Sick of FISM controversy?

Didn’t think so.

If Shawn Farquhar’s win was the most talked about controversy from this year’s FISM, this was certainly second on the list. In the South American circles this was definitely the most talked about topic for days…

Of all the acts presented at this years competition in Beijing, only one was disqualified. This same act also happened to be one of the few that received a standing ovation from the tough crowd, the first ever mentalism act to do so. While not much information was officially given out, much speculation has occurred around Juan Ordeix’s routine and the reason why it was disqualified- most suggesting that Ordeix broke the new No Stooges rule that was instated at FISM. However, Juan Ordeix himself has addressed the issue through http://blogdemagia.com :

“I believe magic to be the act of amazing and astonishing an audience, and I believe that the illusion is independent from the method used. Because this is a public blog I cannot delve deeper into the techniques used in my act; however, I can tell you that I used techniques that performers like Anneman, Dunninger, Copperfield, Derren Brown and Banachek have used or continue to use on a daily basis. This is my belief and I stand by it.”

Certainly something to think about.(maybe)

Check out the complete, translated public letter AFTER THE JUMP.

Alex Linian is a person who writes stuff sometimes, but also appears to be a translator of public letters… alex.linian@gmail.com



Letter by Juan Ordeix, originally published at Blogdemagia.com on August 3rd.

(translated by Alex Linian)

Hello friends around the magic world,

As you know, I recently participated at FISM 2009, the most important magic championships in the world.

In addressing my performance, I’d like to split the discussion into two parts. The first part being “the act”, the second being “the competition”.

And I’d like to address “the act” by letting you all know that it was a complete success. Something unprecedented in the mentalism category occurred: Around two thousand people (2000!) gave me a standing ovation.

I can assure you that being on stage at FISM and seeing the crowd standing and applauding is a unique experience, one that really moved me.

It was a very strong effect, ingenious and original, designed to fool that most observant of spectators. Every step is well thought-out, from the selection of audience members to its spectacular climax.

And I accomplished my objective: The crowd erupted in applause as everyone experienced a moment of magic.

At the same time, my act deceived the wise and prestigious jury at FISM.

Once the performance was finished, the jury invited me to share the workings of the act and I decided to preserve the secret.

I did suggest a solution to them for what until that point was an unsolvable puzzle and they all agreed it was the correct method. Of course, there were some secrets that I didn’t want to reveal and they decided (after spending hours watching the video in slow motion) to leave me out of the competition. That’s the way the competition works and I accept it, even if I don’t agree with it.

I believe magic to be the act of amazing and astonishing an audience, and I believe that the illusion is independent from the method used. Because this is a public blog I cannot delve deeper into the techniques used in my act; however, I can tell you that I used techniques that performers like Anneman, Dunninger, Copperfield, Derren Brown and Banachek have used or continue to use on a daily basis. This is my belief and I stand by it.

There are times when one has to simply look at the half of the glass which is full.  And while I admit that I would have liked to win first place, I simply cannot forget about the impressive ovation I was given and about the amount of letters and offers I’ve received (after my performance)

I am satisfied with the repercussions of the act. I’ve been contacted from Portugal, Korea, Taiwan, England and Germany with booking opportunities. This at least lets me know that there are people out there that share my vision of magic.

I’d like to thank the prestigious FISM jury who honored me by admitting they couldn’t figure out my effect.

I’d like to thank Mr. Daba, master of master magicians.

I’d like to thank Luis de Matos for his advice.

I’d like to thank the Buenos Aires Club for trusting in me.

I’d like to thank the hundreds of magicians who sent me emails of support.

And I’d also like to thank all those who do not agree with me, for allowing me grow with their constructive criticism.

Thanks for you valuable time,

Juan

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Webb/824095472 Andrew Webb

    I've actually seen Juan's act… he performed at International Magic's convention. and did a KILLER effect where he not only predicted the amount of money but also revealed the amount in an envelope… i KNOW it wasnt stooged as the spectator used was a very good friend of mine, and I know he'd not stooge anything..

    under FISM rules stooges may NOT be used… thats instant disqualification.. but I believe the judges can also question a competitior on methods.. and if they decide. they can assume stooges.. which i think is what happened here..

    BUT… Juan is a spectatular performer.. I urge you to see him perform.. whatever his methods ;)

    and keep in mind.. Derren Brown wasn't placed in a competition once because they assumed (wrongly) that he had used stooges.. so.. either way.. Juan is in good company ;)

  • Name

    There is more to this than meets the eye.

    Juan blatantly misled the jury – and was caught out on examination of the video tape of his performance.

    Anyone can create miracles with stooges. And there was no standing ovation from 2000 people. The venue only seated 800.

  • naquada

    I've actually seen Juan's act… he performed at International Magic's convention. and did a KILLER effect where he not only predicted the amount of money but also revealed the amount in an envelope… i KNOW it wasnt stooged as the spectator used was a very good friend of mine, and I know he'd not stooge anything..

    under FISM rules stooges may NOT be used… thats instant disqualification.. but I believe the judges can also question a competitior on methods.. and if they decide. they can assume stooges.. which i think is what happened here..

    BUT… Juan is a spectatular performer.. I urge you to see him perform.. whatever his methods ;)

    and keep in mind.. Derren Brown wasn't placed in a competition once because they assumed (wrongly) that he had used stooges.. so.. either way.. Juan is in good company ;)

  • Name

    There is more to this than meets the eye.

    Juan blatantly misled the jury – and was caught out on examination of the video tape of his performance.

    Anyone can create miracles with stooges. And there was no standing ovation from 2000 people. The venue only seated 800.