Portuguese magician and illusionist, Luis de Matos, was awarded the Golden Grolla [Grolla d’Oro] prize. The honor was shared with Lu Chen e Dynamo (China) and Dynamo (United Kingdom). The awarding ceremonies were held in Saint-Vincent, Italy.
Established in 1953, the Grolla d’Oro is one of the oldest and most prestigious arts awards distinguishing the best international artists in film, television, journalism, music and magic.
Former recipents include Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Gian Maria Volontè, Andrea Checchi, Vittorio Gassman, Peppino De Filippo, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi, Monica Vitti, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Bernardo Bertolucci, Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ettore Scola, Ermanno Olmi, Arturo Brachetti, Silvan, David Berglas, Steve Forte, Bill Kalush, David Blaine.
Luis de Matos, 43, is a world-class professional magician. Born in Mozambique, at the age of five he moved with his parents to Portugal. He began making guest appearances on television in 1990. Two years later he was the host of his own television series Isto é Magia! [This is Magic!].
In 1999, he was named Magician of the Year by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts. In 2000, he was awarded the Mandrake D’or by the French Society of Magicians. In 2010, in collaboration with David Britland and Marco Tempest, he organized the Essential Magic Conference, the first and only (so far) online magic conference with the participation of over 2000 people from 75 countries.