WWD shadowed Abbey Doneger during the most recent MAGIC show, in February at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The trade show is an important venue for retailers, vendors, suppliers, marketers and brand managers as well as bankers and investors.

The show is composed of: MAGIC (men's wear and accessories), WWDMAGIC (women's wear and accessories), MAGIC kids (children's wear) and Sourcing at MAGIC (contract manufacturers, overseas vendors).

In February, more than 700 companies exhibited.

MAGIC traces its roots to 1933, when the Men's Wear Manufacturers of Los Angeles was formed. The show was moved to San Diego in 1970, and relocated to Las Vegas in 1989.

In late March, Advanstar Holdings Corp., the holding company for Advanstar Communications Inc. and operator of MAGIC Marktetplace and WWDMAGIC, was acquired by an investor group led by Veronis Suhler Stevenson for $1.1 billion in cash.

Citigroup Private Equity and New York Life Capital Partners were co-sponsors of the deal with VSS. Advanstar was owned by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III LP, which is an affiliate of Credit Suisse.

The next MAGIC show is scheduled for Aug. 27 to Aug. 30.

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