22 August 2017

Penn Jillette apologizes to the people of Newfoundland

Penn Jillette's grandfather came from the Conception Bay North area of Newfoundland.


From the CBC:
"I apologize to people of my favorite place, Newfoundland, and my family for screwing up on Real Time," he tweeted. "May I apologize without apologizing or mitigating to the people of Newfoundland. I was wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong."
Read more.

21 August 2017

Magic at the 2017 CNE

See Majinx, from The Ex:
In the last century Canada has produced several award winning magicians including Doug Henning, The Amazing Randy, Dia Vernon and even Kreskin.   Master magicians Professor Wick and Beatrix Beckoncall aka, MAJINX, will reintroduce these icons of magic to a new generation of audience while showcasing some of the incredible feats of wonder that made them famous.  Spectacular illusions and thrilling escapes make for an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family.

Now come and watch the wonders of MAJINX as they dazzle your senses with impossible feats of illusion with their new show MAJINX's Tribute to the Magic of Canada!

Read more.



See Double Vision, from The Ex:
Identical twins and magicians, Double Vision will wow and amaze you with their one-of-a-kind magic show! For the past twenty seven years Double Vision has performed across North America with special appearances for the Prime Minister at his official residence in Ottawa, the Magic Castle, in the heart of Hollywood, California and at numerous corporate events.

Packed with comedy, magic, illusions and sleight of hand, Double Vision is sure to delight visitors at Busker's Corner Daily at the CNE. Come on out and become a part of Twinstory!
 
Read more.




20 August 2017

Murray Hatfield in The Georgia Straight

From The Georgia Straight:
Murray Hatfield’s career trajectory was set back at his childhood home in Calgary, when he saw a 13-year-old magician perform at his younger brother’s birthday party.

“Well, I’m in my 50s now, and I still haven’t had a real job,” the Victoria-based magician tells the Straight over the phone.

Starting this week, Hatfield is producing and performing in Unbelievable! A Magical Experience, with nightly shows at the PNE’s Pacific Coliseum. He’ll be joined on-stage by colleagues Chipper Lowell, Shawn Farquhar, and Danny Cole—as well as his wife, Teresa, Hatfield’s on-stage partner and creative collaborator.

Read more.

[via The Magic Demon]

19 August 2017

McCord Museum mentioned in Blouin Artinfo

From Blouin Artinfo:
“Illusions – The Art of Magic” an exhibition featuring the art of illusions is on view at McCord Museum, Québec.

The selection of works on display features magic show posters not exhibited before. These posters date back to the 1880s till 1930s. The exhibit consists of 71 chromolithographs and wood engravings few of them in large formats and highlights some of the most popular faces of the period such as Herrmann, Kellar, Chung Ling Soo, Thurston, and Houdini. The exhibit draws from the Allan Slaight Collection, acquired by the museum in 2015.  ‘Illusions – The Art of Magic’ looks at the Golden Age of Magic by creating an immersive and spell binding environment through sights, sounds, and colors.

Read more.

18 August 2017

Camilo Dominguez at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

From the CBC:
Magician Camilo Dominguez travelled from Vancouver to perform in his second Edmonton Fringe Festival.

His magic show debuts on Saturday in Venue 8, the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre. It's called "The Art of Magic."

He'll do card tricks with a camera and projector so that everyone in the audience can see, and then move on to bigger illusions like making things fly.

"It's a show where I do most of the old illusions that the magicians used to do. It's the kind of magic that I grew up watching so I'm going to pay a tribute to the old magicians in my show," said Dominguez.

Read more and watch video.

17 August 2017

Owen Sound: Now with Michael Weber

Earlier this summer, we shared the news about a workshop retreat Michael Close is hosting with special guest Jason England.  Those in attendance at "Magic Theory, or Magic Fact? Let's Find Out." earlier this week at the Browser's Den of Magic heard Michael hint that he was hoping to add another special guest to the roster.

It's official!


