Absolute Success Of The IV European Magic Contest Held In Manresa
All the predictions were fulfilled, all the predictions written on the spirit boards; the lost cards were found in the deck; the coins appeared in the empty hand and the IV European Magic Contest has been a resounding success , surpassing even many of those that have been held worldwide, sponsored by the International Federation of Magical Societies (FISM).
The quality of the numbers presented by the 73 contestants during the competition. The unanimity on the part of the jury and of the 450 registered that the number shown by the Belgian Laurent Piron was the best, the most surprising, making him win the Grand Prix of this edition .
The excellence of the lectures given by Dani DaOrtiz, Miguel Muñoz, Mario López, Sergi Buka and Eberhard Riese or of the artists in the galas offered corroborates what was stated.
But the success would not have been complete without the fantastic organization of GENI, the association of magicians led by May Closa and Xavier Tapias, the volunteers and the professionalism of the components of Manresana d’Equipaments Escènics (Mees) , the municipal company that manages the scenic spaces of the city.
Special mention deserves the young disc jockey Nür (Pau Borrell) , in charge of musically filling the dead times between participants, with the involvement of more than four hundred people present in each session of the contest.
Reflections around this edition
Domenico Dante, president of the FISM and present in Manresa made the following reflection to this newspaper “there is no doubt that we are facing a historic event, held after having overcome, it seems, the pandemic. It is a turning point for the profession.
For most artists, it has meant returning to a stage after a year and a half. On the other hand, there is the exceptional work of Closa and Tapias at the head of a perfect organization ”.
The IV European Magic Championship is on the way to excellence
In similar terms, Pere Rafart expressed himself , after his performance at the Cerca Gala, “it has been highly anticipated and emotional to meet again physically with friends, with the stage, after the postponement of last year, for obvious reasons, the time has come for the affectionate smiles, hugs… ”.
Still levitating in emotions after obtaining the highest award from the jury, Laurent Piron told us that he was very happy with the result of course, but also with the number that we showed and on which we have worked a lot this year. We hoped to bring it more filmed, to perfect it before the lay public, but the coronavirus suspended all the performances “.
Reunions like the one between two legends of illusionism such as Màgic Andreu and Jorge Blass . The first one present at the Fair, selling games designed by him. Andreu does not have the store to do business. “I earn my living with bowling, finery, etc.
All the income from the store goes to my charity project in Nepal ”. The second to reconnect with friends and hire the winner of the contest to the next edition of the prestigious International Festival that it annually organizes in Madrid.
These have been days in which we have seen the veteran journalist Tomàs Delclós, a scholar in the field , surprised by the games played by the young students of the Barcelona School Tres de Trébol ; or the photojournalist Mireia Arso dazzled by how Ricardo Vizcarra, an expert in numismagia , made coins appear and disappear in her hands.
Remarkable result by the Spanish delegation
The Spanish delegation participating in the competition has obtained great results. It is worth highlighting the winners Miguel Ajo, Luis Olmedo, Javi Rufo, D’albeniz & Alaitz, Ramó & Alegria and Ruben Vilagrand.
Special mention is deserved by the company Ramó & Alegria, from Barcelona . After achieving the first position in the National Prize of Spain in 2019 in two of its categories, it has been proclaimed runner-up in this European Prize for Great Illusions and has also obtained the second prize in Invention.
With a number starring the fierce struggle between the two characters, Ramó and his assistant Alegria , it has been a great display of gestural humor, choreography and high-impact magic. This award represents a new impulse in a career where quality and perseverance stand out for their quality.
The atmosphere and the experiences lived on the terraces of Passeig Pere III are already in the memory of the artists and passers-by turned into improvised spectators.
La Nit dels Genis will reach its tenth edition
Saint Petersburg will host the next contest in 2024, but the capital of Bages does not remain orphaned of illusion, and that GENI is preparing for next year, the tenth edition of La Nit dels Genis . Under the bars of Closa and Tapias , we ventured to predict another resounding success of easy prediction.