64 entries categorized "FISM 2009"

FISM is the place to be...

Looking at the bright side of FISM, many who were there will remember Topas' fantastic FISM anthem "Our FISM".


By special arrangement with the maestro himself, we are holding a music video competition! (You can either have a prize, or acclaim from your peers, not both).

Here is the music file, with Topas' full permission. Download Fism v1 mp3  

So sit down at Movie Maker or iMovie, gather your FISM photos or videos, create your own visual tribute to FISM 2009 and email me the link at tim@magicunlimited.com and I'll put it up here for all to enjoy.

Here is a clip I put together to start the ball rolling, enjoy!


THE LYRICS
Written & performed by Topas

All of us began with hardships,
Some had girlfriends, we had card tricks.
We thought pom-poms were just great,
While our friends were getting laid...

One thing is indeed quite tragic
Many people do hate magic
But in here we feel alright
Watching coin routines all night
Here we love magic’s tradition
And we hate the mask magician
From day one my faith was strong
It is here where I belong

(Chorus 1)
FISM is the place to be
Geeks and Pros are running free
It is where magicians mingle
And the Linking Rings will jingle

There are many acts to see
Cards are palmed extensively
It’s where fooling feels so nice
Cheating is like paradise
So for strange men such as we
FISM is the place to be.

FISM is the world convention
Look at magic’s true dimension
Spanish come, and Portuguese,
This time even more Chinese.

The most famous magic guys
Never won a FISM prize
Outside this convention hall,
Few of us are known at all.
But we're known internally,
So for guys like you and me

(Chorus 2)
FISM is the place to be
Geeks and Pros are running free
All the dealers sell the same
Never mind from where they came

Only here on every card your contact number,
Only here a magic sticker on your bumper,
Only here no one uses cards to play,
And no one thinks that scarves are gay.

Only here himber wallets don’t need leather
Only here snowstorms don’t rely on weather
Only here a zombie is a trick
Not on death, but on a stick
On a stick......

(Chorus 3)
FISM is the place to be
Geeks and pros are running free
When we need we’re dressing formal
Only here we’re feeling normal
So much cre - a - tivity
Came from this fraternity
FISM’s best for acts to start
And to celebrate the art
So I’m sure we all agree……..
FISM is the place……to be
To be!
To be!
To be!
FISM for E-TERN-I-TY!


 

PS: Hanky Panky

Before I go, I should address one last thing about FISM.

There were a lot of people at FISM saying the 'Magic Baseball Cap' given to every registrant by Hanky Panky Magic of Thailand was a rip-off or the 'Change Cap' by Creative Magic.

I have been informed by several sources that the Hanky Panky 'Magic Baseball Cap' was created and patented in 2004. A few years after that, Creative Magic launched their 'Change Cap'.

Just for the record.


FISM 2009 - Final Scores

These are supposed to be posted first on the FISM website, but for some reason they have appeared on a South Korean website called 'Hello Magic', so I assume someone at FISM has decided to release them.


Here are the scores of all acts at FISM 2009

FISM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC 2009
Special Awards and Total scores of all contestants

SPECIAL CONTEST AWARDS
Creativity & Artistic Vision Jim Steinmeyer (USA)
History, Research & ScholarshipBill Kalush (USA)
Theory & Philosophy Juan Tamariz (Spain)

FISM World Championships of Magic
GRAND PRIX STAGE MAGIC 2009: SOMA - Hungary
GRAND PRIX CLOSE-UP MAGIC 2009:SHAWN FARQUHAR - Canada
MOST ORIGINAL ACT:Charming Choi - Republic of Korea  
INVENTION:Jorge Luengo - Spain

General Magic
Soma Hungary 81(1st Prize + GRAND PRIX STAGE MAGIC 2009)
Ma Yanyan China 72 (2nd Prize)
Siebensinn Austria 71 (3rd Prize)
Xavier Tapias Spain 70
Qu Lei China 69
Sergey Yanpolskiy Russian Federation 68
Latko Argentina 67
Mayuko Japan 63
Jae Hoon Lim Republic of Korea 63  
Ernesto Italy 62
Duo Kybalion Spain 61
Red Hat Republic of Korea 60 
Liao Xiaorun China 60
Jeff Lee Taiwan 60
Andost USA 60
Artyom Shchukin Russian Federation 58
Avon Lee Hong Kong 56
The Tramp Switzerland 55
PJ Wen Taiwan 55
Jiang Qiwei China 55
Naka Kyosuke Japan 55
Kenneth Chan Hong Kong 54
Akua Shin Japan 53
Leriko Russian Federation 52
Martino Greece 50

Manipulation
Yo Kato Japan 80 (1st Prize tie)
Han Seol-Hui Republic of Korea 80
(1st Prize tie)
Sebastian Nicolas Germany 78 
(2ndPrize)
An Ha Lim Republic of Korea 77  
(3rd Prize)
Hyun-Joon Kim Republic of Korea 74 
Jordan Gomez France 70
Liu Mingya China 70
Maia Jiang China 69
Liu Zihao China 63
Dion The Netherlands 63
Zhang Chao China 61
Hugues Protat France 58
Alan Taiwan 55
Serge Fergini Russian Federation 51
Masahiko Matsuda Japan 51

Stage Illusions
Julius Frack Germany 80 (1st Prize)
Magic Sky Group China 72 (2nd Prize)
Bo Wen China 59
JeiMin Republic of Korea 55 
Wang Qimo China 54

Mental Magic
Nicolai Friedrich Germany 70 (2nd Prize, tie)
Rob & Emiel The Netherlands 70 (2nd Prize, tie)
Tony Montana Argentina 67(3rd Prize)
Jorge Luengo Spain 63 (Invention)

Comedy Magic
Brynolf & Ljung Sweden 72(2nd Prize)
Cheffmagic Denmark 67 (3rd Prize)
Roman Burenkov Russian Federation 52

Card magic
Shawn Farquhar Canada 81(1st Prize + GRAND PRIX CLOSE-UP MAGIC 2009)
Kristian Nivala Finland 77(2nd Prize)
Olmac France 76 (3rd Prize)
Min Hyung Kim- Republic of Korea 68 
Ryu Hyun Min - Republic of Korea 66 
Dai Hewga Japan 65
Giacomo de Carlo Italy 62
Christian Bierbrauer Germany 62
Sho Arai Japan 59
Martin Lübcke Germany 58
Kif China-Hong Kong 57
Lv Siyuan China 55
Ramon Rioboo Spain 53
Sito Qirong China 52

Micro Magic
Vittorio Belloni Italy 73(2nd Prize)
Simon Coronel Australia 72(3rd Prize, tie)
Johan Ståhl Sweden 72 (3rd Prize, tie)
Mago Bruno Peru 70
Jaque Spain 69
Satoru Japan 65
Daly Tang Hong Kong 64
Shota Japan 62
Rune Norway 56
Shunya Okuno Japan 55
Katsuya Matsuda Japan 53

Parlour Magic
Marc Oberon England 81 (1st Prize)
Charlie Caper Sweden 75 (2nd Prize)
Latko Argentina 73 (3rd Prize)
Charming Choi Republic of Korea 71 (Most Original Act) 
Shohei Komoriya Japan 67
Yves Doumergue France 65
Jeremy Pei Singapore 63
Mago Larry Argentina 55
Rod Chow Canada 53


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.

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

STAGE COMPETITION

Day 1



1.  MAYUKO
General Magic
Japan
Sponsor: Society of Japanese Magicians - Junichiro Sejima

Alice in Wonderland theme. Nice routine, clean moves and easy to watch. School girl in tartan skirt, shirt and blazer with a plush toy white rabbit. Takes a white tea cup and pours tea from a tea pot into the cup, tips the cup upside-down and a white ball drops into her hand. Vanishes the ball - reappears between her hands. White ball production in a relaxed, measured and fluid fashion. One ball to four instantly as she turns around, then one ball to four in full view. One ball in each hand to 8 balls instantly. She turns to take off school coat - as the coat drops, instant costume change to blue Alice style dress with white apron. She looks into a silver hand mirror and pulls cards from it. Card production with single cards and card fans. Pulls a pink silk from the mirror and produces a card from the silk - silk is draped over card to produce a card fan - then two card fans. Card fan production and manipulation, proving all single cards. Pink silk over hand to produce a large card appearance - then a large card fan - then two card fans (real cards). One card fan vanishes the other, then she vanishes the last one. Again, producing large cards - two large card fans, then multiplying cards between all fingers on both hands three times over. Pink cell phone rings, she answers, then goes behind white curtain for a quick costume change back into her school uniform. Picks up the white rabbit and waves its paw goodbye.


