Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques

The International Federation of Magic Societies (FISM) (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) was founded in 1948 and is one of the most respected organizations in the magic community. It is an international body coordinating dozens of national and international clubs and federations around the world. Together these clubs represent approximately 50,000 magicians from 50 countries as of 2015.[1] The organization hosts a self-named "FISM" conference every three years, where magicians compete for "Best of" categories. The most recent FISM was in 2018, held in Busan, South Korea.[2] Founded in 1948, it is one of the most recognized magic organizations in the magic circle. Currently, there are more than 80 member organizations and about 50,000 members from 50 countries and regions, including Taiwan's Black Hat Magic Association and the Taiwan Magic Development Association (TMA). Another 808 magic item shop is also in the process of applying for membership. The FISM organizes a worldwide magic convention every three years. The member organizations fight for the right to host. Top magicians from all over the world will compete for the title of "World Magic Champion". Prior to this, various regions will hold regional selections. FISM Europe, FISM Asia, FISM North America, FISM Latin America, FISM Africa, FISM Oceania, and member organizations have the quotas recommended by their regional selection committees.


The roots of the FISM began in Paris, France, in 1937, at a meeting of the 34-year-old ASAP, Association Syndicale des Artistes Prestidigitateurs (Association of prestidigitation artists), which had a monthly magazine Le Journal de la Prestidigitation. The group's vice-president, Dr. Jules Dhotel, wanted the ASAP to produce an international convention in Paris in October 1939, and then proceed to have the convention in a different country each year. Plans proceeded, but when the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939, the convention was cancelled. After World War II, progress resumed. In 1946, a hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, hosted an International Congress of Magicians, with over 300 registrants from around Europe. There were lectures, exhibits of antique books and apparatus, tours of Amsterdam, a public show, and a contest in which 20 magicians took part. There were no categories, so only one set of awards. First prize went to amateur French magician Jean Valton, for an exceptional routine of card juggling and manipulation; second went to Scotland's amateur magician John Ramsay, and third to a professional husband-wife duo, De Flezkis, who combined magic and dance.

The 1947 "Congrès Magique International" brought in 500 attendees from 18 countries, and 70 participants in the competition. Meetings at that convention were held to discuss the creation of a formal international organization, and that was where the FISM title was proposed. While details were worked out, the "Congrès" conventions continued annually.


FISM's stated aim is to create a centralized "voice" for the magic world and to help develop, elevate, and promote the art of magic. It coordinates activities of member societies and encourages communication between them, as well as the exchange of services. It has a corporate identity and a team of professional marketers. It also serves a capacity in the realm of intellectual property, fighting against the copying or inappropriate release of magical inventions or routines.


The FISM is probably best known for conducting one of the premier magic conventions in the world, the triennial "World Championship of Magic". Fred Kaps is the only three-time winner of the grand prize (1950, 1955, 1961).[3]

The 2000 convention was held in Lisbon, Portugal, where the Grand-Prix award in stage magic was won by Scott & Muriel from Netherlands.[4]

The 2003 convention was held in The Hague, Netherlands, where the Grand-Prix award in close-up magic was won by Jason Latimer from the US, and the Grand Prix award in the stage magic division was won by Norbert Ferré from France.[4]

The 2006 convention was held in Stockholm, Sweden, where the Grand-Prix award in close-up magic was won by Rick Merrill from the US, and the Grand Prix award in the stage magic division was won by Pilou from France.[4]

The 2009 convention was held in Beijing, China, where the Grand-Prix award in close-up magic was won by Shawn Farquhar from Canada, and the Grand Prix award in the stage magic division was won by Soma from Hungary.[4]

FISM 2012 was held in Blackpool, England[5] FISM 2015 was held in Rimini, Italy, where the Grand Prix award in Stage was won by Hector Mancha



