- Corriveau, Anatole ( - 2016)
- Harden, Clifford Stanley "Hardini" (1933 - 2016)
- Lyons, Pat (aka Pat Patterson) ( - 2016)
- Marucci, Peter ( - 2016)
- McIntosh, Gordon ( - 2016)
Please e-mail additions or corrections to "canadasmagic at gmail dot com"
5. Review of "TP Prediction" in the December issue of Genii - What a terrific routine!
4. Chilliwack: PCAM/CAM convention, April 20-23, 2017 - It's shaping up to be a great convention! More names recently released.
3. Montreal: Chad Long lecture - Can anyone out there send me a quick report about the event?
2. Top 5 posts in November 2016 - I find it a little too meta that last month's meta post is in this month's meta post.
1. Introducing the "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award - Nominations are open until January 8th!
Thrilled to announce that #MegaMagic returns to #NiagaraFalls from Dec 26- Jan 7 nightly at 8:30 pm.A photo posted by Mike Durzo (@mikedurzo) on
"Eyes widen...Jaws drop...hearts skip a beat...David Ben is the real deal" Toronto Stage https://t.co/hDqSNvMU52 pic.twitter.com/FRKhOqrVMK— Magicana (@sharingwonder) December 23, 2016
The hottest tickets in town: Five things to do in Toronto /via @globeandmail https://t.co/51BfCNYMp3 Come see #HocusPocus @Soulpepper pic.twitter.com/YbqYcxlUzv— Magicana (@sharingwonder) December 22, 2016
A snippet of what you missed today of @ctvmorningwpg #redefiningwonder #internationalmanofwonder #manitobaproud #thewonderist #blowyourmind pic.twitter.com/4zAjsxB6bV— Chris Funk (@chrisfunkmagic) December 23, 2016
On most every front, it has been a year from hell – save for one. The worst of times is invariably the best of times for those in the chuckles trade, and it has been this year.
Thank Trump. He has been the comedy gift that just keeps on giving.
On the late-night TV-satire circuit in the U.S., John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, among others, have been reaping the awards of The Donald. Not since those halcyon days of Dubya have talk-show hosts had such fodder. American standups Bill Burr, Lewis Black and Amy Schumer also have all been beneficiaries.
I joined all these comedians for a fun article in today's @mtlgazette. (my hair and make-up people were on vacation) pic.twitter.com/aZopEngX3C— David Acer (@David_Acer) December 23, 2016
Monday, January 23, 2017
Birthday Party Magic with Phil Pivnick and Cory Clarke
Cory Clarke and Phil Pivnick — or The Magical Duda & WonderPhil — are both professional children’s entertainers specializing in high energy and interactive magic shows. Through the years, they’ve both put their own unique spin on some kid-show magic staples.
In this lecture, they are going to explore ideas for turning some easy magic into entertaining show pieces that kids will love.
A photo posted by Shawn Farquhar (@magichampion) on
Thrilled to be performing at Celebrities of Magic in January. https://t.co/QhiPTda5FG pic.twitter.com/KDENtpwD1j— Shawn Farquhar (@magiChampion) December 15, 2016
If you are a magician or cardist in Toronto, join our jam next Thursday Dec. 22 @ 5PM in Eaton Center. Held by myself & @kevinyu97 Free decks, live streaming and a lot of awesome stuff 😋send me a DM if you're coming. See y'all there ! Tag a homie from the Six✨A photo posted by Anna DeGuzman (@annadeguzman) on
40. Chris Funk: Known as “The Wonderist”, Chris Funk is crushing it right now. As a magician, he’s performed around the world, on the Vegas strip, wowed Penn & Teller on their Fool Us show, and was a huge hit on America’s Got Talent. He’s mega talented and is an engaging and very funny performer.
