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Florida Magician of The Year Contest Guidelines (FL-MOTY)
The Florida Magician of the Year (FL-MOTY) Contest has been held at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse but this year it will be virtual. Start 2022 with Florida's most magical celebration of all time-The Florida Magician of the Year (FL-Moty) contest.This magical performance will highlight Florida's most talented magicians. Magicians from across the state of Florida will compete for the coveted title of Florida Magician of the Year. This annual event brings amateur and professional magicians of all ages together for one unforgettable magical performance. The contest is open to all Florida magicians from across the entire state. Florida champions of magic come together for a friendly battle to earn the prestigious title of Florida Magician of the Year. The Florida Magician of the Year Contest is designed to preserve and promote the art of magic by highlighting magical talents performed by Florida magicians. Three titles are awarded each year starting with the junior division for ages 7-11, which awards the title -- Junior Florida Magician of the Year. The youth division covers ages 12-17, which leads to the title-- Youth Florida Magician of the Year. The adult division leads to the title of Florida Magician of the Year.
Magic Dove History:
Magic Dove Magic Shop, located in Historic Cocoa Village, Florida, has been the host for youth magic contests since the summer of 2006. After hosting many youth magic contests throughout the years, in 2009 Magic Dove implemented a monthly contest and added an adult division. In 2010 the Magician of the Year program was implemented with two divisions--youth and adult. The winners of each monthly contest qualified for the final competition held in December of each year. Magic Dove introduced the title Magic Dove Magician of the Year and Youth Magic Dove Magician of the Year. In 2016 a junior division for ages 7-11 was added to give younger magicians an opportunity to compete with their peers. Magic Dove plans to continue their monthly contests for years to come. Magic Dove's contest experience will be put to good use in 2020 for the Florida Magician of the Year Contest.
Florida Magician of the Year Qualification Requirements:
To enter the contest, you must first meet two qualifications:
1. Show proof of Florida residency.
2. In non-virtual years, must show proof of winning first place in a qualifying magic contest within the previous year of which you are competing. Due to COVID 19, this requirement has been eliminated for the virtual contests. All nationally recognized magic contests automatically qualify for entry. All official state magic contests also qualify. Therefore, if you are a Florida resident and win first place in any national or state reputable magic contest, you automatically qualify.
Below we have a list of approved qualifying contests, but the list may not be inclusive of all approved contests.
International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.)
Society of American Magicians (S.A.M)
Approved Florida Magic Contests:
Daytona Beach Festival of Magic Contest
Florida Magicians Association Contest
Magic Dove Monthly 2-2-2 Magic Contest
If you know of a Florida contest that should be added, please send the information to the Florida Magician of the Year committee (FLMOTY@MagicDove.com). If you are part of a magic club located in the state of Florida, and wish to host a contest to qualify for Florida Magician of the Year, please contact the Florida Magician of the Year Committee and provide the official rules and official judging criteria. Please gain approval prior to hosting the contest.
Florida Residency Requirement: Please note that just because you win a contest in Florida, does not automatically qualify you to enter Florida Magician of the Year. You must show proof of Florida residency and proof of winning first place in a magic contest.
Florida Magician of the Year Submission Process
Video Submission: If you qualify to enter the Florida Magician of the Year Contest, submit an eight minute or less (adult division) or six minutes or less (youth and junior divisions) video to be judged. The video must be from start to finish of your act with no camera cuts. Video must be recorded within the same year of submission. The video you submit does not have to be the actual act you plan to perform for the final contest. The video is only used to select the finalists. What you perform for the live show, may be different from your video submission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide a video that can be viewed by the FLMOTY committee.
Your application is complete only after you receive a confirmation email that your video was opened and was able to be viewed.
Cost: Must pay a $10.00 fee.
Florida Magician of The Year Divisions:
There are three divisions with three separate awards—Junior Division, Youth Division and Adult Division.
Junior Division is for ages 7-11.
Youth Division is for ages 12-17.
Adult Division is for ages 18 and above.
