31 January 2016

Rounding the Western rings in February 2016

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Junior club meeting.
- Kainoa Harbottle lecture.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)-Third Monday Magic
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Chris Randall lecture.
- Installation Banquet and Show starring Chris Randall.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Wacky Wednesday.
- Kainoa Harbottle lecture.

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Central rings in February 2016

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Executive meeting.
- Gazzo lecture.
- Inter-club event.
- Chastain Crisswell.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Auction.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- Literacy magic.
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Charity Show:  Rehabilitation Hospital Show.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Mark Lewis lecture.


Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in February 2016

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?


Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

30 January 2016

Winnipeg: A Family Day of Magic

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Less than 2 months until our shows on March 26th. Rush tickets are $10 and available from members of the Magic Club of Winnipeg. For more info and updates check out our FB site- magic club of Winnipeg.
Posted by James Carey Lauder on Friday, 29 January 2016


29 January 2016

Kitchener: Michael Francis' record breaking coin rolling

From the Breaking Guiness (sic) World Records Facebook page:
On Saturday January 30th I will be breaking 4 Guiness World Records and 16 for Record Setter in coin rolling. I am very excited to represent Kitchener Waterloo and would love the support of my friends and family. Join me at All Star Wings and Ribs on the upper level where I hope to break these World Records!!!!

28 January 2016

Shane Cobalt at Belfast MagiCon 2016

Shane Cobalt will be performing at Belfast MagiCon 2016.

From Belfast MagiCon 2016:

Belfast MagiCon 2016 is being held in the Ramada Encore Hotel, Belfast. The dates for the convention are Friday 29th April, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016.

 An extra special event, Roberto Giobbi's Dai Vernon seminar will be taking place on bank holiday Monday 2nd May 2016. For anybody wishing to attend this event please get in touch asap to secure your space. Details can be found on our headliner page.

Read more and register.

27 January 2016

Toronto: Nichaolas Wallace at "Magic Tonight"

Don't forget to go to their new location!

Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com



Click for details.

Toronto (Sun):  Nicholas Wallace








James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"  Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.



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26 January 2016

Ty Reveen's BC tour

From Ty Reveen's Facebook page:
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Due to the overwhelming success of our show in Vancouver, we've been booked for 8 more shows in British Columbia. See you in March of 2016
Posted by Tyrone Reveen on Thursday, 21 January 2016



25 January 2016

Mysterion, Steffi and Adam visit Perfect Magic

From Perfect Magic:
If you buy a magic trick or learn it through a video or book, and you fool someone, or an even a whole audience, the trick worked, it did what it was supposed to, but did you? That’s the question. Everyone has a different approach to magic. That’s what makes it so much fun, but if you just fool someone and leave them wondering and trying to figure it out, I don’t think it’s enough. They should feel thrilled, excited, astonished, delighted and a whole host of other adjectives. The trick can’t do that by itself. You are the one that makes that happen.

Read more.

24 January 2016

James Alan on why math is important

From Reality Based Magic:
On the way home, however, was another story. I hopped off the 401 to get gas in Whitby. I located an Esso station (150 Consumers Drive, for those who want to avoid it). They had gas posted for 92.3¢/L which seemed quite reasonable. I authorized my card and began pumping. But soon it stopped. When I looked up, I was rather confused to see that I had managed to pump less than 14L of fuel and the price at the pump what a whopping $125.00.
Read more.

23 January 2016

Toronto: Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom and Miguel Angel Gea

From Eventbrite:
It's time to overindulge with The Fat Brothers...
Or not... It's your life.

April 23 & 24, Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom and Miguel Angel Gea will be coming to Toronto for a weekend  gourmet magic.

The Lecture - Saturday April 23 - 1:00 PM
At the Wychwood Theatre (St. Clair & Christie).

Break for Dinner

The Show - Saturday, April 23 - 8:00 PM
At the Wychwood Theatre (St. Clair & Christie)

The Workshop* - Sunday, April 24 - 1:00 PM
At the Howlett Academy (Bloor & Spadina)


These three larger-than-life performers are recognized around the world for their astonishing magic and zany off-the-wall humour. We invite you to to join us for this remarkable opportunity.

