I attended Magifest this year. It was a fun-packed couple of days and I had a fantastic time.
Before the show even started, we met one of the performers, Peter Turner, in the convention space, just hanging out with fans and doing mentalism tricks. When I approached the crowd gathered around his table, he immediately asked me if I would like to help him do a trick. IT WAS AWESOME. We attended his performance and lecture later that evening and that, too, was awesome.
|Peter Turner, center|
The first lecture we actually attended was about Ionia - a famous female magician in the early 19th century. She only performed magic for a few years, but her act was said to be spectacular, and the beautiful promotional posters that survived from that time are highly valuable collectibles.
|Ionia - Inspiration|
We saw another great presentation by Margalit Fox, the author of The Confidence Men, a true story about two men who used mentalism to escape from a POW camp.
As luck would have, we ran into another magician/performer that we've been following on Youtube for some time - Chris Ramsay.
|Chris Ramsay, on right|