As the nights grow longer and the weather grows colder, there’s a good chance you’re going to find yourself tucked inside this weekend. Why not kill an afternoon watching The Art of Magic, a two-and-a-half-hour documentary that originally aired on PBS? It covers a lot of ground exploring the history of magic, from its roots in folklore, through ancient Greek and Roman society, and up to the magic of the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s filled with loads of great info, as well as interviews with and performances by Max Maven, Jeff McBride, the late Eugene Burger, and many, many more. You’ll find it embedded above in its entirety, courtesy of Merovingian’s Magic Shop
The Magic & Mystery School’s Magic and Meaning Conference is right around the corner and still accepting registrations for what is sure to be an enlightening and entertaining weekend of magic and instruction.
Running from October 18-21 and held at the Sunset Station Hotel in Las Vegas, the Magic & Meaning Conference is a small, exclusive gathering of amateur and expert magicians looking to hone their craft, meet other members of the magic community, and learn from the best. Instructors include Jeff McBride, Tobias Beckwith, Bryce Kuhlman, Larry Hass, Ph.D., and Abigail Spinner McBride.
The highlight of the conference are its PEP talks—20-minute lectures on the Performance, Entertainment, and Philosophy of magic. Other events include Ensemble Shows, which allow attendees to practice in front of the group, live shows, optional evening activities, and the “Return of the Mysteries” event, held on the first night in a secret location only revealed once attendees arrive. Mat Franco, America’s Got Talent winner and host of Magic Reinvented Nightly, will also be in attendance as the guest of honor.
Tickets are still on sale for $445 for the entire weekend, but if you’re looking for a last-minute seat, register ASAP, as spots are limited to only 78 attendees. If you’re not able to make it this year, tickets for next year’s conference are already available for pre-registration for $395, and is scheduled to run October 17-20, 2018.