Bob Solari ♦ Bill Wisch ♦ Carl Bajor
VIP Convention 2010xxxx
Reviewed by RIZZO – “THE MAGIC CAFÉ”
October 3, 2010 was the 6th annual, one-day, Metro-Magic extravaganza hosted by Bob
Solari, Bill Wisch and Carl Bajor. The doors opened at 9am and the magic, fun, excitement and entertainment continued throughout
the entire day ending at 10 pm.
Dealers: Bob Little, Sorcery With Class, Joe Mogar,
Martinis Magic, P&A Silks, Neal Prete, John Born, Bob Solari, Fred’s Books, Daryl, Paul Hallas and Paul
Green. There were great deals and all dealers had so much to offer. These guys
all did a fine job during the dealer demo segment and were a blast to deal with at their booths.
Bill Wisch started the lectures off with his ideas and philosophies on card handling.
He thoroughly reviewed the art of being natural vs. awkward with card handling. Bill talked about the double lift
as Slydini used to preach, its no good. Do it again. It appears that a lot of us do the double lift but most do
it just ok. Bill taught us simple elegant natural handlings of this move and many others. He was a pleasure to watch with
his gentlemanly demeaner and truly enjoys showing how and why he has been in the game a long time. He
is currently finalizing his tour plans to take his Slydini lecture back on the road again. He is the only student of Slydini
who had the master's blessing to tour extensively years ago presenting this lecture and is about
to embark on the road again. You do not want to miss this lecture!
Dorothy Dietrich was then awarded for all of her magical achievements over the years including the bullet catch, straight
jacket escape while hanging upside down on a burning rope high in the sky as well as many TV performance
spots throughout her career. Dorothy was delighted to be on hand for this award and shared
her stories as we watched her daring stunts on a large screen.
Paul Green was now up doing
a fine lecture and making us fully comprehend that the magic we do is for the audience, not for us and we are
always to remember this. It is for the audience,
it is not about us. Paul did a great job as he touched
on all his effects that earn him the high paying jobs and shared his heart with us. He left nothing out and answered every question asked. Cards, coins and the pass that he does oh so well were all reviewed to the finest detail as to why these effects work, how they work and why the audience is so involved with them all. You must catch Paul when he next
lectures near you.
Time for John Born. How about Matrix, Gods Way? Well John sat up close and fooled us over and over even after explaining his coin work to us. What a delight.
John shared lots of ideas with us and was a very
personable performer. Cards, coins and mentalism
is what John delivered and delivered quite well on this afternoon. He gave us an effect that could immediately go into our bag of tricks as well as many others that will bust our knuckles for a bit longer. He shared why
his effects work, why they are routined the way
they are and how he adapts them to different performance
and different audience situations.
Daryl hit the floor next and was a nonstop energetic performer with funny lines,
a great style that we all love and went over very
well. Ropes, cards, coins and his Rubik cube were
all taught down to the finest detail. There was something for everyone here. Stage, platform, parlor and close up. Daryl does it all and does it well. He has been doing this a long time and his technique and audience management is
something to see and learn from.
The close-up show was the grand finale. All four
lecturers performed in 4 small intimate rooms. There
was not a bad seat to be had. The performers did their close up set and then moved on to the next room. The beauty is that all 4 performers are on at the same time and rotate room to room.
Bill Wisch fooling us with cards, ropes and an
elegant routine to soft music. His linking rings
was a thing of beauty to watch. Paul Green proving why he is so successful with his magic career traveling the world. He was a delight to watch in action. John Born, with a mini-linking ring routine and a card at any number dealt
by the spectator. I know it floored everyone as
even Paul Hallas was fooled by it. John then did some coin work.
a solid performance with some fine music mixed in. Last up was Daryl and he did his 3 fly, he did card effects and he totally entertained us all for a strong finish to this fantastic day.
Monaco and others who seem to be here year after year. This is a day
you must attend in 2011. The hosts
are true gentlemen and the talent is always incredible. You can see all previous events and performers at metro-magic.com. See you there in 2011.
The best part of this evening set was
that even after sitting through and learning from these
very creative professional magicians throughout the afternoon lectures, they all entertained and fooled us hours later in this intimate setting proving that it is not about
what you know but how you do it, how you deliver
it and how to entertain the audience. Mingling
throughout the day was Meir Yedid, Doug Edwards, Michael Rubenstein, Roger
Special thanks to Tom Sisti for all his hard work and effort, as usual.
Also, our sincere thanks to Howie and Rose
Baltus, Josh Herman, Dennis McSweeney, Mark Zacharia,
"Rizzo", Dennis Telischak, John Bukowski, Chiqui Mirabal, Bill Hamlin, Steve Forster, David Corsaro,
Ron Chicken, Richie Magic, Kevin Wisch, Al Callus, Dennis Demarco, Sandy Kartzman and Bob Solari, Sr.
to our fantastic, "behind the curtains" staff...the registrations, sales, promotions,
public relations and organizational helpers...YOU ALL KNOW WHO
we have a good, loyal
staff and we thank you so much for such an outstanding job!
you to the entire, Lyndhurst, NJ, QUALITY INN staff.
And most of all thanks toYOUfor attending and making Metro-Magic V.I.P 6. so successful.