Magicians' Alliance of Eastern States
2004 Convention Recap

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Convention Dates:

    September 9 - 11, 2004

Convention Location:

    Hilton Philadelphia/Cherry Hill
    Cherry Hill, NJ

Convention Committee:

  • General Chairman - Mike Miller
  • Registrar - John Beinhaur
  • Publicity - Beth Sheligo
  • Site - John Beinhaur
  • Talent - Phil Milstead and Mike Miller
  • Contest - Steve Watson
  • Dealers - Scott Correll


  • 330 Attendees
  • 12 Dealers

Award Winners:

  • Best Assistant - Tracy Allen
  • Larry West Memorial Award for Best Close-Up, Junior - Samson Fowler
  • Close-Up, Adult - Bryan Neuber
  • General Magic - Dylan Palm
  • Mentalism - Samson Fowler
  • Stage Manipulation - Nathan Kepner
  • Earl Canapp Comedy Award - Marty Santalucia
  • Junior Stage - Nathan Kepner
  • Clint Reidel Best Act of Competition Award - Constantine
  • Originality - Constantine
  • Pierre Fontaine Outstanding Newcomer of the Year Award - Danny Alan
  • M.A.E.S. Award of Excellence - Nathan Kepner
  • William H. Endlich Award, to the person who best exhibits the spirit of M.A.E.S. - Beth Sheligo

The Acts:
Clive Allen & Tracy The husband and wife team of Clive Allen & Tracy have been touring with their unique illusions at magic conventions, corporate banquets, and large stage shows since 1996. Clive Allen & Tracy have performed in over 30 states throughout the U.S. and have been seen on both U.S. and international television.


Gene Anderson Gene Anderson has performed magic professionally in 21 countries on six continents and has won 7 first-prize trophies in magic competitions for stage, comedy, close-up and originality. His book "Newspaper Magic," now in its eleventh printing, is one of the best selling ever!


Kevin Bethea Kevin Bethea has won several awards in magic contests and has made appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He has been a featured performer at national conventions such as Fechter’s Finger Flinging Frolics and Tannen’s Jubilee in New York City. Kevin was recently invited to perform at the world famous "Monday Night Magic", New York's longest running off-broadway magic show.


Bob Bloenk With a little bit of this and a whole lot of that, you're in for one unforgettable night when Bob Bloenk hits the stage! Bob's unique blend of comedy, music, and audience participation will have you laughing 'til your sides ache!


Trixie Bond Trixie Bond is one of the most popular magicians in the Southwestern USA. Corporate events, children’s parties, country clubs and theater dates fill Trixie’s calendar, as well as special engagements at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and Houston’s five-star dinner club, The Magic Island, where she performed close-up magic for five years as the first (and so far, only) female house magician.


John Cassidy John Cassidy holds the Guiness World Record for Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and has performed at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California and in the “Off-Broadway” production, Monday Night Magic in New York.


Todd Charles Todd Charles performs for corporate functions, casinos, resorts, theaters, cruise ships, and festivals. From November 2000 through January 2001, Todd was the Headlining Star of Razzle Dazzle at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Akron, Ohio, and recently was a Headliner in the Singapore International Comedy Festival.


Danny Cole Danny Cole grew up in Los Angeles and began to study magic at the age of ten. In 1996 at the age of 17, Danny Cole won the prestigious Lance Burton Teenage Stage Contest held in Las Vegas. In 1999 the Academy of Magical Arts honored Danny with its Platinum Award for Outstanding Junior Achievement. The World Magic Awards Committee awarded Danny the Rising Star of Magic Award on international television.


Marc DeSouza Marc DeSouza is the only two-time winner of the Society of American Magicians National Stage Magic Competition and the first to win the Silver Medal in both the Stage and Close-Up categories. He is one of only two magicians to win first place in Close-Up Magic at both the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians in the same year.


Craig Dickson Craig R Dickson is the owner and founder of Wizard Craft Magic and has been in magic since the age of 7. With a number of original effects to his credit, Craig is an accomplished performer, lecturer, and demonstrator. Convention lectures, workshops, and performances include NYCAN, Blackpool Magicians Convention England, TAOM TX, FFFF, and Magic On Manhattan.


Denny Haney At age 15, Denny Haney enrolled in the mail-order Chavez School of Magic, and soon became a top-flight young magician, winning prizes at local magic conventions. Denny served three tours in Vietnam, where he met his first assistant, Doan Thi Trung-Du, nicknamed Lee. Lee left the act in 1982, and was replaced by Minh-Duc Thi Dang. "Denny & Lee" went from being staples of the college circuit to high-priced trade-show performers. Today, Denny is a teacher and supplier to a new generation of magicians.


Duane Laflin Duane Laflin specializes in the field of family entertainment. Duane Laflin’s showmanship, sleight of hand, and dynamic style has put him on stage in forty-seven of the fifty states of the USA, and seven other countries. Duane has lectured/performed at most of the major magic conventions in America. Silk Magic is Duane's specialty.


Ice McDonald Kenrick "ICE" McDonald is the master of captivating excitement. Sold out performances from The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Magic Island of Houston, TX, James Crown Theatre in Canada to The Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, LA testify to the power and passion of ICE's delivery.


Jay Sterling Jay Sterling is an eye doctor who specializes in perception and optical illusions. Jay has won first place at the International Battle of Magicians and is the only American to win the British 'International Magic Competition'.


The Dealers:

  • Trixie Bond
  • Scott Correll
  • Denny and Lee
  • Diamond Magic
  • Craig Dickson
  • East Coast Magic
  • Empire Magic
  • General Grant
  • Duane Laflin
  • Bob Little
  • Joe Mogar
  • Sasco