2.  ERNESTO
General Magic
Italy
Sponsor: Club Magico Italiano - Domenico Dante

Neat dark gray suit. Latin style music. Energetic. Pulls out a four-colour silk with green, yellow, blue and red squares - and from it makes seven coloured umbrellas appear. Continues with a coloured umbrella production. Takes a red silk and produces more umbrellas. Then from the red silk, four red umbrellas and dances to the Latin beat for a while with his umbrellas. Change of music - ‘music box’ style. Pulls out a smaller yellow silk and produces a small yellow umbrella. Music change to Latin beat again - pulls out another large four-colour silk again. which changes to four separate coloured silks all tied together, then changes to an umbrella that he spins upside down on his hand sending out sprays of green confetti up into the air. More confetti from his hands produces another umbrella with red confetti. From colour umbrella to more colour umbrellas to multi-colour umbrellas with silks attached to the outer prongs. He lights up the umbrella stick like a sparkler. Produces yet more umbrellas - to three multi-colour umbrellas - to six multi colour umbrellas. From one set of three umbrellas locked together, he produces a large multi-colour umbrella with silks hanging from the outer prongs - then two large umbrellas with silks. No, I didn’t repeat myself - he finishes the act with umbrellas strewn everywhere! This act was the first of many that gave this FISM the reputation: ‘Mess is More’.


3.  JAE HOON LIM
General Magic
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Korean Magic Society - Eun-Sun Chung

Winner of 2008 FISM Asia

Black outfit - white cravat. White silk flies around stage. On it’s return, it turns into a dove. A cane lights up with fire at the tip, which turns into a dove. Takes off white cravat with a black silk sheath in the other hand. Cravat to dove, then from black silk slowly produces another dove. Blows up a blue balloon. He bursts the blue balloon, leaving a fully blown white balloon in its place. At the same time, the burst blue balloon produced a blue dove… and in his other hand the white balloon shrank to produce a white dove. Took ‘egg’ from a dove and did white multiplying balls - then coloured multiplying balls. Colour silk - instant change back to colour balls and ball production, then confetti. Placed balls into slim medium sized paper screen box (black with a dove picture in white) and from it produces a dove. Then produces fake dove, to real dove, then two silks to multi-colour silks from each hand and produces a dove form each one of them. One dove turns to confetti. Different coloured doves in cage - cage falls apart, but doves all change into one long multi-colour silk that flies away into the stage wing. Timing was a bit off throughout the act, but had a couple of visually interesting dove productions.


4.   LIU MINGYA
Manipulation
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Pigeon sounds in the darkness with Chinese style music. Curtains open. Traditional style modern clothing. Performs warrior moves with a sword on fire. Dove appears from the fire and flies back to its cage, which looked great. A balloon sits propped at the front of the stage. Liu jabs the balloon with his sword and upon bursting it, a dove appears, which also looked good. Red silk produces red candle. Lights candle - vanish it with silk. Produces an egg and breaks it into a brandy glass. Red silk produces cards - full 360 degree fans in both hands, then card and card fan productions. Card fan to glitter flowers. Produces another egg - breaks it into glass. Paper flash, fire into real egg -  production and manipulation of three eggs - fourth egg from a black cloth with a picture of a chicken, which he breaks into the glass. More one-handed egg manipulation (drops one and it breaks, but replaces it with a spare) - then breaks all three into the glass to show they are real. Produces another egg from the air, breaks into glass. Takes a silver glitter cloth and does a quick fake dove zombie, which turns into a real dove. Produces a cage from the silver cloth. Then produces streamers form his hand and a very large green flag, waving it over the dove cage - cage falls apart and doves vanish. Then all the doves fly back to him from the stage wings, landing on performer and the outstretched flag pole. This was popular with the audience. The live dove work in this act was effective.


5.  ARTYOM SHCHUKIN
General Magic
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

Very short act. Neat black tails and white cravat. Cravat to cane, then produces a dove. Takes off black gloves, produces a dove which drops an ‘egg’ - vanish - then two eggs appear - ball manipulation. From a white and red silk comes two doves - white and red. From red dove to red silk to red plume to cascade of streamers to cards. Cards into a card fan which diminishes, then vanishes. Card fan productions and vanishes. Card fan manipulation. Card productions from hands. Four birds in cage - vanish to confetti under a shiny silver cloth. This was the start of many, many card - card fan - confetti production acts.


6.  CHEFFMAGIC
General Magic
Denmark
Sponsor: Magisk Cirkel Danmark - Bo Thomsen

3rd Comedy Magic, FISM 2009 (recategorised by Jury)

Light comedy/waiter routine. Chef in long white chef outfit. Extensive use of sound effects. Cracks his back and produces a wooden spoon from in front of his apron. Puts spoon in cooking pot on stove and it stirs by itself. Chef opens cook book - it catches fire. Drinks from Pepsi bottle and it floats between his hands - then straw and cup routine, straw goes through bottom of cup, business with cup and straw. Floating glass as liquid is poured into it. From a raw chicken he produces an egg - then egg production - eggs into pot. Squashes an egg on his forehead. Stretches the splattered egg and blows it into a balloon, bursts it with a knife and produces a mechanical comical toy chicken. Wooden spoon through head, then makes herbs grow in a pot next to stove. Farts - flash of fire from bottom, then walks behind set (pantry) for a costume change to waiter. Tastes food in pot with a metal spoon. Wipes spoon with white silk hanky, then produces from the silk, a candle holder and a candle. Wine into glass. Takes empty glass, waves silk, glass full of wine. Matches, lights candle. Fly buzzes, then falls into soup. Catches fly, squashes it into a card fan. Dunks cards, like crackers into the soup and eats them. Comedy card production with sound effects - gun sounds - card production - card to ball - manipulation with one ball to more sound effects. One ball to four - to eight instantly. Another fly - squashes it in to a larger card fan - more card productions, then produces a sign ‘The End’ and shoots a flash from his finger tip. Hmmm… slapstick comedy with a mediocre effect on the audience.


7.  JORGE LUENGO
Mental Magic
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo - Joaquin Rodriguez Flores

Award for Invention, FISM 2009

Now, this effect/invention is clever! Crushes paper and throws into audience for a random volunteer. After paper is thrown to third person - if they speak English - is the volunteer. Volunteer told to stare into Jorge’s eyes. Volunteer told to close eyes. Jorge gets three numbers written down by three audience members. He adds them up and writes on a small board, then asks volunteer to show his small whiteboard to audience and told to concentrate - volunteer has to write the number on a board of his own. But volunteer could not speak English, so starts to speak in his own language into the microphone. I found out later that the volunteer said he was so sorry that he could not speak English. SO… another volunteer ran up on stage to take over where the last one left off. Time was ticking. He looked at Jorge and concentrated, then wrote a number on his whiteboard. The number revealed was 1743... the same as Jorge had written on his whiteboard. But the volunteer also wrote ‘PARIS’. Jorge revealed that inside his coat pocket was an air ticket to Paris. He opened the ticket so we could see the word ‘PARIS’ written on the back. Then, Jorge took out a little bag from his coat and asked the volunteer what was inside the bag. The volunteer responded, ‘coin‘. Jorge revealed that inside the bag was a present from his grandfather… which was a coin. It would have been more amazing if the coin was from Paris, dated 1743.


