The Magical Experience of a Lifetime

What is the “Genii” Convention?

It’s simply this: Great magic, and lots of it.

Welcome to registration for the third bi-annual Genii Convention. Our first two conventions, in 2012 and 2015, were acclaimed by many as among the best magic experiences they’ve ever had. The enthusiasm of the attendees makes it a pleasure for me to organize, and all of us at Genii thank you deeply for that. Nothing gives me more motivation than the standing ovations we have at every show, and all thanks to you!

You will not have to choose between events at The Genii Convention: you will be able to see every performance and lecture on 9 x 16 foot hi-definition video screens in our main showroom, with close-up magic performed in intimate venues around the hotel.

I strive to book new magicians and lecturers, many of whom you may have read about in Genii but have never seen perform live before. Our convention in 2017 will be no different, with new performers from the west coast and Europe who don’t just do one or two tricks, but are given the time to really show off their best work often in 45 to 60 minute one-man shows. Welcome to the 2017 Genii Convention … I promise it will be a great one.

Richard Kaufman

Our Performers

Blaine Pinned by Andreas Poupoutsis
David BlainePhoto: Andreas Poupoutsis
Axel Adler
Bernard Bilis
Brett Loudermilk
Curtis Kam
Dai Vernon
Dana Daniels
David Ben
David Regal
Guy Hollingworth
Hakan Berg
Harrison Greenbaum
Jared Kopf
Jean Jacques Sanvert
Jean Merlin
Jim Steinmeyer
John Bannon
John Carney
John Gaughan
Max Maven
Michael Rayner
Paul Harris
Peter Samelson
Pit Hartling
Robert Ramirez and Naathan Phan
Shintaro Fujiyama
Steve Valentine
Tom Stone

Convention Schedule

Wednesday October 4

4:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Dealers Open to All (Legacy North)
DINNER: Open Schedule
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Steve Valentine Lecture (Legends Ballroom)
8:45 pm to 9:45 pm: John Bannon Lecture (Legends Ballroom)
10:00 pm to 11:00 pm: Curtis Kam Lecture (Legends Ballroom)

Thursday October 5

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Dealers Open
9:45 am to 10:45 am: Pit Hartling Lecture
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Jean Merlin Lecture
Lifetime Subscribers Lunch and Surprises (with Jim Steinmeyer and Guy Hollingworth)

Lifetime Subscribers may register for this event by sending an email to the Genii office: genii@geniimagazine.com. Only those who register in advance will be able to attend.

12:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Dealers Open
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm: Bernard Bilis/Jean-Jacques Sanvert Close-Up Show
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm: David Blaine in Conversation with Richard Kaufman
4:45 pm to 5:45 pm: Themes On A Variation (Robert Ramirez and Naathan Phan)
7:45 pm to 9:45 pm: Max Maven: Thinking in Person, Evening Show
10:00 pm to 11:00 pm: Harrison Greenbaum One-Man Show

Friday October 6

9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Dealers Open
9:30 am to 12:00 pm: Close-Up Show (Group 1)

Pit Hartling
David Regal
Jared Kopf
Steve Valentine
Tom Stone
Axel Adler

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Mike Caveney Classic Correspondence Lecture (Group 2)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Group 2 Shopping Time in the Dealer’s Room
11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Michael Weber Workshop (Extra Charge Event)

Those who register for this event will be in Group 2

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Paul Harris in Conversation with Michael Weber
2:30 pm to 8:15 pm Dealers Open
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Jim Steinmeyer Tricks Lecture
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm: Bernard Bilis Lecture
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm: Dai Vernon One Man Show
8:15 pm to 9:15 pm: Dana Daniels In The “No” Show
9:30 pm to 10:45 pm: Our Historical Show of Mysteries

Guy Hollingworth (Compeer)

Brett Loudermilk and the Art of Sword Swallowing
John Carney As L’Homme Masque
Shintaro Fujiyama Performing Ancient Japanese Magic
John Gaughan Presents The Turk

11:00 pm to 11:30 pm: Michael Weber Marked Deck Lecture

Saturday October 7

9:00 am to 2:00 pm: Dealers Open
9:30 am to 12:00 pm: Close-Up Show (Group 2)

