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Topic: Magic Valley Magic 2015 --- FREE Magicians' Flea Market, Shows, etc. (Oct. 2-3, 2015) NEW DATE!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 14, 2010 10:15AM)
Since Nashville got rained on, why don't we have a Magicians' Flea Market at my place the second weekend in September? Help will be needed but the facilities are free.

Magic Valley Ranch is located half way between Birmingham and Montgomery at Clanton, Alabama. That is about five miles and one turn off I-65. We have an outdoor horse arena that could be used with tents and tables for vendors' booths, an outdoor stage, indoor theater (seats about 80) with stage, bathrooms, rolling hill pastures with horses, a bass lake, barns and plenty of room to use privately for the magic folks. In addition to plenty of lodging nearby, there are three Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses, and the lakes where the BassMaster tournaments are held are less than ten minutes away. We even have a barn with an art loft and balconies that would be perfect for an auction site. Perhaps we could get some civic organizations to cater food as their fundraisers. Do we need live bands?

Is there any interest?

Bob

Bob@MagicBySander.com
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickson (May 14, 2010 11:26AM)
Sounds like a good idea Bob.
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 14, 2010 12:02PM)
Your place sounds great. Maybe it could become an annual event. Check the annual rainfall for those dates, isn't it getting in to hurricane season down south around that time and is that the same weekend as Magic in the Rockies?? but probably not much of a conflict with the southerners.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 14, 2010 02:20PM)
It is hurricane season but here that usually just means hot and dry. July is our wet month. It is usually short-sleeve weather and still very green here in September. But the conversations are about football. Roll Tide!

We wish we could go to Magic in the Rockies that week. They have a great line up and my daughter's ranch is nearby. But once school starts back, Lucy's medical clinic is loaded with school kids trading illnesses at school. Outdoors just seems to be healthier.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 14, 2010 06:33PM)
Bob, I think you could cobble up a fun annual event over there. Was it Col. Bill Boley who had the one day swap meet in his backyard in Louisville?? I went and sold magic wands and bought a wooden hand I later turned into a rapping hand.

My son is probably going to take my grandson to Magic in the Rockies. It's close by for them and it promises to be a great event and they welcome young people who are seriously interested in magic. I'd really like to be there to watch that but it's probably out of range for me. So if I'm in the South I'll do my best to support your event.
Message: Posted by: jkesler (May 15, 2010 05:46PM)
Sounds like a lot of fun....
Message: Posted by: DaddyDoodle (May 15, 2010 08:15PM)
I think it sounds like a great idea. I'll pass your note around to the local folks and let you know what the word is here.
Message: Posted by: MrBob102 (May 16, 2010 11:06AM)
If Bob Little can do it, you can too!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 19, 2010 08:19AM)
The date we are planning to do this is 9/11/2010.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Glen (May 19, 2010 10:22AM)
Now who would want to buy a bunch of fleas??????
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 19, 2010 02:16PM)
Glen,

You can sell them in the Carolinas to artist! They are mobile pigment that turn red and stop moving when mashed. I bet we could sell the 3D glass to go with them.

Saddle up and come see us. If people play air guitars, we can accept people who paint with an airbrush.

We're looking for you.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 19, 2010 04:34PM)
Having it on Saturday would make it pretty easy to drive in in the morning. How late are you planning on going in the evening? Have you got your still hooked up?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 20, 2010 03:41PM)
Now Tabby,

You live down here. You know that all family businesses down here have to have a lookout. Where there's smoke, there are shotguns. LOL

Set up can start at 7 or 8 and if we start shutting down around 5, it should still be light until about 6:30 or 7.

Once you are on I-65, you are here. Take exit 208.
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 20, 2010 05:17PM)
[quote]
On 2010-05-20 16:41, Bob Sanders wrote:...Set up can start at 7 or 8 and if ...[/quote]

that's pretty early for the old tabman. Actually, that was pretty early for the young tabman too. Is there someplace to pitch my tent and put up a dining fly?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 22, 2010 07:54AM)
Tabman,

Of course there is plenty of room to camp.

Folks will need to bring their tables and chairs too. Otherwise, they may have to sit on a bale of hay. You know that here on the ranch, we count a bale of hay as furniture?

Bubba Whodini
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 22, 2010 09:39PM)
Thanks. I need to find my camping stuff. And do you allow camp fires??? I have 4 wheel drive so can I park next to my camp site?? Water?? Or do I need to bring a canteen??
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 22, 2010 10:46PM)
Tabman,

You can camp near the 3 acre lake. Running water is nearby but not at the lake. Enjoy your camp fire. You can drive a pickup right up to the lake. The near side of the lake is about 500 feet from the arena where the magicians should be setting up tables to sell magic Saturday. It should be a fun weekend that includes a magic flea market.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 23, 2010 12:52AM)
[quote]On 2010-05-22 23:46, Bob Sanders wrote:...You can camp near the 3 acre lake. Running water is nearby but not at the lake. Enjoy your camp fire. You can drive a pickup right up to the lake. The near side of the lake is about 500 feet from the arena where the magicians should be setting up tables to sell magic Saturday. It should be a fun weekend that includes a magic flea market....[/quote]

Sounds great Bob. I'll pack everything including the kitchen sink in my jeep.

How do you invision the flea market?? What about your stage area. Are you going to let people sign up to perform???

I've got a couple of new items Im working on. Maybe I can try them out.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (May 23, 2010 02:20AM)
So is this now a "done deal" that I can post on my calendar of events? I've been watching this topic with interest, but don't yet see a solid When and Where and a verifying Web site for more information about Who (if there will be lectures) and how to get there. So far it still seems it's at the Mickey Rooney stage: "Hey guys, why don't we put on a show?"
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 23, 2010 07:53AM)
The date is set at Saturday, September 11, 2010. The facility is set as Magic Valley Ranch, Clanton, AL. (The same as was used for the CANVAS Art Festival.) There is no website yet. Already there are reservations for magicians from Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and others. Admission is limited to magicians and their guests. No pets! (On a ranch there are animals we do not want bothered by visiting animals.) Of course, caged doves and rabbits are allowed.

Currently, there are plans for exhibits but not organized lectures. There will be areas for closeup get togethers, bull sessions, and stage demonstrations. I understand that some will be using the facility to make videos for both their own use and posting on the Internet. There are opportunities for those wishing to perform. Please contact us at MagicValleyRanch@MagicValleyMagic.com with questions, suggestions, etc. There is an outdoor stage and an indoor theater (Bunny Heart Theater) here on the ranch. The arena is reserved for the flea market. (The outdoor stage is visible from the arena.) Bring chairs!

Arrangements have been made for charitable organizations vending food to attendees. Coolers are find but Chilton County is a dry county. There are plenty of accommodations available but I am still shopping for the best deals.

There is plenty of parking inside the gates. We are about five miles off Exit 208 from I-65. There is only one turn and it should be very well marked. (I am a Republican so it is a RIGHT turn. LOL Actually it is the first paved road past the Fire Department.)

Does that give you a start on information?

Website for the Magicians' Flea Market http://MagicValleyMagic.com

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 24, 2010 01:36PM)
Sounds great, Bob. Whats the charge at the gate??? Do you know yet?? That might have some impact on some of us. I know the cost of going to SAM in Atlanta has stopped me cold. I heard its almost $300.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 24, 2010 07:19PM)
Tabman,

Our Magicians' Flea Market compared to the SAM Convention in Atlanta is not comparing Ducks and Ducks. This is a one day event with no known headliner show or lectures. But you can still do both. However, this one will save you that $300 right up front. If you can't make Atlanta in July, perhaps it frees up funds for magic bargains at the flea market.

There is NO Admission Charge.

However, admission is limited to magicians and their guests. You may be asked to give some showing of being involved in magic. Showing that you are a member of The Magic Café is an easy way! Having an IBM, SAM, Magic Castle membership, are also easy ways. Otherwise, you may have to be the guest of someone who can show that they are a magician. Doing magic is also sets very impressive credentials.

There is no advertising budget for a free event. The best way to learn about it is from other magicians and magician forum postings.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/ is the website

Of course, emails to MagicValleyRanch@MagicValleyMagic.com should get answers to specific questions.

Bob
Message: Posted by: barneyfife (May 24, 2010 10:12PM)
Sounds great Bob, but I may not be married if I come to it. That is my wedding anniversary. Thelma Lou and I got married seventeen years ago.

Barney
still living in Mayberry
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 24, 2010 10:32PM)
Barney,

I can understand that. On one of our wedding anniversaries Lucy and I did a two hour stage/theater show in the Davis Theater. I still hear about that at the most inopportune time. But a month from today we will hit the tenth anniversary. (We aren't old enough for it to be number 17. LOL!)

Seriously, Happy Anniversary! (September 11th). This is essentially a daytime thing so the night could be free.

One Mothers' Day I took Lucy to Bass Pro Shop. She actually liked it! They have a huge aquarium.

Fortunately, she enjoys magic. She has her own show.

Maybe Tabman will shoot and posts some video so you can visit later.

Bubba Whodini
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 24, 2010 11:08PM)
[quote]
On 2010-05-24 23:32, Bob Sanders wrote:...Maybe Tabman will shoot and posts some video ...[/quote]

that's a good idea. Ill pack some video gear in with the kitchen sink.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (May 26, 2010 09:22AM)
Forgot to check the date last night at home but we plan on being there. Will bring a van load of our merchandise and if you want a show we can do that also. Heck, your only 12 hours and 3 minutes away depending on traffic.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 27, 2010 12:57PM)
Things are growing faster than I ever believed. This has the potential of being much more than a magicians' yard sale. It certainly is much more than local. Magicians overseas are checking in!

Great!

Bob

PS --- The show I didn't plan to have is taking shape! There will be Friday night and Saturday night shows. http://MagicValleyMagic.com
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 27, 2010 04:19PM)
If Colon can become the magic capitol of the world perhaps Clanton can become the magic capital of the south. We've been needing one since Tom Foolery moved out of Buckhead.
Message: Posted by: tabman (May 28, 2010 12:39AM)
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Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 1, 2010 10:22AM)
[quote] On 2010-05-24 20:19, Bob Sanders wrote:...Of course, emails to MagicValleyRanch@MagicValleyMagic.com should get answers to specific questions....[/quote]

Bob, I emailed you at this address and haven't heard back. Is this a working email address?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 1, 2010 02:00PM)
Tabman,

Sorry for the delay, but YES! it is working (but so am I, LOL).

Thanks a million for the graphics. Things are moving right along. It appears that we will have a Saturday show and even a Friday show.

I'm very encouraged at how the message is traveling in magic circles, rings, etc. Folks are making plans to come.

I have scouted out motel rooms within 5-8 miles of the ranch and there is plenty of space to choose from, for a high of $79.00/night at Holiday Express to $34.95 at Scottish Inns. The closest is actually at Exit 208 (behind Shoney's) and that is Guesthouse Inn at $49.99 for up to 4 people. The others are at Exit 205. Most are about $50/night. There are six motels there! (This is very different from hunting a place to stay near Abbott's and FAB in Colon. LOL)

Progress is really being made.

Bob
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Jun 1, 2010 05:28PM)
I have it marked down on the calendar. Will be there for Friday also. What time are ya'll going to open up? Put us down for a show.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 2, 2010 11:50PM)
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Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 4, 2010 03:27PM)
Wow! It's coming together! It looks like the Flea Market is Saturday. However, the magic begins late Friday and goes through Saturday night with shows!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- It is wise to start reserving booth space now.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 6, 2010 02:30PM)
OK, theres now the beginnings of a website for the Magic Valley Ranch magic gathering in September. The site url is http://magicvalleyranch.org and updates will be added there as they come in.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 6, 2010 11:56PM)
Tabman,

That is great! Now I'll have to shoot some pictures.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 9, 2010 12:07AM)
http://MagicValleyMagic.com is also active now.

More information coming.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 10, 2010 09:12PM)
Tabman,

We just added another family of Texans who are coming for the event. They are also adding a very interesting exhibit.

Bob
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Jun 11, 2010 03:59PM)
This will be the biggest meeting of fleas, since we had our family reunion in Flea Hop, Alabama! :jesterhat:
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 13, 2010 04:28PM)
James,

There will even be an OFFICIAL FLEA CIRCUS here for the weekend. No Joke! Come see it!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 14, 2010 05:52PM)
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Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 18, 2010 10:34PM)
http://MagicValleyMagic.com

Keeps changing. Lodging info has been added. Camper hookups are also available there.

This lodging is at the right exit (I-65 Exit 208) about 5 miles from the ranch.

At the next exit (I-65 Exit 205) there are loads of other motels and places to eat.


Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 24, 2010 11:05PM)
Your magic flea market looks like it's shaping up. Are you taking reservations yet?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 26, 2010 08:32AM)
Tabman,

We do indeed already have some reservations and even rooms booked at the motel.

People are going to be very surprised at some of the individuals coming and taking part. Since it is FREE, we don't depend on big names for attraction but that won't keep them away either.

RSVP is going to be a very smart move. This event is limited to magicians and their guests but theater seating is limited too.

Bob

PS --- We will have the checker boards set up too for those brave enough to challenge you. (I've been told that there are some folks from Texas, Mississippi and North Carolina that claim they can play checkers too. "Shall we gather at the barrel" and see?)

Bull sessions among magicians are eagerly promoted. (In Alabama, whittling is a "social grace" and encouraged too.) There is even room for folks willing to bring a guitar, harmonica, fiddle or a song!

Are they going to get to see you Buck Dance like they did in the movies?
Message: Posted by: barneyfife (Jun 26, 2010 01:24PM)
Bob,

Do we need to RSVP to you to receive tickets for the theater show?

Barney
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 26, 2010 09:48PM)
That would make sense.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 30, 2010 06:28PM)
Well folks, keep the calls coming. This project is well underway.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jun 30, 2010 07:19PM)
Michael Baker told me he wanted to reserve a space. He's thinking he might be in Alabama for the flea mkt. Also, he said he wants to show me the giant peach. Do you know anything about that?

So pencil Michael in.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 30, 2010 08:06PM)
It is with great pleasure that I make booth reservations for Michael Baker. He adds a lot to the magic community. We'll be in good company. (I hope I get a shot at his stuff before y'all do! It will be great stuff.) Let's hope we can take advantage of his talent too.

Our exit (Exit 208) on I-65 is 4 miles south of the BIG PEACH and 3 miles north of Peach Park. We will have to send you a photo of the Big Peach. Most folks just aren't going to believe it until they see it. (It just might make your Georgia water melons look small.)

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 4, 2010 08:30PM)
Thanks for putting on a magic convention with no ticket charge Bob. I hope a lot of magicians who are close enough to make it do so. I'd be interested in meeting Café regulars that I haven't had a chance to meet yet. This seems like a good chance for a bunch of us southeastern magicians to meet and hang out.

http://MagicValleyMagic.com
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jul 5, 2010 06:21AM)
HEY now...don't be dissing our Georgia Melons! We take pride in our melons!

As things look at the moment, I look forward to being there! We've got a lot of catching up to do!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 5, 2010 03:53PM)
Kyle,

I don't see the question on here but you asked an important question. The listed motel is $54 and that is for up to 4 people. There are motels that are less than that just 3 miles south of there.

There are some magicians camping too.

I look forward to seeing you here.

Bob Sanders
Magic by Sander

http://MagicValleyMagic.com
Message: Posted by: barneyfife (Jul 5, 2010 11:54PM)
What is the cost for setting up a booth? Thanks in advance for the information.

Barney
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 6, 2010 02:48PM)
Barney,

There are no fees! Food, lodging and transportation are your responsibility. There is no charge for admission, parking, booths, shows, entertainment, etc.

Think of it as the magicians' family reunion. Come take part and have fun. The arena and theater have limited space but there are ways around that too.

Bob
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jul 9, 2010 03:44PM)
So are we going to have the magicians "Running of the Goats" at the ranch? May the fastest runner win!
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Jul 9, 2010 11:52PM)
Kyle, it is the Geese that you have to watch out for!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 15, 2010 09:36PM)
Is anybody planning on camping besides me???
Message: Posted by: Jared Cassidy (Jul 16, 2010 10:50AM)
Bob,

I am looking forward to attending. We talked about the event at our last Ring meeting up here in Huntsvegas and it sounded like a few of our group are going to make it down.

Jared

P.S. Hopefully, we can get Kyle to bring his banjo to this shindig...he has conveniently forgotten the last couple times...LOL :)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 17, 2010 10:51AM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-16 11:50, Jared Cassidy wrote:...P.S. Hopefully, we can get Kyle to bring his banjo to this shindig...he has conveniently forgotten the last couple times...LOL :)
[/quote]

Well, I know the feeling. Bob's already asked me to bring a guitar with me. ;)
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jul 22, 2010 05:09PM)
LOL...will have a pickin' and grinnin there in the evening hours then!

Jared, when it comes to normal conventions, I'd just rather not bring it with me unless I'm one of the acts...for several reasons...I never have time to play it, and it's a loud and expensive instrument....don't like to leave them lying in a hotel room. I'll bring it to Bob's gathering though :)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 23, 2010 11:46PM)
Kyle, I'm down in south GA. What part of GA are you in?
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jul 26, 2010 09:49AM)
Just moved to Dahlonega, GA...home of the "Gold Rush" ...close to the north eastern area...however I was born and raised in Demorest, GA...which is right next to tallulah falls, home of "Deliverance" ...so...yep lol!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 27, 2010 12:44PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-26 10:49, KyletheGreat wrote:
Just moved to Dahlonega, GA...home of the "Gold Rush" ...close to the north eastern area...however I was born and raised in Demorest, GA...which is right next to tallulah falls, home of "Deliverance" ...so...yep lol!
[/quote]

That's all nice country. I worked in Tiger, GA several decades ago for awhile. My nephew's mother owns a bar in Clayton... Woody's.

South GA is hot and full of snakes and bugs. The only magicians I get to talk to are to the internet with the exception of Arthur Atsma who works the road and stops by. I sold my last banjo because the fingerboard at the nut was too narrow. My fingers don't flex like they used to.

[img]http://www.questx.com/tc/tc-thumb.jpg[/img]
http://TabbyCrabb.com
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jul 27, 2010 03:12PM)
It is nice country! I'm familiar with Tiger...it's only about 25-30 minutes from my hometown! Bill Monroe had an illegitimate daughter there and wrote the song "Little Georgia Rose" about her.

I'm about the same with magicians...there are only about 3 in the area...but that's not a bad thing :)

I don't know Arthur super well, we've met in passing a few times when I've dropped in at the Roswell Ring 9 meetings if I happened to be passing through the area. I look forward to meeting you at Bob's place!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jul 28, 2010 10:56PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-27 16:12, KyletheGreat wrote:... I look forward to meeting you at Bob's place!
[/quote]

Thanks, likewise. As it turns out. September 11 is the same day that the induction ceremony for the GA Music Hall of Fame is taking place. I spent the past two years working to get a little known, hometown bluesman into the HOF and we made it happen. The inductees were announced a few days ago. I plan to be at Bob's however since they really don't need me in Atlanta for that, unless of course, they do.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 30, 2010 03:11PM)
You do know that there is a scheduled bull session for magic prop builders here? That should be a great time to share some real problem solving ideas with the pros.

It's time to let me know if you are coming and I'll save you a space.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Jul 31, 2010 12:57PM)
Looking forward to the bull session for prop builders. I'll practice up on my B.S.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 31, 2010 05:49PM)
An act on the Saturday night show from Harrah's is Kevin Sanderson. You don't need to miss that!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jul 31, 2010 06:07PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-31 13:57, raywitko wrote:
Looking forward to the bull session for prop builders. I'll practice up on my B.S.
Ray
[/quote]

This ought be like one of those old PMZZ sessions! Woo-Hoo!!
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 2, 2010 10:38PM)
Bob, I really like the get together you occupied. It looks very interesting. I will wait and see how many gigs I will have around that time. It the quality is low, I will come down too. Thanks buddy.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 3, 2010 11:06PM)
That would be great if you could come south for it, Dynamike. Keep us posted.
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Aug 4, 2010 02:01AM)
I have a buddy of mine getting stationed in Alabama, his father Veteran magician and good pal with the likes of Dingle and Vernon, son how ever just got into the craft due to me, ill see if I can get him to go.. When and where?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 4, 2010 07:01AM)
Paisa23,

Don't just send him, come with him! We will have Texans here camping on the ranch down by the lake and some that already have reservations at the motel. (If he is stationed at Maxwell, he is about 45 minutes away. It is about five miles off Exit 208 on I-65 and there is only one turn. Since we are magicians, it will be marked!)

Here is the website
http://magicvalleymagic.com/

The dates are September 10-11 and it is FREE! Theater seating for the two shows is limited, so RSVP is just smart.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Aug 6, 2010 02:48PM)
Oh brother I wish I could but I'll be in Jersey Getting married.
Message: Posted by: murf (Aug 6, 2010 08:32PM)
Bob, your comment about the road being "marked" reminded me of the sign we saw on I55 on our way up here to Chicago to visit the grandkids --- Rough and Smooth ahead! I wonder how many other magician oriented signs we could spot along the road, perhaps starting with all the advertisements for strippers.

Murf
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Aug 6, 2010 11:03PM)
Also on I-55 just south of Springfield is Divernon, IL.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 6, 2010 11:35PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-06 21:32, murf wrote:
Bob, your comment about the road being "marked" reminded me of the sign we saw on I55 on our way up here to Chicago to visit the grandkids --- Rough and Smooth ahead! I wonder how many other magician oriented signs we could spot along the road, perhaps starting with all the advertisements for strippers.

Murf
[/quote]

Wow!! Never thought about it. This would make a fun highway road game for a car load of magicians.

Thanks...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 7, 2010 12:49AM)
Do you ever see "One Ahead"?

Bob
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Aug 7, 2010 01:34PM)
Not familiar with One Ahead.

I have seen many things around here that could have a magician tie-in if you have a twisted enough brain.

There is a bakery up the road called Ricky J's. I also know where there is a mailbox post made from a big auger bit... obviously Melinda's summer home. Last time I was in the bank, I had to ask the teller for a pen(n).
Message: Posted by: Alex Rapattoni (Aug 7, 2010 05:49PM)
How do I go about making a formal reservation for this? Also, I live in FL and will be leaving after work on Friday so I will probably be arriving in the wee hours of the morning. Am I welcome to just park on site and sleep in my van/ set up camp?
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Aug 7, 2010 08:36PM)
Bob, what a great idea! Do this some time on a Monday & Tuesday and I will seriously consider flying down.
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Aug 7, 2010 10:59PM)
MagicValleyMagic.com

My wife and I will be bringing some of our Grand Illusions from our show in Myrtle Beach. Look forward to seeing you all there.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 7, 2010 11:11PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-07 18:49, Alex Rapattoni wrote:
How do I go about making a formal reservation for this? Also, I live in FL and will be leaving after work on Friday so I will probably be arriving in the wee hours of the morning. Am I welcome to just park on site and sleep in my van/ set up camp?
[/quote]

Go to http://magicvalleymagic.com and click on the "email Bob" link. That should do it.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 8, 2010 05:41PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-07 18:49, Alex Rapattoni wrote:
How do I go about making a formal reservation for this? Also, I live in FL and will be leaving after work on Friday so I will probably be arriving in the wee hours of the morning. Am I welcome to just park on site and sleep in my van/ set up camp?
[/quote]

Alex,

I sent you an email. We look forward to seeing you here. Thanks too for making magicians aware that we do need to know who is coming and the number of people in their party so we can reserve show tickets, space, etc. for them. Also, talent is welcome!

Please check http://magicvalleymagic.com/ often. The information changes!

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 9, 2010 07:22PM)
[quote]
On 2010-07-28 23:56, tabman wrote:...I spent the past two years working to get a little known, hometown bluesman into the HOF and we made it happen. The inductees were announced a few days ago. I plan to be at Bob's however since they really don't need me in Atlanta for that, unless of course, they do...
[/quote]

Looks like the slate is pretty much cleared with the HOF committee for me to be at Bob's. I've been working on the website for the event and really wanted to be there.

Just posted, some new information on the site within the past hour:

http://MagicValleyMagic.com

See you there in September.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Aug 9, 2010 09:01PM)
Good to hear! :)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 9, 2010 11:44PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-09 22:01, Michael Baker wrote:
Good to hear! :)
[/quote]

I'm looking foward to hanging out with you. Got to get caught up and ahead to afford to take a couple of days off for a hang. Im looking forward to being there with everyone. ;)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 10, 2010 06:53AM)
Yea! We don't have to share Tabman's time with Georgia that weekend.

