I.B.M. Contest

I.B.M. 2018 Stage and Close Up Contest

Stage Contest Signup: Online  |   Printable PDF

Close Up Contest Signup: Online  |   Printable PDF

Technical Sheet:  Online  |   Printable PDF

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Convention Contests General Information and Rules

Thank you for your interest in participating in the I.B.M. Contests at the Annual I.B.M. Convention. This year’s contests will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Grand Rapids Civic

Contest applications will be accepted  beginning January 1st, 2018. Online applications and a video or digital recording of the competition act for the I.B.M. Stage Contest and the I.B.M. Close-Up Contest, submitted via email, must be received no later than 10:00 p.m. CST, June 8th, 2018. Please place in the subject line: I.B.M. 2018 Contest. Applications for the I.B.M. Stage Competition and the I.B.M. Close-Up Competition, submitted by postal mail, must be postmarked no later than June 6th, 2018, and received no later than June 8th, 2018

 

A confirmation e-mail with information and contest details (times and places) will be sent to you by June 19th.  

All contest materials are available on this I.B.M. website, and are downloadable. 

NOTICE- NO Pyrotechnics may be used in either the Close-Up or Stage Contests. Note: This includes flash paper, any open flame, flint flashers, smokers, or misters. The use of confetti, or any small items (small pieces of any material -i.e. silk, cotton, foil, etc.) which can be caught in air conditioning uptake are prohibited. Sand, or glitter is also prohibited.  Any violation of these criteria will result in immediate disqualification.  No exceptions allowed. 

The I.B.M. contests have been accepted as the benchmark for well-organized, quality, non-political convention contests.  Over the last 25 years, the I.B.M. contests have continued to attract more contestants, and the quality of the field has steadily climbed.  The I.B.M. Gold Medal Contest Show has consistently been one of the high points of the convention.  The I.B.M. Gold Medal International Award of Excellence in Stage Performance and the I.B.M. Gold Cups International Award of Excellence in Close-Up Performance are two of the most prestigious prizes in the magic world.  

The I.B.M. Gold Medal Stage Contest is a preliminary/finals event.  If you’re selected to be one of the finalists in the I.B.M. Gold Medal Stage Contest, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your talents on the evening I.B.M. Gold Medal show held in the Lila Cockrell Theatre.  The I.B.M. Gold Cups Close-Up Contest is a contest conducted on one day. The winners of each contest will be announced prior to the Tuesday night Gala Show.

These top prizes are given at the discretion of the judges and are not awarded annually. There must be at least three (3) Contestants in each category in order for an award to be given in that category.

Synopsis of the I.B.M. Convention Contests Awards and Prizes

  • I.B.M. Stage Contest – Youth Category:  Outstanding performance by a member age 7-17 includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize. Second Place Award of Merit for performance by a member age 7-17 includes a $250 (US Currency) cash prize
  • I.B.M. Stage Contest – Adult Category:  Outstanding performance by a member age 18 or over, includes a $2,000 (US Currency) cash prize.  Second Place Award of Merit for performance by a member age 18 or over includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize.
  • I.B.M. Stage Contest People’s Choice Award:  This award includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize.  The winner of this award is selected during the I.B.M. Gold Medal Stage Contest Finals.
  • I.B.M. Gold Medal International Award of Excellence:  This award includes a $5,000 (US Currency) cash prize.  This top prize is given at the discretion of the judges and is not awarded annually.
  • I.B.M. Close-Up Contest – Youth Category:  Outstanding performance by a member age 7-17 includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize.  Second Place Award of Merit for performance by a member age 7-17 includes a $250 (US Currency) cash prize.
  • I.B.M. Close-Up Contest – Adult Category:  Outstanding performance by a member age 18 or over, includes a $2,000 (US Currency) cash prize.  Second Place Award of Merit for performance by a member age 18 or over includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize.
  • I.B.M. Close-Up Contest People’s Choice Award:  This award includes a $500 (US Currency) cash prize.  The winner of this award is selected during the I.B.M. Gold Cups Close-Up Contest. It also includes the Obie O’Brien FFFF Award and an invitation to the 4F convention held annually in Batavia, NY.
  • I.B.M. Gold Cups International Award of Excellence:  This award includes a $5,000 (US Currency) cash prize.  This top prize is given at the discretion of the judges and is not awarded annually.
  • Karrell Fox Comedy Award:  The winner must have entered the I.B.M Stage Contest and shown a sense of comedic timing and wit over and above expectations.  This award is not given annually and is given by an unanimous decision of the judges.