*The workshop has limited seating for an intimate learning experience. The Brothers will be covering previously unpublished material and (time permitting) answer specific questions about their material.

Performances in English... more or less.


Read more and buy tickets.


22 January 2016

Toronto: Chris Mayhew at "Magic Tonight" (new location)

From James Alan:

Click for details.Toronto’s longest-running ambiguously named magic show has moved. Magic Tonight (which, depending on when you’re reading this is probably not actually happening tonight) is moving into a larger, newly renovated theatre just around the corner from their old digs.

The new location is in Downtown Toronto, just 500 feet from the Crimson Lounge where they made their home for the past two years. Continuing the tradition of vague names, “The Studio” offers up a larger stage, additional seating and a venue which is wheelchair accessible. 

The first performance at the new venue is this Sunday, January 24 with special guest Chris Mayhew. Those who have seen Chris perform join me in hoping that the new stage is very sturdy. 

Tickets to the shows through the end of February. are available online at www.magictonight.ca/tickets. Upcoming special guests include Chris Westfall, Phil Pivnick, Michael Ross and Nicholas Wallace. Readers of Canada’s Magic can use the code cmagic* for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when booking online. 





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20 January 2016

Toronto: Browser's Bash announces more names!

Browser's Bash logo  
From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:

Pound for pound, the Browser's Magic Bash packs in more magic with more value for your dollar than anything we have offered you. Where else can you get a scrumptious free lunch & dinner, and twelve hours of magic with so many top name magicians?

MORE TALENT = MORE FUN!

http://www.browsersden.com/bash

Therefore, without further adieu, we'd like to share more wonderful names with you. These artists will appear at this year's Bash. In no particular order, it's our pleasure to announce:

MICHAEL CLOSE: A student of the conjuring arts for over fifty years, Mike Close is a 
sleight of hand artist, talented musician, author and inveterate joke teller whose stories have brought gales of laughter from audiences around the world.
DICK JOINER: With his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic, Dick Joiner plans to delight and astound us all day long.
BOBBY MOTTA: His ultra-thrilling style and mesmerizing technique grabs hold and doesn't let go, blurring the lines between reality and the paranormal realms.
GORDON PRECIOUS: As a special treat, 91 yr. old Gordon Precious will appear for his first
 time ever at a magic convention with his wonderful handling of the Vanishing Bird cage.
JASON PALTER: Jason Palter, Comic Magician, has absolutely no setting between 'high' and 'off', and when he’s completely unleashed at the Bash you’ll understand exactly what we're talking about. Trust us, you'll see!
GREG FREWIN: Greg Frewin is a FISM winning, theatre owning, 5-shows-a-week performing, all-around amazing magician. Like last year, this true Canadian hero will spend the day with us, then hit the Bash stage to blow our minds with a magical treat.

Additionally...

TOM MULLICA: You've read about him, and seen him on video. Now it's time to meet Tom Mullica. One of America's finest comedy magicians and sleight of hand artists joins us all day long at the Browser's Bash!
DANIEL GARCIA: Daniel Garcia comes with powerful magic with practical methods. Stand 
back & watch this explosion of creativity as he will have you laughing just as hard as you're fooled! Magic has never been so cool!
JAMES HARRISON: As Canada's pickpocket magician, James borrows pens, watches, wallets, 
and even belts from spectators watching. Before you can yell thief, James has returned the valuables to their rightful owners by making them reappear in unexpected places!
BEN TRAIN: Combining humor, psychology, and a little old-fashioned chutzpah, Ben Train creates an experience that will have you laughing out loud while your mind is being blown. Mystery and non-stop laughs follow where ever he goes. Luckily, he's at the Bash all day long!
LOUIE LEBETJIS: For those who love card table artifice, secret sleights, & serious 
advantage play - seek out Big Lou during this Bash. His chops are top-notch, plus he will astound you. Move over Charming Cheat, there's a new kid in town.
CHRIS MAYHEW: Some say Chris Mayhew is disarming, charming, and will make you laugh 
out loud with his uniquely entertaining brand of magic. Others say he's just plain crazy! We will let you be the judge.
JOE DENG: All the way from Changsha, China by way of Beijing, Joe Deng is a master
 of close-up magic. He's revered by every single magician in his 
homeland, and now it's time that you meet and spend time with him.
MICHAEL LAM: Multi-talented and multilingual, the Hong Kong magician brings his 
specially honed sleight of hand across the pond specifically for our day of fun. Known for creating the illusion of impossible, be mesmerized by the artistic magic of Michael Lam.

