Competition Rules
This page records the the rules of the various Ipswich Magical Society competitions.

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The David and Doreen Childrens Entertainment Cup
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Childrens Entertainer of the Year Competition
 
Rules.
1. This will be an open meeting, conducted before an audience of children and their parents.
2. Entry to the competition will be limited to 6 paid-up members of the society.
3. 5 Judges will be appointed by the host/audience will be called upon to adjudicate and assist, giving the judges some guidelines of what to look for and how the voting should be executed. (See 6.3.2 paragraph b).
4. Each competitor will present a routine of not more than 15 minutes minutes that is suitable for children of primary school age (4 to 11)..
5. The timekeeper will monitor the period allowed for each presentation precisely, and will signal 2 minutes before the end of each allotted performance.
 
Scoring.
1. Score sheets will be made up with the competitors name and copies given to the judges, compere, timekeeper and stage manager before the start of the competition. .
2. Competitors will be judged on dress/costume, performance and children's reaction.
3. Each judge can award a maximum of 20 points for each competitor.
4. The timekeeper may deduct points for competitors running over the allotted time.
5. The winner will be awarded the Children's Entertainer Cup and the Runner Up will be awarded the Ally Masques.

The Magini Shield
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Close Up Competition
 
Rules.
1. This will be an open meeting where members may bring along guests.
2. Entry to the competition will be limited to 9 paid up members.
3. Spectators will be seated around three tables.
As far as possible there will be an equal number of spectators on each table.
All Tables will be numbered and will be covered with society cloths. Backcloths will be provided.
4. Each competitor will present a close-up routine, of more than two effects, in no more than seven minutes.
The effects, used by each competitor, must be such that they can be carried on the person of the competitor.
The same routine will be performed three times, once to each table.
Competitors may not alter or vary their routines in any way, once the competition has begun.
5. There will be a four minute "change over" period between sessions, to allow marks to be registered.
The timekeeper will monitor the period allowed for each presentation precisely, and will signal the beginning and end of each session. Competitors must stop, at once, when the signal is given.
6. The competitors may not watch the competition at any time; they will however remain in the hall until the end of the session in which they have performed.
They will be notified by a signal when they should enter the hall for their next session.
 
Scoring.
1. Each competitor will be awarded marks out of twenty, by each spectator/judge.
2. Each spectator will be provided with slips of paper on which to record the name and mark, given of each competitor.
After a mark has been awarded the marked slips will be laid face down, on the table
3. Each table will elect a collator who will have a master list, on which to record the total table marks awarded to each competitor.
The names on this master list will be listed in identical order, regardless of the order in which the competitors may visit each group. (This is to assist the adjudicator in the final reckoning).
4. At the end of the final session these master forms will be handed to the adjudicator to be totalled.
5. The winner will be that person receiving the greatest total number of marks.

The Hickson Cup
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Stage, Caberet and Stand-up Magic Competition
 
Rules.
1. This will be an open meeting where members may bring along guests.
2. Entry into the Competition is open to fully paid-up members of the society.
3. There will be three trophies, The Hickson Cup for the overall winner, The Vera Smith Cup for the runner up and The Paul Ducaine Cup for the best manipulative skills.
4. The Cups will be competed for every twelve months and there must be a minimum of five entrants.
5. Each entrant is required to be present backstage fifteen minutes before the competition starts.
6. Each competitor will entertain for a maximum of not more than 10 minutes.
7. The timekeeper will monitor the period allowed for each presentation precisely, and will signal 2 minutes before the end of each allotted performance.
 
Officials.
1. Three judges, Two Lay people and one magician, a compere and a time keeper will be appointed by the committee
2. A Stage manager shall also be appointed and may help competitors with their props if required.
 
Scoring.
1. Score sheets will be made up with the competitors name and copies given to the judges, compere, timekeeper and stage manager.
2. The magical judge will score on magical content, presentation and entertainment.
3. The lay judges will score on presentation and entertainment only.
4. Each judge can award a maximum of twenty points in each category for each competitor.
5. The timekeeper may deduct points for competitors running over the allotted time.

The Vera Smith Cup
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Stage, Caberet and Stand-up Magic Competition
 
This award is given to the runner up of The Hickson Cup. For details about the rules and scoring, please refer to The Hickson Cup.

The Paul Duncaine Cup
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Stage, Caberet and Stand-up Magic Competition
 
This award is given to the magician with the best manipulative skills whilst competing for The Hickson Cup. For details about the rules and scoring, please refer to The Hickson Cup.