For Immediate Release: Turner Voted Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year
Atlanta speaker and entertainer Joe M. Turner has been voted 2010 Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year by the combined Atlanta memberships of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians. Georgia Magic Club president Evan Reynolds and the Atlanta Society of Magicians president Rick Hinze announced the news at the clubs’ joint banquet on January 8.
The award dates back to 1971 and is based on excellence in seven categories including performance skill, use of talent for charitable efforts, teaching, and creativity. The accompanying “Duke Stern/Hal Martin Memorial Trophy” is engraved with the names of all the previous winners. The winner is honored to keep the trophy for a year, and then receives a commemorative plaque to keep after passing the trophy to the next winner.
The selection of the winner is made in stages. Each of the participating organizations elects two finalists from their membership, and those nominees then go on a ballot for a final comprehensive round of voting by both clubs. This year, Turner had the rare honor of being selected as a finalist by both local groups.
Turner, a corporate speaker and entertainer often billed as “the Chief Impossibility Officer,” is now a two-time Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year, having also received the award in 2000. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, the London Magic Circle, and the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. He serves as the IBM Territorial Vice President for Georgia, as well as the Global TVP Counselor; he is also currently serving a three-year term on the IBM Board of Directors. He writes a bi-monthly review column for Genii Magazine.
Find out more about Joe M. Turner’s magic entertainment and keynotes at https://turnermagic.com and http://www.turnertalks.com.
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Based in Atlanta, Georgia, corporate speaker, magician and mentalist Joe M. Turner – “The Chief Impossibility Officer” – delivers astonishing sleight-of-hand, customizable illusions, and stunning mentalism presentations for corporate events, trade shows, conferences and private events worldwide.
Each of the nominees was asked to provide supporting information relating to each of the criteria for the award. For the sake of having an archive, here is what I submitted; it is essentially a summary of relevant activities during 2010:
2010 Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year
1. Maintains membership in one or more local clubs.
– Continued active membership in IBM Ring 9 and SAM Assembly 30
– Especially honored this year to be nominated for Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year by both local clubs
2. Supports and participates in club activities.
– Serving on IBM Ring 9 Board of Directors
– Serving on IBM International Executive Committee for a 3-year term
– Serving as Registration Chairman for 2011 IBM Convention in Dallas, Texas
– Currently serving as Global IBM Ring Coordinator and Global TVP Counselor
– IBM Territorial Vice President for Georgia, visiting all rings in the state
– Regular attendee and participant at monthly meetings, lectures and other events
– Contributor to IBM Ring 9 Yahoo group and Equinox
3. Contributes to the awareness of the enjoyment of magic as a hobby by introducing new individuals to the art of magic.
– Taught magic classes and/or private students in Paulding, Cobb and Gwinnett counties
– Taught special-needs students at a summer camp for MDA
– Promoted the SAM National Convention and “National Magic Week” on CBS Atlanta
– Invited multiple guests and sponsored multiple new members in both clubs
4. Gives time and knowledge in the instruction to fellow magicians.
– Organized/coordinated the Ring 9 mini-lectures for 2010, helping other magicians gain experience in teaching/sharing
– Delivered November mini-lecture to IBM Ring 9: “Four Killer Close-Up Items You Should Know”
– Led jam sessions on card magic for IBM Ring 9
– Delivered professional development lecture to SAM Assembly 30: Essential Card Magic Techniques
– Writer of instructional DVD reviews for Genii Magazine (10th year)
– Frequently give personal tutorials at club meetings, jam sessions, conventions and other events
– Featured interviewee on Penguin Magic blog with advice for new magicians
– Continuing resource for career-coaching for new professional magicians and other variety entertainers
– Hired multiple club members for paid performances here in Atlanta and across America throughout the year
5. Attains and/or maintains a high degree of proficiency in the area of magic.
– Accepted to The Magic Circle in London; immediately elevated to the degree of Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star
– Featured performer at the Gathering for Gardner and the Atlanta “G4G Celebration of Mind”
– Performed at New York’s “Monday Night Magic,” Nashville’s “Beyond Smoke and Mirrors,” and Orlando’s “Wizardz Magic Theater”
– Invited to perform (again) at the Magic Castle and at the new Dickens Parlour Theatre; scheduling TBD
– Regular attendee at Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic (invitation-only close-up convention)
6. Offers time and talent for charitable purposes.
– Provided a series of free shows and presentations for children, teens, and adults at an education conference in Sopron, Hungary
– Donated performance for temporarily housed low-income women and children via MUST Ministries.
– Donated performance for CDC World TB Day Walk
– Donated performance for Cobb Humane Society
– Donated multiple performances for FCA groups and other worthy middle and high school activities in Cobb & Paulding counties
– Donated performance for a variety show/circus to raise funds for children’s hospital
– Donated close-up and stage performances for service personnel and families at USMC Family Day
– Performed and taught close-up magic to children with muscular dystrophy at 2010 Camp Walk N Roll for MDA
– Produced charity magic/illusion show at Dallas Theater (annual event; this year benefited special needs children in Paulding County)
– Served as Magical MC for theater show to raise money for “Mayor’s Motorcade” (GA Municipal Association statewide program to benefit mental health hospitals)
7. Indicates achievement in creativity and in methods of presentation.
– One-man show “Shenanigans” performed in theaters in Georgia and Mississippi
– Performed customized magic with political commentary as a featured speaker at the “Defending the American Dream” summit in March 2010
– Performed customized magic and voiceovers for a magic-themed political commercial in a 2010 Congressional primary race
– Invited as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship and creativity for multiple university student and faculty groups (Emory, Agnes Scott, Georgia State, Mississippi State, etc.)
– Won IBM Ring 9 Coveted Royal Blue Pen in April 2010
– Multiple local television appearances: “Good Day Xtra” (Fox 5), “Better Mornings Atlanta” (CBS Atlanta), and “Atlanta Live” (WATC)