28 April 2017

Banff: Sheldon Casavant at the Banff Centre Children's Festival

From the Banff Centre:
Saturday, May 20, 2017

With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Sheldon Casavant shares his own story of discovering magic in an awe-inspiring performance. Sheldon rolls fast-paced magic, audience participation, and a brief history of the most famous magician of all time – Harry Houdini – into one exciting and theatrical magic show.

Read more and buy tickets.

27 April 2017

China: Outerbridge-Clockwork Mysteries

From Ted and Marion Outerbridge's Facebook page:

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26 April 2017

Shane Cobalt at the Magic Castle until April 30th

From Shane Cobalt's Facebook page:

This week, April 24-30, I will be performing at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California! I will be in the early parlor for those interested.

25 April 2017

Toronto: Magic auction

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017
At ‘Browser’s Den of Magic’
Cost to Attend: Free!

Dear Magic Friends,

It is time for another fun-filled and bargain-filled magic auction!

This is the time of the year when you our dear customers get to bid on magic equipment, tricks, books and dvd’s at fantastically low prices.

For those who would like to bring in 'magic' to be auctioned off the deadline to bring your used magic to Browser's is Wednesday, May 24.

Please note that you may bring in no more than 3 LOTS.  However, a LOT may consist of more than one item. Please try to make sure that everything has directions and is in good working order.

Also, please make sure to include a list of the items you are bringing in to be auctioned off along with your name, phone number and email address.Magic Auction Bunny

We have been doing these auctions for 41 years. Auctions are a lot of fun!

For those who have never attended one of our auctions, you are missing out on tremendous bargains as most of the magic sells for at least half their regular prices.

Thank you for your continued support - Jeff Pinsky, Jeff Hinchliffe & The Browser's Den Team

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call and discuss with Jeff Pinsky.

Read more.

24 April 2017

Midland: Brent and Sarah at Rotary Hall

From Brent and Sarah's Facebook page:

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23 April 2017

Broken wand: Edna Scott

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Edna Scott from Tillsonburg, Ontario.   Edna passed late last year on December 29, 2016.

We would appreciate it if anyone had information about Edna to share with us.

22 April 2017

Welcoming Murray Hatfield as CAM President

On Thursday, at the PCAM / CAM 2017 convention, Joan Caesar swore Murray Hatfield in as President of the Canadian Association of Magicians!

Congratulations Murray, and thank you for taking on this important role!


Watch Brent Smith's video of the event on Facebook:




Here's a snapshot of Tweets from the convention:



21 April 2017

Calgary: MEGA Magic Camp 2017

From Brent Smith's Facebook page:
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20 April 2017

Toronto: Seol Park lecture

From IBM Ring 17:
Monday, May 1

FISM winner Seol Park will be lecturing for the club on a special date, Monday, May 1 at the regular location. More information coming soon.

Read more and buy tickets.

19 April 2017

Shawn Farquhar in the Agassiz Harrison Observer

From the Agassiz Harrison Observer:
Full of confusion and illusion, Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders is back for its last installment of the season — and with an international roster of magicians, it might be the most phenomenal performance yet! On Apr. 21 Shawn Farquhar will once again be perplexing audiences at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, this time with a little help from England and Germany.

Described by Farquhar as “one of the finest magicians in the world,” Axel Hecklau is making the trek from Berlin, Germany to Chilliwack, and he’s bringing his magic along with him. With over 30 years of experience perfecting his skills and performances in nearly 50 cities across the globe, Hecklau has built a reputation as one of the top magicians, not only in Germany but world-wide.

Read more.

18 April 2017

Toronto: Karl Hein lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:

Sunday, May 21

Karl Hein is known all over the world for his amazing ability.

The routines that he will perform and teach at the lecture are audience tested in front of laymen.

Karl will use many of his routines to teach basic and advanced moves and principles of magic and misdirection.

And most importantly you will learn his 'Go with the Flow' approach as Karl provides alternate handlings to meet varying skill levels and explains how to change routines depending on your audience conditions.

You will be presented with routines with cards, coins, bills, ropes and cream filled goodies.

You will learn:  Heinsight (Open Prediction);  Square Deal (Magic  Square); False Shuffles & Cuts; Heiny 500;  Just Say Twinkie; Rainmaker; Cube FX (Rubik's Cube Routine); Three Degrees of Separation;  Hein's Catch Up (Updated Copper, Brassk, Silver routine) and if time permitting...even more!
Read more and buy tickets.

17 April 2017

Bobby Motta with Ben Mulroney on eTalk

From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:

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16 April 2017

Broken wand: Sophia Szilagyl

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Sophia Szilagyl from Guelph, Ontario.

We would appreciate it if anyone has any information about Sophia to share with us.

15 April 2017

Wes Barker: Magician on tour

Wes Barker has a new web series about his touring life.

