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PCAM 2019 Contest Results

On April 24th and 25th, 2019 I had the privilege of facilitating the Joint Philippines International Magic Convention and 86th Pacific Coast Association of Magicians magic competitions at the SMX Convention Center, Taguig City, Philippines. During the two days of competition, we saw some exciting and talented magicians from South Korea, Japan, China, the United States, and the Philippines. According to the judges, it was a tough two days of scoring all the great presentations they saw.
During the 3-day convention there were 18 competitors, with 2 also competing for Innovative in the following categories:

Close-up Magic Juvenile – Category #2, 1 competitor
Close-up Magic – Category #6, 1 competitor
Platform Magic – Category #8, 1 competitor
Stage Magic – Category #9, 12 competitors
Children’s Entertainment – Category #12, 3 competitors
Two Stage Magic applicants also have chosen the Innovative Category #7

Our judges were:
Raul Fernandez, Past President PCAM
Jeff Evans, Past President PCAM
Alex Zander, active member (President-Elect IBM)
Billy Hsueh, active member and awarding winning PCAM magician
Dale Salwak, Professional Magician

Our winners:

Close-up Juvenile:
Jouella Marie P. Sellado, Philippines

Chris Herren, United States

Min Wo Na, South Korea – 1st Place
James Ting Pong Ng, China – 2nd Place

Children Entertainment:
James Cuevas, Philippines

Rosela Torres Rondez, Philippines

Again, I was very honored to facilitate the 2019 competitions during the PCAM-PIMC joint convention and I know that all the judges also felt honored to be part of this event.

Frank Padilla Jr.

Ken Scott’s Convention Review

One of the PCAM 2009 Conference performers, Ken Scott, spent some of his free time on board the Norwegian Pearl talking to the various magic celebrities on board the cruise.  He was “on location” for The Magic NewswireYou can listen to the whole podcast by clicking here. It’s almost as good as actually being there… but there was a lot of fun that couldn’t be captured via audio (or even on video for that matter).

Vlog Review of the 2009 Convention

Past Presidents, Shawn Farquhar and Donovan Deschner, sat down after the 2009 convention on board the Norwegian Pearl Cruise Ship to share their thoughts on the event.  The video that was created as part of Shawn’s vlog is in two parts on YouTube, but you can watch them both here:


And Part 2:


Shawn has taken on the conference again for next year and has selected Hawaii for our location. Stay tuned to this blog for all the details as they are announced.