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27 February 2016

Toronto: David Williamson at Browser's Bash 2016

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26 February 2016

New names for CAMaraderie 2016

From Jean-Luc Rivard:
New line up additons:
  • Philippe Theriault 
  • Marc Trudel
  • Michael Dardant
  • Montreal Trio

From the Festival de magie de Québec Facebook page:




25 February 2016

Toronto: Shane Cobalt Lecture

March 3rd

Have you ever attended a magic convention or general get-together and felt a touch out of place?

In this lecture, Shane Cobalt will be exploring the rarely talked about subject of perspective in magic. Using personal anecdotes, magical demonstrations, and some really crazy stories, you will learn how you can break through the web of secrecy to get closer to your personal magic goals.

You can expect to hear about:
-What YOU Bring to the Table!
-What is Good Enough?
-To Gaff or Not to Gaff... and the miracles that go with it!
-Is It Mine? And other questions on crediting.

The lecture will be interactive in nature. Attendees will have the opportunity to dictate much of the material performed during the lecture. Aside from performing effects from his personal repertoire, Shane will also have a very limited number of handcrafted items for sale.

There will be an open Q and A following the lecture. 
Shane Cobalt started his journey in magic at The Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto, Canada. After years of reading, practicing, and performing, Shane was the 3rd recipient of The Len Cooper Memorial Award. Following this he was one of the first recipients of the Tony Eng Youth Fund. 
Read more.

24 February 2016

Montreal: Jay Sankey lecture

Monday March 14  
Teacher, performer, consultant, and author, Jay Sankey is widely considered to be one of the most original thinkers and most prolific magic creators on the planet. Jay has created over 700 original magic effects. And he’s coming home. He’s also consulted for tons of magicians from David Copperield to David Blaine, and Max Maven called him ““one of the top creators of innovative close-up magic.”

After a long time away from Montreal, he’s finally back. The lecture will be pure unadulterated fun as only Sankey can deliver. There will be a mix of everything from close-up, stand-up, and mentalism. He’ll perform and teach a few of his classics as well as some diabolical new creations. There will be something for EVERYONE, and almost everything he’s teaching will require only the most basic sleight-of-hand. You don’t want to miss the force that is Jay Sankey.

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23 February 2016

Get your Coop on!

From the Browser's Den of Magic:

The Browser's Den of Magic is COOP'ing people in celebration of the upcoming 2016 Browser's Magic Bash.

Do you want to be COOP'd? Send us your photo via email, and we will work our magic! Len Cooper would have been proud.





For more information about the 2016 Browser's Magic Bash, please visit 
http://www.browsersden.com/bash

22 February 2016

21 February 2016

Vancouver: Chris Randall lecture

From the Vancouver Magic Circle:
This is a special lecture, the day after The Vancouver Magic Circle Installation Banquet and Chris Randall show. You will save 25% on the lecture if you buy the Dinner and Lecture combo ticket. To get this special price, you must purchase the special combo ticket through the Paypal button on the Installation Dinner and Show page.
6:30pm – Friday, February 26, 2016
ROOM 2201 – Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster 
Chris Randall has swept the world of entertainment. His style is a mix of sleight of hand, comedy, and sizzling hot illusions. 
He has appeared on The Masters of Illusion TV show, as well as a regular at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is a multiple award winner including 2015 Stage Champion from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 
Read more and buy tickets.




20 February 2016

Milton: OUTERBRIDGE – Clockwork Mysteries

From Marion Outerbridge's Facebook page:
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Ted and I are very excited to bring OUTERBRIDGE-Clockwork Mysteries back to the beautiful Milton Center for the Arts this month. Come and check us out on Friday Feb.26, at 8 PM.
Posted by Marion Outerbridge on Thursday, 11 February 2016



19 February 2016

Dan McLean Jr. in "Guelph Today" and reviewed in "Jamsphere"

Dan McLean Jr. found his singing voice in a farmhouse near Putnam, ON., back when he was a teenager. 
Anyone within earshot at that time could feel Dan’s soul from bootstrap to cowlick. Audiences feel about the same now when the soul-pop singer/songwriter belts it out.
McLean Jr. arrived in Guelph from Toronto a couple of years ago. His father was ailing with Alzheimer’s disease, and his mother needed a hand. When his father passed away, 
Dan took it hard. Sadness over the loss gave way to depression. The only way out, he said in an interview, was to sing his way out. 
New songs have emerged, one of them, “I’ve Seen Love,” was recently released on about 30 music streaming and downloading services, and on YouTube. Others songs will follow. 
Read more.



From Jamsphere:
Fate would have it that Dan McLean Jr’s homepage somehow unfolded before my eyes prior to his Soundcloud stream opening. So I came, I saw…and then heard. So what happens when you see a slightly balding, greying and bearded middle-aged man, with a guitar and a microphone at hand? Well, you imagine the sound dummy! Is this a semi-retired rock hero, a lovesick country balladeer or a well-traveled, folk-styled troubadour?

Read more.

