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Founder of Canadian Association of Magicians Surprising First Reaction to Magic

Updated: Dec 26, 2023

Joan Caesar is a legend in the world of magic.

She is the founder of the Canadian Association of Magicians, past president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, FISM World Championship of Magic Head Judge, FFFF Organizer, and someone I've known long enough to call my "Mom # 2."

The historic decision for the FISM World Championship of Magic to come to North America for the first time in 74 years can be primarily attributed to the effort of Joan Caesar and Renee-Claude Auclair.

A few years ago, I sat down and chatted with Joan about magic, performing, female magicians, and her introduction to the art of magic.

Joan made soup and egg salad. It was a wholesome afternoon filled with magic conversation. Here are some of the highlights.

Watch: Joan Caeser and I chat about magic.

I met Joan Caesar at a gathering of magicians in a nearby city, who all assembled monthly for lectures, meetings, and events.

She also introduced me to Tannen's Magic Camp in New York City. It was a university education for a young magician like me.

Joan is the founder and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Magicians and an International Brotherhood of Magicians Past President (2008-2009)

Before CAM was founded in 1997, Canadian magicians couldn't earn the coveted Grand Prix title at the FISM World Championship of Magic, and some magicians competed under other countries.

Magic Competition

Within the art of magic, you'll find many categories of interest.


One fascinating aspect of magic is completion. Just one six-minute act can change a magician's entire career.


Joan Caesar has judged every major magician convention and is the Head Judge for the FISM World Championship of Magic.


Listen to the full podcast episode:


  • As a judge for the largest magic conventions in the world, Joan shares her perspective on what makes a great magic act.

  • We talk about her life as a magician.

  • We talk about female magicians and why it's challenging to be a woman in magic.

  • Why Joan founded the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM), and what world-famous magician motivated her?



 

Female Award-Winning FISM Magicians Mentioned


In this episode, Joan mentions several female magicians. Here is footage from two female FISM Award-Winning magicians:

Yumi


Juliana Chen



 

World Championship of Magic in Canada

History was made for magicians in 2022 with the help of Joan Caesar.

The FISM World Championships of Magic appeared in Quebec City, Canada, for the largest gathering of magicians in the world. This was the first time in World Championship history that the five-day convention and competition appeared in North America.