Yesterday Criss Angel received the 2008 Merlin Award. That what award? Yeah, that’s what we said. This was awarded by the International Magic Society. The who? Yeah, that’s what we said. According to their website, they are the world’s largest magic society as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records with over 37,000 members worldwide. Looking at the past recipients page, it’s hard to tell their criteria for this award considering people like Kirby VanBurch, Melinda and a bunch of other people we’ve never heard of are part of the club.
Actually I have heard of IMS. To be a “member” you pay a $25 lifetime fee which gives you a certificate, member card and mental magic DVD. You then have the “privilege” of buying their products.
Unfortunately Criss wasn’t on hand to personally accept the award, so they allowed a homeless person wearing Angel’s clothes to accept it on his behalf.