Here's episode two, to give you a feel. (With appearances by Chris Mayhew, Jonah Babins, Keith Brown, and Lee Asher.)


From Wes' YouTube channel:


14 April 2017

Chilliwack: Cabaret of Wonders VIII

From the Chilliwack Cultural Centre's Facebook page:
Join Shawn Farquhar and his incredible lineup of magicians: Axel Hecklau and Keith Fields, as he hosts Cabaret of Wonders VIII on April 21, at 7:30pm! The intimate performance will be an evening of incredible fantastic illusions that are complimented by the cabaret-style setting where drinks can be brought into the theatre.



13 April 2017

Darcy Oake in CBC News Manitoba

See Darcy June 6 and 7 at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg.

Watch Darcy's segment on CTV Morning Live.

From CBC News Manitoba:
Illusionist Darcy Oake will wow fans at two shows in Winnipeg in June, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go toward the construction of a new addiction treatment centre he says his hometown sorely needs.

Oake skyrocketed to fame three years ago after appearing on Britain's Got Talent, and now he's turning his attention toward an issue that is close to his heart.

Oake's brother Bruce Oake died after an overdose six years ago. The family started the Bruce Oake Foundation to raises awareness of addiction issues and fundraise for a long-term treatment centre like the one Bruce attended in Alberta.

Read more.

12 April 2017

Calgary: Win tickets to see Wes Barker

From Wes Barker's Facebook page:

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11 April 2017

Sign up for The Newest Trick in the Book

From the Facebook page of The Newest Trick in the Book:
As Toronto's only magic open-mic, we get a lot of messages from people wanting to be on the lineup. Well, we'd love to have you!

The process is REALLY simple. Attend ONE show (it's free!) so you can see the space and show some support to your fellow performers. Then speak to either Benzi Train or Jonah Babins to sign up for a spot. That's it! Told you it was simple!

But act fast- all the April spots are booked up and there's only 4 more spots left for May (with some June spots gone already as well).

Our next show is Tuesday April 11th, at 8:30pm. Only at See-Scape.

10 April 2017

Ottawa: Magic Monday - Buzz! Danger! Cow!

From the Magic Monday Facebook event:
April 24

Magic Monday returns with three outstanding performers!

This month we welcome special guest host, Mr. Brian Robert Wilson!

And joining him on stage are Buzz Collins - Comedy Hypno-Mentalist and the amazing Danger Boy (Aka Nicolas Belzile)!  




09 April 2017

Broken wand: Charles Edwin Millard

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Charles Millard.

From the March 2017 Linking Ring:
Recently the I.B.M. Headquarters was notified that Charles Edwin Millard, 68, of Edgetts Landing, New Brunswick, Canada, died July 25, 2016. His I.B.M. membership number was 61351, and he had been a member since 2000 (sixteen years). Born in Kingston, Ontario, he worked in the service industry for over thirty years, with Xerox. Following retirement, he continued to work, both as a church custodian, and for a printing firm. He loved entertaining people as “Choctaw the Clown,” and was involved in clowning for almost four decades. In addition to clowning and magic, he loved the outdoors and nature, including all water sports, roller skating, cross country skiing and bird watching. He also was a photographer. Survivors include his wife, Paula; sons Robert (Cathy) and Andrew (Amanda); grandchildren Julia, Katie, Savanah, Liam and Ella; step-children Tanya Minter, and Steven Lawson; step-grandchildren, Marina, Ryan, Danny, and Samantha; step-great-granddaughter, Brookelynn; and brother, David. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Baptist Church, 3039 Main Street, Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Canada EOA 1XO


From the website of the Albert County Funeral Home:
Charles Edwin Millard aka "Choctaw the Clown", 68, of Edgett's Landing passed away peacefully on July 25th, 2016 at the Moncton Hospital with his family by his side.  
He was born in Kingston, Ontario on October 1st, 1947, the son of the late Dr. William Edwin "Eddy" and Annie "Isabel" (Miller) Millard. He was a faithful member of the Valley Baptist Church.  He worked in the service industry for over 30 years with Xerox. Following an early retirement from Xerox, Charles moved to Edgett's Landing, NB where he spent many years as a custodian at the Valley Baptist Church. He was last working with Andrez Printing in Riverview.   Charles was a professional clown and loved entertaining people.  He was "Choctaw the Clown" and involved in clowning for 37 years. He was the Eastern Ambassador for clowns of America International and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 
Read more.




08 April 2017

Canadians on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" season 4

Updated on April 17 to add Yan Markson!

Updated at 1:55pm to add Patrik Kuffs!

Information is slowly leaking about about the contestants on season four of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us."  So far I've spotted Murray Hatfield, Sheldon Casavant, and Patrik Kuffs.  (And a teaser from Shawn Farquhar.)  Tell me, who am I missing from Canada?


