Magicians' Alliance of Eastern States
2005 Convention

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Convention Dates:

    September 8 - 10, 2005

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 - David Bowers
  • Dealers - Scott Correll


  • ___ Attendees
  • ___ Dealers

Award Winners:

  • Best Assistant - Ashley Eden
  • Larry West Memorial Award for Best Close-Up, Junior - Graham Fishman
  • Close-Up, Adult - Rich Baccare
  • General Magic - Brent Kesseler
  • Stage Manipulation - Graham Fishman
  • Earl Canapp Comedy Award - Glenn Kohr
  • Junior Stage - Kayla Drescher
  • Clint Reidel Best Act of Competition Award - John Mitsopoulos
  • Originality - Zoe Reiches
  • Pierre Fontaine Outstanding Newcomer of the Year Award - Zoe Reiches
  • William H. Endlich Award, to the person who best exhibits the spirit of M.A.E.S. - Joan Gustafson

The Acts:
David Williamson A born showman and an unusually accomplished sleight of hand artist, David Williamson dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment, blending heart-stopping magic with side-splitting hilarity. In 1981 he won first place in the International Brotherhood of Magician's sleight of hand competition. That year he also became the first ever recipient of the prestigious Gold Cups Award of Excellence in close-up magic. He has also served as consultant for illusionists David Copperfield's and David Blaine's TV specials.


Dylan Ace Dylan Ace is taking the art of illusion to a whole new level. At 18, Ace was discovered by world renowned Las Vegas magic star, Lance Burton. Ace has been featured on HBO, NBC, FOX, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, TVG (SPAIN), The Family Channel, and The Learning Channel.


Stephen Bargatze Stephen Bargatze is an internationally acclaimed comedian and motivational speaker. His awards include International Brotherhood of Magicians - First Place Close Up Award , South Eastern Association of Magic - Magician of the Year (3 time winner).


Ron Geoffries Ron Geoffries performs close-up strolling magic right under your nose. He also does night club size shows for corporations and full blown illusion shows for theaters. Whatever size audience he's performing for, the feeling is intimate and casual.


Gen Grant For nearly 50 years, General Grant has been perfecting his magic to a level that truly brings honor to the art. Through his innovative techniques, he revolutionized the field of dove magic. A consummate professional and master of audience psychology, Gen Grant has thrilled and entertained audiences for over a generation.


Dean Gunnarson Whether he is dangling by his toes from a trapeze bar 726 feet over Hoover Dam in Las Vegas or opening for legendary bands like Aerosmith; Dean Gunnarson has successfully conquered many challenges and obstacles by taking his daring escapes to a new limit.


Nathan Kepner Nathan Kepner was the first place winner at the 2004 MAES junior stage competition and the recipient of the MAES Excellence in Magic award in Cherry Hill, NJ.


Kohl & Company When everything wrong is right . . . that’s been the essence behind the comedy mayhem magic of Kohl & Company for the last 35 years. The show always ends on a high note – everyone survives.


Bryan Neuber Bryan Neuber is a rising star of close-up magic in the Philadelphia, PA area. His awards include: Adult Close-up, MAES 2004, 1st Place Close Up Magician for the Philadelphia Society of American Magicians 2003.


David Oliver This neoclassic artist has entertained audiences on cruises, in hotels and at resorts to rave reviews. David Oliver has been the most requested guest performer in Broadway's longest-running magic show, "Monday Night Magic" in New York City for the past seven years.


Jerry Rowan Jerry Rowan offers is a different approach to juggling; one that doesn't present juggling as such, but uses it as the basis for his unique brand of comedy.


Howie Schwarzman Howie Schwarzman is literally a living legend in the world of card magic. His skill impressed Dai Vernon, the man considered to be the greatest close-up magician of the 20th century. In 1976 Howie became a magic dealer and specialized in importing tricks that nobody else had, until his retirement in 1993.


Steve Taylor Steve Taylor iis one of America's premiere magical-motivational performers, performing between 300 and 400 comedy magical-ventriloquism shows a year. Steve has appeared at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood.


The Dealers:

  • Denny and Lee
  • Diamond Magic
  • East Coast Magic
  • Empire Magic
  • General Grant
  • Guaranteed Magic
  • Greg Lindsay
  • Joe Mogar
  • Northeast Magic
  • Sorcery with Class
  • Steve Taylor
  • Wizard Craft Magic