Sue-Anne Webster's FISM Report 2009 - Stage Magic Competition
FISM 2009 - Final Scores

Sue-Anne Webster's FISM Report 2009 - Close Up Magic Competition

CLOSE-UP COMPETITION

DAY 1



101.  SIMON CORONEL
Micro Magic
Australia
Sponsor: Australian Institute of Magic - Sue-Anne Webster

Equal 3rd Micro Magic, FISM 2009 - with Johan Stahl

To background music, Simon talks about transcending the possibilities in magic - which is the theme to this act. Two volunteers selected to be close witnesses. Simon alludes to Las Vegas acts by holding up a large red production cloth over the close-up table, whipping it away to reveal a coin. Coin manipulation, duplication and transformations. Coin to cash - 5 to 50 dollar note and back to $5. Cash to deck of playing cards. Produces a black felt pen and a volunteer signs their chosen card. Folds signed card - tears it - restores it and uses the pen as a wand to vanish the card. Volunteer checks his rolled up sleeves and inspects behind the close-up table. The other volunteer checks the front and under the close-up table. Large red production cloth is held over the close-up table and whipped away to produce a “coin holder” - a lady standing with a coin and a card reading “coin”. Very clean and smooth moves.


102.  MAGO LARRY
Parlour Magic
Argentina
Sponsor: FLASOMA - Hector Carrion

This is a bad act because it thrice abuses a volunteer. It was a prediction using ‘cards across’ with country names on them… and a whopping great electrical current in the volunteer’s chair to her know when the countries she chose - Japan, Syria and Taiwan - disappear out from under her butt. I know this, because I WAS THE SUCKER VOLUNTEER!!!  He zapped me with ruddy great stings of electricity THREE TIMES! It was a stupid thing to do… especially picking on a reviewer and a close-up judge’s wife. Talk about cutting your own throat.! I know what this performer can do with his current!  [See my comments on electric chairs in the stage reviews - after I got zapped the FOURTH time!]

* OH… and for those who are not ‘in-the-know‘, we were all informed after this act, by an irate Chinese registrant, that Taiwan is not a country!!! Ugly scene… and news to many of us. Taiwan citizens were only allowed to register at FISM Beijing under the title “Chinese-Taipei”. Many Taiwanese registrants blacked out the “Chinese” title on their name cards. Politics and FISM don’t mix *


103.  CHRISTIAN BIERBRAUER
Card Magic
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

Started his act by saying, “Let’s make a little excrement before we start!” (I think he meant to say ‘excitement‘). Red balloon bursts to produce a blue deck of playing cards. Volunteer verbally chooses a random playing card, which turns out to be the only card with a red back. Volunteer shuffles deck face up and face down and signs one card of two colours. The signed blue back 4H turned to a red back signed 4H. Signed cards found inside empty box. Pretends to take a card out of the box and asks, ‘Is this your card?’ Volunteer responds, ‘yes‘, and holds invisible card. Card should be missing from the deck. They are taken out of the box and shown in order, all backs facing the one way - the 4H missing from the deck. Christian takes card and throws it up and turns around to show his back with an envelope attached to it. Inside the envelope is the signed card - 4H. Clever.


104.  SHUNYA OKONU
Micro Magic 
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

A little comedy in this act. Cigarette and a cigarette lighter from a card pack. Throws away cigarette, produces a coin and then uses fire from the lighter to make the coin vanish. Three coins produced from lighter - then vanish. Then two coins appear and the lighter itself changes into a third coin. Takes a red satin hanky to produce a coin and an oversized lighter. Large coins appear from red hanky. Takes the card pack, but now cards appear inside the pack. Takes the Queen of Clubs and produces with it the other four Queens - drops a card, picks it up with his foot - does travelling cards form one hand to the other hand. Shunya says he will do a classic of magic - “Oil and Queens” (hmmm). A vanished Queen appears stuck to the back of a lighter fluid can. Volunteer selects AC and 9C  - signs both cards and Shunya loses them in the deck. Volunteer shuffles the cards - uses lighter to vanish signed card. Inside deck, there is one ‘burnt’ card - which is the volunteers signed card. Vanishes lighter, appears in the deck. Inside lighter is the signed card - AC.