From Michael Close's Twitter feed:



From Michael Close:
You are cordially invited to join Michael Close and Jason England on October 17-20, 2017, for a unique workshop in the beautiful cottage country of northern Ontario (Owen Sound, ON). You’ll be away from the physical and mental noise of the city, but you won’t be roughing it; the accommodations are luxurious.

You’ll fly into Toronto on Monday, October 16, Tuesday morning you'll be bused to beautiful Owen Sound, ON where you will spend most of Tuesday, all day Wednesday, and all day Thursday talking magic and receiving personalized instruction from two of the most knowledgeable magicians on the planet. You'll return to your hotel in Toronto on Friday, and fly home on Saturday.

Read more and register!

16 August 2017

Winnipeg: Piff the Magic Dragon

Thursday Aug 17th - Sunday Aug 20th

From Piff the Magic Dragon's Facebook page:

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15 August 2017

Random thoughts from "Magic Theory, or Magic Fact? Let's Find Out."

Updated August 16 to add:


You may remember that I had the good fortune of spending time with Michael Close at Sorcerers Safari.  (I even snagged a mini-interview with him.)  I was always thoroughly impressed with the wisdom he shared with his advanced card classes. 

When I heard Michael was lecturing locally, I knew I had to make it if I could.


From the Canada's Magic Twitter feed:



Sunday night, the stars aligned and I was able to attend "Magic Theory, or Magic Fact? Let's Find Out."


Also from the Canada's Magic Twitter feed:


Among other things, during the lecture Michael discussed:
  • theory's place in performance arts (with wonderful music analogies)
  • his wonderfully complete definition of magic
  • how to find (and cure) trouble spots in performance
  • the importance of emotion and intellect
  • the importance scripting
  • assumptions that laymen make
  • control, repose, and chaos
  • "The Big Lie"


We got to see some magic too!  Of note, he performed "Red Blue Mama Fooler" and then pointed out The Big Problem and how he fixed it.  I was also delighted with a yet to be published routine from his upcoming eBook "Paradigm Shift."

Attendees were provided a discount code for MichaelClose.com which includes The Workers series, and Closely Guarded Secrets.  We were also tipped to the great sale price of Magic in the Real World.  (And if you didn't already know, there's this little thing called "Magic In Mind" that you can get for free at Vanishing Inc, which includes an essay from Michael as well as 32 other highly regarded professionals.)

If you haven't seen the announcement, Michael is hosting a workshop with Jason England and Michael Weber (and perhaps an additional mystery guest) in October.  Only eight spots remain.

Bottom line, as with Phil Matlin's report from a 2014 lecture by Michael, I was very impressed!

Far out Magic Dude.

Read Michael's thoughts about his lecture.

The last Tweet from Canada's Magic Twitter feed:











14 August 2017

CBC interview with Matt DiSero

An interview from August 2016, where Matt thinks he said something that upset a listener.


From the CBC:
For Matt DiSero, the magic came first—and then the comedy followed.

His uncle was a sword-swallower and fire-breather who first introduced him to magic. Matt credits performing in comedy clubs with the help he needed to hone his funny magic act.

Read more and listen to interview.

13 August 2017

Canadians remember Eugene Burger

From Perfect Magic:
Eugene Burger was special, as a magician and as a person. The first and most important memory I have of him was when he came to Montreal to lecture for Magie Montréal. It was many years ago and I was not that into magic at the time, but I went to the lecture to help Phil and Vim Vermeys with registration, etc.  and stayed of course for the lecture.

Anyone at that lecture learned valuable lessons. I don’t rememberphil-eugene-and-tom one trick that he did. It wasn’t about the tricks, it was about performing. Every word was well thought out and had a reason for being there. His jokes were not to get a laugh, which they got, but as he explained, when you laugh you close your eyes for a second and that’s all the time he needed to do what he had to do in front of your eyes.

Read more.


From Derek Selinger's Facebook page:



From Lawrence Larouche's Facebook page:




From Ben Train's Facebook page:



From the Facebook page for Michael Close:



From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:




Visit the Eugene Burger Memorial Page, McBride Magic & Mystery School on Facebook.


