And the HEADLINE ACT IS.......RICK MERRILL!!
Rick Merrill is a world champion close-up magician. He was only the fourth American ever to win the Grand Prix award from the FISM World Championship of Magic competition in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006. Merrill will be performing at both shows and will be lecturing on his act as well. We also have a new Magic Dealer and other performers as well!
Our convention is an unconventional one! It's unlike no other. . . . soooooo here's what we know.
*The Convention will be held on Friday and Saturday November 1-2, at the DuPont Lodge at Cumberland Falls State Park not far from Corbin KY. And now for some details.....
Directions to Cumberland Falls
*Take I-75 to Corbin KY Exit 25. Turn onto Highway KY 25 West. Next turn onto KY 90 W. Follow the signs and look for DuPont Lodge. The park is located 21 minutes from the interstate I-75.
*For GPS searches the park address is:
7351 Hwy 90 W , Corbin, KY, 40701
*Duponte Lodge phone number is 606-528-4121
To get the group rate contact the business office which is open during the day. The group code is 1677 and is listed under "Thoroughbred Magic Guild". The hotel always sells out on this weekend so don't put off the decision. If there are any problems with the hotel finding the group, please contact Mike Woodward at email@example.com
*It starts with the Friday evening show at 8:07pm
*It is open to non-members.
*The registration fee is $35 at the door.
*For members, the annual club membership fee of $30 is payable at the door.
*There is no pre-registration form.
*The schedule of events does not exist. Announcements about what will be happening at the convention are made at the end of each session. We don't know what's next so we can't tell you! It's the Unconventional Convention!
*There will be a magic dealer room in the Dupont Lodge. Usually there are at least 5 shops selling magic.
*The shows and lectures will be in the Dupont Lodge.
*If you want to perform in a show, there is one on Friday and Saturday night. Please contact Mike Woodward, Director of the show, before the convention at firstname.lastname@example.org
*You are invited!
Magician Rick Merrill
Headliner at 2019 Unconventional Convention!
Most people know Rick Merrill won the FISM Grand Prix in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. What many do not know is, that in addition to his Grand Prix win, Rick also won the, rarely awarded, Comedy Award at FISM. Since FISM, Rick has traveled the world with his unique brand of comedy and magic. He’s performed in over 40 countries headlining conventions, festivals and private and corporate events.
It was 2003 when Rick first began to develop the magic act that would eventually take him around the world. By 2004, Rick had won the top prize at national conventions of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians, the two largest and oldest magic organizations in North America. In addition to 1st Place, Rick brought home awards in Originality and Comedy. The biggest compliment, however, may have been the “People’s Choice” distinction awarded to him at both conventions.
After this national success, Rick prepared to walk onto the international stage. In 2006, Rick represented the United States at the World Championships of Magic in Stockholm, Sweden. Hosted by FISM (The “Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques” or the “International Federation of Magic Societies”), this event occurs every three years to select the best-of-the-best in the world of magic. When the dust settled, Rick was crowned World Champion in Close-Up Magic and became only the 4th American to win this award in the 60 year history of the event.
Rick’s lecture is filled with his most prized routines and the lecture is a show in itself. At the lecture you’ll learn:
*Rick’s Stand Up Opener –a multiple selection card routine filled with unique and entertaining revelations, original comedy, and great thinking. This is the routine Rick has used to open his stand up show for more than 10 years. It’s filled with laughs and magical moments – and just wait until you see the method!
*Rick’s Close Up Opener – After cutting his teeth in restaurants for more than 7 years, Rick tips his opening close up routine along with all his lines and gags. He also explains the psychology behind his patter and why it works for him.
*Three Change – A three coin routine where the coins change but do not fly. Visual coin magic in Rick’
*Royal Cut Flush – An amazing display of card skill without the hours of practice. The method is almost as amazing as the effect!
*Coin and Marker – The basis for Rick’s Grand Prix FISM act involves a sharpie marker and a Morgan silver dollar. With these two items, Rick will show you how you can perform mind-blowing magic that’s both visual and entertaining!
*Sleeving – Rick shares his work on this useful and secret technique.
*Empty hand vanish – Learn how to vanish a pen, pencil, or marker – with your sleeves rolled up! Pure sneakiness!
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