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Dec 7th 2012, 06:36

Stonewick

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I've entered a close up contest and have a question. I have been told that judges at magic contests look for character, originality and presentation over mechanics and digital prowess. All things being equal, is it generally better to do a short (unified) set with different textures that highlights various skills, or one longer routine that builds to a punchy ending, even if it runs a couple minutes short of the allotted time?
Jan 2nd 2013, 17:11

Stonewick

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I found some great thoughts on this topic by Master Payne at that Green Place.
Jan 8th 2013, 22:38

JeffMcBride

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Hi Stonewick
You ask a very complex question.
FISM and other major competitions have a scale that varies depending on the style of magic
manipulation: score high on technical sleights and presentation is secondary
General magic: Character and personality is more important( and more points)
without getting too complex here, I'll go on record by saying that in my observations, judges want to be FOOLED and SURPRISED!
For the most part they are looking for POWERFUL MAGIC OVER PRESENTATION.
Judges also look at the lay audience reactions....and if the reactions from BOTH lay and magic audiences is strong, that will score high. I do not think it is an "either-or" a thematic act with many "punchy" surprising moments will score high! The German female magician Alana Moehlmann is a perfect example...her theme is fashion and she creates short punchy( and fooling!) visual magic moments...not all flowing together but short tight bits unified into an overall theme. see MAGIC Jan 2013 for more on her.
Jan 10th 2013, 06:33

Stonewick

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Very helpful information. Many Thanks. I'll let you know how it goes.