We're getting close to the beginning of the festivities here in the Penn & Teller Theater. The November Nine are all on stage in their seats for some photos and the gallery on the stage -- reserved for friends and family -- is full. Notables in attendance on stage: Barry Greenstein, Tom Marchese, Sorel Mizzi, Carter King, J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Karina Jett, Claudio Rinaldi and of course the entire Mizrachi clan.
The lower ring of the theater has been curiously empty since fans started streaming in to take their seats an hour ago. Most of the general public are in the second and third rings. Probably the last order of business before we get started is figuring out who is supposed to occupy those lower-ring seats -- and getting them into the theater.