Brian Role` and Lola Palmer were awarded with the “Merlin Award ” by the International Magicians Society ( IMS) . They are the first ever Malta magicians to receive the most prestigious award in magic.
The world president, chairman and CEO of the IMS, Mr. Tony Hassini flew in from the USA specifically for this occasion and presented the award during a live event that was held at Casino Malta in St Julian’s. The Merlin Award, is known as the Oscar equivalent to the magic industry, the highest honor bestowed, to international magicians and illusionists, by the magic community and is based on talent, showmanship, originality, skills and the ability to entertain under any conditions. Previous recipients include the likes of David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller and Criss Angel among others.
“I am proud to honor and recognize Brian Role’ and Lola Palmer for their extraordinary contributions to the magic community with their magic dinner show the Chamber of Mysteries.” commented Tony Hassini. “Their interactive, engaging style and amazing feats of magic have won them the respect and admiration of their peers and families all over the world and I am sure that this is only the start of much much more recognition and success in the years to follow.”
During the acceptance speech that followed, Brian stated ““The significance of this most prestigious award in magic, the Merlin Award, is years of hard work and persistence which have now been recognised internationally by the largest magic society in the world. Earning this most prestigious award for our dinner show, the Chamber of Mysteries, means so much to us and we truly are honored by this most prestigious recognition.” Whilst thanking all those who stood by and helped throughout the years, Brian also thanked Mr Tony Hassini and the IMS for believing in them as well as all the audiences they have performed for.
A special mention went towards the main sponsors, Casino Malta and Absolute Ent & Med Ltd, who were significantly essential to make the event possible.