Taiwanese to receive 'Magician of the Year' award in U.S.

Los Angeles, March 29 (CNA) Well-known Taiwanese conjurer Louis Liu has won the "Magician of the Year" title awarded by the U.S. Academy of Magical Arts and will receive the award in Los Angeles on April 1. Liu, the first Taiwanese to win the prize, arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the ceremony. He told CNA that he was very surprised and very pleased at the news. "I did not expect to win such an award this year -- I thought it would take me at least another 10 years," Liu said. The academy has commented that Liu is the most influential magician in East Asia. The 44th annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards are scheduled to take place April 1 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The show will be hosted by the legendary magician Mac King. During the ceremony, Liu will give a five-minute performance, presenting an Asian-style magic show. In 2003, Liu was invited to perform at the organization's clubhouse the Magic Castle, marking the first time that an ethnic Chinese magician was appearing on stage there. The academy, known as "the Mecca for Magicians," gives annual awards to individuals who have made significant achievements in the field of magic. Master magicians David Copperfield and Ricky Jay are among the 42 people who have won the prestigious Magician of the Year award. Other awards given by the academy include Stage Magician of the Year, Parlor Magician of the Year, Close-Up Magician of the Year, and Lecturer of the Year. (By Oscar Wu and Hanna Liu)