To all magicians interested in
close up magic
letter from OBIE regarding 4F™ invitations
I have been asked many times to
state the ground rules for the 4F’s™ so that you can tell others
and act accordingly, plus a few other pertinent facts. 4F™ has
almost reached its maximum attendance and invitations will be
harder to obtain.
4F™ is always held on the last
Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. in April at the Quality Inn in Batavia
NY, about 33 miles East of the Buffalo airport. It is up to you
to arrange for transportation from the Buffalo airport to
Batavia. Taxis cost about $100-105 one-way. Magicians who fly
in can arrange travel with a buddy, rent a car, etc. Find out who
is coming from your area and work it out. For overseas attendees
we are working on rides from the airport to Batavia, NY.
Your registration fee includes
5 close up shows, a Teach-A-Trick session, 1-2 workshops and 5-6
lectures. But that’s not all! Registrants also get: Hot
buffets on Fri. and Sat. nights, Soup and sandwiches at noon on
Sat., Plus Coffee, soft drinks & donuts or cake are available in
my Hospitality room Wed. through Sat. nights and there’s, free beer, and soft drinks from noon on Friday for the
rest of the
convention. No other convention offers this much for your
You must have an invitation to
Who sends it? OBIE!!! What can I say? The only
exception is for full time performers in magic who might be off
at the last minute.
How do you get this
You must have two sponsors who have attended a 4F™
convention before and are willing to stick their necks out for
you. They must write me a letter or call me on the phone or
E-mail me telling me they are willing to sponsor you to the next
4F™ convention. This does not mean they are paying your
registration. (Please remember the types of people we are
looking for at 4F™ are performers & sharers, not lookers, not
note takers, not spouses or not girlfriends). Don’t sponsor
someone just because they are a friend. Take pride in whom you
sponsor. Also your invitation is non transferable. (This means
if you have paid and cannot attend, you can’t give your
registration to someone else.)
First-timers are expected to
perform and you must do at least one trick or a small routine
that lasts about 6-7 minutes. As a first timer you are
expected to present a show that meets the high caliber of magic
and/or sleight-of-hand that will impress your peers. Most first timers to 4F™ will
perform on the Friday or Saturday afternoon shows. After you
become a regular attendee you MUST be ready to perform for
minutes at every convention if you are asked. There is an
exception to this, as some of you know. As my prerogative, we
have some good magic people who are book dealers, writers,
collectors, etc. that are well known to the magic world whom we
do not expect to perform.
Lastly, you must send me a $175
deposit which will be applied towards your registration and
ensure that your name will be placed on the paid waiting list. Then as regular 4F™ registrants
(they have first chance to
attend) tell me they cannot attend, I will move names from the
paid waiting list to the regular list. Those people will be
notified by at least March 15th that they are OK to attend. Non
USA magicians will be notified sooner. If you don't get to
come your registration will either be refunded less $15 or applied to
next year's waiting list.
Your first time attendance does
not guarantee you a place for the next year's convention. You
are on probation the first year and if you receive an invitation
for the next year it means you were accepted by your peers for
future 4F’s™. I also must tell you that you can be taken off the
invitation list for a number of reasons such as: Asked to
perform and didn't, being a drunk, being loud and boisterous,
doing drugs, pilfering, causing problems with the hotel and
people at the front desk etc.
4F™ is not the normal convention
that you will attend. The fellowship and camaraderie
experienced at 4F™ is like
one big happy family and we want to
keep it that way. So, if you recommend someone or are
recommended by a previous attendee you will experience a unique
atmosphere in magic that you will never forget.
Your name goes off the
invitation mailing list if you do not attend for 3 consecutive
years or if we do not hear from you as to changes of address and
your invitation was returned. All 4F™
electronic invitations are sent out
either in October or November so that there is no excuse to
complain in March or April that you didn't get your invitation. If you know what I mean and I think you do? Usually Dec. 31st
is the deadline to get your check to me.
Sometimes the E-mail Electronic
Invitation is lost in space or your computer will not accept it.
So if you didn’t get yours by Dec 1st call or E-mail me and ask if I sent it.
4F is for performers not wives, girlfriends, etc... So don't ask
if they can come.
Also, if you missed the
deadline and decide to come to hang around the hotel bar etc.
you will never get an invitation again. I hate to tell people
this but it is not fair to other attendees.
The last bit of information is
that I never know who will be at 4F™ until 4Fers™ send me their
money. We do not advertise who will be doing the lectures or
who will be on the shows so don’t ask. You attend because you
want to be there and share with your peers.