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WOW! FISM Quebec 2022 was AMAZING! See Exclusive CAM Photos.

History was made in Canada!


The world's largest magic convention, the FISM World Championship of Magic, just concluded in Quebec City in 2022. The six-day convention and competition has appeared worldwide from Japan to the United Kingdom since 1948, but never in North or South America. Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) President Renée-Claude Auclair and her partner Pierre Hamon have been working hard to make this historic moment a reality for over eight years.


I was thrilled to be a tiny part of the massive FISM team. I’m fresh off the tarmac with behind-the-scene insight, exclusive images from the Official FISM Photographer Team, and contributions from CAM members who attended FISM Quebec 2022.


You’re in for a treat, come with us to Quebec City, and let's look at this historic event.



Quick Reference

FISM Quebec 2022 Swag

Opening Ceremonies Evening Gala

Lectures and Jam Sessions

Canadian Media Represent!

Lecturers Featured At FISM Quebec 2022

Stage and Close-Up Contests Begin

Stage Jury

Close Up Jury

Impacts of COVID and Travel

International Evening Gala

Dealers Room

Here is a list of the dealers featured at FISM

CAM in the Dealers Room

Magic Throughout Quebec City

Two Canadian Magician Photo Attempts

Shawn Farquhar Closes the Evening Show

New FISM President Announced

Visit from the Pope

Banquet

Alain Choquette and John Archer Host Evening Gala

Max Maven Presents Connie Boyd

Look Who We Found! Moments with CAM Members and Friends

Evening Gala Shows

Stage Contest Concludes

Winners Gala

Awards Ceremony

Here are the results from FISM Quebec 2022

FISM 2025 Revealed


All pictures © FISM Québec 2022 and photographed by François Morisset, Philippe Clavet, Ryan Joyce, Detlev Drenker and Yann Brochu.


Special member photo contributions from Gwyn Auger, Connie Boyd, Mark Hogan, Peter Mennie and George "Kid" Oldman.




Day One (July 25)


All FISM events were held within the Québec City Convention Centre, located in the heart of Quebec City. A short walk from the Convention Centre were dozens of restaurants, Old Quebec, and the famous Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world.



The official start of FISM Quebec 2022 began on Monday, July 25, 2022, and included plenty of time to see the dealer's room, get to know the convention centre, and explore Quebec City. At first, the layout was overwhelming, but everyone had it down by the end of the week.


Large theatre seating capacity for 2200

The stage competition and evening gala shows were held in the largest theatre with over two thousand seats. A few of the evening shows were sold out. The room's energy was a wonderful mix of magicians and non-magician audience, and the sound of two thousand two hundred people gasping was pure joy to hear again.


The smaller close-up theatre held one thousand and presented the FISM close-up contests and special video lectures or presentations. Overflow audiences could watch the live broadcast in one of the lecture rooms.


Small theatre with capacity for one thousand

I thought it was impressive to recognize every stage, room, and theatre was built from the ground up. All events were nearly flawless. The lighting, sound, special effects, and technical team created a stunning backdrop for the best magicians in the world.


Most of the daily activities and lectures happened two floors below, where you’d find the dealer's room, three lecture rooms, McBride Mystery School, banquet hall, jam sessions, and administration. The welcome centre was open all day for magicians to pick up their FISM registration and goodies.


FISM Quebec 2022 Swag


Here is a video of the contents we received from FISM Quebec 2022, which included an impressive 140-page FISM Quebec 2022 Book, deck of cards and water bottle:



I have been to many magician conventions, but this was my first FISM. It was filled with plenty of surprises– the biggest was the evening gala shows that started with a proper welcoming.


Opening Ceremonies Evening Gala



FISM Quebec 2022 kicked off with an opening ceremony and special greetings from FISM Officials, local politicians and organizers Renée-Claude Auclair and Pierre Hamon. The show was a visual spectacle that introduced us to the artistic splendour and eclectic variety we should expect.