8.  JEFF LEE
General Magic
Chinese Taipei
Sponsor: Black Hat magic Association - Kai-Fu Wang

Lighting problem at first. Interesting use of media. On a small screen, white light turns into a compact disc. Jeff reaches into the screen and pulls it out - changes to a triangle - to square - and back to CD, then colour disc production. Drops six colour discs into screen (three on top row - three on bottom row). He touches each disc and they light up to different musical sounds. He morphs them into one white disc again, which moves towards him and drops out of the screen. Jeff picks it up and changes it into a ‘smiley face’ disc. Another smiley face appears on screen - a girl - he puts his disc onto the screen, they move close to each other and fall in love. He pulls out a yellow disc, stretches it, a red light appears on it, he spins it - it floats. He produces a red silk and CD case. Disc appears in CD case - CD turns red in case. He takes it out, but part of the disc is missing. The part of the disc that’s missing appears on the screen, which he takes to fix the CD. Multiplying disc production and manipulation. Some screen work with the disc, then large disc appears, he takes it off screen, makes it a small disc - into large card reading, ‘The End’ on the screen..


9.  MARTINO
General Magic
Greece
Sponsor: Academy of Magicians of Greece - Gousis Christoforos

Smoke as curtains open. 19th Century outfit. Top hat, tails, white cravat and black cloak with purple satin lining. Fire in hands production and manipulation - to fire sticks and vanish. Takes off cravat, cloak and gloves. Takes out wallet - fire - then large coin from wallet. Large coin production into hat - more coins - coin fan in fingers. Coin vanish to smoke and appearance (but timing was a little off). More coins - manipulation into hat. Newspaper from coat. Torn and restored newspaper - with piece missing that dropped to the floor earlier. Closes newspaper, missing piece was pressed into paper with smoke and fully restored. Huge fake coin from newspaper - large coin production (bit fiddly). Silk from coat pocket into cane and glitter fell from ceiling.


10.  HUGHES PROTAT
Manipulation
France
Sponsor: Federation Francaise des Artistes Prestidigitateurs - Peter Din

A crazy character dressed in black - curly boots like a jester - baggy pants like a genie, circus-like coat, a hat like Fagan from ‘Oliver Twist’ with a yellow plume in it - eyes wide open and mouth constantly talking (in silence). Fire to coin and into a black tin on a table - coin production into black tin - then sudden glitter from hands revealing a stash of cash. Takes a string and lights it - flashes into a chain of gold medals. then gold medal chain production - throws it all into an old black bag or leaves it on the floor. Takes an old brown scroll, unrolls it - rolls up again to produce more cash and plenty of glitter confetti. Shows hands empty - change in music to a heartbeat type sound - produces a coin which vanishes - then produces it again to the beat. Music beats up to coin production and manipulation. Last coin changes to yellow silk that he puts in his top coat pocket. More coin productions - coins into bucket, then cash production - vanishes to yellow silk that went missing from his pocket - puts it back into top pocket. Produce coins - fire flash to vanish more coins - throws coins into the air and catches them in one hand - repeats this over and over until coins turn to a stash of cash - then more coins and manipulation - another coin medal, then a big display of gold and silver glitter confetti shooting into the air. He picks up his hat (next to black tin) to leave, when lots of cash falls out over the stage.


11.  SAMI MATOSHI
General Magic
Albania
Sponsor: Artistic Society Hypnoses - Sami Matoshi

Cancelled due to health issues.


12.  ZHANG CHAO
Manipulation
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Act opens on an interesting scene. Two bamboo arrangements beside a temple prop. Traditional music. UV lights up an old traditional man with long white hair and a long white beard, dressed in white traditional Chinese robes. Produces fire in hands to white confetti. Produces cash, then two cash fans. Produces a big white flag - waves it over himself - costume change to more modern black patterned Chinese clothes. Confetti to green silk and wipes his front to produce a green tie already in place. Cash production and manipulation of cash with fingers. More cash - balanced on arm, then 360 degree cash fans, tosses into the air (like confetti). Now modern music. Green silk to red silk - produces sun glasses. Red silk changes tie to red. Produces red card fan with white confetti. Produces money from fan - vanish card fan. Produces cash - cash manipulation with lots of confetti. Takes off sunglasses - puts in pocket. Magically draws money from the ground up towards himself.


13.  HYUN-JOON KIM
Manipulation
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Korean Magic Society - Eun-Sun Chung

Hat on small table. Black outfit. Produces card fan - then single cards and card fan production - then colour cards, then normal cards again and 360 degree card fans. Tosses into the air. More cards and confetti - some make it into his hat. Then card fountain from hat. Produces card in his hand, then a white ball - back to card - then ball again which vanishes in a white flash. White ball to colour ball - to four colour ball routine. Ball to confetti. From the confetti, he pulls a white ball - to red ball - red and white ball production, then two white balls to four, then ball manipulation. Balls into hat. Ball to card - to red card with confetti to green card - to yellow card - vanish. Card appearance to white glove.


14.  LATKO
General Magic
Argentina
Sponsor: Entidad Magica Argentina - Ray Francas

Competed FISM 2006 with a similar act.

Something different. I like acts that you can remember, like this one. Smoke and sound effects in the dark of a motor accident. Lights come up on the scene of a motorbike accident. The biker, in full biker outfit, is upset - his motor bike has been smashed to pieces. Takes off his gloves and strikes a match on his shoes. When he sees two flames in his hands, he gets an idea - with fire, he will restore his bike. Appearing canes (and additions) become the handle bars. Produces the gears from fire. Fire sticks make spokes for the front wheel, puts wheel back on his bike. Produces bike indicators. Lights the back wheel on fire, which fully restores its spokes and he attaches it to the back of the bike. Produces two side bike lights from fire flashes - picks up main front light and makes it shine, levitates it and it flies over to the bike, attaching itself in position to the bike. Produces a large bike flag - waves it over the bike and the paint job restores. He picks up front bike shield and covers his face for a second, revealing helmet fully in place on his head. Gets on the bike - blackout - bike lights come up and bike moves forward. Stage lights come back up and Latko jumps off bike to take a bow. Great lateral thinking and use of magic by Latko.


15.  SERGE FERGINI
Manipulation
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

Black suit. Two false starts due to his music starting too soon. Shows empty hand - closes it - then a lot of open and closing of hands before he finally produces a red ball. His hands moved like quick spider legs - or fast moving crabs to his jazz music, doing ball manipulation - then cards - and back and forth from balls to cards. Much of his performance was done with his back to the audience, stumbling through his movements. Then he just walks off stage with his fingers manipulating a red ball. Hmmm… weird.


16.  BO WEN
Stage Illusions
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Huge painted tree backdrop, wooden hut prop and palms in pots. Traditional Chinese music. Five beautiful girls in wonderfully colourful Chinese costumes. Bo walks on in traditional costume, playing a flute. This looks to be a promising act until Bo draws an image of a large goldfish on a drawing board and pulls it off the page - a real one - on a hook - and puts it in a bowl of water looking a little worse for wear (it’s still alive). He covers a small water tank, then reveals smaller live goldfish. He covers it again with the shiny cloth, carries it forward and vanishes the tank with water and fish. He takes a large shiny, rusty colour cloth and drags the first large goldfish with hook out of the bowl and puts it into a larger fish tank. He covers the tank, then uncovers it to reveal a girl in the water. She gets out while the other girls wave about some wooden water buckets, splashing water, then tipping them upside down to throw confetti everywhere. Bo gets chained up to bamboo restraints and gets into the largest tank - lid on and covers with a cloth. He’s shown trying to escape - then covered again. Pretty girls dancing and posing. Then cloth is lifted to show Bo has vanished. Cloth covers tank again, then lifted to reveal two crocodiles (fake ones). Bo appears at the back of the theatre - all wet and serenely walks towards the stage playing the flute. Girls dance gently. Bo gestures and the cloth covers the tank - then comes off to reveal crocs have turned into two girls wearing goggles in the tank…. and leaves them there… in the water. I was concerned about their oxygen.



