In a very surprising move, David Ben, an official nominee for the Canadian Magician of the Year has written and requested his name removed from the ballot. Mr Ben wrote the President, Shawn Farquhar an email which follows:
I would like to thank those of you who nominated me for the Canadian Magician of the Year. As Shawn indicated in a previous note, however, he received the popular vote, and by a large margin. As such, I believe he should be declared the winner. As a result, I must respectfully ask that my name be removed from the follow-up ballot. Congratulations, Shawn, and good luck with the CAM conventions. I’m sure they will be a big success. Sincerely, David Ben
We have complied with Mr. Ben’s request and have removed him from the ballot, for those that have already voted, there is nothing we can do to recover your vote as we are using an automated and anonymous system. The method we have chosen to allow the general membership to select our award recipient is new and with it has come new challenges. This is one such challenge.
With regards to the comment “… he received the popular vote, and by a large margin. As such, I believe he should be declared the winner.”, it is not possible to declare a winner based on the initial stage of this awards process. Stage one was a write in ballot and more than 60 uniques names were nominated which translates to approximately 13% of the votes being given to Shawn. This is in no way a large margin when the official ballot reduces the candidates to just four.
It should also be noted that Shawn Farquhar was nominated and his name remains on the ballot, he has however requested that the members select another candidate. Shawn wrote:
I accepted the nomination so as not to devalue those that nominated me in the initial process. I have however asked for the membership to not vote for me in the finals as it was my hope that one of the three other nominees would be selected.I have twice been awarded this amazing honour and would ask that you vote for another worthy candidate this time. As much as I would like to be named the 2013 Canadian Magician of the Year, I truly believe it will be better for the CAM and Canada’s magic scene to have one of these very worthy nominees win instead. To those that nominated me, thank you so much.– Shawn Farquhar