The show's tributes to Canadian icons Doug Henning, Gary Ouellet, James Randi and Dai Vernon gave me chills. Actual magician performances were sprace but perfectly woven between outstanding acrobatics, stunts, and the Cirque Du Soleil influence from the show’s Artistic Director, Martin Genest.


The show featured a massive cast of over forty artists and magical performances from Jared Kopf, Miguel Munoz and Dean Gunnarson.


FISM Quebec 2022 starts with a bang. Visually impressive, expressive and magical.



Lectures and Jam Sessions


The ninety-minute performance was followed by a star-studded lecture line-up that included Mario Lopez, Lee Asher and Benardo Sedlacek.


After the evening lectures, it was time to jam. The evening jam sessions were hosted all week by R Paul Wilson and Jason England in an adjacent area to the lecturers. Jam sessions went into the early morning hours.


Mario Lopez kicks off the lecturers at FISM

Canadian Media Represent!


The response to FISM from Canadian media was incredible. Throughout the week, FISM was covered by many Canadian national and provincial Quebec television stations, collecting over one hundred forty newspaper articles, radio interviews, blog posts and television segments.


FISM was featured:

  • CBC

  • Radio Canada

  • TVA

  • TV Quebec

  • Journal De Quebec



I joined Luc Langevin for a magic trick to end the segment for TVA provincial and national.



Day Two (July 26)


The first full day of events at FISM was busy. The morning started in the large theatre at 8am with the stage contest and a selection of morning lectures that included Jay Sankey, Tobias Beckwith, Jim Steinmeyer, and Dani DaOrtiz.


Every day featured a wide range of topics from the over thirty world-acclaimed FISM lecturers. Topics covered the spectrum from tricks, business and history.


Lecturers typically repeated their presentations twice over the six days, so magicians had two opportunities to learn from their favourite magicians.


Lecturers At FISM Quebec 2022



Here is a complete list of the lectures and special presentations:

​Mario Lopez Lee Asher Bernardo Sedlacek Tobias Beckwith Jay Sankey Jim Steinmeyer Dani DaOrtiz Paul Gertner Jeff McBride Alexandra Duvivier

​Greg Frewin

Jared Kopf

Zabrecky

Mario Lopez

Julie Eng

Alain Choquette

Jeki Yoo

Michael Ammar

Lisa Menna

Marc De Souza

Miguel Munoz

Brian South

Shawn Farquhar

Larry Hass

Stephane Bourgoin

Paul Gertner

Ekaterina

Eric Jones

Miguel Angel Gea

Luis Piedrahita

Luis De Matos

Mike Caveney

ZOOM: Banachek and Arturo Brachetti

Max Maven Presents:

  • Dr Will Houston

  • Luis De Matos

  • David Ben

  • Magic of Christian

  • Connie Boyd

  • Erika Larsen


Stage and Close-Up Contests Begin



Competition is the centrepiece of FISM. Each morning started with the stage contest, followed by an hour break and then the close-up contest. As an alternative to the competitions, magicians could attend any daily lecture series.


We'll save contest rules and requirements for another post, but know that each contest has a separate jury of FISM judges.



Here are the FISM Quebec 2022 judges for close-up and stage.


Stage Jury

  • Juliana Chen (USA)

  • May Closa (Spain)

  • Norbert Ferre (France)

  • Eberhard Riese (Germany)

  • Syliva Schuyer (The Netherlands)

  • Adrian Soler (Venezuela)

  • Soma (Hungary)

  • Priska Walther (Switzerland)

  • Satoru Yamamoto (Japan)

Close Up Jury

  • Peter Din (France)

  • Henry Evans (Argentina)

  • Joshua Jay (USA)

  • Shimpei Katsuragawa (Japan)

  • Christina Nyman (Luxembourg)

  • Douwe Swierstra (The Netherlands)

  • Horret Wu (China)


CAM Founder Joan Caesar stage-managed the close-up contests along with Mike Miller (SAM 2009-10 President)




If you are interested in learning some FISM competition specifics, here is a complete FISM World Championship of Magic Guide.


