First Impression: Where are the women?
Answer to First Impression: They’ve been replaced by playing cards, trick ropes, and coins.
Interesting Factoid: I still hold sway with the tiny demographic of paunchy, pull-a-rabbit-from-a-hat, older men.
Most Uncomfortable Social Interaction: One of the aforementioned new admirers approaches me, winks, and says he likes my ‘wild cat’ boots. Given this Big Hoss sports a wicked cowboy hat, a bold western shirt, and butt-hugging wranglers, he knows of what he speaks.
Non-Magician Recommendation: If a magic convention hosting more than 500 magicians sets up a dealership room where well-known magicians display, demonstrate, and sell their wares, said room should be large enough for said attendees. Making it Sandwich City horrifies introverts with a strong adherence to the three-foot personal space rule. Oh, and if I receive a quarter for every time I hear someone say, “They need a bigger room,” I can pluck a coin from each of your ears.
Cutest Gesture: Passing out cards and coins to me at the door before a how-to lecture in case I want to practice my technique along with the rest of the audience. Thanks, boys, but I’ll power up my iPad and write a ‘Reflections of a Woman at a Magic Convention’ blog post instead.
Surprising Discovery: A man who invaginates his body into an enormous red balloon can still find a wife.
Unpleasant Discovery: When using the hotel fitness room, wondering if you’ll survive a treadmill run in the ninety-degree sarcophagus, approximately 100 pink pudgy faces peer at you through the glass window as they make their way to breakfast.
Wisest Decision: Working out in the hotel room thereafter.
Most Fantastic Outcomes: Seeing your son quiver in excitement with each new experience. Watching him attend lecture after lecture, taking notes and learning new concepts. Witnessing truly kind magicians take time to engage and encourage him. Realizing I am part of a unique and wonderful adventure.
Have you ever stepped into a world entirely foreign to you? What kind of conferences have you attended? Do you have ‘wild cat’ boots?
***Know that the above post is all in fun. The convention was a delight, well-organized, and full of great people. And the final show was fantastic, including a performance by Justin Flom (who’s been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show), demonstrating cool musical card magic like this. What a special opportunity for my budding magician son.