28 March 2017

Kitchener and Hamilton: David Blaine

According to David Blaine's website, he's coming to Kitchener and Hamilton this summer!
  • July 4, Centre in the Square, Kitchener
  • July 5, Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton

From Live Nation's Twitter feed:

27 March 2017

Shane Cobalt on Erdnase

From Shane Cobalt's Facebook page:
I just wrote this as a comment to someone asking "Who's Erdnase" and thought it might be interesting to a wider audience.

Let's pretend this is a real question.

The first answer, which will assume you know about the book and are just looking for the identity, is still a mystery. As it stands, I am of the mindset that Marty Demarest has found the most current convincing candidate with Wilbur Edgarton Sanders. However, everyone is speculating and as Erdnase never actually came to get the books from the printer, I believe we are in a position where we may never truly know with 100% certainty who Erdnase truly was. Unfortunate really.

That being said, let's assume you are asking the greater over arching question that many new to the field ask. What/Who is Erdnase (all about).

A relatively small book was published in 1902 under the name S.W. Erdnase. A pseudonym name we assume of the author.

While there is a lot of mystery and searching going on regarding who he was, let's discuss what the book is, why it's important, and what you can expect from it.

Read more.

26 March 2017

Broken wand: Arshan Khan

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Arshan Khan.

You may remember that in 2011 Arshan was awarded the Order of Merlin - Shield Award.

From Canadian Obituaries:
KHAN, Dr. Arshad  -  Loving husband to Rita, and father to Rajal (Jennifer) and Aanchal (Bradley), passed away surrounded by family on February 5, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, in Kitchener.

He is survived by his brother, Amin (Talat) and his sister, Parveen.

He was a dedicated psychiatrist in Kitchener-Waterloo for 29 years and a devoted member of the community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

25 March 2017

Brandon and Prince George: Ty Reveen

See Ty at the WMCA in Brandon on March 25 and in Vanier Hall in Prince George on April 1st.

From the Prince George Citizen:
Pushing the mental buttons of Canada is now a best-selling tradition for one Canadian family.

Like his father before him, the name Reveen is now being worn by a hypno-entertainer who is touring the nation, wowing audiences from coast to coast with a combination of comedy and feats of the human mind.

Organizers call the Reveen experience "the most popular show in the history of Canadian theatre," for its longevity and public appeal over the two generations it's gone on. An estimated audience of more than six million viewers have taken in the first generation of performances, and now those numbers are set to grow.

Read more.

From the Facebook page of Reveen the Legend Continues:

24 March 2017

Introducing "Magic Convention Bingo"

  • Have you ever been at a magic convention and found yourself with 17 seconds where there's nothing to do?
  • Have you ever searched for a distraction so that you wouldn't have to make eye contact with the humans in your proximity?

  • Do you fancy yourself to have Sherlock-esque powers of observation?

We've got just the thing for you!

Canada's Magic is proud to introduce Magic Convention Bingo!

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Stay alert and keep an eye open for the items on your card. See how long it takes for you to get your first bingo or even fill your card!

Remember to be respectful and don't shout out "bingo" during presentations or performances. And don't bother the conference organizers with questions about Magic Convention Bingo -- they might not even know it's going on!