FISM NEWSLETTER Nr. 03 – November 2005
To all Presidents of the FISM member-societies,
delegates of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the FISM
Dear Mr./Mrs. President,
I take pleasure in informing you of some of the latest activities of the FISM Executive Board since the
second FISM Newsletter (May 2005).
First of all let me once again express my gratitude to you, Presidents of FISM member-societies, for
always welcoming me in a cordial way during my visits and for your great interest and involvement in the
development of the FISM and in the many changes we have to face.
I also enjoy the discussions on many issues concerning the FISM and its members and I appreciate your
valuable contributions to these discussions. The meetings I had with some of you, during magic
conventions, like in Sindelfingen, Strasbourg and most recently in Beijing, are also most fruitful for a
better understanding of the way FISM should go.
Why all the changes?
In the meeting we had in Beijing, last week, with quite a few of you, we dealt with questions like: “Why
do we change so many things?” and “Aren’t we changing to fast?”
Let me explain that all the changes have to do with a strategic vision. That is to say, we do everything to
keep FISM alive in a changing world. The world of today is no more the same as in 1948, when FISM
was founded. And to stay the worldwide platform of magic means that we have to adapt to the changes in
our environment. If we don’t adapt, sooner or later FISM will cease to exist. The question is not: “How
do we stay the same in a changing world?” but: “How do we adapt to the changes in our environment and
still stay a worldwide platform for magic?”
The way we have chosen to change is to try and visualize how FISM will be in the far future, in 2030 or
even in 2050. Will we still have the rules as in 1948? Will we still organize conventions like in 1948? Just
to ask some questions: Don’t we have to take into account that the information boost (also in the magic
world) has taken place and that a convention is no longer the only way to follow the developments of our
Art? While organizing conventions, don’t we have to take into account the security risks of today’s life?
Will there still be capable non-paid volunteers to lead FISM in the future?
FISM changes to be ahead of all such questions and I am happy to know that many of you share and
support our suggestions.
2353 BV Leiderdorp
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Concerning the speed with which we change: the quicker we do our job, the sooner we will
have results. Waiting, like in the past, for another 3 years after a convention before we can decide
anything will not be a favorable and fruitful option.
Professionalism versus commercialization
In this respect FISM is not going to change in another way like any other Association or Federation that
was founded at approximately the same time as the FISM. I attend many conventions of convention
organizers and I see the same pattern in all kinds of subjects, whether it will be sports, music or any other
art form. All these organizations are developing from an amateur status to a professional one: first by
outsourcing some of their businesses (like the Association management or the public relations or the
organization of their conventions, meetings etc.) and later by having the Association or the Federation run
by paid professionals. FISM is going the same way.
This process goes hand in hand with cooperation with commercial enterprises, but that doesn’t mean, as
some who are reluctant to change will say, that FISM is on its way to commercialization. Although that
process is not bad in itself, it is not the main purpose of the changes. The main purpose is to leave the
growing complex management tasks to professionals in those fields, so that we can concentrate on our
core business and on what we like to do most: Magic and the enhancement of the Art of Magic!
The Bulgarian Magic Union
In September I was the guest of Astor, the President of the
Bulgarian Magic Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Reason for this visit
was Mr. Astor’s question whether he could organize a European
Magic Festival in Sofia on the occasion of a jubilee of his
As we just started the discussions within FISM about continental
championships, I thought it wise to meet him in person and to
talk about it over a glass of Bulgarian wine. And so we did. (see
the picture of a working session) Astor is the owner of a fine
restaurant with a theatre, where singers can sing their songs and
magicians can perform their magic to a live audience.
Brunch meeting with Astor, President of the Bulgarian Magic Union
Astor is very well known in his country for his magic and his magic shows. Everybody on the street
knows him and greets him respectfully. And he has also friends in the government. To give you an
example: while drinking some wine with him, he suddenly said to me: “I better tell you now to wear a tie
tomorrow, because I have arranged a meeting with the President of Bulgaria, Mr. Georgi Puvarnov and
Saturday I will try and have us meet the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Mr. Sergei Stanishev. And we went
to both. No joke.
The talkings we had were about the possibilities of having a European magic convention in Sofia and the
(strong) support we could have from the government if we wanted to do so. Of course I explained that we
were just on our way of organizing continental championships and the venue for a European Magic
Convention will be decided by the members of the FISM European Committee. I copied you all the
mission statement for the FISM European Committee a few days ago, so you know what I am talking
about. Nevertheless if there will be a FISM European Championship of Magic in the near future: Sofia
will be happy to host it.
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National Magic Convention in Valongo Portugal
Invited by the President of the Clube Illusionista Fenianos, Mr.
