Three Belgian medals at World Championships of Performing Arts in LA


Two dexterous Walloons, Maxime Mandrake from La Louvière and Maxime Croisé from Waterloo, conjure two gold and one silver medals in magic at the World Performing Arts Championships in Los Angeles.

From 28 July to 6 August, Los Angeles hosted the 26th edition of the World Performing Arts Championships. Hundreds of international artists descended on the City of Angels for the occasion to show their skills in various art genres: music, dance, theatre, circus ... but also magic. Belgium is apparently adept at performing tricks on a professional level, as it sent no less than two representatives: the two Maximes.
The 26-year-old Maxime Mandrake from Houdeng-Goegnies, a borough of La Louvière, in Hainaut and living in the Walloon Brabant town of Braine-l'Alleud, has been performing magic professionally since he was 18 and specialises in magic tricks. He won gold for his number in the compulsory Sleight of Hand category, and silver for the free number in Magic Open. He returned not only with precious metal but also with stars in his eyes, from so much enthusiasm for all those unforgettable encounters. And after briefly getting to see his idol, David Copperfield, in Las Vegas.
His half namesake, 22-year-old Maxime Croisé from Waterloo, for his part, speaks of an exceptional human, professional and artistic experience in LA. And he resolves to combine his passion with his entrepreneurship education.