DAY 2



17.  WANG QIMO
Stage Illusions
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

This was a totally weird act that went nowhere. Back screen projects a picture of the universe. Wang appears on screen, walking in the universe, then ‘jumps off screen’ and is lowered to the stage from top the rafters. Wang meekly walks forward, with his shoulders slightly hunched, and does the lean. He gestures to the screen and the scene changes to a cartoon picture of a bridge over water with cars driving on it. He tries to do something, like sit on air - but it didn’t work. Then we wait while he gestures about the stage and at the screen. We finally figure out that he’s trying to hitchhike. He makes a car on the animated screen stop with his ‘magical powers’ (with a click of his fingers) and ‘pulls it off screen‘ (the car just drives onto the stage). Wang offers money to the driver, but the driver refuses to give Wang a lift and drives back off the stage. Wang brings a helicopter from the screen to the stage. A lady gets out and gives him a lift, so they climb into the very big toy-like helicopter and it takes off and ‘flies into the screen‘. Wang comes back from the audience to the stage, waving and slouching as he did throughout the performance. His white satin shirt hadn’t been ironed. He climbs the stairs back onto the stage to a small burst of glitter confetti from the wing. Big ideas that don’t deliver.


18.  SIEBENSINN
General Magic
Germany
Sponsor: Magic Ring Austria - Rudolf Heuer

3rd General Magic, FISM 2009

A lot of thought went into this act. This performance was a story about mastering your own ‘puzzle of life’. The performer does this by firstly telling the spooky story of Fletcher Robinson - implying he was the real author of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. He told the story of the way he died… and the way Arthur Conan Doyle - referred to as Arty - died. He starts with a wine glass smashing in his hands, then shows his fob watch, which vanishes as we go back in time to 1896. He uses a cloth to produce another wine glass that fills with liquid of its own accord. As he talks, smoke fills his hand, a picture of Fletcher Robinson is taken from its frame, crushed, but returns back in the frame. He takes out the picture again and burns it up, but it returns and cracks. His next story is about life and love, being poetic - the puzzle of life. Shows a wooden puzzle in a frame. He takes away the frame and rearranges the puzzle in a different order, then adds a couple of extra pieces, but it all goes back together - again in a different order, but still fits within the original frame. All costuming and props were properly themed for the act.


19.  ROMAN BURENKOV
Comedy Magic 
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

An exceptionally neat and tidy chef in a gold, shiny outfit who dons an apron dotted with fruit pictures, and a chef hat lined with hearts. The performer’s stage skills were very good, but this was a children’s act with elementary magic. Cracks an egg into a glass. Shows a cookery magazine, folds it and throws in the egg, lights it, opens the magazine and shows a rubber fried egg. He takes out an apple from a paper bag before doing a vanishing bottle trick. Takes a red silk, polishes a tea pot, puts part of the red cloth in the pot, pours water in the pot, lights a fire under the pot to boil the water and then pours the now red liquid into a glass. He takes out the silk, which is now half red and half white (because the dye ran out into the water), then proceeds to do a dove pan cooking routine that ends up producing a string of rubber bagels.


20.  TROND HAGEN
Manipulation
Norway
Sponsor: Magic Circle of Norway - Henning Warloe

Disqualified for performing at a level way below FISM standard.


21.  Rescheduled to perform on Day 4


22.  JIANG QIWEI
General Magic
China-Macau
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

This was a colourful, but awfully unrehearsed act lacking any sense of magic. Lady in a dress, holding a basket. Takes red head band silk and changes it to a flower for her hair. Pulls feather flowers out of her sleeve. Takes earrings, turning them to paper flowers and confetti. Plucks a couple of leaves off prop plant, turning them to flowers. Did some sort of paddle move with a leaf, then pulls out a vase full of paper flowers from the plant. Takes a mirror, brushes her hair and tries to pull out paper flowers from the back of her neck, fumbling. Mirror to paper flowers and throws them in the air with confetti. Cuts out a paper butterfly, stands awkwardly close to her fence prop so lots of paper butterflies could fly into the air. Pulls out a big yellow flower from her dress. Plucks yellow flowers from plant, so new red ones could ‘miraculously’ bloom. Reaches for her basket and tips it towards her so lots of paper flowers spring forward like a flower fountain. She then does a really slow costume change behind a large cloth that also strangely changes its pattern, then reveals her new outfit and a new tree. Produces flowers for her ears and lets go of a few wind-up paper butterflies.


23.  TONY MONTANA
Mental Magic 
Argentina
Sponsor: Red de Magos Solidarios - Jose Luis Bory

3rd Mental Magic, FISM 2009

Two volunteers, pre-selected by jury, each had to wear a sign - their names and favourite number. “Ellis 22” and “Eric 6”. Ellis drops a magazine on the floor to a random page advertising a watch. Eric opens the prediction to show the selected page. The volunteers are given two sets of three different large photos of the performer in different poses. All the photos are put into envelopes and sealed. Each volunteer shuffles their set of three envelopes - and each volunteer is told to drop two envelopes, of their choice, to the floor, leaving Ellis and Eric with one envelope each. They open their envelopes and they are the same images of the performer with a cigar in his mouth. Then a prediction in a glass tube reveals a message “Thanks to Eelis 22 and Eric 6”. It would have been even better if “Ellis” was spelled correctly.


24.  THE TRAMP
General Magic
Switzerland
Sponsor: MRS Magische Ring Schweiz - Sven Bolliger

Competed FISM 2000 with a similar act.

An potentially effective piece. Bit slow to start. Backdrop of city landscape. Sound effects of birds and cars. Fog. Tramp lies on a park bench near a light pole and a bin full of rubbish. Tramp wakes up, sits up, pulls out a string, lights it - flame to watch. Pours a drink from his thermos, levitating his cup. Puts tobacco in his mouth, then small paper, spits out a cigarette and lights it, coughs and stubs it out. He finds one bill in his old bag, then shakes his bag to reveal a load of bills filling it up and falling out. Picks out a banana skin and black tape from the bin before picking out bits of newspaper - restores it, showing pieces stuck together by black tape. Picks out a beer bottle, opens it with his teeth, nothing in it so he rolls up paper and crushes the bottle. Takes light bulb from lamp, bulb lights up in his hand. Zombie light bulb… then he had technical problems and couldn’t finish the act.


25.  AVON LEE
General Magic
China-Hong Kong
Sponsor: Magicians Association of Hong Kong - Albert Tam

A clone of Eun Gyeol Lee, but his timing was off through most of his act. Upbeat music. Flame to silk to fire sticks - produces dove, but dove flew away into the rafters. White rose to confetti, flash to dove, white silk to candle (drops one), then two candles and dove. White ball, then small magnifying glass to large magnifying glass that he uses to heat up the ‘egg’ to explode into a bigger egg with a dove inside. Cane to fire string, confetti to steel ring set alight to produce a dove. Yellow silk to yellow dove to yellow confetti. Sets cage on fire and doves disappears. Produces a couple of bird cages from a burst of smoke, then a dove.


26.  YO KATO
Manipulation
Japan
Sponsor: Junichiro Sejima, Juno Kim, Pairuch Trarasansombat

Equal 1st Manipulation, FISM 2009  -  with Han Seol - Hui

Smart shiny black suit, red tie and wand. Skilful and relaxed performance, nice to watch. Colour changing wands - manipulation and juggling. Wand to streamer. White thimble routine with wand tips - manipulation. Colour changing thimbles red/green… and thimbles and wands. Then elegant colour changing thimble routine, then colour changing wands again - productions and manipulation. White silk to tie. He received a standing ovation.


27.  LIAO XIAORUN
General Magic 
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Traditional colourful warrior outfit on an elegant lady - purple with red cape. Bow weapon and multiplying arrows. Produces a sword and a shield, then did a mask changing act. Produces a flag and does an awkward costume change behind a screen to a yellow and green elegant dress. Feather flowers from head dress. Trouble with loads. Mirror and comb from silk. Combs hair, throws out flowers. Takes a red fan - colour change. Produces flowers and puts them on her shoes. Red card production, including a tassel for her dress, then more cards and card flinging, changing the set design through her act. Yellow to red flower, produces lanterns with obvious loading. Another costume change to red outfit with head dress and umbrella.


28.  NICOLAI FRIEDRICH
Mental Magic 
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

Equal  2nd Mental Magic, FISM 2009  -  with Rob & Emiel
Competed FISM 2006 with a different act.
3rd Place Mental Magic FISM 2000 with a different act.

