|Florida full of magic 2015|
But more and more it looks like Florida is a hotbed for magicians, too.
In 2015, there will be two major international magic conventions held in the Sunshine State, plus the annual state magic convention in Daytona.
The International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) is holding its annual convention in Jacksonville in July, followed by the Genii Conjurors’ Convention in Orlando (Orlando magicians) the end of September and beginning of October. Capping off the year of Florida magic is the 16th annual Daytona Beach Festival of Magic, this year held the first week of November.
The conventions bring with them lectures, vendors, competitions, live shows, contests, dinners, workshops, galas and discussions. Some of the galas and shows are open to the public and magic lovers from all walks of life. So many people flock to these conventions – from professional magicians to amateur magicians, to magic-lovers and the curious who never miss a chance to see a great magic show. Most of the people who attend, though, usually are club members or non-member magicians.
As a Florida resident, I can only imagine why these major magic conventions would want to hold their conferences here. Aside from the theme and water parks, Florida is home to hundreds of miles of white-sand beaches, some of the nation’s best convention centers and hotels, and other attractions like the Kennedy Space Center, live entertainment, wildlife refuges and tons of eco-tourism opportunities.
What will be interesting to see this year – with both of the international club conventions being held in Florida – is if the high caliber of talent, vendors and events put on by both will be enough to attract area and out-of-state magicians to both or if they will be in competition with each other for magicians who might pick one over the other.
Either way, the conventions hosting their conferences in Florida might be doing so because the state is an increasingly popular and convenient destination for travelers from Europe and Latin America who want to attend the conventions and bring their families along.
Maybe the concentration of magic conventions in Florida this year is also a sign of the growing audiences here in Florida for magic and live entertainment.
In the past, the conferences and conventions have been a great chance to meet new people with the same love for magic, to hear educational lectures, to learn new tricks, philosophies and approaches.
And of course, as a magician, I’m excited to re-charge my batteries by seeing some great performers, lectures, conferences and shows.
For 2015, at least, there’s no question those of us here in Florida will enjoy all the magic as much as those visiting will enjoy Florida. As far as I’m concerned, in this state, you can never have too much magic!
For more information about the magic conventions in Orlando, Jacksonville and Daytona visit the web sites.
- The International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) - Click here July 15 - 18, 2015 - Jacksonville, FL.
- Genii Conjurors’ Convention in Orlando - Click here - September 30 - October 3, 2015 - Orlando FL.
- Daytona Beach Festival of Magic - Click here November 6 -8, 2015