At the 27th FISM World Championship of Magic, in South Korea, the FISM International President Domenico Dante revealed a historic announcement about the upcoming 28th host city.
"Here is the vote. Spain 180 votes. Quebec City 232 votes."
It was a proud day for Canadian magicians and an important day in the history of the art of magic that brings the FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada in July 2022.
What makes this decision so significant?
Since its founding in 1948, the FISM World Championship of Magic has never appeared in North America or hosted by any North American magician society. The multi-day magician's convention and competition are the most prestigious globally-- representing over 80,000 magicians in 106 countries. The upcoming 2022 FISM in Quebec City, Canada, will bring over 3000 magicians and 150+ contestants from over 50 countries.
Magicians recognize FISM awards as the highest honours in the magic industry.
Magic competitors compete in 8 categories—each one seeking the title of FISM Grand Prix Award Winner-- a prize not consistently awarded.
However, before magicians can compete at the FISM World Championship of Magic they must first qualify in a regional contest organized by a FISM recognized magician society.
Pandemic Impacts and Updates
Like all events, the pandemic has impacted the FISM World Championship of Magic. Initially scheduled for 2021, the FISM World Championship of Magic rescheduled for 2022.
Many other regional qualifying conventions worldwide, including the North American FISM Qualifying Championship, have also been moved one year.
Rescheduled FISM Dates
Both events are hosted in the same city by the same organizers, Renée-Claude Auclair and Pierre Hamon.
Renée-Claude and Pierre Hamon are no strangers to producing magic events, together they have produced Le Festival De Magie / Quebec Magic Festival since 2011.
I chatted with Renée-Claude for our Magicians Talking Magic Podcast, and she shared essential updates for the FISM World Championships of Magic and the North American Qualifying Championship.
WATCH: FISM 2022 & North American Championship Update with Renée-Claude Auclair
Here are the links for the official FISM NA 2021 & FISM 2022 Magic Championships
Quebec City, Canada Photo Gallery
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