Saturday, April 2nd will be a day that we will all be together celebrating our common love for magic. If this fun sounds like the time you're looking for, please take two minutes to register for the 2016 Browser's Magic Bash at our official Bash website - http://www.browsersden.com/bash

We hope you will join us. Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!

Thank you for your support.

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky
(Your faithful magic shopkeeper)

ps. The gold section is almost sold out, with the silver section not too far behind. Don't wait any longer to reserve your seats.

19 January 2016

Calgary: Vanishing Rabbit open house and magic show

From the Vanishing Rabbit:
Come Join us January 24th from NOON - 4pm. Bring a trick you have been working on or need more help with and we can work together to work out the kinks.

At 3:00PM Owner/Magician Brent Smith will give a 30 Minute lecture on Thumb tips and How to use them correctly and then Immediately after he will perform a 30 Magic show for everyone to enjoy and maybe find some special guests to Join us

If you want to come tickets are $20.00 for the day and you must call to reserve a seat as we have limited space in my shop.

Pop, water and Doughnuts will be supplied as well as a GREAT Door Prize

Read more and buy tickets.

18 January 2016

[Guest post] West Coast magic goes "supernatural"

The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as The Magic Demon. 

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Attention fans of magic in the lower mainland surrounding Vancouver, BC!

Camilo The Magician presents his "Supernatural Magic" show for four performances in February 2016. 

Show dates are: Friday February 19th and Saturday February 20th; and Friday February 26th and Saturday February 27th

Show times: 8 pm. Ticket cost: $30 CDN.

Location: The Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street in Vancouver.

Tickets can be purchased online, here:


Bogata-born, Victoria BC-resident Camilo Dominguez, better known these days as Camilo the Magician, has been actively pursuing magic and the performing arts since his teens. 

This year, his 8th season of unusual magic performances, Camilo returns to Vancouver with a brand new show, "Supernatural Magic", which will feature his renown sleight of hand as well as original illusions all performed with his trademark sense of humour.

The Vancity Buzz staff interviewed him last year, in advance of his 2015 show. You can find that interview here:


Camilo's website is www.camilothemagician.com.


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

17 January 2016

Oshawa: Battle of Magicians

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February 12, Oshawa is the first day on our tour folks. Details coming soon. I am so proud to announce we will be...
Posted by Magic Stripped with Richard Forget on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

16 January 2016

Allan Slaight Award nominations open for 2016

Almost one year ago, Magicana announced the creation of the Allan Slaight Awards for excellence in magic.

A refresher from Magicana:
Magicana is pleased to announce on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation the creation of the Allan Slaight Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the pursuit of the impossible.

Initiated by the Slaight Family Foundation to honour Canadian media mogul and philanthropist Allan Slaight, and his lifelong passion for and contribution to magic, Magicana will distribute, on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation $250,000 over five years - $50,000 per year - to recognize excellence in magic.

Nominations are now being accepted for works completed in 2015.  A little elf told me that the deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016.

What are you waiting for?  Submit your nominations today!

Now, if we could get Magicana to open up a category for best Canadian Magic blog...

15 January 2016

Toronto: Jason Palter at "Magic Tonight"

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Toronto (Sun):  Jason Palter








James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"  Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.



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14 January 2016

Niagara Falls: Kevin and Caruso's "Magique"

From Fallsview Casino:
March 10-19

A stage spectacular of epic proportions, Kevin & Caruso fascinate audiences with their award winning production "Magique" featuring the excitement of illusion, glamorous costumes and special effects!

