Competition

Competition

The Competition for the Golden Cat Award will be conducted under a new interesting and more intriguing format. Our membership in FISM will result in stricter RULES of competition.

Rules Requirements for the competitor

Jury & Awards

Competitors will compete for various prizes, the most prestigious of which is the Golden Cat Award, which is awarded to the person with the most points in the competition.

The jury will be composed of globally recognized names from the magical world.

Lecturers

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David Stone

France

Lecturer

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DAVID F*CKIN’ STONE

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Shawn Farquhar

Canada

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THE MAN WHO AMAZED ELLEN AND FOOLED PENN & TELLER, TWICE!

Shawn Farquhar has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on Television shows like the X-Files and Highlander, in Motion Pictures like Spooky House and the Fly II, for corporate clients like IBM and Konica, and on the most luxurious cruise vessels such as Norwegian Star and Radiance of the Seas.
To describe who he is as a magician would take us all day long, and there is no need, there is hardly a person in the magic world who does not know who Shawn Farquhar is. After all… that’s his job!
Whatever we say will be little to express our gratitude to the man Shawn Farquhar, who has repeatedly supported and assisted the development of Bulgarian magic art. It will be a great honor and privilege for us to host him again.

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Dani DaOrtiz

Spain

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Thousands of magicians have been drawn to the magnetic personality, electric performance, and personal vision of magic that is the force of nature known as Dani DaOrtiz. A living legend in the field of card magic, and one of the most sought-after advisors and teachers of magic, his deep thoughts regarding technique, timing, and effect construction are considered must study techniques by some of the best practitioners in the art of magic.

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Encho Keryazov

Bulgaria

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Lecturer

Schedule

The organizers reserve the right to change the schedule!

* The master classes will be held with a minimum of 10 magician registered. Participation in the Master Class is not included in the price of the basic packages.

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Thursday

09:00 - 20:00
Registration

hotel Mak

20:00 - 20:30
Magic openning

hotel Mak

21:00 - 22:30
Flash competition

hotel Mak

22:30 - 00:00
Magic Games

hotel Mak

17

Friday

07:00 - 9:00
Breakfast

hotel Mak

08:00 - 9:30
Rehearsal - Close-up

Orlovetz hall

08:30 - 17:30
Magic shops area

Orlovetz hall

09:30 - 9:45
Official opening

Orlovetz hall

09:45 - 12:30
Competition - Close-up

Orlovetz hall

12:30 - 13:30
Break

Orlovetz hall

13:30 - 15:00
Rehearsal - Stage

Orlovetz hall

15:30 - 17:00
Competition - Stage

Orlovetz hall

18:00 - 19:00
Meeting with
The President of FISM
Andrea Baioni

hotel Mak

21:00 - 00:00
Official dinner &
Rewarding

hotel Mak

18

Saturday

07:00 - 9:00
Breakfast

hotel Mak

08:00 - 17:00
Magic shops area

hotel Mak

09:00 - 10:30
Lecture 1
David Stone

hotel Mak

10:30 - 10:45
break / coffee break

hotel Mak

10:45 - 12:00
Lecture 2
Encho Keryazov

hotel Mak

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch

hotel Mak

13:00 - 14:30
Lecture 3
Shawn Farquhar

hotel Mak

14:30 - 14:45
break / coffee break

hotel Mak

14:45 - 16:15
Lecture 4
Dani DaOrtiz

Vazrazhdane hall

17:00 - 18:30
Rehearsal Gala Show “Golden Cat 2023”

Orlovetz hall

18:00 - 18:30
Red carpet

Orlovetz hall

19:00 - 21:00
Gala Show “Golden Cat 2023”

Orlovetz hall

22:00 - 00:00
Closing Cocktail Closing Party

hotel Mak

00: 00 - 05:00
Magic party

hotel Mak

19

Sunday

07:30 - 09-30
Breakfast

hotel Mak

09:00 - 11:00
Gold Workshop
Shawn Farquhar

hotel Mak

11:30 - 13:30
MasterClass
David Stone

hotel Mak

14:00 - 16:00
MasterClass
Dani DaOrtiz

hotel Mak

Our Guests

Drago Draganov

Journalist

Guest

Dragomir Draganov is a Bulgarian television presenter, journalist, showman and singer, among the major collectors in Bulgaria of posters, posters and advertising leaflets for the Bulgarian circus. His collection includes over 10,000 posters and nearly 5,000 programs from performances of Bulgarian and world circuses.

Guest

Piksi & Zeka

Guests

The team Piksi and Zeka is very first and only team of illusionists in Serbia at the time.

They are very reputable masters of illusion and comic magics in a world of magic in Serbia as well in whole Europe.

Guests

Rubirossa

President of IBM Ring 338

Guest

Guest

16-19 March

About the Magic Gathering Golden Cat

Since 2012 we have the pleasure to organize in Bulgaria the largest magic convention in the Balkans. Three days magicians from all over the world gather within the city of Gabrovo and create a magical atmosphere that can only be felt live. Competitions, lectures, gala performances and friendly laughter fill the time of all guests and participants of the convention from Friday to Sunday. And who will grab the Golden Cat award is always a mystery.