Tabman has been doing a great job with the website and helping organize this Magicians' Flea Market. We get to pick his brain for prop building too! It's hard to keep his good work a secret. It shows!

Wait until we get him here on Magic Valley Ranch! If you want into the entertainment business, you've got to meet this guy. (Make him do some book signing too!)

Thank you, Tabby!

Bob and Lucy

PS --- The checker board is ready! Protect your honor.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 10, 2010 07:34PM)
Welp...it's only a month away! I's excited!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 10, 2010 08:46PM)
Kyle,

Did you notice that you are also the MC for the Friday night show?

That is followed by a reception and some musical entertainment.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 11, 2010 06:33AM)
We have a very unique vendor coming to this. Rex sells Doves and Bunnies!

Bob
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 11, 2010 02:01PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-10 21:46, Bob Sanders wrote:
Kyle,

Did you notice that you are also the MC for the Friday night show?

That is followed by a reception and some musical entertainment.

Bob
[/quote]

LOL, I noticed! We're gonna have some fun!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 11, 2010 06:40PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-10 07:53, Bob Sanders wrote:

Wait until we get him here on Magic Valley Ranch! If you want into the entertainment business, you've got to meet this guy. (Make him do some book signing too!)

...

PS --- The checker board is ready! Protect your honor.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
[/quote]

"Book signing" Ok, I'll bring a half dozen copies of [i]Tabman Magic[/i] in case somebody wants one at Flea Mkt prices too!!!

Did you find a proper barrel to put the checker board on???
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 16, 2010 04:13PM)
Don't worry, I'll be happy to sign books as well...I haven't written any, but I'd be more than happy to sign 'em anyway.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 16, 2010 04:23PM)
Tabman,

We have only found plastic barrels! Help!

If Kyle signs book for you, be sure to hold them right side up for him. (He is still in school.)

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 17, 2010 11:30AM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-16 17:23, Bob Sanders wrote:
Tabman,

We have only found plastic barrels! Help!

If Kyle signs book for you, be sure to hold them right side up for him. (He is still in school.)

Bob
[/quote]

As I think about my involvement in the Flea Mkt I realize that I can't do everything I'd like so I might just stick to filming a documentary on the first event. That should keep me bizzy and be a lot of fun for all involved. I do want to pick a little music with Kyle though. I'm headed to Nashville next weekend to stage manage the show for Waylon Jennings Appreciation Days and do a little magic backstage. Between working on something for Dan Sperry's act on AGT in a few weeks, clearing my back orders for the Sefalaljia cabinets, and trying to find my tent, I don't have much time for much of anything else.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 17, 2010 05:22PM)
We'll pick and grin all over that Alabama field!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 17, 2010 07:23PM)
I've got a nice little handheld location sound recorder. Maybe we can take an hour and record some stuff to use for the soundtrack of the little film I plan to do about people and the event. When do you plan on getting there?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 18, 2010 08:16PM)
Motels --- Motels --- Motels

People have asked me to post contact information for the motels. (The price range here is from $40-$80. The one at Exit 208 is $54 for up to 4 people.)

Area Motels (Clanton, Alabama)

*** Exit 208 (about 5 miles away) ***

Guesthouse (Has special rate for Magicians – ASK!)
(205) 280-0306

*** Exit 205 (about 8 miles away) ***

Holiday Inn Express
(205) 280-1880

Best Western
(205) 280-1006

Days Inn
(205) 755-2420

Key West Inn
(205) 755-8500

Scottish Inns
(205) 755-4049


Some magicians are also camping in RVs at the Dandy RV Camp (Exit 208) and others are camping at the lake here on the ranch. (There are no camper hookups at the ranch.)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 18, 2010 09:30PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-18 21:16, Bob Sanders wrote:

is $54 for up to 4 people.)

[/quote]

Shoot, I can almost afford that.

BTW, if Im wandering around shooting a video is there somebody who would let me leave a few small items for sale at their table to watch for me and maybe sell one or two of???

Do flea mkt sellers need to bring a table????
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 19, 2010 07:30AM)
Flea Market vendors do need to furnish tables, tents, etc. they may need at their space.

Bring a lawn chair too or you may be sitting on a bale of hay when outdoors.

(There are food and toilet facilities available.)

Bob
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Aug 19, 2010 08:12AM)
Toilet facilities....Bob, I didn't know you had that many trees and bushes on the property.

Richard
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 20, 2010 02:34PM)
[quote]
On 2010-08-17 20:23, tabman wrote:
I've got a nice little handheld location sound recorder. Maybe we can take an hour and record some stuff to use for the soundtrack of the little film I plan to do about people and the event. When do you plan on getting there?
[/quote]

I don't mind at all...I'm not sure when I'll get there yet...it'll probably be early in the day friday the 10th...I still need to call and reserve my room!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 23, 2010 06:48AM)
The music talent attending also keeps being added. (Next time we'll need to start a week earlier!)

We have about a hundred folks saying they will be there now. However, only about half plan to have a booth. This is a great chance to clean out the magic closet and add new treasures.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Aug 24, 2010 12:28PM)
NOTICE: Bob says that a "sound man" is needed for the Friday show, someone who is coming who can step up. You can discuss it right here.

The sounds system will be in place and set up I understand and checked out as well so no "heavy lifting" involved.

With 100 magicians coming it's almost a sell out. Bob (correct me if I'm wrong) told me that 160 is about the limit for his facility.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 26, 2010 06:52AM)
Card guys are going to love this! Learn card throwing from the pro.

Tommy Jackson Inductee - 1979 Guinness Book of World Records for Card Throwing
will be there and it's FREE!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

It is very important to RSVP. Theater seating capacity is limited.

We look forward to seeing y'all there. (Bring a lawn chair. Hay bale seating is limited too!)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Aug 26, 2010 02:47PM)
Looking forward to this. I think Debora reserved a room today. Have a show this Saturday, after that will start loading up for the flea market. Y'all bring lots of money since I have to get rid of a lot of my stuff. Don't know how long I will be able to perform because of medical reasons. Going to try to make it through the upcoming Christmas season, but time will tell.'
Ray
Message: Posted by: Zakari Asiago (Aug 27, 2010 01:49AM)
If Mr. Sanders still has room, count me in.
Will bring some big and small stuff to sell too.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 27, 2010 01:29PM)
Zak,

You are planned for here! We are looking forward to seeing you.

With your stilts, you'll be the tallest guy here!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 27, 2010 05:49PM)
Phone number for the Guesthouse has been corrected on The Magic Café

Guesthouse (Has special rate for Magicians – ASK!)
(205) 280-0306

Bob
Message: Posted by: Ed Hutchison (Aug 27, 2010 07:46PM)
My wife has announced that we need the space, so I am going to bring a ton of magic that I have accumulated over my 40 years in magic. Naturally, a lot of it will be familiar to other magicians.

But some of it is "special." For example, I have an original 1970 era TV Box(effect: performer has x-ray vision and can "read" four numbered blocks inside two outer boxes), a 40 year-old Slate of Mind, (eff: three ungimmicked books are passed out, a word on a random page is chosen, and the performer concentrates a moment and writes it on a slate), a Collector's Workshop rising card houlette, and a couple of other unusual and/or rare items. Hopefully, there will be some one interested in these effects--and I look forward to meeting him, or her, in AL.
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Aug 28, 2010 11:39AM)
Perhaps.we should get some little green ribbons to identify ourselves as Café members.
I have a couple of old mini-illusions that need paint (flying carpet/Abbott Sword thru head chest) that I am going trade or sell very cheap.
Also, I will teach anyone who is interested a great way to make a Flea Circus for less than $100.
Peace,
parson
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 29, 2010 06:07PM)
Yes! Clowns and Jugglers are welcome! Balloon people too!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Zakari Asiago (Aug 30, 2010 12:22AM)
I am bringing some bigger stuff to sell.
hindu basket, pole/neon suspension, lights fantastic,
and some cool smaller stuff too.
and will bring my balloon bag for anyone that wants to jam or learn twisting.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 30, 2010 08:26AM)
It has been a too well kept secret that Michael Baker will be there too!

Of course, you can see his killer closeup and quiz him in the Prop Builders Clinic but look at what he has to offer in finished goods!

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=378908&forum=26&3&start=0#2

(I hope I get to shop first!)

Bob
Message: Posted by: funsway (Aug 30, 2010 03:43PM)
I hope there will be some Merv Taylor collectors there -- I'm bring a Cigarette Case, original Multiplying Candles (1925) and an Always-Full Glass -- plus some other old junk and a few newer items my hands will no longer handle.

I'm also planning on doing my first stage effect in 50 years -- time to get away from just parlour/closs-up stuff.

Thanks for the opportunity, Bob.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Aug 31, 2010 02:58PM)
I will be providing the sound equipment for the weekend. Due to a conflict with the local HS Football team (which I have done for the last 14 years) I will be doing the PA for the Football team on Friday night, so I will not be able to run it Friday night. On Saturday I will run the system.

The system will be pre-set up ready to go.

There will be 2 speakers (monitor speaker maybe), A rolling rack mixer with 2 wireless mics ( 1 Countryman Ear Mic, One Handhelt), one hardwired mic with stand, CD and/or Computer to play CDs with.

Music and effects should be CD or if you are using your own controller be sure that you have a 1/4" adaptor, so that the CD player will not be tied up.

Basically, All that should be required is to start the CD, adjust volume, and adjust any mics that are used. If you have done any sound before it is really a straight forward operation. Nothing difficult.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 2, 2010 04:27PM)
Just booked the room! I look forward to being there, making some new friends, and catching up with old ones!
Message: Posted by: Zakari Asiago (Sep 3, 2010 01:26AM)
Bob,
any idea how many people are going to attend?
looking forward to meeting you.
Zak
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 3, 2010 11:50AM)
Last count I heard was around 100. That should make for a nice gathering. Currently I hope to be there Saturday afternoon at least. After last weekend in TN working the Waylon Jennings Appreciation Days and the 14 hour days I've had to scale back my plans a little. That's me on the right, Richie Albright, Waylon's producer, (Waylon passed away in 2002) on the left. I had my new Houdini's Spirit Lights in my pocket and had some fun with them when the sun went down.

[img]http://questx.com/sefalaljia/rich-tab.jpg[/img]

Here it is a week later and I still feel it. I think camping out will beat me up a little too much so I will probably just drive over Saturday morning. It's about four hours from here but at least I gain an hour.

At this time I don't plan to bring anything to sell at the flea market but if anybody lets me know before hand I'll bring a copy of my book, [i]Tabman Magic[/i] for you. I only have four or five on hand. What I plan to do is bring a couple of cameras and document as much of the event as I can.

Like Kyle, I hope to see some old friends and maybe make one or two new ones. Maybe I can find somebody to "host" a little video I plan to shoot?? :) Kyle??
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 3, 2010 03:28PM)
I'll be bringing some Tabman Magic books also.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 3, 2010 03:34PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-03 16:28, raywitko wrote:
I'll be bringing some Tabman Magic books also.
Ray
[/quote]

You havent sold out of those yet??? You bring and I won't worry about it then. I'm not intereseted in selling, just having a good time and meeting everyone. I'll try to get there early.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 3, 2010 07:48PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-03 12:50, tabman wrote:
Like Kyle, I hope to see some old friends and maybe make one or two new ones. Maybe I can find somebody to "host" a little video I plan to shoot?? :) Kyle??
[/quote]

I'd be glad to help ya out any way I can!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 3, 2010 07:53PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-03 20:48, KyletheGreat wrote:
I'd be glad to help ya out any way I can!
[/quote]

Great. I'll try to get to the Guesthouse Motel Friday afternoon then.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 3, 2010 08:06PM)
I'm staying at the Holiday Inn Express but I'll be over that way. I look to arrive around 3:30pm.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 3, 2010 08:37PM)
Tabman,

I got the word from the motel that you are set in the Guesthouse Inn for the 10th and 11th. Should we notify security now? LOL

There are a bunch of you staying there. The ice cream next door is to kill for!


---- WARNING for those Using a GPS! ----


From Holiday Inn a GPS is going to send you the back way by a dirt road. Go to I-65 and turn North anyway. Then the GPS will keep you on the main roads.


ALSO ---

If your GPS won't take 395 County Road 478, use 299 County Road 478. That is across the road from the right gate anyway. The gate you want has a white overhead sign that says "Magic Valley Ranch" in red letters.

We are getting ready for you at the ranch.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 4, 2010 07:08AM)
I heard through the grapevine that media coverage subsequent to the event will be out there.

We know that there will be a fire truck there. (Perhaps for Kevin's act!) But I do hope we avoid flashing blue lights.

Doctor Ed Hutchinson will be there. Maybe he can hypnotize them. Think of it as a demo of his books.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 4, 2010 08:22AM)
I have some stuff I can bring to sell. What sorts of prices do I need to charge at a magic flea market for stuff to sell?
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 4, 2010 10:55AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-03 21:37, Bob Sanders wrote:....

---- WARNING for those Using a GPS! ----


From Holiday Inn a GPS is going to send you the back way by a dirt road. Go to I-65 and turn North anyway. Then the GPS will keep you on the main roads....[/quote]

Do we need to put a map on the website??? What is the physical address of Magic Valley Ranch for GPSers?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 4, 2010 11:19AM)
http://tinyurl.com/2fgdsqz
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 4, 2010 11:29AM)
395 County Road 478,Clanton,Alabama,35046-3213,United States

Thanks I added the address to the website. If I missed it before blame it on me getting older.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 4, 2010 02:19PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-04 12:29, tabman wrote:
395 County Road 478,Clanton,Alabama,35046-3213,United States

Thanks I added the address to the website. If I missed it before blame it on me getting older.
[/quote]
Ain't we all? I think I only have a few books left. Like to keep some on stock since they are up on the site.
Bob, will be pulling in Thurs. to help set up.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 4, 2010 04:37PM)
Amos,

Thanks for the great map. From Exit 208 on I-65 there are signs that say "Magic Valley" and have an arrow too.

Tabman,

That is the correct address and we look forward to seeing you Friday. The stools and barrel for the checker boards are ready!


Ray,

Lucy and I look forward to seeing you and Miss Deb Thursday. This help is very kind of you two. There will still be plenty to do to get ready. One thing will need to do is mark vendor spaces in the arena. The Port-O-Lets and food vendors will also be setting up Thursday. Some of the vendors with trailers and larger stage illusions will be arriving then too. Who knows when the campers will appear? They can setup by the ranch lake.


James Adamson came by today and setup the PA in Bunny Heart Theater. He said to remind people to have their music on CD. (We still need to solve the PA system problem for the outdoor stage. Help!)


Lucy and I spent the day spreading new gravel on the road from the arena to the theater and cutting grass at the outdoor stage. (Some have asked about the outdoor stage. It is 16' x 20'. It can be seen from the arena where the flea market vendors are.) We bought guitar pickin' and checker playing stools today too.

The new deck for the Magicians' Flea Market office at the apartment in the red horse barn is complete except for the gate to keep the horses off it.

Don't forget that there is a reception with live music after the Friday night show.

The marquee at the Guesthouse Inn will welcome magicians and they will also have maps to the ranch. The maps from Amos at http://tinyurl.com/2fgdsqz are actually better. (I think the signs will be enough to get you here.)

Y'all Come!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 5, 2010 06:39PM)
Bob, it sounds like you're going all out. That's the way to do it.

Some thoughts on the "Builder's BS Session:" I decided to see if I could write down ten things I've learned over the years so I wouldnt be at a loss. Did Bob say that a rocket scientist is moderating the session??
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 5, 2010 07:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 19:39, tabman wrote:


Some thoughts on the "Builder's BS Session:" I decided to see if I could write down ten things I've learned over the years so I wouldnt be at a loss.
[/quote]

Where's your spirit of adventure?? I figured I'd field questions as they came, and then shoot from the hip to come up with the biggest and funniest lie I could without getting caught. :lol:
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 5, 2010 07:46PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 20:27, Michael Baker wrote:....Where's your spirit of adventure?? I figured I'd field questions as they came, and then shoot from the hip to come up with the biggest and funniest lie I could without getting caught. :lol:
[/quote]

Maybe I was taking this all too seriously. My whole life has been an adventure anyway and one after another. If anybody can come up with a big lie and not get caught it's you!! ;)
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 5, 2010 08:53PM)
Sounds like doing balloon sculptures.... If you can't make it, fake it. If you can't fake it, break it.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 5, 2010 09:12PM)
Prop builders can't get away with "Vapor ware". Things have to work on first take!

It's not at all like government work!


Michael,

I've had a "spirit of adventure". Note the limp on rainy days. LOL


I'm peddling as fast as I can to be ready for you folks. This has to be a fun weekend to remember.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 5, 2010 09:23PM)
Wait... I just realized I wasn't actually invited to be on this panel. However, Bob did say if I put DoveLite Silk bumper stickers on all the cars during that BBS, he'd wave my registration and vendor booth fees. Woo-Hoo!!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 5, 2010 09:48PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 22:23, Michael Baker wrote:
Wait... I just realized I wasn't actually invited to be on this panel. [/quote]

You just might be a candidate for moderator then.
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 6, 2010 12:09AM)
My wife and I are making the trip down and I'm performing Saturday Night - Were from Myrtle Beach in our 20's and love to BS an talk shop. Any other couple wanna split the room cost. I don't think we'll be in the room much anyway so this way it will only cost us $30 a night. Let me know if your interested??? PM ME
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 6, 2010 12:21AM)
I will be bringing Vintage Magic Posters to the Event - 1976 Doug Henning Merlin Posters in MINT Condition and The Magician Print NEVER Released by Lee Jacobs. I will also have pins, magazines, and other collectible stuff. I also have a head twister, multiplying bottles, and a temple of beneres I am wanting to sell. PM ME if you are interested in any of these items? Thanks and I look forward to meeting all of you there. It's gonna be a GREAT Weekend!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 6, 2010 10:43AM)
In 1973 or 74 I studied Transcendental Meditation in Houston with Doug Henning. I had dinner with him every night after the clinic. He used a Gozinta Box to illustrate some of the points of TM which I actually found to be pretty silly.

I always liked him a lot after that and hated that he had to die so young. I'd love to have one of his posters for my shop. Maybe Ill be able to afford one.

C U there.
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 6, 2010 02:24PM)
Great story , that would have been an honor .

The posters are $35 , and that was the price set by Lee Jacobs in the 90's . These posters are from 1976 and are in mint condition. I also have the magicians print drawn by T. Anthony Dunn , only 200 were made and they are $50 .

Look forward to the weekend , it's gonna be a GREAT time !
Message: Posted by: MAGICBYTIM (Sep 6, 2010 03:30PM)
I stopped by the ranch this past weekend and am upset I will not make it. It looks like it will be a good time.
Bob has done and is doing a lot around the ranch to get ready for y'all.
Have fun.
Tim
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 6, 2010 05:07PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 22:23, Michael Baker wrote:
Wait... I just realized I wasn't actually invited to be on this panel. However, Bob did say if I put DoveLite Silk bumper stickers on all the cars during that BBS, he'd wave my registration and vendor booth fees. Woo-Hoo!!!
[/quote]
You too? I thought I was the only sucker. Looking forward to meeting you.
Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Sep 6, 2010 09:46PM)
Gas money--Check
Wife talked into it--Check
Cheap motel reservation--Check
Google say's 10 hrs.-check

Guess I'm coming, too.

Gimpy
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 6, 2010 10:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-06 18:07, raywitko wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-05 22:23, Michael Baker wrote:
Wait... I just realized I wasn't actually invited to be on this panel. However, Bob did say if I put DoveLite Silk bumper stickers on all the cars during that BBS, he'd wave my registration and vendor booth fees. Woo-Hoo!!!
[/quote]
You too? I thought I was the only sucker. Looking forward to meeting you.
[/quote]

Same here. I'll be playing the part of a fat man who looks lost.

[quote]
On 2010-09-06 22:46, gimpy2 wrote:
Gas money--Check
Wife talked into it--Check
Cheap motel reservation--Check
Google say's 10 hrs.-check

Guess I'm coming, too.

Gimpy
[/quote]

Excellent!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 7, 2010 06:43AM)
---- Missing announcement! ----

Apparently we did not print a notice that we do allow exhibits of magic props that are not for sale too! Collectors and prop builders can have spaces at the Flea Market too. We do need to know to reserve you a space. (The arena is only 1/2 acre but there is plenty of other space we can use if we exceed arena space.)

At the open mic sessions, you may even choose to demo a prop.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/ (Thank you, Tabman.)

best map: http://tinyurl.com/2fgdsqz (Thank you, ClintonMagus.)


Bob, Lucy and the live unicorns (Star Dancer, Star Duster and Star Drifter)

PS --- For you folks not from Dixie, the food vendors also offer Iced Tea. The weather forecast is for beautiful sunny weather. You'll be glad cold drinks are available. Should we have boiled peanuts for the brave? Water melon? The peaches are about over.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 7, 2010 08:29AM)
I was hoping to bring home some peaches, but I was afraid I was too late...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 7, 2010 10:59AM)
Anyone bringing a Super-X to sell?
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 7, 2010 12:18PM)
OK, the website has been updated to reflect this latest information for attendees who are not participating in this thread.

Maybe an updated schedule would be in order.

Do we have room for a few more??? I'll post this information over at Genii.

http://magicvalleymagic.com
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 7, 2010 12:49PM)
Room for more?

We have acres! Theater seating may be in shifts, but what's new?

Come do magic! Buy, sell, trade, teach, show, learn, watch, perform or just shoot the bull. There should also be plenty of food and things to do.

The weather should be beautiful. Wear comfortable cloths, walking shoes and you may want a cap or hat for the sun.

Bring your camera and gather evidence! LOL

Remember that on a ranch you don't smoke in buildings or leave gates opened or closed differently from how you found them. Lots of animals live here (horses, goats, ducks, geese, chickens, dogs, cats, etc.) please respect their space. Under most circumstances, they don't eat magicians and they probably shouldn't have whatever you're eating either. (Unfortunately, we do have some animals that'll want to show you a trick too. Don't you just hate competition!)

Yep! Your cell phone reception here should be very good. (You may want to cut it off anyway for your privacy. Being out in the country is a good excuse!)

Get lost or need information? Ask a Clown! They are here to help you keep your sense of humor and have fun.

We're lookin' for you.

Things start about 3PM Friday (It's OK to be early.) The Flea Market opens at 8AM Saturday.

After the Friday night show there is a reception. After the Saturday night show you are on your own.

The Office is in the red barn. Please enter by the deck facing the arena.

Your guests are welcome and your kids are your responsibility. Hope you have as much fun as they do!

Lots of folks have worked hard to make this happen. Please thank them when you recognize them. Please pitch in when you can. (Half the price of admission goes to payroll.) We're not the government. We need your help to stay on budget.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 7, 2010 01:40PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 13:49, Bob Sanders wrote:


Come do magic! Buy, sell, trade, teach, show, learn, watch, perform or just shoot the bull. [/quote]

You have a bull?

Please don't let anyone shoot it. Can we ride him?

[quote]
Lots of folks have worked hard to make this happen. Please thank them when you recognize them. Please pitch in when you can. (Half the price of admission goes to payroll.) We're not the government. We need your help to stay on budget.

[/quote]

All performers should have tip jars and all tips should go back to the ranch! I'll do it. Anyone else agree?

Re: Super-X... I actually have someone bringing one that I am buying. (well the gimmick anyway)
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 7, 2010 01:46PM)
Do you have cows we can tip?!?!?!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 7, 2010 01:53PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 14:46, ClintonMagus wrote:
Do you have cows we can tip?!?!?!
[/quote]
Why?? Are they performing, too?? :lol:
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 7, 2010 02:34PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 14:53, Michael Baker wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 14:46, ClintonMagus wrote:
Do you have cows we can tip?!?!?!
[/quote]
Why?? Are they performing, too?? :lol:
[/quote]

After that comment, I'm thinking about not even going... :P
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 7, 2010 02:38PM)
Here is a link to the thread at Genii:

http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=228632#Post228632
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 7, 2010 09:11PM)
As a reminder we still need someone to run sound for the Friday night show.


I have set everything up, ready to go. There are two wireless mics ( 1 Countryman Ear mic and 1 Handheld - UHF Multi-frequency) + 1 hardwired mic.

The sound is so good that a monitor speaker was not needed.



