The Corporate-Fx, Tradeshow Magic Group Blog
By: Scott Tokar, Corporate-Fx Magician and Founder
Scott Tokar, Best Comedy Magician 2011!
Scott Tokar, magician and founder of the Corporate-Fx Tradeshow magic group wins "Best Comedy Magician" at the 2011 Strolling Olympics of The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.).
Magician Scott Tokar performs for I.B.M. President, Rolando Santos,
and his guests during the 2011 "Strolling Olympics" competition.
Copyright (c) International Brotherhood of Magicians (www.magician.org).
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The I.B.M. is recognized as the world's largest magic organization, and 2011 marked the group's 83rd annual convention, held this year in Dallas, TX from June 29th through July 2nd. Over seven hundred magicians from 30+ countries gathered to compete, study, and share in the ancient art of prestidigitation, slight-of-hand and magical illusion.
Each year, the I.B.M. hosts several contests at the convention: The Gold Medal Stage competition, The Gold-Cups Close-up contest and The Strolling Olympics.
Previously (in 1988), Scott Tokar received the first place trophy in the Close-Up contest at the 60th Annual I.B.M. Convention held in Boston, MA.
Since then, traditional magic has undergone vast changes. With the rising popularity of magicians like David Blaine and Chris Angel, plus internet memes and the rise of YouTube, real world performance of "live" strolling and "Street Magic" has become one of the most popular forms of the magical arts today...
Street magic is all about "reality"... Real people, real magic and eye-popping miracles performed in the palms of the audience's hands. No camera tricks, no fancy lighting and none of it takes place in a traditional "controlled" theater environment...
The I.B.M. Strolling Olympics is a "popular-vote" competition for street magic, in which the audience becomes both the viewer and the judge. With only one hour to compete, and over fifteen groups to entertain, timing was as critical as the performance. Therefore, each contestant must amaze as many people as possible in the limited time allotted.
Slight-of-hand skill, audience interaction, entertainment and professionalism all add-up in the judging process... And this year, through popular vote of the I.B.M., Scott Tokar was awarded the title of "Best Comedy Magician" at the 2011 Strolling Olympics.
For more information about the I.B.M. please visit: www.Magician.org
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