From Murray Hatfield's Facebook page:




From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:






From Yan Markson's Instagram:





From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:


07 April 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

rom the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Hi Denizens-This Saturday, April 8 is the next free Magic Club at Browser's Den.
The meeting will take place from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. All interested in talking magic are welcome.
Thank you-Old Jeff, Young Jeff & The Browser's Den Team.



James Randi and Matt Dillahunty

From the Pangburn Philosophy YouTube channel:

Pangburn Philosophy ALL ACCESS presents "The Amazing James Randi TRICKS Matt Dillahunty." This moment occurred in a hotel, prior to the CONJURE THE NIGHT event which took place on April 2nd 2017 at the UBC Chan Centre in Vancouver BC Canada. James and Matt spoke together about conjuring, skepticism and the life of James Randi. James and Matt later performed some conjurations followed by illusionist Murray Hatfield and 2 time world champion of magic, Shawn Farquhar.


06 April 2017

Browser's Bash 2017 in the Toronto Star

Edited to add this direct link to the Toronto Star website:


From Press Reader:
Jeff Pinsky is the guy who makes it all happen.  For the third year in a row, he has rounded up the sprawling community that's grown around his four-decade-old specialty store, Browser's Den of Magic, on Dufferin St. north of Lawrence Ave. W.

"The magic shop, and in extension the bash itself, is a separate little world," he said. "It's a wonderful escape for some people."

Guests at his bash said that Pinsky's event is really the only one out there of its kind and scale. Some flew in from across the country, or even as far as Japan, to be there for the 12 hour "full day of magical fun!"

Read more.

Bobby Motta on CBC's "The Goods"

From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:

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05 April 2017

Thank you to our April 2017 friends!

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

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04 April 2017

Winners of Browser's Bash Bingo 2017

You'll notice that I didn't mention anything about Magic Convention Bingo in the Browser's Bash recap.  That's because this year, Browser's Bash Bingo was not officially part of The Bash.  It was just a little side entertainment provided by Canada's Magic.

Thank you all for your kind words about the idea.  And for playing along!  And especially for not being rude and shouting "bingo" during a speech, presentation, lecture, or performance!  (I twitched a little when Dick Joiner shouted "bingo" on stage at one point, but it turned out he wasn't playing our little game!)

The eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that I published the winning cards on the evening of The Bash.



Without further ado, the winners of the tickets to the Toronto Magic Company's yet to be announced show are:
  • Jeff Kosciejew,
  • Lee Elliott, and
  • Randy Govang!


I'll be in touch with details about your prize!  Congratulations!

Thanks again to Ben Train for making these prizes possible.   (If you haven't already, go to Toronto Magic Company's website now and sign up for their newsletter!)


If you couldn't find me to drop off your completed card (with a bingo), or you were playing along at home and got a bingo  (5 across, 5 down, 5 diagonally through the centre, or all 4 corners), take a picture of your card and email it to me (canadasmagic at gmail dot com) by Sunday April 9th 2017 for a shout out.  Maybe Ben will have some extra "buy one get one free" coupon codes to share.  You never know!



Did you see the clues I left to help you out?







(Which must have meant he said, "Would you like to change your mind?" just before that.)





(Mother and daughter, anyone?)



Female and male volunteers.





Here are some of the other items the winners have marked off on their cards:
  • False cut
  • Appearing cane
  • Someone mentions "CAM"
  • Someone said "Ordinary deck of playing cards"
  • Used the tag #BrowsersBash2017 on social media (verified to be true!)
  • Jumbo cards
  • Father and daughter
  • Charlier cut
  • Handkerchief
  • False shuffle
  • Visited the USPCC booth
  • Someone said "ordinary piece of rope"
  • Forcing pad
  • Cads from mouth
  • Ambitious card
  • Purchased something
  • Invisible deck
  • Someone wearhing white socks and black pants
  • Said hello to someone from Montreal
  • Top hat
  • Cardistry
  • Visited the Browser's booth
  • Said hello to the Cooper family



Browser's Magic Bash 2017 recap

In case you missed it, I live-Tweeted and live-blogged this year's Browser's Magic Bash last Saturday.  In this post I've consolidated (and edited) the blog posts and Tweets. (For the complete list of Tweets and photos check out this Twitter link to #BrowsersBash2017.)  It's a very long post.  Click "read more" below to view it.  Thanks for joining in.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did!



03 April 2017

Port Stanley: Bill Abbott

From Eventbrite:
Sat, 29 April 2017

JOIN US & MAGICIAN BILL ABBOTT for an enchanting night of magic! Come and experience five-star close-up magic in an intimate setting.
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Bill Abbott is an internationally acclaimed entertainer with 20+ years experience and over 5000 performances in over 11 countries. To learn more about the man of the evening, check out www.billabbottexperience.ca.

 Read more and buy tickets.

02 April 2017

Montreal: Axel Hecklau lecture

If you can't make it to the Ring 17 event, you can catch the Axel Hecklau lecture in Montreal.