Again, I ask that anyone that uses music, that it be on CD with only one track on the the CD (this makes it easier so that no one has to search for a track not at the first of the CD, you would be surprised how many times it can be mixed up and the wrong track played).



If you have your own music cue system make sure you have a 1/4" adaptor for mixer input. If your system is computer operated, please bring and use your laptop and all necessary interface cords. It is a good idea that the computer has a two prong plug instead of a three prong. Sometimes the ground on the three prong will induce a 60 cycle hum over the speakers, not a desired effect.


The mixer is a 16 channel mixer and only 4 inputs are being used, unless you have your own music cue system. Plenty of spare inputs.

With all the recording artist that are in attendance there should be someone who is willing to step up!

The pay is great! Only need a volunteer!



Some one asked if I have a handheld wireless mic holder that goes around the neck?
No I do not. He was looking for something like this one from Mallory Magic.

http://www.malloymodernmagic.com/freedom.htm

The one from Mallory allows to to hold the mic in your hand when needed, and place it in the holder while you move around. One advantage this gives you complete control of the mic, so you can control when you want a spectator to speaker into the mic. I will have to order one after this event. If you have one or something like it please bring it.

NO lapel mic provided as risk of feedback is terrible and not worth the trouble.


Bob, also asked if anyone has a battery power all in one system that can be used outside on the outdoor stage, it would be appreciated. I know you musicians have a system like the one needed. Due to the number of events happening in the Bunny Heart theater I will not be able to use my outdoor system as all of the wireless Mics are being used in the indoor theater. ( there are on the same frequency range so that I can have common wireless mics to be used on either system).
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 7, 2010 09:41PM)
The map is slightly off. Continued just a few hundred feet more and you will see the gate. Look at the map and you will see some property that has a lake shown off to the to the right. The gate will be the first thing that you see.

Again as Bob said follow the signs.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 7, 2010 09:58PM)
James, I can help with sound if necessary. I'll be there shooting video anyway so no worries.

Question: Is there a line out I can take an audio feed from??? I'm putting a compact shooting kit together tomorrow.

Important point about only having "the one song" on a CD. Avoids problems.
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 8, 2010 05:36AM)
I've got a Mallory Magic mic holder that I can bring.

Murf
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 8, 2010 09:02AM)
I've got a Campbell's 'mater soup can and an old dowel rod to attach it to, if you'd like to use it as well James
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 8, 2010 09:28AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 22:11, James Adamson wrote:
As a reminder we still need someone to run sound for the Friday night show.
[/quote]

I have volunteered my services to Bob, if needed.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 8, 2010 10:49AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 10:28, ClintonMagus wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-07 22:11, James Adamson wrote:
As a reminder we still need someone to run sound for the Friday night show.
[/quote]

I have volunteered my services to Bob, if needed.
[/quote]

That's great. Problem solved!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 8, 2010 11:07AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 10:02, KyletheGreat wrote:
I've got a Campbell's 'mater soup can and an old dowel rod to attach it to, if you'd like to use it as well James
[/quote]

Bring that soup. We might need to eat it for supper!!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 8, 2010 12:21PM)
Don't be stupid now...I'm a magician!...I can't afford soup...I only have the can...*sigh*
Message: Posted by: TwistedMindMajik (Sep 8, 2010 12:26PM)
Bob, is there anything I can help you with?
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 8, 2010 12:48PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 13:21, KyletheGreat wrote:
Don't be stupid now...I'm a magician!...I can't afford soup...I only have the can...*sigh*
[/quote]

HA!! That's funny!!!

I used to tell people that I was a real professional magician, which meant I knew a hundred different ways to cook Ramen noodles.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 8, 2010 02:08PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 13:21, KyletheGreat wrote:
Don't be stupid now...I'm a magician!...I can't afford soup...I only have the can...*sigh*
[/quote]

Well clip that can on the end of your banjo headstock and find yourself a busy street corner and I'll bring you a pimento cheese sandwich too!! ;)
Message: Posted by: Ed Hutchison (Sep 8, 2010 07:31PM)
Ill be bringing a ton of magic to Clanton.

However, I have dozens of books on somewhat related topics like parapsychology, ESP, gambling, and hypnosis, and I am debating whether to try and drag these along.

I have them all listed at: http://erh3.homestead.com/books.html

If you will be in AL this weekend, please take a look at the books (and their greatly discounted prices) and, if you are interested, let me know by email and I will find a way to get them there.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 8, 2010 07:47PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 15:08, tabman wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-08 13:21, KyletheGreat wrote:
Don't be stupid now...I'm a magician!...I can't afford soup...I only have the can...*sigh*
[/quote]

Well clip that can on the end of your banjo headstock and find yourself a busy street corner and I'll bring you a pimento cheese sandwich too!! ;)
[/quote]

I think for the better part of Saturday, we will BE the busiest street corner in Clanton!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 8, 2010 08:03PM)
Michael, I've never met you in person but several of our mutual friends have spoken highly of you and suggested we should meet. I guess this is our chance!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 8, 2010 09:01PM)
Likewise Kyle.

I hear people telling me all the time you are the guy to meet! I'll miss the shindig and hoedown on Friday, but should be there bright and early Saturday.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 8, 2010 09:09PM)
Note to self: don't forget lawn chairs.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 04:52AM)
Tell you what - someone recently gave me a button making machine. If Café members will post here whether they are coming to the weekend, I will make Magic Café buttons for the attendees, with your "handle" name on them. I can also bring it with me and make some while I am there.
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 9, 2010 05:22AM)
Clinton, sound like fun! I'm just getting ready to get in the car and start the trip to Clanton.

Murf
Message: Posted by: PCoreyB (Sep 9, 2010 06:22AM)
Clinton...I'll be there! I'd love a button my name is Corey but my handle is PCoreyB.

Thanks!
Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Sep 9, 2010 07:08AM)
Clinton,
I will be there first thing Saturday, would love a button.

Anybody have an idea of how many folks will be there?

Gimpy
Message: Posted by: Rick Fisher (Sep 9, 2010 07:21AM)
Sounds like a real blast ! Wish I could be there...but my good friends Krag & Carol will be there!
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 07:40AM)
These are the names I have from looking over the past postings in this thread (those with a question mark indicated an interested, but were not certain):

murf
tabman
PCoreyB
gimpy2
KyletheGreat
Michael Baker
Ed Hutchison
TwistedMindMajik
James Adamson
Bob Sanders
raywitko
CMMagic
Zakari Asiago
Parson Smith
funsway
Dynamike ?
Alex Rapattoni
barney fife
Jared Cassidy
Craig Dickson ?
jkesler ?
Daddy Doodle
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 9, 2010 08:03AM)
Tabman,

Yes there is a line out. Check at top right section of mixer.

Kyle, Good one about the can!



On attendance there are a number of people that have not posted, but have RSVP to Bob.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 08:14AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 09:03, James Adamson wrote:
On attendance there are a number of people that have not posted, but have RSVP to Bob.
[/quote]

If I can find out who they are and their "handles" on the Café, I'll make each of them one, too...
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 10:17AM)
Buttons??? That's a beautiful thing ClintonMagus. Nice.

I understand there are around 100 pre-registered as of last week.

Drop Craig Dickson from your list. He's at Magic In The Rockies this weekend.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 10:41AM)
Got the first 20 made (those without the question marks).

Anyone want a "got magic?" button in the "got milk?" font? I can bring some of those, too.

If you want one of the Café buttons and you are not on the list above, I will need to know by early tonight so I can get everything printed, packed, and loaded for tomorrow.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 11:04AM)
That's very cool of you to do that.

Are you camping?? Guesthouse Inn?? Trailer park???
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 9, 2010 11:44AM)
Amos, You ought to make up a few different buttons with various magic related sayings, and sell them...

World's Greatest Magician
Destignated Spectator
Wanna See My Magic Wand?
For My Next Trick, I'll Need A Volunteer & A Condom

(Ok, maybe not all those...) ;)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 11:48AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 12:44, Michael Baker wrote:
Amos, You ought to make up a few different buttons with various magic related sayings, and sell them...

World's Greatest Magician
Destignated Spectator
Wanna See My Magic Wand?
For My Next Trick, I'll Need A Volunteer & A Condom

(Ok, maybe not all those...) ;)
[/quote]

Wow!! I hope not. Maybe I don't want to go. I hope my grandson isn't reading this thread.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 12:53PM)
That's a god idea, but there's not enough time to do a whole lot of different ones before I leave in the morning. Maybe I'll bring a printer (or use Bob's) if there is enough interest on Friday and print some up before Saturday.
Message: Posted by: PCoreyB (Sep 9, 2010 01:20PM)
Clinton:

I see you have your hands full making buttons...thanks for making mine (PCoreyB). If you can find the time, please make one for my son, Douglas. He's 11 and he'll be coming with me...he'd be thrilled to get one.

Douglas and I went to the Abbotts Get-Together last month together and had the time of our lives. That was the first magic conference he's ever been to. Looking forward to the swap meet!

Corey Black
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 9, 2010 01:29PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 12:48, tabman wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 12:44, Michael Baker wrote:
Amos, You ought to make up a few different buttons with various magic related sayings, and sell them...

World's Greatest Magician
Destignated Spectator
Wanna See My Magic Wand?
For My Next Trick, I'll Need A Volunteer & A Condom

(Ok, maybe not all those...) ;)
[/quote]

Wow!! I hope not. Maybe I don't want to go. I hope my grandson isn't reading this thread.
[/quote]

Believe it or not, years ago someone actually gave me one with that last saying.

(I don't mind if the mods delete my post.) Sorry.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 02:11PM)
Tomorrow I'll put everything aside and head out to Clanton around 11am Central. I'm trying to change my habits and streamline my video kit for the weekend instead of carrying everything in the studio. I've got a great, small, lightweight, Panasonic Pro DV, a great mic, four batteries, some photo tape, and 15 hours of raw stock in the kit. Oh, and a nice tripod.

I think I'll shoot each show with a static camera located somewhere in the theater to get the entire stage and Ive got a little FLIP I'll put in my pocket to grab crowd reaction and anything else I think might be good to include in the final edit. If Bob was paying me more, Id hire another shooter to be the B unit but since I am a magician maybe I can be in two places at once since I want to shoot all over the grounds and get everyone in and try to capture the spirit of the event.

Thanks again for everything you do. I'm looking forward to get my boots on the ground there at Magic Valley Ranch and see what I needed that I didn't bring. I guess I better put another roll of gaffer tape, an extra mic cable, a mic stand, a couple of still cameras. Oh heck, I'll just bring it all.

See you all when you get there unless you get there first.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 9, 2010 03:38PM)
Glad you mentioned the Flip. I need to bring mine also...

BTW, haven't seen Bob on here in a few days. Think he moved?!?!?!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 04:16PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 16:38, ClintonMagus wrote:
Glad you mentioned the Flip. I need to bring mine also...

BTW, haven't seen Bob on here in a few days. Think he moved?!?!?!
[/quote]

I think Bob is running for his life with 100 magicians after him!! ;)
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 9, 2010 04:21PM)
He was at our club meeting on Tuesday, so I suspect he is just REALLY busy right now.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 9, 2010 04:38PM)
Naw...it just takes an extra day for the internet updates to make it to Clanton.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 9, 2010 05:09PM)
Tabby, I'm bringing a fellow with me who does a lot of camera work, editing, filming, etc...I'm sure he'd be more than willing to help you out if you wanted to work 2 cameras!

Clinton, Thanks for the button, I'll wear it with pride!!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 05:27PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 18:09, KyletheGreat wrote:
Tabby, I'm bringing a fellow with me who does a lot of camera work, editing, filming, etc...I'm sure he'd be more than willing to help you out if you wanted to work 2 cameras!

Clinton, Thanks for the button, I'll wear it with pride!!!
[/quote]

Thanks Kyle, and I heard from another shooter today too so we should be good to go.
Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Sep 9, 2010 07:31PM)
I've got my wife packed in the car and I'll get the rest in the morning. We'll see you there!
Message: Posted by: Jared Cassidy (Sep 9, 2010 08:56PM)
Tomorrow will be the third time for me through Clanton this week! But at least this time I get to stop and enjoy magic for a couple of days.

Jared
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2010 09:44PM)
Wow!

Some folks are already here!

Bill and Ruth Pitts (Arkansas)
Ray and Debora Witkowski (Pennsylvania)
Carole and Krag Ryal (Michigan)
Dane Collins (Los Angles, CA)

We had fun today and tonight at supper.

We are still very busy getting ready but your places in the arena are ready for you to set up your tables and tents.

Tomorrow morning the signs go out to mark the way. Maps are at the Guesthouse Inn. Extra portable toilets were setup today.

We printed two sets of tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows since it looks like the theater isn't going to seat enough to have just one show a night.

The unicorns are waiting for you!


Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 10:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-09 22:44, Bob Sanders wrote:
Wow!
...
We printed two sets of tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows since it looks like the theater isn't going to seat enough to have just one show a night.
...[/quote]

Bob, will the lineup be the same for each show??

Will the first show start at the prescribed time and the 2nd immediately after??
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2010 11:31PM)
The second show should be essentially the same as the first. However, shows may be at 6:30PM and 8:30PM.

Off the top of my head I can name 50 people who will be there. This does not include spouses and guests of magicians registered or groups. The theater only seats 80. RSVP could be critical to seeing the shows. However, there is still a lot to do.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 9, 2010 11:52PM)
Thanks. I know you're busy. Glad you have some out of town help over there today. Promoting an event is a lot of work but a lot of people are looking forward to being there. You should be proud.

See you mid afternoon tomorrow. Maybe we could start with a brief video interview???
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 10, 2010 01:27AM)
We will be pulling in Friday around 4:00 with our Illusions and sets for the shows. We have a classical 10 minute piece for the headliner show - Look forward to meeting all of you , bs'ing , sharing ideas and just an all around good weekend. I have a lot of goodies F/S too ! Goognight and see you al later
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 10, 2010 09:55AM)
I'm leaving south GA in an hour or so and headed toward Clanton so I will see yall sooner than later - hopefully. Anybody needs anything, Ill check in here b4 I hit the road in an hour.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 10, 2010 10:13AM)
The weather is BEAUTIFUL! The bass are biting and the grass is green. (And the chain saw is out of gas. So I'm through working!)

This is going to be a fun magic weekend.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Sep 10, 2010 10:54AM)
Bob
I'm booked this weekend, so have fun, and I'll be thinking of you.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 10, 2010 11:45AM)
Leaving now an hour late. C U then.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 10, 2010 05:52PM)
I'm here, but where is everybody else?!?!?!

Am I in the wrong place?!?!?!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 10, 2010 06:17PM)
The hotel is nice. The buttons ClintonMagus made us are super nice. Great job, thanks. Ill post a couple of pictures later on tonight. CM is meeting me outside in ten minutes and we're headed to the theater at Magic Valley Ranch. Very nice so far, thanks Bob.
Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Sep 10, 2010 08:34PM)
What a wonderful day we've had heading to the Magic Valley Ranch. Couldn't leave Springfield, MO until 10:30 so that gave us a chance to stop at the best catfish diner in Arkansas. Beautiful drive down with just enough rain to bring out a huge rainbow. From the direction of it, it looked the pot of gold was somewhere near Clanton.
Anyway, we parked it in Jasper, AL for the night so we'll be there first thing in the morning. Brought some of my Cube a Libres to show--forgot the dang s****s, but at least I can show what they look like and meet everybody.

Gimpy
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 10, 2010 11:40PM)
After a 9 hour drive , we made it . My props re all set up for the show tomorrow , doing a subtrunk with an 8 foot ceiling should be interesting . A lot of great MAGIC minds in attendence , Bob has everything looking great and the schedule tomorrow is jam packed with stuff. Thanks to TABMAN and CM for helping me load in - Look forward to all the events tomorrow - I have a lot of items for sale and some Rare Magic Posters for sale and some good stage magic at a great price. PM ME if your at the guesthouse and wanna meet over at Shoneys for Breakfast tomorrow at 7:00 . Goodnight everyone
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 10, 2010 11:48PM)
It has been good so far. Great to meet some new folks and great running into some old friends! First night show was pretty fun, looking forward to tomorrow's as well...maybe the AC will pick up in the theatre overnight...
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 10, 2010 11:51PM)
Maybe we should all bring our snowstorm in china fans for the show tomorrow . lol. who was in the show tonight and what all went on , we missed it , we pulled in at 9
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 11, 2010 12:03AM)
Don't know about anybody else, but Im having fun so far. Hot as heck in the theater though. I requested they leave the air on all night and the next day. Here's a couple of pics. First one is when I got here this afternoon looking down the hill to the venders just starting to set up. Next is the very cool button that ClintonMagus made us (a nice souvenir for Café folks) and the other one is RayWitko doing his hula hoops routine. Bob's theater is super. Thanks Bob.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/friday1.jpg[/img]

Bob and Lucy have done a lot of work to get their place ready. The two portajons on the side of the hill look like they could roll down at any time so Id suggest the uphill one.

Kyle and I recorded some BG music to use on the soundtrack of the Magic Valley Magic video. I just listened to it. Great banjo sound Kyle. Sounds like a flathead.

If Im up at 7am Ill go have breakfast with yall or at least some coffee. Thanks for the invite. Looking forward to getting together with Michael Baker and Gimpy tomorrow.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 11, 2010 12:15AM)
I enjoyed picking with you Tabby! I look forward to some more! I brought my laptop, so I'd love to get a copy of any pictures you may have if that's okay!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 11, 2010 12:25AM)
It turned out good Kyle. Great sounding banjer!! I don't know if Ill be there at 8am but Ill be along.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 11, 2010 04:59PM)
ClintonMagus,

Thank you for the wonderful buttons with the screen names and graphics to show membership in The Magic Café for so many of the magicians attending the Magic Valley Magic Magicians' Flea Market.

Your contribution is quite popular and valuable.

Thanks again.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Sep 11, 2010 06:15PM)
Sounds like a great time. If I had not just driven 2900 miles with a 26' truck of props from CA. I would have been tempted to come down.

Richard
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 11, 2010 08:23PM)
I just got back home a while ago. Had to pack it in early for things to tend to here, and hated to miss the evening show. Break a leg on that, guys!

My hats off to Bob & Lucy for their hospitality and hard work. They have a really nice spread there on the ranch, and I don't think the weather could have been any sunnier!

It was great meeting all the people that I "see" here on the Café all the time. It's a pleasure to put a real face and a voice to those friends known only by their avatars and posts. The buttons that ClintonMagus made for the Café regulars made me feel like part of an exclusive club... it was fun running into new buttons and then reading the name on them!

There were many, many vendors, and tons of magic stuff to see, from small stuff to old collectible stuff, to really big illusion stuff. Truly something for everyone. (And to those who were kind enough to buy some of my stuff, my sincerest thanks! I hope you enjoy your new stuff... er, treasures! :) )

Tabby stayed very busy filming and photographing. I hope to see more photos, and I hope he got a shot of one of those random chicken parades. Beautiful birds, by the way!

James Adamson, I did notice that you were working hard manning that sound board, and your contribution sure made everyone's job on stage easier.

Finally, I would like to say that it was an extreme honor and pleasure sitting on the builder's clinic panel with the likes of Tabby, Ray, and Gimpy. Seeing some of their work first hand was delightful and inspiring. These guys are superb craftsmen, and super people, too. I hope I have the pleasure of crossing paths with all of you again!

Enjoy the rest of it, and everyone have a safe trip home!
Message: Posted by: barneyfife (Sep 11, 2010 09:02PM)
I know that next year will be bigger and better. Gotta start planning now.

Barney
Message: Posted by: PCoreyB (Sep 11, 2010 09:54PM)
Thanks Bob! Great event. I had to bow out earlier than I planned...the heat just got to me. Let's do it next year and I'll come a bit more prepared! Tent, cooler, portable battery powered air conditioner (do they make those??)

Anyway, I appreciate all the hard work that went in to this event, sorry we couldn't stay all day today but Douglas and I had loads of fun.

I bought a couple of cool new things and Douglas loaded up big time...everybody kept giving him free stuff!!

Thanks to all!

Corey
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 11, 2010 11:11PM)
Pick a card!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 12:44AM)
Tomorrow morning will see me shooting some video with Tommy Jackson, card throwing expert. Im gonna try to get him tossing some cards across the motel pool. Then I plan to split for south GA.

Remember the reason Bob suggested this event. Nashville was flooded and SEAM was on hold. Bob suggested a way for those magicians to get together. I understand that some people came from 1,000 miles away driving for two days.

Kyle, great Unicorn photo. Caption should read, "Kyle and the card eating Unicorn."

Film at 7 (days that is).
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 12, 2010 06:23AM)
On my way home... What a GREAT weekend it was. Thanks so much to Bob and Lucy for all they did for us and all they do for magic! Great friends and great times, and I look forward to doing it again soon!
Message: Posted by: Christian & Katalina (Sep 12, 2010 11:01AM)
We did not even know about this until Kyle hit me up on Facebook and said he was headed to Alabama. We happened to be performing a show in Montgomery. We had Friday off so we slipped up to Clanton to see what all the talk was about.

First...wow..was it hot...steaming hot...this was not a get together for sissies....lol. (I had no idea that Alabama was only 7 miles from the sun)

Friday night we all hung out at the Bunny Heart Theater and were treated to a fun show MCed by a slightly nutty Kyle the Great...OK who are we kidding..he's totally whacked. (I twisted Kyle's leg to make me do his famous Ping Pong Ball routine . . . and I laughed my *** off)

We saw a very fun Cube-a-libre routine, a clever presentation for Professor's nightmare, musical linking Hula hoop routine, and much more . . . My wife and I even jumped up on stage and did a little mind reading.

After the show we all then hung out out and talked late into the night . . . thankfully it had cooled off...Whew!

Bob surprised us all with a late night spread of sandwiches, cookies, lemon cupcakes, and sodas.

Did I mention that this was all for free????

Kat and I met some new people and connected with some old acquaintances. We met (again) this couple that are 80 and 82 from Arkansas. They have soooo many stories it was great hanging with them. We met them before at a IBM convention.

Finally we all returned to the hotel in town where we convened again in the parking lot, found a couple of benches smoked cigars and traded card tricks late, late into the night.

Saturday, we got up a little late and had breakfast with Kyle and his posse then off to Magic Valley.

We performed a card trick or two and traded some funny jokes with even more new friends.

We spent time at the dealers tables and picked up some very good deals. We will keep an eye on Gimpy . . . he had some very nice looking wood products. Great craftsmanship.

There was a close up show going on as we started to leave . . . unfortunately, we had a gig in New Orleans that night and could not stay. But everyone was having fun . . . even though I narrowly escaped sun stroke.

A big thanks again to Bob Sanders who was super nice and did I mention...this was all free???
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 06:44PM)
Both nights I shot video of all the acts in the theater, plus the builder's BS session and Bill Pitts informal talk on his life in magic. I was especially interested to hear that Pitts had once worked a midnight spook show as "Doctor Templar." Oh, (and this is on video too) Ruth Pitts doing her beautiful rings routine and sand ending. Really lovely. They came in to support their friend Bob.

Additional highlights for me besides getting to hang out with Michael Baker at the venue and Gimpy and Mrs. Gimpy around the pool at the hotel was getting to know KyleTheGreat (and yes, he is good; and funny) and Carl Michaels and Yulia. They're a young illusion team from Myrtle Beach who are full time pros. They came over to support Bob. Carl told me he came because Bob always bent over backwards to help him. Carl is very knowledgable about magic. He uses classic props and the props all have a history.

There's more and I'll get it sorted out as I go.

There's a lot of video to go through so it might take me awhile since work in the shop takes priority these days.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 12, 2010 07:14PM)
I REALLY wished I had known that Bill Pitts once did a midnight spook show. DANGIT!! I'll have to call and talk to him about this.

I hated to miss Kyle's MC performance, too. It was good meeting you Kyle, but we never really got a chance to talk.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 07:46PM)
Bill Pitts talked about his canvas covered box escape challenge. Did you catch what he said about the lid???
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 09:32PM)
Tommy Jackson told me he broke Ricky Jay's Guinness card throwing record in the early 70s. I got him to meet me behind the motel this morning and throw cards at the camera. Tommy told me he was 18 when he broke the record and held it for a year.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/tommy1.jpg[/img]

And Tommy CAN toss cards!!!
Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Sep 12, 2010 09:41PM)
Got back home a couple of hours ago. We did over 20 hours of driving this weekend, but would do it over again in a heartbeat for the same experience. Thank you Bob & Lucy Sanders!!

