31 May 2013

Mississauga: Clowns Canada Carnavale 2013

From Clowns Canada:
September 27th and 28th
 -6 hours of lecture time each day, your choice of 2 different lectures each session
-admission to shop til you drop in the vendors room loaded with all of your favorite products!
-door prizes throughout the day!
-Friday night jam and open mic party!  (Cash bar on site)
-goodie bag
-certificate of completion

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[via Pefect Magic]

30 May 2013

Aurora: MindBender in "LETHAL"

From the "LETHAL" - MindBender's First Full Scale Theatre Show's Facebook page:
Rapidly rising Magician/Mentalist - MindBender - will be performing his first full scale theatre show, displaying extraordinary acts of super natural powers and death-defying feats!

At the ripe young age of 13, MindBender appeared on Canada's Got Talent and finished in the top 200 out of thousands of hopeful applicants.

Martin Short (one of the judges) was incredibly impressed with him and said that MindBender has, and I quote, "an absolute natural charm and performer within."

So come check out the future of Magic on July 6th and witness history being made... MindBender in "LETHAL"!

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[via: Deborah Fallick]


29 May 2013

Calgary: A Brush With Death is back!

"Now with 10% more blood, and 15% higher insurance premiums!"

From the Brush With Death website:
FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2013
You never know what to expect with A Brush With Death, Calgary’s most bizarre illusion show! Dangerous stunts and creepy effects… perhaps a pint of blood or two?

Hosted by mentalist and shock magician, Yeats Wong, this weird and funny show explores the darker side of magic: contacting the dead, exploring your fears & phobias, and having fun with all things morbid.

Every Brush With Death is a fresh show with new macabre illusions and freaky guest stars, mixed with classic audience favourites.

Read more.

28 May 2013

Toronto: Chris Westfall lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
SUNDAY, JUNE 23

CHRIS WESTFALL - The Real Deal Worker - MAGIC LECTURE!

Chris Westfall’s magic has been published in ‘MAGIC’, ‘M-U-M’ and ‘Genii’ magazines as well as some card books.

He is a true student of magic The reason you should consider attending his lecture is because he truly is the REAL DEAL WORKER.  What does that mean? It means that his sole source of income is from performing and inventing magic. And truth told Chris earns a decent living from magic.

In his lecture he will be performing and teaching nine tricks. The tricks will be presented in groups of three just as he performs them in the real world for real people paying real dollars.

Read more.

Ottawa: Mac King

From Ottawa Theatres:
Friday, February 28, 2014

Mac King!

Read more and buy tickets.
 
[via: Magic Information Canada]

27 May 2013

Ryan Joyce AMA: How to become a professional magician in just 495 easy steps :)

From Reddit:
Great question! Here are some to ponder:
  • Invest in your visual sales medium --- have awesome photos and videos. Doesn't mean you have to spend thousands, but get a promotional photo done that makes you unique. Get video of you in action. This isn't vanishing anytime soon, its a long term investment. I modelled my promotional material after seeing a Ritz Carleton ad on a flight to the middle east.
  • Learn to pick up the telephone --- the idea here is that shows aren't going to always come to you... you've gotta work for them. This part sucks because we are artists not marketers. It's a tough pill for many to swallow.
  • Be personable --- there is no room for ego in this business.
  • A good sales job and a bad show will get you booked only once. They need to be in harmony
  • Over deliver --- do something that will make them remember that you thought more of them than just a "client." One of my "clients" shared with me that he and his wife loved indian food, when we rolled into town I brought with me a chutney from home and an extra souvenir I had bought in India. Means virtually nothing to anyone else, it cost me virtually nothing... but I gained a client for life.
  • The bottom line if you can add value to someone's life you can be rewarded greatly.
Read more.
 
[via Owen Anderson]

26 May 2013

Bill Abbott in the Magic Cafe's Creator's Spotlight

From Bill Abbott's Twitter feed:


25 May 2013

Eden Cheung: street artist

From the CBC:
Eden Cheung is a Vancouver street magician who incorporates music, comedy and balancing acts into his performance.

Cheung has recently become a prominent voice against controversial new regulations and a revamped audition process buskers now need to go through in order to get a chance to play at the coveted Granville Island outdoor market adjacent to downtown Vancouver.


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Calgary: The Garden Variety Show

From The Garden Variety Show press release:
May 30th, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Press Release:

The Garden Variety Show is a once a month gathering of some of the best local and international performers, for a one of a kind entertainment extravaganza. Magic, Juggling, Side Show, Comedy, Music and more; this show captures the true spirit of Vaudeville Variety shows of the past.

