We love our magicians here at KS. But we can hardly call some of them that, because they are really so much more. We’ve been working with Chris Hannibal, better known as Hannibal, for a long time now. This Charlotte native has used his talent and personality to become one of the top magicians in the WORLD. Check this out!
Top 10 Magicians in North America!
Have you heard??? Charlotte’s very own, unique inspirational magic artist, Chris Hannibal, will be representing North America in the World Championship of Magic in July 2015!!!
Chris Hannibal has been enchanting us with his unique, close up magic tricks and inspirational theater shows in Charlotte for over 20 years! Hannibal is talented and fortunate enough to travel the world with his craft. Spending a lot of time living out of suitcases and hotel rooms, he endearingly documents his adventures as #gypsyboots and loves every bit of it.
Traveling the world being as experienced and talented as he is, Hannibal has made many friends along the way. About a year ago, a good friend and FISM Grand Prix Champion, Shawn Farquhar offered his opinion that Hannibal needed more recognition from fellow magicians and suggested that FISM was just the place for it. After watching Hannibal’s ‘Silver Memories” act, he felt that the act was beautiful and worthy of the award (See sample of “Silver Memories” here: http://youtu.be/S6zTyzyUlxE ).
For those of us outside of the magical world, FISM is THE organization that brings together the world’s best magicians in a competition for the most prestigious title. FISM, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, has been in existence since 1948 and consists of both national and international magic societies which are subdivided into 6 continental divisions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania.
Hannibal readily submitted a sample video of one of his close up magic shows along with over 200 other close up magicians. He carried on his gypsyboots life until receiving a phone call inviting him to proceed with the interview process. The FISM organization was tasked with narrowing down the 200 gifted magicians to a total of24. Part of the process was completing very intense interviews with the head of the contest committee. FISM was in search for not only the talent and entertainment, but the heart and soul of each presentation. The 24 best magicians were invited to St. Louis, MO to compete for 7 slots available to North America in the world Championship next summer. Hannibal moved on in the competition as one of the 24 magicians to compete for FISM North America.
Earlier this month, FISM held its FISM North America Competition. The four long, competitive days complete with unbelievable talent was worth this incredible journey because Hannibal was awarded one of the 7 slots! Hannibal says, “Support and inspiration from family, friends, and respected colleagues motivated me, and while you can be inspired by many things, you HAVE to motivate yourself, so that’s what I did”.
We look forward to following Hannibal’s gypsy boots journey to FISM World Championship next summer! If you haven’t attended a Chris Hannibal show or motivational seminar, you absolutely need to! Who doesn’t want to witness one of the top 10 magicians of North America?!
If you want to learn more about Hannibal, click here!