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Shawn Farquhar

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


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


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 Past 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 filmed for Season 1 on the UK show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, where the hosts Penn and Teller view contesting magicians' tricks with the intention of working out their methods. Farquhar successfully fooled them by creating the illusion of a signed card appearing reversed inside a brand new (and shrink-wrapped) deck. Farquhar won the opportunity to perform at their Vegas show.

In 2012, Farquhar was a guest on the Canadian television talk show, Steven and Chris, where he presented several effects including a card trick with a golf ball retriever and a sand pail as well as his original prototype for a comedic book test. This would then be demonstrated on July 13, 2016, when he returned to Penn & Teller: Fool Us and asked the new host Alyson Hannigan to test him in recalling several random pages of the novel The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a segment called Sheer Luck. Farquhar was successful in fooling them, winning the opportunity to be at their Vegas show again. This made Shawn Farquhar the first magician to fool them twice.

He is a past International President (2014-2015) of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Canadian Association of Magicians and Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.


  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)
  6. Tri-City News: Maillardville magician wows Ellen 2 March 2010
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