Magicians around the world have organizations, associations and society that unite together for sharing the art of magic. Magicians regularity meeting for lectures, performances and competitions.
Did you know, just like atheletes, magicians have an Olympics? It's alled FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) or the World Championship of Magic. Magicians compete against other magicians for World Champion and the title FISM Grand Prix winner!
In North America, there are five member-societies of FISM that unite to award the World-Championship title. FISM magician competitions happen every 3 years and represent over 80,000 magicians from 105 countries around the world. FISM's origins begin before the second World War but it wasn't officially founded until 1948.
FISM is considered one of the most respected organizations in the magic community.
In order to compete at FISM, a magician must first be represented by one of the recognized member societies of FISM. These magic organizations are membership clubs that host their own annual events, conventions, and magic competitions. The member societies represent their qualifying magicians on the world stage.
Here are the five magician societies in North America.
North America has 5 magician societies of FISM World Championship of Magic
Any North American magician who wants to earn the title of World Champion must be a member of one of these representing member societies.
All the contact information for the magic societies is below.
Magicians can compete under the following categories
Magicians who qualify to compete at the World Champion level can compete in any of the 11 categories of magic. In order to qualify at FISM, a magician must first win one of the conventional member society competitions.
The categories of FISM range from close-up magic, mentalism, comedy, stage illusions and manipulations.
The 5 categories for FISM Stage Magic Competitions*
The 3 categories for FISM Close-Up Magic Competitions*
*For detailed descriptions about FISM categories see below or click here.
Other Notable FISM Awards
Most Original Act
Most Original Close up Act
Creativity & Artistic Vision
History, Research & Scholarship
Theory & Philosophy
FISM location changes every three years
Just like the Olympics, the World Championship of Magic changes its host city its convention. Since its founding in 1948, FISM has never appeared in North America.
Here are the locations of the last 7 World Champions of Magic
2000 Lisboa, Portugal
2003 Den Hague, Netherlands
2006 Stockholm, Sweden
2009 Beijing, China
2012 Blackpool, England
2015 Rimini, Italy
2018 Busan, South Korea
Canada makes magic history
FISM has hosted 27 events around the world since it was established in 1948 but there has never been a World Championship of Magic in North America. Canadian magicians made history in 2018 winning the bid to host FISM in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada in 2021.
Due to COVID-19 the North American Championships have been postponed until 2021 and FISM World Championships of Magic convention has been postponed until 2022.
Both events are being hosted in Quebec City, Canada. The announcement was made live at the 2018 FISM World Championships of Magic in Busan South Korea (XXVII World Championships)
Let's take a look at the five magician member societies of FISM in North America
Magic Organizations in Canada
Canadian Association of Magicians
The Canadian Association of Magicians celebrates members from coast-to-coast. The newly-refreshed organization is dedicated to helping provide opportunities and connections for its members. One of CAM's goals is to get the art of magic officially recognized as an art form by the Canadian Government.
Publication: Northern Peeks is published electronically four times a year.
Annual membership fee is $35 CDN
Club de Magie du Québec
The Club de Magie du Quebec is dedicated to bringing together amateur and professional magicians in Quebec who share a passion for the Art of Magic. Club de Magie du Quebec meets regularly and offers tools and opportunities for magicians to practice and improve.
Annual membership fee is $30 CDN
Magic Organizations in the USA
Academy of Magical Arts
The Magic Castle is the clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. As a private club, entrance is given only to members and their guests, or through courtesy invitations which are available to magicians visiting from out of the United States.
Don’t be surprised to look over your shoulder and find somebody performing a minor miracle. You’ll soon understand why your visit will be one of the most amazing evenings you’ve ever experienced. Members of the Academy of Magical Arts receive free access to Genii Magazine
⚠ Membership Requirement: Members must first audition to be part of the.
Publication: Genii Magazine
International Brotherhood of Magicians
The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world's largest organization dedicated to the art of magic, with members in 88 countries. Since 1922, our official publication, The Linking Ring, has linked magicians throughout the world. Hundreds of local branches of the I.B.M., or Rings, meet each month. Our Annual Convention features top professional magicians in our spectacular evening shows, while our Gold Medal Contest for stage magic and Gold Cups Contest for close-up magic attract some of the best up-and-coming magicians from across the globe.
Publication: The Linking Ring Magazine is electronically produced
Society of American Magicians
The Society of American Magicians, founded on May 10, 1902, in Martinka’s famous magic shop in New York City, New York, is the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world. For over a century it has promoted the ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and more than 50,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the society. Those ideals include the elevation of the Art of Magic, the promotion of harmony among magicians, and the opposition of the unnecessary public exposure of magical effects.
Members meet in Assemblies and SAM publishes an electronic magazine called M-U-M
Annual membership fee is $55 - 70 USD annually
Publication: M-U-M Magazine