12 August 2017

BC: Reveen's Autumn 2017 tour

From the Facebook page of Reveen The Legend Continues:

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11 August 2017

Mahdi Gilbert to be interviewed at Living Maths

From the Twitter feed of Living Maths:
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10 August 2017

The Sentimentalists with Darren and Mo

Check out footage of The Sentimentalists' recent Magic Castle performance at the bottom of this post.


From the Facebook page of 98.1 CHFI:

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From Facebook page of the Sentimentalists:





09 August 2017

Broken wand: Eugene Burger

While not Canadian, many of us were lucky to see Eugene during his visits to Canada.  (Most recently for me at this year's Browser's Bash.  Thanks for making that happen Jeff!)

I'm grateful to have seen Eugene perform a number of times.

Rest well.


From the International Brotherhood of Magicians Facebook page:

The Evasons at the Magic Castle June 2017

From YouTube:

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08 August 2017

Victoria: 3 of clubs 2017

From the 3 of Clubs Convention:
October 27-29

Special guests:

Paul Romhany
Paul Romhany got his start in his native New Zealand, earning his degree in music from Auckland University. A piano certificate from London’s Royal College of Music followed, but Paul’s passion remained in theatre. Soon he was travelling the globe performing to universal acclaim and recognition with such awards as Entertainer of the Year in his home country and International Gold Medal Magic Champion in 2004.


Matt Marcy
Matt Marcy has spent the last 15 years performing around the world as a comedy-magician and emcee. With over 3,000 shows under his belt, he’s entertained everyone from Hollywood celebrities to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies to royalty. Matt has made a name for himself by combining his unique style, quick wit, and completely original magic and illusion, and is a regular entertainer for corporate and private events, as well as for clubs, theaters, hotels, casinos, colleges, and cruise ships. He is also a favorite at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, having performed over 1,000 shows at the exclusive magicians’ clubhouse. Matt is the creator and performer of the acclaimed theater show “Disillusioned: Confessions of a Serial Magician.” As one reviewer put it, “Matt is one of the most original comedy magicians I have ever seen. His performance is nuanced, goofy, broad, full of humor on multiple levels, and his magic is baffling to the point of swearing off drink forever.”


Suzanne The Magician
Audiences all over the country have been falling in love with Suzanne since 1985. She resides in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and can be see locally there at Mad Jack’s Sports Cafe in Brooklyn Park and Vadnais Heights and at Birch’s Restaurant and Bar in Long Lake.

Her engaging style makes the audience an essential participant in her performance. Other respected professional magicians have called her “flawless” and “amazing”. She is a favorite at Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle and was awarded Close Up Magician of the Year for 2010 by The Academy of Magical Arts. Her specialty is close-up magic for corporate and private events.


Read more and register!






06 August 2017

Celeste Evans in the news

From the Globe and Mail, CTV News, and the Toronto Star, by Sandra Szklarski:
Canadian magician Celeste Evans, a headstrong entertainer whose trailblazing career took her around the world during an era that largely discouraged such female independence, has died.

The B.C.-born illusionist was largely self-taught and loved to perform, despite facing huge hurdles in an industry dominated by men, said her daughter Evanna Brening from her home in North Carolina.

Ms. Brening said her mother died of old age on July 25 in Charlotte, N.C. She was 85.

“She was completely something different,” said the 47-year-old Ms. Brening, who joined her mother onstage once she learned to juggle at the age of 7.

“When we would go to the conventions, we would tell the young kids: ‘Find your niche, don’t be somebody else, find out who you are and create a character around that.’ And that’s what my mother did, she created a character around what God gave her.”

Read more.


From iTricks in 2013:
One of the most successful women magicians in history, Celeste spent the 1960s touring around the world literally performing for royalty. Now retired, she was good enough to talk to iTricks in this two part interview.

