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The Merlin Award - A magical mystery

Can anyone explain 'The Merlin Award' to me?

Merlin_stat_largeNow I know it's not a made-up award like 'Australian Magician of The Year', but it's been awarded so frequently and so randomly in the last 12 months it's hard to keep track of who got what and why.

According to one Merlin Award winner: "In the profession of magic, the Merlin Award is the equivalent of the Oscar for film, the Emmy for television, and the Tony for theater. It is presented only to those entertainers who have achieved the highest level in their craft on an International Global Consideration. The voting members begin with approximately one hundred names and narrow the list down to a select few. The criteria considered for a winner include talent, showmanship, originality, skills, and above all, the rare ability to entertain under any conditions."

The official site of the International Magicians Society doesn't list who won what, but I did find a Japanese page that list winners up to 2005.

Here's the most recent winners, and I'm hoping you know more (are any readers out there actual "voting members" of the IMS?) and can use the comments section to fill me in.

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Scarlett: The Princess of Magic - presented the Merlin Award on Halloween at her 2.30pm Las Vegas show.

Dixie Dooley - presented the Merlin Award for '30 Years of Exceptional Magic' on October 12 in Las Vegas.

Jeff McBride - presented the Merlin Award for 'Best Magic Show of 2008' on preview night Aug 20 in Las Vegas.

Gerry McCambridge - presented the Merlin Award for 'Mentalist of the Decade' at the Aug 25 performance of his new show 'The Mentalist' in Las Vegas.

John Taylor - presented the Merlin Award for 'Illusionist of the Year' in August in Las Vegas.

Jorgos (Georgios Pampoukidis) - presented the Merlin Award for 'Stage Magician of the Year' on July 31 in Germany.

Nathan Burton - presented the Merlin Award for 'Best Comedy Illusionist' at his 4pm show on June 26 in Las Vegas.

Rob Lake - presented the Merlin Award for 'International Magician of the Year' on May 18.

Steve Dacri - presented the Merlin Award for 'Close Up Magician of the Year' in April in Las Vegas.

Criss Angel - presented the Merlin Award for 'Magician of the Year' on Feb 14 (second in a row, but he also got it in 2004 and 2001, and next year he'll receive the 'Magician of the Decade' Merlin)

Kozak - presented the Merlin Award in September last year for 'International Comic/Magician of the Year' in Las Vegas. (He also won the Merlin as 'International Entertainer of the Year' in 2005)

Kirby Van Burch - presented the Merlin Award for 'Entertainer of the Year' in March last year at his theatre in Branson. (He also won the Merlin 'Magician of the Year' in 2001)

Bambi Van Burch - presented the Merlin Award for 'Female Magician of the Year' in March last year in Branson.

Rocco's MySpace page says he is two-time Merlin Award winner 'Magician of the Year' and Steve Wyrick's home page says he was "recently awarded the prestigious Merlin Award as Magician of the Year"

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