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Monday April 3rd

Axel Hecklau is one of the most creative magic minds of Germany. He has lectured more than 200 times in more than 15 countries worldwide (including at FFFF, the Magic Castle and at FISM) and now he’s coming to Montreal. Axel will be presenting his latest creations and improved effects for stage, parlour and close-up situations, including:
  • Newsflash 2.0: This is the newspaper tear on steroids. He’s taken an old chestnut and taken it to a whole other level. Gene Anderson calls this “Absolutely brilliant”
  • Just a Cup: A chop cup routine that isn’t. Axel’s diabolical chop cup routine doesn’t even use a chop cup! So no banging necessary, it can be done completely surrounded, is completely examinable and many phases can be performed right in the spectator’s hand.
  • Destiny – it´s your choice: A stand-up piece that starts off as prediction and ends up as something far more magical. Packs small but plays very big. Very visual, perfect for parlour or stage.
  • Two-Fusion : Axel Hecklau has taken the T & R card to a new practical, visual and emotional level. If you like Anniversary Waltz, you’ll LOVE this.
So please come join us on Monday April 3rd at the Mainline Gallery (just a block south of the Mainline Theatre) to watch one of Germany’s finest magicians and you’ll quickly see why Axel is FISM Europe’s 2017 Champion of Parlour Magic.


Read more and buy tickets.

Rounding the Western rings in April 2017

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- TBA.
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.
- Jon Allen lecture.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- At Jens Henriksen's.
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Jon Allen lecture.


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

Rounding the Central rings in April 2017

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


Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Executive meeting.
- Free form first Fridaze.
- Second Saturday night special.
- 1st annual Easter Show.
- Instagram Tuesday.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Auction items.
- Daryl tribute.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Auction.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Axel Hecklau lecture.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in April 2017

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.

01 April 2017


Best wishes Shawna in life after The Den!
 
Jeff Hinchliffe, welcome back to The Den!

 


Thank you all for coming out today, and for helping to make this dream become a reality!

So many people to thank!

Thank you very much to the MonteCassino staff!

Thank you also to: Annie Pinsky, Dick Joiner, Mike & Jen Segal, Michael Gillis, Eric Hansen, Jon Sy, John Morgan, Luiz Castro, Chris Mayhew, Lidden Li, Stephanie Kline, Jeff Hinchliffe, Andres Gil, Shawna York, Nicole Lee, John Michalson, Roxanne Talbot, and Christina Asher.

Thanks again to Bash Ambassadors:  Arthur Poon, Al Grose, Derick Finn, Rosemary Reid, Morgan Pierce & Alex Boyer!
 
The musical interludes today were custom-made songs sung by the multitalented Dan McLean Jr.!

Last, but definitely not least, a big thank you to John Talbot and Lee Asher!

Dinner is now served.


Fabulous lectures by Michael Ammar and Eugene Burger!

Third mini-talk from Joanne Pomeroy of USPCC.

Complimentary deck of cards from USPCC!

Thank you to Greg Frewin for your help with setup.
  
Thank you also to Jeff Hinchliffe, Jonathan Sy, & Luiz Castro.

First mini-talk of the day by professional director, writer, and magician, Rosemary Reid!

Next mini-talk about his personal story of near-death, by Keith Brown.

Michael Ammar, one of Daryl's closest friends and coworkers, spoke with fondness about Daryl Easton.

The Bash is donating part of ticket proceeds to to CAM-H the Center for Addiction and Mental Health - in Daryl's name.

If you wish to donate directly to the family, visit The Easton Family at their GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/the-easton-family

Fabulous first show with:
  • Buck MacLeod,
  • Adam Grace,
  • Atsushi Ono,
  • Aaron Fisher,
  • Eugene Burger, and
  • Michael Ammar!
(Dick mentioned Sorcerers Safari, for those of you playing Magic Convention Bingo (Bash Edition) at home.)

The emcee for the day, Dick Joiner!

Eye spy a handlebar mustache, for those of you playing Magic Convention Bingo (Bash Edition) at home.

Jeff says thanks to everyone for their support of the Browser's Den.

Special guest shouts out to: Kind of Magic's Phil Cox, Perfect Magic's Phil & Evelyn Matlin as well as past president of the IBM and head of the Canadian Association of Magicians – Joan Caesar.

From Len Cooper's family: Bernice, Len's wife, as well as his children Jack and Heather Cooper are here too! Len would have absolutely adored this!
Today's Zone performers: Al Grose, Arthur Poon, Morgan Pierce, Alex Boyer, Derick Finn, and Rosemary Reid!


Sandy Mack opened the show Broadway style!

What other surprises are in store for us today?


Jeff appears to be starting the day relaxed, up on stage.

 
Now he's confessing to chicken costume anxiety


Things are about to get theatrical. #Foreshowdowing

Rise and shine!

Today's the day. 

Let's do this!!!