  • Grand Prix Stage: Miguel Muñoz (Spain)
  • Grand Prix Close-up: Eric Chien (Taiwan)
  • Manipulation: Tie: Ha Lim An (Korea), Florian Sainvet (France)
  • General Magic: Miguel Muñoz (Spain)
  • Invention: Tie: Javier Botia (Spain), Han Manho (Korea)
  • Micromagic: Eric Chien (Taiwan)
  • Card magic: Bill Cheung (China)
  • Parlour: Marc Weide (Germany)
  • Stage Illusions: (no winner)
  • Mentalism: Javier Botia (Spain)
  • Most Original Close-up Act: DK (Korea)
  • Most Original Stage Act: Sangsoon Kim (Korea)
  • Comedy Magic: (no winner)
  • Special awards:


  • Iván Asenjo (Spain)


  • Grand Prix Stage: Héctor Mancha (Spain)
  • Grand Prix Close-up: Pierric (Switzerland)
  • Manipulation: Héctor Mancha (Spain)
  • General Magic: Young-Min Kim (Korea)
  • Invention: Tie: Daniel Collado (Spain), Antonio Romero (Spain), Semba (Argentina)
  • Micromagic: (no winner)
  • Card magic: Tie: Horret Wu (Taiwan), Shin Lim (Canada)
  • Parlour: Pierric (Switzerland)
  • Stage Illusions: (no winner)
  • Mentalism: Thommy Ten & Amelie (Austria)
  • Most Original Close-up Act: DK (Korea)
  • Most Original Stage Act: Yann Frisch (France)
  • Comedy Magic: (no winner)
  • Special awards:


  • Grand Prix Stage: Yu Ho Jin (Korea)
  • Grand Prix Close-up: Yann Frisch (France)
  • Manipulation: Yu Ho Jin (Korea)
  • General Magic: Marko Karvo (Finland)
  • Invention Award Close-up: Tango (Argentina)
  • Invention Award Stage: Haon Gun (Korea)[8]
  • Micromagic: Andost (USA)
  • Cards: Jan Logemann (Germany)
  • Parlour: Yann Frisch (France)
  • Illusions: Marcel Prince of Illusions (Netherlands)
  • Mentalism: (no winner this year)
  • Most Original Close-up Act: Simon Coronel (Australia)
  • Most Original Stage Act: Ted Kim (Korea)
  • Comedy Magic: Doble Mandoble (Belgium)
  • Special awards:


  • Grand Prix Stage: Soma (Hungary)
  • Grand Prix Close-up: Shawn Farquhar (Canada)
  • Manipulation (tie for first place): Yo Kato (Japan) and Han Seoi-Hui (Republic of Korea)
  • General Magic: Soma (Hungary)
  • Invention: Jorge Luengo (Spain)
  • Micromagic: (no winner this year)
  • Cards: Shawn Farquhar (Canada)
  • Parlour Magic: Marc Oberon (England)
  • Stage Illusions: Julius Frack (Germany)
  • Mentalism: (no winner this year)
  • Most Original Act: Charming Choi (Republic of Korea)
  • Comedy: (no winner this year)




  • Grand Prix: Scott the Magician & Muriel (The Netherlands)


  • Grand Prix: Ivan Necheporenko (Russia)


  • Grand Prix: Franklin (Germany)


  • Grand Prix: Vladimir Danilin (Russia)



  • Grand Prix: Javier & Ana (Spain)



  • Grand Prix: tie: Ger Copper (The Netherlands), Sultangali Shukurov & Sara Kabigujina (Russia)


  • Grand Prix: Pierre Brahma (France)


  • Grand Prix: Richard Ross (The Netherlands)


  • Grand Prix: Richard Ross (The Netherlands)


  • Grand Prix: Di Sato (Harry Thiery) (The Netherlands)


  • Grand Prix: tie: Mr Cox (Germany), Pierre Brahma (France)


Member organizationsEdit


  1. ^ "Welcome". fism.org. Retrieved 29 November 2015. consists of 95 magic societies which represent over 50,000 magicians from some 50 countries
  2. ^ "World Championships of Magic". fism.org. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ FISM Grand Prix World Champions Archived 2 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "FISM Winners – 2000 to 2009". fism.org. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b "FISM 2012 draws to a close". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "FISM Winners – 2012 onwards". fism.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Final results - FISM 2012" (PDF). FISM. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Magic Convention Guide  » Blog Archive  » FISM 2009 – Full Winners List". www.magicconventionguide.com. Retrieved 29 November 2015.

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