Ep37 with @chrisfunkmagic about adding YOU to your magic. If you ever wanted your act to be more YOU listen to this! https://t.co/YphmqydJWh pic.twitter.com/tiKzx96ymw— Discourse in Magic (@magicdiscourse) December 15, 2016
The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop just signed another 5 year lease soooo it looks like were staying OPEN serving all the Tricksters, Jokesters, and magicians in your life!!!!! We look forward to being your go to Brick and Mortar Magic shop in Alberta, Western Canada and Canada !!!. In January look for our Junior Magic Club starting for kids ages 9-17 and depending on your past purchases with us .....The Vanishing Rabbit preferred customer discounts cards.
MORE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED!
Monday December 26. 7:30PM
Monday January 2, 1:30 & 7:30PM
Tuesday January 3, 1:30PM
ADDED HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AT 11AM!
Special Family Performances that play without an intermission and are slightly shorter to accommodate families with smaller children. This is reflected in the less expensive tickets available for these performances.
Wednesday December 28, 11AM; Thursday December 29, 11AM; Friday December 30, 11AM; Wednesday January 4, 11AM; Thursday January 5, 11AM; Friday January 6, 11AM
Starring Jeff Hobson, Dan Sperry, Darcy Oake. Runs until Jan. 7 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
It’s a show that features seven ways of saying, “how did they do that?”
The Illusionists: Live from Broadway is a thrilling display of magic from a septet of seasoned professionals with different styles and disciplines who deliver two hours of pure enchantment.
They bill themselves as the “next generation” of magicians, but there’s plenty of traditional sleight-of-hand and illusion — from the guy sawed in half to a Houdini-inspired escape — to please all tastes.
From the moment all seven appear in a flash in a large enclosed glass box centre stage, you know you’re in capable hands.
Prepare to be astonished.
Seven of the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand practitioners have come from Broadway to Toronto to perform in The Illusionists, a magic show that includes Canada’s own Darcy Oake.
Oake, 29, first came to fame when he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent — remember those crazy birds tricks? — and parlayed those performances into a big career.
It’s a career he’s been working on since childhood. Oakes grew up in Winnipeg and got hooked on magic by a fluke. His dad, sports broadcaster Scott Oake, showed a seven-year-old Darcy a card trick and that was it.
A star was born.
For Darcy Oake, magic was in the cards from a very young age.
The Winnipeg native is one of seven magicians performing in The Illusionists — Live from Broadway, which runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Tuesday to Jan. 7.
Oake, 29, said his love of the craft got started when he watched his father perform an “accidental” card trick at the age of 6 or 7.
After asking young Darcy to pick a card and return it to the deck, Oake’s father correctly selected the one Darcy had picked.
“I was absolutely flabbergasted and, for probably two or three weeks, I was like ‘Do it again, tell me how you did it.’ Eventually I got it out of him. He said, ‘Look, that was a one in 52 chance. That was a complete fluke,’” Oake recalled.
If teleportation became reality, our world as we know it today would not exist or would be completely transformed. If we could teleport us home to our work, need cars or even roads ... More time wasted in traffic jams, no more orange cones ... The architecture is completely different: more doors, more stairs or elevator since our movements would be instantaneous. With the illusions Luc Langevin runs, it gives us a glimpse of the potential impacts of teleportation on our future life by using various objects of everyday life. For the final, he teleports himself visibly and gradually to its guests.
If you've attended any community events in the Orangeville area within the last decade, there is no doubt you have come across Keith Hunter.
He is the one wearing the striped jacket, a robust red bowtie and his beige cap. Hunter’s “Touch of Magic” magician stand and the props for his tricks are usually close by.
The Orangeville and surrounding area’s resident magician for the last decade won’t be seen at these public events anymore.
After dying at home with his wife of 60 years holding his hand last Thursday, Hunter’s family and friends gathered in Orangeville for his funeral on Tuesday (Dec. 13). Hunter, who was one of the Rotary Club of Orangeville’s longest serving members, was 89 years old.
“The #Orangeville community said goodbye to an original today,” tweeted Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. “Keith Hunter's memorial captured a special Father, Dad, #Magician #Rotarian.”
