That’s magic as Quebec lands 2021 world championship

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More than 2,000 magicians will be heading for Québec in 2021 after the Canadian city became the first in North America to successfully bid for the World Championships of Magic.

Run by the International Federation of Magic Societies (FISM), the event, which takes place 26-31 July, includes a series of conferences besides 150 magicians competing for the Grand Prix.

The news was announced by FISM’s president Domenico Dante during the 2018 World Championships of Magic, which took place in Busan, South Korea.

Québec, head-to-head against the Spanish city of Valladolid, was able to convince the majority of the presidents of 101 FISM-member magic clubs to vote in its favour.

Founded in 1948, the World Championships of Magic have never been held in North America.

Pierre-Michel Bouchard, CEO of the Québec City Convention Centre, said: “It took quite a bit of magic to win this international bid and convince the FISM to hold one of its championships on North American soil—the first time in its history. When the organizers of the Festival de magie de Québec first approached us in 2014 to embark on this adventure, we immediately said yes. We pulled out all the stops, leveraging our expertise and breadth of resources, to create a stellar bid for the event.”

According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Québec ranks fourth as one of the top Canadian cities to host major events—just behind Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.

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