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Heya Everyone!

Wow, where did that year go?! Well, here we are and I think it's safe to say we're all excited to be here! So let's get started! Before we officially get rolling, let me say that I am happy and honoured to host/moderate yet another year. I'm going through a big move for Jan.01 (from a big city to a small one) so I won't be doing too much updating until that first week in January. Luckily I can copy and paste the rules from previous years and I trust everyone to take part, have fun, and make this awesome for all of us! Good luck!!

Hiya Gang!

It's that time of year! Who will win The Houdin for 2016?!


First, why "Houdin?"


Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin is known as the father of modern magic. He was born Jean Eugene Robert and took the "Houdin" portion when he married the daughter of one of the few watchmakers of the time who was still using old world techniques; Jacques Francois Houdin. So, in honor of love and the adding of something to yourself to make you better (in his case he took the name), the nature of watchmaking, creating, tinkering (something I think we, as creators all do!) and the simple coolness of the name, it's what I came up with!

Okay- What is your favourite effect that was released in 2016?

Please submit up to 3 entries and we'll tally them up on Feb.01. The winner will relieve a special Limited Edition "Anything Is Possible" bottle- "Trick Of The Year" trophy, called THE HOUDIN AWARD! Fun!



As, well, we now have "The Thurston Award"...


This award will awarded to a creator who created an effect in 2016 and who represents the true Spirit of Magic. Great customer service, kind, and a gift to the community.


Please submit one entry:


And, while we're at it, let's look at some of the past winners that we were able to figure out:

Houdin winners

2000: no voting took place
2001: no voting took place
2002: no voting took place
2003: Passing Through by Kevin Parker
2004: no voting took place
2005: Sinful by Wayne Houchin
2006: Fraud by Daniel Garcia
2007: no voting took place
2008: Multi-Dimensional by Craig Filicetti
2009: no voting took place
2010: Get Sharky by Christoph Borer
2011: Industrial Revelation from Jamie D. Grant
2012: Nest Of Wallets from Nick Einhorn
2013: Inferno by Joshua Jay
2014: Fair Play by Steve Haynes & Inferno by Bobby Hasbun
2015: Svenpad Supreme by Brett Barry

Thurston winners

2013: Andy Nyman and The Code
2014: Craig Filicetti
2015: Craig Filicetti

(Winners have been decided by researching the Magic Café for threads titled Trick of the Year, or something similar, that contained votes from the members.)

Ref: 2000: ,2001: ,2002: ,2003: ,2004: ,2005: ,2006: ,2007: ,2008: ,2009: ,2010: ,2011:

And, gang, I know firsthand how much of an impact this thread will have on someone's life. Seriously. The prestige from this little thread will drive their sales through the roof. So please let's take this seriously, say nothing but nice things, and have fun! We're going to change someone's life!


So if you follwed this thread last year, things got a little bit complicated. What started out as a fun thread between pals several years ago has turned into a HUGE event and, you know what? That's a good thing! It shows that the art of magic is alive and well and that we're all passionate about it!! I think next year we might end up going to some sort of panel judging but, for this last year, we'll keep it to the old voting system one final time and see how we do. That said, to help reduce drama (we can never eliminate it, I'm afraid) let's try and keep to the following...

Vote with Trick Name and the Creator Name for Trick of the Year (Houdin). Please submit 3 Entries.
Submit 1 Trick Name and Creator Name for Customer Service/Spirit/Kindness of the Year (Thurston

If you have been selected and want to encourage your pals to take part...

You must have 50+ posts on the Magic Café for your vote to count. If you're new, that gives you over 2 months to join in the community and share in our passion.

It is impossible to police or enforce a "no asking your clients, friends, etc to vote" rule and, personally, I think it's silly to ask people not to share their excitement. How can you have a contest if you're not allowed to talk about it?! On that note, I ask that you please...

Don't offer financial incentives.
Encourage people to vote for 3, not just one.
Limit the number of your announcements to 3 times.

I trust people (perhaps that's a fault, lol) but I also trust the voting public to choose what they truly feel is the best and not just what soemone tells them to do.

Lastly, this is a thread for JOY. Let me be clear- HAPPINESS! Any post that is not a vote or is something positive, I will ask for it to be deleted. There are other places on the Café (Right or Worng) for political disussions. But they won't be here.

Sweet Marie- wish me luck (I mean for moderating this thread), lol...

Your pal,

TRICK OF THE YEAR: Industrial Revelation, BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Approach, The AIP Bottle, and my new book Scenic 52, can all be found over here:
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Good luck to all the creators!
Robert M
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Houdin Nominees:

1. Little Door - Roddy McGhie

2. Color Match Pocket - Promystic / Craig Filicetti

3. Position Impossible - Brent Braun

Thurston Nominee:

1. Craig Filicetti

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I did not purchase a lot this year and will only vote for ....

1. Little Door

Can I add votes later? Some good looking stuff coming out (like Starlight) that I might like to vote for after receiving?
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1. ToiBox - Johnathan Kamm
2. JJ’s Coin Coalition - John Jurney
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Little Door gets my vote for Houdin!
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Trick of the year:

1) Priceless by Richard Sanders
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Houdin award:

1.) GOLDEN by Robb
2.) Q&A Masterclass by Bob Cassidy


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Looks like I'll have to pick up Little Door. Smile
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Little Door - Roddy McGhie
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Looks like we have a real chance of predicting the future without gimmicks, sleights or equivoque!

...And what's with the absence of book nominations?
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Hey... Let's slow down on "Little Door" here. We need some suspense!
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Houdin Award:

1) Little Door - Roddick McGhie
2) End of my Rope - Chris Philpott
3) Coin Coalition ($ size Double Face Triple Coins) - John Jurney

Thurston Award:

Roddick McGhie
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Priceless by Michel Huot and Richard Sanders

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1. Little Door - Roddy McGhie
2. Butterfly Effect - Peter Nardi
3. End of My Rope Trick - Chris Philpott

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That's what I love about this thread - good ideas for tricks I haven't considered or known about. Just ordered Little Door through Penguin Magic - says it is on pre-order and so hopefully will be in stock soon

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On Dec 9, 2016, egoli wrote:
That's what I love about this thread - good ideas for tricks I haven't considered or known about. Just ordered Little Door through Penguin Magic - says it is on pre-order and so hopefully will be in stock soon

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