Intimacy at the SAM Convention Theater

The Harry Houdini Theater at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown will afford all a visual intimate experience. SAM Show Producer Mike Miller, says “Due to the costs, we simply cannot use an outside theater for our Gala Shows. So we will create an intimate theater in the hotel.” The Harry Houdini Theater will consist of a tall 40” stage for good sight lines and supplemented with state-of-the-art lighting, audio and video. Seating will also be intimate with a capacity of less than 500. Overflow seating in the lounge at the back of the Houdini Theater will offer numerous plasma screens and comfortable chairs and sofas to watch the crispest close-up images. SAM Stage Manager Steven Kline says “We will transform the hotel ballroom into an amazing magician’s theater, complete with drape lining every wall accented with beautiful vintage magic posters.”

Registrants will want to arrive early for the many lectures, SYM Stars of Tomorrow Show and other events in the Houdini Theater, as magic trivia, news updates, and historical clips will be shown. Multi-Media Coordinator Vinny Grosso says, “We are excited to use the latest technologies available. We think the twitter contest, complete with prizes, will be a big hit.” Kline also commented “The live feed will be available for iPads and tablets so every seat can feel like the front row.”

BEAT THE JAN. 1 PRICE INCREASE. Register and reserve your hotel room at Still only $250 for S.A.M. members, spouse, or SYM parent and $150 for SYM members and siblings age 7-17 until 12/31/14. Hotel Convention rate is $115 per night. Request additional info by email at or call Anne Weidhaas, S.A.M. Convention Registrar, at 719-338-8169.

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