16 April 2015

Browser's Magic Bash 2015 recap

As many of you are aware, I live-Tweeted and live-blogged the first annual Browser's Magic Bash last Sunday.  In this post I've consolidated (and edited) the blog posts and Tweets, and included many of your Tweets tagged with #BrowsersBash2015 . (For the complete list of Tweets and photos check out this Twitter link to #BrowsersBash2015 )  It's a very long post.  Click "read more" below to view it.  Thanks for joining in.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did!



6:13 AM:
Rise and shine for #BrowsersBash2015 !

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9:00 AM
We're here safe and sound. The room is almost ready and the attendees are getting registered.  Big display table of food drive contribution so far.  Dealer's table is well stocked.
One minute warning just called.
Everyone is stoked!  

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Wonderful to see movie footage with Len Cooper on the big screens!  From Twitter:


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Jeff is still welcoming everyone to the very first #BrowsersBash2015 !

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Housekeeping include:
- rules on making things float
- restrictions on spoon bending
- D'Lites for emergency preparedness

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On stage Nathan Kranzo sharing about childhood Applebee's experience.

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Welcoming Wij Siva on stage!

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On stage 146 year old Doc Wuthergloom.
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Richard Sanders entertaining the crowd.

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Jeff's uncle, (his dad's older brother) flew in from Montreal to spend some times with us today in Jeff's dad's honour. 
A rubber chicken for Dr. Uncle Jerry!
Jeff also recognized Joan Caesar, the founder and past president of the Canadian Association of Magicians and also the past International President of the IBM!  
Bernice Cooper and her son were here too.  Fabulous!



Lunch is being served. Pizza and sandwiches.  Nom, nom, nom.



Jeff Hinchliffe is back in the world of magic!
(And also presently lecturing.)
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Eric Leclerc asking audience member not to freak out.

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Mahdi Gilbert spent a few months at Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York helping to transcribe historical magic texts into a digital format.

We called the Conjuring Arts Research Center, and told them you were speaking at the Bash. They are very proud of you, just like we are, and they wanted to celebrate with us, too.

On behalf of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, in honor of Mahdi Gilbert, and in celebration of the Browser's Magic Bash, everyone here has been gifted a digital copy of the project he deemed your favourite - the entire Tarbell Course set!

Thank you Conjuring Arts Research Center, and thank you Mahdi!




Browser's Magic Bash Food Drive had two tables full of cans & dried goods contributed.
A week tomorrow, it's going to the Toronto Food Bank on behalf of the local magic community.
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 3:26 PM
David Acer lecturing!

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 4:16 PM

Kudos to Steven Kline Productions for all the behind the scenes work and to Luiz Castro for helping!

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4:18 PM
Wow!   Alexander Pappas came here all the way from Switzerland and Jo Deng came from Changsha, China.


4:56 PM
Richard Sanders lecture starting!
"Canadian bills are stupid."

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 8:07 PM
Jeff's thanking:
- all the staff here at the MonteCassino for treating us like family. Cheers to the office, engineering, hotel, and kitchen staff.
- people who helped transform the Bash into something special: Annie Pinsky, Mike Segal, James Allen, Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, Marvin & Shawna York, Nicole Lee, John Michalson, Stephanie Kline, Roxanne Talbot, and Christina Asher.

 8:17 PM
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Two people worked tirelessly to make the #BrowsersBash2015 come together into this wonderful event.

Both are wickedly smart. Both are very creative. Both are very hard workers. And both are very good people.

Lee Asher and John Talbot ...without them there would be no Browser's Magic Bash.

Thank you Lee and John!

They were both presented with sweater vests! 

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 8:18 PM
Jeff just won the first ever "Head Basher" award for his contributions to the magic community!

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Greg Frewin & Company impressed the crowds!


Haim Goldenberg takes the stage.


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John Park had chickens and marshmallows flying! And that's not all:

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Amazing stage show with David Acer, Haim Goldenberg, Greg Frewin, Nathan Kranzo, John Park and Richard Sanders!

9:36 PM
The Browser's Magic Bash tradition has officially begun and is off to a great start!
What's in store for next year?



Individual jam-sessions happening directly after the show!

Good night!



















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