar: 16-02-18, 17-02-18, 18-02-18
  1. Danny Joseph

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    Het is nog vroeg - velen van jullie zullen de kaarten nog niet hebben geboekt - maar 16, 17 en 18 februari 2018 vindt de 66e Blackpool Magic Convention weer plaats. Dit topic dient onder meer om aan te geven of je van plan bent om te gaan, en natuurlijk tips en ervaringen uitwisselen voor een zo leuk en gezellig mogelijk congres.
    Daarnaast zal ik proberen om de line-up naarmate deze bekend wordt hier bij te houden, eventueel met wat achtergrondinfo bij de artiesten.

    Alvast twee praktische tips m.b.t. Facebook: meld jezelf aan bij de Blackpool Magic Conventioneers groep https://www.facebook.com/groups/432804890398442/. Deze is vorig jaar opgericht; hier houdt men elkaar voor en tijdens het congres op de hoogte van nieuws en praktische informatie - bijvoorbeeld ook interessante aanbiedingen bij dealers! Er zitten tussen de groepsleden ook mensen uit de organisatie van het congres.

    Daarnaast is er de officiële FB pagina https://www.facebook.com/Blackpoolmagic. Hoe meer likes, hoe meer artiesten er bekend worden gemaakt. Liken wordt dus gewaardeerd, delen ook!
     
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    LINE-UP & Programma

    Whit "Pop" Haydn was named Stage Magician of the Year in March, 2015 at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is the winner of seven performer of the year awards from the Magic Castle, the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. In February 2006, he became Vice-President of that organization, and served for four years in that capacity.
    Pop Haydn, with his business partner, Chef Anton, started a company called School for Scoundrels in 1996. School for Scoundrels teaches a course every year at the Magic Castle on street scams like the Shell Game, Three Card Monte and Fast and Loose. School for Scoundrels also markets numerous books, DVDs, and props for these ancient scams and hustles.

    Pop Haydn is dedicated to revitalizing live variety entertainment, and his Pop Haydn in the 21st Century! show is his vision of a 19th Century medicine show revamped and reinvented for the 21st.

    Andi Gladwin

    Perhaps Andi Gladwin’s greatest trick is how he divides his time between being a professional close-up magician, magic creator, author, co-founder of Vanishing Inc. Magic and lecturer.
    His Master Pushoff and Multiple Revelation Project DVDs were best sellers and received rave reviews in all major magic journals. His “Magic Squared” effect is a true show stopper and his books 52 Memories and Blomberg Laboratories are both amongst the biggest selling magic books of the last decade.

    Paul Gordon


    is a Professional Magician, Entertainer, Magic Lecturer, Publisher and Author. Paul first got interested in magic in the mid 1960's and started contributing to magic magazines in the late 70's. Paul is known for his books on card magic and memoirs of other magicians. Titles include Nocturnal Creations, Cardistry, Card Magic Companion, Cool Card Stuff, Live in Action, Card Marvels, the Gold Dust Trilogy, Gold Dust Live 3-DVD box set, Quidnunc and Quidnunc Plus 2-DVD set.

    Sylvester the Jester

    is known worldwide for being the human magical cartoon! He’s had hundreds of stage and TV appearances throughout his career, including NBC’s “Worlds Wildest Magic”, and opening for The Amazing Jonathan in Las Vegas.
    Sylvester the Jester will be joining us for a lecture and during the Gala Shows in 2018 - you really don’t want to miss out!

    Asi Wind

    Spontaneous and unpredictable, Asi's performances are a roller-coaster for the mind. Combining a free-spirited playfulness with superb skill and a uniquely creative mind, NYC based Corporate Mentalist (mind reader) Asi Wind treats each audience to a truly memorable experience.
    He is globally hailed by magicians as being one of the few performers in the world to constantly innovate, develop, and perform entirely original material. Indeed, when a magician wants to be fooled, he attends Asi's show. No surprise, then, that a committee of his peers recently presented him with the International Merlin Award for "Most Innovate Show" - an award previously given to David Copperfield, Criss Angel, and Penn & Teller.

    In addition to being the headliner at New York's longest-running magic show, and the performer of choice at the city's most upscale private events, Asi is frequently asked to invent and design ideas for other magicians worldwide. He is currently one of the main advisors for David Blaine and was featured on the recent special, Beyond Magic.

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    The Blackpool Magic Convention 2018 is proud to announce more names that will be either performing or lecturing (or possibly both) at the convention in February.

