Festival de magie de Québec


Québec, April 9, 2014 –  For its 4th edition, the Festival de magie de Québec invites amateur and professional magicians of all ages to participate in the 2nd edition of the “Michel Cailloux” International Magic Contest and take a chance at winning prizes ranging from $500 to $2500, for a total of $5000. The aim of the contest is to showcase magic before a broader audience and allow magicians from around the world to present their acts in Québec City.   


The Festival de Magie team is proud to have the opportunity to honour Michel Cailloux for a second year. This legend in the world of magic, better known as Michel the Magician in the televised series “La Boîte à surprise” (1956 to 1971) and through his “perlimpinpin” powder” was instrumental in initiating the public at large to the art of magic and as a role model to several great magicians from Quebec.   


The first winner of the “Michel Cailloux” grand prize in 2013, Marc Trudel, has agreed to accept the role of spokesperson for the 2014 contest. Marc Trudel is the Canadian champion. He has been presenting shows for more than 15 years and was the official magician of the Just for Laughs Museum. In addition to his regular customers, he has fascinated the public at the Just for Laughs Festival, the Montréal Jazz Festival and the Montréal High Lights Festival.


To participate in the contest, magicians (aged 18 or older/under 18) must register online at http://www.festivaldemagie.ca before June 20, 2014, 5 p.m. The three categories open to adults are “stage magic,” “manipulation” and “close-up magic.”  The two categories open to magicians under 18 are “stage magic” and “close-up magic.” Participants must present a home video of a complete number lasting five to ten minutes in one or each of the categories. A first evaluation will take place over the Web to select the contestants by category. Those selected will be given the opportunity to present their act during the finals scheduled for August 29 and 30, 2014 in Québec City. The winners per category will then present their act before participants and the general public during the Festival de magie de Québec’s Grand Gala on August 31 at the Impérial de Québec.

Note that Nouvo St-Roch will host the 4th Festival de magie de Québec from August 29 to 31, 2014. The program will become available in mid-June. Once again this year, the Festival team is planning several surprises and a new “speakers” program.  

This event is made possible through contributions by the Caisse Desjardins Centre Ville, the Benjo store, Ville de Québec and the Secrétariat de la Capitale Nationale.