105.  MAGO ERNESTO
Card Magic
Venezuela
Sponsor: Circulo Magico Argentino - Ted White

Takes cards out of the packet and spreads the deck of cards. Volunteer picks a card - 4D, then performer talks about the Power of the Joker . He puts the Joker in an empty wine glass. The 4D blue back turns to red back - then all cards turn to red backs and card case turns to a red case. Joker in the glass turns into the volunteer’s card - 4D. Then a transference takes place. The 2 Jokers are under the glass. Ernesto throws up the card - 4D, which turns into the 2 Jokers - and under the glass is the card - 4D. Volunteer signs the 4D card and the card is placed face down in the middle of the deck. Jokers are in his hands. He slowly turns all the spread cards over to show the 4D has vanished. He flicks his hand holding the Jokers and the 4D ends up between them. He places a half concealed (by half an envelope) green back card in the empty wine glass - a green ribbon is threaded through the card. Ernesto tears one corner of the signed 4D and places it in the middle of the face up deck, face down - then it travels to his pocket. Corner matches. He uses a paper clip as a wand - by attaching the torn edge to the signed card using the paper clip. He peels off the signature on the card and sets the corner alight, restoring it properly. Volunteer verbally selects another card - 3D, which turns out to be the green back card sitting in the wine glass with the green ribbon attached. Good effects.


106.  SHOHEI KOMORIYA
Parlour Magic
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

Hand written signs on cards before Shohei begins: ‘Shohei’ - ‘I’m from Japan’ - ‘nice to meet you’ - ‘enjoy’. Wand produces olive coloured silk, then produces yellow tie with silk. Wand vanishes - finds it in shoe. Silk turns to a yellow tie in his hand and he puts it back on. He says he wants to be a baseball batter - music for act had sound effects for his moves. Magic with a miniature white ball and two red plastic cones with a string attaching them - cups and balls style routine. Throws a ball into the audience and gets them to throw it back, but it turns into a heart. Uses the wand as a bat - silk produces a full size baseball bat. Under a red cone - many small balls appear. Shirt changes to red - takes off coat - flash to glove appearance on the bat, replete with a baseball hat. Silk scarf is placed around his neck before he exists. Different.


107. RUNE
Micro Magic
Norway
Sponsor: Magic Circle of Norway - Henning Warloe

This act was a little weak, although it had potential to be interesting. Music - shows hands empty and produces a silk and a tall glass, half filled with water. Plucks invisible ‘nothings’ from the air. Traces lines and lines of words with his finger in a thick book for no clear reason, flicks his wrist - not sure why, then tears part of the page out of the book and lights it to produce a deck of cards. Spreads cards. Volunteer selects 7H, so Rune finds the other three 7’s in the deck, then all cards vanish and found inside deck. Volunteer selects a card, signs it - 10D. Rune puts card into deck, then shuffles and spreads cards face down. Rubs the glass of water with red silk - water turns red. Takes out red envelope from pocket - inside envelope is signed 10D. Red silk draped over blue back card, which turns to a red back.


108.  SITO QIRONG
Card Magic
China-Macau
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

An act where the magician bequeaths his love the Mona Lisa painting. Sito takes from a picture frame, three cups and three sponge hearts - and does cups and balls with obvious loads, using a glass rose as a wand. Mona Lisa appears in the picture frame. He produces an engagement ring in a transparent box, gets down on one knee and presents it - and the glass rose - to Mona Lisa.


