Competition Rules, Awards and Past Winners

Dear Members competition rules will be published here at least two months before the competition date. Competitions are open to members only. Christian Magicians UK run Close up and Stage competitions, there are other awards available including Young magician and the Pete McMahon Award for Outstanding Comedy. Please note that not all awards and competitions are run each year.

Pete McMahon Award for outstanding comedy

This is awarded for Outstanding Comedy at conference. Any member is eligible to receive the award. Nominations need to be received prior to the Conference Planning meeting on the last day of conference. Ideally the moment of outstanding comedy should have been witnessed by a large number of people (but this is not an essential requirement). The award is given by the Trustees and is not awarded every year regardless of number of nominations received.

Next Competition is:

A stage competition is to take part at the Christian Magicians UK conference. It will take place on Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 8pm. Competition rules are as follows

“Any member of Christian Magicians UK may take part in the Close Up Competition, held alternate years at the conference. To ensure that a reasonable performance standard is maintained, all entrants will be asked to provide a proposer. Your act needs to be LESS THAN 10 minutes (after exactly 10 minutes you will be asked to stop, regardless of where you are in your effect / trick). The audience will be asked to decide upon their favourite performer. They may wish to consider the criteria below:” 

Please see the list of criteria that the audience or judges may be asked to consider at the bottom of this page. There is a sign up sheet for competition entries available from the first day of conference. Spaces may be limited. If you have any questions then please contact the membership secretary or a member of committee.

Previous Winners

 Stage Close Up McCahon Comedy Junior Cup


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Steve Price


David O’Connor


Cameron Welsh


Marking Criteria / Factors

If you are considering taking part in any of our competitions then you may wish to consider the following. Each of the five sections should be considered to have equal weight.

 Discipline What to take into account
 Presentation Personal appearance and dress


Condition of the props

Could they be heard?

Did they make good eye contact with everyone?

Did they come across as being confident?

Interaction with the audience

How they treated spectators

Was the presentation clear?

 Technical Ability Were the tricks executed well? (no mistakes or exposures)


What was the level of technical ability or was the trick self working?

How strong was the magic?

 Variety Was there a good mix of effects?


How many tricks were performed?

How original were the effects?

Was the transition between tricks handled well or was it a collection of separate tricks?

How much thought went into the routine as a whole?

 Gospel Content Did the gospel content make sense?


Was the gospel content appropriate to the presentation and audience?

 EntertainmentWere the audience engaged in the performance?


Were the audience responding positively?

Did the Audience enjoy the act for the right reason?