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That is a good point. I think sometimes we magicians forget that we are performers and our number one goal should be the entertainment value our show gives to an audience.

I think we sometimes spend so much time trying to fool other magicians with the newest slieghts or trying to simply impress ourselves with the newest double lift or pass.

To be real honest, the audience could care less if you did a double lift or a pass or any sleight for that matter. They simply want to be entertained by you. Use the slieghts to achieve that results but make them invisible to your overall performance.

I would much rather have an audience coming out of my show saying that was a lot of fun and I had a great time, then saying oh that must have been hard and his skill was incredible.

To me, the skill and technique should just simply enhance the magic and the story being told. The skill should not be the essence of the entire act. Good skill and technique just help the magician to create the best magical experience they can. They are tools in the tool box of which helps create a sense of magical wonder.
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But how about magician's contest. What do the judges look for the most, how well we entertain or our sleight skills?
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Competitions are usually marked in a number of categories, including, skill, presentation (which includes yourself - are you wearing a nicely pressed suit etc.), entertainment to name a few.

I think judges would prefer to see a nicely polished routine using a gimmick, than a badly performed sleight of hand routine.

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It really does depend on what contest your entering. each magic contest has a different set of criteria and each vary from one to the next.

The best rule of thumb is to ask for a set of contest rules before you ever think about netering a contest. Only in this manner, do you know what the judges will be scoring you on and you can have your act relate better to this new cristeria.

The best contests are the ones that judge you based on a few select categories. These categories can range from:

- Technical Skill
- Charisma
- Presentation
- Entertainment Value
- Dress and Appearance

These are just a sample to name a few. Each category is then weighted with a numbering system. The panel of judges judge individually and the points are added up.

Keep in mind that the best reason to enter any contest is to get feedback. If the judges are not willing to give you the judges sheets or to talk to you afterwards, then your really not giving yourself as much chance to learn as you can.

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