109.  JEREMY PEI
Parlour Magic
Singapore
Sponsor: The Great Wong Ring - John Teo

Basic stand up rope routine using a yellow rope. He then moves behind the close up table and produces two cherries from red rope that was originally a rose bud - then uses the two cherries, two cups and two rings for a cups and balls style routine. Produces white candle and lights it. Puts cherries into one of the cups and produces a cherry coloured liquid load.


110.  OLMAC
Card Magic 
France
Sponsor: Cercle Francais de Illusion - Jean Claude Crispon

3rd Card Magic, FISM 2009
Competed FISM 2003 on stage, General Magic with a black light act.

Music to a ‘Find the Aces’ routine. Marks the aces with the number 15. Vanishes cards, transferring them to the deck on the table, then does a series of transferences, appearances and vanishes of cards and deck. Places aces on top of wine glass and the aces visually change value, then back again to aces. Aces move to a brown envelope. Inside envelope is three black pockets, which turn out to be his outside coat pockets that vanished off his coat (this was a surprise). Inside the top coat pocket are the four aces. Inside the glass is now a card that reads, ‘Thankyou’.


SATORU
Micro Magic
Japan
Sponsor: Society of American Magicians - Bruce Kalver

Competed FISM 2000 - and at FISM 2006 with this same act

Eccentric character. Prediction. Volunteer shuffles cards. Satoru shows his wallet with a bill. Volunteer chooses a card, which was predicted on the back of the bill. Does a bit of business with toothpicks that didn’t go anywhere or add to his routine. Cards are placed on the floor, three volunteers each put their foot on a randomly selected card - that turn out to be the 4C 3D, KH. 4C was revealed written on the bottom of Satoru’s shoes, 3D on his socks, KH on his bare foot skin… then all three selections were shown again, written on an umbrella.


112.  JAQUE
Micro Magic
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo - Armando Gomer Bernado

Jaque drinks ‘whiskey’ throughout his gambling themed act. Produces coins for a matrix. Changes coins to poker chips for a coins across routine. Produces a dice cup and colour die from a red silk, then finishes his whiskey. Colour dice turn to ice. Liquid load of whiskey from the dice cup, with which he then pours himself another.


113.  No show due to lost luggage. Will perform on Day 2.



DAY 2



CHARMING CHOI
Parlour Magic 
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Korean Magic Society - Eun-Sun Chung

Most Original Act, FISM 2009
Competed FISM 2006 with a different act
Competed FISM 2003 with a similar act

“Charming, charming, charming Choi” dresses in a white outfit with blue trim. DVD prediction. Shows different DVD’s - of magicians, porn and The Little Mermaid. Volunteer secretly selects The Little Mermaid - ‘prediction’ was correct. Pulls out a red silk from the cartoon picture hair of the Little Mermaid from the DVD cover, produces a straw from it, then blows bubbles into a fish tank of water to produce the balls for an underwater cups and balls routine performed to the music, ‘Under the Sea’, the end load of goldfish fills the fish tank. The volunteer is given the DVD as a present… but, it is only the box and cover… it does not contain a DVD. Tsk, tsk, tsk - naughty!


115.  DALY TANG
Micro Magic
China-Hong Kong
Sponsor: Magicians Association of Hong Kong - Albert Tam

Performs the “two coin” trick that keeps ending with three coins, so tries the ‘three coin’ trick, but ends up with six. Puts coins in a chequered purse and vanishes. Background piano music. Card trick - a four Ace routine. Ace transference from hand to hand, then hand to table. Aces turn into Queens. Spreads cards, now with blank faces. Turns over Queens to show black stripes on the faces of the now blank cards. As he places the striped cards on the all-blank cards, it creates the effect of a piano keyboard. Nice visual surprise ending. Average.