Hunter was one of Canada’s eldest practicing magicians. For more than a decade, he had performed over 1,000 magic shows across the country.
Jaime Monroy of Bionic Buzz interviewed Murray SawChuck, Lefty Leferovich and April Leopardi at the 85th Hollywood Christmas Parade, which will be aired on The CW Friday, December 16 and re-aired on Hallmark Wednesday, December 21.
Magician and author David Ben appears on #TOfiles! CHECK IT OUT: https://t.co/gD63Jlhd8J #mondaymotivation #mondaymagic pic.twitter.com/SrLBf7iuHZ— Rogers tv Toronto (@RogersTVToronto) December 5, 2016
Phil always said, “When you buy a trick, read the instructions first. See how the trick works and then forget about the instructions and make it your own!” I think that’s pretty good advice!
BIG announcement! If you have not heard the 2017 PCAM will be a joint convention with CAM. It will be held in Chilliwack, BC on April 20-23, 2017. We will be announcing the talent every Friday for the next 4 weeks. To help us get the registration up we are having some 'early bird deadlines' to give you an incentive.
You can register and buy preferred seating, dealer tables, and t-shirts - all which are very limited.
What we are talking about here are HUGE prizes you can win - check it out:
1 - Register by Dec 9th and you are entered to win a FULL 2018 PCAM registration. Yep - you read that correct. Value: $200-$300
2 - Register by Dec 16th and you are entered to win a FREE HOTEL STAY at PCAM 2018. What?! Value: $300-$400
3 - Register by Dec 23rd and you are entered to win a FVMC Annual Lecture pass for 2017. We can't say whose coming yet (pssst...Ted Outerbridge, Jon Allen, SiIly Billy, Jorg Alexander, Ice McDonald and one more..) Value: $180
4 - Register by Dec 30th and you are entered to win one of 10 tickets to Ted Outerbridge's lecture hosted by the FVMC on Feb 20th. Value: $30
5 - Register by Jan 6th and you are entered to win a pass to Jon Allen's lecture hosted by the FVMC in May. Value: $30
6 - Register by Jan 13th and you are entered to win a limited edition PCAM/CAM 2017 t-shirt. Value: $25
Why wait? Register today and you are entered to win ALL of them!
October 14, 2017
This is a happy day for me. Thanks to my long-time friends, the Fergus Lions Club, I’m thrilled to announce we’ve added a show right here in Fergus (my stomping grounds!) I’m kinda excited about it tbh. It’s been many years since I’ve performed in my hometown! But there is extra level of pride because I’m donating the show and the Lions are hitting the pavement and all the funds raised from the show are being donated to our future new community hospital!!! (Proceeds donated specifically to The Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation.)
The good news is that it means it is also our FREE MAGIC CLUB MEETING on Saturday, Dec. 3rd.
All those interested in talking magic are welcome. Club meets at Browser's Den from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
|Calgary, AB||Ring 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)||- TBA|
|Edmonton, AB||Edmonton Magic Club||- TBA|
|Winnipeg, MB||The Magic Club of Winnipeg||- TBA|
|Fraser Valley, BC||IBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)||- Third Monday Magic.|
|Vancouver, BC||Ring 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)||- TBA|
|Vancouver, BC||SAM 95 (Carl Hemeon Assembly)||- TBA|
|Victoria, BC||Ring 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)||- TBA|
|Montreal, QC||Ring 62 (20th Century Ring)||- Executive meeting.|
- Christmas party.
- Stage workers event.
|Hamilton, ON||Ring 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)||- TBA.|
|London, ON||Ring 265 (London Magician's Guild)||- TBA.|
|Kitchener, ON||Ring 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)||- Christmas banquet.|
|Ottawa, ON||Ring 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)||- TBA.|
|Ottawa, ON||Ottawa / Gatineau magicians||- TBA|
|Toronto, ON||Ring 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)||- Browser's Den visit|
|Halifax, NS||Ring 316 (Conjourer's Court)||- Visit their Facebook page.|
|St. John, NB||Magic Circle of St. John||- TBA|
Tues December 6
Chad’s fast-paced lecture combines a high-energy performance along with humorous explanations to bring an enjoyable experience to all. It’s filled with both close-up and stand-up effects using everyday objects such as cards, coins, dart guns, pens, rubber bands, keys, spray paint, finger rings, lint brushes, matches, spaghetti and more! This material has been honed by years of performance and there is truly something for everyone!
