TV personality Jeffrey Tam has conquered the magician’s world anew, winning top prize in the close-up magic category of the 2011 FISM Asian Magic Championship held Dec. 1 in Hong Kong.
Tam bested 19 countries in the prestigious competition, as reported on “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Dec. 6.
While he’s apparently proud of his triumph at the FISM, which he described as the “Oscars” of magicians, Tam excitedly shared the victory with his fellow Pinoy conjurers, exclaiming on Twitter on Dec. 5, “MABUHAY ANG MAGIKERONG PILIPINO!!!!!!!”
He further declared, “JEFFREY TAM is the first filipino to win the gold for 2011 FISM ASIAN MAGIC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!”
Tam is grateful to his supporters, as well as to his colleagues in “Umagang Kay Ganda” and, of course, his sweetheart, Hannah Vasig.
“Wna thank my @ukgdos family for the support at syempre si god salamat po! And my lucky charm @nanavasigako labyu hon!! Mabuhay ang pilipinas,” he posted.
In the Tuesday episode of “UKG,” Tam gave a sample of his winning performance, such as producing giant coins from his mouth, and making tea bags and siopao appear from a mug.
According to the FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques or the International Federation of Magic Societies) website, winners from the competition are “entitled to compete in the FISM World Championships of Magic in Blackpool, England in July 2012.”
Tam has been making waves in the field of magic for years now, having performed in countries namely France, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Spain, as seen in his Multiply site. He is also the first Filipino magician who was featured in a top Bristol, UK DVD magazine.
The “UKG” co-host was a Philippine close-up magic champion for three consecutive years (2008 to 2010). He was also the close-up magic champion at the 2009 International Magic Extravaganza held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and then again, earlier this year, at the Bangkok International Magic Extravaganza in Thailand.