18 February 2016

Ryan Meehan interviews Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on Television shows like the X-Files and Highlander, in motion pictures like Spooky House and the Fly II, for corporate clients like IBM and Konica, and on the most luxurious cruise vessels such as Norwegian Star and Radiance of the Seas. Recently Shawn has been a key note speaker/lecturer for the world’s best magic events including London’s famed Magic Circle, Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar and the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool, England. Shawn’s unique look, flashy suits and infectious smile are all signs that you booked a professional. Shawn’s show is filled with incredible magic, gut busting humor and his dynamic personality which has earned him over 500 standing ovations over the course of the last five years. The Canadian Association of Magicians awarded Shawn the Magician of the Year Award in 2003 and 2010, the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians awarded him the Grand Prix D’Honneur, the International Brotherhood of Magicians awarded him both Stage Magician and Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year, making him the only magician in history to win both world championships and the Olympics of Magic in Beijing, China awarded him the highest award in magic, the Grand Prix World Championship of Magic in 2009! We are honored to have Shawn Farquhar as our guest today in 10 questions. 
RM:  How would you best describe growing up in a family comprised of entertainers? Did you feel a lot of pressure to constantly be a showman in front of your immediate relatives, or were your parents satisfied with you exploring all of your options before deciding on a career in their preferred industry? 
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17 February 2016

Chris Mayhew on the cover of Penguin Magic Monthly

Congratulations Chris!

From Ben Train's Facebook page:
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Guess who's on the cover of Penguin Magic Monthly? Congrats Chris Mayhew!
Posted by Benzi Train on Thursday, 11 February 2016

16 February 2016

Lower BC: Vitaly Beckman, Camilo Dominguez and Wes Barker

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Wanna see magic in the lower mainland of BC on February 19th? Go see Vitaly Beckman, Camilo Dominguez or Wes Barker ......
Posted by Shawn Farquhar on Saturday, 13 February 2016



15 February 2016

Monday musings: Windows 10

We seem to have a case of #Windows10NotWorkingProperlySyndrome that's taking longer to resolve than we had hoped.

We're keeping the lights on here as best we can.  Please note, however, that there may be delays in responding to e-mail and social media until a definitive cure can be implemented.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

14 February 2016

Luc Langevin at "20 Minutes"

From 20 Minutes:
Combinant science et magie, Luc Langevin incarne une nouvelle génération de prestidigitateurs. Pour le Québécois, révélé dans l'émission de télévision Comme par magie, diffusée sur la chaîne ICI ARTV depuis 2009, le monde est « régi par les mathématiques, guidé par des forces indétectables à l’œil nu », qu'il utilise pour déjouer la perception des gens.

Read more and watch video.

Translated using Google Translate:
Combining science and magic, Luc Langevin represents a new generation of magicians. For Quebecers, revealed in the TV show Magically, broadcast on the channel ICI ARTV since 2009 , the world is "governed by mathematics , guided by force undetectable to the naked eye," it uses to thwart the perception of people.


13 February 2016

Canadians on the list of "Top Ten Magicians of the 20th Century"

Have a look over at The Top Tens and see how Doug Henning, Dai Vernon, Shawn Farquhar, and Shin Lim are ranking in their list of "Top Ten Magicians of the 20th Century."

While you're there, add your vote!

12 February 2016

Exciting update from the Browser's Bash

MAJOR NEWS - United States Playing Card Company (USPC) will be joining us as an exhibitor at the Bash. You read that right! 
At their booth, a USPC representative plans to display a selection of their new line of decks, chit-chat about classic brands like Bicycle & Tally-Ho, plus have discussions about the new printing process Metal Lux for those interested in custom-made playing cards. 
Don't Miss Out, Register For The BASH Now
http://www.browsersden.com/bash
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"I could be wrong, but the Browser's Magic Bash might be the first magic get-together IN RECENT HISTORY that U.S. Playing Card Co. has attended. How cool is that for us?!? If you like playing cards, then here's your chance to meet the most famous playing card manufacturer in the world - live in the flesh" - Lee Asher
As you can imagine, an opportunity such as this doesn't come along often. Furthermore, add twelve hours of magic, lots of fun, a free lunch & dinner, and now you'll start to understand what we mean when we say that this year's Browser's Magic Bash will be BIGGER & BETTER than the last one! 
Don't Miss Out, Register For The BASH Now
http://www.browsersden.com/bash
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See you at the Browser's Magic Bash on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.
Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky
(Your faithful magic shopkeeper)


Rama: Darcy Oake

If you missed his earlier dates for the "Edge of Reality Tour" now is your chance to catch up with Darcy Oake at Casino Rama!

From Casino Rama:
Saturday  Mar 5

Over 200 million viewers tuned in to Britain’s Got Talent to witness the birth of a phenomenon: electrifying new illusionist, Darcy Oake.  From sleight of hand to death-defying escapades, this master magician is ushering in an exciting new era of an age-old art form.

Read more and buy tickets.

11 February 2016

Jason Palter in Derek Selinger's "The Walking Man"

Wishing Jason Palter and Derek Selinger much success with their short film "The Walking Man."

(Looking back, I think I met both Jason and Derek for the first time at the very first Magical Arts Festival.)


