500 Magicians to Gather in Québec City in 2020 for FISM’s North American Qualifications

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A first in Canada! The Québec City Convention Centre and Club de magie de Québec are proud to announce that the FISM (International Federation of Magic Societies) North American Qualifications will be held in Québec City in May 2020. The event will feature both close-up and stage magic, with 500 gifted magicians competing to qualify for the World Magic Championship in 2021. FISM president Domenico Dante announced the decision at the IBM/SAM Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky, from July 11 to 16, 2017.

The Qualifications will serve as a showcase for Québec City, boosting its odds of being selected to host FISM’s World Magic Championship in 2021—an ambitious goal considering that the event has never been held in the Americas. FISM comprises 101 societies and federations representing over 70,000 magicians from 49 different countries.

It took more than a little wand waving to bring the North American Qualifications to Québec City. Festival de magie de Québec and Club de magie de Québec organizers Renée-Claude Auclair and Pierre Hamon started the long process in 2014. Since then, with the help of the Québec City Convention Centre and sales representative Jocelyn Guertin, a series of initiatives has been deployed to promote Québec City to FISM.

Québec City has been in the running since 2016, and will make its bid next year at the World Magic Championship in Busan, South Korea. If the stars align, Québec City could welcome over 2,000 magic fans from around the world for a six-day spectacle in 2021. The event would generate an estimated $5 million+ in spinoffs.

Pierre Hamon and Renée-Claude Auclair, Club de magie de Québec
From left to right: Dominico Dante, International President, FISM; Joan Caesar, Canadian Association of Magicians; Vinny Grosso, Society of American Magicians; and Bradley Jacobs, International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Nicolas Dutel, North American champion

The North American Qualifications are where magicians aspiring to become world champions compete to qualify for the World Championship. In 2017, Club de magie de Québec member Nicolas Dutel won the title of FISM North American Champion of stage magic. We wish him all the best in his quest to win the title in Busan in July 2018.

Members of Club de magie de Québec: Philippe Thériault, Nicolas Dutel, Benjamin Thibodeau, Renée-Claude Auclair, Pierre Hamon, and Nicky Circelli.

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