    Join Matt Edwards, Chris Hart, Noel Britten, T.C Tahoe, Aaron Crow, Morgan and West, Kieron Johnson, Yo Kato, The Great Kaplan, Les Chapeaux Blancs, Michael Murray, John Bannon, Todd Robbins and Joao Miranda for what promises to be their biggest convention yet!

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    Blackpool Convention 2018 children's entertainers update for you all! Due to the huge success of last year's new children's entertainment format, Blackpool Magic Convention will have more lectures and shows based around the subject than ever before for the 2018 convention. Heading the line-up, David Kaye, aka Silly Billy, author of the Bible of children's magic, 'Seriously Silly'.

    Lectures from...
    David Kaye (two lectures)
    Gay Ljumberg
    Brian Daly
    Jimmy Carlo
    Eric LeClerc

    There will be two lectures on kids entertainment every day, as well as the GRAND FINAL of the "Family Entertainer of the Year" competition, and more kids entertainment specialist dealers than you can shake a breakaway wand at!

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    Blackpool Magic Convention is proud to announce the continuation of last years smash hit, ‘Not the Gala Show’.

    Joining your host George Firehorse, will be alternative comedy legend Charlie Chuck, otherwise known as Uncle Pete from The Reeves and Mortimer Show.

    Definitely not a show for the easily offended, this will probably be the craziest thing you’ll ever see at a Magic convention!

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    The Blackpool Magic Convention 2018 will feature a series of special events presented during the daytime schedule:

    Marc Salem’s “Mind Games”
    This is a version of the show that Marc has performed Off-Broadway and around the world. Your chance to watch one of the world’s leading mind-readers in action.

    Richard Cadell and Sooty
    A fascinating insight into the world of this iconic puppet and his friends. Richard also talks about his own personal involvement and love of the show and its history over the years. A talk not to be missed.

    Wayne Dobson & Friends
    Join Wayne and whole new host of friends on the Saturday afternoon, in one of the most popular events at the convention. Expect plenty of surprises!

    Todd Robbins Workshops
    Join Todd in a series of workshops where you can learn ‘hands on’, the secrets of the sideshow performer. Not for the fainthearted!
     
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    Wij van Gonga zullen komend jaar met een mooie delegatie van minimaal 11 personen deze mooie conventie bezoeken. Dit wordt voor mij mijn vierde keer, het kan w.m.b. niet vroeg genoeg februari worden!

    Wellicht ook handig om te benoemen:
    Nieuw voor volgend jaar is dat de galashows in Blackpool opgedeeld zijn in twee delen, een vroege en een late show.
    Je moet nu bij het boeken van de congrestickets je voorkeur opgeven voor de show van 18:15 uur of 20:45 uur.
    Ik neem dus aan, hoe vroeger je boekt hoe groter de kans dat je voorkeur wordt meegenomen.
     
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    Nog een - belangrijke - praktische tip/mededeling vanuit BMC:

    Mede vanwege recente gebeurtenissen in onder andere Manchester, zijn veiligheidseisen bij drukke en grote evenement aangescherpt. Grote tassen mogen dan ook NIET meer de Winter Gardens in.
    Kleine tassen mogen wel, maar worden zeer waarschijnlijk gecontroleerd. Doorzichtige tassen worden gewaardeerd, aangezien dit de controle - met 3500 goochelaars wel zo fijn - flink kan versnellen.
     
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    Vraagje,

    Wat is wijsheid, naar Manchester vliegen, of Liverpool ?
     
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    Dat is een beetje afhankelijk van hoe je je reis vervolgt en van de vluchttijd die je wil.

    In het verleden vlogen wij in de ochtend naar Liverpool en gingen van daaruit verder met de trein. Die vluchttijd is toen echter verdwenen uit de dienstregeling, daarbij is er een directe verbinding vanaf luchthaven Manchester.

    Nu is de ochtendvlucht naar Liverpool weer terug. Daarnaast heb ik mij laten vertellen dat er komende maanden, ook in februari, spoorwerkzaamheden zullen plaatsvinden tussen Preston en Blackpool North. Net zoals in Nederland, zal men vervangend busvervoer in gaan zetten.

    Wat is dan wijsheid? Onderling een taxibusje regelen met een groep reisgenoten. Luchthaven afstemmen op tijd en tarief.
     