From Derek Selinger's Facebook page:
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10 February 2016

Toronto: Michael Ross at "Magic Tonight" (new location)

Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com


Click for details.

This Sunday:  Michael Ross


Upcoming:  Phil Pivnick, 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*.



Please note the new location:




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09 February 2016

January 2016 Northern Peeks is out!

This issue of the Northern Peeks (v19, #1, Winter 2016) contains columns by:
  • Joan Caesar
  • Murray Hatfield
  • Gerry Frenette
  • Renée-Claude Auclair
  • Ryan Pilling
  • Phil Matlin and
  • Ron Keller

From the Canadian Association of Magicians (C.A.M.) Facebook group:
Check your email for the newest edition of Northern Peeks for January 2016. If you didn't get it, please send me (Ryan Pilling) a note with your current email address to update our records.


Lastly, a reminder that the CAMaraderie Convention will be in Quebec City, April 21 – 24th, 2016.

From the Festival de magie de Québec Facebook page:





08 February 2016

Keith Brown on "Night Time with Sam Davis"

Watch Keith discuss, among other things, the trick that sent him to the hospital.  (While the video was uploaded to YouTube on February the 3rd, the interview took place last Fall.)



From the Rogers TV YouTube channel:

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[via iTricks]

07 February 2016

Michael Francis beats four Guinness World Records

From the Kitchener Post:
After months of practise, Kitchener resident Michael Francis beat four Guinness World Records in coin rolling last weekend.
“I was extremely excited,” Francis said. “Now I have it and the hard part is over.” 

The first record he beat was for the most consecutive coin rolls with two hands. The standing record was 494 and he beat it with 764.

The only challenge, he said, was how warm the restaurant was.

Read more.

06 February 2016

David Ben raised over $220,000 for #nohairselfie !

Congratulations David!

From Magicana:
David Ben’s #NoHairSelfie campaign concluded yesterday, February 4, 2016 with a public shaving at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. With some last-minute donations arriving by mail, the total has now passed $214,000 raised for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

As promised earlier, donors who requested our Unusual Collectible your hair will be in the mail very soon. We’ve also learned that the cards will be signed by Pat Lyons, the artists who designed them.
For those wishing to verify the authenticity of the hair, you can watch it being severed below. The shaver is Gary Slaight, son of Allan Slaight.

Read more and watch video.

Magicana presents: The oldest trick in the book

Visit Magicana's site where they're hosting "The oldest trick in the book," an in depth look at the cups and balls.

05 February 2016

April 2nd: A magical day

Browser's Bash logo  
From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
April 2nd - A day that goes down in history!
Historically speaking, April 2nd has proven to be a magical day. It's true. Yes, it's when we're holding this year's Browser's Magic Bash, but also many other unique moments have happened throughout history on this day.
MAKE MAGIC WITH US ON APRIL 2nd - http://www.browsersden.com/bash
DID YOU KNOW THAT ON...
  • April 2nd, 1902 - Electric Theatre, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California. 
  • April 2nd, 1931- Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 
  • April 2nd, 1954 - Plans to build Disneyland are announced.
  • April 2nd, 1956 - Soap operas As the World Turns & Edge of Night premiere on TV.
  • April 2nd, 1963 - Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km).
  • April 2nd, 1968 - Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Spacey Odyssey is released.
  • April 2nd, 1972 - 44th Academy Awards - French Connection, Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win.
  • April 2nd, 1974 - 46th Academy Awards - The Sting, Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win.
  • April 2nd, 1977 - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks.
  • April 2nd, 1978 - Velcro was 1st put on the market (Dove magic says thank you!).
  • April 2nd, 1980 - Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st teenager to score 50 goals in a season.
  • April 2nd, 1989 - Wrestlemania V at Trump Plaza, Hulk Hogan beats Macho Man Savage.
  • April 2nd, 2016 - The Browser's Magic Bash Returns!
MAKE MAGIC HISTORY WITH US ON APRIL 2nd - http://www.browsersden.com/bash
We look forward to making magic history with you at this year's Browser's Magic Bash on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. If you'd like to join us, please register right now by clicking the link above.

Magical Hugs,

Jeff Pinsky
(Your faithful magic shopkeeper)


Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den Facebook group:
Friendly reminder that our free magic club meets this Sat. Feb. 6th at Browser's Den from 2:30pm - 5:30pm. All are welcome.

Thank you,
Jeff and the Browser's Den Team


04 February 2016

St. John's: David Merry at The Uptown Theatre

From David Merry's Twitter feed:

03 February 2016

Thank you to our February 2016 Friends!

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02 February 2016

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

Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com


Click for details.

This Sunday:  Chris Westfall


Upcoming:  Michael Ross, Phil Pivnick, 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*.



Please note the new location:




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01 February 2016

Chilliwack: Cabaret of Wonders

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
... come check out the fourth edition of Cabaret of Wonders with Vitaly Beckman, Camilo Dominguez, Murray Hatfield and myself... yup it's going to be epic fun... and it's almost SOLD OUT


From the Chilliwack Cultural Centre:
Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders - Four

February 12, 2016

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