We came to Alabama to meet people we've only spoken to via this forum and it was the best! We really wanted to meet Michael Baker and Tabman and that was the highpoint of the event for us! Even met some wonderful people we hadn't talked to before such as Christian and Katalin and also Carl Michaels and Yulia. Very, very nice folks. Clinton, thank you for the cool buttons! I know that was a lot of hard work, but it made a great souvenir! Funsway, sorry we didn't get there in time to see your Cube a Libre rountine. Tabman said it was great. Hope to get a film on anything I missed.

A name suggestion for the event: Southern Fried Magic at the Magic Valley. Do I smell smoking hot magic or is my forehead burning? :)

Gimpy
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 12, 2010 10:19PM)
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On 2010-09-12 20:46, tabman wrote:
Bill Pitts talked about his canvas covered box escape challenge. Did you catch what he said about the lid???
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If this was during his talk on Friday, I wasn't there. You have all that on video?

Cool photo of Tommy Jackson!
Message: Posted by: Alex Rapattoni (Sep 12, 2010 10:41PM)
Just got all settled in at home, after a good 9+ hours of driving. I had a great time. It was nice to meet every one from the Café. I'll say it again, the buttons were amazing. Thank you so much, ClintonMagus. I had a great time talking late into the night, and even learning some new shiny new card tricks. This was a great experience for me and and my fiancé.

Thank you so much for this great weekend, Bob. I had the time of my life.

Alex
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 10:43PM)
I was gonna post this picture in the "You Might Be Redneck Magician When..." thread but here it is:

If you ever saw a Light Heavy Chest or a Cube-A-Libre in a horse pasture in Clanton, Alabama you might be a ....

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/gimpy2.jpg[/img]

Gimpy figured out a way to beat the heat using just a small white towel!!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 12, 2010 11:04PM)
And not to be outdone, Michael Baker, shows the camera some of his beautiful, classic work. Several of the best builders of small magic in the world were in Clanton, Alabama over the weekend.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/Baker2.jpg[/img]

This is a cropped screen grab from the little handheld flip camera.
Message: Posted by: Zakari Asiago (Sep 13, 2010 01:45AM)
Bob,
Thanks for a great weekend.
Zak
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 13, 2010 02:02AM)
Thanks for all your kind words and emails. We had a great time meeting all of you and talking magic. TABMAN, had a blast talking shop with you. Thanks to Bob for asking us to perform and be apart of this great weekend of magic , Bob really did a nice job, and FREE is always a good deal. Yuliya and I will be touring around the Southeast a lot this Fall so if anyone ever wants to come and see our full evening show, let me know and I'll make sure any fellow Café'ers get ticktets. This weekend were at the Blanding Street Theatre in Lake City, S.C. We we're supposed to be performing in Destin, Florida tonight but had something go wrong. Again, hope all made it home safe, 10 hours driving and 4 hours at Six Flags Atlanta, we've made it back home to Myrtle Beach. Goodnight !
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 13, 2010 02:05AM)
Let me also say my hand is up for this to take place again NEXT year. There was a lot of good for sale at the arena CHEAP and a lot of fellow full timers there with a WORLD of knowledge that they're willing to share. The only thing bad was my wife hoped I would home with less than I came with, but that didn't happen. Anytime I see CHALET items for sale, I jump on them!
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 13, 2010 07:26AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-12 23:43, tabman wrote:
I was gonna post this picture in the "You Might Be Redneck Magician When..." thread but here it is:

If you ever saw a Light Heavy Chest or a Cube-A-Libre in a horse pasture in Clanton, Alabama you might be a ....

[/quote]

Tab, out of respect for Bob and Lucy, it was an "arena"... :P
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 08:52AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 08:26, ClintonMagus wrote:...Tab, out of respect for Bob and Lucy, it was an "arena"... :P
[/quote]

There you go again.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 13, 2010 08:55AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 09:52, tabman wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 08:26, ClintonMagus wrote:...Tab, out of respect for Bob and Lucy, it was an "arena"... :P
[/quote]

There you go again.
[/quote]

Yeah, people tell me that my "anality" is overwhelming...

I had a great time getting to know you this past weekend. Thanks for the stories!
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 13, 2010 09:00AM)
Got back home a little after midnight. Unloaded a few things things then had to go to work for a while. It was nice putting a face to all the Café members. The Café buttons were great. I feel like getting a shirt printed up. "I survived Magic Ranch Magic get together." Thanks all and hope to see you again.
Ray
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 13, 2010 09:07AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 10:00, raywitko wrote:
I feel like getting a shirt printed up. "I survived Magic Ranch Magic get together."

[/quote]

Make sure you build in sweat stains... :P
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 10:24AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 10:07, ClintonMagus wrote:...Make sure you build in sweat stains... :P
[/quote]

Maybe moving it to October next year might be in order but I expect I'll be there if they decide to do it again???

Making some new friends was the bonus and seeing some old friends, and especially Tommy Jackson and Paul Vines who attended my Music City Conclave in 1991. That was very cool.

Thanks to everyone who made it a special event and to Bob and Lucy for biting the bullet and going all out to make sure everyone felt at home.

Maybe in a few weeks I will have found time to load the video into my editor and assemble it into something watchable. We got some good BG music for it recorded backstage and at The Guesthouse Inn Saturday night.

I might post a few more pictures as I get to them too.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 13, 2010 10:58AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 10:00, raywitko wrote:
Got back home a little after midnight. Unloaded a few things things then had to go to work for a while. It was nice putting a face to all the Café members. The Café buttons were great. I feel like getting a shirt printed up. "I survived Magic Ranch Magic get together." Thanks all and hope to see you again.
Ray
[/quote]

Ray and Debora,

I am glad you folks got home safely.

I ALSO OWE a HUGE APOLOGY! Saturday night I did not thank you two by name at the end of the get together.

Ray and Debora Witkowski drove all the way from Pennsylvania and even came a day early just to help us get set up for Friday and Saturday. Both worked like crazy to have the facilities ready. They even furnished the flag markers in the arena for the vendors. It also seems like everything on one side of the ranch had to be replaced by everything on the other side of the ranch. Not only was it hard manual labor but did anyone tell you that it was HOT out there? It stayed HOT!

Then Ray had to coordinate the closeup shows plus perform Friday night.

That was a ton of effort from very valued friends who have done much to promote the world of magic.

Thank you!

I'm sure I missed naming a lot people who made this event possible but the Witkowskis certainly should have been at the top of the list of those due thanks.

The all volunteer workers are what made Magic Valley Magic a reality. It was MAGIC!

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 13, 2010 11:02AM)
I had a fabulous time! Got to chase a chicken, pet a unicorn, meet some awesome people and see some cool magic!

Many thanks to Bob for hosting this gathering at his home! Thanks also for the "Knots off Silk" guidance... should have timed it... maybe I caught on quicker than McBride! It's always a pleasure to see you again!

Awesome meeting and picking with Tabby... can't wait to see how the videos and pictures turn out!

It was fun hanging out some with my Georgia "homies" Paul, Chris, and Tommy. And even the Alabama ones, James and Bob!

Michael, I wish we did have a chance to sit and chat, but it was hot and things were moving quick! You had a busy day! I'm sure we'll run across each other again, and maybe then we'll have time to go get some dinner or something.

Christian, it was a pleasure chilling with you and Katalina again (as always). Thanks for helping out with the Friday night performance. It's always a treat to see you two strut your stuff! Thanks for the book! I'm really looking forward to sitting down with it this weekend!

It was nice meeting some new folks, Carl, Tommy, Murf, Funsway, Matt, and Krag!

I know I'm leaving some people out, so I'll chime them in later!

It was hot, but nobody died! So all is good. I was so proud of everyone! It was thrilling to see how many people are willing to come together to have a great time, 2 shows, sell items for great deals, lecture, perform, and demonstrate all for Free! I'm excited for the next one!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 11:06AM)
Here's a screen grab from a piece of video I shot of Bob running across the "arena" looking for some shade.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/Bob1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: funsway (Sep 13, 2010 01:38PM)
John Bloor and I made it safely back in good time with enough different memories to fill the entire six hour trip. One item was the "free" part that may have led to a less than firm commitment on the part of some early enthusiasts.

next year how about charging $20-50 up front refundable at the door? Attendance might "magically" increase.

big bonus for me is the possibility of next year doing a routine with Lucy playing harp in the background. Of course, I have to find some silks somehwere ...

Since I received so many questions about my off-beat mentalism effect, I decided to call it "Close Call" and wrote up an eBook available to anyone who asks. Check the "penny for you thoughts" forum.

now back to the honey-do list
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 13, 2010 01:51PM)
Funsway, it was a pleasure to get to see you work. Good ideas. Since you have a problem with your hands also, maybe I can get some tips off of you. I hate the idea of not performing any more.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 02:02PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 14:38, funsway wrote:...John Bloor and I made it safely back in good time with enough different memories to fill the entire six hour trip....[/quote]

Your routine with the Owen blocks Friday night is on the video. I've not had a chance to look at any of that footage yet but I expect it's decent in spite of the lighting.

Bob thought someone was going to bring a follow spot but that probably would have been too bright for that room. A slide projector stopped down would work well for a spot in Bob's theater; which is probably the best home theater in Alabama.
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 13, 2010 02:57PM)
We just finished our 17 hour drive home, and it's good to be back in the (relative) coolness of South Texas. We had a great time this weekend --- just wish we'd been able to get a bit more of Kyle and Tabman's picking and grinning (well, Kyle grins anyway, and I suspect Tabman was doing a little grinning too, even if he denies it).

Definitely the first magic event we've attended where the barnyard animals outnumbered the magicians! Also the first stage I've been on that had a trapdoor in the ceiling!

We really enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. We're ready for next year's edition, should Bob and Lucy be crazy enough to try it again. Helen made the same comment about the likelihood of a small charge (in advance) cutting down on the number of no-shows; on the other hand, that would also add to the already enormous amount of work that goes into putting on an event like this.

Thanks again to Bob and Lucy for their incredible hospitality!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Lucy (Sep 13, 2010 03:21PM)
We would like to thank all of the Magicians and their friends who made a successful Swap Meet at Magic Valley Ranch possible.

Ray and Debbie Witkowski were extremely helpful, coming a day early to help set up the arena,and continuing to help throughout the two days following with set up, fix up,serve up, clean up besides a super performance by Ray. Others were equally helpful and extremely knowledgeable in areas where Bob and I need help. Tabby was there with advice from the inception as well as more than full participation. He brought and manned cameras and equipment pointed out where improvements were needed and participated in the prop builders clinic. James Adamson set up the sound and ran it and also did a funny thought transfer routine. Amos helped me fix a fence and made badges for Café members.

There are so many of you who have been so kind and helped so much. Thank you for your support. The best thing of all was your presence.

We look forward to the next event.

Lucy
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 05:14PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 15:57, murf wrote:....We just finished our 17 hour drive home, and it's good to be back in the (relative) coolness of South Texas. We had a great time this weekend --- just wish we'd been able to get a bit more of Kyle and Tabman's picking and grinning (well, Kyle grins anyway, and I suspect Tabman was doing a little grinning too, even if he denies it)....[/quote]

17 hours??!!?? Holey Smokes!!

Oh yes, "the coolness of south Texas," I agree that it seemed hotter in Clanton than even in south GA where I am. The heat definately kept the riff-raff away. The event was 100% riff-raff free.
Message: Posted by: Christian & Katalina (Sep 13, 2010 05:57PM)
Kyle,
It was definitely fun...and lets not forget the "running of the goats"...

Ray,
I think "I survived Magic Range" T-shirts are absolutely valid.

Bob,
What can I say..wow.. for just deciding to have a little get together..it turned into an unconventional success...and look..we are on page 9...wow... We hope you enjoyed a little of the Pie we got you, unless Lucy kept it for herself. Thanks once again for a great weekend of fun...even though we had to leave a little early.

Everyone else, Great meeting you, hanging out, and trading stories.

Christian
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 13, 2010 06:09PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 18:57, Christian & Katalina wrote:

Bob,
What can I say..wow.. for just deciding to have a little get together..it turned into an unconventional success...and look..we are on page 9...wow...

We hope you enjoyed a little of the Pie we got you, unless Lucy kept it for herself. Thanks once again for a great weekend of fun...even though we had to leave a little early.

Everyone else, Great meeting you, hanging out, and trading stories.

Christian
[/quote]

PIE! That's how it got here! DELIGHTFUL! I have already enjoyed my second piece!

Thank you!

Now that you know how to chase goats and get to Magic Valley Ranch, I hope we see you again soon. It will actually be cooler after this month. (But Katalina would know that too!)

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 13, 2010 07:04PM)
I had a great time even though I had to miss the Friday night events due to a change of date of a football game. I have been the Voice of the Holtville Bulldogs High School for the last 14 years and could not bow out on them. Felt real bad missing Friday nites events, but at least we won the game in double overtime 45-44!!

I would like to say that everyone who attended were some of the best people you would ever like to meet. Everyone was helpful, accommodating and just fun to be around. I would like to also thank ClintonMagus for the buttons! Nice.

Kyle was in his “normal” state. The Clanton police wanted to keep him in that striaght jacket!

Tabman, it was so wonderful to talk to you in person and the prop builders jam session was great.

Carl Michaels and Yulie were fantastic and it was a pleasure to talk shop with you and I wish you great success. I believe everyone will be hearing more from them.

It was also great to see and meet some of the other Magic Café people in person.

Thanks Funsway for the conversation that you and I had, wonderful ideas.

Bill & Ruth Pitts are just great people and are great ambassadors for the art of Magic.

All you closeup guys were just great!

As far as the flea market went, the deals were fantastic! There was something for everyone. I believe each and every vender bought or swapped items with all the other vendors.

The air conditioning problem was the only main drawback, but I can tell you that the theater HVAC has the capability to freeze you out. Just bad luck on that one.

I live within 25 minutes from Bob/Lucy and have worked with Bob at conventions and we travel togather to the Ring 35 meetings.

Even though I may be a little basis, they are wonderful people. You would not realize how much time and effort that they put in to make this happen,

I am proud to say that we are friends and brothers in magic, and I was also proud of all the other friends that were involved and pitched in, you know who you are, You are all special to have volunteered you time, equipment and yes - sweat.

Last I would like to say thanks Bob and Lucy for everything that you have done for me and I am glad that I could help and give back to both of you instead of just taking. Bob and Lucy opened my life to a wonderful world that I did not know even existed. Just Magical!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 07:47PM)
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On 2010-09-13 20:04, James Adamson wrote:...Tabman, it was so wonderful to talk to you in person and the prop builders jam session was great.

[/quote]

Thanks for saying so. Let me add that James ran sound all day in addition to setting it up and getting ClintonMagus to man it Friday night. CM did a great job too. It was all very professional. Here's a screen grab of one of the flip videos I shot. It's a view of the stage and James setting up his volunteers for his "brain plunger" routine. Kyle was pressed into "sound man" service while James was onstage. He's very comfortable on both sides of the footlights.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/james1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Sep 13, 2010 07:57PM)
Wow, it sounds like a good time was had by all! Really wish I could've been there. I'm enjoying the photos, though. If this turns into an annual event, maybe I'll be able to make it some time, even though my red hair makes hot, sunny weather my nemesis!
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 13, 2010 08:27PM)
Funsway, sorry I missed your mentalism routine --- that must have been during the Close-Up Open Mike session. I had a few more rope routines I was going to do during that session, but we thought the session had been canceled and went back into town for food.

Is the vanish of the "ring" and reappearance on the "necklace" covered in your Necklacy manuscript? I don't remember seeing it, and I was going to just re-read it, but I'm still a bit groggy from the trip.

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 10:59PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 20:57, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
Wow, it sounds like a good time was had by all! Really wish I could've been there. I'm enjoying the photos, though. ....[/quote]

Tonight I dug into the real still pics taken with the SLR. Here's one of KyleTheGreat doing his very funny strait jacket escape.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/kyle2.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 11:03PM)
Here's one of Ruth Pitts doing her very classy rings and salt act. She is very elegant and carries herself on stage with the grace of a dancer. Note the beautiful table. It looks like a Thayer Special Table.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/ruth1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/table.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 13, 2010 11:11PM)
One more tonight:

Here is Lucy Sanders (R) introducing Bill Pitts for his afternoon magic talk. He covered his life in magic and some of his friends. My favorite story besides the Doctor Templar Show story was his recounting of years of doing the Canvas Covered Box Escape Challange. The secret to his success with it was simple and bold but effective. He very generously told me I could use the video of his talk however I wanted. I'm hoping the audio is clear toward the end. About 20 minutes before the end of his talk someone came in with a bunch of new window fans and started putting them together and turning them on all around the video mic. (Did someone mention it was hot?) Sometimes you just have to take things like they come.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/bill_lucy.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 13, 2010 11:43PM)
I don't think I was there... but the writing and pictures made me feel like I was.
BTW, I used to have one of those great Thayer tables.... wonder what I did with it?
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 14, 2010 12:02AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-14 00:43, Pete Biro wrote:
I don't think I was there... but the writing and pictures made me feel like I was.
BTW, I used to have one of those great Thayer tables.... wonder what I did with it?
[/quote]

I know. That table caught my eye and I had to get some snaps of it for my table picture collection. It's my idea of what a traditional magicians table should look like. It reminded me of when we were in Baltimore and bought that picture off one of the paper dealers of the amateur magician and the table. I showed it to Jay Marshall to see if he knew who the magician was and he said he didn't know ..." but that's a Thayer Economy Table," he said. Jay Marshall was a table man.

Check back in a couple of days for a few more pictures of the event. Thanks Pete.
Message: Posted by: funsway (Sep 14, 2010 06:21AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-13 21:27, murf wrote:
Is the vanish of the "ring" and reappearance on the "necklace" covered in your Necklacy manuscript?
Murf
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No - the basic effect is part of "RemCut" -- but the use of the bells is a new twist.

At first I was "uncertain" about having the three bells hanging there in plain view, but now love how "directed focus" can be used. Of course, the audience has to believe there are only two bells and your moving arms do provide some cover.

send me your home addy again to gusarimagic@comcast.net
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 14, 2010 08:40AM)
Kudos to Bob and Lucy for opening up their ranch for this event. Thanks much! You think you will have this again? Are you crazy? If at all possible count me in.
For those of you who didn't make it, shame on you. You missed a good time, good people, and good magic. Next time I'll bring my fishing pole.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 14, 2010 05:14PM)
There were some real high points in Clanton this past weekend.

Bob and Lucy built a very nice, small theater that seats about 80.

The sound was great and the acts were all fun, entertaining, educational and inspirational.

Nice hotel, good rates, convenient location.

Super nice attendees with mostly positive attitudes.

I hope I'm still around for next year's MVM.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Sep 14, 2010 07:19PM)
"....[i]mostly[/i] positive attitudes." <---- Uh-oh! :)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 14, 2010 08:43PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-14 20:19, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
"....[i]mostly[/i] positive attitudes." <---- Uh-oh! :)
[/quote]

Only because I heard some complaining about the extreme heat, nothing more!!! I just always make an effort to be truthful.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 14, 2010 09:18PM)
LOST AND FOUND ALERT!!!

While packing up at the arena on Saturday afternoon, I evidently lost a pair of sunglasses with a multicolor neck strap, and a Mickey Mouse "Happy Birthday" silk that I got for my daughter's birthday.

If anyone possibly ended up with these in your stuff, please let me know.

Thanks...
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 15, 2010 12:22AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-14 21:43, tabman wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-14 20:19, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
"....[i]mostly[/i] positive attitudes." <---- Uh-oh! :)
[/quote]

Only because I heard some complaining about the extreme heat, nothing more!!! I just always make an effort to be truthful.
[/quote]

That's what most would call an act of God. Yeah, it was hotter than blazes, and that slowed some of us down a bit, but it very well could have been raining. I think in that regard, we got the better end of the deal.

It made those bottles of cold water taste REAL good, too! :)

So... what kind of cool toys did everyone get? I got a nice Super-X gimmick.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 06:49AM)
I got a farmer's tan.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Christian & Katalina (Sep 15, 2010 07:43AM)
Ray,
that made me spit up my soda...
Hey..wait..I got one too!
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 15, 2010 08:10AM)
ClintonMagus,

I remember seeing the Mickey Mouse silk in your area, but I was not down there the whole time. So, you definitely did have it with you, in-case there was any doubt about you having it with you at the Flea Market.

Ray,

Even with the farmer's tan you still did not qualify for being a Redneck. It goes much deeper than just a tan, it is a style of life.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 15, 2010 08:31AM)
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On 2010-09-15 01:22, Michael Baker wrote:

So... what kind of cool toys did everyone get? I got a nice Super-X gimmick.
[/quote]

I didn't take home much, but I did get one of those neat expanding ball thingies, along with a signed/inscribed 1943 Tarbell volume 3.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 15, 2010 08:45AM)
You didn't get a Unicorn on the Magic Valley Ranch 2010 tee-shirt? Brett Boyer sold them for $5 each and then donated the money to Lucy's cause. (The AC repair may be still covered under warranty.)

Mine is red to match my "farmers' tan".

Carl Michaels left here with a real "redneck" reminder too. But his is real! Let's hope that it heals.

Now we know why some magicians wear gloves.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 08:51AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 09:10, James Adamson wrote:
ClintonMagus,

Ray,

Even with the farmer's tan you still did not qualify for being a Redneck. It goes much deeper than just a tan, it is a style of life.
[/quote]
Usually there is a can of beer in my hand but since this was a dry county and out of respect for Bob and Lucy's wishes, I left the beer at home. Gotta learn to be more laid back.
Ray
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 15, 2010 09:39AM)
Ray,

Sorry about your not having the (needed!) "cool one" in your hands here. Thank you for keeping us legal during an election year.

The county is dry but all four cities in the county are wet. The moonshiners and preachers keep it that way. They hate competition. My personal experience with the county law is that they are in collusion with crime in the county too. We have to keep our nose clean while waiting for the new Attorney General taking office in January. Remember that Alabama has been under Democrat control for 136 consecutive years. Loosing a war with the Yankees can be Hell-to-pay. We would love to have civil rights for taxpayers in Alabama. In the next revolution, I hope the Yankees join us!

Bob
Message: Posted by: PCoreyB (Sep 15, 2010 09:42AM)
I came home with an Axtell dragon puppet that blows smoke from his nose!! I know that sounds like some kind of metaphor but it's literal. My son Douglas came home with a load of stuff...everybody kept giving him things. Great things like a mutant rat, decapitated head, exposed brain cap...you know, kid stuff.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 15, 2010 09:49AM)
Douglas was our professional volunteer in the Friday night show. He had to walk miles more than anyone else since he sat at the back of the theater and made so many trips from there to stage and back.

I look forward to the days when he becomes the headliner.

It is wonderful to see young magicians at events like this. Thanks for seeing to it he was here, Dad.

Bob and Lucy

PS --- I'm only 65. How would I recognize the "kid stuff"?
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 10:34AM)
Not to worry Bob, I was stumbling around enough without it that I didn't miss it.... much. Those preachers and moonshiners, are some of them one and the same?
Ray
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 15, 2010 10:39AM)
I wanna thank Ray Witko for the nice things at a GREAT price , 2 things I have wanted to add into my act for quite sometime , and id like to come up and get that cremation illusion if I have time out of my schedule . We have 3 Illusion shows in the next 5 days !! Ray knows his stuff and is more than fair with things , highly recommend purchases from him !
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 15, 2010 10:54AM)
... well, I made three new friends, saw four old friends, and got a lot of video to go through, a few pictures plus getting to see the Sanders' farm and a free t-shirt from Brett.

It will be awhile b4 the video is ready for consumption. Im not sure how Im gonna do it but I hope to make a DVD available with most everything on it.

