International Brotherhood of Magicians Originality Award

magic convention in southport
Southport Lancs

Last month I took part in the International Brotherhood of Magicians Stage Competition, which took place in Southport, Lancashire. 8 to 10 acts perform and are judged on different criteria, it’s rather like the google algorithms, no one is quite sure what they are and how it works. It is always an entertaining evening and I really enjoyed taking part.

award for magical originality
Originality Prize

Magicians regularly congregate in Southport for this particular convention, which is held annually. There is a close up magicians competition as well as the stage magicians. The competition day is one of the most popular of the five day convention.

I was lucky enough to win theoriginality award for stage magic for one of the tricks I performed in my cabaret magic show.

It combined a trick known as “any drink called for” with Shakespeare’s soliloquy which starts, “All the worlds a stage…” from As You Like It. The speech goes through the seven ages of man, starting with a baby, “Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms”, right through to an old man. As each stage was described a relevant drink was produced, for example milk for the baby.

Although not the most commercial magic, I was very proud of it and believed it was truly original magic.

I was surprised to be presented with a bust of Houdini probably the same weight and size as one of the twins my wife is expecting. There is a picture of the bust below.

I did not win the competition itself, it was won by a company from Portugal called Ta Na Manga, they really were quite extraordinary, here is a link to their trailer

This was transferred from my blog and was originally published in September 2011.

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