FISM: ‘The Incident’ Shocks Audience

Ugly, Unfortunate, and SadTim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster continue their updates from China and the FISM competition in Beijing, China.

They report on a particularly unsettling incident immediately following a contestant’s performance in the Close-Up Competition.

On occasion, we get caught up in the excitement and become disoriented as to time, place, and identity.  There are even times when we forget our place in human history.

Magicians are assured that FISM may be world wide in scope and fertile ground for our craft, but there are those who would attempt to plant the malignant weed of division to destroy, not build.

Not surprising given recent events reported virtually everywhere but Mainland China, the issue of Taiwan gave rise to a very ugly moment in what was promising to be one of the best FISMs yet.

The USA Today has a neat article about Taiwanese Magician Lu Chen, a fantastic magician lauded by no less an authority than David Copperfield.

Check out Tim and Sue-Anne’s blog for the details on “The Incident” here:  Magic Unlimited with Ellis & Webster.

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Ellis and Webster Report on FISM Day One

Sue-Anne Webster and Tim Ellis on a Great Wall in China Covering FISMThe peripatetic and personable team of Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster are on the ground giving the bird’s eye view of the low-down in Beijing, China.

How is it going over there?

From their latest entry, it sounds like Beijing may have found the secret to pulling off a great Magic convention.

Compare the reviews of prior FISMs.

This one is shaping up to be a humdinger.

Even though no magic was performed during the welcome banquet, Mr. Ellis and Ms. Webster write it was still magical.

Yes, there was absolutely no magic in the dinner show, but we were treated to what appeared to be the absolute best in many facets of Chinese entertainment. Most people I spoke to afterwards said they wouldn’t have changed a thing and rated the first day of FISM 2009 a 9 out of 10.

That is high praise from real magicians who make their living entertaining real people all around the world.  They’ve seen some lesser FISM iterations and have a perfect perspective.

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