Read more.

24 May 2013

Toronto: CAFTCAD's Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale

From the CAFTCAD's Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale Facebook page:
It's time for the amazing event every savvy shopper speaks of all year long. Clothing, costumes, accessories, craft materials all under one roof at the Toronto Pinewood Studios for one day only (until the next sale that is).

Saturday May 25th

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[via: Deborah Fallick]


New Westminster: Exploring the impossible

From Sheldon Casavant's Twitter feed:



23 May 2013

Port Coquitlam: CAM JAM Summer edition

From the CAM JAM 2013 Facebook page:
Location for the Summer CAM JAM will be the Second Storey Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This is also an offical venue of the MAGIC Festival which takes place the entire week leading up to the CAM JAM. Visit www.themagicfestival.com for more details on those events...

The acts for the Summer Edition of the CAM JAM have been confirmed. We are proud to announce the appearances of both ICE McDonald and Paul Romhany! Two amazing lectures, a parlour show, one handed cut a thon and more... visit the website to register today. www.magicianconvention.com The venue only seats 54 people so it is VERY limited!!!!

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22 May 2013

Truro: "Houdini in Truro" by Bruce MacNab

From Wild About Houdini:
Bruce MacNab, author of Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, will be giving a talk about "Houdini in Truro" tomorrow, May 23, 2013, at the Colchester Historeum, 29 Young Street, Truro, Canada.

Read more.

Toronto: Lies, Damn Lies and Magic Tricks

From Abracadabaret:
James Alan’s one-man show is returning the The Winchester for three nights:

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013

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21 May 2013

Magical Mentorship: Tony Eng Youth Fund

From the Tony Eng Youth Fund:
The goal of the Tony Eng Youth Fund is to promote and support youths as they pursue the art of magic. We believe that mentorship is an essential part of being a magician and that it is vital to form relationships with people with whom you can learn, grow and exchange information with. Our Tony Eng Educational Bursary program is dedicated to matching up-and-coming magicians with rich resources and opportunities to help jumpstart their career.

On April 2013 Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund sponsored a one-week mentorship program for Trevor and Lorena Watters to study and learn from legendary magician and consultant, Johnny Thompson (The Great Tomsoni & Company) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple received invaluable advise from Mr. Thompson, who graciously accepted them in his home and gave them the “experience of a lifetime”.

Read more.

Read Trevor's thoughts on the experience:

It certainly sounds like it was an amazing, life changing, opportunity!



Cornwall: Magic, Comedy and Magic-Comedy

From the Magic, Comedy and Magic-Comedy Facebook page:
Friday, 24 May 2013

Two unbelievable magic acts and a comedic host will Ravage 'Rangs next Friday, and with such a triple feature, how could you miss it???

Featuring Steven Spade, Atony Lee and Carl Pilon.

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[via Magic Information Canada]

20 May 2013

Toronto: Abracadabaret monthly

As near as I can tell, this starts in June.

From Abracadabaret's snazzy new website:
Abracadabaret will be presenting on The LAST Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM. These performance feature a wide variety of magic and mystery entertainers hosted by James Alan. Every show is different. They include a mix of professional talents and a showcase of new and up-and-coming performers.

Read more.


18 May 2013

Halifax: Peter Pitchford lecture

From the Conjurers Court:
May 25, 2013

Peter Pitchford is a full-time professional magician based out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Throughout his career Peter has received several awards.

In 2009 he was awarded 1st place at the Society of American Magicians’ international stage contest, 2nd place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ international stage contest (beating out FISM and Blackpool winners), the Houdini Award for Cabaret Magician of the Year, a Silver Medal, and the coveted Hofzinser Award for excellence in classical manipulation (only given out two other times in its history).

Read more.

[via Magic Information Canada]

17 May 2013

Toronto: Gerry Frenette lecture

From The Browser's Den of Magic:
'The Psychology of Magic'  &  SPECIAL OFFER

DATE & TIME: SUNDAY, JUNE 9
LOCATION: Browser's Den of Magic

We are so pleased to offer you another fine lecture by magician and illusion builder Mr. Gerry Frenette. Gerry has performed professionally for years all over North America, Cruise Ships, Magic Castle. He has also lectured at the Magic Castle. He is probably best known for being a master builder of illusions for many of the biggest names in magic.
 
Read more to find out about the Special Offer and buy tickets.

16 May 2013

Victoria Day sale: 50% off yearly sponsorship rates!

