Of course nearly every convention has contests. I encourage magicians, young and old alike to enter and compete in contests. It strengthens you as a performer, introduces you to other competitors who will become lifelong friends (just ask Lance Burton and Jeff McBride), and winning gives you credibility in your promotional material. So, here are the winners from the 2013 T.A.O.M. Convention in Dallas, Texas
Junior Close - Up - Steffen Banta
Senior Close -Up - Kayla Drescher
Senior Stage - no winner
Junior Stage - tie resulted in two winners: Chase Hasty and James Irwin
Senior Comedy - no winner
Other certificates and letters of Appreciation went to outgoing President Mark Jensen, I.B.M. International President, Bill Irwin, and Tom Mullica.