In many ways, 1957 was the break out year for Celeste Evans. In February, Hugard’s Magic Monthly carried two important mentions of her. First, her recent appearance on the television show Circus Time was discussed. It was not her first TV show, nor would it be her last, and the recap speaks positively of her finale with silks and birds. More importantly, though, is the coverage of the SAM Parent Assembly show on the 15th, which she opened. “Celeste Evans opened the show with her sexy sorcery” the report starts, describing her as an “attractive, personable brunette” who showed “solid skill.” Again, the highlight of her performance was her finale. “She whipped off her skirt for a flashy finish in a tight-fitting costume with stockings and long gloves standing out via black light. Silk juggling and colored dove productions brought her a solid hand.

Read more.


Via iTricks, on YouTube, an interview from approximately 10 years ago:






Via iTricks, on YouTube, Celeste on "To Tell the Truth":



05 August 2017

YouTube: Spotlight Canada

From the CBC:
​YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.

The video streaming platform unveiled "Spotlight Canada" on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation's standout videos. It's the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.

The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield's collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing Bobcaygeon in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists.

Read more.



From Clive Court's Facebook page:

04 August 2017

McCord Museum: Magic, music, and dance

From Perfect Magic:
If you haven’t been to the McCord Museum this summer it’s worth going to. Not your usual museum exhibition. It’s called ILLUSIONS – The Art of Magic and Luc Langevin is the ambassador of the exhibit. It’s the Allan Slaight collection, which was acquired by the McCord with the help of the Emmanuelle Gattuso Foundation.  A tip of the Top Hat to the people who designed it.. Phil and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We were invited by magician Dr. Joe Culpepper, magician, scholar, consultant and friend and customer of Perfect Magic. Before the guided tour, we were treated to a magic show, in a lovely little theatre there, given by the young students, who attended the McCord Museum Camp, Abracadabra, who were guided and taught by Joe and the counsellors. The kids did a great job and they all knew how to take a bow when the applause came.

So what’s the link between magic and music?

Read more.

03 August 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
Calling all Denizens...This Saturday, August 5 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm is the next (free) Magic Club meeting at Browser's Den. 
All are welcome!


02 August 2017

Thank you to our August 2017 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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01 August 2017

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31 July 2017

Top 5 posts of July 2017

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


5. Toronto: Free magic jam! - I was sorry to have missed this.  Hopefully I'll be in town for the next one!
4. Canadians competing at IBM SAM 2017 - Congratulations to Nicolas Dutel: FISM North American Champion, stage 2017!
3. Magic and science in CBC's "The Nature of Things" - I'm looking forward to watching this.
2. Spain and Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar in 2018 - He's a busy, busy man!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Canadians at IBM SAM 2017 - Anyone out there have a trip report to share?

Matt Johnson in The Abbotsford News

From The Abbotsford News:
Matt Johnson’s first crack at TV glory ended before it began when the tank he was trying to escape split open and spilled 260 gallons of water onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage during a rehearsal, along with his dreams.

The UK-born magician came back home to Abbotsford without having had the chance to perform his great escape in front of the celebrity judges – an opportunity he spent years working towards.

But just over a month later, in mid-March, he had another chance to perform the daring escape in front of bright lights, TV cameras and two judges nearly every magician on earth looks up to. He had a slot on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Johnson hastily ordered a new tank – this time reinforced with metal corners – custom built in Calgary and waited for it to arrive at his Chilliwack studio. It arrived at 10 p.m. the night before he was to fly to Las Vegas for his chance to impress magic legends Penn Jillette and Teller on their popular series where illusionists from around the world try to perform a trick that even they can’t decipher.

Johnson’s new tank was three inches tighter on all sides.

Read more.

30 July 2017

Billy Kidd in #FemaleMagician

Watch Billy Kidd, Dania Diaz, Jen Kramer, Ekaterina, Anna de Guzman, Laura London, Soulnia, Manuela Rud, and Lauren Cohen  in #FemaleMagician.


From Billy Kidd Magician's Facebook page:

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29 July 2017

Michael Kras wins the 2017 Voaden Prize

Congratulatiosn Michael!


