Wellington Magic Convention.
When the Wellington magic convention was announced at the beginning of 2015, I asked my friend, my teacher, and mentor Bert Lyster if it was worth going all the way to New Zealand for a magic convention.
His answer was that New Zealand conventions are always very good.
I feel privileged to say that I was in Wellington in 2015, and was part of the group of people who witnessed real magic. I am now a better performer, and a better person as I met amazing characters and listened to years of experience with everyone that I encountered.
I met people with big medals, and at the time I had no idea what a grand master was! I had some silly joke about it with a French fellow there over breakfast. I should have read the brochure earlier, as I had to apologise to grand master Bernard Reid the next morning. These medals are far from being made of chocolate!
The magic show was beyond anything I had ever seen in my life! Every act was entertaining, funny and so polished. The theatre was a perfect fit and it was great to see that every seat had been filled.
I am so inspired by all of comedians that I met that I was writing stand up comedy on my way back to Australia. And by the way I am French… not an Australian pretending to be French! Some people did buy that lie, I must have been convincing to some. I laughed so much during the week-end and a lot of it was, funny enough, between the acts.
I got so much information from the lectures that it is going to take me a while to assimilate the great ideas into my own performance.
My only criticism of the event is that no warning was given to pack a Kleenex for the gala dinner. I felt very emotional when Mr Paul Rohmany became a grand master, and then Philippa Nunn received acknowledgement for the work as an assistant for so many years and still going. I am sure that I was not the only one who thought that these two recognitions felt so right.
I will finish with a quote that I heard at the Convention, that was Anton or Klaus, please do not quote me on that one, "at the end, magic wand" I mean "at the end, magic won!"
I thank you all for making me a better performer, and a better person by sharing your vision of this art form that I, like you, have chosen as an expression of oneself.
Thank you so much to the organisers. You made it look like everything was so perfectly planned. I cannot begin to imagine how much work went into the planning and execution of this masterpiece that you created.
In conclusion I am able to say: "I was there!"