MARCH 23 & 24 2018

The Abbott Magic Close-Up Convention has provided Magicians the chance to expand their repertoires with the greatest close-up talent in the world performing and lecturing at a reasonable price. The Close-Up Convention takes place March 23 & 24 2018. Registrations are available online at www.abbottmagic.com or call 269-432-3235. Limited seating, this event is almost always a sellout (Greg usually can find room for late registrations)! Jason Ladanye and Paul Vigil are this years performers.

Jason Ladanye - has performed his unique brand of card magic at Resort Casinos like Turning Stone, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun, and at corporate events for Fortune 500 companies including Fuji Films, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and General Motors. Earlier this year, Jason performed at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. The Road Company, one of the biggest theatrical production companies in North America, hired Jason as a consultant for their hit Broadway show, Cheers Live. In 2004 and 2010, Jason Ladanye represented the USA at the prestigious International Magic Convention held in London, England. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and Inside Edition exposing card cheating scams. In 2013, Jason released his first book, Confident Deceptions which is available worldwide. In 2017, Jason will be releasing his second book, Game Changer. His peers consider Jason one of the best card magicians in the world!

Paul Vigil - Paul Vigil He has been practicing the art of magic since the age of 5, and 10 years later Paul under took the challenge of becoming a professional performer. Within a further year Paul had become one of the most in demand performers in his native Salt Lake City. The center of magic, Las Vegas, soon called for Paul to join the ranks of the industries leaders and in 2002 Paul moved to Las Vegas, soon to establish himself as one of the finest performers the city has to offer. Alongside a full and demanding performance career, Paul’s creative contributions have not gone unnoticed by his peers. Nominated multiple times and winning the award for “Magic Trick of the Year”, as well as being asked to present his theories, ideas and concepts to other performers in his noted lectures. With numerous performances at every major Las Vegas casino and full-house shows at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, as well as entertaining the likes of Nobel Laureates – he is ready to bring his own type of wonder and astonishment to intelligent audience’s the world over. Paul has appeared on several hit TV shows including the Emmy award winning Penn & Teller’s “Bullsh!t” and multiple performances on “Hocus Pocus” hosted by Fielding West and Teresa Livingstone, as well as being the featured performer at the World Famous Magic Castle, performances that garnered multiple standing ovations.


FRIDAY, March 23

7PM People’s Choice one trick contest with $300 in merchandise certificate prizes.

9PM Show featuring performers in Concert will take place.

SATURDAY, March 24

9AM Wake up with coffee and donuts

10AM Mini Auction

10:30 Jason Ladanye Lecture

12 noon…lunch on your own

1:30PM Mini Auction

2PM Paul Vigil Lecture

4:30PM Banquet at Methodist Church - Menu includes seven layer salad, stuffed chicken breast, red mashed potatoes, Green Beans, coffee, tea, punch, and dessert.

6:30PM Saturday Night Gala Show will begin.

Past Closeup Lecturers

1980 Harry Lorayne 1981 Scotty York
1982 David Roth 1983 John Cornelius, Bruce Florek
1984 Tommy Wonder, Mike Powers 1985 Phil Willmarth, Eugene Burger
1986 David Ben, Hank Moorehouse, Dan Garrett 1987 Steve Beam, Johnny "Ace" Palmer
1988 Tommy Edwards, Jay Marshall, Jon Brunelle 1989 Jay Sankey, David Harkey, Tim Wright, Jon Brunelle
1990 Don Alan, J.C. Wagner, Randy Wakeman 1991 Simon Aronson/David Solomon, David Neighbors, John Rachenbaumer
1992 Dan Fleshman, John Luka, Mike Rogers 1993 Tom Carven, Dan Harlan, Mike Powers
1994 Eric DeCamps Obie Obrien, Don England 1995 Robert Bengel, Bob King, Danny Tong
1996 Bill Goldman, Jim Krenz, David Roth 1997 Paul Cummins, Dan Garrett, Carl Cloutier
1998 Steve Bidwell, Doc Dixon, John Luka 1999 Joshua Jay, Steve Draun, Lennert Green
2000 Gregory Wilson, Jim Krzak 2001 Paul Green, Eugene Burger
2002 Manual Murerte, Pit Hartling 2003 Doc Eason, Chad Long
2004 R. Paul Wilson, Carl Cloutier 2005 Bob Sheets, Bruce Bernstein, Tomas Medina
2006 Eric DeCamps, David Solomon, Mike Powers 2007 David Costi, Nathan Kranzo, Dan Fleshman
2008 Marc Oberon, Ed Ellis, Kostya Kimlat 2009 Paul Gertner, Tom Craven, Mike Powers, Gordon Miller
2010 John Bannon, Steve Beam 2011 Stephen Bargatze, Rick Merrill
2012 Bill Abbott, Richard Sanders 2013 Eric Jones, David Regal
2014 Kainoa Harbottle, Max Maven 2015 Garrett Thomas, Caleb Wiles
2016 Eric DeCamp, Brian Gillis 2017 Michael Ammar, Bruce Bernstein

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