116.  MARTIN LUBCKE
Card Magic
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

Card to object routine. Ice-cream treat in a box produced from flash string. Ice-cream goes on display stand, while volunteer checks and shuffles cards. Martin cuts cards and has volunteer sign a card. Red felt pen changes to green. Puts card back in deck, cuts cards again and shuffles. Asks a spectator for a number between 1 and 20. Number chosen is 17. Martin asks volunteer to flick over some of the cards in the pile. Exactly 17 were flipped. Shuffles signed card back into deck. Volunteer checks the deck, but her card has vanished from the deck. Then Martin makes all cards vanish from his hand. Volunteer checks ice-cream treat and sees a corner of her signed card, 8D. Martin breaks ice with a wooden mallet. The card inside is the signed card. Martin closes up the ice treat package, then opens it again to reveal a real ice treat for the volunteer. The ending was the highlight - at least the volunteer received a real prize this time.


117.  NEKTARIOS
Micro Magic 
Greece
Sponsor: Academy of Magicians - Gousis Christoforos

Phone rings, we hear a lot of babble. He changes cell phone to cards - produces a ‘smiley face’ coin from card, which ends up blank. Produces more coins with smiley faces. He finds the court cards (couldn’t tell which ones, because the camera didn’t zoom in). Does a matrix style routines using cards and coins - cards change into smiley face cards. Cell phone rings again - more babble. Changes cell phone to a smiley face. Vanishes coins and his shirt changes to a purple top with a big smiley face. The smiley faces brightened the act.


118.  SHO ARAI
Card Magic 
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

Suit and red tie. Shows a blank card and changes it to the AS - then produces 2S, 3S and 4S. He drops one card - then ’magically’ pulls it up from the floor. Changes cards into a pack, then opens it, showing a full deck inside. Takes out cards and finds the AS, 2S, 3S and 4S again, all in different ways. Audience member shuffles the cards, then he shows the cards in new deck order. More fancy moves to produce AS, 2S, 3S and 4S again by flicking them from the deck, then the rest of the spades - sticking them all over his jacket and arm. Shows all cards are in order. Shows AS, then takes out the large, middle spade logo as a pin to stick on his jacket… then tosses a bit of glitter.


119.  ROD CHOW
Parlour Magic 
Canada 
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

This act is the story about the performer’s life in magic - starting with his first pay cheque - a Canadian $20 cheque. Shows more pay cheques from children’s shows, then turns them all into cash - all $20 bills. His shows price increases - showing $20 to $50 to $100 and then to credit card. He starts to enter competitions, dreaming about winning a gold medal (which he produced). Produces a ring (accidentally dropping a big ring) and went to turn it into a big gold ring (but couldn’t, because he dropped it earlier). He says how he wants to go to Hollywood, producing gold bars and American money, then pulls out a line of US $$ all strung together. He then talks about going to Las Vegas, pulling out a cape of cash, then changes his shirt to cash with a light-up green $ sign on his cash shirt. But, he says that magic - to him - is not about fame or fortune, but to make people happy… so changes all the money back into his old pay checks - because he doesn’t really want it. Hmmm.


120.  RAMON RIOBOO
Card Magic 
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo - Armando Gomez Bernardo

Volunteer selects a card, but Ramon holds tightly onto the cards, even when the volunteer signs the selected card. The card is lost in the deck, then found. Volunteer chooses a card, again. She takes it, but Ramon takes it back (looking dodgy). She signs the card, which is revealed later - stapled. Then a hard to follow sequence with a blue card/red card prediction. Another hard to follow card routine, where another card is signed. Ramon selects a card, revealing it to be the same card. Very confusing.


121.  KIF
Card Magic
China Hong Kong
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

Competed FISM 2006 with a different act.

Kif ate mints to ‘help his memory.’ Three volunteers each choose a card from a spread deck. Performer memorises the pack in less than five seconds and bets a volunteer keeps his money if he fails to memorise it correctly. Kif seems a bit rough and rude to his volunteers. He then gets his volunteers to remember the cards, too… by giving them mints to help their memory, then gives the volunteers instruments to mark when their card colour is shown, indicating which cards they want by sounding their instruments, until the whole deck is dealt. The routine is confusing.


122.  CHARLIE CAPER
Parlour Magic
Sweden
Sponsor: Svensk Magisk Cirkel - Per Eklund

2nd Parlour Magic, FISM 2009
Winner of ‘Sweden’s Got Talent’ 2009

Charlie is dressed in old style street attire complete with braces. Changes a cane to a black silk tie and produces a fob watch. Uses a red silk to vanish fob watch. Silk to glass to wand - vanishes silk, then vanishes wand. Takes out a purse and pulls out the fob watch on its chain, then pulls out the red silk which changes into a flower that he places on his coat. Then pulls out the wand and his black silk tie (that we only just discover went missing). He brings a volunteer on stage (me) and offers me a chair joking that he couldn’t find the extension cord (joke about my electric chair experiences) which got a huge laugh. He produces a can of Coke from his shoe. He then he does a cups and balls routine - the cups and the balls are wearing bowties (like him). Takes rose from his jacket and a ball from his pocket, drinks coke from a solid glass… then the ball appears under the clear glass, puts ball under his hat. Wraps the glass in newspaper and places the newspaper in the volunteers hands, then crushes the volunteers hands together, vanishing the glass. Then the ball is shown under the glass, under the hat. Oranges and lemons appear under the cups, then an onion, a watermelon, wearing a bowtie appears under his hat. A fun routine… especially for the volunteer.


123.  MIN HYUNG KIM
Card Magic
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Korean Magic Society - Eun-Sun Chung

Music. Funny, light and happy performance. Shows a small soft drink bottle with some clear water inside. He shakes the bottle and the liquid turns red. The bottle lid keeps going missing throughout the routine. Card trick - spreads cards, then does a ‘find the aces’ routine. Audience member chooses the AD. Finds all Aces in different ways to sound effects and funny facial expressions. Sad music plays when he can’t find the last card. So, he brings out his He thinks all is lost, so he brings out his mechanical Barbie doll to help him. Then he finds his lid to his drink bottle again, hope is returning when he sees his Barbie doll. He winds up the mechanical Barbie, it twists around to the audience showing his face on the doll and the KD in it’s hand as the sound effects of a hallelujah choir singing play.


124.  Damaged props in transit. Will attempt to perform on Day 3.


125.  MAGO BRUNO
Micro Magic
Peru
Sponsor: FLASOMA - Hector Carrion

A theatrical performance… something different. Performer plays a character who is late for work. A white phone rings. A sticky note is found attached to his head. Phone rings again, he answers - his boss is angry with him. He must get to work or he loses his job. A small lighter is changed to a big lighter, lights a candle on his desk. He puts on his coat, but a big button goes missing. He goes to thread a needle, but the string flashes and vanishes - producing a large needle and a button. He does a series of cup, needle and thread manipulation. His desk clock ends up where his button should be on his coat. Phone manipulation, then multiplying alarm clocks appear everywhere. Clocks even end up on his glasses. Then his phone turns into clocks.


126.  RYU HYUN MIN
Card Magic
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Alexander Magic Family Korea - Juno Kim

A letter inside an envelope reads that the sender sent cards. He produces a deck of cards from the envelope. Volunteer signs the card and is put back in the deck. Then, inside the deck is an envelope - in the envelope is the signed card. Volunteer signs another two cards - so he ends up with a signed 9H, 3C, 6D. From the beginning of the routine, on the table, there is an envelope on a stick. It is revealed to hold the volunteer’s three signed cards. Ace routine - the aces transfer from the close-up mat to the envelope on the stand… and then the three signed cards in the envelope appear on the table.


113.  YVES DOMERGUE
Parlour Magic
France
Sponsor: Fédération Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs - Peter Din

This act woke everyone up! Yves talks about the nightmare he dreamt - sitting on stage with everyone looking at him. He describes how everything in the dream was fake and not real, showing the chair he sitts on is just paper. Three volunteers are brought up on stage to play a “dangerous game” with firecrackers. Each volunteer is given a different colour t-shirt to wear for a prediction (in his dream). Everyone on stage puts on ear muffs. Performer blows up a firecracker in a small bin, which produces an enormous BANG - deafening the audience. The performer then plays Russian Roulette with firecrackers. He gives the volunteers a choice of firecracker to take. One is real. Performer leads everyone to believe that he has taken the real one… and so puts it in his mouth -  and lights it. It turns out to be a dud… but he slaps blood on his face in an attempt to shock the audience,  dramatically stating, “Don’t worry - it’s just a nightmare!” Then envelopes are revealed on the back the volunteer chairs, containing a dream prediction stating what each volunteer did on stage - like the red t-shirt being put on backwards. Well… the routine certainly went off with a bang… and deafened everyone in the process.



DAY 3



127.  GIACOMO DE CARLO
Card Magic
Italy
Sponsor: Club Magico Italiano - Domenico Dante

A card routine telling the tale of the last major famous French vs Italian soccer game, using a close-up pad in the guise of a soccer stadium. In the end, he takes off his jacket to reveal his UV yellow umpire shirt - blowing his tie, which is a whistle. On top of the table, he finds the silver medal under the French flag and the gold medal under the Italian medal - then inside a big chip packet, that was resting on a chair, he reveals a large gold trophy won by the Italians. Amusing.


128.  SHOTA
Micro Magic
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

Takes out a coffee cup, cards and water from a blue paper bag. Puts coffee beans in a wine glass. Volunteer selects a coffee bean - then turns some beans into coins. Coins across routine from performer to coffee cup. He does some business with coins - making real coffee. Two volunteers each takes a card and signs it - 3D and 5C - and places cards back into the deck. Shota shuffles the deck and does a series of card moves in an attempt to find the cards. He finds all threes, except the 3D - which he finds in the glass with the coffee beans. He changes the 3D to the 5C, visually in the glass.


129.  KRISTIAN NIVALA
Card Magic
Finland
Sponsor: Finnish Magic Circle - Robert Jagerhorn

2nd Cards Magic, FISM 2009
Competed FISM 2006 with a similar act.

A nicely dressed lady plays a piano - complementing Kristian’s routine. Kristian mimes holding a deck of cards, taking the cards out of the pack and spreading them, selects one… which then appears in his hand. Another invisible card is thrown into the air - appearing, then another and another until he spreads a real deck. He gets the aces signed by audience members, loses them in the deck and finds them by doing card manipulation. Small ace to large ace. When large card appears, he taps the card case and it appears in the box. Red back signed cards turn to blue. All red back cards turn blue… so do the large aces, the box and the rest of the cards. Nice act.


130.  LATKO
Micro Magic 
Argentina
Sponsor: Entidad Magica Argentina - Ray Francas

3rd Parlour Magic, FISM 2009
FISM 2006 – Competed in Stage Magic (as he is again this year)

Sits at a desk with a lamp that doesn‘t work, cups and a box. Music. Wearing blue shirt and tie, the character learns how to do magic from an instruction manual, “Cups and Dice Tutor“. Does matrix with dice, ending in a cup load of mini sized dice and one large dice, proving it couldn’t all fit in the cup. Does cups and balls, producing a light bulb which he screws into the lamp… and a red ball to hang on the switch string. Then he produces pawns for a chess set - then instantly visually changes the mat to a chess board while cups are on it, then produces the rest of the chess pieces under the cups. Ends by producing a wine glass and a liquid load from the cups. Nice routine with some meaning.


131.  LV SIYUAN
Card Magic
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Music with good emphasis for his moves. Shows an empty card pack - tosses it in the air - then shows the pack full of cards. Spreads the cards. ‘Find the Aces’ routine. From the aces he plucks the four pips - Clubs, Hearts, Spades, Diamonds - all big enough to use for a matrix routine. Produces a wine glass, and another glass from a card, then another two glasses. Does a ‘pips-on-and-off-the-cards’ routine in various ways, until he produced a liquid load from hand, filling the glasses. Then the 10, J, Q, K of each suit is produced, ending in a mini snowstorm.


132.  DAI HEWGA
Card Magic 
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

Winner of the European Magical Close-up Championship at Blackpool 2009.

Does a card routine using an iPod and speakers. Cell phone to new deck of red back cards in new deck order. Volunteer shuffles and touches a card - 7H - volunteer signs card that is then lost in the deck. Dai finds the card with the iPod to a drum roll and cheering sound effects. The signed card ends up between two other cards. Volunteer touches two other cards - KH and 8H and, with the 7H, all three cards are put back in the deck and shuffled. Dai finds all three cards as the music gets louder. One card, KH is found face down in the deck. The 8H is found in the iPod, then the music stops. Inside the iPod is the 7H with the volunteer’s name written on it. Now, there’s no music - so Dai goes back in time - restores iPod and starts again. He asks for the volunteers name again - asks for a pack of cards (a new pack is found on the table). He opens the card case - all cards in new deck order, with the signed 7H in correct position.


133.  JOHAN STAHL
Micro Magic 
Sweden
Sponsor: Svensk Magisk Cirkel - Per Eklund

Equal 3rd Micro Magic, FISM 2009 - with Simon Coronel

Coffee cup and sugar cube manipulation/cup and ball style routine with a black felt tip pen as a wand - all played to the volunteer for the audience. Sugar cube vanishes and reappears, changes into the pen and back again - sugar cube from pen lid, pen vanish and relocates in various places - pen changes into a chocolate bar. More pen appearances and vanishes - pulls a spoon from volunteers ear - cup cake under the cup - then larger cup cake appears under the cup. Johan removes his jacket and produces a drinking glass - pen reappears (bare arms, no sleeves). Taps the cup with spoon, stirs - then pours liquid load into the glass. Johan puts on a napkin, produces a jug and pours a second cup of coffee - then he gives the tray of food and drink to the volunteer. Nice routine, but misdirection didn’t always work, as the act appeared to be designed to play more to the volunteer than the audience.


134.  SHAWN FARQUHAR
Card Magic 
Canada
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

Grand Prix Close-Up, FISM 2009
1st Card Magic, FISM 2009
FISM 2006 – 2nd Place Micro Magic.
FISM 2006 - 2nd Place Parlour Magic with the same as Card Magic, FISM 2009
FISM 2003 – Tie for 2nd Place Micro Magic with Nicholas Einhorn

A smoothly presented card routine performed to “Shape of my Heart”, by Sting. Before the music starts, a brand new deck of cards - sealed in plastic - is opened. Performer goes to place cards into volunteer’s hands, but the deck has re-sealed itself. Shawn re-opens deck and volunteer shuffles the cards. Shawn shows cards and shuffles them. Volunteer chooses a card - 10H - and signs it. Shawn sits at a table and the music starts, showing the signed card, then proceeds to lose and relocate the card to the lyrics of the song - cutting, shuffling and fanning cards, showing the Aces and court cards with a faded King. When the song ends, Shawn goes to give volunteer her signed card, but the deck is resealed. It is inspected, reopened and the cards placed into the volunteer’s hands in new deck order, the faded King is located in its proper new deck order position - as is the volunteer’s signed card. Beautifully executed routine. Very well rehearsed.