The Youth Category first-place winner of the I.B.M. Stage Contest will receive the fabulous FANTASMA Youth Prize Package. (This prize package is only available to winners who live within the 48 contiguous United States.)  The package includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two within the 48 contiguous states to New York City
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights
  • All the FANTASMA Magic you can carry
  • Lunch with a famous magician
  • Magic show tickets
  • An opportunity to perform on-stage or close-up in either city
  • Special meetings with celebrity magicians to discuss your act
  • …and more surprises and memories that will last a lifetime.

There are many, many reasons to enter the I.B.M. contests.  GREAT experiences.  GREAT prizes.  Whatever your motivation may be –

 

YOU WANT IT?  Come and TAKE it!  We don’t just give it away.

 

Rules and Procedures of I.B.M. Stage and Close-up Contests 

 

All clarifications or final decisions concerning the below rules are to be addressed by the Contest Chairman/Co-Chairman.


NO PYROTECHNICS OF ANY TYPE MAY BE USED IN EITHER CONTEST (ie, flash paper, powder, thread, string, open flame, smoker, mister, fogger, flint flasher, etc.)  NO CONFETTI, SAND, OR OTHER TYPES OF FINE MATERIAL MAY BE USED IN THE CONTEST AREAS.
If you have questions, ask. Any violation of these criteria will result in immediate disqualification.  No exceptions allowed.

  • All Contestants and assistants must be members in good standing of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and be confirmed registrants of the Annual Convention.
  • Youth Contestants’ applications must include the signature of that Contestant’s legal guardian.
  • Contest performances may not include the knowingly unauthorized use of intellectual property or a known act in its entirety.  This will be decided at the discretion of the Judges and Contest Chairman/Co-Chairman.
  • No Contestant may receive any compensation from the Annual International Convention, including but not limited to airfare, registration, room, or monetary compensation.
  • Because the I.B.M. Annual Convention promotes a “family” atmosphere, Contest material must not include “blue material”- inappropriate material.
  • All Contestants must submit a video file, disc, or web link of the competition act.  This will be used to construct the order of performance, not for qualification. A headshot/photograph must also be submitted to be used for advertising and Peoples’ Choice Award.  If one is not provided, the contestant will not be shown and miss the opportunity for further exposure in the Peoples’ Choice.
  • Each Contestant will be allotted two (2) minutes to set up the necessary equipment. The time limit for performance is ten (10) minutes and will begin once the Contestant’s name is announced.  Each Contestant is allotted one (1) minute to strike or clear the Stage or Close-up area. 
  • In the event the Gold Cups or Gold Medal is given, the winner will receive the 1st place trophy and  $5,000 and forego the first place $2,000 prize. The total amount of winnings for Gold Cups or Gold Medal is $5,000, unless the Contestant also wins the Peoples’ Choice Award and the $500 prize.
  • The Stage Competition will be held over two days and include Prelims and Finals.  The Close-up Contest will take place over one day. The Close-up Contestants should be prepared to perform at least four times. 

Judges will use the Contest Judge Sheet  based on a point system, and in the event of a tie, the Judges will deliberate and come to a decision, breaking the tie.

If you have questions or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Contest Directors – Oscar & Melody Munoz: OscarMunozIBM@gmail.com