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    Ik heb ervaring met beide luchtvelden. Qua afstand naar Blackpool maakt het niet zo veel uit. Qua openbaar vervoer heb ik dit nooit uitgezocht aangezien we altijd via een taxi naar Blackpool zijn gegaan.
    Wel vind ik persoonlijk Manchester een prettigere luchthaven dan Liverpool. Voornamelijk m.b.t. de vriendelijkheid van het personeel en 'service'. In Liverpool had ik chagrijnig security personeel en werd ik gewezen naar een automaat om plastic zakjes te kopen omdat de mijne niet de juiste maat hadden. In Manchester deelde ze de zakjes op voorhand al uit en werd ik ook door de beveiligingspersoneel uitermate vriendelijk behandeld.
    Zodoende dat wij ook dit jaar weer via Manchester gaan reizen.
     
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    HERHALING

    ***STATEMENT REGARDING BAGGAGE POLICY***

    Due to official safety reasons, from this year forward there will be restrictions on baggage being brought into the Winter Gardens complex and Blackpool Magic Convention.

    Small bags and satchels will be permitted into the Winter Gardens, but may be subject to a random bag check.
    Large bags, back packs, hold-alls, duffel bags etc will not be permitted into the complex, and your admission may be refused.
    In other words, if you think your bag is a bit on the big size, it's probably not going to be allowed in. Small backpacks are absolutely fine though.
     
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    Even terugkomend op vluchten naar Blackpool dit jaar: wij hebben intussen geboekt om vanuit Eindhoven met RyanAir naar Manchester te vliegen. Dit is met name omdat EasyJet dit jaar al vroeg begon met de prijzen - flink - te verhogen naar +/- 50 euro per vlucht (MAN zelfs 70); RyanAir is laag gebleven en vliegt alleen naar Manchester. RyanAir kost op moment van schrijven 25 euro, maar was vorige week nog maar 17 euro.

    Mocht je dus nog géén vlucht hebben geboekt, dan is het iig slim om er snel bij te zijn.
     
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    Ik heb mijn eerdere posts over de line-up en het programma samengevoegd en ietwat ingekort. Deze zal ik blijven updaten naar mate er meer bekend wordt. Men heeft voor morgen al een grote aankondiging beloofd, ik ben benieuwd!
     
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    FAQ & Praktische informatie

    1. Geld & valuta: Kun je daar bij de dealers pinnen? Zo nee, moet ik dan in ponden betalen of kan het ook in euro's?
      Sommige dealers hebben tegenwoordig pinapparatuur aan hun stand, en sommige dealers accepteren ook andere valuta dan ponden. Als je het echt zeker wil weten, zou je het aan de betreffende dealer kunnen vragen; mogelijk hebben ze zelfs een voorkeur voor iets anders dan contant in ponden.
      Er zijn in Blackpool in ieder geval genoeg pinautomaten op loopafstand, dus veel Brits geld meenemen vanuit Nederland is absoluut NIET nodig.
    2. Waar kan ik iets te eten of drinken krijgen?
      In de Winter Gardens zit een eetcafé (mogen we dat zo noemen?) en er staan volgens mij ook een paar automaten, maar zoals vaak zul je daar een iets hogere prijs moeten betalen. In het centrum zitten meerdere winkeltjes waar je prima een hap voor tussendoor kunt halen.
      Wat het diner betreft kun je voor snel gaan (KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut) of voor wat langer en rustiger (meerdere restaurantjes). De ervaring leert dat het overal snel druk kan zijn, dus je kunt ervoor kiezen om eerder of later dan het geijkte tijdstip te gaan eten.
    3. Wat moet ik dagelijks meenemen?
      Maak het jezelf niet te moeilijk, maar wees wel verstandig. Flesje drinken; kaartspel als je ervan houdt; schrift o.i.d. om aantekeningen te maken bij lezingen; eventueel een tussendoortje. Verder is het programmaboekje natuurlijk nooit weg.
      Wat je absoluut bij je MOET hebben is je congresbadge, dit is je toegangsbewijs voor de Winter Gardens!
    4. Mag ik foto's maken? En video-opnames?
      UPDATE: zie de relevante informatie in onderstaande beginner's guide.
      Foto's maken mag zeker! Leuk is natuurlijk ook om met je favoriete goochelaars op de foto te gaan.
      Video-opnames zijn in de Winter Gardens officieel niet toegestaan. Onderling een vlogje zal niemand erg vinden, maar ga niet filmen bij shows of lezingen; daar kunnen vervelende consequenties aan zitten.
    Mocht iemand nog vragen onbeantwoord zien - of zelf tips willen delen op basis van ervaringen - post dan vooral hieronder. Ik zal dan mijn best doen om dit in het overzicht op te nemen.
     
