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We’ve been informed that Scarlett: The Princess Of Magic, whom we talked to not long ago, will be the latest recipient of The Merlin.

Scarlett will be presented with the award by Tony Hassini after her 2:30 p.m. show on Halloween.

For those keeping track, this comes less then 20 days after Dixie Dooley won the Merlin, two months after Gerry McCambridge won the Merlin. Less then five months after Nathan Burton won the Merlin. And less then eight months after Criss Angel won the Merlin.

  • Troy in Las Vegas

    Good for her. That is fantastic.
    I saw the show a couple of months ago and thought is was a rather decent show.
    Wait, did I read that right? “…after her 2:30 p.m. show on Halloween.” I am off work that afternoon. Perhaps I should go to the show.

    SCARLETT- If you happen to have an extra ticket lying around…hint,hint. Justin Robert Young has my private email adress and he has my permission to give it to you so you can let me know. :)

  • Brookie

    Way to go Scarlet, now I MUST see your show.

  • NathanR

    The Merlin Award is a Joke. You can buy one and they are not really awarded. Call up Toni Hassini, tell him what you want to award to say and ask him how much it will cost. Then you'll see how phony these things are. I'm not kidding… this is how you get them. Its a PR stunt each and every time.

  • http://HOUDINIEXPERIENCE.COM DIXIE

    MERLIN AWARD,
    I really don't know about the others, but I do know that I never paid a dime for the beautiful award presented to me last week, it was presented to me for 30 years of producing and creating 6 Las Vegas shows, which each had a minimum of a two year run, and created jobs for magicians, IN FACT SOME OF THESE SHOWS GAVE, NOW PROMINATE PERFORMERS THIER FIRST CHANCE TO BE SEEN IN VEGAS.. I was given the award for owning four magic shops, creating the first Las Vegas Houdini Seance. I was very happy to see fellow friends in magic at the presentation. As far as a P.R. stunt goes, I know my show appears in a small theater and we are full every night. If getting the Merlin award generated any more attendance to our show we could not seat them, so maybe to some it is a P.R. stunt but in my case I assure you it was not.
    DIXIE DOOLEY

  • Troy in LasVegas

    Dixie Dooley- Do you still have any of those stores open in Las Vegas? I did not see them mentioned on your website.

  • NathanR

    Dixie,

    No offense meant but there are an awful lot of these awards being handed out lately. It seems that you have paid your dues in Magic and although you may not have paid for it someone paid for it for you. ( maybe as a tribute or gift) I know several others who have this award and they all paid for it. Most of them got one when they needed the PR like Scarlett does now. The Hollywood walk of fame is the same game. Every star on that walk was purchased by the agency representing a star or by the star themselves. The presentation usually happens right around the time the star is opening a new film to get some PR.

    I wish Scarlett well in Vegas but lets face it. She has a Vegas show only because it's being four walled and has little experience in magic that would earn her an award at this stage in the game. Vegas is filled with ” Magician of the Year” , ” Assistant of the Year” ( Pamela Anderson.. Assistant of the year??? C'mon! ) and now even ” Real Estate agent of the year” claims. Everyone in Vegas has some sort of award to boost their resume. That's Show Biz for ya!

    I can see this sort or PR stuff being posted in the laymens media but in a magicians forum I think its silly to ask magicians to buy into it being a legit award.

  • MURRAY

    I have a Merlin Award… It was given to me at the Flamingo when I was performing there… it's a publicity stunt! But the Merlin award is probably one of the best designed and sharpest looking awards in magic. FISM should adopt the same look… it looks like an oscar… Bottom line… if you can get PRESS from something do it… it's part of the bizzzzzzzz….

  • NathanR

    Hi Murray,

    Thanks for confirming the Publicity Stunt part I was talking about. It IS a good looking award as well. I think it looks great but I like looks of the FISM award as much. Looks Cool AND really means something in Magic. Thanks again for your honest input.

    NO… I don't have a FISM award. lol But I can dream can't I?

  • Pepka

    Didn't we all know this already? It's cool to have someone like Murray come out and say it though. What is the IMS by the way? Isn't it just a company that sells DVDs? I have to disagree with Murray about the look of the award. Isn't it just a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat? Kind of old school stereotype I think. But then again a Grammy is a golden gramophone and who really has one of those in their house these days?

