I.B.M. Contest

I.B.M. 2019 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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I.B.M. Gold Medal and Gold Cups  

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 contest will be held at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino.
 

Due to the Talking Stick Resort's restrictions,  there will be no confetti allowed during either contest.  Use of confetti or any items littering the stage, smaller than a playing card, may be subject to a clean-up fee and possible disqualification.

Contest applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2019.  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 14, 2019. Please place in the subject line: I.B.M. 2019 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 11th and received no later than June 14, 2019. It is a requirement that a headshot be submitted with your application,
 
A confirmation e-mail with information and contest details (times and places) will be sent to you by June 22nd.
 
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, use of any small items (small pieces of any material -i.e. silk, cotton, foil, etc.) which can be caught in air condition uptake, and 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 Talking Stick Resort.  The I.B.M. Gold Cups Close-Up Contest is a contest conducted on one day. The winners of each contest will be announced At the  Saturday 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 Contest Awards and Prizes
 
   

Stage & Close-Up Trophies     People's Choice Medal

 
1.      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.
 
2.      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.
 
3.      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.
 
4.      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.
 
5.      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.
 
6.      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.
 
7.      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.
 
8.      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.
 
9.      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 New York
  •  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.
 
  
 INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF MAGICIANS
CONTEST RULES & PROCEDURES
 
I.                  All Contestants of the International Brotherhood of Magicians competitions must be members in good standing.
II.               All Contestants and assistants must be registered for the Annual Convention and complete Contestant application forms for each contest entered no later than 15 days prior to the first day of the Annual Convention.
a)      Applications completed for the youth contest must be signed by the Contestant’s legal guardian.
b)      Applications must be received via e-mail or post to the contest chairpersons before the deadline.
III.             Contest performances may not include the knowingly unauthorized use of intellectual property.
IV.             No Contestant may be a paid performer or lecturer on any of the Annual Convention shows or events, or a paid provider of any other services performed in the interest of the Annual Convention.
V.               As the audiences at the Annual Convention may include children, no “blue material” will be permitted.
 
PROCEDURES FOR THE CONTESTS:      
I.                 Three Contestants in each category are necessary in order to ensure an award be given. In the event fewer contestants participate, the Contest Chairman my choose to award the 1st and 2nd place award of merit trophies or refrain and just give the 2nd place award of merit.
II.              Contestants are required to attend the pre-contest briefing, unless prior notification is given to the Contest Chairperson. At this briefing, contestants will learn the order of appearance for each contest.
III.            On the day of the competition, the timing of the contestant’s performance will begin after his/her name is announced. The time limit of the performance is 10 minutes. Deductions and possible disqualification may be imposed if the time limit is exceeded.
IV.             All decisions concerning interpretations of, and exceptions to the rules in this section will be made by the I.B.M. Contest Chairperson.
V.              The use of any smoke generating effects, or pyrotechnic materials of any kind are prohibited, including, but not limited to, matches, candles, or flash paper/string/cotton. Use of these items may result in disqualification as solely determined by the Contest Chairperson.
VI.            Unsportsmanlike behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and are grounds for disqualification.
VII.          It is possible for a youth to win the Gold Medal or Gold Cups.
 
CLOSE-UP CONTEST
·       Contestants must be present and check in with the Contest Chairperson at the location designated for the Close-up Contest at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the Contest.
·       Although facilities vary, a preparation/waiting area “Green Room” will be provided. In addition, in each competition room, the contestant will find a cloth covered table (size and shape will depend on availability), chairs, an electrical outlet, and audience members from which up to two spectators may be preselected.
·       Each Contestant is allowed two (2) minutes to set up the equipment necessary for their performance. An announcer in each room will introduce the upcoming contestant.  Each Contestant is allowed one (1) minute to strike (remove equipment) at the completion of his/her performance. 
·       Contestants may be asked to perform up to four (4) times. Preparations should be in place to ensure the Contestant be ready.
 
STAGE CONTEST
·       Each Contestant will be allowed a ten (10) minute walk of the stage and technical clarification during an assigned tech time. No additional time or access will be allowed prior to the performance.
·       On assigned contest day, each Contestant must check in with the Contest Chairperson backstage and locate designated preparation area. Only convention registered performers and assistants appearing on stage are allowed backstage.  
·       Contestants will not be allowed to use confetti or anything which will leave the stage littered upon the conclusion of each performance. Cleanup time for each act should be no more than three (3) minutes. In the event the Contestant drops a large number of cards, umbrellas, fans, etc.,  onto the stage, a dropcloth must be used. (Dropcloth should be provided by the Contestant. It is imperative that each Contestant have a clean stage on which to perform, therefore, each Contestant should leave the working area and backstage area clean upon conclusion of set.)
 
JUDGES’ PROCEDURES
            
STAGE CONTEST – The preliminary contest will be judged by a minimum of 3 judges and a maximum of 5. These judges will consist of magicians registered at the convention and will not receive compensation of any kind for their time.   Each judge will be briefed prior to and following the competition. 
 
Judging will be by point system with a final discussion as to the advancement of 6 contestants to the finals.
 
The Stage Contest Finals will take place on the Friday night stage show. The finals will be judged by 5 judges. These judges will consist of 4 magicians registered at the convention and 1 layman and will not receive compensation of any kind for their time.   Each judge will be briefed prior to and following the competition. Following the finals competition, the judges will move to a private area and any Gold Medal contenders will be discussed.
            
CLOSE-UP CONTEST - The Close-up contest will be judged by a maximum of 6. These judges will consist of magicians registered at the convention and will not receive compensation of any kind for their time.   Each judge will be briefed prior to and following the competition. Following the completion of the contestants’ performances, the judges will meet to discuss the awarding of the Gold Cups.