That's all she wrote

With the publication of yesterday's piece on Murray SawChuck meeting The Twins, I've officially published that last scrap of new news about Canadian magicians and magic happening in Canada.

Between you and me, I'm surprised we covered it all in just over six short years!  I thought it would have taken longer.

A shout out to all of my sponsors, past and present.  That means you: Magic Information CanadaRyan PillingClive CourtPerfect MagicThe Browser's Den of Magic, The Amazing Corbin, and Michael Close.

Thanks also to all of the blog's official friends, past and present.  That's you:  John Smithman, John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, and Ted & Marion Outerbridge.

And of course thank you, dear readers, for your company on this fabulous journey!
















I kid!  We've only just seen the tip of the iceburg.

It's Saturday April 1st and I'm spending the day at the 3rd annual Browser's Bash.  Keep your eye on the blog and Twitter for updates on how the day is progressing!









31 March 2017

Top 5 posts in March 2017

Out of the 34+ posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:
5. [Guest post] Houdini in Vancouver part 2 - A thoughtful revisit of Houdini's time in Vancouver.
4. Winnipeg: A family day of magic 2017 - Looks like a great show!
3. Introducing "Magic Convention Bingo" - Have you printed your card yet?
2. Peter Mennie on Roger's Daytime London Jan. and Feb. 2017 - Subscribe to Peter's YouTube channel to be notified of all his appearances.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. [Guest post] Houdini in Vancouver: part 7 - Thank you to The Magic Demon for this wonderful series of guest posts!

Murray SawChuck meets The Twins

From Burnaby Now:
If you happen to be a reality TV fan, you may catch Burnaby’s own celebrity magician front and centre on The Twins – Happily Ever After.

Yes, I'm talking about Murray SawChuck, headliner at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, who is featured on the upcoming April 3 episode of the ABC show (which, for the uninitiated like myself, follows the exploits of twins Haley and Emily Ferguson, fan favourites from Ben’s season of The Bachelor).

In the episode, the twins took on Vegas and auditioned to be Murray’s assistants on the Las Vegas strip.

Read more.

30 March 2017

#BrowsersBash2017 social media

Browser's Bash logo  
Saturday is the "Browser's Bash," an all day convention hosted by the Browser's Den of Magic!

Like last year, and technology willing, I plan to be doing some combination of live-Tweeting and live-blogging of the event.  Apologies in advance for clogging your feeds.  To follow my Twitter account, you can use the web or use the Twitter widget on the right side of this page, under the "Selected Anniversaries" feature.

If you're at the event and Tweeting, I encourage you to add the hashtag "#BrowsersBash2017" to your Tweets.  I'll be adding a feature near the top of this page, which collects and posts all Tweets tagged in this fashion.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday!





Chris Funk's Magic Castle act

From Chris Funk's YouTube channel:
January 21-29 Chris Funk performed at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood California. This is the complete performance. This is the first time I have publicly released any of my shows performance.
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29 March 2017

Now with prizes! (Unofficial) Browser's Bash Bingo

This is not officially part of the Browser's Bash!

All questions about the bingo go to Canada's Magic. 
Do NOT ask Jeff P, Lee A, or John T questions about this.

Those of you planning on playing the (unofficial) Browser's Bash edition of Magic Convention Bingo on Saturday may be interested in knowing that Ben Train has generously offered 3 pairs of tickets as prizes for Browser's Bash Bingo 2017!


Three (3) lucky bingo players can each win a pair of early bird tickets to an exciting, brand new magic show in Toronto, opening in May 2017 in the College and Bathurst area.

The show is presented by the Toronto Magic Company.  (If you haven't already, go to their website now and sign up for their newsletter!)

As an added bonus, everyone submitting a card with a "bingo," will receive by email at a later date, a coupon code which can be used to receive a "buy one get one free" discount for the same show.

Thanks Ben, for making these goodies available!




How to play:
  1. Print off a copy of Magic Convention Bingo - Unofficial Browser's Bash edition and bring it with you to the Bash this Saturday.
  2. Print your name, email address, and phone number on the card.
  3. At The Bash, and before dinner is served, bring to Canada's Magic, your printed bingo card with a "bingo" (5 across, 5 down, 5 diagonally through the centre, or all 4 corners) to be entered into a draw for the prizes.
  4. Contest closes Saturday April 1st when dinner is served.
  5. Only one entry per person.
  6. The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  7. Winners will be determined by random draw.  
  8. Winners will receive, by email at a later date, a coupon code which will allow you to obtain tickets.
  9. This contest may be terminated or withdrawn at any time.
  10. To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  11. You must be able to use the prize as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the prize.)
  12. You will be disqualified if you interrupt me while speeches, presentations, or performances are happening.
  13. You will be disqualified if you shout "BINGO" during speeches, presentations, or performances!