Impacts of COVID and Travel and Visas


There were a few last-minute cancellations due to COVID or travel. Yann Frisch was scheduled for the opening lecture but cancelled along with Michael Weber, Banachek and Brachetti (flight cancellation and the Chinese Warriors did not get their visas).


Luggage issues also caused a few challenges, including for quick-change artists, Sos & Victoria and Pierric, whose luggage never arrived.


International Evening Gala



The second evening gala show was the “International Gala,” hosted and produced by Greg Frewin. Greg is no stranger to the FISM stage, winning first place in Japan in 1994. In an extraordinary show opening, he dusted off his award-winning competition act just for the FISM audience. It’s an act he hasn’t performed in eight years.


The first few beats of his music caused the crowd to go nuts.


The show featured Luc Langevin, Topas, Xavier Mortimer, Jeki Yoo, and Bond Lee. Quebec’s Luc Langevin presented a mesmerizing theatrical performance that defied physics. Not a levitation– but a magician pushing gravity to its limits. Bravo!


It was an amazing show, followed by late-night lectures and evening jam sessions.




Day 3 (July 27)


The lectures for the day included Greg Frewin, Jared Kopf, Zabrecky, Mario Lopez, Julie Eng, and Alain Choquette. Mike Caveney held a special presentation in the close-up theatre that gave a video walk-through of David Copperfield’s museum and a live zoom interview with David Copperfield.


The dealer room was also open.


Dealers Room


The dealer's room at FISM is where you can find all of the latest magic tricks and equipment, from mentalism tricks to close-up magic props, magician societies, and new magic magazines.


Here is a list of the dealers featured at FISM

808Magic Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) Canadian Association of Magicians Card-Shark Club de Magie de Quebec (CMQ) Conundrum & B Magic FISM Gee Magic GMI Hakan Varol Himitsu Magic Illuminati MAGIC JL Magic Loran Lybrary Magic Artist Magic inc. Magic Square

Magicana

Master of Magic

Mathieu Bich Michel Huot Magic Products Mohammad Safir Ullah Sikder MS Magic Oct Happy Valley Palmer Magic Penguin Magic Plainsight Replica 4D Riffle Shuffle Society of American Magicians (SAM) Seo Magic Slim Card - Gaffs & Magic Spider The Phantom Hand ThoughtCast Magic Yannick Lacroix Magie Strale Zauberladen


CAM in the Dealers Room


With a big thanks to Mike Segal, the Canadian Association of Magicians was out at FISM on full display! We are thrilled to welcome many new members and have some exciting interviews and guests scheduled for the future!



Be sure and check out our new mugs and t-shirts! Coming soon to the CAM store.


Magic Throughout Quebec City


FISM was not the only magic happening from July 25-30, 2022. At the same time, the Quebec Magic Festival was hosting events and displays for the public throughout Quebec City.


During the week, they dazzled over 70 000 people and scheduled 600 hours of free, live-magic animations and shows.



Magic was everywhere in Quebec City.


Two Canadian Magician Photo Attempts


As you can imagine, it’s difficult to wrangle a small dinner party for a photo, never mind a few hundred Canadian magicians. We made two solid attempts, and here they are:



Shawn Farquhar Closes the Evening Show


The theme of the evening was “The TV Show.” The show featured a live band, two francophone hosts, and performances from Topas, Marc Metral, Shawn Farquhar and Ta Na Manga. Each performance was followed by a short, creative interview segment with the artist. For example, Topas and the male host rode bicycles in front of a green screen.


A few of the acts had music or instrumental theme. Ta Na Manga presented a brilliant close-up routine with a piano that brought the house down, and Topas rocked out with an invisible band. Shawn Farquhar closed the show with his Shape of My Heart routine performed with the live band. Amazing!



The late-night lecturers were Dani DaOrtiz, Bernado Sedlacek, Jeki Yoo, and Luis De Matos hosted an Intimate Conversation with Topas.



Day 4 (July 28)


At FISM 2022, there were several big announcements, one of which was revealed early.


New FISM President Announced