  • http://HOUDINIEXPERIENCE.COM dixie

    Thanks for the kind comments, Nathon R. All I have to say is I never paid anything for the award and if my friends or fellow magicians did it as a tribute, then this makes it mean even more to me. But next time they could concider a new Mercades! Ha! As far as the Magic shops I've owned, my first shop was at Harrahs where I was the resident magician for 6 years, long after that time though, I was really made an offer I could not turn down, prime location on the strip, but it was to much for me as I was also running the Magic and Movie Hall of Fame at the Flamingo as well as producing and performing in three shows a night in THAT'S MAGIC a show that had a three year run. I sold the shop to Justin Tranz, who now has his own Hipnotic show on the Playboy channel, he in turn sold it to Perry Maynard, who now has three shops in Las Vegas and one in Hawaii. Within a year they started construction for the Carnival Court and the shop was closed. I owned two shops downtown, one closed rather quickly due to alot of crime in the area and my other shop was done when the contract ended for the HOUDINI show at the Plaza. My shop at the Boardwalk on the strip, I actually owned it twise, I sold it to Houdini's Magic shops and then got it back six months later. Last year I had a shop during Halloween at Fright World and now I have only a counter of magic at my show at the Royal Resort. I admire and respect those who work in shops all day demo-ing, it's hard and at times it can be alot of fun, but personally I always felt too confined.
    DIXIE DOOLEY

  • http://www.jimClass.Com Jim Callahan

    Oh come on who cares what an award means in magic?

    What does it do in the real world?

    To me it looks like the Merlin is worth more.

    Jim

    H.O.A-x

  • Troy in Las Vegas

    Dixie- I thought you had or was going to have a shop at Boulevard Mall.

  • NathanR

    Jim,

    The people who win the real awards in magic care. An award is supposed to be a tribute to excellence from your peers. Being able to purchase one cheapens the whole idea.

    Wait a minute… I have to leave my computer and answer the door. UPS just delivered my Platinum Super Duper Olympic medal for “Excellence above and beyond all those Bejing Gold Medal Winners” Who cares that the Olympic Athletes worked so hard for their Gold…. I got the Super Duper Platinum…….. Losers! Yeah….. Super Duper Platinum ROCKS! Whoo Hoo!

    Dixie… I believe you when you say you didn't pay for yours. Someone else thought you deserved it and yours is a tribute from them. All the more special as you say.

  • http://www.magicunlimited.typepad.com Tim Ellis

    Australian Illusionist John Taylor got 'ILLUSIONIST OF THE YEAR' from IMS in August or September this year.

  • http://www.jimClass.Com Jim Callahan

    Nathan you miss my point.

    Inside industry awards will allways be a tribute of excellence to those in that industry.

    However I think the merlin award has set itself up to be something else.
    That being a promotional tool.

    That is what gives it value in my opinion.

    Best Wishes,

    Jim

    H.O.A-X

  • NathanR

    Agreed Jim,

    I have no problem with it being used as a promotional tool to the public. Just as long as other magicians know what it really is. It irks me to see magicians who believe it's legit.

    So… I don't get to keep my Super Duper Platinum Olympic Award? Thats OK.. My ” Magician of the Century” Merlin is in the mail. LOL

    Peace.

  • http://HOUDINIEXPERIENCE.COM DIXIE

    Troy- Last Halloween some friends of mine opened a costume shop at the Mall and ask me to put a small magic shop inside, it was in the Fright World costume shop. I put the shop in during Sept.-Oct. and had a few magician friends help run it, after which the costume shop closed as was intended after Halloween, I was going to close it after Halloween but it was a good draw and I was asked by a Toy store to relocate thru Christmas in thier shop, which I did. It was a fun venture, as we payed no rent and everything we made was in the black from day one.
    DIXIE DOOLEY

  • http://HOUDINIEXPERIENCE.COM DIXIE

    Troy- Last Halloween some friends of mine opened a costume shop at the Mall and ask me to put a small magic shop inside, it was in the Fright World costume shop. I put the shop in during Sept.-Oct. and had a few magician friends help run it, after which the costume shop closed as was intended after Halloween, I was going to close it after Halloween but it was a good draw and I was asked by a Toy store to relocate thru Christmas in thier shop, which I did. It was a fun venture, as we payed no rent and everything we made was in the black from day one.

    DIXIE DOOLEY