Parlor/Stage Competition Rules

To Enter

Any member in good standing may sign up for this competition by simply sending an e-mail or by phoning any one of the officers.  Sign up as early as possible; sign ups will be accepted up to 24 hours before the scheduled competition is to begin.

The Venue

The goal is to create an atmosphere as close to a real stage environment as possible. The audience will be seated at least 6 feet from the performer who will stand with a curtain for a backdrop. The club has some tables but they may not match your exact needs, so if you need a specific kind of table, bring it. There will be a sound system. Bring your own music if you need it, preferably on CD.


  • Only paid up members of Ring 216 are eligible to perform.
  • Parlor is defined as a performance that may be carried out in its entirety in a 4 x 8 foot area separated from the audience by 6 feet or more.  The performing area is on the same level as the spectators.  It may optionally include such props as a draped table and chair(s).  All other props (provided by the magician) must be carried on, setup, and carried off in the allotted time period.  The natural venue for this type of show would included birthday parties and smaller shows for corporations at luncheons or trade booths.
  • Performances must be accomplished in 6-8 minutes (depending on the number of competitors). A penalty will be assessed if the performance runs under or over the time limits above.
  • No fire or adults-only (blue) material. No danger acts.
  • No engaging with the audience before the start of your act.
  • Points will be taken off your score if you exceed the max time limit or violate any other rules
  • You will be expected to help out with the execution of the competition event when you are not competing (ie...handing out pencils, ballots, timer, explaining rules, guiding lay people to their tables, gathering stuff back, etc...)


The performances will be judged by all magicians in the audience. The decision of the judges, president and board is FINAL.  Performers will be rated in three categories using a scale of 1 to 6 in each (six being the best mark possible).  The three categories are:

Originality - Did the participant add his/her own elements and personality to the routine? Did he/she create something new that we haven't seen before?

Presentation - Did the participant establish eye contact with the audience and  minimize distracting twitches or mannerisms; and was he/she dressed appropriately with proper posture, diction and speed?

Technique/Technical - Did the participant flash, reveal, or fumble over techiques or patter?

Magical/Entertainment Value - Were the effects truly magical in nature, entertaining in the presentation and was the finish clearly understood and related to the presentation?