The 2018 S.A.M. Contest of Magic Experience

The Society of American Magicians’ Contests of Magic is a judged competiton of magicians. Only the very best qualify. The audience is asked to participate and help determine the best act with our Bradley Jacobs’ Peoples Choice.

The finalists of the S.A.M. contest include Chris Randall (Las Angeles, CA), John Dahlinger (Katy, TX), Barry Rice (Fishers, IN), Merrit Ambrose (Dunwoody, GA) , Jeremy Mikaelson (VT), Raul Garcia (Argentina), and Ding Yang (China).

The Editor of the S.A.M. monthly periodical, M-U-M, is Alan Howard and he will be our Emcee.

The 2nd Annual Table-Hoppers Competition will occur onsite during the S.A.M. Banquet on Monday, July 23.
A maximum of six contestants may sign up – and will work the room for the love, appreciation, and VOTES of the banquet guests. The top vote-earner will win the title of S.A.M. Table-Hopper Champion plus a free registration for the 2020 S.A.M. convention in Las Vegas (up to $495 value!).
The general idea of the event is to simulate the real-world conditions faced by walk around magicians, so any type of magic that can be carried comfortably from table-to-table is appropriate.
HOWEVER, in the interest of fairness and safety, there will be:
  • No fire
  • No livestock
  • No pre-arranged assistants (“stooge” or visible)
Any magical performer age 18 and up who is a registrant of the 2019 S.A.M. Convention may apply for entry in this competition. Solo performers only, please; no teams. All entry forms must be submitted prior to Tuesday, July 16, 2018. Late entries may be accepted only if there are contestant slots available.
Six (6) contestants will be selected based on such factors as awards won on the club level, geographic area, professional experience, and time of entry.
Selected entrants will be contacted on or before Wednesday, August 17, 2018.
The banquet room at the Orlando Wyndham Resort will be the performance venue. Contestants should “work the room” and hit as many tables as possible. The more people that see you, the more votes you could earn!
“Thou shalt not kill” tops the list. But coming in a close second, “Thou shalt not do any magic, practice card flourishes, or otherwise be disruptive during another performer’s set.” It’s just common courtesy.