Thanks again for everyone who made my part of the weekend.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 11:37AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 11:39, CMMAGIC wrote:
I wanna thank Ray Witko for the nice things at a GREAT price , 2 things I have wanted to add into my act for quite sometime , and id like to come up and get that cremation illusion if I have time out of my schedule . We have 3 Illusion shows in the next 5 days !! Ray knows his stuff and is more than fair with things , highly recommend purchases from him !
[/quote]
Let me know when your coming and I'll pull it out of storage for you. Just remember it is a fixer upper.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 15, 2010 11:53AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 12:37, raywitko wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 11:39, CMMAGIC wrote:
I wanna thank Ray Witko for the nice things at a GREAT price , 2 things I have wanted to add into my act for quite sometime , and id like to come up and get that cremation illusion if I have time out of my schedule . We have 3 Illusion shows in the next 5 days !! Ray knows his stuff and is more than fair with things , highly recommend purchases from him !
[/quote]
Let me know when your coming and I'll pull it out of storage for you. Just remember it is a fixer upper.
Ray
[/quote]

If you get the cremation, Carl, remind me to tell you the history of it from Barclay Shaw, to me, to Kozak, to Ray. It would be great if you get it and restore the prop and use it in your show. Just be careful, I'd hate to see anything happen to Yuliya.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 12:38PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 12:53, tabman wrote:
If you get the cremation, Carl, remind me to tell you the history of it from Barclay Shaw, to me, to Kozak, to Ray. It would be great if you get it and restore the prop and use it in your show. Just be careful, I'd hate to see anything happen to Yuliya.
[/quote]
There is one more link in the chain. From Kozak to Doc Dougherty and then to me.
Ray
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 15, 2010 01:17PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 13:38, raywitko wrote:
[quote]
There is one more link in the chain. From Kozak to Doc Dougherty and then to me.
Ray
[/quote]

Sort of like passing the "Mantle of Magic", only this is more like the "Furnace of Magic"...

Heck, makes me wish I had bought it, but I'm not worthy...
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 15, 2010 01:19PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 13:38, raywitko wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 12:53, tabman wrote:
If you get the cremation, Carl, remind me to tell you the history of it from Barclay Shaw, to me, to Kozak, to Ray. It would be great if you get it and restore the prop and use it in your show. Just be careful, I'd hate to see anything happen to Yuliya.
[/quote]
There is one more link in the chain. From Kozak to Doc Dougherty and then to me.
Ray
[/quote]

Now that is cool. I didn't know it was Doc who bought it from Koz. I thought you told me you picked it up from Kozak???

So it's:

Unknown maker to unknown to:
Barclay Shaw (paid $???)
Shaw passes away and stuff auctioned off
Tabby paid $500 at the auction in LV
Koz paid Tabby $500 in TN
Koz gave it to
Tabby in lieu of $500 salary in Pittsburgh
Tabby sells it back to
Koz in trade for $375 from Atlantic City
Doc buys it from Koz for $$?? and sells it to
Ray

Ray sells it to Carl Michaels and it lives on. Carl might put it in the show. He's got a love for classics and Yuliya makes for a great onstage partner. I just hope they're careful. That can be potentially very dangerous to the person in the box.

It's a great looking prop with a classic midnight spook show (1950s era) prop. Any chance you could post a picture of it. I'd love to see it again. I wonder if I shot video of it. I'll check.

Last I saw it it was in Kozak's daddy's garage. I thought you picked it up from there?? I'm assuming that Doc picked it up at Mr. Kozak's house??
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Sep 15, 2010 01:37PM)
Where does Kevin Bacon fit in? :P
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 15, 2010 01:49PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 14:37, Michael J. Douglas wrote:
Where does Kevin Bacon fit in? :P
[/quote]

He fits in the box perfectly. ;)
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Sep 15, 2010 02:09PM)
Actually Doc gave it to me and if Carl wants it he can have it. I was going to fix it up and use it, but I think my days of large illusion shows are about finished.
Ray
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 15, 2010 02:37PM)
I think that illusion performed to Dolly Parton's "Baby I'm Burning" would make for a great hit!...specially with some added bits for some dark comedy >:)

"Baby I'm burning, outta control, baby I'm burning body and soul, Hot as a pistol of flaming desire, baby I'm burning, you've got me on fire!"
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 15, 2010 03:42PM)
PCoreyB

That Axtell Dragon is a really great prop. I have several of his creations and use and love all of them.

Remember if you are not a vent, he does have CDs with several routines. I believe that they are called AxTrax.

http://www.axtell.com/axtrax.html

Here is a dragon clip.

http://www.axtell.com/dragon.html
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 15, 2010 05:33PM)
KyleTheGreat and I met up at The Guesthouse Inn after the show Saturday night to record a little BG music for the Magic Valley Magic video. The picture is courtesy of Kyle. He posted it on Facebook earlier.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/picking.jpg[/img]

Kyle is not only a fine and funny magician, he's an expert musician as well.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 15, 2010 08:19PM)
Do we need shirts or some other showing for "I survived the Hill of Death!" ?

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- It was a long walk to the EMT's truck!
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 15, 2010 09:32PM)
Quote:
Do we need shirts or some other showing for "I survived the Hill of Death!" ? [/quote]

An escalator would be nice next year. Or at least a water vendor annex in the arena.


Murf
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 15, 2010 10:11PM)
Quote:

On 2010-09-15 22:32, murf wrote:


Or at least a water vendor annex in the arena.



[/quote]

This is Alabama... the term you're looking for is hosepipe.
Message: Posted by: barneyfife (Sep 15, 2010 10:37PM)
I met E.R. Hutchison and bought a great book for a great price. Hoping to use some of the effects at a future club meeting. Dragon? Blowing smoke? Where was I when all that fun was going on?

Barney
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 16, 2010 08:08AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 23:11, Michael Baker wrote:
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On 2010-09-15 22:32, murf wrote:


Or at least a water vendor annex in the arena.



[/quote]

This is Alabama... the term you're looking for is hosepipe.
[/quote]


I'm glad I'm not the only person that calls it a "hosepipe"...everyone always makes fun of me and calls it a "Water Hose" when I use the word in public...I thought it was a common way to refer to it! You've made my day!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 16, 2010 09:30AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-16 09:08, KyletheGreat wrote:


This is Alabama... the term you're looking for is hosepipe.
_______________________________


I'm glad I'm not the only person that calls it a "hosepipe"...everyone always makes fun of me and calls it a "Water Hose" when I use the word in public...I thought it was a common way to refer to it! You've made my day!
[/quote]

Well..... hate to break it to ya, but I'm a transplant... a carpetbagger... you know, a dang yankee!!

Hosepipe? That's some of the fake southern that I learnt myself after spending 25 years here. :lol: I have to be careful what I make fun of though, because I now have a lot of friends and at least one offspring here. (I think I'll go laugh at a bowl of grits now...)

BTW - I'm moving back to the other side of the Mason-Dixon line in a couple weeks. My Visa ran out. So did my Master Card, my Discover Card.........
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 16, 2010 09:33AM)
Kyle,

See! We have even taught folks from Illinois Southern English.

There's hope!

Thank both of you for a great job.

Bob

PS ---

Michael, Certainly you can perform Color Changing Grits by now.
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 16, 2010 11:26AM)
I had to look up "hosepipe" in the dictionary! I was guessing that it was the spigot to which you attach a garden hose. I was WRONG!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 16, 2010 11:54AM)
First time I heard hosepipe, I said [b]"HUH??"[/b]

(Were they talking about the hose or the pipe?)

I just tried to Google hosepipe and it said, [b]"HUH??"[/b]

Then it started singing, "Yankee Google went to town, riding on a pony..."

:lol: (crazy rednecks...)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 16, 2010 12:33PM)
From the Wiki: "The term [i]hosepipe[/i] is chiefly British, South African and southern U.S. usage; garden hose (more commonly just hose) is the predominant term in other English-speaking countries. The term "hose" is also used for other types of flexible, water-carrying tubes such as those used by fire departments."
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 16, 2010 01:31PM)
I've starting loading the video into my editor today. In about two weeks I should have the dvd ready to mail out to anybody who wants one but you'll have to send me $20 to get one. I've set up a web page to take orders for it assuming anybody wants a copy.

http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 16, 2010 01:32PM)
When I finally get to Illinois, I'll have hosepipes to the south of me, and hosers to the north! Ha!
Message: Posted by: MagicPS (Sep 16, 2010 08:01PM)
Bob!

I had a whale of a good time. Except for looking like quasimodo, I felt pretty good. Next time, I promise to add myself to the queue of performers, just didn't feel like it with my head all in a bandage.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, pitched in to make this a great weekend. I think we all had a ball. Thanks for having us!

Paul S.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 16, 2010 08:01PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-16 14:31, tabman wrote:
I've starting loading the video into my editor today. In about two weeks I should have the dvd ready to mail out to anybody who wants one but you'll have to send me $20 to get one. I've set up a web page to take orders for it assuming anybody wants a copy.

http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html
[/quote]

I've already received several orders and I'm starting loading video and it looks great. THe audio is good. I decided to start with the closing show from Saturday night. Video technology today is so fantastic. Imagine how much light was needed to do this just 20 short years ago and now the gentle lighting on Bob's stage works just fine. I love it when a plan comes together.

Don't forget to put your order in for the dvd if you want one. I'm not going to reproduce them at home but send them out to a dvd house for pro duplication so I need this as a way to judge how many to order. I'll order a few extra but that's it.

Your order will help pay for tape, dvd dupe, postage, etc.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 16, 2010 08:57PM)
Here's a dvd screen shot from the show Saturday night of Yuliya and Carl Michaels in the middle of their set.

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/carl1.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Craig Dickson (Sep 17, 2010 01:41PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-15 10:42, PCoreyB wrote:
I came home with an Axtell dragon puppet that blows smoke from his nose!! I know that sounds like some kind of metaphor but it's literal. My son Douglas came home with a load of stuff...everybody kept giving him things. Great things like a mutant rat, decapitated head, exposed brain cap...you know, kid stuff.
[/quote]

When Steve came to Blackpool two years ago for the first time, and as luck will have it :) he was right next to us, I came up with a funny line for the Dragon Puppet. "Pull my wing" Needless to say we had a lot of laughs.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 17, 2010 01:51PM)
Craig,

Great Line!!
Message: Posted by: PCoreyB (Sep 17, 2010 01:54PM)
Hang on, let me write that down.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 17, 2010 02:13PM)
This morning I went through all the video from the Bunny Heart Theater, laying in titles, and using the banjo tune "Home Sweet Home" that Kyle and I recorded backstage Friday night to use for the theme song. Our session was interrupted by Carl Michaels who came in and needed some help unloading the world's heaviest sub-trunk.

When Bob informed me that I was in charge of The Magic Builder's Symposium right at starting time (some of Bob's fancy footwork), I turned the video camera on and headed up to the stage to see what could be pulled together. Fortunately Michael Baker, Gimpy, and Ray Witko were waiting for the event to start. We pulled a panel together and had a good time talking and answering questions from the packed house. Here's a screen grab from the dvd edit of Michael, Gimpy, Ray, and yours truly. Gimpy said he was glad I called him up because we had an electric fan on the stage!! ;)

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/builders.jpg[/img]
http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html


Thanks to all you fellows for jumping in and having fun.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 17, 2010 04:24PM)
You've been hard working, Tabby! The rest of you may notice that a pre-requisite to being on the builders' forum is a beard. :)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 17, 2010 07:36PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-17 17:24, Michael Baker wrote:
You've been hard working, Tabby! The rest of you may notice that a pre-requisite to being on the builders' forum is a beard. :)
[/quote]

Yep! Both are true. They aren't allowed to get near sharp objects! LOL

Actually I find them to be very sharp.

Bob
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 17, 2010 08:02PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-17 15:13, tabman wrote:
Our session was interrupted by Carl Michaels who came in and needed some help unloading the world's heaviest sub-trunk.

[/quote]

Yep, that's where I'm going during the next hurricane... :P
Message: Posted by: Darkwing (Sep 17, 2010 08:54PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-17 15:13, tabman wrote:
This morning I went through all the video from the Bunny Heart Theater, laying in titles, and using the banjo tune "Home Sweet Home" that Kyle and I recorded backstage Friday night to use for the theme song. Our session was interrupted by Carl Michaels who came in and needed some help unloading the world's heaviest sub-trunk.

When Bob informed me that I was in charge of The Magic Builder's Symposium right at starting time (some of Bob's fancy footwork), I turned the video camera on and headed up to the stage to see what could be pulled together. Fortunately Michael Baker, Gimpy, and Ray Witko were waiting for the event to start. We pulled a panel together and had a good time talking and answering questions from the packed house. Here's a screen grab from the dvd edit of Michael, Gimpy, Ray, and yours truly. Gimpy said he was glad I called him up because we had an electric fan on the stage!! ;)

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/builders.jpg[/img]
http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html


Thanks to all you fellows for jumping in and having fun.
[/quote]

Boy, I really missed something. I wished I had been there but I had a good excuse; had a bunch of shows that weekend.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 17, 2010 11:58PM)
That is definitely a good excuse! Hope the shows went well!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Sep 18, 2010 07:11AM)
During the second Close-Up Open Mike I performed a mentalism demonstration using a metal skewer to test a volunteer's sensory awareness. Because of the many questions I received I wrote up the effect and posted it on the Café. Now there are many people interested ..

If any of the group that watched the effect would like to add any impressions or thoughts, please send them to gusarimagic@comcast.net

I plan to put out a greatly expanded eBook on this effect/theme and would greatly appreciate all possible information
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 19, 2010 06:46PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-18 08:11, funsway wrote:
I plan to put out a greatly expanded eBook on this effect/theme and would greatly appreciate all possible information
[/quote]

Thanks for ordering up a copy of the DVD. I'll have them ready in a few weeks. Ive got the hard part done, loading them into the editor and creating timelines for each. I just need to find a couple of days away from the shop.

The show with your block routine looks good.

If anybody else wants to cue up for a copy of the DVD, here's the Paypal link.

http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 21, 2010 11:17AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-19 19:46, tabman wrote:....If anybody else wants to cue up for a copy of the DVD, here's the Paypal link.

http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html
[/quote]

Two orders today. If you want to get a dvd order it soon. I'll leave the link active for another week or two and then call it done, get em reproduced and mail them out.

If individual performers would like a dvd of just their portion of the show to upload to youtube or for your website, that's ok, but please order the dvd and then let me know what you want. I'm happy to do a youtube conversion for you and upload it to my channel and mail you a dvd but I want to wrap it all up soon as we can.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 23, 2010 03:38PM)
Tabman,

We got our order for DVDs in today. These should be come a collectors' item.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 23, 2010 08:56PM)
I'll be ordering one tabman. This should be a good video - I'm excited to see it.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 24, 2010 10:33AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-23 21:56, CMMAGIC wrote:
I'll be ordering one tabman. This should be a good video - I'm excited to see it.
[/quote]

You and Yuliya look great in the Friday night show. It was super meeting ya'lland I know I'll be seeing you again.

FYI: I'll leave the link to get a dvd up until the end of the month and then get the dvds made and ship them out hopefully around my 65 birthday in October.

Once the link is gone that's it!!! I think most everybody who wants one has ordered one anyway but I will leave it up til Oct 1.

Let me add... Bob's convention was great because of the people and the casual location. I really enjoyed it. Thanks again, Bob and Lucy, for dreaming it all up and to the magicians and their families who braved the geese, unicorns, goats, heat, the "hell hill," and close up in a tractor shed.

You are all super in my book.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 24, 2010 10:54AM)
Tabman,

Thank you!

Thanks too to the long unpublished list of people who made this possible. Ray not only drove down from Pennsylvania, but came an extra day early to help with the setup for the Magicians' Flea Market. Others stayed a day or two late and helped. Some suddenly learned that they were lecturing, leading a discussion or category of tasks, becoming a singer, stagehand or mechanic or some other "new" job. Folks simply pitched in! It worked! We certainly are in good company.

(Good news is that the AC was repaired Tuesday! Not that it mattered. LOL - Tonight, the theater is a guesthouse for visitors from California.)

Please do make me a copy of the web page for Lucy's records. (Peaches the unicorn has a scrapbook too. She hopes she helped Kyle's career!)

The year before Lucy and I performed magic in a barn in Paris for some of the "leisure class" and knew it had to be nearly good enough for my friends. France has nothing on us. I wish Lawrence O from The Café had been here too. Maybe next time...

Now what can we do? I finished putting up the chairs today. NEXT?

Thank you all again.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 24, 2010 08:42PM)
Just ordered mine! Looking forward to seeing it!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 24, 2010 10:28PM)
Got it Kyle. It looks like it's going to fill up two dvds. I'd rather do that then to reduce the resolution to cram it all on one. It'll be fun putting it together. Instead of one stream, Im breaking it up into the different "bits."

Thanks again Kyle for the banjo and guitar playing for the dvd. You're teriffic. I'm using "Home Sweet Home" from the banjo session backstage for the theme music. Seems fitting.
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 25, 2010 03:31AM)
Got my order in , can't wait , it will be a neat dvd for my collection - Tabman filmed a lot and does a great job !
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 25, 2010 02:43PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-25 04:31, CMMAGIC wrote:
Got my order in , can't wait , it will be a neat dvd for my collection - Tabman filmed a lot and does a great job !
[/quote]

Thank you sir.

Next time we need to bring a smoke machine!! Do you use one in your act? A little fog makes the lights look great. Seeing Yuliya come out of that sword illusion in a fog would be pretty awesome!!!
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Sep 26, 2010 03:40PM)
Yea ! I have 3 of them , but figured that venue would be to small for fog . Your right though , the fog against the lights look GREAT on video !
Message: Posted by: tabman (Sep 27, 2010 09:30PM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-26 16:40, CMMAGIC wrote:
Yea ! I have 3 of them , but figured that venue would be to small for fog . Your right though , the fog against the lights look GREAT on video !
[/quote]

...figgeed you must have at least one.

MVM Ranch DVD: I'll leave the link to order the dvd up til the end of this week and then see how many I need to get made. If anybody else wants to cue up for a copy of the DVD, here's the Paypal link.

http://questx.com/mvm/dvd.html
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 30, 2010 06:54PM)
Would you believe there was a fog machine in the other room we also didn't use!

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 1, 2010 09:43AM)
[quote]
On 2010-09-30 19:54, Bob Sanders wrote:
Would you believe there was a fog machine in the other room we also didn't use!

Bob
[/quote]

Sure. I'd believe anything you tell me.

Anybody else wants a DVD of MVM speak now. Thanks again for all the fun at MVR.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 1, 2010 11:02AM)
I'd believe there was at least one of anything you care to name in that room, even after we carted all that stuff out of there to make room for people.

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 2, 2010 11:26AM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-01 12:02, murf wrote:...I'd believe there was at least one of anything you care to name in that room, even after we carted all that stuff out of there to make room for people....[/quote]

...pretty sure it was Bob who came up with the old saying, "You can't have too much stuff!"

And true to my word, Ive taken the ordering link for the MVM DVD down. I'll send it out for duplication next week and design a nice cover for it. It should make for a nice souvenir for everyone who wanted one.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 4, 2010 12:41PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-02 12:26, tabman wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-10-01 12:02, murf wrote:...I'd believe there was at least one of anything you care to name in that room, even after we carted all that stuff out of there to make room for people....[/quote]

...pretty sure it was Bob who came up with the old saying, "You can't have too much stuff!"

And true to my word, Ive taken the ordering link for the MVM DVD down. I'll send it out for duplication next week and design a nice cover for it. It should make for a nice souvenir for everyone who wanted one.
[/quote]

Too much stuff? It is multilevel backup!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 4, 2010 05:01PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-04 13:41, Bob Sanders wrote:...Too much stuff? It is multilevel backup!
[/quote]

Bob, I'll believe anything you tell me!!!

The cases for the MVM dvds came in today.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 5, 2010 08:34PM)
Here's a scan of the dvd cover front and back:

[img]http://questx.com/mvm/dvd_cover2.jpg[/img]

Looking at it right now I can see I want to add credits for sound both days from ClintonMagus and James and the banjo theme music by Kyle. I'll be sure to do that soon.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 7, 2010 08:23AM)
Tabman,

I am curious, are there photos of the "Leaning Port-O-Lets" of the Magic Valley Magic flea market arena? (It was for the courageous!) Flat places are rare there.

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 7, 2010 12:46PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-07 09:23, Bob Sanders wrote:
Tabman,

I am curious, are there photos of the "Leaning Port-O-Lets" of the Magic Valley Magic flea market arena? (It was for the courageous!) Flat places are rare there.

Bob
[/quote]

Bob I didn't take any that I can remember, but I'll check and see. I shot hundreds but mostly in the BHT.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 9, 2010 11:24AM)
We are really looking forward to seeing the DVD. It is very rare to have a documentary DVD for a magic get together. This should be a real treasure.

Will the library at Magic Castle get one?

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 10, 2010 10:04AM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-09 12:24, Bob Sanders wrote:...Will the library at Magic Castle get one?
...[/quote]

The Castle didn't order one, no.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 15, 2010 05:38AM)
Their loss!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 15, 2010 10:00AM)
They probably don't know about it. I do know that they ordered two copies of my book, [i]Tabman Magic[/i].
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Oct 17, 2010 08:41PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-15 11:00, tabman wrote:
They probably don't know about it. I do know that they ordered two copies of my book, [i]Tabman Magic[/i].
[/quote]


mhmmm...only because the fire went out and they needed something to start it back up with :P heheheeh
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 17, 2010 08:54PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-17 21:41, KyletheGreat wrote:
[quote]
On 2010-10-15 11:00, tabman wrote:
They probably don't know about it. I do know that they ordered two copies of my book, [i]Tabman Magic[/i].
[/quote]


mhmmm...only because the fire went out and they needed something to start it back up with :P heheheeh
[/quote]

Do they need a match?? Oh wait, that's an old joke.

PS: the little dobro excursion we went on in Clanton came out pretty good. Its the BG on the outdoor section on the DVD - which should be in the mail to everyone in about a week.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 22, 2010 08:21PM)
I think some enjoyed the music as much as they did the magic.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 27, 2010 07:54AM)
If we do this again, would early October be better? Problems? Benefits?

Bob
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Oct 27, 2010 11:57AM)
Early October would be GREAT. I think word has spread what a great fellowship of MAGIC this was. We gotta get a close-up LOUNGE at the hotel next year for all the nightowls like me.

Tabman, when the DVD's set to be sent out, I can't wait to see it!!
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 27, 2010 12:06PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-27 12:57, CMMAGIC wrote:Tabman , when the DVD's set to be sent out , I cant wait to see it !!
[/quote]

Waiting for them to come in from Jacksonville today or tomorrow. Then all I got to do is package them in some nifty two DVD cases, print a cover insert, trim it and insert it in the nifty case, and put them in padded tyvek envelopes and get them in the mail. Actually, this looks like a good tome to print the mailing labels while Im waiting for the DVDs. When they're in the mail I'll notify right here.

Also, I like your suggestion of a magic lounge at the hotel. Doing card tricks in the pool didn't work out so well this past year.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Oct 27, 2010 05:36PM)
Here is a link to the average tempertures for Clanton.

There can be a big difference between the two months.

http://countrystudies.us/united-states/weather/alabama/clanton.htm

There is always a cold front the week of the State Fair.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 27, 2010 09:34PM)
Actually we have been asked to have it the same week as the Fair at Clanton and to provide some of the entertainment.

That is typically the last week of September.

Bob Sanders
Magic by Sander
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 27, 2010 10:05PM)
[quote]
On 2010-10-27 18:36, James Adamson wrote:
Here is a link to the average tempertures for Clanton.

There can be a big difference between the two months.

[/quote]

That's interesting. Less precip too in October. Temp in the 70s would be about perfect.

Anyway, Id like to attend another. The Sanders family are wonderful hosts and I think I made some new friends which I appreciate at my age. All in all a great weekend.
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Oct 28, 2010 03:08AM)
And FREE FREE FREE - That can't be stressed enough - Ive been to ones I actually PAID to go to and didn't have HALF the fun and the DEALS people were getting were amazing ! Th HEAT cut the PRICES in Half !
Message: Posted by: tabman (Oct 31, 2010 09:31PM)
The DVDs are here. I will package and start mailing them this coming week.
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Nov 2, 2010 07:44PM)
I hope to be at the next one.
Ray
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 3, 2010 09:50PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-02 20:44, raywitko wrote:
I hope to be at the next one.
Ray
[/quote]

Yep, I hope you, me, and everybody else makes it back to Clanton next year.

Also, I expect to start mailing the DVDs on Friday. I couldn't get it all in though. I had to cut it off at six hours and two DVDs. I plan to put the impromptu FLIP camera footage on youtube soon. I'll keep you all posted.
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 5, 2010 04:36PM)
The first DVDs are now in the mail. I'll keep mailing a few a day until I get them out. Only 14 or 15 ordered so it won't take long to get them all assembled and mailed.