From Michael Kras' Twitter feed:
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28 July 2017

Peter Mennie in the Sarnia Observer

From The Observer:
A night of live magic is coming to downtown Sarnia.

Mixx Lounge on Front Street is hosting a show by London magician Peter Mennie being called Magic at the Mixx Lounge, Aug. 10.

Reservations, available by calling 519-491-0077, are required for the $15 show set for 8 p.m. in a special events room at Mixx Lounge.

Mennie said it came about when he was hired to perform at a private birthday party in the back room at the downtown lounge earlier this year.

As he was setting up for the party, a man seated in the lounge recognized Mennie was a magician and called him over.

Read more.


From Peter Mennie's Twitter feed:

27 July 2017

ReginaCadabra in the CBC

From the CBC:
Doug Arden has been waiting nearly 20 years to be a part of a magic festival in Regina, and this weekend he'll lift the curtain on his long-awaited performance.

ReginaCadabra is Regina's first magic festival. Featuring 10 Canadian magicians, it runs Wednesday through Sunday at various locations around the city.

"I've always loved entertaining people so I look forward to making everyone laugh. That's what I live for," said Arden, a local ventriloquist, comedian and magician who has been working full-time as an entertainer for 20 years.

Read more.



26 July 2017

Broken wand: Celeste Evans

To learn more about Celeste's extraordinary life and contribution to magic, have a look at "Even in Magic, Happiness First" over at the Northeast Journal, or visit her site at CelesteEvansMagic.com.

The family has suggested that donations in Celeste Evans name could be sent to:
The Junior Program
‪c/o The Magic Castle,‬
 ‪7001 Franklin Avenue‬,
L.A. ‪CA 90028‬.


From the Celeste Evans Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:





Also from Shawn's Facebook page:

















Keith Brown on CTV Morning Winnipeg

From Keith Brown's Twitter feed:
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25 July 2017

Bobby Motta on "The Social"

From The Social:
Bobby Motta has been hailed as “one of the top mentalists on the planet” by The New York Times and has become one of the most sought-after consultants for world-class magicians like Criss Angel and David Blaine.

His mind-blowing performances have impressed stars like Nelly Furtado and Russel Crowe, and he recently swung by The Social to blow our minds, too. Mission accomplished, Bobby.

Read more and watch video.


From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:


24 July 2017

Quebec City: North American FISM qualifications 2020

From Renee-Claude Auclair's Facebook page:

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23 July 2017

Toronto: James Alan at The Lockhart

From The Lockhart's Facebook page:

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22 July 2017

Spain and Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar in 2018

Take a peek at what Shawn Farquhar's up to in early 2018!

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

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21 July 2017

Burnaby: "M"

Catch Kelvin Ng, Wes Barker, Vitaly Beckman, and Trevor and Lorena on October 21st, 2017 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre

From Kelvin Ng's Facebook page:

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20 July 2017

Magic and science in CBC's "The Nature of Things"

From Julie Eng's Facebook page:

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19 July 2017

Toronto: Sorcerers Safari farewell party

Updated July 22nd to note that this event has been cancelled.


From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook event:

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18 July 2017

Kitchener: Ryan Joyce lecture

From IBM Ring 235:
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

On this day: Ring 235's very own; Magician, Illusionist & Hypnotist Ryan Joyce, will speak and put on an amazing lecture for all in attendance.

Ryan spends most of his time on the road... well, at sea - performing his amazing Magic and Hypnotist Shows on luxurious cruise ships. He has travelled the world, leaving people in astonishment after seeing his creativeness, uniqueness and originality projected through to his art; Magic!

Ryan is a two-time Entertainer of the Year nominee by the Canadian Events Industry Awards Committee. This prestigious award recognises the accomplishments of the country's greatest entertainers.

Read more and buy tickets.


From Scott Boyd's Facebook page:

17 July 2017

Nicolas Dutel: FISM North American Champion, stage 2017

From Renee-Claude Auclair's Facebook page:

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Alex Seaman: IBM International Vice-President

Congratulations Alex.  Thank you in advance for your hard work!


