World Society of Deaf Magicians

Deaf Magician Groups in Canada

By any standard, the Society of World Deaf Magicians is going strong.The Societyincludes amateur, semi-pro and professional magicians around the world and regularly meet at some of the world’s most important magic events.

On the U.S. version of the international society’s website, http://www.usdeafmagicians.com/, they’re promoting attendance at the upcoming FISM, the U.S. Deaf Magicians Festival in Las Vegas in the first week of August, 2003 and the International Festival to be held in Germany in 2004.

The World Deaf Magicians Committee was formed in Leipzig in 1990 to encourage deaf magicians from around the world to join in competition, friendship and the exchange of ideas.

U.S. magicians have been involved since the outset with Simon Carmel bringing three American deaf magicians to compete in one of the earliest festivals.

The name of the organization was changed in 1992 to ‘The Society of World Deaf Magicians’ and by most recent count, the society boasts about 300 deaf amateur and semi-professional magicians around the world.

The last world festival, the ninth, was held in Moscow last year. The contests featured acts from around the world and awarded cash prizes to the top performers. Perhaps more significantly, the group took time to entertain 500 deaf Russian children. Many of the kids expressed their excitement about learning and performing magic after the show.

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Deaf Magician Groups in Canada

By any standard, the Society of World Deaf Magicians is going strong.The Societyincludes amateur, semi-pro and professional magicians around the world and regularly meet at some of the world’s most important magic events.

On the U.S. version of the international society’s website, http://www.usdeafmagicians.com/, they’re promoting attendance at the upcoming FISM, the U.S. Deaf Magicians Festival in Las Vegas in the first week of August, 2003 and the International Festival to be held in Germany in 2004.

The World Deaf Magicians Committee was formed in Leipzig in 1990 to encourage deaf magicians from around the world to join in competition, friendship and the exchange of ideas.

U.S. magicians have been involved since the outset with Simon Carmel bringing three American deaf magicians to compete in one of the earliest festivals.

The name of the organization was changed in 1992 to ‘The Society of World Deaf Magicians’ and by most recent count, the society boasts about 300 deaf amateur and semi-professional magicians around the world.

The last world festival, the ninth, was held in Moscow last year. The contests featured acts from around the world and awarded cash prizes to the top performers. Perhaps more significantly, the group took time to entertain 500 deaf Russian children. Many of the kids expressed their excitement about learning and performing magic after the show.

Even though each country has its own sign language, the attendees were able to learn an “international” sign language thus allowing magicians from different countries to communicate far easier by sign language than by speaking. That is quite a feat considering magicians came from Russia, U.S.A., Ukraine, India, Great Britain, Cyprus, Lithuania, Germany, Portugal, Japan, Canada, and Uzbekistan.

As is the case with any magic convention, the sharing of ideas and tricks often took place outside the lecture halls and in the lobbies until late into the night.

Mr. Carmel, from Rochester, New York is not only the General Secretary of the Society of World Deaf Magicians and a member of the U.S. Deaf Magicians Society but also a past winner in both U.S. and World competitions.

For his efforts at the development of the magical arts and support of deaf magicians, Vladimir Rudnev, President of the Moscow Magic Club and Society of Russian Magicians presented Mr. Carmel with a gold pin signifying the community’s appreciation for his dedication.

The organization is dedicated to increasing its membership. If you know of a deaf magician, refer them to the society.

US Deaf Magicians Soceity
1524 South 87th Street
West Allis, WI 53214 USA


Fax:1.414.258.7710

Email Address: president@usdeafmagicians.com

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