I did very little editing and the segments are presented from front to back without a break. I had to work on the sound. There was the noise from the fans and the door opening and closing to deal with plus most performers didn't work the microphone. I tried to smooth it out with some mastering compression.

Included on the DVD is:

#1
The Bill Pitts Magic Talk
The Builder's Symposium
Tommy Jackson Interview and Card Tossing demo

#2
The Friday Night Show
The Saturday Night Show

DVD ordering is reopened at http://magicvalleymagic.com/dvd.html Just click on the order link if you want a copy. I've had several requests since it was closed. I have 24 sets of discs (ordered 25 and I am keeping one myself).

It's worth it just to hear KyleTheGreat play the five string!!!

I hope I've made a nice souvenir of the event for everybody with this set of DVDs. I enjoyed being there and hanging out.

Take care!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 12, 2010 08:52AM)
Folks,

Thank you all for making this event the fun, entertainment, and comfort with friends it was. Lucy and I are lucky to have such great friends and guests. We love you all and want you to come back again. Over half of you came from 500 miles or more away! That is very flattering! You really are magic.

Already some of you have plans for the 2011 Magic Valley Magic, so Lucy and I thought that we should get in on the plans too.

October will be a lot cooler and the outdoor stage can be used better too. We can do more! Perhaps the musicians, clowns, jugglers, etc. can keep it busy. October comes at the time of the year when Lucy has little time from her medical clinic. (You know that means that my supervisor will often be away before the event.) We will need some extra help with manpower but you were quick to jump in and fill the needs in 2010. You put on a "self-cleaning" magic event that made our job easy. Thank you!

Now is the time to plan ahead. What do want changed, added, dropped, never again, etc.? Are you coming back and bringing a friend? Is there a job you want?

Please help plan the next one.

Bob
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Nov 12, 2010 09:30AM)
I didn't make it this year, but I do plan on coming in 2011.
Got my DVD that I ordered, watched it already, and it is great.
Looks like everyone had a great time. I'm really looking forward to it next year.

Tom
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 12, 2010 11:38AM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-12 10:30, TomBoleware wrote:
I didn't make it this year, but I do plan on coming in 2011.
Got my DVD that I ordered, watched it already, and it is great.
Looks like everyone had a great time. I'm really looking forward to it next year.

Tom
[/quote]

Tom, thanks, Im glad you got some value out of the DVD, hope you can make it next year. It was a great convention. In a lot of ways, maybe one of the best ones I've ever been to from the perspective of new friends and people I hope to see again.

Everyone who ordered a DVD should have it in their hands by the middle of next week if I can get to the post office today. I tried yesterday but forgot it was Vets Day even though we had our US flag flying in honor of them and us all.

Take care!!
Message: Posted by: CMMAGIC (Nov 14, 2010 04:23AM)
Looking forward to getting it - thanks TABMAN. How's your end of fall been?
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 16, 2010 03:01PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-14 05:23, CMMAGIC wrote:
Looking forward to getting it - thanks TABMAN . Hows your end of fall been ?
[/quote]

You should have it by now. Did it make it over to the coast yet???
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 17, 2010 06:58AM)
Hadn't made it to Texas yet --- and I'm also looking forward to it.

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 17, 2010 10:03AM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-17 07:58, murf wrote:
Hadn't made it to Texas yet --- and I'm also looking forward to it.

Murf
[/quote]

The last five MVM DVDs ordered are going out this afternoon so everyone that's ordered one should have it soon. Going out first class not media mail. Theres still a few left if anybody who wants one still hasnt ordered one. ;)
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 17, 2010 05:05PM)
Aha! I'd gotten the idea that they were all "in the mail", and I just wanted to be sure that the Post Office hadn't put mine into storage. I'll be watching for it. And thanks again for all the work you've done on this "little' project!!!

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 17, 2010 09:38PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-17 18:05, murf wrote:
Aha! I'd gotten the idea that they were all "in the mail", and I just wanted to be sure that the Post Office hadn't put mine into storage. I'll be watching for it. And thanks again for all the work you've done on this "little' project!!!

Murf
[/quote]

No, sorry if I wasn't clearer. I packaged up a few every day. I printed the covers in my office and assembled them here. It turned out to be several DVDs worth of material so I had to distill it down to two and that took a little longer to get the master done but all the ones ordered as of today have been pagkaged and put in the mail.

All in all a fun project. Yours went out already. I hope you'll let me know when you get it.

Thanks again for supporting the project.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 17, 2010 09:54PM)
The DVDs made it to Magic Valley Ranch and Lucy and I are watching both tonight. I'm sure we will enjoy them many times.

Currently, we are watching the Prop Builders' Clinic. It's great! I did not get to attend the real thing because there were other things to prepare. I'm very glad the DVDs captured it.

Next October, we hope to do this again.

Bob and Lucy Sanders
Magic Valley Ranch
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 18, 2010 12:19PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-17 22:54, Bob Sanders wrote:
The DVDs made it to Magic Valley Ranch and Lucy and I are watching both tonight. I'm sure we will enjoy them many times.

Currently, we are watching the Prop Builders' Clinic. It's great! I did not get to attend the real thing because there were other things to prepare. I'm very glad the DVDs captured it.

Next October, we hope to do this again.

Bob and Lucy Sanders
Magic Valley Ranch
[/quote]

You guys busted A** for everyone there. Thank you. Have you come up with a date yet for 2011?? First weekend in October???
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 20, 2010 12:55PM)
What about October 7-8, 2011?

It will be cooler then. The temperatures should be way down in the 70s!

Who would come back anyway? Can they take it?

Bob
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 20, 2010 05:20PM)
Way down in the 70's is approaching my idea of Winter, but we'd make it anyway.

Murf
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 22, 2010 05:03PM)
Still no DVD's in San Antonio. Anybody else still waiting?

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 22, 2010 05:56PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-22 18:03, murf wrote:
Still no DVD's in San Antonio. Anybody else still waiting?

Murf
[/quote]

Well, all I can say is that I'm sorry you never got it but it was mailed on the 10th of November I think it was or thereabouts. Maybe your mailman is a magician???

What I can do is send you another in a few days if yours doesn't get there. You can just let me know on this forum. I have your address on file.

Thanks again.
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 22, 2010 09:28PM)
Well, they may still get here. You know what they say about why it costs so much to mail something --- ya gotta pay for the storage. I'll let you know as soon as I see them, or in a few days if I don't.

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 23, 2010 10:49PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-22 22:28, murf wrote:
Well, they may still get here. You know what they say about why it costs so much to mail something --- ya gotta pay for the storage. I'll let you know as soon as I see them, or in a few days if I don't.

Murf
[/quote]

Seems I sent two to a very honest gentleman and he is sending one of them to you. THank you Tom!!!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 24, 2010 08:20AM)
Murf,

You really are missing something! You'll love them!

Lucy and I are glad to see that you will be joining us again October 7-8, 2011 for the second Magic Valley Magic. (This time I'm going to hold you hostage until you show me that rope routine. You do know that the goats work for me?)

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 24, 2010 02:06PM)
Tabman, glad to hear it! I was just about to give up....

Bob, speaking of rope routines, I've yet to see any of yours....


Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 24, 2010 05:25PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-24 15:06, murf wrote:
Tabman, glad to hear it! I was just about to give up....[/quote]

No need to ever give up. I would have covered you one way or another.

Happy Turkey Day.
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 24, 2010 05:32PM)
Tabman --- no, no, no, I didn't mean "give up" in that sense! I meant give up on the first round with the Post Office.

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 27, 2010 02:42PM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-24 18:32, murf wrote:
Tabman --- no, no, no, I didn't mean "give up" in that sense! I meant give up on the first round with the Post Office.

Murf
[/quote]

Oh yeah, I get your drift. I've had me best luck with FedEx but they closed the little shipping facility they had here. Last package I shipped UPS (last month) went out overnight to Las Vegas. It was a heavy illusion and cost upwards of $500 to get the overnight service and I had to drive it 50 miles one way to get it into their system. Guess what?? They sent it to Charleston SC instead of LV - twice. It took two weeks for overnight.

If you end up with two, how about sending one of them to The Magic Castle library? ;)
Message: Posted by: murf (Nov 29, 2010 07:25PM)
The package arrived today, and my evening is laid out before me. Thanks Tom, and thanks again Tabby for such a great job!

Murf
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Nov 29, 2010 09:26PM)
That was fast, I just mailed it Saturday.

I missed the mail a couple of times. And then the post office closed some weird hours
for the holiday causing another delay. I was about to give up myself. :)
That video has been around the world.

Glad to see you got it. And glad I could help.
It is a good one. I certainly enjoyed watching it.

Tom
Message: Posted by: tabman (Nov 30, 2010 11:33AM)
[quote]
On 2010-11-29 22:26, TomBoleware wrote:
That was fast, I just mailed it Saturday.

I missed the mail a couple of times. And then the post office closed some weird hours
for the holiday causing another delay. I was about to give up myself. :)
That video has been around the world.

Glad to see you got it. And glad I could help.
It is a good one. I certainly enjoyed watching it.

Tom
[/quote]

Thanks BOTH of ya'll. Everybody evidently now has theirs. There are only three left and I am keeping one of them for myself.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 7, 2010 08:29AM)
The date for the 2011 Magicians' Flea Market is set for October 7-8. Many have already committed to being there. We hope we have a cooler weekend and another real cool group there.

Bob and Lucy Sanders

http://magicvalleymagic.com
Message: Posted by: tabman (Dec 7, 2010 03:19PM)
[quote]
On 2010-12-07 09:29, Bob Sanders wrote:
The date for the 2011 Magicians' Flea Market is set for October 7-8. Many have already committed to being there. We hope we have a cooler weekend and another real cool group there.

Bob and Lucy Sanders

http://magicvalleymagic.com
[/quote]

October 7, 2011, will be my 66th birthday. It would be great to be around for MVM #2 and TC #66. Hope to see you there!!!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Dec 9, 2010 06:08PM)
Old fart...
Message: Posted by: tabman (Dec 9, 2010 06:52PM)
Young wippersnapper...
Message: Posted by: murf (Dec 11, 2010 05:46AM)
I'll second the young wippersnapper comment --- to BOTH of you young wippersnappers!

Murf
Message: Posted by: funsway (Dec 12, 2010 09:34AM)
I'll drag my 66 year old self there in October -- and hope to perform in every show and venue. Please book a slot for me and Lucy for a dual act on Saturday night.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 15, 2010 08:03AM)
You two are "harping" on something. I know you will put a different light on it then. (So much for clues...)

Scheme!
Message: Posted by: raywitko (Dec 21, 2010 06:12PM)
Can't perform anymore but if at all possible, will be there.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 22, 2010 07:30AM)
Ray,

Let's hope that your contributions to our 2010 Magicians' Flea Market are no secret. People saw you perform and take part in the Prop Builders Clinic. What they may not know is that you and Debora drove to the ranch a day early and set up the arena for the flea market booths. (Pay no attention to the little man in the van making things happen! LOL)

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

We look forward to seeing you and Debora back here at the ranch in October. (Yes, It will be cooler and the AC in Bunny Heart Theater is working!)

Can you believe we expect some snow for Christmas in Alabama? I'm 65 and NEVER seen that before.

Merry Christmas!

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: tabman (Dec 29, 2010 01:47PM)
[quote]
On 2010-12-22 08:30, Bob Sanders wrote:

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

We look forward to seeing you and Debora back here at the ranch in October. (Yes, It will be cooler and the AC in Bunny Heart Theater is working!)

[/quote]
Having the event in the cooler weather of October should make it perfect. The best thing about the MVM was the people who came in from all over to participate. Everyone who's ordered up a DVD of the shows has been taken care of. I have one more and I think I'll send it out to The Magic Castle Library (if you haven't already done so - Bob??).
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 31, 2010 11:41AM)
This time with October 7-8 being the dates, the following Monday is Columbus Day (October 10th) and a holiday!

Bob
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jan 2, 2011 02:08PM)
[quote]
On 2010-12-31 12:41, Bob Sanders wrote:
This time with October 7-8 being the dates, the following Monday is Columbus Day (October 10th) and a holiday!

Bob
[/quote]

The website at http://magicvalleymagic.com reflects this information as of today. ;)
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jan 4, 2011 07:20AM)
My birthday (October 10) should ALWAYS be a holiday!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jan 4, 2011 01:18PM)
Everyone's pictures made the website but me :P
Message: Posted by: murf (Jan 4, 2011 01:48PM)
Hmmm, if "everyone" but Kyle made it to the website, does that make me a nobody?

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jan 4, 2011 02:04PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-04 14:18, KyletheGreat wrote:
Everyone's pictures made the website but me :P
[/quote]

Maybe you shouldn't have called me an "old fart." ;)
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 4, 2011 02:38PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-04 14:18, KyletheGreat wrote:
Everyone's pictures made the website but me :P
[/quote]

Not being associated with the rest of us motleys, is a problem, why? :)
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jan 5, 2011 11:33AM)
[img]http://questx.com/mvm/kyle2.jpg[/img]
This photo along with the pic of Ruth Pitts is my favorite from the event. Not having it on the site was an oversight but that's been corrected. Kyle, you're our hero. I hope you have a great life.

http://magicvalleymagic.com
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Jan 7, 2011 07:24AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-04 15:38, Michael Baker wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-01-04 14:18, KyletheGreat wrote:
Everyone's pictures made the website but me :P
[/quote]
Not being associated with the rest of us motleys, is a problem, why? :)
[/quote]
you make a great point...after all...somebody once said "If you sleep with the dogs...then your committing beastiality..." ...OH...and you get the fleas...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 11, 2011 07:46PM)
This week you would never complain about the heat here at the ranch!

Bob
Message: Posted by: murf (Jan 11, 2011 09:20PM)
Golly Bob, you're going to convince people that you NEVER have nice weather there!

Murf
Message: Posted by: tabman (Jan 15, 2011 12:25PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-11 22:20, murf wrote:
Golly Bob, you're going to convince people that you NEVER have nice weather there!

Murf
[/quote]
Only in April and October!!!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 21, 2011 08:20PM)
The Guesthouse Inn will take care of us again. For October 6th through the 9th they have the special rate of $54.00 for us.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 6, 2011 07:38AM)
Things are shaping up already! And some new faces plan on being here for the event.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 12, 2011 10:38PM)
If you could see the snow this week, you'd know heat could never be the problem again.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 23, 2011 07:49PM)
From correspondence, it appears we will have international guests this time!
Message: Posted by: jkesler (Feb 24, 2011 07:45PM)
I am planning on making it this year!!!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 4, 2011 09:58AM)
Lucy is already getting things ready! She even asked that this year we put the portable toilets on "level" ground. Details! Who even noticed?

Are there any suggestions for clinics and lectures for this time?

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Thought farmer (Mar 5, 2011 11:06AM)
She even asked that this year we put the portable toilets on "level" ground. Details! Who even noticed?


Bob, I have a question. How do you get them trees to move ???? Thought Farmer.
Message: Posted by: murf (Mar 5, 2011 08:55PM)
There was some level ground on the ranch? I must have missed it....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 14, 2011 08:36PM)
[quote]
On 2011-03-05 21:55, murf wrote:
There was some level ground on the ranch? I must have missed it....

Murf
[/quote]

Well, Hill Billies may be a little forgiving. Did you find the Hill of Death?

This year there may be some help to get the old folks to higher ground.

Bob
Message: Posted by: magicians (Mar 15, 2011 03:49PM)
[quote]
On 2011-03-05 12:06, Thought farmer wrote:
She even asked that this year we put the portable toilets on "level" ground. Details! Who even noticed?


Bob, I have a question. How do you get them trees to move ???? Thought Farmer.
[/quote]
Can't put em on level ground, that'l screw up the flow to the crik.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 23, 2011 07:10AM)
Ian you are right! All the flat places are in the bottom anyway!
Message: Posted by: funsway (Mar 23, 2011 03:22PM)
Oops -- and here I was thinking of camping this year ;-)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 6, 2011 08:57AM)
Wear boots!

There some new surprises planned for this October 7 and 8, 2011.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Are you one of them? In addition to camping by the lake on the ranch, there are also plenty of developed RV sites available in the area.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 11, 2011 03:34PM)
Things are really shaping up for a much bigger one in 2011.

Lots of new people for this one.

Please let us hear from you.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 23, 2011 09:17PM)
This time last year tabman asked about the calendar and hurricanes. This year he would have had tornadoes to consider! We have been very lucky here at Magic Valley Ranch.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 7, 2011 07:46PM)
GOOD NEWS!

October 8 at Magic Valley Magic our confirmed lecturer is one of the world's best known experts on Children and Magic! The lecture starts at 10AM. (He is also in the Friday night show!)

Keep posted. The dates are October 7th and 8th, 2011. Start gathering your magic now for the Flea Market and making plans to attend.

http://magicvalleymagic.com

We also have the area of Closeup Magic coordinated by a magician you'll love to meet.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Jul 28, 2011 12:10PM)
Should hopefully be confirming a very special beautiful lady who is a Staff Member of The Magic Café soon. Lecturing? Performing? Both?

Stay tuned!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 12, 2011 02:50PM)
See page 164 of the August Linking Ring!

Get ready now for October 7th and 8th.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Aug 21, 2011 03:22PM)
Confirmed!

Autumn MorningStar
http://www.angelfire.com/celeb/magicmorningstar/ams.html

Her lecture topic (and new book)
Building and Maintaining A Successful Magic Business!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 28, 2011 07:01PM)
Yes! Bill and Ruth Pitts will be here again! Plus many others you'll want to see again.
Message: Posted by: murf (Aug 30, 2011 10:38AM)
We've made our reservations at the Guest House, and we can't wait to get there! Even last years temperature would be a welcome relief. I've lost track of how may days the temperature here has been well over 100 degrees. It was 110 on Sunday --- luckily I was performing INDOORS.

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 5, 2011 09:25AM)
Murf,

The third A/C unit has arrived for the theater. This year we have backups for the backups!

The crew from last year is calling in with plans to be here in October. This year there is Bar-B-Que too! The Hickory Chip wagon will be here.

We are making more room too for the folks that wanted more facilities for "Front porch pickin' and singing". Remind folks that if they play a musical instrument, bring it. Here in the South, that is just another social grace! (Of course, the others can play checkers while they listen.)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 6, 2011 02:05PM)
Some of you wanted to use RVs but wanted full camper hookups not available here at the ranch.

Here is the camp ground across from the motel. (It is across the road from Shoney's restaurant and Exxon at Exit 208.)

There is a 10% discount for those attending Magic Valley Magic but you will need to phone in your reservations rather than using the Internet. You will also need to tell them you are due the discount by being in the group. (Debbie is who I suggests that you call.)

The Corky Lane address should also be on you GPS.

The KOA campground at our exit (Exit 208) on I-65 is:
Dandy RV KOA
980 Corky Lane,
Clanton, AL
(205) 755-2623
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 8, 2011 04:09PM)
David Ginn will be here at the ranch for Magic Valley Magic both Friday October 7th (in the night show) and Saturday October 8th to lecture at 10AM in Bunny Heart Theater.

http://magicvalleymagic.com

Make plans NOW!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 10, 2011 01:02PM)
Here is the right place! Magic Valley Ranch October 7th and 8th and it's FREE!
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 12, 2011 02:18PM)
Brian Staron will be the MC for the Saturday night show. He will also be demonstrating his Busking act while at the Magic Vally Ranch.

A little background on Brian Staron.

Brian Staron is under a long term performance agreement with Walt Disney Entertainment. He performs primarily at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, but his time is also spent at other resorts, ESPN and Radio Disney Events as well as the Disney Cruise Line. His base contract calls for him to perform 832 shows each year. In addition to Disney, He performs throughout the country at colleges, corporate events, and other venues.

http://www.brianstaron.com
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 14, 2011 09:12PM)
Just three weeks now until we start the drive to Magic Valley!

Murf
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 15, 2011 10:04AM)
I'm looking forward to being there myself! I'm glad I was invited back to MC the Friday night show! We'll have ourselves a blast!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 20, 2011 11:18AM)
Final touches were made to the air conditioning yesterday. Now there are three units in the building! We have backups of backups!

There will be people here this time I have never met! It is really going to be fun.

I think there may be a couple of "costumers" here too.

Bob

PS --- Kyle, your "crickets" arrived yesterday. Thank you, Sir!
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 21, 2011 05:43AM)
Hey Bob, have you ever thought that all this air conditioning preparedness may temp Mother Nature to hit us with a cold front? Maybe a snow storm?

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 21, 2011 06:51AM)
Snow at Magic Valley Ranch would be magic! We shiver at frost warnings!

It would be wonderful if it dropped down into the 50's.
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Sep 21, 2011 10:09AM)
Just got my airline tickets, hotel, and rental car! I will see you out there! Oh, Bob, does FedEx or UPS deliver to your ranch? Anymore, it is cheaper than trying to send my trunks on the plane. Just don't auction off those big blue trunks when they arrive! Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Autumn
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 21, 2011 08:49PM)
Autumn,

It is exciting to know the time is nearly here and you are ready to make the trip.

Both UPS and FedEX deliver to the ranch. Blue trunks will go great with my yellow ones! LOL

David Ginn emailed me today that he is back from Italy and ready to come to Magic Valley Magic too.

We have a new rabbit! See the ears.
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Sep 22, 2011 06:47AM)
And I thought you leaned towards the elephants!

Richard
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 22, 2011 06:53AM)
Roll Tide!
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 23, 2011 07:10AM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-22 07:53, Bob Sanders wrote:
Roll Tide!
[/quote]
As in "'Round the bowl and down the hole"?!?!?!

:P
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 23, 2011 09:55AM)
My dad was an Ole Miss Rebel. Both of my sisters are Auburn Tigers but they are very meek this week. Lucy's school was UCLA and they don't know that you can have a football team at a university. Next I'll here from the LSU folks!

It just makes me see RED!

Seriously, did the picture make you think "Shovel Ready"?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 23, 2011 02:56PM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-23 10:55, Bob Sanders wrote:
My dad was an Ole Miss Rebel. Both of my sisters are Auburn Tigers but they are very meek this week. Lucy's school was UCLA and they don't know that you can have a football team at a university. Next I'll hear from the LSU folks!
[/quote]
That's okay. I still like you...
[quote]
Seriously, did the picture make you think "Shovel Ready"?
[/quote]
I thought it was a bunny...
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 24, 2011 11:12AM)
Maybe one day, you'll both grow up and go pro. (Go Packers!)

I'll miss being there and seeing my friends this year. You guys (y'all) have fun!

~michael
Message: Posted by: Jeff (Sep 24, 2011 05:55PM)
Bob how many turned out last year and what do you expect this year?

Jeff Pierce
Message: Posted by: Jeff (Sep 24, 2011 05:56PM)
Bob is the website down?

Jeff Pierce
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 24, 2011 09:54PM)
Jeff,

The website is coming up for me!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 26, 2011 05:27PM)
Autumn Morning Star has a few things to finish on her way to Magic Valley Ranch for October 7th and 8th.

Autumn Morning Star reports:
Preparing for shows in Alabama; Lyon, France; Lauzanne, Switzerland; and Frankfurt, Germany, all within the next 60 days. Got to work on my Southern English, German, and French. Too many languages, y'all!

That is OK Autumn. Alabama English is slower and more fun.

We are waiting for you.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Sep 28, 2011 11:11AM)
Getting Close!

Bob, did you get those snazzy horse clickers I mailed to you and your darling bride?
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Sep 28, 2011 02:17PM)
[quote]
On 2011-09-26 18:27, Bob Sanders wrote:
That is OK Autumn. Alabama English is slower and more fun.
[/quote]
If I remember correctly, I think she once told me she has some "history" in the South, so Alabama English should be familiar to her...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 28, 2011 04:44PM)
Autumn just called me and her Southern English is quite good! We are eager to see her here.

Also I just received the weather reports for October 7th and 8th here at the ranch in Clanton.

Friday October 7th: Sunny with a High of 80 F and Low of 57 F with zero chance of rain

Saturday October 8th: Sunny with a High of 79 F and Low of 57 F with zero chance of rain

Don't forget that Winton Helling has plenty of Close-up magic going on too! Don't miss it!