From Alex Zander's Facebook page:

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16 July 2017

Recently at "The Doug Henning Project"

From the Facebook page of The Doug Henning Project:

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15 July 2017

Sid Lorraine at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Ken McCreedy has posted some wonderful photos of Sid Lorraine performing at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

From Ken McCreedy's Facebook page:

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14 July 2017

Toronto: Michael Close lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:

Magic Theory, or Magic Fact? Let's Find Out.
Michael Close Lecture - August 13, 2017

Dear Denizens,

All of us here at Browser's are certain that Mr. Close's brand new Magic Theory Lecture will be a truly inspiring and fun event at our shop. We are convinced that it will have a long lasting effect on your magic journey.

In short...it may be the most important lecture you will ever have an opportunity to see.

Some of the topics that he will be covering in great detail will be...
  • What is theory?
  • Your definition of magic
  • The Power of a Real Magician
  • Conviction
  • Assumptions
  • Scripting vs. Not Scripting
  • Who (or What) Has the Power?
  • Control, Repose, and Chaos
  • and much more. (There may even be a trick or two.)
Michael Close has a worldwide reputation in the magic community as an author, a creator, a performer, and a consultant. He has been a student of the conjuring arts for over fifty years, and has been performing professionally since 1978. His specialty is sleight-of-hand, close-up magic, but he also has extensive experience in stand-up magic. He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world.

Read more and buy tickets.


13 July 2017

Picton: Bobby Motta

From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:

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12 July 2017

Neil Croswell on "Masters of Illusion"

Watch Neil's appearance on last week's episode of  "Masters of Illusion."

From Neil Croswell's Facebook page:

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11 July 2017

Toronto: The Lamentable Absurdical Chronicle of Punch and Judy

From the Eldritch Theatre Twitter feed:
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10 July 2017

Markham: Music, Magic and Mischief

From Kemin Zhang's Facebook page:

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09 July 2017

Win a magical weekend at ReginaCadabra

Contest closes Monday July 10 at 5pm CST.


From the ReginaCadabra Facebook page:
ENTER TO WIN A MAGICAL WEEKEND ULTIMATE VACATION PACKAGE GIVEAWAY. $1000 Value, Prize Details below.

To Qualify
LIKE OUR REGINACADABRA PAGE and SHARE THIS POST and COMMENT ANY SONG TITLE WITH THE WORD "MAGIC" IN THE TITLE OR LYRICS, prior to Monday July 10 at 5pm CST. Must be at least 19 years old to qualify.

Prize Package Includes (approx. $1000 value, no cash value):

Two Nights Hotel Room SUITE Courtesy Regina Ramada Plaza July 28 & 29

Two Tickets in LOGE SEATING SUITE Riders vs Argos July 29, Hosted by Regina Hotel Association. Loge Seating provides guests the action and excitement of open-air stadium seating with the benefits and amenities of a suite

Two Tickets to ReginaCadabra's Hocus-Pocus Hilarity Comedy Magic Show Friday July 28 at Regina Ramada Plaza. 3 World Class Magicians on One Show.

Two Tickets to ReginaCadabra's Smoke And Mirrors Spectacle at Casino Regina Saturday July 29 post Rider game. 5 World Class Magicians on One Show


08 July 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:

Hi Denizens-Friendly reminder that this Saturday, July 8 is our next Free Magic Club Meeting.

The meeting is at Browser's Den from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. All who want to talk magic and or share a trick or a move are welcome.

Snacks will be provided.

Thank you for your kind support
-Jeff Hinchliffe, Old Jeff, John Cardella, Luiz, & Lisa Close.


07 July 2017

Billy Kidd in the Irish Examiner and on the Irish Times Women's Podcast

Billy Kidd will be performing in Dublin, July 7-9, and Cork on July 15 and 16.

From the Irish Examiner:
Billy Kidd’s previous experience as a professional actor and classically-trained musician informs her career in magic.

