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Nate Leipzig Close-up Magic Contest
RUMFORD -- The International Brotherhood of Magician's Ring 362 will hold the 2011 Nate Leipzig Close-up Magic Contest at 4 p.m. Sunday at 49 Frankin, Maine's Capital of Magic.
Contestants will have ten minutes to perform close-up magic before moving to the next station. Audience members will remain at each station as magicians rotate through each group. It is anticipated that contestants will perform their close-up acts for four or more groups, but no more than six.
The contest is held much as reality television shows, where the audience will vote for their favorite act. Audience members will select their favorite contestants on criteria of their own choosing. Entertainment value, creativity, audience interaction, and the strength of a performer's magic will all play a role. Some of the best close-up magical performers in the region are expected to participate.
The contest is named for Nate Leipzig, (Nathan Leipziger), who was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1873. He began his career in magic in Detroit, performing in theaters and clubs. In his early years his talent as an entertainer was evident, but his magic skills were humble.
Upon seeing a theatrical performance featuring other magicians, he became devoted to sleight of hand, improving many effects that he learned, and inventing entirely new ones. Dai Vernon met Leipzig in New York City in the early 1900s, and admired him greatly. Leipzig granted Vernon permission to document his magic in the book Vernon on Leipzig.
Leipzig set himself apart from other magicians with his ability to entertain. His performances were noted for their easy grace and natural movement. His regal bearing and continental stage presence set him apart from most vaudeville entertainers, and he was swept up into performing prestigious engagements in Europe, including performances for royalty. Dai Vernon said of Leipzig, "there will never be another one like him."
Contestants must be members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and of Ring 362. Contestants who are not current members of Ring 362 can join on the spot for $10. We also welcome applicants to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Contact Contest Official Scot Grassette (369-0129) for more information.
The contest is open to the general public for an admission charge of $6 at the door. Pub food and drinks will be available. Members of the public will serve as the judges. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for a 4 p.m. curtain.
49 Franklin is located at 49 Franklin Street.