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    De volledige line-up is bekend!
    Onder de nieuwe namen onder meer Pit Hartling, Chad Long, Javi Benitez, Richard Turner en.... nationale trotsen Niek Takens en Magus Utopia (met een nieuwe act?)!!
     

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    ***A beginners guide to the Blackpool Magic Convention***

    It’s nearly that time of year again! Once Christmas and New Year are over and done with, magicians start their own countdown. They countdown to a weekend in February, to visit a seaside town in the UK, whilst it’s freezing cold.

    But, the thing they are really counting down to is the worlds largest magic convention - This is the Blackpool Magic Convention.

    You have never been before, you have looked on the website but it doesn't make much sense to you - well hopefully this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the convention!

    So, when is the convention?
    Generally speaking, the convention happens every February, on the weekend of the school half term. Or, you could say it’s the second to last weekend of February. This year, the convention runs from Friday 16th February to Sunday 18th February 2018. The dates for the following year are usually announced in the programme which is given to you upon arrival - handy to book it into your diary, and rebook your accommodation for next time too!

    Where is the convention?
    The entire convention is held within the Blackpool Winter Gardens (http://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk). It is entirely self-contained with amenities available, so thee isn't too much trailing about to do. The Winter Gardens consists of several exhibition spaces all under one roof.

    Where should I stay?
    Well, the beauty of Blackpool is that it has literally hundreds of Hotels and B+Bs to chose from! If you want to stay as close to the action as possible, you should try to find a B+B on Albert road. These rooms generally range from £20-40 per night, depending on entirely where you stay. Most magicians try to stay on Albert Road as it is a 5 minute walk from The Winter Gardens (WG), and is where the Convention HQ is situated - The Ruskin (but more about that place later!).

    The accommodation is cheap and cheerful, and you really do get what you pay for, but usually you get a reasonable bed, a slightly below average shower and a greasy fry up for breakfast.

    If you aren't sure on where to stay, this link will help as a bit of a guide to some of the hotels in the area (but they aren't necessarily on Albert Road, but they may only be a street or two away) http://www.hotels.uk.com/attractions-uk/The+Winter+Gardens.htm

    Great stuff, now tell me about the tickets…
    Okay, so there is a couple of ways you can do the convention. You can come just for a day, and buy a ticket for that day. Alternatively, most people buy what is known as the Gold Registration. This option offers the best value for money. You get entry to all three days, and tickets to all three of the evening Gala shows. Make sure you book your tickets in advance! That way you are guaranteed entry. The last thing you want to do is travel all the way to Blackpool and get to the desk and risk there being no tickets available. The earlier you book the better. A good time to book I personally find is about August/September.

    Should I book on my own?
    It depends really, you will meet loads of people at the convention, but try to book in with a friend. This way you will have someone you know sat next to you during the evening Gala shows. You could also do a room share on your B+B to save money further.

    How do I get tickets?
    It's dead simple really, just visit the website www.blackpoolmagic.com - they have made it in recent years so you can pay online, but sometimes its nice to ring up Arthur Casson the registration officer and book that way. His contact details are on the website too.

    When is the best time to get to Blackpool?
    That is down to personal preference really. Personally, I always arrive the day before the convention starts - this gives me chance to get to my accommodation, unpack, arch up with friends and get a bite to eat before it all starts. The Blackpool Magic Club hold a jumbo auction on the Thursday afternoon at the Winter Gardens, and also you are able to register on the thursday!

    My tickets have turned up, the convention is only a few days away - now what?
    First of all, it’s important to PRINT YOUR E-TICKETS. You will need this print out to get your registration pass.

    Okay, well lets talk about travel options. Generally people will get the train there, or drive.

    If you are catching the train, you should book your train tickets in advance to get the cheeps deal on the seats. There is three train Stations in Blackpool, you want to be aiming for Blackpool North Train Station. This one is only a 5-10 minute walk away from the WG and Albert Street. There are good connections by train to Blackpool from Manchester.

    ***PLEASE NOTE***
    For 2018, there are rail closures between Preston and Blackpool North. A rail replacement bus service is in place between Preston train station and Blackpool North train station. If you are worried, please get in touch with National Rail for further information.

    If you are driving, you will find Blackpool at the end of M55 and is easy to drive to from most areas of the UK. There is plenty of parking available in Blackpool, some car parks are better than others. Generally speaking, in the council run car parks, 96 hours parking is approximately £20. In private car parks however, it can be £20 per day. Make sure you check the charges upon entry to the car parks.

