New Zealand International Magicians Convention
North, New Zealand.
20th to 23rd October 2006
Junior stage winner - Natasha Babich
1st Junior Close Up - Matthew Winnard
Place Stage Act Senior - Nic Britt
Runner Up Stage Senior - Ken Bates
Place Close-up - Greg Britt
Runner Up Close Up - Andrew Wilson
Place Childrens Competition - Nic Britt
Runner Up Childrens Competition - Andrew Wilson
Place My Favourite 3 Minutes - Greg Britt
Quick Trick - Paul Bates
Best Comedy Act - Ken Bates
Best Illusion 1st Place - Andrew Wilson
Best Assistant - Natasha Britt
Funniest Routine Childrens - Lance Babich
Best Card Effect - Joel Fenton
Best Mental Effect - Shinji Ueta
Best Effect for Convention - Greg Britt
Registrant - Don Garlick
Registrant furtherest Travelled - Don & Donna McQuoid
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for the Presentation of the Grand Master of Magic Award
Stanley R Goudge
on behalf of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians Inc, and
The International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 160 Kiwi Magic,
the Tony Wilson Ring Inc.
28th New Zealand International Magicians Convention 2006 in
Palmerston North, New Zealand, 22 October 2006
GRAND MASTER OF MAGIC AWARD
name is Stan Goudge; I represent the Brotherhood of Auckland
Magicians Inc; the International Brotherhood of Magicians
Ring 160 Kiwi Magic, the Tony Wilson Ring; and the magicians
of New Zealand. It is my privilege today to present a Grand
Master of Magic Award. It is New Zealand's premiere magic
award and it will be only the thirteenth presented since 1969,
thirty seven years ago.
new recipient stands in exalted company with Edgar
the Great Benyon, Jack Read, Jon and Janet Zealando, Jim
Reilly, Harold Chandler, Francis Newmarch, Peter and Phillipa
Evans, Tony Wilson, Graham Grant, Barry Brook, Bernard Reid,
Burns Scandrett, and Wayne Rogers. Some of our Grand Masters
are here tonight - Please stand, Grand Masters of Magic.
ranks will now include another who has made an outstanding
contribution to magic over many years. Ladies and Gentlemen
please acknowledge a new Grand Master of Magic - Alan Watson.
Watson has a lifetime interest in the art and craft of magic,
inherited perhaps in his genes from his great Uncle Oswald
Ashton, who performed during the First World War, and was
one of the eight founding members of the New Zealand Society
of Magicians in 1920.
I recall it, I first met Alan in 1979 when he joined the Brotherhood
of Auckland Magicians, and it soon became obvious that he
was most serious about developing a career in magic. His background
in sales and marketing was of great assistance and he has
made great use of the media for advertising and promotion.
I were to detail all Alan Watson's magical achievements, awards
and accolades it would take up the rest of the evening, so
I can only touch briefly on these matters. A magical biography
written by Richard Webster can be found on Alan's Web Page:
is a good all round magician having mastered the major branches
of our craft. Close Up, Strolling, Children, Family, Stage,
Corporate, Restaurant, Trade Show, Birthday Parties, Theme
Park, Shopping Malls, and Mentalism. They have all been successfully
employed with the distinctive Alan Watson touch.
is perhaps New Zealand's busiest and most successful professional
magical entertainer, he is never out of work, and knows that
show business is a business that requires promotional and
administrative skills as well as magical know how.
has been successful in competitions at Magic Conventions both
here and in Australia, has traveled extensively and is well
known in the magic community worldwide. For 5 years Alan was
resident close-up magician at the renowned Fisherman's Wharf
restaurant. He has been the resident magician with his Family
Stage Show at Rainbows End theme park for 21 years.
great importance to Alan is the involvement of his family
in the Magical Watson Family. Wife Michele, daughters Nicole,
Larissa, Melanie and granddaughter Aleshia, perform regularly
Michele is a magical assistant and a performer in her own
right, as well as an excellent balloon modeler. Alan and Michele
in 2002 were presented the prestigious international DRAGON
Award for a lifetime achievement by a couple in Magic. The
word DRAGON acknowledges skills in Drama, Romance,
Artistry, Glamour, Originality, and Necromancy.
awards and appointments include:
of The Magic Circle England, and Member of the Inner Magic
Circle with Gold Star and The Magic Circle Representative
for New Zealand.
From The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand - a Benny for
Top Magician four times, and the Agnew Excellence Award for
dedication, professionalism and achievements in magic.
For the Society of American Magicians - International Deputy
for New Zealand,
Performer at The Magic Castle Hollywood, with over 100 shows
in the Close-up Gallery and Parlour of Prestidigitation at
this world famous venue.
Life Member and member of the Order of Merlin with 25 years
of continuous membership in the International Brotherhood
of Magicians and a Presidential Citation for "his contribution
to the advancement of the art of magic." Past-President
of the New Zealand Ring 160.
Past-President of the New Zealand Society of Magicians.
would like to especially mention two outstanding contributions
Alan Watson has made to magic in New Zealand, contributions
that have benefited most of us here today.
Bringing overseas lecturers to New Zealand. Over the years,
he has helped to organize more than sixty lecture tours in
this country from leading international magicians. These lectures
have exposed local performers to international artists and
have helped to raise the standard of the magic in New Zealand.
Alan is an expert at the computer, and constantly keeps up
with the leading technology. He co-founded the MagicNZ Bulletin
Board in the early 1990s, introducing New Zealand magicians
to the Internet and starting the first magic bulletin board
in the world. Today he edits a weekly Internet Newsletter
called Magic New Zealand e-zine, which is read weekly by over
11,000 magicians, in 78 countries.
those tasks take many hours of time and expertise, for which
we are all very grateful Alan.
has a passion for assisting junior magicians and developing
their skills. He also has a pet hate of magic exposure and
jealously guards the secrets of our craft.
let me remind you of the criteria for the Grand Master of
purpose is to honour those magicians who are acknowledged
by their fellow magicians to be masters of the art and craft
of magic. The recipients first and foremost must be magical
performers of a high standard. In addition they might be originators
of magical effects, or administrators giving time and expertise
to running societies and conventions. They could be consistent
competition winners, or have an international standing, or
be known only in the New Zealand setting. But above all they
are people who have served magic well, have graced our art,
and made a special contribution over many years."
this proud tradition you now belong. Congratulations.
Tony Wilson Past-President of the International Brotherhood
of Magicians, current President of IBM Ring 160 and Past-President
of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians' will made the presentation
of the Grand Master Medallion to Alan Watson; and Mary Wilson
will present flowers to Michele Watson, acknowledging Michele's
expertise and her support of Alan down the years.