Read more and buy tickets.
5. Thank you to our November 2016 Friends! - Thank you!
4. Thank you to our November 2016 sponsors! - Thank you, too!
3. Toronto: Jason Palter and Ken Margoe - A fun night, I'm sure!
2. Shriners' Holiday Magic Shows - Interesting that the post about the 2015 tour is attracting so much traffic. I've added a link to the 2016 tour to this post.
1. 2016 Shriners' "Holiday Magic Show" and Firefighters' Fundraising - Happy to see there's so much interest in these fundraising shows!
At one point we asked him to be judge for the contests. He laughed and asked if he had to wear his robe. Of course he accepted and he turned out to be one the best judges we ever had. His approach to judging was so different from what we were used to, but it all made sense. His commentaries about the contests were a joy to read and most of all very informative clear and concise. We learned a lot from him.Thanks for sharing your memories, Phil.
Au CHUL, le 2 juillet 2016, à l’âge de 90 ans, est décédé l’Honorable juge Anatole Corriveau, époux de feu madame Marie-Berthe Rousseau. Il demeurait à Québec.
November 20, 2016
Dear Members of the Magic Press:
Three magicians will appear in this year’s parade: Tommy Wind, Murray SawChuck and Naathan Phan.
It’s here, the historic 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Featuring Marine Toys For Tots Foundation which will fill the streets of Hollywood with holiday joy on Sunday, November 27, 2016.
A Party Of This Magnitude Only Comes Once A Year!
Where else can you get a scrumptious free lunch & dinner, the opportunity to spend the day with like-minded peers, and twelve hours of magic with so many top name magicians?
"The Browser's Magic Bash packs in more magic, with more value for your dollar, than anything we've ever offered you before."
Without further adieu, it's our pleasure to announce MORE amazingly talented artists who plan to spend the day with us at the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
- Dick Joiner
- Buck Macleod
- Scott Hammell
- Luiz Castro
- Keith Brown
- Michael Ammar
- Silly Billy
- & The Sentimentalists (Chris Mysterion & Steffi Kay)
...will spend the day with us, too. We plan to celebrate our common love for magic together.
If this fun sounds like the good times you're looking for, please take two minutes right now to register for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
Browser's Magic Bash Tickets Starting At $99 Plus HST
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We hope you'll join us.
Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash Team)
This issue our cover is adorned by the remarkable Julie Eng. Lest. As the author of our piece, David Ben, aptly points out, not only is Julie a beloved figure and an accomplished magicienne, she also possesses the near superhuman ability to get almost anything that comes her way DONE. Yes, all caps for emphasis. She does much good work for kids, seniors, and behind-the-scenes good deeds for magicians that goes unheralded—but the word is now officially out.
... come in and see us while our 40th Anniversary Sale is on.
10% on everything in the catalog
an additional 5% if we have it in the shop
and an additional 5% if you buy in person.
The Sale lasts until Dec.3rd and we’re open Saturdays too, from 11am to 5pm.
Read more and shop now!
Welcome to episode #540 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Mirum Podcast. I have been blown away by Jay Sankey. He's a magician who has managed to do some pretty amazing and impossible things. I'm not just talking about the 700-plus illusions he has invented over his incredible career. I'm not just talking about the fact that David Copperfield, Criss Angel and David Blaine have performed his illusions. He knows so much about business, marketing and storytelling that this could be one of the important things any business professional might listen to this year. (and that's not hyperbole) With close to 200,000 subscribers to his Sankey Magic YouTube channel, Jay has broken down the wall between the audience and the mystic of magic.
Read more and listen to podcast.
