2018 Contest Rules

 

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We will be having four contests, a Close-up contest and a Friday night Strolling Magician Contest, a Stage contest for kids under 18 years of age, and a second Stage contest for adults 18 years and older. The close-up, and Strolling Magician contests are open to all ages. The rules for contests are as follows:

CONTEST RULES FROM DAYTONA MAGIC

  • You and any assistant or helper must be registered for the convention.
  • Anyone who is not registered at the convention will not be admitted to the audience without a special ticket that cost $15.00 and is only good for the stage contest.

STROLLING MAGICIAN CONTEST

  • Anyone who is not registered at the convention will not be admitted to the audience.

  • Acts are to go from table to table. People will vote for their favorite performer via score cards. The more tables you visit, the more votes you can get.
     

CONTEST CATEGORIES

  • Senior Stage
  • Close-up
  • Junior Stage
  • Strolling Magic

The Senior competitions are for persons who are 18 years of age or older as of the first day of the competition. The Junior competitions are for persons who are younger than 18 years of age on the first day of the competition.

QUALIFYING TO COMPETE

All persons performing in a competition act must be registered for the entire convention.

An act cannot enter the competition if they are a paid performer at the same convention.

The Contest Chairperson may limit the number of contestants in any contest category based on time limitations for the overall contest.

TIME LIMITS

There is a limit on the amount of time that a contestant can perform. The limit is eight minutes for both stage acts and close-up acts.

For stage acts, time begins when the performer’s name is announced to the audience. For close-up acts, time begins when the performer begins their presentation.

In addition to the eight minutes of performance time, each act will be given one minute of on-stage set-up time prior to performing, and one minute of on-stage clear-out time after performing. The combination of on-stage set-up time, performance time, and clear-out time adds-up to a ten minute maximum. This limit allows 6 performers to compete per hour of contest time.

Additional off-stage set-up and clear-out time (in the wings) is limited only by venue availability. Typically, an hour of set-up time before the contest performance is available, although backstage space is limited.

Exceeding the performance time limit of eight minutes or the overall act limit of ten minutes will result in a scoring penalty as follows:

  • Loss of one (1) point from the overall score for each 15 seconds overtime or portion thereof.

  • Maximum of sixty (60) seconds overtime with four (4) point deduction.

  • Over sixty (60) seconds overtime will result in disqualification.

PRE-CONTEST MEETING AND WALK-THROUGH

All performers must attend the pre-contest meeting. Stage performers must also participate in a show walk-through to establish stage entrances, exits, and technical cues. The meeting is also to review the contest rules, scoring system, and to answer questions.

The meeting date, time, and location will be published in the convention schedule, but in the event that it is not, it is the responsibility of each contestant to obtain the meeting date, time, and location, and to be present.

Persons not attending the pre-contest meeting may be disqualified.

WHAT PERFERMERS NEED TO BRING TO THE CONTEST

Bring EVERYTHING that you need to perform your act!

Stage – Contestants are responsible for bringing all equipment necessary to perform their act, including all props and tables.

Close-up – Contestants will be provided with a table and two chairs.

PYROTECHNIC DEVICES

Due to insurance and safety requirements, no pyrotechnic devices are allowed. This includes flash pots, smoke pots, and sparklers. Commercially manufactured fog or haze machines that have been approved by Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL listed) with power consumption totaling less than 15 amps are permitted. Small amounts of standard flash paper are permitted if used in a controlled container such as a dove pan, and not propelled or "shot". All such devices and effects must be approved by the Technical Director and the Stage Manager, and such approval may be withheld for any concern about safety or potential property damage.

CONFETTI, STREAMERS, ETC.

The use of confetti is discouraged. The use of Mylar confetti is not allowed. Performers are responsible for cleaning-up all confetti or streamers that they produce, spill, or otherwise use, both on-stage and backstage.

MUSIC

Stage – Contestants are required to bring a copy of their music on audio CD or cassette tape to the walk-through. If there are any sound cues, other than to begin playing the music at the beginning of the act, such cues must be provided to the Stage Manager during the walk-through.

  • Please label your CD with your full name, and indicate which "track" should be played.

  • Retrieval of CDs after the contest show is the responsibility of each Contestant.

  • Please do not attempt to retrieve your CD during the show.

Close-up – If music is to be played for a close-up performance, the Contestant must play it on an amplified playback device, such as a "boom box", that they bring to the performance table.

MICROPHONES

Stage – Contestants will have a choice of using either a stand-up microphone, a handheld microphone, or a lavaliere microphone, which will be provided for use during their act only.

Close-up – No microphones are provided.

LIGHTING

Stage – Limited theatrical lighting will be provided. This will generally include a "stage wash" and a follow spotlight, with the possibility of varying brightness and some limited ability to vary color. Lighting cues must be reviewed with the Stage Manager during the walk-through.

Close-up – No special lighting will be provided for the close-up performance.

SCORING

Acts are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 points in five categories as follows:

  • Appearance
  • Showmanship
  • Technique/Skill
  • Originality
  • Overall Entertainment Value


Fifty (50) points is the maximum score available from an individual judge. Penalties for exceeding time limits will be deducted from each judge’s score sheet. Generally, three or five judges will evaluate all performers in each category.

ALL CONTESTS

  • Everything must be appropriate for family audiences. (G rated)

  • A completed official entry form must be turned in to Irv Cook at registration.

SIGN UP AT REGISTRATION 

PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO THE KID'S CONTEST IF YOU LOOK YOUNG AND YOU MIGHT BE 18 YEARS OLD OR ABOVE.

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PRIZES - ADULT STAGE CONTEST

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$300.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$200.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$100.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
PLAQUE

PRIZES - KID'S STAGE CONTEST

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$250.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$100.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$50.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
PLAQUE

PRIZES - CLOSE-UP CONTEST

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$300.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
PLAQUE

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$200.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
PLAQUE

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$100.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
PLAQUE

PRIZES - STROLLING MAGICIAN 

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$200.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$100.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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$50.00 gift certificate to Daytona Magic.
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Certificates must be spent at Daytona Magic or by mail order.

STAGE AND CLOSE-UP JUDGING CONDUCTED BY THE FESTIVAL OF MAGIC.
STROLLING MAGIC JUDGING BY ATTENDEES OF THE FRIDAY SHOW.

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