Talks about how photography captures and holds living memories. Images hold emotional value. A lady volunteer has a picture with personal meaning - of a loved one. Photo is placed in an envelope and mixed with other envelopes. Another volunteer shuffles the envelopes again and gets audience members to pick an envelope. They are told to stand and hide the envelopes behind their backs. Lady writes what the picture is about on paper, folds paper and is asked to concentrate on what she wrote. Nicolai describes the look of the person, names them and tries to ‘channel’ their date of birth and mentions they were creative with origami. This was a clever effect, however Nicolai exposes his ‘channelling’ technique. He then tells the standing audience members, one by one, to tear up their envelope, leaving two audience members standing. Lady volunteer gets the last choice in which of the envelopes to keep safe. The envelope she chose was the right one and the picture survived.


29. JEIMIN
Stage Illusions
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

An act with a bit of abuse thrown in to spice it up. White Elvis Presley style outfit. A cage illusion is brought on stage and a cheeky cartoon girl with a mask appears from it. JeiMin hits her over the head and she leaves the stage. Another girl appears in the cage. She is ‘normal’ and pleasing to the eye, so was spared a slap to the head. JeiMin does a floating guitar illusion. He puts on a plastic Elvis wig and gyrates to ‘Twist Again‘, by Chubby Checker. Cartoon girl comes on to dance with him, but JeiMin hits her over the head again - she exits. Pretty girl enters with a guitar. They dance. Girl leans on the guitar. JeiMin hits her in the head with his wig to ‘put her to sleep’ and does a levitation with her on the guitar. More dancing and gyrating. A large flimsy cage is brought on and covered with a pink cloth. A box appears inside the cage and out comes the cartoon girl again. JeiMin hypnotises her to take off her mask, but the girl is revealed to be a man. Cartoon girl puts her mask back on. Another large flimsy cage is brought on. Cartoon girl gets into the cage, the door is closed and opened. Cartoon girl gets out again, but when the mask is taken off, it is revealed to be the girl in the costume. He levitates her without any props - just himself, the girl and the stage. I’d slap JeiMin in the head, if he dared to slap me like that!


30.  ALAN
Manipulation
Chinese Taipei
Sponsor: Society of Japanese Magicians - Junichiro Sejima

Cards, confetti, fans and silks were produced and manipulated in a red and white colour theme - along with the prop table and clothing trim. As these items were produced and manipulated, they slowly all turned to blue and white - along with the prop table, costume and table set. The act ends with a blue and red theme. Blue and red confetti to end performance. Obvious loads.


31.  BERK ERATAY
Mental Magic
Turkey
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

Winner of Turkey’s version of ‘Phenomenon – The Next Uri Geller’

A ‘freak’ from the forest, chained and clothed in a white restraint type suit, is brought on stage by an old professor. Volunteer, separated from the ’freak’ by a screen, is told to stick large pins in a rag doll representing the ’freak’ - voodoo style.  The ‘freak’ starts bleeding supposedly where the pins are stuck in the doll… but, the wounds did not match where the pins were stuck. The act could have some sort of potential… except for the fact  they use an electric chair on the volunteer! I WAS THE VOLUNTEER WHO GOT SNAPPED IN THE BUTT BY ELECTRICITY… AGAIN!!! (see close-up reviews).

**  INTERMISSION  **

I want to pause here to tell anyone who uses one these stupid electric chairs, that it’s INHUMANE!!  It HURTS!!  You are HURTING your guest on stage who is good enough to play along with your act to help you look good!  People don’t like creatures being hurt… so, WHY HURT A HUMAN??!!

People disguise their hurt through humour. The volunteer might laugh it off for the time being, but it hurts both men and women. I will tell you how it hurt me. I have a good sense of humour, I can laugh at myself and I can take a bit of teasing… but, when I am electrified without knowing it will happen to me, I will finish my job on stage, leave and sit quietly - because my mind goes blank. I can’t think about anything. I begin to realise I was abused. I feel humiliated. I feel used and discarded for the entertainment pleasure of the performer and the audience who do not know what actually happened to me (non magicians do not know chairs are electrified). The pain stays for hours. It may not be the result of the physical electric slashing across my backside that I feel for hours afterwards, but I still feel a stinging sensation, which reminds me of the abuse and humiliation I endured on stage. Then, when I have a private moment to myself, I cry.

How do you know this does not happen to your other lady volunteers? How do you feel now, that you know? Will you still use that ‘nice’ little implement of torture you thought would enhance you and your act after knowing you have hurt and humiliated somebody? What if it was your loving wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother, aunty or daughter that some thoughtless performer zapped and abused? Your volunteer has a right to choose whether they will participate in anything that will harm them before they help you.

Some people asked me why I didn’t walk off stage, kick the chair, hit the performer and sue him. Well, I didn’t think to do that at the time, especially when I was trying to help a FISM competitor do their best… but, I warn you, I will do all of those things if it happens to me again.

I have a solution to zapping. Cue your audience members. I do! I secretly ask them to pretend the seat is hot. Simple. It works every time… the audience love it… and your volunteer is happy to be involved with you on stage. You make them look good and feel good… and in turn, they will make you look good!

The electric chair should be banned from FISM. I’ve been informed that FISM rules are changing to disqualify any performer who hurts a living creature.

*******


32.  P J WEN
General Magic
Chinese Taipei
Sponsor: Black Hat Magic Association - Kai-Fu Wang

Dressed in a black suit, yellow tie, and yellow glasses he began with colour changing light bulbs. He gets a phone call to meet a girl. He does a costume change to a white suit. He takes a silk and changes it into ink underpants. Flower appears from another silk. Flower to silk sequence. Gets a phone call - the girl has been caught in a big traffic jam so he makes uses a huge silk to make her appear holding the steering wheel of her now abandoned car.



DAY 3



33.  JULIUS FRACK
Stage Illusions
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

1st Stage Illusions, FISM 2009  
Competed at FISM in 2000 & 2003 with different acts

Began act with a large metal circle with struts on this inside, forming geometric shapes. Julius fills in the shapes with metal blocks forming the image of a human. Lady gets out of it dressed in a long, light blue dress with a white shoulder scarf. Julius puts a table on two trestles (A-frame table supports) - lady lies on top - Julius takes away table and stands behind her. He drapes his coat over her middle section and walks right through her. Unbelievable! He then takes away both trestles so she levitates, then he draws her upwards and downwards by her scarf - still levitating. He uses his blue scarf like a hoop to prove there is no support. Julius dons a long shiny black coat to perform a bass drum illusion. Both Julius and the lady beat the drum in time to the music. He unlocks front of the drum and the lady (now dressed in a white dress) gets inside. He bangs on the drum, turns it around so audience can see she’s still there (drum skin was slightly transparent), then she disappears and reappears behind the audience, running to the stage blowing a whistle. Clever illusions… particularly the second one. Lovely looking couple.


34.  DUO KYBALION
General Magic
Spain
Sponsor: Circulo Ilusionismo Malaga - Armando Gomez Bernado

Competed on ‘Tiene’s Talento’ in 2008  

Use of media - screen with video of performer walking in an airport. Screen rises revealing the performer. He shows his coat, then does a costume change. Back on screen, a picture of Russia is shown and a lady appears on screen. Screen goes up revealing the lady. They both then do a sequence of costume changes depicting various countries that are shown on the screen. They both end up going behind the screen, their moving images are shown on screen as a plane shoots slowly up between then and explodes into fireworks along with two pyros exploding next to the screen. Screen falls to reveal they both vanished. Mediocre act.


35.  MA YANYAN
General Magic
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

2nd General Magic, FISM 2009

This act is original, mixing two performance styles - magic and ballet. Performer does ballet - mainly posing on the points of her toes - whilst performing magic in a black leotard, red tutu and white stockings. She produces a fan on her foot that is raised at head height, then produces another fan, cards and glitter. The card spins in the air around her body and, upon catching it, changed into a long coloured silk. She then does a series of productions and manipulation of silks, fans, glitter, cane and cards… all with ballet moves on the tips of her toes. She finishes the act with card flinging and produces two large multi-colour flags. This seems popular with the audience.


