Pyongyang Hosts a Large-sized Magic Show

The following announcement has been sent to CanKor by the DPRK Permanent Mission to the UN in New York:

The April Spring Friendship Art Festival has been held as a traditional event in Pyongyang, capital city of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in the beautiful spring month of April. I addition to the festival, Pyongyang will host this year a new form of magic show in the May Day Stadium, where the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance Arirang is staged every year.

A link in the whole chain of magic shows held in a few countries the world over, the magic show, prepared by the Pyongyang Circus, will present aircraft, a large bus, elephants and other giant objects and animals in their original form.

Aircraft and a large bus appearing and then suddenly disappearing, elephants and other heavy animals appearing mysteriously, motorcycle performing fantastic skills, magicians floating in the air as if in a gravity-free space—all these will be presented in one large-scale artistic image.

May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, photo by Chris Price

Audiences will enjoy in Pyongyang a multifaceted artistic performance of a new mood, which, unlike the magic shows that were held previously in a few countries, presents a series of numbers in one show.

This magic show is to be performed by Kim Chol, a prestigious magician of the Pyongyang Circus. He is 50 years old this year. He became an eye-catcher already in his teens, drawing the limelight of the magic circles. He distinguished himself with his marked individuality at international magic festivals already in the 1980s, enjoying popularity with the audiences.

He is vice-chairman of the Magicians Association of Korea and leader of the magic production team of the Pyongyang Circus. At present he is a world-class producer and performer of pieces of magic. His masterpieces include Warriors, Girls Reflected in a Mirror and A Rich Catch of Catfish, which are well known in the world for the unique skills and splendid conception.

The magic pieces of the DPRK have won more than 20 highest prizes, including the Grand Prix, at the Monte Carlo International Magic Festival and other festivals on ten occasions.

For the past 60 years since its inception in 1952, the Pyongyang Circus has produced 1,200 works, winning 70 awards including 36 gold prizes at 38 international circus festivals. The circus has performed on 35,000 occasions in total at home and abroad, including 250 tours around the globe, earning international prestige.

The magic show is slated to open on April 18 (Monday) during the 27th April Spring Friendship Art Festival. It will be held twice a week, six times in all. Application for tickets is increasing rapidly at home and even abroad.

Pyongyang and the beautiful balmy spring welcome visitors from around the world. Pyongyang is fully prepared to accommodate every convenience to them.

[Those wishing to arrange travel to Pyongyang for this show may contact the DPRK Mission in New York either directly or through CanKor.]

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