Although for the past decade Shawn has been almost exclusively appearing on the luxurious cruise vessels, he does get the opprtunity to travel to make personal appearances every once and awhile. Here’s just a few recent memorable moments.
•Grand West Casino – Cape Town, South Africa
•Congresso Brasileiro de Magicos – Sao Paulo, Brazil
•JCB World Conference – Honolulu, Hawaii
•FISM – Stockholm, Sweden
•Galiano Music Theatre – Athens, Greece
•International Magic Festival – Macau, China
•World Magic Seminar – Las Vegas, Nevada
Each of these events listed above were customized presentations designed with their audience in mind. Many of the effects and much of the comedy were created expressly for that particular show. When you want to really excite, enthrall and entertain an audience …you want Shawn! After all …it’s his job!
“Your connection with audience members of all ages helped to endear your skills as a magician with the sensibilities of the audience but left us wondering just how much CAFFEINE does it take to get ready for your show? ”
Gerald Franti – Passenger on MS Norwegian Star
Shawn has had thousands of clients so we have only listed those that have booked Shawn at least three times!
•Toronto Dominion Bank
•Ford Motor Ltd.
•Royal Bank of Canada
•Holland America Cruises
•Disney Cruise line
•Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
•IBM Canada Ltd.
•ORMED Information Systems
•All State Insurance
•New York Life
•Norwegian Cruise Line
•Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
As a two-time world champion of magic Shawn has an incredible arsenal at his disposal to create your entertainment package. Everything from the small up close style magic to the newest and most advanced illusions you would see in the showrooms of Las Vegas.
”He’s the magic equivalent of one of the seven great wonders of the world.
Once you have seen him, you’ll never forget Shawn Farquhar.”
-Graham Hey, Magic Seen Magazine
a brief description
There are basically two different disciplines of magic. Stage and Close Up. Most magicians will be students of one or the other. Shawn is a master of BOTH. In fact he travels the world to teach other magicians at events like Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. When engaging Shawn for your event consider having him doing both the Sleight of Hand and the Stage show.
Sleight of Hand Show
Nothing is more amazing than having the magic happen in your own hands. Every great magician begins and ends their career with a deck of cards. Shawn is no exception. In fact he is the 2009-2012 world champion of cards and the Grand Prix World Champion of Sleight of Hand.
At your event Shawn will mingle among your guests presenting card effects that are unlike anything you have ever seen before. Imagine a deck of cards spilling from his mouth or perhaps turning into a block of glass in your own hands. These are just a couple of Shawn’s signature pieces from his Sleight of Hand show.
How does he do it? …it’s his job!
The room will explode with excitement when Shawn takes to the stage. His infectious smile and true love for his job shines through in all that he says and does. You can be assured he will amaze and amuse your guests with many of the routines he has used to win his countless number of awards. The basic show is 45 minutes of interactive magic and comedy. This show can also be upgraded to even feature illusions.
“Having a talented and giving friend like Shawn makes a producers life a lot easier.” R.G. Smith Exec. Show Producer Society of American Magicians Convention Shows
“Having booked dozens of magicians on many cruise ships for 20 years, I must say Shawn Farquhar heads my list of the highest Entertainer Evaluation Reports from Cruise Directors. Needless to say, he is also the highest paid. Ron Wilson President Emeritus – The Magic Castle
“Everyone needs a Farquhar fix!!” Kieron Buffery Cruise Director
RCCL Mariner Of the Seas
TV and Motion Pictures
“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”
–Francis Ford Coppola
Shawn’s magic, ideas and even his illusion props have been used in countless motion pictures and television productions over the past twenty years. From teaching actors how to perform sleight of hand magic to creating original illusions, Shawn has done it all and with award winning results!
Here’s a list of just a few of the projects Shawn has worked on over his career.
