Monday, June 27, 2011

German Magazine Article

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Letter from Germany

Hi Ken,


how are you doing? I just wanted to give you an update on Wizard in Germany and our tournament taking part beginning of this months.

Our event themed our 15 years jubilee for wizard card game in Germany. Around 140 participants were coming to the championship from all over Germany.

Nearly 1.000 players have been participating during last weeks tournaments all over Germany. After six exciting hours our new champion was born: Heiko Eckrich. We are very happy about the tournament progress, since it was our biggest German Wizard Championship event ever. After the tournament we invited everyone celebrating our 15 years jubilee. As a surprise a well-known magician from German TV presented his legerdemain live on stage. All in all it was a great successful event and we are now looking forward to Budapest in October.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The People Speak

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WIZARD FLYER


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The WIZARD BOOK of FAME

WIZARD BOOK of FAME

The WIZARD BOOK (HALL) OF FAME was established in 2006.
The prologue reads:
The Wizard Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor those who have been responsible for the success of the game and.or have achieved extraordinary success in playing the game of Wizard.

The inductees are:

2006
1. Ken Fisher: (wizard) Toronto, Ontario.
Created Wizard. First to attain Earth and Air Wizard status.
2. Keith Gill: (Mr. Wizard) Brockton, MA
Second person to attain rank of Air Wizard. Long-time enthusiast and supporter.
3. Victor Lawson: (victor1) Hershey, PA
Programmed Wizard for online play and provided ongoing support.
4. John Ciccarelli (fizzwiz1) Toronto, Ontario
Won the Top 10 title 10 times with streaks of 4 and 6 in a row.

2007
5. George Wellsbury (merlin) Pickering, Ontario.
First to attain rank of Water Wizard, first to overtake Wizard to rank No, 1 worldwide. Inaugural president if the Pickering Wizard Club.
6. Ken McCoy (abacus) Cambridge, Ontario
Ranked No. 3 worldwide in 2007. Inaugural president of the Cambridge Wizard Club.
7. Stuart Kaplan. Stamford, CT
President of U.S. Games Systems: provided the quality for which Wizard is known and the omgoing support needed to make Wizard an international success.

2008
8. Karla Pacheco (cargobeep) British Columbia, Canada
Karla is the most successful online player to date. She set records by winning the TOP 10 a total of 14 times to date and by winning 6 consecutive sessions. Currently ranked 3rd worldwide.
9. Doug Johnson (DougJ) Smith Falls, Ontario
Doug has contributed to Wizard by setting up Google Wizard, running online tournaments, making constructive suggestions and designing graphic interfaces. He currently ranks 63rd worldwide.
10. Marko Sapiano: (mactonight) Pickering, Ontario
Marko has acted in the capacity of an Administrator and has run a number of online tournaments. He serves as 1 of the 2 hosts for the Pickering Wizard Club meetings. Currently ranked 10th overall and has attained the status of Water Wizard with over 300 Master Points.
11. Joan Fisher (Mary Poppins) Toronto, Ontario
Joan's contribution to Wizard is beyond measure. Tolerance, generosoty, empathy, patience and understanding have been the hallmarks needed to fill the role of Wife-of-the-Wizard. Her efforts on behalf of Wizard from Day 1 are too numerous to list here. (Ranks No. 1 in my books...wizard)
12. AMIGO-SPIELE of Germany
The German licensee developed a unique fantasy deck and executed an outstanding marketing program to make Wizard a best-selling game in the German market.

2009
13. Vince Iannuzzi (trapizoid) Grimsby, Ontario
Vince completed back-to-back wins at the 2007 and 2008 annual Tournaments at the Sheraton in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He set a standard that will be difficult to equal, let alone surpass. Vince triumphed over a field of 80 in 2007 and a field of 100 in his 2008 repeat. Vince currently ranks 6th worldwide.
14. Richard Medley (wert)  British Columbia, Canada.
Wert has affectionately been called Wizard's "Town Crier" for his prodigious announcements about upcoming tournaments, registration procedures, etc. He is ever-ready to assist players needing a helping hand. His devotion and commitment to the game is best exemplified by the record-setting 367 games that he played online during the month of October in 2007. Currently ranked 27th.

2010
15. JOE ANDREWS: Joe, a renowned card game expert and creator of the GRAND PRIX card tournaments has tirelessly and unselfishly helped to promote WIZARD. His article in GAMES magazine helped to raise the public awareness of WIZARD, Joe has helped in presenting Wizard Tournaments and continues to do so through his GRAND PRIX network.
16. GEORGE YONEKAWA: George has worked tirelessly to promote WIZARD in Japan. His active participation in hosting Wizard Tournaments throughout Japan, his website promotion and his involvement in and encouragement of international tournaments have all been powerful forces moving WIZARD forward.

2012
17. James Penn: James Penn has been a devout Wizard enthusiast and supporter for many years. He has taught many of his students how to play and has not only traveled many miles to attend tournaments but has also sponsored others to attend with him. James organized and hosted the 2012 Wizard Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he introduced novel scoring and elimination procedures. His advocacy has been a major factor in spreading the popularity of Wizard in the American South-West.