36.  SERGEY YANPOLSKIV
General Magic
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

Black outfit and cape. Lights three large candles, attached to a round silver base, with a fire stick. Shows a big magic book, smoke and confetti come out of it, then fire, which is extinguished when he pulls out a large light blue cloth used to do a zombie routine with the three lit candles. He whips away the cloth and the candles continue to float in front of him, then uses the cloth to float the candles back to their stand. He lights another three candles and drapes a white sheer cloth in front of the them. When he slowly raises the cloth, we see the flames levitate up and off the candles behind it. The flames then gently bounce around and settle back onto the candle sticks before the cloth is whipped way. He blows out two of the flames, leaving the middle one to be captured in an opaque tube, floating up and then down the tube, then settles it back on the candle. Sergey produces a large red fan, taking the flame from the candle onto one end of the fan. The flame moves around the edge of the fan as Sergey walks over to light a seventh candle. He blows the candle out which changes to a long white silk and glitter. Shows a tube, pulls white silk through it and out the other end, turning purple. He then uses a red cloth with gold trim to produce a smoking gold vase. Another candle rises from it, lights it, takes it with the red cloth dangling from it, holds the cloth as the candle levitates for a moment (not very effective), then vanishes the candle. He takes a red fan and a flame appears in his hand, then closes hand as the fire turns to snow. Snowstorm. The candle flame effects were effective.


37.  SEBASTIAN NICOLAS
Manipulation
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

2nd Manipulation, FISM 2009
Competed at FISM 2006 with a similar act.

Performer begins by producing a clock (face) and vanishes it to confetti. Produces white balls - manipulation, until one ball left, tosses it into the air, changes to a clock. Back to balls, then adds one red ball, then eight balls. Keeps the red ball, changes to red silk with instant clock appearance - vanish - appear - vanish to silk, produce clock, changes to card. Produces more cards until they form a flower in one hand, then tosses them. Produces a card fan, then single cards, lights a card on fire, fire to hand which produces a clock, then disintegrates to confetti. Produces another clock, then more clocks to decorate his ‘time’ prop. Covers the prop with a black velvet cloth, changing it to an hour glass. He was easy to watch and very skilful.


38.  NAKA KYOSUKE
General Magic 
Japan
Sponsor: Society of Japanese Magicians - Junichiro Sejima

Black tails with red lapels. Fire to silk to red mask on face. White silk - fans - white mask. Does a mask routine with red, white and black silks, fans and masks. A bundle of silks become a big red and black cloak - coat tails change to white. Produces two red silks and four red fans, then does another mask routine. Average.


39.  No competitor listed in the programme.


40.  RED HAT
General Magic
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

Red outfit and hat, ‘playing’ the harmonica. Some bad basic manipulation of the harmonica, with a lot of stylised mechanical body moves. Produces red cane, red material to red ball, then confetti - a flash - and a mask. More mechanical body moves. Hat to mask changes, spins hat and it floats for a few seconds. More red and yellow mask productions and manipulation.


41.  BRYNOLF & LJUNG
General Magic
Sweden
Sponsor: Svensk Magisk Cirkel - Per Ekland

2nd Comedy Magic, FISM 2009 (recategorised by the Jury)
They reached the Grand Final of ‘Sweden’s Got Talent’ 2009.

This act left us wanting more! It was too good to be such a short act. Two guys working in tandem describing how magic is ‘sleight of hand, misdirection and surprise’. They illustrate this in a comical and very entertaining way, leaving us wanting more. One takes a newspaper and produces a tennis racquet, the other produces and manipulates tennis balls, then has his pants pulled off by his mate who pulls out a tennis racquet from them. To Austin Powers, ‘Soul Bosanova’, the pants-less guy did the ‘bowling ball out of the big pad’ trick, then went back in time to show how it was done - in slow motion - to slow Austin Powers, ’Bosanova’ music. It shows that his friend actually did a costume change that we never saw in ‘real’ time, so he could secretly help with the trick. He comes out in what looks to be a parody of a tight fitting Flash Gordon super hero outfit, to put the bowling ball behind the pad - runs back behind the screen prop in slow motion to do a costume change back into his suit, while the pants-less guy produces the bowling ball which falls to the ground in slow motion. He then apparently nearly falls over (the lean) which we couldn’t actually see in normal time, his friend races over to help him back up, then time goes back to normal. Very, very clever!


42.  QI YUANRUI
General Magic 
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

This act is cruel to animals (fish).
Two men and one woman on a set with three small fish tanks, each surrounded with large lily pads. They dress in traditional style fishermen outfits. They catch small and large live fish from the air in nets and on fishing lines, putting them in two of the tanks. Bubbles float into the air - one bubble is caught resembling a white ball - production of balls and manipulation. After a ball spins around the performer, he produces a flower, then eight balls, then twelve balls. Produces another large fish in a small net. Covers third tank with a black cloth for a moment, then many small goldfish appear. Rope routine, then catches two large fish at the end of the rope. A low Chinese style table is brought out with a fire bowl made of sticks on top of it. Fire in the stick bowl, and a fish is caught from the fire. Some of the fish are floating on their sides, some regain consciousness. Produces a large flag wishing success to the conference, produces more flags and a large shiny Christmas tree, more fish in bowls are brought out.


43.  AN HA LIM
Manipulation
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

3rd Manipulation, FISM 2009

Classical music. White silk to white card production to colour production of cards. Then up-beat music to more card productions and manipulation. Very skilful, but uses the same prop - cards - over and over and over…


44.  ROB & EMIEL
Mental Magic
The Netherlands
Sponsor - Nederlandse Magische Unie - Ronald Moray
Equal 3rd Mental Magic, FISM 2009  -  with Nicolai Friedrich Germany

2nd Mental Magic, FISM 2006  with a similar act -  tied with Jean Thomas Loewe, Germany.

Team effort. One sits in a chair on stage, blind folded, the other goes into the audience to ask his blindfolded friend what the objects are in the hands of the audience. Then the blindfold comes off and the mentalist goes into the audience to prove he hasn’t got an ear piece, closes his eyes and announces the audience member’s cash note serial number. Fast pace mentalism. Absolutely amazing - but I preferred their autistic act at FISM 2006, because the use of autism gave the act more depth… although the use of autism also attracted a few complaints.


45. NACHO DIAGO
General Magic
Spain
Sponsor - Sociedad Espanola de Ilusionismo

Wardrobe set. This is act with no punch and very little magic, reminiscing about childhood. The performer does a few small tricks - too small for stage - and a lot of fiddling about with an umbrella that almost acts like a dancing cane. Plays with his big teddy and an old sling shot, tries to blow bubbles and produces a light bulb for his bedside lamp that moves and interacts with him like it was alive, as he balances a bulb on his hand. He plays with his imaginary drums to a drum beat for a while - then drapes a large cloth over his air drums, which hold a shape of a drum set under the cloth, and… well… that’s it. The audience waited for him to pull away the cloth to reveal a real drum set… but, he didn’t. The act just petered out to nothing.


46.  AKUA SHIN 
General Magic
Japan 
Sponsor: Japan Professional Magicians Association - Haruhiko Nagisa

Tails outfit. Pours out streamer from his cane and produces two small silver flowers. Cane changes to red cane, then disintegrates into flowers. Produces glitter cards, then a card pattern top hat. Glitter card production, card fans, glitter, silks and streamers. Red silk produces red glitter balls - manipulation sequence. Large glitter flower to glitter streamers, more card fans and single card productions, glitter fans and streamers. Average.


