And drumroll, please. Here are the names of the winners of the Fifth Annual Shalom Blog Magic Contest. The contest this time was a repeat of the very first one: describe three actions or ideas that have most improved your magic.
The first-place winner was Dennis Mayne. Dennis’s entertaining entry described a trio of intriguing, uncommonly referenced mindsets and preparations that help him get ready as a working street performer. Dennis chose The Vernon Touch as his prize.
David Kaplan was the second-place winner. David spoke of the wisdom he acquired along the way to becoming a part-time professional, and what it took him to get to the next level. He chose Blomberg Laboratories as his prize.
Third place went to John Allen. John talked about some of the realizations he came to when trying to integrate his magic interests with the rest of his life, and what helped to make that transition less bumpy. He chose Maximum Entertainment as his prize.
And finally Honorable Mention to Rick Benstock for his iconoclastic advice for amateurs.
Thanks again to all who entered. It’s always a treat for me to read what you have to say. Sometime next week, everyone who participated will receive a pdf compilation of all the entries that were sent in.