Close-up magic

Apr 30, 2011

The art of close-up magic was on display Friday at the 41st Obie's 4F Convention at the Clarion Inn in Batavia. Billed as the ''original close-up magic convention,'' the annual gathering traces its roots back to 1971 and the Forks Hotel in Cheektowaga. About 230 people were estimated to be at this year's gathering, which is not open to the public. The invitation-only event runs through Saturday.