Read more and book tickets.

The Kevin and Caruso website also states that Montreal will be on their 2016 schedule.

13 January 2016

The 2016 Browser's Magic Bash Food Drive

From the Browser's Den:

Our Annual Browser's Magic Bash Food Drive

Last year, in the spirit of true community, we raised over 150 kilos of non-perishable goods for the needy. For those of us who made the small effort to grab a few cans from the cupboard or made a quick stop at a grocery store, all in the name of charity, we were rewarded with the feeling of happiness knowing a positive difference was made.
"I participated last year by bringing in a couple of bags of non-perishable food. I felt proud to be able to contribute to the Food Drive. We are very lucky to have the life that we do here in Ontario, Canada, and to be able to contribute via magic makes me feel exceptionally thrilled to be a hobbyist magician here. Our magic had gone beyond its already wonderful quality of bringing us together. Through our magic, we had extended ourselves to helping others in need."
- Cam D. (2015 Bash Food Drive Participant)

This is your opportunity to help those not so fortunate, and continue this wonderful tradition. We urge you, our magic family, to help out once again.

Starting from the moment you read this, until the very end of the Bash on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, you're kindly asked to donate canned food goods (non-perishable) to help fight hunger. Either bring it directly to the Browser's Den of Magic shop or carry it with you to the Browser's Magic Bash on the day of our event.

The difference a can or two can make is amazing. And amazement is what us magicians do best!
"It was always fun last year to see the pile of donations grow over time whenever I visited the shop. The real heart warming moment was on the day of the Bash itself, when we saw the generous nature of the magic community manifested in the huge pile of donations for those in need. I am humbled and proud to be part of such a generous effort."
- John H. (2015 Bash Food Drive Participant)
Feel free to come in and drop off donations during normal store hours (see homepage for store hours) Tuesday through Sunday. Once everything is collected after April 2nd, The Browser's Den will proudly donate all the goods on behalf of the entire Ontario magic community in celebration of the 2016 Browser's Magic Bash. Our combined efforts will make a difference ensuring the health & well-being of those who truly need our help.

And maybe... just maybe, we will raise more than 150 kilos this year. Wouldn't that be fantastic? Could you imagine?!? That would truly be magical.

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.

3 ... 2 ... 1 - Now let the Browser's Magic Bash Food Drive begin!


12 January 2016

Jean-Luc Rivard in "Cobaye Humain"

From Event Brite:
La pièce sera présentée les jeudi 19 mai 2016 à 20h - vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 20h - samedi 21 mai 2016 à 20h et dimanche 22 mai 2016 À 14H dans la salle Desjardins du Centre communautaire Jean-Marie-Roy de Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.

Une partie des profits sera remise aux organismes suivants :
- Présence Famille
- Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
- Fabrique de St-Augustin .

La troupe dynamique du " THÉÂTRE DE SAINT-AUGUSTIN " , composée de Jean-Philippe Delage , Bernard Guay , Brigitte Lepage , Line Nadeau et Jean-Luc Rivard sont fin prêts pour vous présenter leur nouvelle production 2016 intitulée « COBAYE HUMAIN » , une comédie de l’auteur BRUNO LACROIX .

Read more and buy tickets.

11 January 2016

Mississauga: Mike D'Urzo at the Meadowvale Theatre

From Mike D'Urzo's Twitter feed:


10 January 2016

Broken wand: Paul Bradshaw

From the Windsor Star:
BRADSHAW, Paul Tannahill

71 years. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Paul on April 26, 2015 with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Peggy Ann (nee MacInnes) for 45 years. Loving father to Lindsay Bradshaw and finace David Marchand, Kristin Bradshaw and Bob Hodge. Grampy to Thurston, Lauren and Scarlett. Dear brother to Blair and Gail Bradshaw and Peter and Linda Bradshaw. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Paul was fortunate to be a recipient of a Lung transplant and was an advocate for organ donation. He was a member of the Windsor Magic Circle and was known to many as Mr. Magic.

Read more.


With thanks to Dennis Schick from the IBM for sending this information along.

