Club Competitions

All competition rules will be governed by the following general rules:

  • Entrants must be bona fide members of the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society. Only fully paid up members may enter. Non members or visitors may not enter any competition.
  • Dates of entry will be issued at meetings as well on the website. It is the entrant’s responsibility to put forward their name. No entrant will be allowed after the closing date which will normally be at the preceding meeting before the competition.
  • A draw will be held to establish the order of performance on the evening of the competition.
  • All trophies/ Cups/ Shields and awards will be held by the winner for one year and must then be returned to the club in preparation for the next competition.
  • Acts must abide by the rules of the society. Deliberate exposure of magical secrets or use of offensive material may result in disqualification.
  • The disposition of the judges shall be at the discretion of the President and should be seated separately
  • Any tied results may be decided by the President.
  • Where judges deem minimum standards have not been met it is not required to announce winners or award trophies.
  • The judge’s decision is final. All competitors are welcome to ask for general feedback but this should not include disclosing marks.
  • Each competition will be subject to timing restrictions. All competitors must keep within these restrictions. Any competitor who finishes before the first bell or after the second bell will be penalised. This can be in the form of marks deducted or disqualification. These restrictions will be made clear to the competitors prior to the event and also on the evening by the committee/ organiser.

 

Annual Close Up Magic Competition

Definition – Happens close to the audience and often in the hands or on a small table.

Preparation, space and set up should be minimal. Tricks performed should be in keeping with what is termed close up magic and marks will be deducted for any tricks performed that is deemed not valid as close up.

For the guidance and assistance of adjudicators and to provide uniformity in the marking of each act it is required that a maximum of 60 marks be awarded to each competitor, that is, 20 marks under each category.

Duration of performance will be specified.

Presentation

I.e. dress, quality of speech, delivery. A measure of how the act comes across to the audience. Material that is suitable for the competition.

Mystery or magic.

Is the act or individual tricks of a sufficiently magical or mysterious nature. A measure of the magic content and skill.

Entertainment

The extent to which an audience’s interest will be aroused and maintained by the act as a whole. A measure of the audience enjoyment.

 

Annual Parlour Magic Competition

Definition – Parlour: Taking from the name for a room in a house, like a traditional living room, people can be seated or standing, but everyone is on the same level.

Platform magic (also known as parlour magic, club magic or cabaret magic) is magic that is done for larger audiences than close-up magic and for smaller audiences than stage magic. It is more intimate than stage magic because it doesn’t require expensive, large-scale stage equipment and can thus be performed closer to the audience and without a stage. Many of the tricks performed by platform magicians are sufficiently angle-sensitive as to make them impossible to perform as close up magic

Preparation of act will be longer. Tricks performed should be in keeping with what is termed parlour magic and marks will be deducted for any tricks performed that is not valid as parlour.

For the guidance and assistance of adjudicators and to provide uniformity in the marking of each act it is required that a maximum of 60 marks be awarded to each competitor, that is, 20 marks under each category

Duration of performance will be specified.

Presentation

Ie dress, quality of speech, delivery. A measure of how the act comes across to the audience. Material that is suitable for the competition

Mystery or magic.

Is the act or individual tricks of a sufficiently magical or mysterious nature. A measure of the magic content and skill.

Entertainment

The extent to which an audience’s interest will be aroused and maintained by the act as a whole. A measure of the audience enjoyment

 

Annual Stage Magic Competition

Definition – Stage: Elevated above the audience, you perform larger material that can be seen in the whole room.

Preparation will be longer

For the guidance and assistance of adjudicators and to provide uniformity in the marking of each act it is required that a maximum of 60 marks be awarded to each competitor, that is, 20 marks under each category

Duration of performance will be specified.

Tricks performed should be in keeping with what is termed stage magic and marks will be deducted for any tricks performed that are not valid as stage.

For the guidance and assistance of adjudicators and to provide uniformity in the marking of each act it is required that a maximum of 60 marks be awarded to each competitor, that is, 20 marks under each category

Duration of performance will be specified.

Presentation

Ie dress, quality of speech, delivery. A measure of how the act comes across to the audience. Material that is suitable for the competition.

Mystery or magic.

Is the act or individual tricks of a sufficiently magical or mysterious nature. A measure of the magic content and skill.

Entertainment

The extent to which an audience’s interest will be aroused and maintained by the act as a whole. A measure of the audience enjoyment.

All questions about content and organization should be made to the President prior to the event.