2022 FISM World Championship of Magic

In 2018, at the FISM World Championship of Magic XXVII in Busan, South Korea a historic decision was announced that Canada won its bid to host the world’s leading magic competition in 2022. A first in the magic organization’s 74-year history. This will be the first FISM held in North America.

FISM is an acronym for Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques

FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) is an international organization that represents over 80,000 magicians in 5 continental regions and 106 countries around the world. Similar to the sporting Olympics, FISM is presented in a different host country every three years and provides magicians with the opportunity to compete for the title “World Champion Magician”


Canada wins historic 2022 FISM bid

In 2018 at the 27th FISM World Championship of Magic in Busan, South Korea it was announced the world's leading magic competition’s next host city was awarded to Quebec City, Canada. A historic decision that brings the World Championship of Magic to North America for the first time in its 74-year history. This multi-day convention and contest draws thousands of magicians from all over the world who compete for the title of World Champion Magician and the coveted Grand Prix.


Awards are presented in Close-Up and Stage Magic contests and magicians must meet a judging threshold in order to place. The coveted "FISM Grand Prix World Champion" is not always awarded.


Magicians are given only one opportunity to present their routines in front of a live audience and panel of judges. All winning magicians’ acts must be between 5 - 10 minutes or face instant disqualification. All acts are judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical Skill / Handling

  • Showmanship / Presentation

  • Entertainment Value

  • Originality

  • Magic Atmosphere

Points are decided by a jury of FISM recognized judges and scores are based from 0 to 100. A first-place winning magician must exceed an average score of 80 points from the panel of 7 - 9 FISM Judges.


Any contestant with a score below 50 is disqualified.


The title of FISM Grand Prix is regarded as the most coveted award for stage and close-up contests and the title is decided by the same jury of FISM judges in a second judging process.


A few other notable FISM awards include:

  • Most Original Stage Act

  • Most Original Close-Up Act

  • Magic Invention

  • Creativity and Artistic Vision

The FISM World Championship of Magic conference and magic contest draws thousands of magicians and is the largest assembly of magicians in the world. Events for magicians take place over six days and feature world-class magic instruction, live-performances and opportunities to explore the host city.


Thanks to Canadian magicians Renée-Claude Auclair founder of Club De Magie Du Quebec and Canadian Association of Magicians founder, Joan Caesar, this historic event is coming to North America for the first time.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the FISM World Championships of Magic


Here are some of the topics we'll cover

Becoming a World Championship

Magicians can compete for the title of World Champion Magician in the Stage Contest, Close-up Contests or both. Entering both contests in the same competition is uncommon.


Any magician who qualifies can register for only one category within each contest.

The 5 categories for FISM Stage Magic Competitions*

  1. Manipulation

  2. General Magic

  3. Stage Illusions

  4. Comedy Magic

  5. Mental Magic

The 3 categories for FISM Close-Up Magic Competitions*

  1. Card Magic

  2. Micro Magic

  3. Parlour Magic

*For detailed descriptions about FISM categories see below or click here.


In order to compete at the world champion-level, magicians must win a place by competing at the continental championships. There are 106 FISM Member Societies representing over 80,000 magicians in 50 countries. These Member Societies are regional magic organizations and magic clubs that host their own conventions and magic contests.


Requirements for entry into the FISM World Championship Competition

In order to gain entry into the World Championship of Magic a magician's must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a member of one of the FISM Member Societies

  2. Obtain high marks at their continental FISM championship

There are 105 Member Societies of FISM in 5 Continental Regions around the world.


A World-Wide Organization

FISM World Championship of Magic is represented by 5 Continental Regions and each region has its own Continental President.


Here are the 5 Continental Regions of FISM:

  1. Africa

  2. Asia https://www.fism.asia/

  3. Europe https://www.fism.eu/

  4. Latin America

  5. North America https://fismna2021.com

The 5 North American Member Societies

Any North American magician who wants to qualify at their FISM continental contest from any one of the following five-member societies of FISM.


Within FISM North America there are 5 Member Societies:

  1. Academy of Magical Arts http://www.magiccastle.com/

  2. Canadian Association of Magicians https://cammagic.org

  3. Club De Magie Du Québec https://www.festivaldemagie.ca/le-club

  4. International Brotherhood of Magicians https://www.magician.org/

  5. Society of American Magicians https://www.magicsam.com/


The five member societies of FISM in North America

Brief History of FISM

The idea of an international convention hosted in a different country each year was first proposed in Paris, France in 1938 by Dr. Jules Dhotel. Dr. Dhotel was serving as Vice-President of Association Syndicale des Artistes Prestidigitateurs (Association of Prestidigitation Artists)


The idea was accepted and plans proceeded for the first international magic convention which was cancelled in September 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland and began World War II.


After World War II, in 1946, the first International Congress of Magicians convention in Amsterdam, the Netherlands debuted with over 300 registrants from across Europe. The event consisted of magic lectures, antique exhibits, public shows, tours of Amsterdam, and a magic contest.


The first competition featured 20 contestants and no categories.


The second annual convention in 1947 had 70 contestants and over 500 attendees and it was during this convention the idea of FISM was proposed. In 1948, FISM was founded.


It is considered one of the most respected organizations within the magic community, growing to over 80,000 members in 105 international member societies in 50 countries.


