Among the surprises was the surprise arrival of David Blaine as the fourth guest speaker.
If you weren't around for the live stream or have failed to join, here is what you missed on Day 1:
- Eric Mead opened EMC 2012 with advise for young and aspiring magic performers. In essence, read more and watch less, Learn from as many sources as possible! Most importantly, perform as much as you can and learn from your mistakes.
- Armando Lucero was the first performer and presented some lovely card magic.
- Denis Behr was next with a talk on stacked decks after a a presontation aided by David Williamson as the spectator. A great segment!
- Next up was Michel Clavello who presented some fantastic effects using a hold out (The Invisible Hand) Fantastic!
- Guy Hollingworth was next and performed a great effect in which he demonstrates a "curse to predict the future." Marco assisted in this great presentation.
- Bill Malone stepped up to the mic in order to read the preface to his biography on Ed Marlow. I"M KIDDING! He talked about blending comedy and magic.
- Session One ended with a question and answre session with questions from attendees.
- Topas hosted the second session which began with Graham Jolley's card prediction and snooker ball routine with Mr. Hollingworth as his spectator. There was much more here that you'll discover when you watch.
- Steve Cohen presented a talk on Malini with some great and little known stories about Max.
- Marco Tempest talking about his creative process and the importance of "making magic" and not doing tricks. Needless to say, we get some interesting insights into his proccess and his recent TED talk.
- Hiro Sakai presented 3 fly withpoker chips, and what is sure to be one of the most talked about segments which used a Cat, a butterfly and some toast. No.. Really!
- Woody Aragon presented a great talk on interactive magic and the power of letting the audience create the magic.
- Denis Behr next performed an effect with the help of an assistant.. Namely a rubber band. Sounds trivial but it was fun stuff.
- Next up was a panel hosted by Topas on the topic of secrets and exposure.
- Tom Stone was the next performer and presented his signature Benson Bowl routine which he will discuss in a later session
- Session two closed with another Q&A from attendees.
- Tom Stone kicked things off by discussing his unique style of magic before fully exlaining his Benson Bowl rutine in detail!
- Debbie McGee presented a talk on the vitl role of a magician's assistant with insights and stories about she and her husband.
- Dani Da Ortiz presented his Lucky Number routine next. It appears to be totally random but it works!
- Max Maven discussed the subtlties of handling a spectator on stage.
- Next was the amazing David Berglas who told the tale of an effect tha he performed for the BBC which involved the ransportation of an object instantly between two cities for a live television audience. Then he explains how he made it work!
- David Williamson was the next performer with a short presentation of a great card effect.
- Yigal Mesika then shared an fantastic talk on the use of invisible thread thread. Great stuff!