Wednesday, March 14, 2007

On The Road

As I mentioned in my last post, Sandy and I spent last Saturday as dealers at the New England Magicians Convention, which is held yearly in North Haven. Sandy displays and sells her hand-crafted cloth items for magicians while I sell instructional DVDs from L&L Publishing, a company that I do quite a bit of freelance copywriting for, in addition to some magic effects of my own creation.

It's always a great time and gives Sandy and I a chance to catch up with good friends and others in the business. The attendees are always an interesting mix of professionals, semi-pros, amateurs and hobbyists. Sandy snapped this picture of me along with two very good friends, Jim Spinnato, one of the funniest hypnotists in the business, and David Oliver, a fine magician with an awe-inspiring stage act. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to count great performers like these two guys as friends.

On Monday, we headed to Long Island and a flea market/auction for magicians sponsored by a local magic club. We had a table at last year's event and did moderately well, which is why we accepted the invitation to return this year. This is the kind of event that most attendees would have benefited from had they actually brought along some money but, unfortunately, it was quickly apparent to us that not everyone had gotten that particular memo. I took a quick picture of Sandy behind our dealer table with my camera phone during the interminable auction where once again, "thrift" seemed to be the watchword. To make matters worse, it was a two-hour drive each way.

On the upside, I made at least enough dough to pick up God of War II this week. A good video game, particularly one with a mythological theme, is one of my few vices. As they say, growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional!