Atlanta, GA, June 17, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- July will be a very magical month in Atlanta this year. Five hundred magicians from across the country and around the world will gather at the downtown Atlanta Hilton beginning June 30 through July 3 for four full days of gala stage magic shows, lectures and workshops presented by more than one dozen high-profile magicians, and magic dealers from around the world demonstrating and selling their latest and greatest mysteries.
The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) produces this 4-day event in a different U.S. city each summer. The S.A.M. is the world’s oldest magic organization, started in 1902 by the legendary Harry Houdini in the back room of a magic shop in New York City. Houdini served as S.A.M. President from 1917 to 1926. There are local chapters (called assemblies) in every state, and international chapters in Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia, China, Israel, Portugal, South Africa, and New Zealand. Superstar illusionist David Copperfield is a member.
The opening night Gala Show of the Atlanta 2010 S.A.M. National Conference stars seven Atlanta magicians. Producer of that show is 2006 Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year, Debbie Leifer. She will also serve as the show’s emcee. Leifer is one of Atlanta’s top corporate magicians and motivational speakers. “It was an honor to be asked to produce and perform in the opening night Gala Show of this prestigious gathering of international magicians,” said Leifer, “I’ve been attending S.A.M. conventions across the country since I was a teenager, so it’s a thrill to be chosen as one of the featured performers on the kick-off event of the four-day conference in my own city.”
Leifer’s performance on Wednesday, June 30 will feature her award-winning cabaret act she has performed on eight Caribbean cruises, and in theaters, theme parks, and nightclubs throughout Japan and in Hong Kong. This gala show will combine the talents of seven successful Atlanta magicians. Ms. Leifer has carefully designed the show to insure that the audience will be taken on a magical journey through many styles of magic including comedy, sleight-of-hand, audience participation, illusion, escape, and mind reading. “As the kick-off event of this conference, it’s important that this show is fast-paced, fun, colorful, and that it provides lots of laughs for the audience,” said Leifer. “Every year this conference brings together full-time professional magicians, part-time pros, hobbyists, and magic enthusiasts,” Leifer explained, “most attendees will arrive that day after traveling across the country and from Europe and Asia, so my job as emcee and host of the opening night gala magic show will be to energize the audience, welcome them to Atlanta, and introduce the six other talented magicians who will entertain and engage them with lots of amusing and amazing magic.”
In addition to serving as show host introducing each performer, Leifer will present amusing magic between some acts. “World-renowned magicians are being flown in to perform the following three nights,” she explained, “so the magic we present on this show has to dazzle some of the most creative magicians in the world who will be on stage the rest of the week, that evening they’ll be in the audience!”
For more than 25 years, Ms. Leifer has been customizing her magic presentations for each individual event and audience. Her clients are mostly Fortune 500 companies who repeatedly hire her to spice up their sales meetings, conferences, trade shows, celebrations, and annual awards banquets. “It’s a different challenge when your audience is comprised of magicians,” Leifer exclaimed, “luckily I’ve been in front of this audience before!” At the 2007 S.A.M. national conference in Dallas, Texas she presented her lecture “Motivational Magic: Making Magic Relevant in the 21st Century.”
Ms. Leifer was also chosen to represent Corporate Magicians on a panel featuring the country’s top female magicians at that conference (and the previous one in Louisville, Kentucky) as they explored for an audience of mostly male magicians why only 3% of all magicians in the world are female. As one of magic’s most respected motivational keynote speakers, Leifer has developed a niche combining custom-written motivation and inspiration with relevant interactive magic for corporate meetings and conferences.