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Good report, fairly accurate. Thanks for posting and keep it up!
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Thank you so much for tell the story.
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Thx for the report, Mitch!
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Thank you for the report.
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Good review! - On a side note the impressive venue seems to be unable to cope with the number of people there. Queue for 20 minutes to pay for a coffee then queue for another 30 minutes to pick it up!??
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If all the money was spent on stage – it's very clear that close-up is the poor cousin at FISM Italy.

There’s no sense of occasion. No excitement. No production value. If we want the World Championships of Magic to have prestige – we need to start treating it as such – and give the close-up artists the environment they deserve.

Joan Caesar is walking around without shoes … Obie is looking tired … and no one bothers to even close the backdrop curtain behind the performers.

The onscreen visuals are substandard for an event of this calibre with no one bothering to locate the white balance or exposure functionality on the cameras – as a result, cards are washed out, the top of the table is often out of view – and we have no one doing any qualified vision mixing. To add to the mix we have about 4 cameras on stage with everyone seemingly doing their own thing.

How is it possible that no one else has thought to check that we are able to see the playing cards on screen ? I sound like a broken record. But this is the World Championships of Magic. FISM deserves the best. First time – every time. Well intentioned volunteers are all very nice – but when the same people have been running the close-up contests the same way for years on end – this comes as no surprise. It’s time to innovate. The Close-up contest needs a technical and stage director just as much as the stage contest next door. The artists have spent years honing their acts – let’s give them the respect we deserve

On to the magic !

Semba – Parlor Invention - Argentina
Bizarre. Not quite sure exactly what the inventions were here … a card sword balloon and blowing up a balloon which turns out to be filled with helium ?

Mario Bove – Cards – Italy
Finding the aces, cards ending up in new deck order, long and laborious and wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually see the table. Exposure setting anyone ?

Side point – the venue setup is problematic if the judges - metres away - are ending up watching the screens themselves.

Jinie Brigina – Micro – France
One of the few female competitors – broken heel, mini cards to big cards, coin matrix, I love you Boris Wild-esque Kiss cards and coin matrix. Ho hum.

Intiki Terushita – Parlor – Japan
Bank teller holding up his volunteers, signed bill switching places, laundering money with mini washing machine and ending with bill in Polaroid. All very strange.

David Redondo – Spain – Micro Magic
Dealt with the theme of coins and imitations, copies of coins printed on playing cards, coin matrix, vanishing coins, coin purses and more of the same. This is FISM – you need to work to keep my attention. The audience is tired.

Wolfgang Moser – Parlor – Austria
The classic magic kettle and any drink called for ending with a never ending cascade of sugar. Fun and entertaining.

Michael Dardant – USA – Micro
Having seen Michael’s act at IBM SAM – I was not looking forward to it. But he surprisingly engaged well with the audience and his ‘in-magician’ jokes were all the funnier with Shawn Farquhar himself as on-stage volunteer. Some light hearted humour is just what the crowds had ordered it seems.

Daniel Mormina – Argentina – Micro
Matrix with thundering music, all very dramatic ending with a bowl of water production and a miniature bicycle riding along the close-up mat. Some creative ideas.

Hugo Maximilliano – Spain - Cards
Signed aces and sevens change places multiple times. With the poor camera work – hard to appreciate much of the card work 

Emil Dragan – Romania – Cards
Casino theme with poker table, color changing poker chips, jumbo die, jumbo poker chips ( what a surprise ) and appearing roulette wheel.

Luis Olmedo – Spain – Cards
Deck turns into jokers, aces to jokers, cards through table, visual eye candy, jokers back to normal deck and back to jokers ending with a rainbow deck.

Looking Magic – Spain – Parlor Invention
Canned applause on the soundtrack. Chop cup and exceptionally worrying when you don’t know what the invention is supposed to be. Ends with a color changing waist coat and shoes to match the balls.

Bill – Cards – Austria
The dream wizard – with cards returning to new deck order, cards changing to selected card, and any card called for rising from a deck.

DK – Micro Magic – Korea
Pure magicians delight. Cups and balls done behind a shadow screen with things literally disintegrating before your very eyes. Highly visual – creative and different. So refreshing to see! This is the creativity that FISM thrives on. Ends with the kicker of the ball vanishing down a real life cartoon “acme” hole !

Jacob Mathias – Parlor – Germany
Clearly a popular competitor with a Coke themed cups and balls routine with a simply stunning moment of a ball literally floating upwards. Lots of transpositions ending with a complete costume change to match the Fanta revelation.

And that’s the first of the close-up session for Monday 6th July. What an exhausting day … and for some the party is just getting started as the activities continue well into the night.

Can’t wait to see what Day 2 will bring!
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