09 January 2016

Quebec City Magic Festival ad "The Magician"

One of my favourite things about the Festival de magie de Québec is their creative, dynamic, and often interactive advertising campaigns.  In 2011 it was this magical billboard. In 2012, it was "la disparition."  In 2013, "pouvoirs magiques."   For 2014, "le balai magique."  This one, "le magicien" was released in August of 2015.  So much fun!

Have a look at "Quebec City Magic Festival - The Magician" on LG2's YouTube channel (with English subtitles):





Shawn Farquhar at the Magic Castle

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
For more than nearly thirty years I have quite regularly been invited to perform at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. At one time my manager was even the booking agent and I kept saying no thank you. It's not that I didn't dream of performing in this amazing venue, I just had this dream that was a little more. My dream was to perform in all three major showrooms in a single week. That's more than 63 shows in seven days in all disciplines of the art of magic. Not many would be able to do this with any level of success. I've always believed I was up to the challenge. I've resigned myself to the fact it's a dream and will not become a reality. So, I finally said yes. That's right, I've never performed at the Magic Castle... ever. If you have ever wanted to go to the Magic Castle and needed an excuse or guest pass, or you go often and want to join in the fun, it's time to make your reservations. I'll be coming to play March 14th to the 20th. I'll also have a special lecture on Saturday, March 19th in the Palace of Mystery. 
Read more.

Watch on YouTube, the Vanishing Bottle video Shawn recorded this past New Year's Eve:


07 January 2016

Toronto: The Sentimentalists at "Magic Tonight"

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Toronto (Sun):  The Sentimentalists








James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"  Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.



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06 January 2016

Murray Hatfield: Southern Lecture Tour

Updated January 7th to add:

  • Regrettably, this tour has been cancelled.
Thanks for the update Julie!



From the Murray Hatfield - S. Carolina and Florida Lecture Tour Facebook event:
Coming all the way from Canada, one of the top touring stage performers, Murray Hatfield, comes south to present his lecture for a select group and only available for a limited time. In 2013 Murray Hatfield lectured across the U.S. for over 20 cities, all of whom proclaimed him one of their favorite lecturers. I am still using one of his marketed products in my regular show for corporate audiences.

Although Murray is best known throughout Canada as trouping with his illusion show, he was also the proprietor of a brick and mortar magic shop for many years. Not just a skilled professional stage magician, Murray also has the “chops” to perform close-up as he demonstrated to the registrants of the prestigious Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic (F.F.F.F.), invitation only close-up convention.


Thursday, February 11, 2016 Greenville, SC - CONFIRMED
Friday, February 12, 2016 Columbia, SC
Saturday, February 13, 2016 Myrtle Beach, SC
Sunday, February 14, 2016 Charleston or Summerville, SC
Monday, February 15, 2016 Hilton Head, SC
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Pensacola, FL
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Jacksonville, FL
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Daytona Beach, FL
Friday, February 19, 2016 open, no lecture
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Tampa, FL
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Sarasota, FL
Monday, February 22, 2016 Fort Meyers, FL
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Miami, FL
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 North Miami, FL
Thursday, February 25, 2016 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Friday, February 26, 2016 Boca Raton, FL
Saturday, February 27, 2016 West Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, February 28, 2016 Melbourne, FL
Monday, February 29, 2016 Cocoa Beach, FL
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Kissimmee, FL
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Orlando, FL


Read more to see an updated list of confirmed events.




05 January 2016

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David Ben's ‪#‎NoHairSelfie‬

World Cancer Day is February 4, 2016.

From James Alan's Facebook page:
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My friend David Ben is raising money for cancer research, and he's willing to shave off his glorious mop for the cause. Check out his campaign, the #NoHairSelfiehttp://www.nohairselfie.com/davidben
Posted by James Alan on Monday, 16 November 2015



04 January 2016

More performers announced for Browser's Bash 2016

You already heard that Tom Mullica and Daniel Garcia are performing at the 2016 Browser's Bash.  And we know that Dan Morrissey will be there too.  Check out the other amazing talent recently added to the lineup:

In no particular order:
JAMES HARRISON
As Canada's pickpocket magician, James borrows pens, watches, wallets, and even belts from spectators watching. Before you can yell thief, James has returned the valuables to their rightful owners by making them reappear in unexpected places!

