Columbus magician places at World Championship of Magic

Erik Tait, a magician from Franklinton, placed third in cards last month at the World Championship of Magic held by the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques in Quebec City, Canada.

Erik Tait has loved magic ever since he received his first magic kit at the age of about 10.

And now — years later — the 37-year-old from Franklinton still performs a cups and balls trick he learned at his first introduction to magic, as well as a card trick he picked up from his grandfather at age 12.

The only difference? Now he’s world-renowned, having placed third in cards last month at the World Championship of Magic held by the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (International Federation of Magic Societies) in Quebec City, Canada.

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The federation, created in 1948, represents more than 70,000 magicians from some 49 countries. And its world championship featured 3,000 competitors in various categories in late July.