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The topic of I.B.M. Contest limitations have been raised in several of our monthly Ring 56 meetings. "Limitations" refer to the following:

https://www.magician.org/convention/contest

NOTICE- NO Pyrotechnics or the use of candles or sustained open flame may be used in either the Close-Up or Stage Contests. Note: The use of large amounts of confetti, (small pieces of any material -i.e. silk, cotton, foil, etc.) which can be caught in air conditioner uptake, sand, or glitter is also prohibited. Any violation of these criteria will result in immediate disqualification.

At one point, smoke devices (including misters) were also prohibited but seemingly they have been added back.

The concern is that this is impacting the style of magic which can be done and thereby lessoning diversity of acts. If we think back to some of the most innovative contest acts, many used items which are now banned: Fantasio Candles, vanishing torches, flash sting/cotton/paper, Sands of Egypt, cut ribbons in silk fountains, flash pots with grand illusions, etc. And these items are still popular in other venues such as television competitions.

Is it be possible to reverse this trend? Or will the restrictions continue to expand? For example, there has been activist pressure to ban magic acts using animals in the past. Will that be the next ban?

What is the I.B.M.'s decision making process for these limitations? Has the experience over the last ten years since these restrictions started to take hold been reviewed? Has it impacted contestant involvement? Would appreciate any information regarding the process which has been gone through.
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