Additionally, there is Open-Mic time for both Close-up and Stage Magic.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 1, 2011 05:42AM)
Lows in the 50's? Wow, I'll have to look for heavy clothes! I don't think I can remember when we've had temperatures that low here in South Texas. But we sure understand the part about zero chance of rain....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Devious (Oct 1, 2011 06:42AM)
Wow this sounds like a good ole time! I'm a picker and a grinner and this is exactly the kind of convention where this guy would certainly fit right in. If the Lord gives me life, I commit and shall be there for next years shin dig at The Magic Valley Convention.
Enjoy the Cowboy Breakfast for me Bob and gang!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 1, 2011 08:41AM)
Murf,

You'll want you picture taken near a thermometer. Nobody in Texas is going to believe you!

The cool dance worked! Now about the rain dance... There is no rain in the forecast for at least two weeks. But if you are really good magician...

I understand we get to see you perform twice. Does that mean you will use the other end of the rope too?


Devious,

You know that we will hold you to that! I bet I have the only horse barn with pickin' deck too. There is also an outdoor stage (16'x20') we didn't even use. (I've worked Fairs with no stage that big!)


<<<<< THE GASOLINE PRICE IN CLANTON IS $3.17 A GALLON! >>>>>
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Oct 2, 2011 07:37AM)
Not bad on gas....It is $3.11 in Ohio. Do I hear a bid for $3.00?

Gosh, we are so conditioned we think anything close to $3.00 is a deal.
Richard
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 2, 2011 04:51PM)
OK, all of you that are coming for the second year of this great event, it's time to start trying to remember where you put the Magic Café button that ClintonMagus made for you last year. I've found mine....

Murf
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Oct 2, 2011 06:26PM)
I can't be there this year, but if you are planning to attend, please let me know by Tuesday, October 4 and I will make you one and send it to Bob to give you.
Message: Posted by: Jared Cassidy (Oct 2, 2011 08:01PM)
I am looking forward to being there again this year!

Jared
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 2, 2011 09:14PM)
ClintonMagus,

We will miss you. That is very generous of you to make name buttons for Café members again.

I am sending you some names.

Yes! I found mine from last year!

Thanks again.

Bob
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 5, 2011 08:13AM)
Bob, you might want to publish the directions to the ranch again! I've got the map from the website, but I remember you had some nice printed directions, including landmarks. They're on here somewhere, and I'm sure I could find them if I had the time to dig, but I'm going to be very busy here at work today, getting ready to hit the road first thing in the morning --- also, some folks have never been there before.

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 5, 2011 09:34AM)
Here is a map

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=395+County+Road+478,Clanton,Alabama,35045,United+States&hl=en

Map to Magic Valley Ranch
395 County Road 478
Clanton, AL 35046-3213
(205) 755-6882

From I-65 Exit 208 (Clanton exit for Shoney’s and Love’s)


1. From I-65 Take Exit 208

2. Go East (Toward Love’s) for about 4.8 miles on CR 28 (unmarked)
Locally it is known as Lake Mitchell Road.

3. Turn RIGHT onto County Road 97 at sign for Providence Church for 0.1 mile
(First paved road to the right, passed the NEW volunteer Fire Station also on the right.)

4. Continue straight (Left curve) on cemetery side onto County Road 478

5. Around the curve on the LEFT look for the Magic Valley Ranch gate (about 0.1 mile)
(It is best to come to the Third gate and driveway. It is concrete.

6. If you see wooden fences, barns, arena, a lake and horses, You are passing the ranch!

There are also signs along the way that say "Magic Valley".
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Oct 5, 2011 05:19PM)
Well, My bags and show equipment are packed, and I've got some things to sell...see you all Friday!
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Oct 5, 2011 06:17PM)
I'll miss you guys this year, but I shipped the Magic Café buttons for the new folks to Bob. I hope that USPS can find Clanton, Alabama!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 6, 2011 12:47PM)
Someone I just talked with is bringing magic to sell that includes two different types of sword baskets.

What else can we expect?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 7, 2011 09:19AM)
The weather is beautiful. Remember that once you turn off at Exit 208 to follow the signs that say "Magic Valley". Come to the third gate (concrete double drive) at the ranch.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 7, 2011 02:16PM)
I have had several messages that "I did not RSVP. Can I still come and sell my stuff?"

You bet! Come on! You are invited.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 8, 2011 07:00AM)
Folks,

If you were not here last night you missed another good one. David Ginn and Murf with Kyle Jarrard kept us rolling in the isles.

(I won't even try to explain the stories about "Possum Love" with Autumn Morning Star and Kyle Jarrard.)


Today we start over but also Winston Helling's close-up shows (including an open mic session!) and the Magicians' Flea Market open in the arena.

Lecturs:

10AM David Ginn (Mister KID BIZ)

2 PM Autumn Morning Star (Magic as a Business)

The Saturday night show features Autumn Morning Star and loads of surprises.

The weather is beautiful! Currently it is 65 and expecting a high of 84.

MANY THANKS! to all those who made Friday a very magical and fun day.

Y'all come!
Message: Posted by: magicians (Oct 9, 2011 04:08PM)
Well, I was waiting to hear the results from Saturday. How many people did you have? The Saturday show?
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Oct 10, 2011 08:54AM)
Magic Ian, you missed a GREAT one! This gathering was FANTASTIC!!! The Saturday night show had them rolling in the aisles. We all had a great time!!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Oct 10, 2011 09:46AM)
It was a great time! I really enjoyed performing with you Saturday Autumn! I hope to do it again sometime very soon! I'm about to upload some pics from our "limo ride" to my computer so I can email them to ya!
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 10, 2011 03:11PM)
We just arrived home in Texas. It certainly was another great weekend! With all those folks rolling in the aisles, it's a good thing Bob and Lucy keep the floor of the Bunny Heart Theater so spotless. I too really enjoyed meeting and working with you Autumn, as well as with David. And it's always a treat to hear Kyle's banjo, from either backstage or the front of the theater. Hope you decide to do it again, Bob!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 10, 2011 03:55PM)
We had great shows on stage Friday and Saturday nights and Close-up Saturday. If you missed it, you have indeed missed it! Audiences love it!

The stage acts included Kyle Jarrard, Murf, James Adamson, Richard Knoll, and, certainly David Ginn and Autumn Morning Star.

The Close-up show included Winston Helling, Matt Wilson and Seth Evans.

It was not all just another magic show. You've never seen props used this way. (Cups and Pumpkins?)
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Oct 10, 2011 07:12PM)
Glad you liked the show! Kyle and Murf, it was WONDERFUL to meet and work with you. You are both remarkably talented and just a delight to work with. Y'all were FABULOUS!

Kyle, I forgot to tell you: You need to buy your possum some gray crickets at the bait store. Possums LOVE crickets and there is lots of calcium in a cricket. My possum would move into FAST gear whenever I fed her a cricket. Watch your fingers! I looked for baby possums all the way to the Birmingham, but to no avail. I now have unrequited possum love! *sigh* Possum would also love some muscadines!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 10, 2011 07:39PM)
And what about the elegance that Richard Knoll added to the show?

All the ladies had questions about how the tricks in his colorful act worked. (And they wished that they had volunteered!)
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 11, 2011 05:44AM)
The elegance of Richard Knoll and the --- ah --- the --- hmmm, I'm not sure what you'd call it, of Bubba Whodini, all on the same stage on the same day; what a weekend!!!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Oct 11, 2011 08:34PM)
I was backstage, but I heard the audience roaring with laughter and applause for everyone! Richard Knoll is an amazing professional, with whom I had the chance to speak at length. Murf, you are delightful in so many ways, as is your lovely wife. There are just not enough good words to say!
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Oct 12, 2011 08:32AM)
Had a great time and really enjoyed everything.

Kyle was fantastic as ever.

David Ginn was everything you remeber him being.

Autumn was the hit of the show. If you have never seen her, you have really missed something! Hope to catch her full size show some time as the performance Saturday was just the tip of the iceberg.

Murf, Richard, Winston, Matt, and Seth also all did great jobs performing! Everyone was at their best.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Oct 15, 2011 08:52PM)
BTW Bob...I just took the title of "Official GA State Old Time Banjo Champion" yesterday! If only Tabby were still around, I know he would have been proud!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 15, 2011 11:52PM)
I am!

Congratulations!
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 16, 2011 05:34AM)
Congratulations, Kyle! I thought of you the other night when we heard a possum walking across our roof....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 20, 2011 07:00PM)
Murf,

We remember this three Ring Circus as well as a Murder Mystery from you. Thank you for the great work!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 22, 2011 12:24PM)
Richard Knoll did a great job with silK too. At Magic Valley Ranch the American flag is always flown and welcomed!

Thank you Richard!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 31, 2011 11:07AM)
Did you know that we had one guest who spent 37 hours flying from Japan to be at Magic Valley Magic this year?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 7, 2011 03:13PM)
Autumn Morning Star may have left Magic Valley Ranch to go to France, but she also made magic news in "Have You Heard" for 11/7/2011 from Maria Ibanez under the heading "Magicians in the Spotlight"

Check this out:

Autumn Morning Star – Storyteller & Magician

Autumn Morning Star is a talented Storyteller and Illusionist. Morning Star is one of fifty Native Americans profiled by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for her culturally rich show!

EDUCATION: Graduated with honors, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree with emphasis in American Indian Studies. Graduated… from the University of Memphis, earning a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree with emphasis in American Indian Studies.

HONORS AND AWARDS: Recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Scholarship awarded by the President’s Standing Committee on Human Relations, University of Memphis, for her outstanding efforts in areas of social justice, human rights, and race relations. Selected by the Tennessee Arts Commission as a roster-approved cultural artist. Named in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. One of only fifty Native American Indians selected by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian for her work as an outstanding cultural performer in “Illusion in the Shadow of the Wind”. Her story is a permanent part of Living Voices, a series of contemporary cultural profiles. Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, the highest grade point average in her college, she was named Commencement Marshall for her graduating class, from University College at the University of Memphis. Winner of the Faculty Council Award and the Alumni Association Award for academic excellence from University College at the University of Memphis. Her Master’s Thesis, American Indian Cultural Survival: Resistance in the Diaspora, won the Distinguished Special Project Award from the University of Memphis. Winner of the Far-Away Cherokee Association’s first annual Native American Spirit Keepers award for her outstanding efforts in the preservation of Native Culture as a Native American Storyteller and illusionist. Multiple award-winning Native American Indian artist and stone sculptor.

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS: Hollywood Magic Castle: Magician member since 1986. International Brotherhood of Magicians: Member since 1987. Colorado Indian Chamber of Commerce of Denver: Member since 1994. Native American Indian Association of Memphis: Member since 1998. Golden Key National Honor Society: Member since 1999. Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute: An award-winning non-profit organization that advised President Bill Clinton on his Race Relations Initiative. Member of the Board of Directors through 2002. Mississippi Library Association: Member since 2003. International German-American Kontact Klub: Member since 2003. Friends of the Mississippi Library Association: Member since 2004. Friends of the Virginia Library Association: Member since 2008.

COMMUNITY EFFORTS: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade: Organizer of the Native American Indian Contingent for the annual parade in Memphis. National Civil Rights Museum: Project Coordinator for the first Native American Indian Month and Pow-wow. Author and facilitator of Native American Curriculum for 1500 students attending the Native American Indian Month program. University of Memphis: Coordinated project and funding to bring Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation and United Nations Representative, to lecture.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Multiple award-winning Illusionist Native American Storyteller Creator and Producer of “Illusion in the Shadow of the Wind” Regalia and beadwork Designer Traditional Buckskin Dancer Native Flautist Cultural Consultant Published Poet and Short Story Writer Award-winning Stone Sculptor and Artist Herbalist

VOLUNTEER WORK: Cultural Entertainment: St. Jude Cancer Research Hospital for Children – Memphis, Friends for Life AIDS Resource Center, Metro Area Gay Youth (MAGY), National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, The University of Memphis, and other local and national organizations. Native American Storytelling: Tellebration at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Rocky Mountain Storyteller’s Conference in Denver, University of Memphis, University of Colorado, Community College of Denver, Coldwater Library in Mississippi, and Presbyterian – St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, and other local and national organizations. Cross-Cultural Consultation: The Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute, The Mayor’s Task Force on Race Relations in Memphis, The University of Memphis, The Mississippi Library Association, The University of Memphis, St. Mary’s School in Memphis, Coldwater Library in Mississippi, and other local and national organizations. Native American Poetry Presentations: Java Cabana in Memphis, The Tattered Cover in Denver, The University of Denver, The University of Memphis, Altdorf Gymnasium (Preparatory School) Altdorf, Germany, and other locations around the USA and Europe.

READ MORE ABOUT THIS FASCINATING AND TALENTED PERFORMER
http://www.magicmorningstar.com
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 23, 2011 10:31AM)
Tomorrow our theater is full of folks for Thanksgiving Dinner. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Devious (Nov 23, 2011 11:24AM)
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Mr. Sanders!

I'm going to have my turkey with a bunch of grumpy Marines.
"Go Cowboys!"
Message: Posted by: murf (Dec 5, 2011 06:40PM)
Bob, it's been nearly two months now that you and Lucy (and the animals) have had to recover --- how are the plans for the next one coming along?

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 5, 2011 08:16PM)
Plans? We plan ahead? Wow!

Actually, we don't have a plan yet. What do you suggest?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 27, 2012 11:55AM)
[b] The dates for the new year are OCTOBER 5-6, 2012 [/b]

Details to follow.
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Feb 29, 2012 08:15PM)
On my calendar!

Dave
Message: Posted by: murf (Mar 3, 2012 04:18PM)
Mine too!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 12, 2012 06:43AM)
Bill Pitts confirmed that Magic Valley Magic 2012 is on his calendar too!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 17, 2012 08:17AM)
Just got some news from someone who closed his magic shop. He is considering liquidating some of his inventory at the flea market. That could have some real deals!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 26, 2012 06:16AM)
We just added a new act to the show line up. The name is still a secret but it comes from Ohio.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 14, 2012 07:45AM)
Wow! Only six months to go!

Bob and Lucy
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 17, 2012 12:59PM)
We may need to start over with a new thread since this one has gotten so large.

Mark your calendar now for October 5-6.

Need a spot in the arena to sell at the flea market?

Performing?

Other?

RSVP has started.

http://magicvalleymagic.com
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (May 22, 2012 11:22PM)
VERY glad to see this. Couldn't come to the first and didn't know about the second in time. This is going on my calendar RIGHT NOW!
Message: Posted by: Gypsyprince12 (May 23, 2012 10:58AM)
Wow! I love planet earth! There is always something out of this world going on. I will be there, even if I have to walk. :)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 29, 2012 07:08AM)
I got my orders from Lucy yesterday. The stage (only six years old) is getting a new floor! There are already new tables and chairs for the expanded close-up magic area.

Bob
Message: Posted by: murf (May 31, 2012 05:41AM)
Wow, what happened to the stage --- did you wear out the trap door? Oops, that can't be it --- the trap door isn't in the FLOOR....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 7, 2012 08:15PM)
This year there is no conflict with University of Alabama football. It is an off week for them.

Roll Tide! #1 in the nation (again!)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 19, 2012 03:20PM)
Something really unique this time is a lecture and exhibit of carnival crooked games and swindles by Bruce Walstead.

Now when you talk to the Bunko Squad you'll have an idea of what they know! Oops!

Street magicians take warning!
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jun 19, 2012 05:17PM)
We had Bruce present his lecture for the S.E.A.M. Convention the last time it was held in Birmingham. He was the surprise hit of the convention!! Bruce is very knowledgeable about this topic (Google his name and lots of info pops up about what he does for a living). He also has a wonderful collection of actual vintage carnival games that he uses in the demonstration... crooked of course!

The demonstration incorporates audience members who play the role of the "marks". It is a very funny lecture, as these people attempt to win in a futile effort to beat the game.

If you have a chance, you should make every effort to attend this.

~michael
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 27, 2012 08:30PM)
We are in the process of updating the website for Magic Valley Magic October 5-6 2012. Talent is lining up nicely. Talk to me! Soon the schedule will be filled.

A casino act and a trick inventor were added this week.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 16, 2012 09:40PM)
Yep! They are repainting the buildings this week and next week to be ready for you. We have illusionists coming from every direction. You are going to be surprised! More ladies, more variety, and unusual lectures.

Don't forget to start gathering stuff to sell in the flea market!

We also need to update our email list. There will be email!

Please update us this week at:

MagicValleyRanch@MagicValleyMagic.com


Bob
(205) 755-6882

PS --- website http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 21, 2012 06:37PM)
Would you believe that we have 16 magicians to perform and lecture!

The workers are through repainting the theater and things are getting ready for you too.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Yep! It is still FREE!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 25, 2012 10:14AM)
Here are some (not all!) talents who will be here for the very first time.


Bruce Walstead - "Expert and popular talk-show guest, lecturer, and consultant on fraud & swindles" (Gypsy Scams)

Carter and Melanie Papke – Childrens and Object Magic (Stage and Close up)

Dan Harlan - Close up and stand up magic - http://www.danharlanmagic.com

Howie Marmer - http://www.HowieTheGreat.com -

Kevin Sanderson (Harrod’s Casino) - Magic by Kevin http://alabamaillusions.com/

Nanci and Matthew Jones (Shizzle Dizzle Magic) - http://www.shizzledizzlemagic.com/

Steve Hollifield (Tossed Out Book and Mousetrap) – Magic Magazine July 2012!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 25, 2012 11:08AM)
Returning Talent!

MURF (John Murphy) - San Antonio, TX

James Adamson - Alabama

Autumn Morning Star - Colorado

Bill Pitts - Fort Smith, AR

Seth Evans - our youngest performer NOW eleven years old! - Tuscaloosa, AL Roll Tide!

Mattew Wilson - Birmingham, AL

Richard Knoll - Little Rock, AR

Carl Michaels - Myrtle Beach, SC
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 25, 2012 06:28PM)
Remember that seating for the Friday night and Saturday night shows are limited. Please RSVP.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 27, 2012 06:51PM)
Yes! Unicorns are real at Magic Valley Magic and Magic Valley Ranch. Hope to see you there.
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Aug 6, 2012 12:24PM)
Unfortnately I will not be able to attend this year...I've been booked for a week of shows at an event in Iowa from Sept 28 - October 8 and it fell RIGHT on the same dates as the "Alabama Jubilee". So I'll be headed from the Peach state to the Corn state.... I hate that I won't be able to help out with this years get together though! The Magic Valley Ranch is always a blast and I always enjoy being a part of it and working with good friends and great people! Yall be sure to keep the forums updated with everything that happens! I know it will be a great time!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 8, 2012 08:25PM)
Kyle,

We will miss you. You are always welcome here. I also enjoy our road tours together.

Autumn Morning Star will be back again for 2012. You two are the only working magicians I know who are experts at possum magic.

I guess she gets the Limo again!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: Regan (Aug 9, 2012 07:02AM)
I would love to attend, but I still don't know if it will be possible or not. Autumn needs to hear "Autumn In Alabama". My daughter co-wrote it with me, and I would need her to perform it with me too because of the guitar parts and backing vocals. Whether I get to come or not, I will be thinking about being there for sure!

Regan
Message: Posted by: murf (Aug 10, 2012 03:38PM)
Just made our room reservations! We're getiing psyched up for that 900 mile drive....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 12, 2012 06:12AM)
Our youngest performer Seth Evans is returning too!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 12, 2012 06:53AM)
We are honored to have Bruce Walstad with his lecture and exhibit. He was a great hit at SEAM 2006 when it was in Birmingham, Alabama. We are excited to get him back by popular demand.

Bruce Walstad was with the Franklin Park Police Department (a suburb of Chicago) from 1975 to 2001. For the last 16 years he was an Investigator and Juvenile Officer.

He has been performing magic for over 50 years. He is a past president (seven terms) of the Gulf Coast Magicians Guild, the current IBM Territorial VP and current Regional Deputy – South Central for the SAM.

Since 1985 Bruce has been presenting training seminars to law enforcement throughout the country on a variety of criminal justice topics, including investigating carnivals and carnival games.

He has appeared on many local and national TV shows including: 48 Hours, Oprah, Justice Files, FOX News, NBC News, Geraldo Rivera, Court TV, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and CBS News. He has also acted as a consultant for numerous local and national television news shows.

In February 1997, he wrote the cover story for the FBI Law enforcement Bulletin: Carnivals: Law Enforcement on the Midway.

Bruce was the president of Professionals Against Confidence Crime for seven terms and vice-president for six terms.

He has also written three books, Sting Shift, Keeping Carnies Honest and Caution: Practical Joker Ahead. Bruce has also authored numerous articles on Confidence Crime, Fraud, Gypsy and Traveler Crime, Home Repair Fraud and Carnival Game Fraud.

Bruce has only presented portions of his seminar on carnival game fraud outside law enforcement on two prior occasions.

Meet him live at Magic Valley Magic October 5-6. And it's FREE!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Aug 12, 2012 08:01AM)
Bruce's lecture is a whoot. Tell him I said hi,

Richard
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Aug 12, 2012 08:34AM)
I was on several bills with Bruce, seems like eons ago...so far back that I remember when he had hair. If I don't make it tell him I said "Hi!"

Steve


(Bob, you goin' to MATB 2013? If so, I'll definitely see you there.)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 13, 2012 10:49PM)
Please check the updated website.


http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Also make motel reservations immediately. That is also the same weekend as the Talladega Races and rooms will be booked up quickly.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 16, 2012 12:08PM)
Another surprise! Too late to make Linking Ring but you will know about it here!

It is Magic Ian (AKA Ian Garrison)! For many years he was the creative mind behind the new stuff we looked for in every new Tannen's Catalog.


You'll value every minute of his time you can get.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 17, 2012 05:46PM)
We do expect three people at Magic Valley Magic this time that are not magicians but important to professional magicians.

Two are costumers. Need a costume for professional appearance? Here is your chance.

Many of you have no booking agent. Here is your chance to make contact with a booking agent. Are you up for it?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 20, 2012 08:11AM)
One of the acts back for the third time is Murf (John A. Murphy) from San Antonio, Texas.

Come see why! (We steal him from The Cavalcade of Magic in the Ozarks.)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 24, 2012 08:16PM)
Look for the ad in Linking Ring.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 1, 2012 03:46PM)
Yep! Autumn Morning Star is BACK!

See you October 5-6 at Magic Valley Magic.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2012 09:31PM)
Sorry for the delay folks. I had a heart attack Thursday and was out of circulation until today. I got back home today and things are full speed ahead for October 5-6 for Magic Valley Magic. Lucy and I look forward to seeing you here at the ranch then.

Bob & Lucy
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Sep 9, 2012 10:58PM)
Jeez, Bob!! I hope you are OK??
Message: Posted by: magicmind (Sep 10, 2012 01:45PM)
Bob, be well. I plan on orlando hat weekend, but if that falls through, I'll bring my tent and head west to your place.
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 10, 2012 02:16PM)
I don't suppose we have to remind you to take it easy and listen to the doctor --- I'm sure Lucy is on top of that.

Murf

P.S. We mad some Banana Nut Bread this weekend, using some of those good Alabama nuts!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 12, 2012 09:57PM)
Tomorrow, Dr. Lucy goes with me to SEAM in Atlanta. (I will be listening to the doctor!) Except for lifting, I'm full steam ahead. Since the "ticker" repair, I am more spry than ever. September 20, I go back to see about the rest of the surgery we still have to go. The hard part is supposed to be over. Apparently, they thought 99% blockage was a crisis! Rush, rush rush!

By time for Magic Valley Magic, I should be healthier than any of you ever remember. But I will still be on lifting restriction for a while. Then we can go back to bowling ball from TT.

I look forward to seeing you folks there.

I'll need help with this rabbit.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 12, 2012 10:02PM)
Just a few of the folks we expect to see.

Dan Harlan
Bruce Walstad
Autumn Morning Star
Bill Pitts
Shizzle Dizzle Magic
Seth Evans
Carl Michaels
Kevin Sanderson
Richard Knoll
Howie Marmer
Carter & Melanie Papke
Murf
Magic Ian (Ian Garrison)
& Others
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 13, 2012 05:33AM)
Hmmm, that rabbit looks a lot like a clone of my friend Maisey --- what kind of spooky things are going on on that ranch???

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 13, 2012 07:37AM)
Murf,

You are in Texas. That's not a Texas Jack Rabbit?

Bubba Whodini
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 13, 2012 09:05AM)
Maybe a small one, without the antlers. But you're in Alabama.