Marques Vidal and the President of the FISM jury in 2000 in
Lisbon, Mr. Jorge Teixeira (with his wife on the left of the picture),
I visited, also in September, the Portuguese National Magic
Convention in Valongo. It was a wonderful small scale convention,
also with the support of the local government. They not only offered
the conventioneers a welcome party, but they also had a meeting in
which they expressed their gratitude of having organized the
convention in their city. During this convention (also visited by
many participants of other member-societies like the MZvD,
the FFAP from France and the I.V.M.V.G. from Belgium) I had the pleasure of sharing ideas about the
Future of the FISM with the board of the Clube Illusionista Fenianos. Again a wonderful occasion to go
into more detail than possible in writing.
Asian Magic Association and the FISM ASIAN COMMITTEE
In October I went to the 2nd convention of the Asian Magic Association (AMA) in Bangkok.
The AMA is a Federation of 11 magic associations in Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, China, the Philippines,
Mackau, Korea, etc). Currently the President is Mr. Dai Woo Qi from China. Purpose was to discuss the
possibilities of making either the AMA or the individual member-societies a member of FISM and to
investigate the creation of the FISM ASIAN
COMMITTEE. The result of the talkings with the
President, Mr. Tam from the Magician Association of
Hong Kong and Mr., Ton Onosaka from Japan, was
that all the 11 societies have expressed their wish to
join FISM. Two of the societies already being a
member of the FISM, this means that the number of the
Asian member-societies shall be increased to 14. The
next step will be to invite these 14 societies to join
forces in the creation of the FISM ASIAN
Once the new members are accepted by the General
Assembly we will start the discussions on this topic.
Albert Tam, Secretary, Dai Woo Qi, Eric Eswin, Ton Onosaka
At the convention in Bangkok I was not only impressed by the friendly atmosphere amongst so many
Asian countries (common language was English) but also by the way the convention was organized
(President of the organizing committee was Mr. Paruch Trararasombath from Thailand) and by the high
quality of the majority of the contestants.
Their participation to a FISM Worldchampionship will certainly raise the bar.
It will be good for FISM to have them on board!
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The FFAP Convention in Strasbourg
History was written on the 21st of October 2005, when some 17 Presidents of European member-societies,
representing a majority of the votes of European societies, had a meeting in Strasbourg concerning the
creation of a FISM EUROPE COMMITTEE. Fringe benefit of the meeting was that it was for the first
time that many Presidents saw their colleagues and could talk to them.
Until then I had not realized this fact enough to appreciate its benefits.
The President of the organizing committee of the convention, Mr. Jérôme Trouslard was the perfect host.
Result of the meeting was that all present accepted the new structural organization of the FISM as the
basis for the next meeting. It was further decided that a working group, under the presidency of Mr. Guy
Lamelot, President of the FFAP, would consider all the open questions and report to the Secretary
General in time for decision-making during the FISM WCM2006 in Stockholm.
A copy of the installation of this working group, including its mission, is attached to this Newsletter.
This is also a ‘first’ in the FISM history: an official multi-societal working group striving to find rules for
subjects of common interest. I am sure more of such working groups will be formed for different subjects.
Another subject that just comes to my mind is the systematic categorization of magic for magic contests.
(E.g. should “Comedy” be re-introduced as a separate category in the FISM Contest Rules or not?)
Having members of different societies, different countries, different backgrounds working together has
also the benefit of creating more and more involvement in the organization of the FISM and in doing so
we keep FISM a lively and up-to-date organization.
Strasbourg 2005: The start of the establishment of the FISM Europe Committee
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BEIJING HOSTED FISM-DELEGATES PROGRAMME (BHFDP)
To experience the possibilities of
Beijing as the venue for the FISM
World Championships of Magic 2009
by themselves, Mr. Lin Jian, President
of the China Magic Art Society had
invited all FISM delegates to come to
Beijing from the 3rd till the 8th of
November 2005. The invitation was
accepted by many Presidents of FISM
member-societies and the programme
was very well received. Of course a tour
was made to the Beijing Exhibition
Centre and its theatre where the
convention will be held if Beijing will
win the bid for the next FISM venue.
I have been informed that this BHFDP
will be repeated in May 2006 for those
who couldn’t attend it this time.
The board of the China Acrobats Association(CAA) in front of the Beijing Exhibition Center
Mrs. Zou Yuhua - Vice Secretary Genera of the CAAl, Mr. Lin Jian - FISM delegate and Mr. Shao –Secretary Generalof the CAA
During the BHFDP we had again a meeting of the General Assembly, in which we had the chance to
elaborate on the Future of the FISM. Once again this meeting was most fruitful and gave the delegates a
better and clearer insight in the reasons for a change and the direction into FISM should change.
The meeting was also apreciated for the possibility it created to meet delegates from other countries and
from other societies.
FISM NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC in 2008
Also during the meeting in Beijing the FISM Executive Board (FEB) had an extensive and important
meeting with Bradley Jacobs and Hank Moorehouse (both SAM), Joan Caesar (Canadian Association of
Magicians – CAM), and Obie O’Brien (IBM) about the establishment of the FISM North American
Finally we concluded that the time has not yet come to form such a committee and that it would be better
to postpone its implementation. A first step into the future direction was seen in the organization of a
combined IBM-SAM international magic convention in New Orleans in 2008.
