Five competitors submitted some excellent work for the June Gauntlet. Brandon Sheffield submitted a strong, early entry, and Fromagic and Gaboury made the competition interesting. But judging from your responses, this competition came down to RealityOne and Zachsformacs95.
Zac had a great structure of sleights, great reactions from spectators and a kicker, surprise ending. RealityOne had a simpler routine, a more developed presentation and a very polished handling. In the end, the presentation is what pushed Agent R1 over the top. Zac made it a tough call with his creativity and surprise ending, but the polish on Reality's made his shine. That means RealityOne is our June winner.
And speaking of presentation, that brings us to the July Gauntlet:
JULY GAUNTLET: "PROVE GOUDINOV WRONG."
Goudinov is the author of this thread about patter. The thread has been controversial and educational for forum users -- one of the most educational that I can remember in recent history, in fact. While talking about the thread on the phone with him, he mentioned that it is really hard to come up with good patter for card tricks, for a lot of reasons. And sure, we can use those reasons to keep doing mediocre presentations. Or, we can take it upon ourselves to push our creativity and presentation skills to the max. The entrants in this contest will choose the latter.
What we're looking for are great presentations of card tricks. You can perform any card trick you want, from the most advanced Oil and Water or Triumph to a simple Here Then There. The winner could, conceivably, perform that old 21-cards-in-three-columns card trick that our uncles used to blow our minds when we were kids. Because the main judging criteria will be the presentation of it.
Goudinov has agreed to judge this competition. And here's the catch: If none of the presentations are up to snuff, then Goud reserves the right to say that this month's Gauntlet has no winner. You might think, "Great. I'll never win." But keep in mind that he spelled out EXACTLY what impresses him in the thread above.
This is your last chance to WIN a deck of Gold Arcanes this summer, and maybe this year. Keep in mind that less than 50 of these decks have been given out so far. The Gold Arcane deck is a symbol of membership in a very small group of people. Here's the fine print:
Any questions, ask them here. If your question doesn't get answered, it is because the answer is already in this thread. It's been a while since we've run a contest based solely on performance and patter, so don't miss your chance.
- Only one video per user. (added July 2)
- Contest is open to all forum members in good standing.
- Time limit on your video: 4 minutes.
- Your video must include two spectators. (This has to be a live performance, in other words. Sorry, webcam wizards -- if you're not willing to perform live, the Gauntlet -- and the Gold Arcane -- is not for you.)
- Your routine must feature a card trick. In other words, cards must be the dominant thing used. Incorporation of other props must be minimal.
- Gaff cards and trick decks are allowed.
- The main judging criteria will be the presentation. An entry that features sportscasting (saying what you're doing while you're doing it) will likely not win.
- Other judging criteria include performance, skill and audience reaction.
- Our judge reserves the right to declare no winner in the contest.
- Your video must be submitted IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR MEDIA SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Any videos that don't meet this criteria will not be posted and, by a strange coincidence, probably won't win.
- Post your video as a new thread in The Gauntlet Videos forum with the word "July" somewhere in the title. Your video will not immediately appear; a moderator will approve it later.
- Submission deadline: 9 p.m. Sunday, July 25 (U.S. Central)
Note from Goudinov:
Here's a post where I talk about card patter. I even provide an example. You may NOT use this example in the contest, but you should certainly try to learn from it.
“What’s the point of that, I wonder? I mean, I get how they did it. I just ain’t seeing the why.”