This just in from the folks at FISM:
The FISM European Championship of Magic 2008
goes to Sofia.
London, 05 July, 2007 - Next year, for the first time ever, the FISM European Championships of Magic will be held. Top magicians from all over Europe will gather to perform their spectacular and astonishing acts in hopes of being able to be known as the very best magicians in Europe.
Out of the countries thought to host the first edition of the FISM European Championships of Magic, the FISM Europe Executive Board had narrowed down the choices to three cities; Sofia (Bulgaria), Prague (Czech Republic) and Aix-les-Bains (France). On 13 June, 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria was announced to be the winner. Sofia will be the home of the first ever European Championships of Magic where the Bulgarian Magic Union will be responsible for organising, developing, and hosting this event.
The 3 candidate cities were evaluated on criteria such as venues, accommodation facilities, affordability and political support but also on their abilities and proposals to enhance the art of magic as well as their vision for the future of FISM Europe.
The choice of Sofia was finally influenced by the full support and implication of the Balkan Magic Societies and the first ever FISM European Championship of Magic will be held in the frame of the 6th Balkan Magic Convention from 20 to 23 November 2008.
Astor, President of the Bulgarian Magic Union stated We are extremely excited for this first FISM European Championship of Magic to be held in Sofia. This is a great opportunity for Bulgaria, for magic in the Balkans and we are committed to make this competition a successful and entertaining event.
Andr Ciocca, Interim President of FISM Europe, said Congratulations to the Bulgarian Magic Union and the other candidate-cities, Prague and Aix-les-Bains who did a fantastic job in bidding to host this already trusted magic event. The FISM European Championships of Magic will bring the magic community together in what is to be the last big event before the World Championships of Magic 2009 in Beijing.
The FISM European Championship of Magic was developed to further newly organised FISM Europes goals. FISM Europe was established to provide services to European magicians that would be difficult for FISM International to offer. Through this continental competition FISM hopes to increase the talent of magic and the level of the FISM World Championships of Magic. With the FISM European Championships of Magic that is another opportunity for all European magicians to make a name for themselves!