Several names were considered for this event: Seaside Magic Convention; Oceanside Magic Convention; Cape Cod Magic Convention; etc. Oceanside Magic Gathering would have presented the neat little "OMG" acronym so popular these days, but just didn't seem appropriate here.
Obviously we settled upon Oceanside Magic Invitational...with the implication that all magicians and lovers of magic would know they are naturally "invited"...as with most other regional and national magic conventions.
Using the textbook definition of an "invitational"--as used with some golf tournaments, race car events, or other specialty niche events--this means that the active participants must be INVITED to participate. In the case of a magic convention that calls itself an "invitational", the performers/players themselves must be "invited". Markus and I literally did invite each of our performers, lecturers, and dealers to participate in OMI. However, that does not mean that you have to wait for an official invitation in order to register and attend!
This is not like the exclusive FFFF or its ilk. Anyone can attend OMI! We've made registration as easy as we know how to do--there's a downloadable registration form right on the site, that you can print out and mail to us with your payment; you can also pay online via PayPal from the Registration page. And by all means, you can always call or e-mail us if you have any questions about registration...or about anything at all OMI-related.
I hope this helps to allay any doubts. This is the most spectacular magic event to hit Cape Cod in a few years, and YOU ARE INVITED!