Pit Hartling
David Regal
Jared Kopf
Steve Valentine
Tom Stone
Axel Adler

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Mike Caveney Classic Correspondence Lecture (Group 1)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Group 1 Shopping Time in the Dealer’s Room
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Jim Steinmeyer “The True Secrets of Pepper’s Ghost”
2:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Dealers Open
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm: David Ben “On Performance”
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm: Peter Samelson One Man Show
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Jean Merlin One Man Show
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Gala Show

Mike Caveney (MC)
Håkan Berg
Axel Adler
Tom Stone
Michael Rayner
Guy Hollingworth

Sunday October 8

(Extra-Charge Workshops)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm: John Carney Workshop
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Tom Stone, Håkan Berg, and Axel Adlercreutz Workshop

Program is subject to change without notice.

3 Reasons To Attend


Great Performances

Living on the east coast of the United States, we rarely get large world-class conventions, and we don’t have access to the magicians often seen at The Magic Castle and other venues west of the Rocky Mountains, and indeed the rest of the world. At the Genii Convention we bring the best in magic to you in performances, lectures, and workshops from the magicians you’ve always hoped to see perform live.


A Fabulous Hotel and Venue

Everyone loves our venue, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Located only 15 to 20 minutes from Orlando international airport, it’s convenient and quick not only to get to, but is also one of the friendliest and most comfortable hotels in Orlando, and is always highly rated on Trip Advisor as one of the top hotels in the area. It’s clean, the rooms are more than comfortable, and the staff is extraordinarily friendly.


Make it A Family Vacation

Not only is our hotel attached to the enormous Florida Mall (the largest mall in central Florida with a food court offering you numerous inexpensive dining options only steps away), it is also located only 15 minutes from Universal Studios’ two theme parks with their two Harry Potter lands and 20 minutes from Walt Disney World’s four theme parks. Our exclusive hotel room price is offered for several days both before and after the convention for your convenience!


Michael Weber Workshop

2 hours on Friday, does not conflict with other events

John Carney Workshop

3 hours on Sunday morning

Tom Stone, Håkan Berg, Axel Adlercreutz Workshop

3 hours on Sunday afternoon

Space is limited. You must be registered for the Genii Convention in order to register for these workshops. Your convention badge will be required for entrance.
Artists subject to change without notice.

Our convention hotel, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, is now sold out for several nights of the convention. Here are the websites of the two closest hotels, which are both highly rated on Trip Advisor, and which attendees of The Genii Convention have stayed at in 2012 and 2015.
1: Hampton Inn Orlando-Florida Mall: This is a 15 minute walk from our hotel, and the rooms are almost equivalent. It is slightly more expensive than our hotel.
8601 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida, 32809 (407) 859-4100
2: Red Roof Inn Orlando South-Florida Mall: This hotel is the closest to our convention hotel (a 10 minute walk), and the prices start at just less than $60 a night.
8296 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 (937) 505-5915

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center

We have increased the number of rooms set aside at the hotel for our convention due to demand. Because we always sell every out every room at the hotel, I strongly recommend that you make your room reservations now.
Rooms (which can sleep up to 4) are only $115 a night (not including tax).
The Hotel’s compulsory $18 per night service fee is waived for registrants of The Genii Convention. You only pay $115 a night plus tax.

The Florida Hotel’s newly-renovated deluxe rooms (two Queen beds or one King bed) include Sealy Posturepedic Pillow Topped beds, in-room refrigerator, granite flooring and counter tops, flat screen televisions, an in-room safe large enough to accommodate your laptop, clock radio with iPod docking station, individual climate control, bath tub/shower, coffee/tea maker, data port, desk, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, in room movies, and telephone.


  • 2 bottles of water delivered daily to your room
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi in your room and lobby
  • Free 24-hour access to the Fitness Center
  • Free 24-hour access to the Business Center
  • Free daily newspaper
  • Free self-parking
  • Heated pool and whirlpool

Special Genii Convention 2017 Rate:
$115 per night (plus tax)


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