Watching Marc compete in the International Weekend close up contest I started to wonder a couple of things. Firstly, is it possible to make a living by going around the world winning magic contests and, secondly, will Marc be the first person to win both close up and stage competitions with the same act? He won the first prize of a thousand pounds with the “act as seen” The bit with the gold and glittery stuff doesn’t do anything at all for me but his work with his stacked deck and finding any card named at any chosen place is a thing of wonder. It is so good that at times you would think he used a stooge…but he wouldn’t do that would he? It is a competition act through and through where as James Brown’s stuff was clearly simply what he does for a living. He got second place without even removing his registration badge from his hip where he had chosen to wear it. Total confidence and completely comfortable to such a degree that my girlfriend (who was watching formal magic for the very first time) thought he had a tendency towards the arrogant…initially I didn’t agree but after introducing and watching him at his lecture I can see where she is coming from.
Dynamo came third with his usual fare with cards and an unusual effect…a colour changing Trainer. He has improved his presentation a thousand percent and is a very interesting young man. I hope he spends his winnings wisely.