Magic in Morocco

Moroccan and foreign prestidigitators (yes, that's magicians) raised the curtain this week on the 5th International Magic festival in Marrakech. The opening performance ran for an hour and a half, with the magicians performing illusions and tricks to the amazement of an audience of young students.

Held between March 20 and 23, the festival, which brings together magicians from Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and Austria, seeks to rival other international magic festivals such as those of Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the United States, and Cannes in France.

If you are in Marrakech then check it out at the three sites - The Royal Theatre, the Megarama Cinema Complex and the mystical palace Jamaa El Fna. There will also be a number of free events that will be organized for the benefit of orphans in the region.

The festival is expected to be attended by some 200,000 spectators, with highlights of a tour of neighboring districts of Marrakech, such as Tahannaout, Chichaoua, El Kelaa and Essaouira.