On Ideas and Cities


In between workshopping the hell out of my shows at The Magic Castle and doing a run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, I popped up to Canada for four days to present at IdeaCity – one of Canada’s biggest inspiration/innovation conferences.

Run by Moses Znaimer of Zoomer Media, IdeaCity has been running for 13 years now, and pitches itself as presenting “The smartest people – the biggest ideas.” For a while there I was concerned that the tag line might end up including “…and also, Simon Coronel” but fortunately my presentation went well.

In fact, you can watch it online now, courtesy of Zoomer Media’s impressively efficient media team: (or via this link if the embedded player isn’t visible below)

With the magic world championships looming, a Hollywood Fringe show to produce, a USA visa application pending, and several other projects happening in the background, the Canada trip was something of a blur in the middle of it all.

However, in many ways it was all the more amazing because of that. I was so preoccupied with everything else in the lead-up that I didn’t have time to do my normal research-the-city-I’m-about-to-visit routine, and just fully immersed myself in the experience. Some remarkable presentations, delightful people, among the best nightly parties I’ve ever seen at a conference, and many other amazing moments.

(Update: Tara Dawood provides some further insight in this article.)




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