Great names coming at the Festival de Magie de Québec MAY 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 2017 .
BUY TICKETS HERE : http://www.festivaldemagie.ca/billets
GRAND GALA :
- Luc Langevin (CANADA )
- Hector Mancha ( FISM World Champion 2015 - Spain )
- Rob Zabrecky ( USA)
- Boris Wild ( France )
- Nicolas Dutel ( CANADA )
- MysterAct ( CANADA )
ALSO at the Festival :
- Jean-Pierre Du Sault
- Fredo - Magislain
- Billy et Manu
- Jean Deshaies
- Marc Chabot
- Énigma & Méphisto -
- Bob Arseneau
- Marc Trudel
- Stéphan Therien
- Simon Bernard .
And more to come !!!!
Our next Expo will be taking place Saturday and Sunday November 19 and 20 - Hope to see you there
Watch our Facebook page for all the announcements:
Dear friends, this month is crazy! Here are all of my public performances and where you can catch me. I am still taking some bookings for holiday parties, if you know of any please send me a message.
Nov 18 & 19 - Collingwood
Collingwood Cabaret: featuring some of Toronto's Hottest Acts
Nov 21 - Kingston
Momondays Kingston November 21 moShow
Nov 22 - Toronto
The Newest Trick in The Book hosted by Benzi Train
Nov 24 - Toronto
Nerd Nite Toronto Holiday Nerdtacular
Nov 27 - Mississauga
Bill Abbott discusses his weekly theatre show at Dave and Busters, why having a quality show matters, how he decides where to perform, and how he uses a custom backdrop for photo opportunities to help promote his show.
Read more and listen to podcast.
For the last lab magic of the year 2016 on Wednesday, 30 November, we're looking for testers.
The numbers must be between 5 AND 8 minutes. All the kinds of issues are welcome:
Magic, juggling, circus, mime, music, humour, comedy and more...
If this interests you let us know.
514 937 6702
Coming to See-Scape in Toronto, there's a new show organized by Ben Train, The Newest Trick In The Book. In the same way that comedians experiment with new and fresh material at open-mic nights, and plays are refined through workshops, this is an opportunity for magic material in development to be tested in front of a live audience.
In addition to having the privilege of seeing tricks for the first time, guests have the opportunity to offer feedback to help shape the new material. It's an interesting experiment that I'm looking forward to being a part of.I'll be appearing on the show Tuesday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 15 performing never-before-seen tricks. If you'd like to join us, the entire event is pay-what-you-want.
The location is 2480 Dundas Street West in Toronto.
Et voilà ! La soirée bénéfice d'hier a permis d'amasser 47 000 $ qui financeront la recherche de traitements contre les Leuco dystrophies ! pic.twitter.com/EqqyyLfufH— Luc Langevin (@LucLangevin) November 5, 2016
Keith Brown will be performing 6 shows at the London Fringe between May 30 - June 10
Visit Ag-Tivity Central and join Canadian magician Daniel Steep as he introduces families to the magical world of Canadian farming and agriculture. This high-energy, educational and interactive show is dedicated to creating a positive image of the Canadian Farmer and Ag Awareness.
Matilda and Dan met @rickvaive22 today at @THERAWF - see our daily @agrimagicshow in AgTivity Central! #RAWF16 #RoyalWinterFair #rawf pic.twitter.com/0ng7JlbScA— The Agri-Magic Show (@agrimagicshow) November 6, 2016
Found something unexpected for sale @theBrowsersDen back room. Also had a great price on H. Anderson's jumbo cards. pic.twitter.com/NrZl9IyqL6— Canada's Magic (@canadasmagic) November 6, 2016
The back room find @theBrowsersDen foreshadowed the answer to an impromptu trivia question! pic.twitter.com/mdGQTbkspW— Canada's Magic (@canadasmagic) November 6, 2016
Jeff never stopped working the whole day @theBrowsersDen anniversary party! pic.twitter.com/47uvFAgcII— Canada's Magic (@canadasmagic) November 6, 2016
Congratulations to Ryan Murray, the year's recipient of @theBrowsersDen Len Cooper Memorial Award! pic.twitter.com/a39GWQjeD2— Canada's Magic (@canadasmagic) November 6, 2016
LOS ANGELES: Electus International has secured deals for the new special David Blaine: Beyond Magic, featuring cameos with Margot Robbie and other celebrities, in the U.K., Australia and Canada.