47.  JUAN ORDEIX
Mental Magic 
Argentina
Sponsor: Club Porteno de Illusionism - Daniel Ulman

Disqualified at FISM 2009 - for using a stooge.
Winner:  2nd Mental Magic, FISM 2006  -  tied with Timothy Trust & Julie

Fast talking performer. Aretha Franklin ‘Think’ music. Throws ball out to audience for four random volunteers. They all hold balloons - yellow, green. red and blue. Each balloon has something written on a small piece of white paper inside them - the predictions. They are asked questions… as well as an audience member. Their answers are written on a large white sheet. Yellow - represents jury; Green - May and 25 (number given by jury); Red - 3 and Clubs (was given by one of the balloon holders) and the number 872 given by audience member chosen by performer. So… answers: Green - go to 77 (page 77 of FISM souvenir brochure and there is a picture of the French flag covering the whole page); Red - 3 of Clubs; Blue - page from a magazine dated May 25; Yellow - $50 bill… 872 written on the bill. Received a standing ovation.


48.  MAGIC SKY GROUP
Stage Illusions
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

2nd Stage Illusions, FISM 2009

Chinese style basket on a large stand. Large cloth covered the big basket with holes large enough to see through basket - levitates (very rough), then a lady in pink appears. Instant costume change for performer - a blue outfit, Chinese style. Chinese trunk with transparent front. Lady takes out cloak and head piece from the trunk, instantly a person (creature) in tight white and blue leotard appears in the cloak, takes off cloak and gets into the trunk. Cloak goes over performer who then disappears besides the trunk. Creature appears - girl vanishes - creature vanishes - Performer appears - creature in chest and comes out. Changes a black and white picture to a coloured picture, but too obvious. Last illusion looks like an enormous Chinese plate. Lady ‘defies gravity‘, all over the plate, but there was absolutely no mystery to this illusion what-so-ever. Hoop goes over her to ‘prove’ she is not hooked onto the prop, then the prop is turned around. She is unhooked, then hooked again. A large scroll of paper is unrolled in front of lady… and she vanishes. I was surprised they received an award.



DAY 4


49.  ANDOST
General Magic  
USA
Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Magicians - Joan Caesar

Something slightly different. Starts in dim lighting with two lamps - one tall, one short. Folds the short lamp into a lighting catalogue, the line drawn lamp on the cover gradually turns white. The bulb from the tall lamp lights up and changes colour. Andost produces a lamp from the catalogue, then makes two lamps. Takes a page from the catalogue to form a cone, sets it aside, while he takes the lit bulb out of the tall lamp, turns it to a red lit bulb, then turns the bulb into red sand. Takes the cone of paper and continues to pour red sand into the cone, he lets go of the cone and it floats while the red sand continues to pour into it. He opens the cone and a red silk falls out to the ground, it zips upwards into his hand and becomes a red lit bulb and puts it back into the lamp, but it plays up. He takes out the unlit bulb, putting a finger on the metallic end and the bulb lights up, takes finger off it - goes out - finger on - lights up… a bit of play with the bulb, then takes a red silk out of the bulb to fix it. It turns to a white lit bulb, so he puts it back in the lamp. The light-up prop box does a disco lighting effect to music, while performer opens one draw and pulls out an apparatus, consisting of a sequence of see through frames, becoming an image of a small lamp as the frames - stuck together - fall to the ground like a silk streamer, then finally the image turns to a real lamp as the last frame falls to the ground and sets it on the lit prop table with the draws. Another two are produced and set beside the first lamp. Pulls out another lit red bulb, then two - turns to lit yellow bulbs - multiplying bulbs with colour lights, ending in eights lit multi-colour lights. Puts some bulbs in a draw and three on the table below the three small lamps. He waves the catalogue over the lit bulbs, which instantly appear in the lamps, flashing.


50.  MAIA JIANG
Manipulation
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Sleeveless leather jacket and leather pants, lace up boots and a big cross on a chain around his neck. Modern Spanish type music. Produces card fans to confetti and white silk. Card fans, 360 degree card fans with white cards, then red and white cards to red/white silk to red/white confetti. White card fan with a card that sticks out the top and twists, then tosses cards. More cards, then card fans with red/white card fans, then splits the fans into four and tosses them all. Music change to Nun’s singing. Larger white cards, finger manipulation of cards, throws single cards, produces more with one red amongst the white card fans. Music changes to a fast modern beat, more card manipulation, cards from mouth, single card flinging across the stage, then three card fountains from stage floor with a confetti explosion. Very dynamic, energetic, yet controlled. Clean moves.


51.  XAVIER TAPIAS
General Magic 
Spain
Sponsor: Sociedad Espanola de Illusionism - Armando Gomez Bernardo

Interesting act! Man sitting on a park bench next to a bin full of rubbish and garbage strewn all over the floor. He is in a crumpled suit with no tie, wearing white sandshoes. He looks despondent by all the mess, but gets an idea to do something about it. He constructs an animated garbage form - a robot. He collects pieces of rubbish and puts them together - using a large stiff paper bag for the torso and crushed empty plastic bottles - uncrushed, to fashion to fashion the legs and discarded aluminium foil for the feet, with an old food tray for the head. Before one arm is attached to the body, it begins to move on the park bench - and the eyebrows move on the head.  The robot’s legs begin to move and the performer tries to get it to come to him, but it indicates ‘no‘ After a bit of encouragement, it tries to get up. The performer helps it stand and walk around the stage. Then the garbage bin next to the park bench slowly falls forward to the ground, turning into a robot dog and moves around the stage by itself, then sits up on its hind legs. Very creative and entertaining act.


52.  KENNETH CHAN
General Magic
China-Hong Kong
Sponsor: Magicians Association of Hong Kong - Albert Tam

Competed in FISM 2006 with the same act.
The winner of the first Asia Magic Association Stage Magic Competition.

Sits at a small bar in a black suit with an orange tie. Produces yellow silk, then bottle of alcohol. Puts a different bottle in a white cloth, crushes the bottle and tosses the cloth and produces a white ball that turns orange after rubbing it with an orange cloth. Orange ball production. Orange cloth produces another bottle, pours orange liquid into a glass with a garnish, places it on a cigar box after taking out a cigar. Fire wallet to light it. Cigar changes to red, takes glass and shakes it, the liquid turns to a red silk. Latin music cigar, goes to light it, vanishes, two cigars and a lolly (candy) on a stick. Cash production, cash fans, cash fountain from cigar box. Shows a card with an image of a full wine glass. Performer waves over it and it becomes full. Card fans with images of wine glasses. Produces large coloured fans - a bit fumbly. Produces liquid load into a glass. Takes a bottle and changes it into a large silver cloth. Then after the performer hesitates a little, repositioning his cloth, he produces a lady. The act ended in a confetti burst. Not bad.


53.  LIU ZIHAO
Manipulation
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Black tails and purple ruffle shirt. Slow music. Produces white cards and twists them in fingers. Red cards change to white. Card manipulation and production of cards in fingers - back to white cards, then confetti. Upbeat music now, does 360 degree card fans, all a bit fiddly. Cards to white material, to card castle, to costume change (pale blue robe with white silk scarf).


54.  SOMA
General Magic 
Hungary
Sponsor – Magic Club of Budapest

1st General Magic, FISM 2009
Gold Lion Award Winner 2009 World Magic Seminar

This was a great act! Very easy to watch. All the magic had a purpose to the story. The music/sound effects enhance the action. Curtains open, a street phone box centre stage. Soma walks on dressed in a suit, with a newspaper and a drink in a take-away (to go) cup, his bag smoothly follows on the ground behind him. He is distracted and the drink cup floats. Tears newspaper, one piece falls to the ground - concerned about it, Soma leans to the ground as the sound effects suggest a rewind in time. As he comes back out of his lean, the newspaper piece follows him magically in the air towards the newspaper as it fully restores. Cell phone rings, but the phone stops working - so, to use the phone box, he produces coins - production and manipulation. Coin into hand, smoke in hand as it vanishes. Larger coins produced. Coin to cash. Phone rings, answers - call from a seedy company promising “all dreams come true”. Shocked, Soma walks away, leaving the phone to levitate before he hangs it up. Cell phone in his case makes message tones. He opens the case, but a hand in the case slams it shut. Rings again, this time the hand gives him the cell phone and slams the case shut again. Another cell phone rings, he multiplies the phone. Another phone rings, he pulls out an old handset attached to a old curly cord, from his coat. Cells to confetti, then cell phone production. Produces silk to wipe brow and flicks silk at cell phone and it visually vanishes. Cell production again and manipulation, eight cell phones go crazy with ringing sounds. Left with one, he smashes it with a mallet - police siren - throws confetti, retrieves glasses, cell phone to newspaper, flash on phone box reveals drink cup, then walks off back to where he started with paper and drink, gestures at his bag which follows him off stage. Standing ovation.



