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Revision as of 17:35, 13 March 2012The Columbus MAGI-FEST was a convention sponsored by the IBM Howard Thurston Ring in Columbus Ohio beginning in 1931 (as the National IBM Convention). Started by Robert Nelson and Syl Reilly, it had a great run of 80 years (81 conventions) until they announced its decision in March of 2012 to retire convention.
It regularly drew over 800 attendees and final year still attend by over 500 magicians.
There were several factors in the decision including:
- Long-time, loyal attendees who are aging out faster than younger registrants are coming in
- The downturn in the U.S. economy over the past few years
- Financial pressure on the convention due to increasing costs and insurance requirements, while keeping registration, food, and lodging costs affordable to attendees
The staff in 2012 were Tony Dolciato, Randal Fath, Mike Heniken, Steven Kline, the Krech kids, Glenn Mackie, Red Penley, and Mike Sanderson.