It was the second year of CONjuration and there were 1,200 people there. That’s because the first year was so much fun and word spread. But this year was even better than last year.
The magic began when organizers Chris Seckinger and Angela Hammond got married during the opening ceremonies. Right away, everyone who was there knew this convention was going to be different.
And different it was! It was extremely family friendly, with some adults-only activities at night that were clearly marked and monitored. These adult activities were presented by Hysteria Machine, a burlesque troop who truly are hysterical. The Adult Potions panel was sheer delight as we learned how to make(and sampled) three Harry Potter themed “potions,” Butter Beer, Polyjuice, and Phoenix Feather. Each person was allowed to choose one to sample. The Butter Beer was delicious and by all accounts the others were as well.The troop also presented a burlesque performance that by all accounts was funny and entertaining (no total nudity involved and after midnight.)
Many children loved Dr. Osborne’s magic workshop and Medicine Show, and so did the adults. Dr. Osborne also wandered the Con making sure kids got colorful balloon creations.
There were interactive games like the Choose Your Own Adventure live action Hunt For the Horcrux and the Supernatural mystery show.
There were lots of music, and not just your usual fare. There was a Disney Sing-Along, a panel on Broadway musicals, the Harp Twins (rock harps), a panel on medieval music, and Keltic Kudzu, traditional and modern Celtic music and a great Beatles medley, and other musicians as well. There was aa (packed) Yule Ball with snow!
Everywhere there were photo booths and props and clever touches, like the Moaning Myrtle recording in one of the ladies bathrooms, which was very creepy Friday evening before this reporter figured out where the voice was coming from, but which was fun.
Of course there were panels, on Supernatural Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, , and other subjects like Phantom Photography (how to create special effects with photography) and much more It was sometimes hard to decide what to attend!
Family friendly videos and a large gaming room were offered, and arts and craft sclasses as well. There was even a Quiddich event on Sunday.
The vendor’s room and author and organization tables were delightful, with a great variety of jewelry, books, leather goods, buttons and bumper stickers, and miscellaneous merchandise. There were also live reptiles, in the corner for those who might be squeamish about them and contained, of course, from the Georgia Reptile Society, which was the official charity. They also did panels with the reptiles, and kids and adults alike were fascinated with the turtles, small alligator, and lizards.
it was, indeed, a magical 3 days. This convention may have just begun but it is a delight already. The organizers do not want it to get too big; they want to keep it small enough to be friendly and plan to cap attendance at some point. So keep your eyes open and get your registration and hotel room for nexxt November as soon as they become available again! Follow the convention on Facebook and at their wenbsite so you will know when.