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MC2 :: Day One

It’s 8:24 AM here in San Diego, on Friday March 25th. The first night of Magic-Con is over and the first set of presentations begins in about an hour and a half. Yesterday consisted of getting registration packets, hanging out with new and old friends, and then the reception. The whole thing was a blast, even with three hour jet lag.

First, the registration packet. Everyone received a:  Magic-Con 2011 Program book, a schedule, an issue of Gibecière, and a Magic-Con deck of playing cards. The program contains an interesting introduction by Max Maven, and then information about each presenter. There’s a small biography or background next to his/her picture, an effect or writing piece by them, and lastly a section to take down notes. I think this is pretty cool since we’ll be able to have details written down about each talk right next to the persons information.

Next, the schedule is just what it sounds like; a list of events and times. The next item was a copy of Gibecière. There were quite a few different editions being handed out. Lastly, we all got a Magic Con deck of cards. I have yet to open mine but I’ve played with a few of them. Picture Paper Denim backs, minus the D&D logo, and a much darker blue. Alex Pandrea said he had been using his nonstop for three days and dropping them, having them on the ground, etc. and they still handled wonderfully. Definitely high-quality cards. I hope their selling more, I’ll be more compelled to open mine then.

It’s about time to head down and get the morning going. I’ll post more about the reception, lots of pictures, and and some incredible videos of Dani DaOrtiz & Alex Pandrea later today. Keep checking back for more news!

Posted: March 25th, 2011
at 11:56am by Robin Carey

Categories: Magic Con 2011

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  1. I’m glad things are going well despite your travel setback. I’m excited to find out who the surprise guest is!


    25 Mar 11 at 3:21 pm


  2. What alex said was bs. Dan said that the cards were printed on regular bicycle stock. It’s just your imagination


    29 Mar 11 at 5:31 pm


  3. Aaron,
    I’ve heard that a different finished was used as well. I don’t know how much truth there is in this but it certainly felt like it. I agree with you in the sense that the cards weren’t anything near Smoke and Mirrors quality, but they 100%, definitely had a “soft” feel to them out of the box. It reminded a lot of the Erdnase decks D&D had. Thanks for your input.

    Robin Carey

    Robin Carey

    30 Mar 11 at 12:25 am



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Magic-Con 2011

Magic-Con 2011 is fast approaching being less than two weeks away. I’ll be posting videos, updates, and other cool stuff about the conference at least daily. We want to keep those of you at home covered and in the loop. For those of you who don’t know, Magic-Con is a conference hosted by Dan and Dave Buck in San Diego, California. This is the second year it’s going. Last year it was hosted at the Hilton Bayfront. Magic Con is the first conference/convention of its kind; the line-up of presenters is incredible. Last year great magicians such as David Blaine, Juan Tamariz, Daniel Garcia, Guy Hollingworth, and many other gave talks. Juan’s performance got three standing ovations, from a room full of magicians. The other great part was the sessioning. You learn, share, and get so many ideas spending time with other magicians who are serious about magic. And jamming in a group with Danny Garcia just has a surreal feel to it.

Magic-Con 2011

This year there are speakers from fields other than magic. The whole convention is still going to be focused on the art of magic. Seeing it through other people’s eyes will not only be extremely interesting but helpful and insightful. One of the presentations talked about so far that stood out to me was the Neuroscientists. They worked alongside Apollo Robbins to see how and why the brain can be fooled be magic. Also, they authored a book titled Sleight of Mind, which I hope to have finished before the conference.

If this year is anything like last year, Magic-Con is going to be an incredible experience. Dan/Dave (not sure which) have said that it’s going to be 100 times better, and that’s hard to imagine. There are new ideas, new presenters, and new people which will hopefully make for a wonderful time.

I’ll conclude this post with a discussion portion. Please comment with your answers, or anything else Magic-Con related.
If you attended last year, what was your favorite thing that happened? Your least favorite, or something you hope they changed? If you’re going this year, what are you most excited about? Lastly, what are you hoping to take away from Magic-Con?

Posted: March 16th, 2011
at 12:23pm by Robin Carey

Categories: General Artifice,Magic Con 2011

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