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12 Hores de Magia
As anyone who lives here or has visited the city will testify, there is something magical about Barcelona. But perhaps it’s not just the creativity, the fantastic architecture or FC Barcelona’s otherworldly abilities that give the city its enchanted air. Barcelona has in fact got something of a history with the dark arts. It was a native of Barcelona, Pau Minguet, who in 1733 published the first Spanish book on magic. And it was here too, in the Catalan capital, that the Salón Mágico opened in 1894, making it the very first theatre devoted to magic in the whole of the country.
Today, Barcelona’s ongoing fascination with the extraordinary can be witnessed at the annual magical extravaganza, Les 12 Hores de Màgia de Barcelona, part of the Mercè celebrations. La Mercè itself is a holiday where illusions and the phantasmic (think pyrotechnical displays, correfocs—where people dressed like devils run through the streets brandishing fireworks—and parades of papier-mâché giants) traditionally delight the crowds.
This year’s 12-hour magical bonanza will feature five of the most important magicians on the national scene, Gerard Escarré, Moustache, Isaac, and Charlie Mag and Magnolo (winners of the 2011 Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques), who will amaze and astound with displays of close-up and parlour magic. Barcelona’s own Hausson, a magician described as a synthesis of Houdini, Fregoli and Méliès, is in charge of the show’s coordination and will be both performer and host.
The ‘marathon of magic’, as it is billed, is made up of a series of 45-minute long shows, one every hour, beginning at noon and ending at the witching hour, midnight. Despite the new venue in the Born, which doubles the capacity of previous years, this is a popular event so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
La Seca, September 24th, 2011. Tickets are from €6 per show. www.laseca.cat