Shawn Farquhar-Magic Awards: 2009 Federation International Society of Magic Grand Prix World Champion2009 Federation International Society of Magic World Champion (Cards)2008 International Champion of Magic – London, England2006 Federation International Society of Magic Silver Medalist (Parlour)2006 Federation International Society of Magic Silver Medalist (Sleight of Hand)2003 Federation International Society of Magic Silver Medalist (Sleight of Hand)2003 Canadian Association of Magicians -Magician of the Year2003 Lifetime achievement award from Pacific Coast Association of Magicians2003 Lifetime achievement award from Vancouver Magic Circle2003 Mandrake Award – Society of American Magicians #952001 International Brotherhood of Magicians 1st Place Gold Cups Competition (Close Up)2001 Society of American Magicians Close-Up Champion2001 FFFF People’s Choice Award -Original Close Up Magic event2000 Grand Prix du Magique -Pacific Coast Association of Magicians1998 International Brotherhood of Magicians 1st Place Gold Medal Competition (Stage)1998 Wilf Rutherford Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1997 H.B. MacLean Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1996 Cecil Ackery Comedy Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1996 Ray Gamble Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1994 Wilf Rutherford Trophy-Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1992 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians -Pacific Rim Gold Medal Magic Champion1992 Wilf Rutherford -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1991 Ray Gamble Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1991 Society of American Magicians -Mystic Craig Award for Rising Star of Magic1991 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians -Stage Magic Champion1990 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians -Pacific Rim Silver Medal Magic Champion1990 David Culos Memorial Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1989 David Culos Memorial Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1989 William Shelly Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1989 Charles Howard Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1989 Ray Gamble Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1989 H.B. MacLean Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1988 Wilf Rutherford Trophy -Vancouver Magic Circle (Canada’s largest Magic Circle)1984 Pacific Coast Association of Magicians -Stage Magic ChampionAwards (Non Magic) Merel Cadenhead Award for Bravery Orpheum Kids’ Club Award for Bravery Published works: BedJumpers -a lecture on magic for professionals MagiCD -an interactive CD-Rom for the general public Magic DVD -an interactive DVD for the general public Tagged -an original magic effect mass marketed for the magic community Lightening Matrix -an original magic effect mass marketed for the magic community MatriXpress -an original magic effect mass marketed for the magic community Egg, Lemon and Balloon -an original magic effect mass marketed for the magic community Bunny Knows All -Monthly newsletter for magicians – five years as editor Cover Feature -Linking Ring Magazine -Official Publication for the International Brotherhood of Magicians Magic Convention Appearances: FISM 2003 -Canadian representative for Olympics of Magic -Den Hague, Holland Texas Association of Magicians -Performer -Ft. Worth, TexasMagiFest -Performer -Columbus, OhioFlorida State Magic Convention -Performer -Miami, FloridaMagie Montreal -Performer -Montreal, QBInternational Festival of Magic -Producer/Performer -New Westminster, BCWeekend of Magic -Producer/Performer/Lecturer -Vancouver, BCInternational Brotherhood of Magicians -Opening act for convention when held in Canada -Quebec City, QBSociety of American Magicians -Producer/ Performer of “The Canadian “eh” Team” gala show -Milwaukee, WIWinter Carnival of Magic -Performer -Gatlinburg, TNWorld Magic Seminar -Performer/Lecturer -Las Vegas, NVPacific Coast Association of Magicians 2002 -Performer -Page, AZPacific Coast Association of Magicians 2001 -Performer/Lecturer -Palm Springs, CA Pacific Coast Association of Magicians 1998 -Performer -Tacoma, WATri-City Magic Convention -Performer -Victoria, BCMagicpalooza -Performer -Renton, WASmoke and Mirrors Festival -Performer -Everett, WAPacific Coast Association of Magicians 1993 -Vancouver, BCMagic Hands Convention – Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany Cruise Ships: Disney Wonder 2011 – present Disney Magic 2011 – present Disney Fantasy 2012 – present ms Venedam ms Norwegian Star -May 15, 2004 -2010 ms Norwegian Sky -Dec 28, 2001 -May 15, 2004 ms Norwegian Dream -August 16 -2001 -October 5, 2001 ms Westerdam -Alaskan Season 1995 mv Cunard Princess -Alaskan Season -1984 -1985 ms Sagafjord -World Cruise -Alaskan Season -Caribbean Season 1986 -1988ms Vistafjord -Caribbean Season -1986 Elected Offices Held: Pacific Coast Association of Magicians President 2005 -2003 -1993 Vancouver Magic Circle President 1988 -1993 Territorial Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians -10 years Deputy Vice-President of the Society of American Magicians -4 years Regional Vice-President of the Society of American Magicians representing Canada -2004 -2010 President-Elect of the International Brotherhood of Magicians 2013-2014