55.  HAN SEOL-HUI
Manipulation
Republic of Korea
Sponsor: Korean Magic Society - Eun-Sun Chung

Equal 1st Manipulation, FISM 2009  -  with Yo Kato

Young guy. Energetic. Skilful. Jeans and headphones. CD rack on stage. Headphones to confetti. Goes to CD stand. Performs lightening fast CD production, to coloured CDs and manipulation. Dynamic moves. CD to headphones. Takes the letters ‘CD’ off a sign on the CD rack, puts then together to form a CD - CD appears inside and out of plastic CD case - turns to confetti. Small CD production and manipulation on every finger. Takes ‘Music’ sign and changes the letters visually to form ‘Magic’. Half a CD, restored to full CD. More normal size CD productions - coloured, CD waterfall from hand. Changes rack of silver CDs to coloured CDs. Ends by producing headphones again. Standing Ovation.


56.  DION
Manipulation
The Netherlands
Sponsor: Nederlandse Magische Unie - Ronald Moray

3rd General Magic, FISM 2006

Beautifully choreographed tango style routine. Performer sits in a chair at a table. Black outfit, white shirt, Black coat and bowler hat. Lamp on table with a cloth cover. With a spark, lamp shade cover changes to silk. Bulb turns to candle, lights it and puts the candle in the lamp base, which now forms a candle holder. Produces vase. Red silk to rose, produces red ball, then white ball. Beautiful moves. Fan production and vanish. Very elegant. Cards - single cards and card fan routine. Coat is off and sleeves rolled up. Moves to sit in chair, cards and cane, sits in chair - more card manipulation of cards in fingers. Standing, produces more cards, produces rose and puts in his mouth tango style, puts it in the vase and blows out the candle.


57.  TIMO MARC
General Magic 
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

Sarmoti Award Winner 2008 World Magic Seminar
Competed at FISM 2006

Unable to compete as his props were detained in transit.



58.  ELENA VOK
General Magic
Finland
Sponsor: Finnish Magic Circle - Robert Jagerhorn

This is an interesting and awful performance. The lady begins in a pink outfit and a black scarf with white polka dotted, black top hat - cane to blue scarf, then proceeds to do a costume change act (by walking behind a change screen each time), with poor quality costumes and awkward moves. But, the ultimate moment that shocks the audience is she did a “Sharon Stone” - twice - kicking her leg high into the air and flashing her fanny (that’s Australian slang for the front bottom) at the jury - twice. Thankfully, she wore pale pink knickers… I think.


59.  QU LEI
General Magic 
China
Sponsor: China Magic Art Society - Lin Jian

Lady dressed in a beautiful Chinese-style pink dress. UV lighting to start the act. Green bamboo surrounds her portable stage. Rich colours. Normal lighting comes back up as she does an umbrella production routine, decorating her performance area with small, medium and large colour umbrellas. She produces the umbrellas in various ways, including a backward walkover, with a red umbrella appearing on her foot in the air mid move. She produces a large red fan with a red production cloth attached. She waves it, making ripple effects before she does three costume changes into different coloured outfits - all beautiful. The delicate red cloth is skilfully waved about in the air as the costume changes take place… there is no evidence of the prior larger costumes after she finishes in her small green outfit.


60.  MASAHIKO MATSUDA
Manipulation
Japan
Sponsor: Japanese Professional Magicians Association - Haruhiko Nagisa

Fast music. Colour card and card fan manipulations. Then balls and blue silk scarf. Music slowed for ball manipulation, then sped up again to an upbeat pace for more cards. Produces sunglasses at the end. Loads were obvious… more practise needed.


61. LERIKO
General Magic 
Russian Federation
Sponsor: Russian Association of Magicians - Vladimir Rudnev

This act was the weirdest of them all. Long, sparkly black coat, top hat, cane bag. Starts with back to audience. Lights the end of his cane to produce smoke, then circles with it. A fire starts on the ground next to his bag after he pulls out a big stripy coloured tent from it. We thought that was the end of the act… but, it went out. Somebody snuck in from behind the tent as the performer was doing something behind a large silver cloth. It ends up being a costume change to a black and purple showy circus type suit with a black, blank mask. Does a floating mask and scarf routine, puts glowing blue eyes onto his black mask and makes them droop to the corners of his mouth. Takes off the mask and does a multiplying small silver box routine, juggling them and sticking the small, silver boxes all over his costume, moving them about in random order. Then we watched as he took all the boxes off again. He stands in front of the tent opening to produce a large yellow umbrella and a painting pallet - no mystery. He uses a paint brush to throw the paint on his pallet into air to make paint-like flowers. While he did this, the tent behind him rises into the air, clearly showing someone else’s legs under it doing the obvious ‘dirty work‘. The performer went inside his tent and didn’t come out. The lights went down. Very, very strange and thoughtless act. 



62.  JORDAN GOMEZ
Manipulation
France
Sponsor: Fédération Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs- Peter Din

Young guy, very energetic, dynamic, comfortable and easy to watch. He smiles nicely and looks like he’s having fun. Striped shirt and black bag. Up beat music. Chews candy from M&M packet which flies to his bag by itself. Puts headphones on. Pulls out ‘DJ’ sign and a record to CD, throws away CD cover to confetti. Colour changing CDs, vanish. Pulls out another CD - production and manipulation of colour CDs in CD pack. Produces M&M pack and headphones. Multiplying M&M pack to eight finger packet production to confetti. Produces an orange ball to change of music and puts it in his mouth like candy. Colour changing balls. Small M&M blows up to large to CD production to confetti. He  flings CDs to confetti.


21.  THE LORD OF DARKNESS
Comedy Magic
Germany
Sponsor: Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland - Wolfgang Sommer

Disqualified - goes overtime.

Apparently this act is very funny in Germany. It has potential, but died a sad death on this stage. Smoke on stage as a nice, deep authorative voice over announces The Lord of Darkness from Transylvania. Vampire walks forward with a long black and purple lined cloak. Vamp makeup. He opens his mouth and speaks in a silly, comical voice. He said he was a real vampire and would prove it. He would use his ultrasonic echo location abilities to know, without seeing, what objects are selected, but needs a volunteer for this. There is a bit of business with the volunteer and coins, before he finally has his eyes and head gaffer taped so he can’t see. The volunteer selects an object from her bag and covers it in her hand, then he detects what it is - by screeching at the object, then hearing the echo that bounces back to his head, forming an image of the object. Does not see the orange warning indicator light because he is blindfolded. Goes overtime, but does not see the red light. He does not detect the curtains closing, so continues talking. The Lord of Darkness was left in darkness.

Stevens vs Farquhar

A small handful of very aggressive bloggers have been dissing Shawn Farquhar in the wake of his FISM Grand Prix win. Call it tall poppy syndrome of what you like, but their main claim is that Shawn Farquhar ripped off his 'Shape of my Heart' card routine from Russ Stevens.


Here are the two acts side by side so you can compare.




As far as Russ Stevens goes, here's what he said to me in an email yesterday:


"I've never accused Shawn of copying me, he was the one originally doing that."


Okay? If Russ says Shawn didn't copy him can others please give it a rest???

 

For the record, Shawn won second prize in Parlour Magic at FISM 2006 with this same routine and no-one accused him of copying at that time. He now holds five FISM awards:

 

  • 2009 FISM – Grand Prix Close Up for Card to Sealed Deck & Shape of My Heart

  • 2009 FISM – Card Magic 1st Prize for Card to Sealed Deck & Shape of My Heart

  • 2006 FISM – Micro Magic 2nd Prize for Card to Sealed Deck & Cups and Balls

  • 2006 FISM – Parlour Magic 2nd Prize for Card to Sealed Deck & Shape of My Heart

  • 2003 FISM – Micro Magic equal 2nd for Card to Sealed Deck & Cups and Balls