I did a Penguin Expo in Austin and Dallas this month. The crowds were great in both cities. It was nice to see so many friends in attendance. It was a pleasure working alongside some of the best in the business which was Mark Mason, Paul Richards, Gregory Wilson and the guys from Penguin Magic. We each gave mini lectures and demonstrated our wares at our dealer booths. I hope to do more of these soon. Some of my magic was featured in Penguin Monthly too.
I was also a guest performer and lecturer at the Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge, Tn. It was a 3 day weekend full of magic. Pigeon Forge is an interesting town. It’s like Branson. The buildings and attractions were unique. The convention was a lot of fun and one of the highlights was visiting the home of a millionaire who refurbished old gaming machines for a living (like the old fortune teller machines). The main party area where he entertained the guests looked like a speakeasy with an old authentic Chicago wood bar inside, an ice cream parlor, billiard table from the 18th century and more.
I’ve had swarms of shows from many of my clients to keep me busy as well. When not performing I’ve been spending lots of time playing poker. I attended the Texas Pinball Festival for the third time. I had a great time despite my ulcer and met Sam Jones who played Flash Gordon in the cult classic 1980 film. Basically, I had fun… and fun is the best thing to have.