Winnipeg: Conjuror's Cabaret

From Carpe Diem Winnipeg:
15 APRIL

Manitoba Theatre For Young People
2 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4X1
**THIS WILL BE A SOPHISTICATED EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT — ADULTS ONLY**

An exclusive evening of magic and mystery featuring local magicians Greg Wood, Terry Greenwood, The Great Gregoire and Brian Glow!

Tickets are $15 each, doors open at 7:30pm, rush seating. Show starts at 8:00pm.

200 seats only! Tickets will sell out fast, get in touch now to buy!

**THIS WILL BE A SOPHISTICATED EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT — ADULTS ONLY**



28 March 2017

Kitchener and Hamilton: David Blaine

According to David Blaine's website, he's coming to Kitchener and Hamilton this summer!
  • July 4, Centre in the Square, Kitchener
  • July 5, Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton


From Live Nation's Twitter feed:



27 March 2017

Shane Cobalt on Erdnase

From Shane Cobalt's Facebook page:
I just wrote this as a comment to someone asking "Who's Erdnase" and thought it might be interesting to a wider audience.

Let's pretend this is a real question.

The first answer, which will assume you know about the book and are just looking for the identity, is still a mystery. As it stands, I am of the mindset that Marty Demarest has found the most current convincing candidate with Wilbur Edgarton Sanders. However, everyone is speculating and as Erdnase never actually came to get the books from the printer, I believe we are in a position where we may never truly know with 100% certainty who Erdnase truly was. Unfortunate really.

That being said, let's assume you are asking the greater over arching question that many new to the field ask. What/Who is Erdnase (all about).

A relatively small book was published in 1902 under the name S.W. Erdnase. A pseudonym name we assume of the author.

While there is a lot of mystery and searching going on regarding who he was, let's discuss what the book is, why it's important, and what you can expect from it.

Read more.

26 March 2017

Broken wand: Arshan Khan

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Arshan Khan.

You may remember that in 2011 Arshan was awarded the Order of Merlin - Shield Award.


From Canadian Obituaries:
KHAN, Dr. Arshad  -  Loving husband to Rita, and father to Rajal (Jennifer) and Aanchal (Bradley), passed away surrounded by family on February 5, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, in Kitchener.

He is survived by his brother, Amin (Talat) and his sister, Parveen.

He was a dedicated psychiatrist in Kitchener-Waterloo for 29 years and a devoted member of the community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.



25 March 2017

Brandon and Prince George: Ty Reveen

See Ty at the WMCA in Brandon on March 25 and in Vanier Hall in Prince George on April 1st.

From the Prince George Citizen:
Pushing the mental buttons of Canada is now a best-selling tradition for one Canadian family.

Like his father before him, the name Reveen is now being worn by a hypno-entertainer who is touring the nation, wowing audiences from coast to coast with a combination of comedy and feats of the human mind.

Organizers call the Reveen experience "the most popular show in the history of Canadian theatre," for its longevity and public appeal over the two generations it's gone on. An estimated audience of more than six million viewers have taken in the first generation of performances, and now those numbers are set to grow.

Read more.


From the Facebook page of Reveen the Legend Continues:







24 March 2017

Introducing "Magic Convention Bingo"

  • Have you ever been at a magic convention and found yourself with 17 seconds where there's nothing to do?
     
  • Have you ever searched for a distraction so that you wouldn't have to make eye contact with the humans in your proximity?

  • Do you fancy yourself to have Sherlock-esque powers of observation?


We've got just the thing for you!

Canada's Magic is proud to introduce Magic Convention Bingo!

Click here for your Bingo card (or make an Unofficial #BrowsersBash2017 edition) and click refresh until you generate a card you like. Simply print it off and bring it to your next magic convention!

Stay alert and keep an eye open for the items on your card. See how long it takes for you to get your first bingo or even fill your card!

Remember to be respectful and don't shout out "bingo" during presentations or performances. And don't bother the conference organizers with questions about Magic Convention Bingo -- they might not even know it's going on!

23 March 2017

Vancouver: Camilo Dominguez in "Abracadabra"

From the Daily Hive:
Camilo Dominguez, aka Camilo the Magician, is a Vancouver-trained magician who is stepping outside of his comfort zone with his upcoming show, Abracadabra.

The show will be held March 31, April 1, 7, and 8 at the York Theatre in Vancouver, and will feature classic illusions from historic magicians, something that Camilo said is a step away from his illusionary roots.

Read more.

22 March 2017

David Ben on the cover of Genii

Congratulations to David Ben, who is on the cover of the April 2017 edition of Genii!

David is also scheduled to perform at the Genii convention this coming October.

(Dai Vernon is also listed as a performer.   Interesting.)

21 March 2017

London: Mike Fisher at the 2017 Fringe

From the Charming Cheat:
London Fringe Festival 2017

Is he cheating, lucky or is it all just a trick? Decide for yourself at Corbin’s incredibly entertaining shows at the London Fringe Festival.