Locations for the last five FISM World Championships

2018 - Busan, South Korea 27th World Championships XXVII

2015 - Rimini, Italy 26th World Championships XXVI

2012 - Blackpool, United Kingdom 25th World Championships XXV

2009 - Beijing, China 24th World Championships XXIV

2006 - Stockholm, Sweden 23rd World Championship XXIII


Full listing of the entire list of World Championships, click here


How FISM is organized?

FISM is an organization that represents thousands of magicians around the world through the affiliated Member Societies of FISM. These Member Societies have their own procedures and governance, including Presidents. These groups are referred to as the “General Assembly”


FISM Board of Directors

The FISM Executive Board of Directors consists of the International President, two Vice Presidents and a Secretary.

  • Domenico Dante FISM President (Italy)

  • Peter Din FISM Vice President (France)

  • Sats Yamamoto FISM Vice President (Japan)

FISM Executive Board

The FISM General Assembly consists of all 5 Continental Presidents and the FISM Executive Board of Directors.

General Assembly

Members of the General Assembly are represented by the following five regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North American.


President of FISM

Domenico Dante (Italy) FISM President

The current President of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) is Domenico Dante from Veneto, Italy. He is an author of magic books, producer, and honorary President of Club Magico Italiano.


Domenico's involvement in FISM began in 1991 and he has served as FISM President since 2000.


Domenico Dante's website: http://www.domenicodante.com/

What FISM strives to achieve:

FISM’s objectives:

  • to be a leading platform, unifying magic societies from around the world, committed to the enhancement, promotion and development of the art of magic;

  • to develop, elevate, promote the art of magic and to preserve the knowledge of the history of magic;

  • to coordinate the activities of Member Societies, enhancing their authority and encouraging the exchange of reciprocal cooperation and services

  • to fight against exposure and copies of acts, effects or inventions, presentations or original routines

  • to organize international events such as the FISM World Championships of Magic and supervise Continental Championships of Magic.

SOURCE: https://fism.org/about/welcome/

COVID Delay

Due to COVID-19, the North American Championship of Magic and FISM World Championship of Magic has been postponed. Follow updates from the official FISM NA and FISM World websites.

Qualifying for 2022

In order to qualify for the FISM World Championship of Magic, a magician must be a member of an affiliated FISM magic society and endorsement from the Member Society's President. Each region of FISM hosts competitions to determine who will represent their country at the World Championship.


Competition Categories

For magicians interested in competing at FISM, there are 8 categories in two contests. A magician can choose one category from either contest.


Here are FISM two contests, categories and descriptions (Source: FISM)


5 categories of the Stage Magic Competition:

Manipulation

A magic stage act wholly or largely based on sleight of hand.


General Magic

A magic stage act that is, in most cases, a mix of several of the other categories. The props used are usually smaller than the ones used in a Stage Illusion

act. Some performances using modern high-tech or video technology can also be categorized under this denomination.


Stage Illusions

A magic stage act in which huge props are used (even when these are not visible to the audience). Often several people and/or animals are involved.


Comedy Magic

A magic stage act of which the main purpose is to make people laugh. It can be based on any one of the aforementioned categories, provided the emphasis is laid on the magic nature of the performance.


Mental Magic

Branch of magic comprising demonstrations of apparent extraordinary or supernatural mental powers, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition,

telekinesis, super memory, lightning calculation and simulations of mediumistic phenomena.


3 categories of the Close-Up Magic Competition

Card Magic

the act is exclusively based on effects using playing cards.


Micro Magic

although playing cards are not to be excluded, the act is of a more

general nature.


Parlour Magic

An act, midway between close-up and stage magic, meant to be performed for a group of people in a moderately sized room.


All 27 FISM World Magic Champions

  • 2022 Quebec City, Canada XXVIII World Championships

  • 2018 Busan, South Korea XXVII World Championships

  • 2015 Rimini, Italy XXVI World Championships

  • 2012 Blackpool, United Kingdom XXV World Championships

  • 2009 Beijing, China XXIV World Championships

  • 2006 Stockholm, Sweden XXIII World Championship

  • 2003 Den Haag, Netherlands XXII World Championship

  • 2000 Lisbon, Portugal XXI World Championship

  • 1997 Dresden, Germany XX World Championship

  • 1994 Yokohama, Japan XIX World Championship

  • 1991 Lausanne, Switzerland XVIII World Championship

  • 1988 Den Haag, Netherlands XVII World Championship

  • 1985 Madrid, Spain XVI World Championship

  • 1982 Lausanne, Switzerland XV World Championship

  • 1979 Brussels, Belgium XIV World Championship

  • 1976 Vienna, Austria XIII World Championship

  • 1973 Paris, France XII World Championship

  • 1970 Amsterdam, Netherlands XI World Championship

  • 1967 Baden-Baden, Germany X World Championship

  • 1964 Barcelona, Spain IX World Championship

  • 1961 Liege, Belgium VIII World Championship

  • 1958 Vienna, Austria VII World Championship

  • 1955 Amsterdam, Netherlands VI World Championship

  • 1952 Geneva, Switzerland V World Championship

  • 1951 Paris, France IV World Championship

  • 1950 Barcelona, Spain III World Championship

  • 1949 Amsterdam, Netherlands II World Championship

  • 1948 Lausanne, Switzerland I World Championship

How to join FISM

There is no membership to FISM. Members join their continental member societies of FISM.


How to connect with FISM


FISM World Championship of Magic Official Website:

https://fism.org


How to follow FISM on social media

FISM World Championship of Magic Social Media

Sources:

Genii Magazine: https://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php?title=FISM

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