Reviewed by “RIZZO” on the Magic Café.
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 marked the 8th annual Metro Magic one-day, close-up convention,
one of the finest you can
and should attend. It becomes
obviously apparent that the hosts of this event reach far and deep to bring stellar
talent year after year with 2012 being no different. Paul
Gertner, Dan Harlan, Nathan Kranzo and George Bradley.
Please visit metro-magic.com for the complete
schedule. Speaking of schedule, this year was another seamless and
flawless event. From the pre-registration to those that elected to show up at the door the day of, it was so smooth.
I must say that from those working the door, the frontline welcoming committee
so to speak up to and including the
one can never ask for anything else. It is the most respectable professional staff you will ever meet.
The dealer demo
offered an insight of what was hot, what was new and what was on special. The lectures immediately
followed the dealer demo segment and I can honestly say that there was only
positive chatter throughout the day
regarding all of
the lectures. Sure we all have a favorite but I can attest to the fact that every single one of them went
over extremely well. Unless you were asleep, you would have had to take away
something if not a truck full of ideas
from these pros
that shared so much with us. George Bradley shows us how to get
the most out of needing little as
far as props. Very
entertaining and enjoyable. Paul Gertner talks about working different
events and the business side
of being successful. He
too gets a lot out of a deck of cards and minimal luggage. Nathan
Kranzo is so comfortable
working a room
and quite funny with lines just pouring from his mouth, rapid- fire comedy mixed with magic. Like George
and Paul before him, very entertaining and magical moments throughout the lecture.
Dan Harlan closed out the lecture
schedule and he was well received and shared quite a bit. The why, how, opinions and the magic that
makes him so
successful. He fooled the entire room with
his simple version of the professors nightmare. It is a thing of beauty. If you
have not seen this or know the workings of it, you must track it down. At this point in time, all
four lectures were over,
all attendees again mingled
and spent their money at the wonderful dealer tables which were open and attentive
throughout the entire event. Again, please visit metro-magic.com to see the list of dealers that
were present. You can
also see all the previous events
back to day one.
After the dinner break, we were back in small intimate rooms for the evening close up show featuring
the same four
professionals from the lectures. It was
now their time to shine, fool us and entertain us and that is exactly what they
did, all four of them. Entertained us, fooled us and made the smiles permanent on our face. In closing,
I must stress
that this was another fantastic successful
event, at least from an audience perspective. The schedule, the planning, the
timing and the closing show all add up to me ready to register for next years event. Do yourselves a favor
this one day magical close up convention the
very next time it is scheduled. People come in from all the surroundings
areas, NY, PA, CT, DE, NJ and elsewhere. There is a valid reason for their travels. It is well worth it.
Great people, great
talent, great staff and generous
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Thanks to all of our performers for such a magical
And thanks to all of our awesome dealers.
Special thanks to Howie and Rose Baltus for everything you guys
Also, our sincere thanks to: Tom Sisti, Josh Herman, Jason Messina,
Dennis McSweeney, John
Bukowski, Mark Cahill, Chiqui Mirabal, Kevin Wisch,
Dickson, Tim Fortune, Sanford Kartzman, Bill Hamlin and Bob Solari, Sr.
Thanks also to our fantastic, "behind the curtains" staff...the
registrations, sales, promotions,
public relations and organizational helpers...
KNOW WHO YOU ARE!XXXXX
We have a tremendously, loyal staff and we thank everyone so
much for everything you do, in every way!
Also, thank you to the entire, Lyndhurst, NJ, QUALITY INN staff.