NEW FOR 2020



AbraCORNdabra Close-up Competition 2020


Close-up Competition:

  • Competition is held on Friday Night, May 15th, 2020.
  • A contestant may enter the close-up competition as well as the Magimasters Seniors Magic Tournament.
  • AbraCORNdabra reserves the right to limit the number of contestants in the Close-up Competition.
  • The contestant is given a maximum of 1 minute for set-up and preparation after the prior act completes and has cleared the performance area.
  • The contestant is given a maximum of 1 minute for striking and leaving the performance room.
  • Acts not prepared to start on time will be eliminated from competition and will not be permitted to perform.
  • Acts will be in order determined at the discretion of the AbraCORNdabra and must report in at least thirty minutes before the start of the competition.
  • This will be an ALL AGES COMPETITION. Junior magicians will be competing with older magicians.
  • Time limit of 7 minutes
  • Five close-up rooms
  • Each room holds up to 40 attendees & one judge
  • One host is assigned to each room
  • Host will also be the time keeper
  • Each act performs their set a total of 5 times.
  • Each room starts with contestants 1,2,3,4,5
  • Contestants 6,7,8,9,10 are in the hallway preparing to go on.
  • When contestants 1,2,3,4,5 finish – contestants 6,7,8,9,10 go in to do their sets.
  • Contestants 1,2,3,4,5 are in the hallway preparing for their next appearance in the next room
  • This continues until all 10 have made an appearance in each of the five rooms.
  • Show length (with intros) is approx. 75 min to 80 min max.
  • All entries must be submitted BEFORE April 8th, 2020.
  • Facebook LIVE Lottery-style drawing for contestants will be held Wednesday April 15th, 2020.
  • Facebook LIVE Lottery-style drawing exact time TBA
  • All contestants who enter will be updated via email Thursday April 9th, 2020 with exact time of drawing for Wednesday April 15th, 2020.
  • Each contestant who enters must submit a high-quality photo for advertising purposes.
  • This contest will not be repeated until AbraCORNdabra 2023 (There will be NO close-up Contest for 2021 or 2022.)


Judges will award an act up to ten points in each of four criteria:

  • Originality
  • Selection of Program
  • Presentation & Showmanship
  • Technique

This permits an act to earn up to forty points total per judge.  Times 5 judges for a maximum total of 200 points.

If an act goes over the time limit, there will be a loss of 5 points for up to the first 30 seconds over the time limit. If the act goes over the time limit by more than thirty seconds, the act will be interrupted and asked to terminate. The act with the highest score for an award will receive the award, if merited by the judges. In case of a tie, the judges must decide on a winner and must use the Presentation and Showmanship category as the primary factor in breaking the tie.

The host will attempt to signal the act thirty seconds prior to the time limit, at the time limit, and will signal for the act to stop if it runs more than thirty seconds over time.

There will be three awards for this competition:

  • First Place – $500.00 cash & Trophy
  • Second Place – $200.00 cash & Plaque
  • People’s Choice Award – Plaque

Fire and Pyrotechnic Policy:

  • Open flame of any type is prohibited. (example: Torches, etc.)
  • All exploding devices are prohibited.
  • Sparks and Sparkles are prohibited.
  • Candles, matches, small amounts of flash paper (4″ X 4″) and flash string (max 18″) are allowed, subject to the approval of the Airport Holiday Inn where the competition is presented. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in disqualification.

Competition Registration:

All acts in competition must be registered for AbraCORNdabra 2020. Paid acts and performers at the convention are not eligible to compete. Each act must complete an entry.

All acts must be registered no later than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the convention. (April 15th, 2020) Forms & video submissions may be submitted by mail or e-mail to AbraCORNdabra.
Email submissions:
Mail submissions: AbraCORNdabra – 6489 NE 41st ave., Altoona, Iowa 50009


The MAGIMASTERS Seniors Magic Tournament

AbraCORNdabra is proud to continue the Legendary Magic Contest for magicians aged 50 and older.  We are the ONLY MAGIC CONTEST IN THE WORLD designed JUST for “Senior” Magicians.  *(Aged 50 and older)

Winner receives the coveted MAGIMASTERS Hat, Jacket, & Trophy.  Spots to appear in the MAGIMASTERS 2019 Senior Magic Tournament are limited.  

Sign-up on the sign-in sheet at the registration desk when you arrive.

 -Click here for Contest Rules for the MAGIMASTERS-