Hundreds of magicians ‘show up’ in Atlanta for annual convention

We love creating “magic moments” here on Good Day Atlanta – so when we heard 500 magicians from around the world would be in Atlanta this week, we knew we had to find them and put them on TV!

This morning we stopped at the Hilton Atlanta Airport hotel, where the International Brotherhood of Magicians organizes its big annual convention. The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world’s largest organization dedicated to magicians and was founded in 1922 by Len Vintus and Gene Gordon – which means IBM is celebrating its 100th anniversary here in Atlanta this year!

Atlanta is a particularly fitting location for the big event, given that the organization’s international president is local magician Ken Scott. We interviewed Scott in April 2020, when he told us about his passion for the magical arts.

“My love for magic comes from my mother,” he said. “She gave me a magic book when I was eight, and she always sent me to the library to check out more books. And that’s how I developed some of my stuff…and that I was going to show it to my friends and family any way I could.”

IBM members say being part of the organization provides access to ongoing magic training, networking, and group travel and insurance benefits. Oh, and that also means attending the annual convention, which continues through Saturday and features a full range of seminars, meetings, live performances and socials.

So, ready to see some of those magical moments we talked about earlier? Click on the video player for this article, say “abracadabra” and they will magically appear!

Brian L. Hartfield