My flight is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas next Wednesday evening and while I haven't tried to get myself invited to all the best parties, I've managed to book the key events and make preparations to try to make a few blog posts while I'm there.
Some of my more grandiose plans have been shelved as my Real Job (TM) has managed to suck up all of the time I would have used to arrange them; but I'm thrilled that my first week-long vacation in many years (maybe 15?) will be spent at my first TAM. As if that wasn't already sweet enough, it's also the first 'proper' vacation with my girlfriend.
I found out that the Thursday night event has been changed. Originally, the event was a double-billing of magic and mentalism with Jamy Ian Swiss and The Great Tomsoni & Co. The magic geeks out there already know how good this show would have been. John Thomson is a legend (and not just for his hair) and Jamy Ian Swiss is a true master of his craft.
I was really looking forward to watching two of magic's elite performing together. Unfortunately, Johnny Thomson had to cancel. I would have been perfectly happy to watch Jamy perform alone but, to my great surprise, they've managed to fill the vacancy with not one, but two of my favorites: Mac King and Banachek (of Project Alpha fame...for you non-magic-geek skeptics out there).
I was already planning on taking Beth to see Mac King (and we'll still go...I never miss his show when I'm in Las Vegas) but this triple-threat show is one I'm really looking forward to.
And while we'll also be going to Penn & Teller's show on Sunday night, the entire week won't be spent hopping from one magic show to another - we're going to be at the premiere skeptic's convention. There will be plenty of educational and entertaining talks and workshops, a talent show, a live testing of an applicant for the million dollar challenge, plenty of partying and socializing (check out the event schedule)...and Beth and I have a full day on either side of the conference to relax, explore and enjoy.
Yes, I'm boasting...and I don't feel the slightest bit bad about it. You should come!
If you're at TAM and happen to spot me, don't be shy! Come on over and say hello - even if you hate the work I've done on our shows. :)
Obviously I can't promise to give regular updates (I might