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This month's issue(Jan) of MUM has an excellent essay by Norman Beck in his "I've Been Thinkin'" column.

How many people have been turned off of all lectures thanks to the wealth of bad lectures?

Read the column, and then please, share your thoughts. I think this is excellent fodder for the kind of discussion that benefits magic.

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I'd love to see Norman lecture at the upcoming convention in Dallas! How about it?
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Richard --

I agree completely. I have had the privilege of seeing a draft of the notes for the lecture that he did at Marc Souza's in Philadelphia, and tere was some remarkable stuff. Added to his thinking and his presentation, it looked like it would be dynamite. I can only hope I have the chance to see it in person.

BTW, I am happy to report that, based on the notes, he did at least meet all the criteria for a lecture set forth in his column.

Oh, and the stuff will fool the heck out of you.

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Norman will be lecturing in New York City this Friday, March 2nd. Go to http://www.sampa1.com for more information.
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How was the lecture? Anyone here attend?
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I've been to a few lame lectures, mostly at magic conventions, most of the stand alone lectures I've been to have been great. Yet, I am selective when it comes to stand alone lectures, and only choose those from people I know give good lectures. Plus, I generally am prepared for what the lecture is about. I've seen people go to a lecture that was clearly advertised concerning marketing with magic and see them come out complaining because they didn't learn a bunch of moves or tricks. Sometimes I wonder if they read the flyer.
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It is sad for me to see people walk out on lectures that are not about learning the newest or latest card effects or tricks. There have been some great lectures by some really good lecturers that are on topics like marketing or the business side of magic or on topics that make you think about how you present your magic.

I can recall a great one given by Topas at the SAM convention a few years back. He really didn't show much tricks but he was a wonderful leacturer to watch cause he talked about who you are on stage. I think some folks maybe left but for those who stayed it was a real eye opener and one of the best lectures I have seen around.

This year I will be attending the SAM convention in Dallas and they already have some wonderful lecturers lined up. However it is the sessions (smaller type lectures and workshops) that I find are going to be of most interest.

I am also honored and very grateful to have been asked to speak and perform at one of these sessions that will be taking place at the convention. Our session topic is not one of effects or tricks but a topic I have a real passion for. That is the performance and creativity of the magic that you do. It will be a 90 minute session with a Q and A at the end really diving into detail on what can you as a performer do to be more creative with your magic. It should open some eyes and I just hope that those who are at the convention might check it out for themselves.

You will not learn a bunch of new tricks but it is my hope and intention that you might leave learning a lot more then you thought you would. So if you are planning on being at the Dallas convention, I would love to see you at the session called "Curtain Call". It would be an honor to meet some of you, shake your hand afterwards and ask you what you thought of it.

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The best lecture I ever attended was Jack Pyle's. He did not teach one trick. But he taught how to present an act and sell it. I regret I loaned the audio tape I had of it to a friend who misplaced it.

I don't need any more tricks. A lot of lectures now become dealer demos and guys just buy stuff they will never use.

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