LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 1,200 magicians from around the globe are appearing at the International Brotherhood of Magicians/The Society of American Magicians convention in Louisville from July 12-15. The event is open to the public at the Kentucky Center of the Arts.
Dozens submitted acts for consideration, but only 14 were selected to compete in the stage category and 13 in close-up.
Magicians at the combined IBM-/SAM convention will compete for the coveted title of North American Champion. Winners and top qualifiers will go on to compete in next year's World Grand Championships of Magic in Busan, South Korea. Similar to the Olympics, the World Grand Championships of Magic are held every three years in different cities around the world.
Louisville is where popular magicians, Lance Burton and Mac King got their start. Co-owner of Caufield's, Tracy Caufield, remembers watching them perform in her dad's store when she was a little girl.
"That's always been kind of our claim to fame that we can claim them," she said.
Whether they're a local Houdini or an illusionist from far away, convention organizers say they've got tricks up their sleeves that will blow your mind.
Here's the scheduled for the weekend:
Billy Topit Film Screening on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m., Whitney Hall
STARS OF MAGIC Opening Gala on Wednesday, July 12 at 8 p.m., Whitney Hall
WORLD STARS OF MAGIC on Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m., Whitney Hall
INTL. MAGIC COMPETITION on Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m., Whitney Hall
STARS OF MAGIC GRAND FINALE on Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m., Whitney Hall
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