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chop_dog_1777
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Oh boy where to start? I just attended the FCM convention for the first time this year as an attendee. I got to see one evening show the year before but it was nothing like actually attending the convention all week. The talent there was amazing. I got to meet Justin Flom who looks to be a great young magician, so enthusiastic and great. I also got to meet Peter Cassidy and Keith Barber who put on a great telepathy act. The Andre Kole show was also extremely entertaining and filled with great messages. The workshops all week were also great. I'm really looking forward to getting to go again next year since it is held in my neighboring town. Anybody else out there feel free to make your comments please.

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Pit_Finn
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When you missed the big convention, you can come to the Creative Ministries Seminar in Denver, Colorado.

August 1-2, 2003.

The URL is: http://www.gospelcom.net/fcm/rmc/cms.html
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BroDavid
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Thanks Brenton, for the update on the FCM International Convention.

From what I understand, this year really surpassed the wonderful Conference of last year, which was truly outstanding.

I was blessed to Meet Justin, and the rest of his family last year. He is a quality young man, and a real performer. I had really looked forward to renewing the acquaintance of Toby Travis, Sammy Smith, and many, many others, but my work schedule kept me from going this year.

I would love to hear more reports as well.

A highlight for me last year was the late night breakout sessions. Did anyone get to any of them this year?

BroDavid
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strugglingfool
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I went to 3 of the 4 "late late" sessions this year, and overall I'd have to say I was a bit disappointed with those sessions. The first night, all anyone wanted to do was criticize David Blaine, even though he was all they could talk about.

When they weren't criticizing Mr. Blaine, it seemed like I was watching an exposure special on television. "Here's how Blaine levitated." (Then we were treated to the WORST Balducci levitation I've ever seen.) "Here's how Blaine changed the cards in the spectator's hands." (Again, we were treated to some really bad magic.)

None of it (on the first night) seemed to be about learning or helping each other out. It was all just a bunch of "here's how this works." Never mind that most of these tricks are currently marketed and/or someone else's effects. (What's the Eighth Commandment again?)

The other late-late nights got better; the highlight for me was listening to Kevin Spencer discuss the aspects of touring year after year. Oh, and watching Andrew Payne eat a light bulb, even though that wasn't really a trick.

Overall, I guess I'd say I had fun at the convention. I got to see some old friends, and make several new ones.

And, thanks to Jay Rumple and others, Peter Cassford and I got to perform on the main stage, which was totally unexpected, and fun.
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Strugglingfool,

I completely agree about the first night. That was pretty irritating Are you mostly close-up or parler/stage/etc?

My favorite stuff didn't happen until late, late, late after most of the people had left and there were a few of us doing close up - myself, joey, justin, etc.....
BroDavid
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There were 3 or 4 of Late night sessions each night, and were kind of grouped on interests, and I can imagine that each had their own "personality".

The late night sessions that I attended in 2002 were controlled (facilitated) by P.J. Weber and were great teaching sessions that did not give away commerical secrets but did teach some basic like ring and rope, endless chain,and a variety of card handling tips, etc. We also talked a lot about audience management, misdirection in effects, and various other performing issues.

I was up until nearly 4:00 all 4 nights, and really enjoyed those sessions. P.J. Weber is a terrific guy, a great teacher, and a fine facilitator. He gave everyone a chance to show/share something, appropriate encouragement, and kept things from getting too far off track.

But I can understand how some of the sessions could have ended up as "Blaine bashings", or other unproductive things, based on the facilitator.

And it did seem (as Shane_Delon said) that late, late, it got even better as things thinned out.

BroDavid
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