Our March 27-29, 2020 annual magic weekend had to be cancelled/postponed due to the corona virus. No earthly miracle could could save it. The virus is changing our landscape so quickly that it's impossible to predict a new date. (Note we already had March 26-28, 2021 locked in for next year's event at the Sheraton - so we'll see if that'll be our next one, or if we can do another one sooner.)
On the Sat of the event we put on a FREE live-streamed series of mini-lectures by all 4 headliners! Find the link to view it here.
REFUNDS: The free event didn't affect everyone getting full refunds. The refund process was an enormous task that took us over 50 hours of diligent work - but 100% of the refunds have been issued.
The $4.50 per registration that paypal doesn't refund was absorbed on our end, so everyone got their entire registration $ back. These lost vigs were only a fraction of the cost of cancelling the event, but I wouldn't be putting this on each year if it put me too far out on a limb.
Many thanks to the folks who donated $10 or more from their refunds to help with the sunk costs - as well as the handful who voluntarily donated their entire registration money!
PLEASE UNDERSTAND I felt a tremendous amount of responsibility to the folks who look forward to the weekend every year. (As we all do!) Folks make travel plans and some take time off work for the event. On the other hand I also felt a tremendous amount of responsibility to NOT be the guy who keeps a gathering together and puts people at unnecessary risk.
That's why I worked with Mark Schaefer @ Microsoft to put on the free live-streaming mini-convention on the Sat when we all expected to be at the Sheraton. (Worked out pretty well HUH!)
PLEASE STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
Sincerely, Greg Moreland
SEEMINGLY INTELLIGENT SOURCES SUGGEST EVERYONE TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:
1) Keep your immune system healthy by eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. If you're a smoker, quit today!
2) Practice social distancing. Stay at home as much as possible, and when you're in public wear a mask and stay 6' away from other people as much as possible. Our grandparents were called to war; we're being asked to sit on our couches. WE CAN DO THIS!
3) Minimize touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. The virus infects you there, and can be transmitted there by your hands after touching an infected surface. Wearing a mask in public not only helps minimize the spread, it keeps us from touching our faces.
4) Minimize your hands contacting all surfaces in public. Avoid using your fingertips to touch light switches, elevator buttons, grocery store carts etc. (Using your mouth is NOT a viable option!) Whenever possible, push thru doors with your hip or elbow. If you have to grab a handle, sanitize your hands shortly after. It doesn't hurt to carry your own handkerchief or tissues.
5) Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer (if you can find any).
All registrations were fully refunded. No need to ask. There's no worry about money running out...