135.  VITTORIO BELLONI
Micro Magic
Italy
Sponsor: Club Magico Italiano - Domenico Dante

2nd Micro Magic, FISM 2009

Shows the four aces. Spreads cards on the table and leaves them spread. Shows coins and places them in a purse. Opens the purse to reveal the four aces. The coins end up under the spread deck of cards. Four coins go into the purse that is set alight - the fire burns the purse invisible, except for the metal frame/clasp. Vittorio pulls out invisible coins - uses four invisible coins and the four ace cards to do a matrix routine. The coins become visible during the routine. Four coins to one corner - click of the fingers and their back each under a card. He then makes the routine ‘more difficult‘, by doing the matrix routine with transparent cards. Then does it again with Chinese coins, then produces a large coin. Four cards over four coins, each vanishing. He takes a pair of scissors and cuts a card into four pieces, vanishing them one by one, but turns the last small card into a large card, which turns transparent along with the rest of the deck. He had a lot of energy and the crowd loved him.


136.  ALEXANDER POPOV
Card Magic
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

Competed FISM 2006 with a similar act.

Disqualified for being below FISM level. Volunteer checks a deck of cards and the packet. Volunteer selects a card and performer puts it back in the deck. Alexander manipulates the cards with difficulty… and mumbles constantly, completely confusing the volunteer and the audience. I couldn’t tell if this was a similar act to his 2006 performance at FISM, or not. He was at least fun to watch when he competed in 2006.


137.  MARC OBERON
Micro Magic
Great Britain
Sponsor: Magic Circle London - Jack Delvin

1st Parlour Magic, FISM 2009
Competed FISM 2006 with a similar act.

Marc asks various audience members to name cards. He skilfully finds each one in various ways, including making a selected card rise from his pocket. Extremely clever. He then changes a card into gold and goes into a routine themed on gold, human nature and myth throughout history - producing a gold sphere, an Oscar trophy, an apple from the Garden of Eden - depicting sin, which turns to gold; a flat looking white rose, turns to a red rose, then to a 3D looking gold rose; produces a golden egg from a paper origami swan, which also turns to gold; Osiris’ feather turns to gold. He then blows a gold coin into existence, vanishes it, produces it again, then does a transference of it from hand to hand - then a ‘coins across’ using three coins from hand to hand. The three coins turn into a golden key, then to a large key. Then Marc produces a huge key to finish. Interesting routine, but the handling of loads looked a little awkward at times. His lovely English voice was very clear and measured; his fine use of pauses and intonation enriched his tales.


138.  KATSUYA MASUDA
Micro Magic 
Japan
Sponsor: JCMA Japanese Close-Up Magicians Association - Tashiro Shigeru

Katsuya begins his routine with a ball in a cube that lights up, then goes out. He twists the cube and the ball turns to metal. Volunteer holds one card and selects a card from the deck in Katsuya’s hand. He puts the selected card into his pocket. The card that the volunteer is holding is the 9D… the card in Katsuya’s pocket is revealed to be the 9D, as well. Katsuya punctures the card - threads a feather through the hole, which is then revealed to be sealed. He has the volunteer check that the card is back to normal. Volunteer selects a card, signs it - returns to the deck. Puts a card in the deck that is not the volunteer’s, but Katsuya uses a wand to visually change a different card to the chosen card, while it is protruding from the deck. I believe all three tricks will undoubtedly soon be available in your favourite magic shop.


139.  KIKO PASTUR
Card Magic
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo - Armando Gomez Bernardo

FISM 2006 – 3rd place in Cards, with a different act.

The theme to this act is to imagine a world with no time, only images.  Four aces are used. Volunteer selects a random card - 10H. Performer changes some of the cards to be the tens. Tells his story with cards, changing the four aces to four tens, then to four Queens… describing them as images - memories, dreams. He turns cards back to the aces. Volunteer chooses the AH, then chooses the AS. He shuffles the Aces, finds the AH and the rest of the suit - donning a blindfold from the 5H onwards, finding the cards by ‘feel’. He ends the routine with all the Hearts and Spades in order.


124.  MAGIC JULIAN
Micro Magic 
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo - Armando Gomez Bernardo

This performer’s props were damaged in transit. He tries to perform his routine, but his prop fails him. A shame, because it looks interesting. Coins and cards, appearing, disappearing and travelling… but the effect is ruined by the damaged apparatus/prop.

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