Murf
Message: Posted by: magicians (Sep 16, 2012 07:51AM)
This flyer ads my name to the list.
http://stagetricks.com/mvr.html
Hopefully Bob will fix the one on his site.
I will be bringing Chuck Smith who will have his video-zine "Enigma" with all back issues of the great articles and interviews.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 20, 2012 03:36PM)
Other Motel rooms in the very near area.
I-65 Exit 205 (Exit 208 is to the ranch.) Get reservations because this is also Talladega Race Weekend.
(They sell racing fuel at Exit 208!)

Best Western - (205) 280-1006

Holiday Inn Express - (205) 280-1880

Days Inn - (205) 755-2420

Key West Inn - (205) 755-8500

Scottish Inns - (205) 755-4049
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 26, 2012 06:52AM)
Due to a change in performance schedules Autumn Morning Star is not going to be able to be with us this year. We will miss her but understand why she should take the other schedule.

However, you are going to be happy with other additions to the performers expected this time.
Message: Posted by: magicbykevin28 (Sep 26, 2012 11:31PM)
Well that kinda sucks Bob!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 27, 2012 07:12AM)
We will get Autumn back here for something later. But if you knew the deal she got, you certainly could not blame her. It is more than many magicians make all year.

You won't be short on entertainment and professional experience brought to the event by others (some not even listed!).

Dan Harlan will knock your socks off!

Wait until you see the crews from Florida! You will quickly see why Magic Ian is the secret weapon of even Vegas magicians.

http://stagetricks.com/mvr.html

You will also get a shot at talking to Ray Witkowski from PA. Ask a pro about prop building.

Kevin Sanderson from Harrah's can also knock your socks off! See why he stays busy.

If you need to talk to a real booking agent, that is available here too!

Bruce Walstad will expose swindles and con games you never recognized.

Don't forget the magicians' flea market. I don't think some magicians ever leave the flea market!

Need custom costumes? See Annie while you are here. (Maybe you can eat boiled peanuts while you discuss things! She does those too!)

It is indeed a family reunion of entertainers for entertainers. See who you do meet. Come take part.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 29, 2012 02:35PM)
New weather forecast for October 5-6 at Magic Valley Ranch.

50-77 degrees
ZERO Chance or Rain
Partly cloudy Friday
Sunny Saturday
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 30, 2012 07:30PM)
I see the change of a thunderstorm on Friday is up to 20%. Sounds like maybe some of the heavy weather that hit us the last two days is moving your way. You got your tractor and some chains ready to help folks out of your "parking lot"? My hands may be sore when we get there, after driving 1000 miles with my fingers crossed....

Murf
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 1, 2012 08:33AM)
Wow! I see this morning's forecast is back to zero chance of rain! Did you have a word with the weatherman, Bob, or are your magical powers greater than we knew?

Murf
Message: Posted by: Regan (Oct 1, 2012 04:22PM)
[quote]
On 2012-09-26 07:52, Bob Sanders wrote:
Due to a change in performance schedules Autumn Morning Star is not going to be able to be with us this year. We will miss her but understand why she should take the other schedule.

However, you are going to be happy with other additions to the performers expected this time.
[/quote]

I'm sorry Autumn can't be there this year, but it does make me feel a little better. I was hoping to come so I could play my (and my daughter's) song, "Autumn In Alabama" for Autumn, but I just could not make it. Since she can't be there I do feel a little better. Maybe I will be able to come the next time Autumn is there!

I hope you all have a blast! Keep an eye on Bob. He is very tricky, you know! If he gets too out-of-hand just tell Lucy on him!

Regan
Message: Posted by: magicians (Oct 2, 2012 04:00PM)
I have another attendee coming with me. So, someone will share the driving and expenses.
I may do some mini-workshops if anyone is interested. Rope, matrix my version), haunted deck and stripper deck effects that I don't usually have time for in a lecture. Just finised a "ring and spring" dvd especially for this event.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 4, 2012 05:11AM)
The car's almost packed. We'll we on our way shortly. Looking forward to it!

Murf
Message: Posted by: magicians (Oct 4, 2012 06:03PM)
We're arriving on Friday, but how's the weather holding up?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 5, 2012 09:18AM)
The weather is beautiful! No clouds until Sunday.

Lots of folks arrived last night. Even from Japan and California. (I doubt that they have ever had boiled peanuts!)
Message: Posted by: Regan (Oct 6, 2012 05:06AM)
My wife loves boiled peanuts! Have fun!!!
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 9, 2012 10:23AM)
We got back home yesterday afternoon --- had a really GREAT time (as expected). But somehow we missed the boiled peanuts! We'll be on the lookout for them next year.

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 12, 2012 06:08PM)
Murf!

There were 35 pounds of boiled peanuts! I am sorry you did not get any. They were on the table between the closeup area and the drinks. They were also. FREE!
Message: Posted by: KyletheGreat (Oct 12, 2012 08:03PM)
I do love me some boiled pnuts! I should have cancelled the Iowa gig just for them peanuts!
Message: Posted by: magicians (Oct 12, 2012 09:44PM)
I worked for peanuts.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 15, 2012 02:49PM)
Helen says she saw the boiled peanuts, but when she went back to get some --- they were GONE! We all did a pretty good job of making a lot of food disppear that weekend....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 19, 2012 10:35AM)
I owe thanks to more fine folks for their important and helpful parts in making the 2012 Magic Valley Magic event a success than I could ever list here. Next year I'll try to avoid using a heart attack as my excuse for not doing more myself.

You folks have really made it into the entertainers' family reunion joint venture we planned it to be. It is your event! Thank you!

Magic is not a vanishing art. (Although, we noticed that boiled peanuts and cookies were made to vanish.)

Thank you all for all you did. It takes you all for lectures, performances, preparations, light & sound, serving as MC, setups & breakdowns, vending, burning the trash, driving the tractor, and shooting the bull. You did a great job!

We look forward to your returning for the next one.

We love you all.

Bob & Lucy Sanders
Magic Valley Ranch
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 17, 2013 09:03PM)
Plans for the 2013 Magic Valley Magic are well underway.

The Dates are October 4th and 5th, 2013.

Start making your plans now! Join us and take part!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/ Watch for updates.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 29, 2013 02:22PM)
We already have some very unique acts confirming their plans to come and take part. Please join us!
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Mar 29, 2013 09:57PM)
Time to start a new thread for this. It takes too long to get to page 19! I like to read every post!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 9, 2013 07:22AM)
The dates for 2013 are October 4 and 5, 2013. Please join us and take part. It is very different from commercial magic conventions. Magic Valley Magic is more of a family reunion of entertainers. It has the Friday and Saturday night shows in the theater here on the ranch, flea market in the horse arena, and lectures and other shows during the day. This is our 4th year.

Theater seating is limited. Please RSVP.

Yes, It is still FREE!
Message: Posted by: murf (Jul 9, 2013 05:58AM)
It's less than thee months away now! We're anxiously awaiting Helen's spine doctor's OK to travel....

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 2, 2013 10:59AM)
OK Folks! It is getting ready for showtime again! Mark your calendars!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 4, 2013 05:07PM)
Something new for 2013 is the session on Collecting Magic conducted by Dr. Cato Holler (recently featured in Linking Ring for his outstanding magic collection) and Bill Pitts, a past President of IBM International.

Don't miss the ads in Linking Ring!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 17, 2013 12:54PM)
It's getting closer! Ready?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 30, 2013 05:24AM)
Sorry the website is so slow to get updated. Tuesday is our target date to get the new one up.

We did get a deal at the motel. Day's Inn in Clanton (exit 205) gave us a rate of $39.95.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 5, 2013 08:18AM)
We are having website and email problems at the moment.

Please use AMAZEDWIZ@YAHOO.COM for all emails to me or about Magic Valley Magic. Currently, MagicBySander.com, amazedwiz.com and MagicValleyMagic.com are not allowing your emails to be opened.

Ranch phone (205) 755-6882

YES! Magic Valley Magic is still on schedule for October 4-5, 2013. Of course, it is FREE! Please join us and take part.

Thank you!

Bob
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 5, 2013 03:15PM)
I see the website is back up, and updated!

Any information of the lectures available yet?


Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 6, 2013 10:33AM)
Murf,

You are absolutely right!

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

We have you, people from Magic Castle, Harrah's Casino, and as usual, most people come from at least 600 miles away.

Also we will have not one but TWO magicians you'll find in the Genis Book of World Records!

One of the most unique lecture sessions is about Collecting Magic. You will have Dr. Cato Holler (Recently featured in Linking Ring) and Bill Pitts (Past President of IBM) conducting the session.

And of course, IT'S FREE!

We look forward to your being here and taking part.

Bob and Lucy Sanders
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2013 01:14PM)
There is also information on page 14 of the September Linking Ring.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 13, 2013 04:30PM)
Just 3 weeks away and Surprises! Surprises! Surprises!

Let us know your plans! We want you to take part.

Don't be surprised if we have some pickin' too. Bring your musical instrument!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 18, 2013 08:42PM)
We got a better motel deal than the one on the website.

Days Inn (205) 755-2420 ---- (Reservations required)
$39.99 with breakfast

Exit 205 from I-65

Do not use your GPS from there to Magic Valley Ranch. It will put you on a dirt road. Take I-65 (north) to exit 208. Then just follow the signs.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 19, 2013 03:39PM)
I can't wait, I have this amazing new trick to showcase, it is called "sponge balls"
I'm sure noone has ever heard of it. Wait.....has anyone heard of these????
I think this would be a a revolutionary new idea.
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 19, 2013 03:40PM)
I'm kidding....obviously
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 22, 2013 01:14PM)
We pretty much knew you were kidding, but the real question is 'Are you going to be there?'

Murf
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 23, 2013 12:46AM)
Oh definitely, with cards, bells,doves,the kitchen sink and a rabbit
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 24, 2013 08:08PM)
Kevin is a stage illusionist who has appeared here before and is a wizard in casino magic among other areas. We look forward to his being here and seeing him perform.

Kosmyk Rayburn from Magic Castle will also be performing.

Tommy Jackson (Guinness record holder) will be lecturing on Card Scaling and hopefully we can get him to give us some newspaper effects too!

Richard Knoll will close the Saturday Night Show. He promises surprises!

Dr. Cato Holler will give us a lecture and show and tell on collecting magic. He and his magic collection was recently featured in Linking Ring.

How is that for starters?

Of course we will have others from TX, LA, FL, CA, AR, NC, etc. Come join us and take part. It's FREE!

There are no fees for having spaces in the Magic Flea Market Saturday the 5th. Trade your treasures with others.


http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Live music too! Come show us your stuff!
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 24, 2013 08:50PM)
Dang Bob,now I have to act professional as well? Guess I'll have to wear clothes as well as shoes?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 24, 2013 09:46PM)
Maybe one of the shoes will match!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 25, 2013 08:29PM)
==== When was your last lecture on Corporate Magic? Be here! ====

There are still some rooms! Days Inn (205) 755-2420 Clanton, AL I-65 at Exit 205
Identify yourself with Magic Valley Magic and
the rate is $39.99 and includes breakfast
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 25, 2013 09:24PM)
Are you doing it? You're a pro, can't wait
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Sep 25, 2013 09:25PM)
I think I may have the food thing going on, I'll know for sure tomorrow. And are we doing peanuts again?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 30, 2013 08:53PM)
Folks are really calling in. Yes, that are chances to perform close-up and stage. But we need to know in time!

Come join us and take part.
Message: Posted by: Magickevin28c (Oct 1, 2013 10:54PM)
Me me me,I wanna play
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 2, 2013 06:15AM)
You're ON!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 2, 2013 02:51PM)
Take a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkoGFdF2vzM&feature=share
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 10, 2014 08:14AM)
The 5th Annual Magic Valley Magic is October 3-4, 2014.

YES! It is still FREE!

Come join us and take part.

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

The newest stuff isn't posted yet to the website but stay tuned.

We are still open for some lecture and show spots. Want to take part?

Bob Sanders (205) 755-6882
Bob@MagicBySander.com
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 25, 2014 06:30PM)
Keep posted!

And yes Magic Castle folks will be here!
Message: Posted by: tommeepickles (Jul 27, 2014 11:21AM)
Is it in the same place? There is a possibility I will be there.
Message: Posted by: hefemexy (Jul 31, 2014 04:55PM)
Bob I sent you an email, but haven't heard anything back.. message me I want some information about the event to lecture and perform.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 31, 2014 06:35PM)
GREAT!

I'm sorry but I can't find that email. I had heart surgery July 1st and 15th so things here have not been the usual routine.

Please try again.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 31, 2014 06:37PM)
Magic Valley Magic 2014 will give you a chance to talk with a winner from America's Got Talent!
Message: Posted by: hefemexy (Jul 31, 2014 10:41PM)
So sorry to hear about the Surgery, hope all is well. I sent another email.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 1, 2014 08:27PM)
I responded to your email with a PM. Please call me Saturday if you can.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 2, 2014 05:28PM)
It is official: Lion is lecturing at Magic Valley Magic. Come let a pro teach you techniques for winning closeup magic competitions.

www.lionsmagic.com

a short clip for your viewing pleasure...

https://vimeo.com/59695163
https://vimeo.com/63690598 (Trailer)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 7, 2014 06:44PM)
YES! The vendor spaces at the Magicians' Flea Market are FREE! You will need to furnish your own table(s).
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 14, 2014 09:29PM)
There is an announcement for the 5th Annual Magic Valley Magic October 3-4, 2014 on page 15 of the August Linking Ring. Please join us and take part.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 20, 2014 09:13AM)
The attendance and participation is looking great! Thanks to all of you who have given us the courtesy of an RSVP. It helps us to plan for food and other items.

Lucy and I look forward to seeing you here at the ranch.

I think that there is also some more information on Facebook about Magic Valley Magic.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 27, 2014 02:34PM)
Two more items were added this week to the activities at the event. Don't miss it!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 31, 2014 05:01PM)
The website for the 2014 Magic Valley Magic is http://www.magicvalleymagic.com/

Make your plans now to be there.

We look forward to seeing you there. There are also noncompetitive opportunities to perform short tricks and routines for OPEN MIC! Please join us and take part.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 9, 2014 06:59AM)
Thank you for all the RSVP calls. It helps us plan for facility use and scheduling.

This is our 5th year of Magic Valley Magic. Let's make it extra special!

Lots of talent and fun with magical friends. Lot's of fun!

Don't forget to bring your treasures to sell in the magicians' flea market too!
Message: Posted by: hefemexy (Sep 12, 2014 09:39PM)
Hello fellow magic valley patrons, I just called the hotel and they have a few rooms still free. I wanted to find out if anyone would like to room to save money, or looking for a roommate?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 19, 2014 05:18PM)
Wow! I'm very impressed with who have made arrangements to be here for Magic Valley Magic 2014. Many have never been here before and many of our "regulars" are returning. One is a winner on America's Got Talent. Others are a very well known author of magic books and lectures, a habitual winner of the contests at major conventions, Guinness record holders, movie and TV producers, and past Presidents of IBM. Everyone is asking about the Magic Flea Market. Shoppers are hunting. Bring your stuff!

The closest motel (Exit 208) is about out of rooms. However at Exit 205 there are plenty of motel rooms. (At Exit 205 on I-65, Days Inn has given us the best deals in the past.)

We hope to see you here!
Message: Posted by: murf (Sep 22, 2014 04:19PM)
I'm counting the days! I spent some time this weekeend figuring out how to pack my props in the car. Our reservations are made and we're ready to see Magic Valley again!

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 27, 2014 12:21PM)
Murf we are looking forward to your getting here. Friday things begin!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 30, 2014 10:17AM)
The weatherman called Magic Valley Ranch today and gave temperatures for this weekend in the 70's. Friday there is a slight chance of scattered showers. BUT SATURDAY for the flea market ---- NO RAIN!

If it did rain, we can move the flea market into a huge horse barn. The other activities are indoors.

First lecturer is Friday 2:30PM. Rick Montana is a movie producer and producer with SHOWTIME Television. He will take Q&A on promotion and activities in getting your own TV program, bookings in special events, USO shows, Fairs and Festivals, military bases, etc. He is also bringing his guitar, bring yours!

Need help from a pro with your videos? Here is your shot at asking a professional producer.

He also has a new book out. Have you seen or read "An Alien View of Human History"
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Sep 30, 2014 05:46PM)
Went by Bob's today and setup the sound system - ready to go!
Message: Posted by: Stephon Johnson (Oct 2, 2014 08:30PM)
Bob is a class act! I WILL make it to the shindig at the Ranch someday!!
Message: Posted by: Stephon Johnson (Oct 2, 2014 09:36PM)
...Someday...
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 3, 2014 06:14AM)
Come on Stephon, join us and show us some expert manipulation.

Just a note, if rain becomes a problem, we move the Magic Flea Market from the arena into a vary large horse barn. (I hand raked the isle yesterday. Not bad for an old guy who just had a quadruple bypass surgery!)

http://magicvalleymagic.com/

Good news! The rain has stopped. Even better, the food vendor is setting up!

I know some magicians and families arrived last night!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 3, 2014 08:19AM)
A message from Debora Witkowski that I was asked to post for her. (Deb was even here for the very first Magic Valley Magic in 2010.)

Bob if you get a chance would you print this out and post, for our magic friends to see? I'm at work and will not be able to come to the event. I thank you. I pray that you don't over do working at the party. I also pray that everyone has a great time.
Deb

We will miss Deb here. :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 3, 2014 08:21AM)
Friday October 3rd

1 PM - Registration and Check in SURPRISES!
Access to facilities for setup of tables, tents, etc. for Flea Market
Chance to visit and get familiar with facilities

2:00 PM – Lecture – Rick Montana

4:00 PM – Open MIC

7 PM -- Friday Night Stage Show – (Bunny Heart Theater)

--- After Show Reception (Food!) ---


Saturday October 4th

There is a food vendor Here Saturday.
You won’t have to leave to go eat!

8:00 AM Registration and Flea Market Opens

Setup for Vendors in Flea Market (arena)
SURPRISES!

8:30 AM Open Mic - Stage Magic
(Bunny Heart Theater)

10:00 AM – Lecture – Close up

11:30 AM - Lecture/Exhibit – Dr. Cato Holler

1:00 PM - Mini Lecture

2:00 PM – Lecture – Lion Fludd

4:00 PM - Close Up Show

5:00 PM - Open Mic - Close Up Magic

7:30 PM - Saturday Night Stage Show –
(Bunny Heart Theater)

Flea Market closes at 6:30PM.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 3, 2014 05:23PM)
Great day of magic!

Great weather too!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 5, 2014 09:02AM)
Wow! The best flea market we have ever had! Good stuff! Lots of buyers and sellers!

Then there was the MAGIC! Good Lectures, good Sharing and good Shows!

But the very best was the time we got to spend together!

Thanks to all who came and join us.

The next Magic Valley Magic is OCTOBER 2 & 3, 2015. Mark your calendars now.
Message: Posted by: tommeepickles (Oct 6, 2014 01:44PM)
I had a great time, I am so happy that I met so many people. Unfortunately, I just noticed that the next Magic Valley Magic is on the same dates as Genii convention.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 6, 2014 06:42PM)
We just got back to San Antonio. Had a great time at the ranch, and even took a little detour on the way home to see the old cars Cruisin' The Coast in Biloxi. Gotta start planing for next year --- it's on our calender.

By the way tommee, I suspect that the reason some folks were a bit slow at naming celebreties was that a bunch of us old coggers hvae never heard of most of the people on those cards;)

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 7, 2014 06:27AM)
Tommie, When Genii had its other convention, it was not a factor for attendance at Magic Valley Magic. It is just a decision.

The only factor for us was that Genii refused to announce Magic Valley Magic in their convention calendar. Apparently we are a threat to them. Sorry. Our 6th Annual Magic Valley Magic will still be on schedule for the first weekend in October as usual.

We enjoyed having you here. Come again.
Message: Posted by: tommeepickles (Oct 7, 2014 11:57AM)
Bob, I hope I will be there for the 7th :)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 9, 2014 05:03PM)
We had the best Magicians' Flea Market tis year at Magic Valley Magic. Next year should be even better.

The 2015 Magic Valley Magic will also have the same food vendor as this year. We received very good comments about the new food vendor. Being able to eat here keeps the vendors open and saves having to leave he event to get food.

Thank you for your comments.
Message: Posted by: murf (Oct 25, 2014 08:58PM)
Anybody got any pictures to send in for the web site?

Murf
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 21, 2015 08:14PM)
Murf,

I received some prints but my printer doesn't scan anymore!

We need JPEGS.

Also the new thread for 2015 is

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=575396&forum=31
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 28, 2015 07:07PM)
The Motels for 2015 have changed. Please check with us for the availabilities.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 23, 2015 07:04AM)
The old motel by Shoney's is closed as is Shoney's. However, there are plenty of good motels at the 205 exit on I-65. They are closer to FOOD too!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 3, 2015 12:44PM)
The Motel situation has really improved. The Inn of Clanton at I-65 Exit 208 has re-opened with new owners. The current phone number is (205) 280-0306 but will be changing.

Motels --- Motels --- Motels

People have asked me to post contact information for the motels. (The price range here is from $40-$80. The one at Exit 208 is $54 for up to 4 people but you must tell them you are with Magic Valley Magic for that rate.)

Area Motels (Clanton, Alabama)

*** Exit 208 I-65 (about 5 miles away) ***

Inn of Clanton (Has special $54 rate for Magicians – ASK!)
(205) 280-0306
For years it was called the Guesthouse.

*** Exit 205 I-65 (about 8 miles away) ***

Holiday Inn Express
(205) 280-1880

Best Western
(205) 280-1006

Days Inn
(205) 755-2420

Key West Inn
(205) 755-8500

Scottish Inns
(205) 755-4049
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 24, 2015 08:59AM)
Thank you for the RSVP information already received.

The motel at Exit 208 is being remodeled. That is a big improvement but our people still get it at the old rate of $54!

Inn of Clanton (Has special $54 rate for Magicians – ASK!) For years it was called the Guesthouse.

(205) 280-0306
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 3, 2015 11:07PM)
Camping is available at Peach Park Exit 205 from I-65
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 18, 2015 11:35AM)
NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR INN of CLANTON

(205) 755-7829

Tell them you are with Magic Valley Magic and the rate is $54.00.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (May 10, 2015 04:55PM)
On my recent tour in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio I met several magicians who plan to join us here for the 6th annual Magic Valley Magic October 2 & 3.

Made your plans yet?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jun 22, 2015 03:05PM)
Some of you have had trouble with the new phone number at the Inn of Clanton.

That problem has been fixed.

The phone number is (205) 755-7829.

There are still rooms available and the rate for those attending Magic Valley Magic October 2-3, 2015 is $54/night.
You MUST ASK for it!
Message: Posted by: HighClass (Jul 1, 2015 07:52AM)
Who is lecturing this year?
Do you have a schedule of activities?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 20, 2015 08:10PM)
We do have lectures again this your but the list is not ready for publication. Anyone you want to add?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Aug 5, 2015 08:10PM)
Meeting magicians at the Magic Castle this week that will be there.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 17, 2015 10:32AM)
Wow! I think we are ready!

Remember that if want to sell goods in the flea market there is no charge for the space but you will need to have the tables you need with you.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Sep 28, 2015 04:41AM)
Once you get to Exit 208 on I-65, there are signs and balloons to mark the way to the ranch. The ranch is about 5 miles from the exit.
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Sep 29, 2015 04:59PM)
Bob:
I'm really looking forward to seeing you this weekend, and sharing some of my work with everyone who's there.
Message: Posted by: James Adamson (Oct 1, 2015 07:18PM)
I will be there tomorrow night!
Message: Posted by: tommeepickles (Oct 1, 2015 10:07PM)
Sorry, can't make it. I hope for next year. Maybe we should all tent it for some campfire magic and beer.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 4, 2015 09:20AM)
Many thanks to all made it so much fun. Your participation was fabulous. We are looking forward to next October for our 7th Magic Valley Magic.

Tommy we missed you.
Message: Posted by: Steve Friedberg (Oct 4, 2015 10:59AM)
Bob,
I want to thank you for inviting my wife and me to share an incredible weekend with you, your wife and an incredible group of magical friends. Wherever I travel, I'm always amazed at the quality of magicians I meet...and Magic Valley Ranch only added to that amazement.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 4, 2015 03:27PM)
Steve, thank you! Your participation as a lecturer, performer, vendor and even as a volunteer for others was wonderful. You definitely made the event the success it was.

Lucy and I look forward to seeing you again here at Magic Valley Ranch.