Do you believe in magic? Come to the Festival de Magie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Renéé-Claude Auclair, co-organizer of the Magic Festival, and magician spokesperson Nicolas Dutel met with the QCT last week to reveal some of the aspects of this year’s festival. Dutel is holding the trophy he won at the 2017 FISM North American championship in Kentucky, presented by the Society of American Magicians.

The 8th annual Festival de Magie de Québec (Quebec City Magic Festival) will take place from May 3 to 6. Lovers of magic of all ages will have the opportunity to see more than 50 shows, 35 of which are free, presented by internationally acclaimed magicians from Canada, the United States, Spain, France and England. A new competition for young magicians will reveal some surprises.

The festival will appear at the Palais Montcalm this year and also in the historic Lower Town at the Musée de la Civilisation, the Quartier Petit Champlain and the Batterie Royale, with six free shows for all. Feel free to dress up in your magician’s costume.

The Canadian Magic Convention (“La CAMaraderie”) will take place in Quebec City during the festival. Some 150 magicians will attend conferences and activities (exclusively for magicians) at the Palais Montcalm.

For the fourth year in a row, there will also be a magic school (also at the Palais Montcalm, not at Hogwarts...) to initiate budding young magicians into this extraordinary pastime or improve their technique. Eight courses for aspiring magicians of three different levels will be offered.

On May 3 and 4, the Musée de la Civilisation will open its doors to groups of elementary school students for a series of magic workshops and shows.

Three gala performances will take place at the Palais Montcalm. On Friday, May 4, the Étrange Gala (strange gala) will showcase the winners of the Michel Cailloux International Magic Competition. Magicians, among them the legendary mentalist Max Maven, will dazzle the crowd.

On May 5, the youngest magicians will have their Gala Jeunesse, hosted by Daniel Coutu.

The Gala Internationale, with a music theme, will take place on Saturday evening, starring Xavier Mortimer, David Stone, Juliana Chen, Max Maven, Xavier Tapias and Eric Leclerc. The vibrant Natalie Choquette will be the guest artist.

Nicolas Dutel is the spokesperson for the youth competitions. This talented magician won the grand prize of the Michel Cailloux International Magic Competition in 2016, and the same year won first prize at the Society of American Magicians, as well as the public prize and the Mystic Craig Awards trophy for the excellence of his performance. He was chosen as the North American champion at the FISM (International Federation of Magic Societies) competition in Kentucky in 2017. He will be competing at the FISM World Championships of Magic in Busan, South Korea, in July 2018.

Dutel said he was “happy to be present at the FMQ this year for the youth competition because I feel magic allows one to push the limits of one’s imagination.”

For more details and to order tickets, visit festivaldemagie.ca.