Magical visions from international illusionistsWhile David Copperfield started making an international name for himself in the 1980s, it is only in the past five years that magic has begun to take off as a pastime or a profession in Korea.
With such magician celebrities as Lee Eun-gyul, magic shows have become a popular new performance genre, magic cafes and academies have sprung up, and students everywhere dream of becoming professional illusionists touring the world.
Next week, world-renowned illusionists will join Korea’s best magicians for the 2005 World Star Magic Show at Chungmu Art Hall in the Jung district of Seoul.
Six international and six local illusionists will perform in a 100 minute show packed with suspense, wonder and enchantment.
Running from Sept 1 to 4 and sponsored by Bizmagic of Korea and Addison World Magic of the United States, the show will recreate the stunning magic shows of Las Vegas.
Among the international celebrity magicians taking part in the show are Jason Latimir, winner of the Grand Prix award at the 2003 FISM (Federation International des Societes Magiques), Argentina’s premier magician Mirco, Tony Hassini, president of the International Magicians Society, Tommy Wonder of the Netherlands, and Japan’s up and coming magician Kenji.
The Korean participants include Choi Hyun-woo, winner of the 2002 International Brotherhood of Magicians competition, female magician Roh Byeong-wuk, winner of Korea’s national magic contest, Kim Yoojeongguk, and rising magic star Ru.
The sole female illusionist in the performance is Ms. Roh, who will showcase her “wedding” related magic show.
Canada’s leading magician Murray will perform magic using CDs, Kenji’s skills are worked using spoons and forks, and Tony Hassini will present a marvelous illusion of levitation.
Magic is developing into an art form, rather than a mere hobby, and the performances of these international and domestic stars will surely wow the audience.
by Choi Jie-ho
The 2005 World Star Magic Show will take place at the Chungmu Art Hall’s Main Theater in central Seoul from Sept. 1 to 4. Performances are held at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Ticket prices range from 44,000 won to 66,000 won. For more information call (02) 3433-1788 or visit www.worldmagicshow.co.kr.