International Rising Star 2023

June 20, 2023

We are thrilled to add another dynamic magician to our burgeoning list of interesting and exciting performers. Today’s award, The Allan Slaight International Rising Star Award, celebrates exactly that—an up-and-coming magician from the global community. This award comes with a prize of $5,000 and an engraved iPad, all courtesy of the Slaight Family Foundation.

Past recipients of this award are: Henry Vargas of Brazil, Jorge Blass of Spain, Edward Hilsum of Great Britain, Noah Levine of the United States, Ding Yang of China, Diego Vargas of Costa Rica, Billy Kidd of Great Britain, and Mikayla Oz of the United States. These magicians exemplify the evolving face of magic. Their devotion to the art is impressive, as are their innovative styles of forwarding magic.

We are pleased to include NIKOLA ARKANE of Northern Ireland to this list of bright and creative stars.

Meet this exciting magician from Belfast who has built a career as a well-rounded entertainer. Discover how Nikola has expanded her reach, reinvented her style and grown her repertoire with energy and devotion to her craft—and, you will see why Nikola Arkane is, indeed, a rising star.


With special thanks to Elizabeth and Richard Kaufman and Genii magazine for their assistance in producing this video.



Tomorrow, we will announce this year’s top sharer of secrets! Who will it be? What will we be celebrating? A book? A podcast? A virtual gathering? All will be revealed on Wednesday when we release the name of this year’s Sharing Secrets award recipient.



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