    Most people will park in the Coral Island Car Park. This is a great option and is relatively safe, as it is next to the main Blackpool police station which is a great deterrent for crime in that car park, as the police access their compound from the car park.You are bound to need food whilst you are there. For a list of local car parks and the charges, visit this link: https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Reside...rt/Parking/Car-parks/Blackpool-car-parks.aspx

    Blackpool has plenty of fine places to eat which are great to grab a quick bite. It’s well worth checking out restaurant vouchers on the MoneySavingExpert website (http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/cheap-restaurant-deals) they WILL come in really handy for you for places like Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Pizza Hut etc. Print them off, and take them with you. I’ll go into more detail about eating places later on in this guide

    One thing that I’ve done this year to coincide with the convention, is sign up for a 90 day trial with TasteCard. It costs £1 for the card, and gives you 2for1 deals on loads of restaurants, both chain and independent. Ideal if you are keeping to a budget.
    https://www.tastecard.co.uk/purchas...zftKIw9IQwIdh7mV2lIUl_lEBv89Vk-t0waAnec8P8HAQ
    There are a few things that are well worth taking. First of all, take some kind of rucksack or satchel. This will be essential as somewhere to store your programme of events, and somewhere to put all the goodies that you buy! In your small bag (be aware, bags are subject to spot checks this year) , you should also carry a pen and notepad, a deck of cards (someone is bound to want to session with you at some point!), a drink, some energy tablets , indigestion tablets and some Paracetamol. The last three will be essentials for survival!

    I’m here! Now what do I do?
    The simple answer is to head to The Ruskin! The Ruskin (http://ruskinhotel.com) is the convention HQ, and is where most of the big acts will stay - it is also a Hotel with three bars, so plenty of room to get a drink and session. Most people will head here on Thursday evening to catch up with old friends. If you don’t know many people, don’t be afraid to talk to new people there. Magicians are generally a nice group, and you will make new friends pretty quickly. After a few drinks and a bit of sessioning, head back to your hotel for a decent nights sleep - you will need it!

    Morning! It’s Friday, I’m up, have only a little bit of a hangover and I’m ready to start!
    Great stuff, get up, get your breakfast and head up to the WG. I generally aim to get there for about 11am to register. Whatever you do, DON’T FORGET YOUR REGISTRATION FORM!!! You take this to the registration desk and exchange it for your lanyard. This is your ticket - keep it on you at all times. This is how you get in to the convention. If you don’t have it, with you, they wont let you in, simple as! I personally find 11am is a good time to get there. There will be some morning lectures, and you will be able to grab a coffee before the dealers all opens.

    Ooooh, the Dealer Hall, that sounds fun!
    It is, its two huge rooms full of magic suppliers from all over the world. Generally they have about 150 different dealers there! TOP TIP - DONT rush in and spend all your money on day one! Just go for a wander round the dealer hall on day one, and maybe just by the essential refills you might need. Save your money, and use your notepad to write down the deals or the things you want to buy, you can then always discuss these things with your magic buddies in the bar and see what they think before committing your money and buying. Also, if you wait until Sunday late afternoon to buy from the suppliers from overseas, they general offer deals to shift stock so they don’t have to fly home with it all! Don’t be afraid to try and haggle a little bit - but don’t push your luck and upset anyone!

    What else is there to do today?
    Go and see some lectures, go see the close up shows and competitions, enjoy the atmosphere, and importantly try to make some friends! In the evening there will be a Gala show to watch too.

    I’m getting hungry - when should I eat?
    Okay, there is a certain way to do this. Ideally you should eat your evening meal as early as you can. The restaurants do get full really quickly as everyone wants to eat before the evening show. There are loads of chain restaurants on the shopping precinct, and loads of great independent family run restaurants too. You will find your favourite places to go soon enough, and don’t forget to get your vouchers to see what you can save some money on. Either before you eat of after you eat, you should head back to your hotel to freshen up, leave your bags and maybe have a quick nap. Then, get yourself back for the Gala Show!

    Oooh, what’s the Gala Show?
    The Gala show is a magic spectacular which happens each night of the convention. You can see the very best magicians from across the world, throughout three evening shows.
    2018 has brought changes to the Gala Show. This year, there are two runs of the Gala show each night. At 6.30pm and 8.45pm. This means that everyone has an opportunity to get a good seat, rather than some people being stuck up in the nosebleeds!