“I saw a magician perform at a street festival and I was instantly hooked. I didn’t know how it was done, but I knew I wanted to do it,” she says.

In 2008, Kidd left Canada for Britain, where she was mentored by the legendary street magician, Gazzo. Did she find it hard to break into the male-dominated world of magic?


Read more.

From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:


06 July 2017

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05 July 2017

Owen Sound: Michael Close and Jason England workshop

Updated August 16 to add:


From Michael Close:
You are cordially invited to join Michael Close and Jason England on October 17-20, 2017, for a unique workshop in the beautiful cottage country of northern Ontario (Owen Sound, ON). You’ll be away from the physical and mental noise of the city, but you won’t be roughing it; the accommodations are luxurious.

You’ll fly into Toronto on Monday, October 16, Tuesday morning you'll be bused to beautiful Owen Sound, ON where you will spend most of Tuesday, all day Wednesday, and all day Thursday talking magic and receiving personalized instruction from two of the most knowledgeable magicians on the planet. You'll return to your hotel in Toronto on Friday, and fly home on Saturday.

Read more and register!


From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:





04 July 2017

Canadians competing at IBM SAM 2017

A little bird has told me that four Canadians will be competing at the upcoming IBM-SAM Combined Convention.

Keep an eye out for Philippe Theriault, Nicky Circelli, and Nicolas Dutel (stage), and Chris Bruce (close up) who all made the preliminary judges’ selection to compete for IBM and SAM prizes plus a chance to obtain a spot to compete at FISM 2018 in South Korea!

Joan Caesar is  a co-chair of the competition, along with Vinny Grosso, Past President of the SAM.

Break a leg Canada!



[With thanks to Joan Caesar for sending me the information.]

03 July 2017

Toronto: Free magic jam!

From Ben Train's Facebook page:

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02 July 2017

Canadians at IBM SAM 2017

The IBM-SAM Combined Convention is coming up July 12th to 15th!

Canadian roll call please!

So far, I've got:
  • Julianna Chen (stage and lecture), 
  • Jay Sankey (close-up and lecture), 
  • Murray Hatfield and Teresa (stage and lecture), and 
  • The Outerbridges (stage and lecture).

Who'd I miss?


From Ted Outerbridge's Facebook page:




01 July 2017

Happy 150th, eh?

Does anyone know what Wes actually did with all the shots in the image at the bottom of this post?


From Brent and Sarah's Facebook page:

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From Wes Barker's Facebook page:


30 June 2017

Top 5 posts in June 2017

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

5. Winners of the 2017 Allan Slaight Awards - Congratulations again to all the winners!
4. Magicana features Martin Nash, “The Charming Cheat” - Happy to see that history is being preserved!
3. Vancouver: "Unbelievable!" is back - Something fabulous to look forward to this summer.
2. Dora Nominations for "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy" - Congrats on the nomination!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Ariann Black and Dean Gunnarson in "Las Vegas Magic Stars" - What a great line up!  I can't wait to hear more about the show.

29 June 2017

Billy Kidd on Masters of Illusion 2017

An addendum to Monday's post, it looks like Billy Kidd is also part of this year's season of Masters of Illusion!


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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28 June 2017

Write to Dicky Dean

A mailing address can be found in the first comment of the Facebook post.  You can read more about Dicky Dean at the Canadian Magicians Archive.

From Darryl John Paul Hutton's Facebook page:
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27 June 2017

Sorcerers Safari v2.0

From the Sorcerers Safari Facebook page:

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26 June 2017

Canadians on Masters of Illusions 2017

Updated June 28th to add Billy Kidd at the bottom of the post!

Roll call, please!

So far I've got Neil Croswell and Shawn Farquhar.  Who am I missing?


From Neil Croswell's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Instagram account:





From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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25 June 2017

Kingston: Storefront Fringe Festival

Learn more about the Storefront Fringe Festival, which runs from June 23 to July 1, by visiting their website at Theatre Kingston.