Tickets available at the door, or online at www.londonfringe.ca

Thursday June 1rst @8:45pm
Saturday June 3 @9:15pm
Sunday June 4 @7:00pm
Thursday June 8 @ 5:30pm
Friday June 9 @8:45pm
Saturday June 10@4:30pm

Shows are at the McManus theater,  first floor of The Grand Theatre
 471 Richmond St.,
 London, ON N6A 3E4
 Canada


Read more.

20 March 2017

44th Magic Collectors Weekend Guests of Honour

From Magicana:
With the 44th Magic Collectors Weekend only two months away, we are pleased announce our Guests of Honor for the Weekend—William (Bill) Kalush and Michael (Micky) Hades.

It may be trite to say, but it is true. With accomplishments so rich, and spanning so many decades, our Guests of Honor need little introduction. Both, in many ways, have changed the course of magic history, particularly for magic collectors and historians.

Read more.

19 March 2017

Broken Wand: Msgr. Vincent Foy

From the IBM Ring 17 newsletter:
Longtime members of the club will have heard of Msgr. Vincent Foy. One of the country's longest-serving Catholic priests, passed away earlier this week at the age of 101.

Among magicians, he was better known for his contributions to the literature of magic, including publications released under the pen name "Dr. George E. Casaubon" and for his assistance in writing the important books The Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram and Bertram on Sleight of Hand. Later, in his nineties, Ron van Someren photographed him performing the nearly one hundred one-handed cuts with playing cards he invented, which were compiled and published in 2011 A Cut Above.

More information is available at:

http://www.catholicregister.org/item/24590-msgr-vincent-foy-longest-serving-priest-in-toronto-archdiocese-dies-at-101

Read more.



18 March 2017

Calgary: Wes Barker

From Wes Barker's Facebook page:
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17 March 2017

PCAM/CAM: Buster Balloon

At the bottom of the post, there's a list of the talent line-up.


From Mike Norden's Facebook post:
Space is limited to 20 people and we have 8 so far, We NEED the 20 people to make this happen or it won't. So do NOT delay - contact me to register today!!

From Mike Norden's Facebook photos:








16 March 2017

Winnipeg: A family day of magic 2017

From Carey Lauder's Facebook page:

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15 March 2017

Vancouver: James Randi In Conversation With Matt Dillahunty

There will also be a show with Shawn Farquhar with Camilo The Magician and Matt Dillahunty!

From UBC:
Sunday 02 April 2017

Matt Dillahunty is thrilled to return to the Chan Centre stage to share the evening with one of his great idols in magic and skepticism. Matt is well known for his role in the Atheist community, but he also dabbles in magic! The amazing James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

Read more and buy tickets.

 From the Pangburn Philosophy Facebook page:


14 March 2017

Brent and Sarah in "My Kawartha" and "Muskoka Region"

From Muskoka Region:
GRAVENHURST — The Brent and Sarah Comedy Magic Show will entertain Muskoka families March 17 at 7 p.m.

“This is definitely going to be a highlight of St. Patrick’s Day in Muskoka,” noted Ann Curley, operations manager of Muskoka Discovery Centre. “Brent and Sarah deliver a unique fast-paced show that offers a clever mix of mind-reading, illusion, magic. There’s even talk of a daring escape act."

Read more.


From My Kawartha:
The couple’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy Magic Show takes the Academy Theatre for Performing Arts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Unlike a traditional magic act, featuring magician and assistant, the husband and wife team take equal footing on the stage; even if Brent turns out to be the brunt of most of the jokes.

Read more.

13 March 2017

Bobby Motta's "Cryptic"

From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:
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12 March 2017

Stream "Houdini and Doyle" until 2021

From the Twitter feed of HouDoyle:
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11 March 2017

Vitaly Beckman in Ontario

From Vitaly Beckman's Facebook page:
New tour dates are updated on the website! http://www.eveningofwonders.com

First stop is Northern Ontario:

 March 25 - Cobalt
 March 26 - Kirkland Lake
 March 29 - Parry Sound
 March 31 - Sudbury

For tickets see: http://www.eveningofwonders.com/tickets


10 March 2017

Toronto: Will and Matt at the Isabel Bader Theatre

From the Facebook page of Will and Matt:
International Award Winning Duo performing magic LIVE! in UofT's Isabel Bader Theatre on 3/19/17

Ticket link: http://willandmatt.com/
 You will see...

-15 Grand Illusions
 -Opening Performance with World Class Mentalist - Ben Train
 -Featuring dance acts
 -Las Vegas level production
 -World class magic inventions
 -2 hours of magic that will completely BLOW YOUR MIND!

Early bird price ends on March 12th. Price will go up by $10 after that date!
 With early bird ticket, you also get exclusive and limited W&M Magic Tutorial. We will show you how some of our magics are done!


Read more and buy tickets.

