30 November 2016

Montreal: Chad Long lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
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.

Top 5 posts in November 2016

Out of the 30+ posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:


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.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. 2016 Shriners' "Holiday Magic Show" and Firefighters' Fundraising - Happy to see there's so much interest in these fundraising shows!

29 November 2016

Ted and Marion Outerbridge on the cover of M-U-M Magazine

Congratulations Ted and Marion!

From Ted Outerbridge's Facebook page:

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28 November 2016

Derek Selinger's "The Walking Man" wins award

Congratulations to Derek Selinger, Jason Palter, and everyone else involved with short film "The Walking Man."  It recently won an Award of Excellence at the Canada Shorts Film Festival!


From Derek Selinger's Facebook page:

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27 November 2016

Broken wand: Anatole Corriveau

Phil Matlin, from Perfect Magic, tells me that Judge Anatole Corriveau attended many Magie Montréal conventions.  From Phil:
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.

 


From the Fédération des coopératives funéraires du Québec:
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.

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


26 November 2016

Murray SawChuck in the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

From a press release sent to me by Dennis Schick (thanks Dennis!):

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.

25 November 2016

Happy sixth blogiversary to me!

Six years ago today, this blog was born!

Thanks to you wonderful people who have supported this project!  More than 2,790 posts have been published, and well over 98,500 page loads have been served (over 479221 by Blogger's count).  One hundred and seventy-four of you have given us your thumbs-up on Facebook, more than 1070 of you are following along on Twitter (17,000 tweets and counting!), and approximately 60 of you have subscribed to this site's feed.  The bulk of you are Canadian, and I'm delighted to see visitors from United States, the United Kingdom, India, France, and the list goes on.

There are so many of you doing such a fabulous job of making magic a priority in this great country!

A special thanks to:

My continued thanks to all of you!





24 November 2016

New names announced for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

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

Additionally:
- 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
http://www.browsersden.com/bash
(cut and paste if not clickable)

We hope you'll join us.

Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash Team)


23 November 2016

Patrik Kuffs: 25 years magic

From Patrik Kuffs' Facebook page:

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22 November 2016

Julie Eng on the cover of Genii

Congratulations Julie!


From Richard Kaufman's Facebook page:
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. 





21 November 2016

Perfect Magic's 40th Anniversary Sale

From Perfect Magic:
... 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!

20 November 2016

Jay Sankey on Bringing Magic To Your Business

From Twist Image:
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.

19 November 2016

Festival de Magie de Québec 2017



With thanks to Jean-Luc for sending this information along.  From Jean-Luc Rivard:
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 !!!!



18 November 2016

Andrew Kinakin at the Saskatoon Family Expo

From The Saskatoon Family Expo:
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:
https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonparentandtotexpo/

Read more.


From Andrew Kinakin's YouTube channel, watch Andrew promoting the event on CTV news:





[via iTricks]

17 November 2016

Keith Brown's busy November (and Montreal Fringe in 2017)

From Keith Brown's Official Facebook Fan Page:
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
UNPLUGGED!


Also from the fan page:


16 November 2016

Bill Abbott: The Secret to Successful Weekly Shows, Magic Monday, and lecture

From Well Attended:
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.

From Steven Lafond's Facebook page:


15 November 2016

Mississauga: Chris Westfall at Boston Pizza

From Chris Westfall's Facebook page:


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14 November 2016

Montreal: Last lab magique of 2016

From the Facebook page of Le Lab Magique:
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


13 November 2016

Toronto: The Newest Trick in the Book

The graphic on James' site states that the show is running every Tuesday in November.  Contact Ben Train for more information.


From James Alan:
Coming to See-Scape in Toronto, there's a new show organized by Ben TrainThe 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.


12 November 2016

Luc Langevin helped to raise $47000 for Leuco dystrophie research

Well done Luc!

From Luc Langevin's Twitter feed:
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11 November 2016

Calgary: Mega Magic Camp at Montanas

See if you can say that 5 times fast!

From the The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop's Facebook page:

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10 November 2016

London: Keith Brown at the 2017 Fringe (and Rogers TV)

Congratulations Keith, on getting one of the early bird spots for the London Fringe!

From Absolute Magic:
Keith Brown will be performing 6 shows at the London Fringe between May 30 - June 10
 

And if you wonder what he is all about, you can watch him on this clip from Keith's September appearance on Rogers TV.

09 November 2016

Toronto: Daniel Steep at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

It's been a while since I was at the RAWF.  If I recall correctly, it was for one of Kidlet's school field trips.  We would have had so much fun if The Agri-Magic show had been playing when we went!


From the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair:
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. 


From the Twitter feed of The Agri-Magic Show:





08 November 2016

Random thoughts from the Browser's Den of Magic 41st anniversary party

I had the pleasure of spending some time at the Browser's Den of Magic 41st anniversary party on Sunday.  A great time, appeared to be had by all!  Here are a few random thoughts:


07 November 2016

Welcoming new Friends: The Outerbridges

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friends, The Outerbridges!

I first met Ted and Marion Outerbridge at Sorcerers Safari a couple of summers back.  You may have seen them at the IBM convention in Jacksonville in 2015, or this past year in the Grand Gala performance at the CAMaraderie Convention/Festival de magie de Québec, or at at SAM New York's "2016 Salute to Magic."

I had the pleasure of seeing their full stage show earlier this year, and attending their recent lecture at IBM Ring 17.  They are truly a talented and delightful duo!  (As an aside, it's worth the price of admission to see Ted sporting the "mirror ball" jacket hand crafted by Marion.  Photos do not do it justice.  It is absolutely eye-popping and dazzling!)

Thank you Marion and Ted, for becoming official Friends of Canada's Magic!

06 November 2016

David Blaine special on CTV

From World Screen TV Real:

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.

Read more.

05 November 2016

Toronto: Eric Woolfe in "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

From Owen Anderson's post in the IBM Ring 17 Facebook page:
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.

From the Eldrich Theatre:
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.

04 November 2016

Toronto: Jason Palter and Ken Margoe

From Jason Palter's Facebook page:

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03 November 2016

Billy Kidd's episode of The Magicians' Podcast and The Next Great Magician

From The Magician's Podcast:
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.

From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:


From the ITV Press Centre:
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.

Read more.

02 November 2016

David Lion on Global News Morning

From Global News:
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.



01 November 2016

Thank you to our November 2016 Friends!

Thank you to John Smithman, John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, and The Outerbridges, for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

It's good to have friends like you.
    



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