Note: If a contestant wins first place at age 17 at a qualifying magic contest, but turns 18 by the date of the Florida Magician of the Year Contest, he/she must compete in the adult division for the finals, but a first-place win in the youth division still qualifies that person to be in the finals. A person who knows they are going to age out of the youth division for the finals, may select to compete in the adult division from the beginning.
Performance Time: Time limits are different for different age categories.
Adult Division (18+): No more than two minutes of set-up time and no more than eight (8) minutes of performing time. No more than one-minute tear down time. Any act longer than eight minutes will be disqualified. Only first and second places are awarded trophies.
Youth Division (12-17): No more than two minutes of set-up time and no more than six (6) minutes of performing time. No more than one-minute tear down time. Any act longer than six (6) minutes will be disqualified. Only first and second places are awarded trophies.
Junior Division (7-11): No more than two minutes of set-up time and no more than six (6) minutes of performing time. No more than one-minute tear down time. Any act longer than six (6) minutes will be disqualified. Only first and second places are awarded trophies.
Judging: Judges use a score sheet with points up to 100 as a guide to rank the contestants (see judge score sheet). Judges submit ranks of first, second, third, and fourth, that correspond to the number of contestants. Each rank equals the number value of the rank (e.g. First rank = 1 point, Second rank = 2 points, Third = 3 points, Fourth = 4 points). The person with the least amount of ranked points wins first place. The person with the next fewest ranked points wins second place. Please note that it is at the judges’ discretion how to rank each person. In each judging category, judges may add additional points or subtract points during the ranking process (AFTER he/she has reviewed all the performances). Judges are encouraged to share their thoughts during the deliberation process. Judges may adjust the points in the AFTER/Deliberation column during the deliberation process. Ultimately, the judges should consider all aspects when ranking the contestants.
Special Note: The rationale for the AFTER/Deliberation column is for the judges to fairly compare all the acts at the end. It may be that during the performance, the judges assign points that may not accurately reflect their true judgment of the act as it relates to other contestants after seeing ALL the performances. A final deliberation score from each judge will be used at the end to rank magicians for the FL-MOTY.
Final Ranking Sheet: A summary of the final ranking points is compiled on the FINAL RANKING SHEET to show the final rankings of the judges. Judges must sign or initial the FINAL RANKING SHEET to document that their final ranks are accurately documented. Their signature does not reflect their agreement to the overall placing of the contestants, but merely their agreement to their own ranks. The overall placement of the contestants is compiled from all the judges.
Judging Rule of 80%: To win first place, the contestant MUST score at least an average of 80% of the judging points on the Florida Magician of the Year Judging Form. If this 80% rule is not met, there will also not be a second place. There MUST be a first place for there to be a second place. If there is only one person competing, the 80% rule still applies. If there is only one contestant, the person is competing “against” the score sheet. In this case, the contestant wins first place if he/she has earned at least an average of 80% on the Florida Magician of the Year Judging Form.
Breaking Tie Rule: In the event of a tie with ranking points, the judges should use the Florida Magician of the Year Judging Form points to break the tie. If these points are the same, it is a true tie and the lowest and highest points are dropped to break the tie. If the points are still the same, the judges should deliberate until a decision is made.
Communication with the Judges: On the day of the contest, contestants and contestants’ family members are not allowed to communicate with the judges prior to the competition. Judges may select to give feedback orally if they wish, but no written feedback will be provided.
Performance Content: The act must have at least one magic trick.
Performance Order: The order of the acts is selected randomly by a drawing. Contestants who show up late to any contest, including the finals, are not guaranteed a spot in the contest.
Previous FL-MOTY first place winners: Contestants may enter the FL-MOTY contest multiple years. A previously first place FL-MOTY act cannot be used in subsequent FL-MOTY contests in the exact form. If you wish to use components of the original winning act, there must be a substantial change in the overall presentation of the act. Prior written permission must be obtained from the FL-MOTY committee. Note: First place award-winning acts from other magic contests are allowed.