What a huge day!
At 9am we arrived at the China University Magic College convention ready to judge the competition,
but first we had to do an interview with CCTV.
I have no idea what I'm doing... they just gave us lines in Chinese to repeat. It was very weird.
Not quite as weird as the randy Sponge Bob Square Pants that was sharing the dressing room with us
So the competition began - with a bunch of cute kids to start with, to stage acts, to close up acts. Then it was lunch and returning again to judge more acts until around 5.30pm
After that it was preparing for the big Stage Gala Show - and by big, I mean 14 acts!!!
Scheduled to start at 7pm, it started late at 7.30pm and went on without an interval until at least 10.30pm! I was the second last act and the audience was still wildly enthusiatic for magic (thank goodness!) What was most bizarre was they encouraged the audience to tweet during the show and displayed all their messages on the video screens live during the show! I guess it stopped them from using their phones to film it...
Here's a shot I took from the stage during the curtain call.
It was a wildly busy and exciting day, and the enthusiasm they have for magic is overwhelming!
However, it's very late and we have an even bigger day tomorrow with lectures and the Gala Awards Show.