The MagicValongo is an international festival of illusionism, which takes place in Portugal (Valongo).
It has often been the scene of performances, as guests, of several world champions in various types of magic and, moreover, it has been an important element of dissemination of magic, magicians and Iberian congregation and also as a privileged site of discovery , launch and promotion of new talents. It is held annually in September and includes various aspects, including contests, galas with guests, conferences, magic shows, street shows.
It is organized with the support of the Municipality of Valongo by an experienced and qualified commission headed by António Cardinal and also composed by Fernando Castro, Salazar Ribeiro and Manuel Alves counting still with a set of several collaborators.
Members of the organizing committee have devoted decades to the art of magic, such as being magicians but also in the qualities of lecturers, association leaders in magic, members of boards and specialty authors. Some members have previously been linked to organizations like MagicPorto, Festival of Saint John Bosco and the International Festival of Figueira da Foz.
III History, importance and participants
Besides being the oldest magical event in the country, it presents itself as the reference event in Portugal, and has increasingly assumed a major role in the international magic with its merits being praise on several industry publications and blogs.
The MagicValongo has relied on the qualities of the guest speakers and competitors from Spain, USA, China, France, Argentina, Germany, Macau, Netherlands, Brazil, Sweden, Japan, East Timor, Belgium, among many more. They have also participated in the annual magic show booths representing dozens of houses from different magical places in Europe, Asia and the Americas. There is also the usual share of foreign associations accredited by FISM, and also including the official participation of several senior leaders of that world federation of magic.
In its 19 years it has been having many guests that are FISM winners, including several Grand Prix winners and world champions (check FISM official list, http://fism.org/web/championship-contests/fism-winners/fism-winners-2000-to-2009/). For example, Henry Evans, Pilou (Grand Prix), Soma (Grand Prix), Vic & Fabrini, Marc Oberon, Mathieu Bich, David Stone, Hugo Valenzuela, Rocco, Norbert Ferré (Grand Prix), Jason Latimer( Grand Prix), Kenji Minemura, Simon Pierro, Mirco Callaci, MagoMigue, Hélder Guimarães, David Sousa Mask, Manuel Muerte, Yunke, Junge Junge, Boris Wild, Peter Marvey, Topas,Juan Mayoral, John Carney, Roberto Giobbi, Enric Magoo, Tom Voss, The Cantervilles, Tommy Wonder, Cha’peau, Peki, Jay Scott Berry, Pavel, Michael Ammar, Tony Cachadina, Camilo, Finn Jon. In an official newsletter - which is provided in the link below - the FISM (International Federation of Magic Societies), November 2005, was MagicValongo symbolically considered 'the wonderfull small scale convention. ".
It is an event with a life close to two decades and it has been conducted continuously since 1992 and has enjoyed every year with approximately two hundred participants, which, as already seen, come from a multitude of countries from almost every continent.
Several of those who were awarded in the MagicValongo competitions came later to be honored with important titles, such as for example, FISM world champions (Helder), or vice champion (David Sousa) or national champions, for example from Spain (Rubiales).
The MagicValongo takes place in the town of Valongo, and several of its parishes, Ermesinde in particular, which is located a few kilometers from Porto and also a few kilometers from the internationally airport.
On 17, 18 and 19 September 2010, held the 19th edition of this event with international prestige. Once more with a world champion, Soma. And again with great success.
In September Valongo has more magic!
Site oficial - http://www.magicvalongo.org