09 March 2017

Where to find Shawn Farquhar in March 2017

Good luck keeping up with Shawn in March.  With NEMCON tomorrow and Friday, shows in Cambridge, Chilliwack, and Hawai'i, he's going to be spending a lot of time in airports!  If you want a head start for next month, he'll also be at the FFFF Convention in April.

For more information about NEMCON, visit the New England Magicians' Conference.


From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:


From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:





From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:


08 March 2017

Michael Close reviews "The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi"

From Michael Close:
As I left my forties behind and entered into late middle age, I became aware of a sad, odd occurrence. Some of my friends were turning into books. They had left flesh and blood, heart and bone behind, transforming into a form that allowed one-way (but sometimes surprisingly comforting) communication. I would regulary head to my library, not so much to seek information, but to visit again with Stewart James, Billy McComb, Howard Lyons, Arturo Ascanio, Barrie Richardson, T.A. Waters, Tommy Wonder, and Dai Vernon. And now, eight years after his death, another friend arrives from the printer in a beautiful and most fitting presentation.

The Aretalogy of Vanni Bossi features a portion of the creative output of a true polymath – a collector, historian, craftsman, performer, and creator. Concerning Vanni’s collection, Roberto Giobbi writes in the Foreword, “He possessed practically every important book of magic, from the beginning of printing to modern times, in many languages, but above all in Italian. He also knew what was in them, how to place their contents in the evolution of magical ideas, and who invented what. He was one of the most educated and well-informed people in magic that I’ve ever met.”
 
Read more.

07 March 2017

Paul Romhany and the Crohn's and Colitis Crunch Challenge!

Watch to the end to see Paul's outtakes!

From Paul Romhany's YouTube channel:

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06 March 2017

Captain Corbin on "Tween on the Scene"

From the Facebook page of Captain Corbin:

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05 March 2017

Canadians remember Daryl

Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can donate to the Daryl Easton Family Fund, or visit the GoFundMe campaign for the Easton Family.


From Michael Close's blog post "Salute to our friend Daryl":
When that tour wrapped up, Alison stayed in England to visit with relatives and Daryl returned to Vegas. The day he got in, he called to say he was back. I suggested he come over to our house for a home-cooked meal, something I thought he’d appreciate after such a long time on the road. He came by that evening.

Lisa and I prepared a pasta dish, with salad, bread, and red wine. We ate, talked, and listened to stories of the life of a lecturer. It was obvious Daryl was jet-lagged and beat to hell, which made him the perfect foil for a practical joke.

Read more.






From Carey Lauder's Facebook page:



From Ben Train's Facebook page:





From Shawn Farquhar's Instagram:




Magicana has video of Daryl performing card magic and close-up magic on the Canadian television series "The Magic Palace."  Also at Magicana, Jamy Ian Swiss writes about Daryl and Bob Cassidy.


I'm drifting a little here, hope you don't mind.


Michael Ammar has a fantastic Facebook tribute to Daryl that begins, "There's a hole in the curtain." This part continues to resonate (bolding mine),
"with thoughts that maybe we could have said or done something, or with guilt over having missed any warning signs."  


Here's the post from Michael Ammar's Facebook page:



This is how I'll remember Daryl.

Daryl. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Daryl.


Learning from Daryl during free time. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Learning from Daryl during free time.


Camp photo. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
2015 camp photo.

From Sorcerers Safari's Facebook page:


On Facebook, Kenton Knepper gave away a free video inspired by Daryl.  More importantly he had this to say:
"All I ask is, in the present or future, you support magic and mentalism creators with your wallet, not just words, so they can make a living too."

And with that, here's some information about how you can help the Easton family.


From Michael Close's website:
PLEASE DONATE TO THE DARYL EASTON FAMILY FUND

The office at the Magic Castle has received calls from members and magicians around the world, asking how one can offer support and donations to the Daryl Easton family.

The Academy of Magical Arts has now established a fund to receive donations for Alison Easton, Daryl’s wife, and their two daughters. You can also send bereavement cards for Alison to the AMA offices as well, who will forward them to the family.

If you would like to make a donation to the family, please send a check payable to “The Academy of Magical Arts, Easton Family Fund” to:

The Academy of Magical Arts
ATT: Daryl Easton Family Fund
7001 Franklin Ave
Hollywood CA 90028

If you would like to donate via credit card, please call Trish Alaskey at 323-851-3313 ext. 301.
The Academy will work with Alison and the family, and pick a date in the future to hold a memorial for Daryl. If you have any questions, please email the General Manager, Joe Furlow, at: jfurlow@magiccastle.com.

You can also donate via PayPal directly using magic@daryl.net

There is also a GoFundMe campaign for the Easton Family.


It's worth noting that Daryl's online shop remains open for business.  An alternate method of showing your support for his family is by making an online purchase at his store.






04 March 2017

Peter Mennie on Roger's Daytime London Jan. and Feb. 2017

From Peter Mennie's Facebook page:
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And from Peter's Twitter feed: