magicians hat 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
There may not be enough rabbits to go around, as Israel crowns its top magician
on Monday night. The winner will be named at the Israeli National 2010 Magic
Stage Championship Competition, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Holon
The competition is part of the 28th annual Magic Convention of
the Israeli Society of Magicians (ISoM). The magic fest, the organization’s
largest annual event, will feature some of the world’s top experts at
sleight-of-hand, illusions and mind-reading, among other magic media.
highlight will likely be a performance by Hungarian magician Soma, winner of the
magic world’s most coveted prize, the title of World Champion of Magic
The title is only given out every three years.
also perform earlier in the day at a children’s magic show showcasing young
magicians, from fouryear- old conjurers to would-be Harry Potters in their
The gala will also feature a performance by close-up
comedian Wayne Houchin of California.
On Tuesday, the Machon Mofet
Auditorium in Tel Aviv will host a one-night-only performance by world-renowned
American Jewish mentalist Marc Salem, who has been featured on 60 Minutes and written about in The New
York Times and Variety. Salem will perform in English and will follow popular
Israeli magician Asi Wind.
As an added treat for the local crowds,
Houchin will hold an intense, semi-private Master Class Seminar on Friday from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for NIS 450.
Both Monday and Tuesday will also feature
performances by some of Israel’s greatest magicians and mentalists, including
Nimrod Harel and Amir Lustig from TV’s Inconceivable, and homegrown talents
including Eran Raven, Hezi Dean, Yoni Garcin, Tomer Dudai, Yaniv Hamagniv, and
Johnny the Magician.
ISoM president Dahlia Pelled, one of the few female
magicians in Israel, said this year’s convention would be one of the biggest,
largely because of the highcaliber magic talent that would be on
Pelled said that none of the foreign magicians had had any
trouble getting through security, but that last year, one magician “who
stick things into himself” was given a pretty rough time by security at
Ben-Gurion Airport when he tried to enter the country carrying a number
sharp, foreign objects.
Pelled said the magic community in Israel “is
large, with about 200 professional magicians, about a third of whom make
living just from magic. Like in the rest of the world, though, there are
few female magicians – only about two or three professionals.”
“We have all different types of magicians in Israel, stage magicians,
magicians, extreme magicians, mentalists, and card magicians.”
in this year’s event, she said, has been especially high.
The ISoM was
founded in 1981 and serves as an umbrella group uniting all professional
magicians and hobbyists in Israel. It boasts over 150 professional
a few dozen adolescent magicians learning the craft. The organization
elected board and looks to promote magic in Israel and overseas through
meetings, lectures and workshops, in addition to the convention.
group is also a member of the International Federation of Magic
and is heavily involved in volunteer work in Israel.
Considering that the
word “abracadabra” comes from Aramaic, and Israel is located in a region
illusion, myth and miracles are part of each people’s narrative, the
should be fertile for a little harmless magic – especially considering
of Israel’s neighbors would like to say “hocus pocus” and see it
disappear in a
cloud of stage smoke.
For more information, call Castle Office at (03)
604-5000 or *8695 (callers who say the magic word “hocus pocus” will get