The Dundalk Day of Magic took place last Sunday 3rd May and saw a crowd of about sixty gather at The Carrickdale Hotel for a fun filled event. Unfortunately your editor could not be there as I was thankfully gainfully employed but Nicola Cunningham was on hand to capture all the action for you in words and as ever Paul Gomac is the man with the pics.
What an amazing day yesterday Dundalk day of Magic was a complete success. An intimate convention held in our own little part of the Carrickdale hotel, Dundalk.
Upon arrival guests were met by a fantastic room set up with thanks to Dealers, Pat Fallon, Sean Kealty and Alban and Lynn from Kaymar Magic who came along with their magical treats to tempt us Magi to empty our pockets before the fabulous day ahead.The day was a relaxed affair beginning with a close up showcase featuring some of our main acts, George Bleeks and Rodd Hogg from the USM, John Bowden from the SIM and our star lecturer Wayne Goodman presented us with a glimpse of what was in store for their lectures ahead.
All the lecturers provided extremely magical, entertaining tricks and ideas. And of course expressed their love of magic by giving us an insight into their methods and thinking behind each performance.
As a finale to the afternoon, Wayne took to the stage to show us a thing or two about magic. Wayne's lecture was highly entertaining, funny, and we all even went away with loads of freebies, including the fastest way to memorise a full deck of cards, which is just ingenious and so clever!!! Especially to those who have already took the time to learn a stack, myself being on of those people.
A quick break then onto the dinner, which had its magical moments also. As we had no entertainment during the dinner, Wayne set a challenge to all the younger members attending the convention to perform at the tables and the person that got the biggest round of applause got a free trick. Needless to say they jumped out of their seats and whipped round the tables frantically and performed some excellent routines that got us in the mood for the gala show ahead. It was so nice to see the younger members having so much fun, Wayne's bet really got the whole room talking, laughing and above all helped us enjoy the day just that little bit more.
Onto the Gala show, well we had seasoned Pro Pat Fallon as compare introducing the acts. In his graceful style his introduced all the acts including our first performer, Vagabond, Liam O'Neil, who performed feats of strength, danger and at times defied reality. A different and very interesting act that we are not used to seeing performed however, a good opener that got us all thinking, how the hell did he do that. His act was defiantly something you do not want to try at home.
Our next act Rodd Hogg, took to the stage, a pickpocket by trade and rogue by nature, began by producing items he had procured over the day from Magicians pockets, a feat that not many people would attempt. Thankfully we're all friends here and it was received hilariously by magicians and friends and family alike. Very strong performance ending with a great bill to Lime routine.
And last but not least our star Act, Wayne Goodman took to the stage. He was completely relaxed but ready to knock us dead with a great line up of tricks from his vast repertoire from performing at many events across the globe. Wayne performed a good variety of magic including an amazing version of Ring and Rope. I'll not give too much away however those who attended today know that Wayne really worked his socks off at Dundalk, getting us all involved and really making a very magical day a memorable and funny one. Wayne you are new friend to Irish Magic thank you so much for coming along.
A big thanks goes out to all our performers, dealers, to Gary for providing the Equipment including lights, stage, sound and camera for the day, to the hotel and staff. And of course to our organisers to James Hobart and IBM president Alan Kennedy. Thanks for a wonderful Convention.
Dates to get in the diary folks...The IBM Magic Convention 2016 will be held Belfast 29th, 30th April and 1st May and is being organised by Caolan McBride and Nicola Cunningham. Let's just say you do not want to miss this convention. Keep your Eyes peeled for more info.