I attended the Texas Association of Magicians (TAOM) convention in Austin, TX. Reports show that about 1600 people attended. Each year they have a competition for junior and senior (Stage, Close-up, Comedy & Club). In 1990, I competed in the Adult Close-up category and experienced the world of competition. I got my feet wet. In 1998, I competed again and came in second. Unfortunately, there is no recognition for coming in second. So I competed again in 1999, and guess what, I WON! I guess the third time is a charm!