Thanks to the Organizers and the Municipality of Gabrovo, the convention in 2022 will be the most spectacular so far.

For another year, our friends from Hotel Mack will provide us with their stylish and cozy place to make us feel at home!

Sponsors

Our Jury

Andrea Baioni

President of FISM

Jury

Jury

Georgi Petkov - Binti

Jury

Georgi Petkov Binti is one of the most prominent masters of the illusion art in Bulgaria. Winner of numerous international and national awards. In his active career, he has made over 10,000 appearances. After an inclusive career, he devotes himself to training young magicians and passing on the valuable knowledge of our craft. We can truly call him, the “Heart” of Golden Cat, giving unreserved support and rhythm for action. His love of magic and selfless dedication to the idea of the Golden Cat combined with invaluable experience and knowledge make him an indispensable member of the jury from the very beginning of the festival until today.

Jury

Lee Alex

Quick Change Master

Jury

Lee Alex is known worldwide in the magic fraternity for his work and study in the branch of “quick change” – the art of transforming costumes in a flash.

Lee has lectured and presented workshops on this subject since  2009 to magicians throughout Europe, North and Central America, Asia and Australia, including the famed Magic Circle, London, the Magic Castle, Hollywood and the Las Vegas World Magic Seminar.

Lee Alex has attended several editions of the Golden Cat  as a lecturer, gala performer, judge and guest.

Jury

Zeka

Jury

Zeka is part of the first and only team of illusionists in Serbia at that time.

Master of illusion and comic magic in Serbia, as well as throughout Europe.

Jury

Fritz Alkemade

Jury

With performances at the invite-only Magic Castle in Hollywood and the Magic Circle in London under his belt, Fritz with a Z is the only Dutch magician who has performed on six continents. The magic of this award-winning conjuror has been published in many magazines. As producer of the monthly Amsterdam Magic Show, he showcases international magicians as well as local talents.

Jury

Ticket categories

Basic Full Gold
Early Birds 167 lv 207lv 499lv
Standard 207lv 267lv 599lv
On place 259lv 299lv -

*One day package can be prepared upon special request.

*Any registrant who is under 14 years of age can enjoy a 10% discount on the FULL package with promo code Under14.


Masterclass
David Stone Dani DaOrtiz
Early Birds 129lv 179lv
Standard 159lv 199lv
On place 199lv 219lv


Preferential prices for hotel Mak
3 nights 2 nights 1 night
Еarly Birds 105lv 80lv 45lv
Standard 120lv 90lv 50lv
On place 140lv 100lv 60lv
*Prices are for a bed in a double room!

Each additional night will be charged at a price of 40 lv. for a bed in a double room.


Dealer Booth
Small table (2 m2) Big table (4 m2)
Standard 70lv 120lv
On place 100lv 180lv
*After completing the registration, you will receive an email with additional information and payment methods..

*Please have in mind the Early Birds tickets are valid until 31st of October.

Basic

167 lv 259 lv


  • Ticket for the Gala Show "Golden Cat 2023"

  • Ticket for the "Close-up" Competition

  • Ticket for the "Stage" Competition

  • Breakfast every day (for those staying at hotel Mak)

  • Official Dinner (Friday)

  • Lunch (Saturday)

  • Access to the Official Party of Golden Cat 2023

  • Preferential prices for accommodation at the Mak Hotel

Full

207 lv 299 lv


  • Access to all events in the schedule (master classes require additional registration and payment)

  • Ticket for the Gala Show "Golden Cat 2023"

  • Ticket for the "Close-up" Competition

  • Ticket for the "Stage" Competition

  • Lecture of Shawn Farquhar

  • Lecture of David Stone

  • Lecture of Dani DaOrtiz

  • Lecture of Encho Keryazov & Vensan Petrov

  • Breakfast every day (for those staying at hotel Mak)

  • Official Dinner (Friday)

  • Lunch (Saturday)

  • Access to the Official Party of Golden Cat 2023

  • Personal gift

  • Preferential prices for accommodation at the Mak Hotel

Gold

499 lv


  • Access to all events in the schedule (master classes require additional registration and payment)

  • 3 nights in hotel Mak (bed in a double room)

  • WORKSHOP with Shawn Farquhar

  • Voucher for 15% discount from the store of Edward and Bianca for purchases up to BGN 200

  • 10% discount for other Masterclasses

  • Ticket for the Gala Show "Golden Cat 2023"

  • Ticket for the "Close-up" Competition

  • Ticket for the "Stage" Competition

  • Lecture of Shawn Farquhar - Front seat

  • Lecture of David Stone - Front seat

  • Lecture of Dani DaOrtiz - Front seat

  • Lecture of Encho Keryazov & Vensan Petrov - Front seat

  • Breakfast every day

  • Afternoon brunch in Orlovets Sports Hall (Saturday) by Gastronom

  • Official dinner (Friday)

  • Lunch (Saturday)

  • Access to the Official Party of Golden Cat 2023

  • Special Gold merch

Contacts and Location

  • Contacts
    General Queries

    [email protected]

  • Places
    Orlovets Sports Hall

    Orlovska Str. 111, Gabrovo

  • Event Organiser

    +359 896 236737

  • Hotel Mak

    3th March Bld., Gabrovo