Electus International sold the finished tapes to Channel 4 in the U.K., Australia’s Network Nine and CTV in Canada. David Blaine: Beyond Magic is slated to air on ABC in the U.S. on November 15.
There is a cool one-man show show running in Toronto until November 13th that features numerous magic routines as part of its narrative of the Klondike gold rush.
Performed by Eric Woolfe who performed at the Browsers Bash two years ago. f.y.i.
Eric Woolfe and Samara Nicholds formed Eldritch Theatre in 1999 and has since been nominated 15 times for Dora Awards for their outstanding horror productions. Eldritch shows are "Toronto’s Spookiest Stage Shows” (Torontoist) and in “Toronto’s Top 5 Shows To See” (Culture Trip). This fall make Eldritch Theatre a tradition as it’s a “great way to continue the Halloween spirit,” (NOW Magazine).
“An eerie tale of unholy larceny and Klondike gold. Based on the sworn testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal....Strange things loom in the midday moon, where lost men moil for gold.”
The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy is a new play by Eric Woolfe (House at Poe Corner, Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show)) who uses puppets and close-up magic based on the Faust Legend. Our hero, Brimstone, is caught up in the Canadian Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. An alchemy of historical fact, ancient legend, true stories of Old West grifters and card sharps, the works of HP Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and Robert Service, and a good deal of heartbreak and whimsy, this epic tale tells the story of a two-bit conman and how he lost his true love to the dark spirits of the North as a result of his greed and lust for gold and “the sure thing” game.
Read more and buy tickets.
Canadian born Billy Kidd started life as a child actor and didn't find magic until her twenties. She now lives in Bath and has done it all including street performing, close-up, stage and a ton of television, later this year you will see her on ITV1 attempting to become 'The Next Great Magician' too. In this interview Billy gives us an incredible insight in to what it's like to be a female in our male dominated industry
Read more and listen to podcast.
Official like butter...#itv new show #NextGreatMagician starts Sunday's November 6 at 7pm.— Billy Kidd (@Billykiddshow) November 1, 2016
I'll be on episode 4. #magic #magicians #itv1 pic.twitter.com/eVaSirhiXS
Derren Brown’s Vaudeville Productions and Crook Productions have been commissioned by ITV to co-produce a brand new magic competition show, The Next Great Magician (6 x 60’). Crook Productions is part of Andrew O’Connor and ITV Studios’ Cat’s On The Roof Media, and The Next Great Magician is Crook Productions’ first big entertainment commission since the group’s inception earlier this year.
The series will feature the world’s best magicians performing their greatest tricks, many of them for the first time ever on television, as they compete to be crowned The Next Great Magician.
Now, at 30-years-old, Lion has propelled himself onto the world stage with his brand of magic that he calls Lionism, a blend of arts of astonishment, which includes illusion, mentalism and hypnosis.
“When I was getting into magic, I didn’t want to just be labelled as a magician, because I was also interested in mentalism, which is mind reading and prediction, but I was also interested in hypnosis,” Lion said.
“When I learned all of them, I wanted to combine them into something that didn’t exist already.”
Read more and watch video.
5. Ty Reveen in the Calgary Herald - Making news, where ever he goes.
4. Edmonton: Outerbridge lecture - I'm looking forward to seeing them lecture in Toronto later this week.
3. University of Toronto magic club 2016 - 2017 - Making university more magical.
2. Vote for Murray SawChuck to co-host "Live with Kelly and You" - Murray is always up to something interesting!
1. 2016 Shriners' "Holiday Magic Show" and Firefighters' Fundraising - Great people raising money for a great cause!