Blackpool Magician reviews Magic Competition
I enjoy this competition, run by the Blackpool Magician club. This takes place annually at the Winter Gardens. This competition has a slightly artificial set-up with a few rows of children at the front and magicians sitting behind. However, it works pretty well, and you certainly get a gauge as to who connects with the kids and who does not.
Magic competitions are a staple diet of most professionals and amateurs alike. I have written about their importance in several articles about magic competitions. Although many Lancashire magicians participate, performers come from all over the country.
David Tompkins was first on, a slick ventriloquist and magician with years of experience. He was fun for adults and children and gained a worthy second place. Following him, Jimbo (Jimmy Carlo) was placed third, with an engaging, low-key personality. He is straightforward and personable with the kids. Magic Carl was defiantly popular with the kids I talked to and got a great deal out of the mutilated parasol.
However, the only way to win this competition is to play with adults and children. The laughter of children alone will always sound thin in Europe’s most prominent theatre (3,500 seats). Indeed, Oscar Munoz did just this, delighting young and old. With complete authority, this charismatic American worked the large auditorium perfectly, with strong magic. Funny throughout, with jokes for all ages, he handled his helpers confidently and in a relaxed way. His linking ring routine, which began with serious overtones, moved delightfully into farce and was a fitting climax to this winning act.