The news was announced by Domenico Dante, president, FISM, on July 10 during the 2018 World Championships of Magic, which were held in Busan, South Korea. Québec City beat out the Spanish city of Valladolid. It will be the first time the championships will be take place in North America.
(l-r) Jocelyn Guertin, sales manager, International Markets, Québec City Convention Centre; Renee-Claude Auclair; Pierre Hamon, general manager, Festival de magie de Québec.
The 2021 World Championships of Magic will be held July 26-31, 2021, and will bring more than 2,000 magicians and magic aficionados from around the world to Québec City. It is expected to generate in excess of $5 million in revenues for the city.
“What an unbelievable feat to have attracted this well-known event to our city! It took quite a bit of magic to win this international bid and convince FISM to hold one of its championships on North American soil—the first time in its history!” explained Pierre-Michel Bouchard, CEO of the convention centre. “When the organizers of the Festival de magie de Québec first approached us in 2014 to embark on this adventure, we immediately said yes. We pulled out all the stops, leveraging our expertise and breadth of resources to create a stellar bid for the event.”
“We would not have been able to convince the presidents of international magic clubs to vote for Québec City without the unwavering support and expertise of Jocelyn Guertin, sales manager for International Markets at the Québec City Convention Centre. Jocelyn and her team guided us through each step of the bidding and selection process,” said Renée-Claude Auclair, president of the Club de magie de Québec and co-organizer of the Festival de magie de Québec. “They greatly contributed to highlighting our organization’s credibility. We would like to thank them and give a nod to their dedication in helping organizations such as ours to attract major international events to Québec City.”
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