The hype is done. The event is done. Now the results will have to tell.
The GAT II events this past weekend were billed as the most important events in the history of Scientology. On the 5th of November we wrote an article titled Under new management, but will they come? where we looked at the history of events in Joburg in terms of their attendance. To summarise:
- War is Over, 1993, 830 attendance
- GAT I, 1996, 650 attendance
- Grand Opening, 2003, 1400 attendance
- Jobug St Hill Size, 2005, 810 attendance
For the most important event in history? 300-500. We’ve had several reports of attendance figures and they are in this range. The event on Saturday was better attended than the event on Friday. By Wednesday last week the confirms for this event were over 1200 and the confirmation to attendance rate tends to be in the region of 3:1 so a figure of 400 would be about right as an average.
Pretoria had around 120. Keep in mind that in early October this “Ideal Org Fact” was emailed broadly: “In the 7 months since the Pretoria Org went Ideal, more new people have come into the org and started a service than the previous 3 years combined.” Obviously they couldn’t ALL make it to the event.
Durban had about the same, 120. We understand that for Durban this is a pretty good turnout. We’d love to have figures for Cape Town & PE if anyone knows and wants to drop us a line.
Reports from Durban & Joburg indicate that the event in terms of presentation was actually pretty good and convincing. Fair enough.
Those of us who are seasoned veterans, however have long learned that the important time is to come. Results! We now wait for results. The stats over the next 3 weeks will be great while the all out push is on for people to get “onto training”. Then we’ll hit Christmas and then the new year. At this blog we plan to check in on the results of this greatest-event-ever at the end of January and into March.