Show your support for Canada's Magic, the website Shawn Farquhar describes as:
"the finest location for up to date information on magic in Canada."
Canada's Magic is offering, for a limited time, a 50% discount on the listed price of any one year advertising package.  Qualifying packages include the Platinum, Gold, and Silver annual rates. (This offer does not include Sponsored Posts.)

Join the company of patrons Doug Cuff at Magic Information CanadaClive Court (The Fun-da-Mentalist), and Ryan Pilling (author of Finding The Funny!)  and sponsor us (or be our friend) today!

For more information, please visit the "Sponsor" tab, leave your question in a comment below or send an e-mail.

Thank you for your continued support!

13 May 2013

Toronto: Pub night at O'Grady's

From the Pub Night @ O'Grady's Facebook page:
Saturday, 8 June 2013

Come out for a night of live music, comedy magic, drinks & door prizes, and help send a kid to Sorcerers Safari Magic & Performance Camp! To learn more about camp visit: www.sorcererssafari.ca. All proceeds go towards a camp scholarship for one lucky kid!

With performances by:
and the man who started it all:
Read more.

[via: Deborah Fallick]


See a photo of Emma, scholarship winner from Chris Westfall's Slice of Magic fundraiser, from Sorcerers Safari Twitter feed:

While you're here,  have a look at the video Justin Flom made specifically for Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp:


12 May 2013

Welcome to Robert Carson James Hatfield

Congratulations to Teresa and Murray Hatfield on the arrival of their son!  (And happy first official Mother's Day Teresa!)



Murray Sawchuk interviewed by Andre’ Haynes

From the Las Vegas Informer:
Murray, Celebrity Magician may be the youngest and most accomplished entertainer to currently headline an afternoon show on the South Las Vegas strip, and that’s no magic trick. Ingenuity, vision, determination and years of hard work have taken him from his birth place in Burnaby of British Columbia – Canada to perform in concert worldwide and now to audiences at sold-out shows in the entertainment capital of the world,  Las Vegas.

Read more.

11 May 2013

Toronto: Saying goodbye to Ring 99

The May meeting will be the last meeting of Ring 99 EVER.

Rats.  And I was hoping to get myself invited into the membership of this Ring. 

From James Alan: (with tongue, I suspect, firmly planted in cheek)
Owing to the absence of qualified leadership, the club will no longer be able to organize itself to meet... heck, most of our members don't even know how to RSVP to a Facebook event.

 

10 May 2013

Thank you to our May sponsors!

The next time you see them, let them know you saw their sponsorship here!


 

 
 

Random thoughts about CAM-JAM 2013 Spring edition

  • Whenever I drive to Greg's theatre, it always rains on at least one leg of the trip.
  • I've been a CAM member for a long, long time.
  • One-handed cut-a-thons are a young man's game.
  • Evelyn and Phil Matlin from Perfect Magic are warm and terrific people!
  • I thought that I'd learned my last mind-blowing Linking Ring move from Tina Lenert earlier in the month.  Oscar Muñoz proved me wrong.  Twice.
  • Vincent Hedan tells me you can buy strawberry flavoured toothpaste.
  • Michael Dardant packs his hat very efficiently.
  • Thanks to Shawn Farquhar for coming up with idea and to Greg Frewin who generously offered us a meeting space and discounted tickets to his amazing show!

The CAM website has a nice write-up about this year's Magician of the Year, Mike Segal!  Congratulations Mike!

Go to the Perfect Magic blog to read Evelyn Matlin's thoughts on the weekend.

It was wonderful to meet up with so many of you!  If CAM-JAM Summer is anything like the Spring edition, it's sure to be a fantastic time!

09 May 2013

Winners to see "The Comedy & Magic of Jean Pierre"

The contest to win tickets to see "The Comedy & Magic of Jean Pierre" in Toronto on May 10th closed last night at midnight.  Here's the list of entrants:
  1.  Farley Carter
  2. Ariel Frailich
  3. Stephen Kirkegaard
  4. David Lew
  5. Magic Mike Segal
  6. miiyuu

Random draw results:
Congratulations to Farley and Stephen!  I'll be sending you an e-mail with the name of the contact person.  Enjoy the show tomorrow night!

Thank you all for playing!  A special thanks to Tristan from Strut Entertainment for generously making these tickets available!


[Guest post] Scott McClelland lecture

The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as The Magic Demon.
 
