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Canada to Host 2022 FISM World Championships of Magic

This will be a historic year for Canadian magicians.

In 2022, the 28th FISM World Championship of Magic is appearing in Quebec City on July 25-30. Since its founding in 1948, the six-day competition and magician convention have never appeared in North America.

The announcement that Quebec City won the bid to host the 28th XXVIII FISM World Championship of Magic was delivered in 2018 in South Korea. On July 25 - 30, 2022, Canada will become the first Western country to host the acclaimed magician convention and competition. The FISM Grand Prix is the most coveted prize in magic.

Let's look at the 28th World Championship of Magic in Quebec City!

Canada Wins! Quebec City Hosts The World's Biggest Magic Competition

This July 2022, Canada makes history and becomes the first country west of the United Kingdom to host the World Championship of Magic. Here are some of references we'll cover in this article:

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What is FISM?

Magicians gather and exchange secrets and tricks around the world. Many of these magic clubs belong to associations or a national organization. FISM is a non-profit organization that helps aims to connect these associations, magicians and promote the art of magic worldwide.

FISM stands for Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (International Federation of Magic Societies), its an organization representing over 80,000 magicians in one hundred and six magician societies and six regions worldwide. The FISM World Championship of Magic is presented in a different host country every three years and provides magicians with the opportunity to compete for the title “World Champion.” The FISM Grand Prix is the top prize in magic.

There are over one hundred magicians member societies of FISM in six regions around the world.

Here are the Six Continental Regions of FISM:

  • Africa

  • Asia

  • Europe

  • Latin America

  • North America

  • Oceania

How Are Magician's Acts Judged?

There are eight competition categories in two contests, stage and close-up.

Three close-up and five-stage magic categories. Magicians can only enter one contest in stage and/or close-up. Magicians perform only once for judges, and their performances are rated on a score of one hundred by a panel of FISM Recognized Judges.

Here's how a magician's acts are judged:

  • Technical Skill / Handling

  • Showmanship / Presentation

  • Entertainment Value

  • Originality

  • Magic Atmosphere

Any magician who scores less than fifty or over ten minutes is disqualified.

If you're interested in learning in-depth details about FISM, The World Championship of Magic, and how it works, we highly recommend this article on Magician Masterclass.

FISM World Championships of Magic Coming To Canada For The First Time!

Quebec City hosts the upcoming 28th FISM World Championship of Magic from July 25-30, 2022. The event was original schedule for 2021 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The announcement was delivered in Seoul, South Korea, at the XXVIII FISM World Championship of Magic in 2018. It's a decision nearly two decades in the making and the result of hard work by Canadian Association of Magicians President Renée-Claude Auclair, her partner Pierre Hamon, and support from CAM founder Joan Caesar.

Canada has had several world champion winners since its recognition by FISM. Click here to see Canadian World Champion Magicians.

Quebec City 2022

A historic moment for Canadian magicians, here are some details for FISM Quebec 2022.

Announced FISM Artists & Guests

Over two thousand magicians and magic enthusiasts will attend, including some of magic's most famous magicians.

Here is a list of some of over seventy featured guests, artists and performers:

Michael Ammar

Greg Frewin

David Ben

Max Maven

Michael Weber

Shawn Farquhar

Lee Asher

Dani DaOrtiz

Alexandra Duvivier

Xavier Mortimer

R Paul Wilson

Marc De Souza

Jay Sankey

Alain Choquette

Jeff McBride



Paul Gertner

See the entire FISM Quebec 2022 artists list, watch a short introduction video from FISM Quebec 2022 artists, FISM Quebec 2022 artists and watch a brief introduction video from each here.

FISM World Championship Timeline

FISM has hosted 27 World Championship of Magic throughout Europe and Asia. Here is a look at the host cities and locations for the past twenty years.

Past 20 Years Locations for FISM World Championships (2000 - 2022)

  • 2022 - Quebec City, Canada 28th World Championships XXVIII

  • 2018 - Busan, South Korea 27th World Championships XXVII

  • 2015 - Rimini, Italy 26th World Championships XXVI

  • 2012 - Blackpool, United Kingdom 25th World Championships XXV

  • 2009 - Beijing, China 24th World Championships XXIV

  • 2006 - Stockholm, Sweden 23rd World Championship XXIII

  • 2003 - Den Haag, Netherlands 22nd World Championship XXII

  • 2000 - Lisbon, Portugal 21st World Championship XXI

Press Release & Media Information

Canada To Host 2022 World Championship Magician Competition

Magicians across Canada have reason to celebrate this July. The 28th FISM World Championship of Magic, the world’s largest magician competition, is coming to Quebec City from July 25-30. A historic first for Canadian magicians.

QUEBEC CITY - Over two thousand magicians will attend the 28th FISM World Championship of Magic this July 25 - 30, 2022. The six-day event in Quebec City features the world’s greatest magicians, magic shows, secret lectures, and over one hundred magicians competing for the coveted FISM Grand Prix top prize.

“We’re incredibly proud,” says Renée-Claude Auclair, FISM Quebec 2022 co-organizer and President of the Canadian Association of Magicians. “Quebec City will soon welcome thousands of magicians from over fifty countries for an unforgettable celebration of magic.”

FISM is Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques. It’s the highest governing body for over 80,000 magicians worldwide and one hundred regional associations, including the Canadian Association of Magicians. Since its founding in 1948, FISM has never appeared in any western country.

“This is a historic decision because the World Championship of Magic has never come to North America,” says Ryan Joyce, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Magicians. “No country west of the United Kingdom has ever hosted FISM.”

Throughout history, Canada has nurtured many world champion magicians. Recently, America’s Got Talent Winner Shin Lim won first place for close-up magic in Italy at the 2015 Rimini XXVI FISM World Championship. The Canadian Association of Magicians sponsored Shin Lim’s award-winning competition appearance.

Greg Frewin is a FISM World Champion magician who performs nightly at his theatre in Niagara Falls, “These six days in Quebec City will change a handful of magicians' lives forever,” says Frewin. “In 1994 in Japan, I competed and won. Almost three decades later, I am proud to return to the FISM stage– this time in my own country.”

The 28th FISM World Championships of Magic will take place in Quebec City this July 25-30, 2022. For information and scheduling, visit To learn more about the Canadian Association of Magicians, visit


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OWOW Magic Festival Will Be There!

The OWOW Magic Festival has been anticipating this event for several years, and we can't wait to see history being made in Quebec City! We'll be at FISM Quebec 2022 from July 25 -30. Stay tuned for updates!

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