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Summer 2010 Recap!

Posted by Joe M. Turner | on August 7, 2010

Summer 2010 has been a blur! The kids are back in school and that means that fall is approaching despite what the thermometer says. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to.

The Society of American Magicians convention in Atlanta marked my debut performance at a national magic convention. I had a great time performing on the opening night show and have already been booked for another convention next year as a result of that appearance. More about that later.

Immediately following the SAM convention, I left for San Diego for the International Brotherhood of Magicians 2010 convention.  I’m currently serving on the Executive Committee/Board of Directors of the IBM and so this convention is part work and part play.  I am excited about the future of the organization – and if any of you, my friends and clients, have an interest in magic or know someone who has an interest, please have them contact me so I can tell them about the benefits of being part of the IBM.

I was especially pleased to be at the convention this year to see my friend Rolando Santos installed as International President. Congratulations, Rolando!

I made a quick trip to Mississippi in July to reconnect with some of my hometown friends. While I was there I attended the Clinton Chamber of Commerce luncheon and also made a connection regarding a show in Vicksburg. That will be a public show and I hope a lot of my connections in the area will be able to make it. Stay tuned for details!

As soon as I got back, I was featured at a meeting of the Georgia chapter of Meeting Professionals International, making incoming president Meredith Martini magically appear at a luncheon. That same morning I was featured on “The Communication Corner,” a radio program hosted by my friend Dr. Bill Lampton.  You can read Dr. Bill’s blog here, and read specifically about my interview (and listen!) here.

In late July, I spent a full day performing and teaching magic at Camp Walk N Roll, the annual camp produced by the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Georgia. This is something I try to include in the schedule every year. Last year’s camp was cancelled due to concerns about influenza, so all the campers and counselors were ready to be back at camp this year!

I just returned from a trip to New Jersey and New York. I’ve appeared at Ocean City Tabernacle in the past and I love that part of the shore. It’s always a wonderful experience – often enhanced by a visit to an amusement park down on the boardwalk!

While in the area I also performed at Monday Night Magic in Manhattan while on that trip. This year’s trip was a tough one – it seemed that traffic and other challenges and inconveniences were constantly stacked against us, but my assistant Erin and I persevered and we made it safely there and back again.

I barely had a day off before jumping right back into the fray here in Atlanta.  Keep watching for updates about the new projects, and enjoy the last days of summer!

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