01 August 2022

Billy Hsueh in the Surrey Now-Leader

Congratulations Billy!  Thank you for your hard work!

 

From the July 27th article "Presto, he’s president: World’s largest magic organization now led by Surrey’s Billy Hsueh" by Tom Zillich in Surrey Now-Leader:

The role of international president of the IBM is rare for a Canadian, as only eight residents of this country have held the office, four of whom are from Vancouver, and Hsueh is first of Asian descent.

“It wasn’t something that I sought out to do, but it just kind of happened, the process of me being on the board and the committees when I was 16, 17 years old,” Hsueh explained. “I kept volunteering my time and worked my way up the board, and eventually they nominated me as vice-president and then president-elect, now I’m president.

He added: “It just feels really good to represent an organization that I’ve been part of since I was, like, 11, and being able to give back, as much as can, for everything this organization has done for me.”

Read more.

 

 

 

The article mentions that 8 Canadians have held this title.  They include:

  1. Len Vintus 1922–1926
  2. Bruce Posgate 1980–1981
  3. R.J. Obie O'Brien 1993–1994
  4. Joan Caesar 2008–2009
  5. Shawn Farquhar 2014–2015
  6. Alex Zander 2019–2020   [youngest]
  7. Billy Hsueh 2022-2023    [second youngest]

Who are we missing?

 

 

 

31 July 2022

FISM 2022 in CBC News

From the July 29th upload "World’s best magicians gather in Canada for championship" by CBC News: The National:

 

 

From the July 28th article "The best magicians in the world are gathering in Canada this week" by Joseph Pugh at the CBC:

Two Canadians are competing this year, including Yannick Lacroix from Quebec and Cobalt, who will be competing in the close-up card magic category.

"I'm excitedly terrified," Cobalt told CBC News. He qualified for the championship after competing in an event last fall for the first time.

The Toronto-based magician says there is added stress and excitement when thinking about the audience.

"It's literally every great magician I grew up reading about … or ask[ed] for an autograph who's going to be in there now watching me do this act."

There's a lot on the line for the magicians, according to Canadian illusionist Greg Frewin.

"If you place even in the top three of this competition, your life changes," he says.

Frewin speaks from experience having won first place in the general magic category at the 1994 world championships in Yokohama, Japan. He currently performs shows at the Greg Frewin theatre in Niagara Falls, Ont., and has been training the next generation of magicians. One of his students, Ding Yang of China, is also competing at FISM.

"I can't give away what she does, but I will say this, there is one part of her act that nobody, male or female, has ever done and probably won't do for a long time because of the skill level and the skill set besides magic that it takes."

Read more.

 

 

 

 

FISM 2022 results

Congratulations to the winners, the contestants, and the organizers!

 

From the July 31st Facebook post by Paul Romhany:

FISM OFFICIAL RESULTS:
CLOSE-UP – MICRO MAGIC
1st Place: (tie) Simon Coronel (USA); Luís Olmedo (Spain)
2nd Place:  Jacob Schenström (Sweden)
3rd Place: Mr. Triton (France)

CLOSE-UP – CARD MAGIC
1st Place: Markobi (France)
2nd Place: Pere Rafael (Spain)
3rd Place: Erik Tait (USA)

CLOSE-UP – PARLOUR MAGIC
1st Place: Shoot Ogawa (USA)
2nd Place:  (tie) Javi Rufo (Spain); Vincent (Australia)
3rd Place:  Jonio (Japan)

MOST ORIGINAL CLOSE-UP ACT:  Gleb (Lithuania)

CLOSE-UP INVENTION:
MARTIN EISELE (Germany)
Daniel Mormina (Argentina)

STAGE – MENTAL MAGIC
1st Place: Anca & Luca (Austria)
2nd Place: Rob & Emiel (Netherlands)
3rd Place: (tie) Mago Larry (Argentina); Andrea Rizzolini (Italy)

STAGE – COMEDY MAGIC
1st Place: Mortenn Christiansen
2nd Place: Ramo & Alegria (Spain)
3rd Place: Marie Helene (France)

STAGE – ILLUSIONS
1st Place: Yunke (Spain)
2nd Place: Double Mandoble (Belgium)
3rd Place: no prize awarded

STAGE – GENERAL MAGIC
1st Place: Laurent Piron (Belgium)
2nd Place: Ding Yang (China)
3rd Place: Zhu Mingzhu (China)

STAGE – MANIPULATION
1st Place: (tie) Artem Shchukin (Russia); Junwoo Park (Korea)
2nd Place: Eden (South Korea)
3rd Place: Francesco Della Bona (Italy)

STAGE MOST ORIGINAL ACT:
Ding Yang (China)

STAGE INVENTION:
HJ (Taiwan Province of China)
Ramo & Alegria (Spain)
Zhu Minhzhu (China)

SPECIAL AWARDS
CREATIVITY & ARTISTIC VISION:
Topas

HISTORY, RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP:
Richard Kaufman

THEORY & PHILOSOPHY
Dani DaOrtiz

SPECIAL AWARD  TO MAX MAVEN

GRAND PRIX / CLOSE-UP:
SIMON CORONEL (USA)

GRAND PRIX / STAGE:
LAURENT PIRON  (Belgium)

FISM 2025 will be in Torino, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 posts in July 2022

There were 28 posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days: 

5. FISM in the news - More on that shortly.  Watch this space.
4. Jokers is serious about comedy - Thursday night magic starting in August!
3. Toronto: Pit Hartling lecture [July 22] and workshop [July 23] - A fabulous event, from what we heard.
2. Shane Cobalt on Global, CP24, CTV, CFRA, and SXMCanadaTalks - Congratulations on all of your achievements Shane!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. The Evasons' $100,000 pledge - That's a seriously large payout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 July 2022

Season 9 of Penn and Teller's "Fool Us" [Oct 14]

Looking forward to seeing which Canadians are featured this season! 

 

From the July 21st Instagram post by PT Fool Us:

Another great season. Thank you, magic world!