BEN TRAIN
Combining humor, psychology, and a little old-fashioned chutzpah, Ben Train creates an experience that will have you laughing out loud while your mind is being blown. Mystery and non-stop laughs follow where ever he goes. Luckily, he's at the Bash all day long!

LOUIE LEBETJIS
For those who love card table artifice, secret sleights, & serious advantage play - seek out Big Lou during this Bash. His chops are top-notch, plus he will astound you. Move over Charming Cheat, there's a new kid in town.

CHRIS MAYHEW
Some say Chris Mayhew is disarming, charming, and will make you laugh out loud with his uniquely entertaining brand of magic. Others say he's just plain crazy! We will let you be the judge.

JOE DENG
All the way from Changsha, China by way of Beijing, Joe Deng is a master of close-up magic. He's revered by every single magician in his homeland, and now it's time that you meet and spend time with him.

MICHAEL LAM
Multitalented and multilingual, the Hong Kong magician brings his specially honed sleight of hand across the pond specifically for our day of fun. Known for creating the illusion of impossible, be mesmerized by the artistic magic of Michael Lam.

03 January 2016

The magic inside Canadian plastic bills

From BuzzFeed:
Apparently, built into the transparent maple leaf design on our Canadian bills is a diffraction grating technology…

That when you shine a laser light through the maple leaf…

An encoded value of the bank note can be seen projected onto a blank surface.

Read more.



Watch Steve Mould explain it on YouTube:


Rounding the Western rings in January 2016

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Junior club meeting
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)-Third Monday Magic
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Annual dinner featuring Trevor and Lorena Watters

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Central rings in January 2016

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Rocco lecture.
- Eric Jones lecture.
- Monthly meetup.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)-TBA
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Auction.


Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in January 2016

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?


Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.


Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Party!
- Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

02 January 2016

Who was the most watched illusionist of 2015?

The folks over at iTricks have been looking at back at the 2015 magic video stats.  They searched "for the most viewed YouTube video on 2015 featuring the keyword ILLUSIONIST."

The results?  A "video of Darcy Oake on the BBC that gathered about a million and a half views."  (Unfortunately, I could not find a link to the video to which they are referring.)

Way to go Darcy!

Speaking of Darcy, the CBC has video footage of his "'most death-defying' act to date at London's New Year's Day parade."

From the CBC:
Oake, who was born and raised in Winnipeg, pulled off what he calls "literally the most death-defying escape that I've ever done or ever attempted" at the end of the 30th annual parade, performing for hundreds of thousands of spectators in the U.K.

Before bringing to life the parade's theme — 30 years of magic — Oake explained how he would escape and avoid drowning.

Read more and watch video.

[via Clive Court]

 CNN has video of Darcy talking about the stunt.

And here's a great photo taken by Carey Lauder of Darcy doing the same stunt in Winnipeg!

From Carey's Facebook page:

Fiona Gourlay has added me to the landscape and nature challenge, I will work on that right away. But for now here is a shot from Darcy Oake's Edge of Reality tour that finished in Winnipeg this last Friday.
Posted by James Carey Lauder on Sunday, 6 December 2015




Toronto: David Merry at "Magic Tonight"

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01 January 2016

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
This Saturday, January 2nd at Browsers' Den is our next Free Magic Club meeting from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. All interested in talking magic are welcome.


Chris Westfall's "15 second miracles"

Join Chris Westfall as he begins his Project 365 (+1) on Instagram!

From the Chris Westfall Magic Facebook page:
On January 1st I will begin a 365 day + 1 leap year day project of 15 second Instagram videos of Magic Tricks, Sketches, flourishes & skits. The project is called #15secondmiracles and you can follow this adventure on Instagram @ChrisWestfallMagic

Happy 2016!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with awe and wonder!

To start things off, here's a video from Murray Sawchuck's YouTube channel:

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