We agreed that during this combined IBM-SAM convention, the first FISM NORTH AMERICAN
CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC will be held. We formulated some rules for it.
We also agreed to try and formulate common rules for the future judging of magic acts during a contest,
on the basis of both the FISM Contest Rules and the judging rules used by the SAM.
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These agreements are really a step forward in the development of the FISM and we can be
very grateful to the representatives of the North American member-societies for their
cooperation and positive attitude towards the Future of the FISM.
FISM WCM 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden
Both in Strasbourg and Beijing. FISM-President 2003-2006, Mr. Dag Lofalk informed the delegates of
the progress of the next World Champ[ionships of Magic.
About 8 months to go now and there are already more than 1600 conventioneers! It will not be too
difficult to predict that Stockholm will have a new record on the numbers of participants. Although there
will be no limitation in the number of conventioneers, the main theatre will not host more than 2000. So
late comers risk the fact to have to watch the shows, including the final contest in which the World
champions will be elected, on a screen in another room than the theatre. Please advice the members of
your society to register as soon as possible.
The jury members are carefully chosen now. They are
For stage magic: For Close-up magic:
* Domenico Dante (Italy) chairman; * Obie O’Brien (USA) chairman
* Eberhard Riese (Germany) * Tim Ellis (Australia)
* Tommy Wonder (Netherlands) * Camilo Vazquez (Spain)
* Magic Christian (Austria) * Boris Wild (France)
* Mrs. Xu Fengmei (China) * Hiro Sakai (Japan)
* Mrs. Joan Caesar (Canada) and * Roberto Giobbi (Switzerland) and
* Bertil Fredstrom (Sweden) * Trevor Lewis (United Kingdom)
Jury Staff Officer (in charge of the supervision of the contest will be Gerrit Brengman (Belgium)
President of both the jury panels will be Eric Eswin (that’s me)
More news about FISM WCM2006 is published on the website (www.fism.com )
FISM LATIN AMERICAN COMMITTEE
Just like the other FISM continental organizations, the FISM Latin American Committee is ‘under
construction’. I had the first preliminary discussions about this subject last year in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, during the convention of the FLASOMA, the Federation of Latin American Magic Societies. I
will continue (and hopefully: finish) the discussions in February 2006 when I will be the guest of
FLASOMA President, Mr. Richard Sarmiento at the FLASOMA 2006 convention. The Grand Prix
winner of the FLASOMA competition will be sponsored by the FISM to compete at the FISM WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIPS OF MAGIC 2006 in Stockholm.
Secretary General \
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Attachment to Newsletter Nr. 03 – November 2005
The Secretary General,
- the need for progress of the FISM policy, as depicted in the FISM Policy Paper “The Future of the
- the overall agreement of members of the General Assembly to the creation of FISM continental
- the results of the meeting of representatives of 17 European member-societies, representing 66
votes in the General Assembly, in Strasbourg on the 21st of October 2005; in which the creation
of a European organization within FISM was supported by the majority
the “FISM EUROPE COMMITTEE”, abbreviated: FEC that shall advise the FISM Executive Board on the
creation and implementation of such a European sub-organization of the FISM.
1. Composition of the FEC
Members of the Committee will be
a. Mr. Guy Lamelot, President of the Fédération Française des Artistes Prestidigitateurs, France
b. Mr. Wolfgang Sommer, President of the Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland, Germany
c. Mr. Giovanni Pasqua, Presdient of the Circulo Amici della Magia di Torino, Italy
d. Mr. Pascal Clement, President of the Magica Club Letzebuerg, Luxemburg and
e. Mr. Kees Ros, Vice-President of the Moskovskiy Klub Fukosnikov, Russia
f. Mr. Jarle Leirpoll
In common accord with the committee members, Mr. Guy Lamelot will act as the Chairman of the
The FEC will advise the FISM Executive Board on the following topics:
- the name of the European sub organization of the FISM (hereafter: “FISM EUROPE”);
- the aims of FISM EUROPE;
- the activities to reach the aims, including the organization of the FISM European Championship
- a draft of the rules to be used within FISM EUROPE;
- the financial organization of FISM EUROPE, including the relationship with FISM International;
- the composition of the board of FISM EUROPE, including the way of electing the board members
and the time they can stay a member of the board;
- any other relevant subject for the creation and implementation of FISM EUROPE.
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In fulfilling its task the FEC shall take into account
- the basics of the organizational structure of the FISM as depicted in paragraph 5;
- that FISM EUROPE shall be an integral part of FISM and shall not be an independent
- that no rules or aims shall be conflicting with any FISM regulation (Statutes, Contest Rules, etc.)
The FEC will send its final report and recommendations to the Secretary General as soon as possible,
but no later than the 1st of April 2006.
5. Basic organisational structure of the FISM
Leiderdorp, The Netherlands,
9th of November 2005
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