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SCOTT McCLELLAND LECTURE AT BROWSER'S DEN OF MAGIC
Sunday, March 24th, 2013

A (belated) guest review by The Magic Demon

Walking into the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto on that Sunday afternoon you knew - right away - that you were in for an extraordinary (and possibly once in a lifetime) experience.

Scott McClelland had set up a huge backdrop (in front of which he would lecture) that incorporated the old fashioned style of large posters and canvas backdrops that would have been in use in late 19th and early 20th century circus side shows. Added to this were a number of oddly sinister looking ancient props strategically located throughout the staging area. The faded colours, the slightly macabre artwork, and the unsettling choice of subjects all projected an aura of the unusual, of the unexpected, of the distinctly otherworldly.

Which was entirely appropriate given Scott McClelland was there to talk about his thirty plus years performing in the realm of "Bizarre magic".

In appearance some might say that Scott resembles the late great Peter Reveen in his prime, with the magnificent speaking voice of an Orson Welles.

Scott came to the world of Bizarre magic through a family bloodline - his late grandfather had founded and toured with such an act from the 1920s through to the end of the 1960s. However, Scott still had to earn the right to perform his act like anyone else - the old fashioned way - by perseverance and careful honing of his considerable theatrical talents. His lecture shared a large part of that compelling journey, his family history and also his unique insights into creating the Bizarre magic acts that he tours with today.


What exactly is Bizarre magic?

Everyone knows it when they see it but trying to define it in words can prove somewhat of an elusive task. Scott began by diligently offering his thoughts on defining his beloved artform.
  • Bizarre magic is not about puzzles;
  • Bizarre magic creates new, mysterious, alternative worlds;
  • Bizarre magic is visual, and uses seemingly archaic props and materials;
  • Bizarre magic is magic with a strong and well thought out story.

And stories usually have beginnings, middles and ends. So too must Bizarre magic, according to Scott:
  • The beginning - A cultural meaning or "meme" that resonates with an audience that they can relate to, such as a haunting/haunted theme or story;
     
  • The middle - "The meat" in which you reinforce the chosen cultural premise with further true history (that you have researched and cunningly interwoven into your fictionalized presentation);
     
  • The ending - Your big pay off, the effect or illusion itself (which must never use props that look like conventional "conjurer's tricks").

So in this brave new (old?) world of Bizarre magic you bend the truth somewhat in the interests of effective storytelling in order to create your new world. And you broaden and deepen its themes and textures with the clever interweaving of actual historical events whenever possible.


Bizarre magic techniques
  • The importance of learning about relevant history is therefore an important tool to the Bizarre magician. If you are to succeed in this demanding field you must be able to talk the talk as well as walk the walk. During your show as well as off stage during interviews or promotional events you need to be able to comment intelligently on your craft and its illustrious history in order to prove that you are not just "pushing boxes about". As an example, Scott talked knowledgeably about the Spiritualist movement which flourished in the 1920s. These facts he could then spin into and link onto aspects of his own act. Audiences could look them up afterwards online on legitimate sites and confirm what he had discussed.
     
  • Scott briefly outlined methods of aging props and standard magician's devices so that they are more in keeping with the visual themes in Bizarre magic.
     
  • He also discussed the value of implanting your alternative realities online so that after a show when audience members might want to research your theatrical narrative they could find evidence of its veracity. Lesson: A Bizarre magic show needn't stop simply because the audience has left the theatre.
Following a brief break, Scott proceeded to demonstrate and discuss a number of his favourite effects which illustrated many of his general themes. Several effects Scott had for sale in specially created kits - which seemed to disappear with great rapidity after the show!
  
Bizarre magic vs. mental magic
 
Scott was also most responsive to questions from the very attentive crowd. What is the difference between Bizarre magic and mental magic asked one member of the packed out room.
  • Bizarre magic invokes an alternate world with a much more textured, complete backstory that emotionally connects with its audience. Mental magic does not have to do any of this (although perhaps it should).
     
  • Bizarre magic is by definition more theatrical than most mental magic. It usually involves performing in the guise of a fictional character (as does Scott in his Bizarre and paranormal acts).
     
  • Of course, like some professional mentalism, much of Bizarre magic is vastly psychological in nature. You want people to believe that what is going on is real, and you want them to experience a genuine "magical moment" that takes them out of their everyday life.

Theatrical training

Scott shared many useful thoughts on a number of important related theatrical issues. He has had considerable training and experience in such matters. For example, on character-building:
  • Find your character. Who is he/she? Is he/she serious or comic?
  • Consider taking acting lessons.
  • Watch your favourite actors more closely on film; how they talk, how they move, how they interact with props.
  • Every move on stage should have a reason; only move when you need to move; every move should be scripted and well rehearsed ahead of time in order to appear completely natural. Scott quoted the legendary Micky Hades as suggesting that you should be able to do your act completely nude! If you can do your act in the nude without looking artificial or goofy, posited Micky, you can do it more easily fully dressed. (I'm sure this is true but somehow I'm not so sure I will avail myself of this advice...)
  • Find an interesting way of talking then script it. And don't waste your breath on unnecessary patter. Edit your script ruthlessly.
  • Believe your character's backstory so that your audience will believe it too. Know the historical facts from which your character is derived as if they were your own true birth facts.
  • Never be afraid to emote, to act, to be emotionally engaging on stage.
  • Find phrases or sentences that will stick with your audience long after they've gone home.
  • Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse.
  • Keep it clean, X rated material has no place in magic.
  • Always remember that you are attempting to create memorable magic moments on stage for the audience to take home with them. And by doing so, says Scott, you are helping to bring style and class back to the Art of magic.

Live performance vs. the internet

Many of us fear the death of live magic performance with the advent of the internet age. Scott asserts that we must fight back and take back the rightful place of live performance in the hearts and minds of the general public:
  • You must give an audience a greater experience live than they could ever get virtually online;
     
  • You must make an audience want to come back to see other live shows that are wholly unlike anything they can get online; and
     
  • You must remind audiences that we are all entertainers all the time, using any opportunity you can.

Clearly we need some heroic role models in this critical and worthy pursuit. I nominate Scott! But where else do we find such individuals today? It seems a rather daunting task. Scott argues that:
  • We can (and should) all be role models;
     
  • We can all help audiences regain/rediscover the wonder of/in magic;
     
  • We can all help make magic something that audiences want to be entertained by;
     
  • We must all work harder to make magic better; there are too many lazy magicians out there today;
and finally
  • By looking back into the past (vaudeville, etc.) we may well find the way to create an exciting new future in magic.

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I have just very briefly scratched the highlights (for me) of Scott's incredible lecture. Part history, part theory, part theatre, and part magic, it was an experience full of memorable magical moments for all of us who attended. Any inaccuracies can be attributed to my futile attempt to write my notes faster and faster to keep up with Scott's powerful insights - and their subsequent growing illegibility.

For many of us this lecture was an introductory course in the Art of Bizarre magic. I hope Scott will follow it up with a more advanced lecture some time in the future.

Try to see Scott live any chance you can. If you are a magic club, book him for a lecture. You will not regret it. Meanwhile, his websites will delight and entertain you:

There are some photos of the event at the Browser's Den of Magic site. Go to their main website and check out Jeff's blog. You'll need to scroll back to late March 2013:

Many thanks to Scott McClelland for sharing the invaluable lessons of a lifetime and for showing us what it takes to be so well regarded (as he is) in his area of specialty.

Thanks as well to his charismatic assistant, Jessica Silver, for her invaluable contributions to the afternoon's festivities. You can follow her relevant posts on The Magic Cafe.

Finally, a big shout out and thank you to Jeff Pinsky, owner of the Browser's Den of Magic, for hosting yet another worthwhile special event that left all its participants feeling inspired and extremely well-entertained.

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Thank you The Magic Demon for guest posting at Canada's Magic!

08 May 2013

Broken wand: Munro MacKenzie

From The Vancouver Sun:
1923 - March 6, 2013

With sadness we announce the passing of Munro MacKenzie: Son, Student, Soldier, Husband, Father, Cousin, Pharmacist, Volunteer, Friend, Mentor. Munro was born in New Westminster BC and grew up in Vancouver. He bravely served his country in World War 2 as part of the Canadian Scottish Regiment, coming home to finish his studies in Pharmacy at UBC and marry his sweetheart. He was the well-liked neighbourhood pharmacist until an armed robbery left him seriously injured in the early '80's. Determined to live life to the fullest, he became a volunteer, working for the Vancouver Aquarium, and Meals on Wheels. He was a Patron at Science World, putting in over 12,000 hours as a volunteer, right up until a week before his passing. In 2007, he was honoured with a Community Achievement Award, in Victoria. He was also a very active member of the Vancouver Magic Circle.

Read more.

07 May 2013

2013 winner of the Tony Eng Award

From the Victoria Magic Circle Newsletter:
Congratulations to Mike Bice who is this years well deserving winner of the Tony Eng Award. Be sure to read the Ring Report for a recap of the nights [sic] action.

