Shawn Farquhar

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Shawn Farquhar
BornJune 7, 1962
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

NationalityCanadian

Shawn Farquhar (born 1962) of Coquitlam, British Columbia is a magician who holds the current title "Grand Prix World Champion of Magic" from the International Federation of Magic Societies.[1]

Biography

His awards include being the only magician in history to win First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) for both Stage and Sleight of Hand; Canadian Association of Magicians Magician of the Year;[2] First Place at the Society of American Magicians annual magic convention competition; and three Silver (2nd Place) awards plus a First (World Championship) in Card Magic and the Grand Prix World Championship for Close Up at FISM, the "Olympics of Magic".

In August 2009 he won magic's most prestigious prize at the FISM World Championship of Magic in Beijing.[3]

Farquhar travels the world extensively performing and lecturing for magicians and consults for TV shows and motion pictures. He has appeared on the cover of the largest magic publications in Asia, Europe and North America.

Farquhar has appeared on stages all over the world, including the Riveria, Las Vegas, Opera House, Blackpool and Orpheum, Vancouver . He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II[4] on her visit to Charlottetown, PEI and has traveled to Bermuda at the request of Princess Anne of Great Britain.[5]

He is the current President of the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.

Farquhar appeared on the January 13, 2010 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she referred to him as "the best sleight-of-hand magician in the world". He presented several effects, including his creation of a signed card in a sealed deck in Ellen Degeneres' hands, and a torn and restored signed photograph.[6]

On May 1, 2010 the Canadian Association of Magicians once again named Shawn the Canadian Magician of the Year, making him the only two time recipient of their most prestigious award.

In 2011, Farquhar was a contestant on British show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, in which the aim is to perform a trick in front of Penn and Teller and hope that they are unable to work out how it is done. Farquhar successfully fooled them and won the opportunity to perform in Las Vegas as a result.


References

  1. Official Site of the FISM World Championship of Magic.
  2. Canadian Association Of Magicians Website.
  3. B.C. man wins magic's top prize (August 24, 2009)
  4. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0000788
  5. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0000788
  6. Tri-City News: Maillardville magician wows Ellen 2 March 2010
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