    What do I do when the ‘other’ Gala show is on?
    No need to worry, extra shows have been put on throughout these times in different venues at the Winter Gardens, so no matter what time your Gala Show is, theres something to do when the other one is on!

    Show done, I had great fun! Now what?
    Head down to The Ruskin! Have a few beers, and enjoy the social! Be warned though, it will be really busy there!! TOP TIP - order two drinks at once and double-park them. It will save you having to battle to the bar quite as often. It gets absolutely mental at the bar after the shows, and can be 5 or 6 people deep.

    Morning… I have a hangover, but I’m up and I’m ready to go!
    Great stuff, do it all again! The programme structure is pretty similar, with lectures and close up shows or competitions during the day, and then an Evening Gala show. Sit down with a coffee each morning and plan your day, there will be clashes in lectures so work out what you really want so see.

    Repeat on Sunday too!

    Well, that’s it - I think that covers all the vital bits of Blackpool Magic Convention. Ultimately, whatever happens, just enjoy it. You’ll see amazing magic, learn new things for your repertoire, and you’ll make new friends.
     
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    ***Statement regarding bags at the convention***

    Bag policy for Blackpool Magic Convention 2018 is as follows.
    Large rucksack bags and large backpacks are no longer allowed – for security and crowding issues within venue.

    The maximum size for bag to carry into the Winter Gardens is 35cm x 40cm x 19cm – this is in line with other large venues.

    Obviously if someone buys items in the dealers halls they can carry them in carrier bags.

    Your safety is out priority and these measures are implemented at most large events across the UK
     
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    ***The Kieron Johnson Lecture***

    "Such brilliant, mad, obsessive thinking that has created spectacular effects. You are a true one off. Keep up the brilliant work!" - Andy Nyman

    "A polar vortex has hit the magic world." - Wayne Dobson

    "Kieron is a genius." - Fay Presto

    "There's close up magic, stage magic, and then there is Kieron's magic. His unassuming child like persona just sets you up to blow you away with his ingenious magic and incredible methods. He caught my attention when I first set eyes on him. I am proud of him from person to magic." - Your fan, Rocco


    What will he teach?
    Kieron's lecture title is Kieron Johnson: Magic for the Insane, so what lies ahead is impossible to predict. What we know is this: We will learn how to perform magic with flash paper, sweets, cans, ice, coins, body tricks, sleeving, cards, metal bending, heat, flowers, chocolate bars, eggs, sharpies, business cards and magic with stickmen! And, this is no dealer demo style lecture. Kieron will be teaching you how to make all of his effects in full detail! You do not want to miss this!
     
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    Beat the Wand is back! Celebrating its 10th year at the Blackpool Magic Convention, the ultimate entertainment experience returns once more. Magic Sam and Andrew James will be your guides through the most unpredictable 90 minutes of the entire weekend. As always the show's success relies on one special ingredient. You!

    Beat the Wand is an interactive magical variety talent gong show open to all convention attendees. You have 3-5 minutes to blow the audience away with your act. Non-magical acts have proved to be more popular with the audience over the years and we have witnessed Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Impressions, World Record attempts and more! Of course magic is welcome in the show but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. If you are interested in performing here are the rules...

    • Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes.
    • Five giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the "voting" begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will place their wand in the air. If five wands are in the air the act will stop.
    • Once all the acts have performed, those who survived and "beat the wand" are invited on stage and the winner is decided by clap-o-meter and will be presented with the Beat the Wand trophy.

    Performers will be supplied with a microphone, mic stand and also a table and chairs if needed. There are no cameras or screens in the performance area so close-up magic will not be suitable. If you are interested, or know someone who would love to be involved or need any further info then please contact: beatthewand@hotmail.co.uk. Andy James. 13.1.18
     
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    Blackpool Magic Convention 2018: Headline Acts
    From the organisers: The Blackpool Magic Convention will feature three headline acts on each of the gala shows. Magus Utopia - presenting "Love after Death" (FISM Winner) will be performing his brand new illusion show which has never been seen or performed at any other magic convention in the world. Expect the unexpected!
    Issy Simpson made BGT history by becoming its youngest ever magician, making Simon Cowell exclaim "This is like real life Harry Potter!". Since then Issy has signed to the same management team as Daniel Radcliffe and appears fresh from an appearance in the UAE and prior to her US prime-time TV debut next month. Richard Cadell will performing a series of spectacular brand new illusions for the first time at any magic convention. Also making an appearance will be the iconic TV star Sooty!
     

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