Read more.
 
Congratulations Mike!

06 May 2013

Win tickets to see The Comedy & Magic of Jean Pierre in Toronto

Updated May 10th: The winners have been announced!


I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to my readers, for "The Comedy & Magic of Jean Pierre" on May 10th.  This family friendly show is at the Jane Mallet Theater (The St.Lawrence Centre for the Arts) in Toronto.

I will be holding a random draw for each pair of general admission tickets.  (There will be two winners. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets.)  The draw results will be posted on Thursday, May the 9th.


To enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me your favourite children's magic trick (either done by children or shown for the amusement of children), and why.  (You do not need to be a magician to enter the contest.)
  2. Leave your name, along with a way that I may contact you (e-mail address, phone number, website, Twitter handle) so that I may notify you if you win.

The fine print:
  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One entry per person.
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets at the theatre box office prior to the show.
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  • Contest closes on Wednesday, May the 8th at midnight, EST.

With thanks to Tristan from Strut Entertainment for generously making these tickets available!

Obie O'Brien open house sale

From Magic Information Canada's Twitter feed:


05 May 2013

Port Coquitlam: Festival of Magic

From The Magic Festival:
June 23rd until June 29th

Shawn Farquhar, founder of the Festival of Magic, announced today the city chosen to host the week long event. ”I could think of no better choice, considering the community spirit of the people of Port Coquitlam” he said when asked by the media. Port Coquitlam is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and an entire week of magic will join into the fun. Magic organizations like the Vancouver Magic Circle, the Society of American Magicians and the Canadian Association of Magicians will be hosting events, shows and workshops during the Festival. Additionally lots of professional and amateur magicians will be offering shows in local venues including such places as the Terry Fox Theatre, Second Storey Theatre, local pubs and restaurants.

Read more.
 
Reminder that the summer edition of CAM-JAM 2013 will take place on June 30th!

04 May 2013

Toronto: Mark Lewis magic show

From The Lower Ossington Theatre:
Performance dates/times:
    10:00AM - May 4, 11, 18 & 25
    12:00PM - May 5, 12, 19, 20 & 26

Event details:
From the second the show starts, right through to the very end, the 
children will be laughing with delight! The show is 60 minutes of 
sheer mayhem, madness, and magic! Through his decades of experience, 
Mark Lewis has achieved a rapport with his young audiences that is 
unequalled in this area of entertainment!

Read more and buy tickets.

Ottawa: David Merry lecture

David Merry will be lecturing in Ottawa on May 23rd.

Contact John Pert for information.  (MagicInfo.ca has an e-mail address for John.)


[via Magic Information Canada]

03 May 2013

Ariel Frailich and Reading Writing

For those of you who won't be able to attend the Reading Writing book signing party at The Browser's Den on Sunday, I understand that Full Circle Magic is doing a Q&A with Ariel on Facebook, Monday May 6 at 5PM EST.

I've managed to get a sneak peak at the book and it looks fabulous!  I can't wait until I get a chance to dig into the fantastic material!

Toronto: Kazam at Art Fusion

On Saturday May 4th, join Alex Kazam and other artists at Art Fusion.

From the Art Fusion Collectives Facebook page:
Join ART FUSION *Festival* on MAY 4 @ Mel Lastman Square www.artfusioncollectives.com OPEN SPACE for all ARTS/MUSIC Collectives to Jam: Dance, play Music, Drum & showcase Visual Arts for FREE! *Fire Spinners, Aerialists, Jugglers, Break-dancers, Magicians & Stiltwalkers* www.facebook.com/events/440379596054522

Read more.

02 May 2013

Free sample of “Finding The Funny”

From Playing Big Magic:
Download your free sample of one of the feature chapters of the book “Finding The Funny”. This chapter discusses techniques to get the most out of audience volunteers and building a strong connection with your audience for maximum, and highly entertaining, results. All I ask is that you help spread the good word about this freebie. Share the link on your favourite social media to get instant access to the PDF download. Thanks!

Read more and download your sample!
 
Thanks Ryan!

01 May 2013

Orillia: QED with Gabriello Pitman

From Gabriello Pitman Live:
MAY 30,  ORILLIA OPERA HOUSE

"This is not your ordinary 'magic show': It's a perplexing display of magic, suggestion and psychology. Utilizing techniques of social psychology, suggestion and mis-direction, you will witness what appears to be real mind-reading... and maybe even learn how to do it yourself!"

Read more.
 
[via Jay Sankey]