From Kingston Region:
On June 22, the night before the festival opened, each of the companies had five minutes to pitch their show. The variety was astounding. The magicians in the lineup are in the absolutely-not-to-be-missed category. Canadian magician David A. Eliot combines comedy and magic. He had the audience roaring at his preview of his show, Amaze.

From Brazil comes Ewerton Martin, who performs as El Diablo of the Cards. Suffice to say his work was mind blowing as well as both absurd and brilliant. His show brought, at first, gasps, followed in minutes by howls and screams of delight at the illusions he performed. Kingston audiences have an opportunity to witness one of the best standup magicians I’ve seen in years. A one-man show with no flashy lights and just a few props will have you doubting reality, Martin turns thin air into magic delights. A wine bottle from thin air is pretty astounding and a seeming show stopper until the stunned audience watched as not one but another and another until there were several wine bottles on a table, each seemingly produced from nowhere. Yeah, don’t miss his show.

Read more.

24 June 2017

Toronto: Jason Palter at The Wicket

Check out these videos of Ken Margoe and Jason Palter on Humble and Fred Radio.  You can catch Jason Palter at The Wicket tonight (details at the end of the post)!


From the Humble and Fred Radio Facebook page:

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Also from the Humble and Fred Radio Facebook page:


From the Canada's Magic Facebook page:

23 June 2017

The Sentimentalists at the Magic Castle

See them in the Parlour Room: July 17-23.

For a sneak peek at their talents, have a look at this video of The Sentimentalists setting a world record on May 11th.


From Chris Mysterion's Facebook page.


Also from Chris' Facebook page:




22 June 2017

Toronto and Lagoon City: Matt DiSero at the Comedy Bar and Lagoon Harbour Resort & Hotel

See Matt fresh from his run at the Magic Castle!

From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:

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21 June 2017

Vancouver: Anthony "Magic Tony" Barnhart workshop

From the Vancouver Magic Circle Facebook page:
Special Workshop Alert!

We have a special workshop happening THIS THURSDAY June 22 at our General Meeting titled: The Science of Magic with Doctor Anthony Barnhart.

Anthony "Magic Tony" Barnhart is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Arizona State University, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a domain that has been largely ignored by psychologists. However, Tony is also a part-time professional magician with over 20 years of performing experience. His research trajectory changed in 2010 with the publication of the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, in which he was featured as a consultant and teacher on the science of stage magic. The scientific interest that the book garnered motivated Tony to shift his focus toward the interface of science and magic. His work on the science of magic has been featured in Science News For Kids as well as in national and international television appearances and documentaries, most recently appearing in the Science Channel’s “Hack My Brain” program. He has also developed a semester-long course on the Psychology of Magic that was featured on the James Randi Educational Foundation's Swift Blog. As a performer, he employs psychological principles to elevate his magic’s impact and increase the audience’s sense of wonder.

Read more.

20 June 2017

Collingwood: Sawyer Bullock

From Eventbrite:

23 June - 24 June

International, award-winning performer Sawyer Bullock presents a humble, charming and unique magic show in his trademark style, which has been seen in Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, Canada’s Wonderland and on his own TV show.

An antithesis to the Vegas razzle-dazzle spectacle, sawyer presents a powerful performance suited to contemporary audiences, yet rooted in classic magic and theatre elements.

Read more and buy tickets.

19 June 2017

Anthony Lindan on Penguin Live

From Penguin Magic:
Anthony Lindan LIVE: Sunday Jul 9th @7:00pm Eastern. (Penguin LIVE) Commercial routines used to successfully entertain at thousands of corporate and private events. SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. RESERVE BEFORE SUNDAY AND SAVE.

Read more and buy tickets.

18 June 2017

Magicana features Martin Nash, “The Charming Cheat”

From Magicana:
One of the wondrous resources here at Magicana is the video archive, which includes hundreds of videos from the 1970s Canadian television series, The Magic Palace. Recently in browsing the archives for the umpteenth time, I discovered that there are no less than sixteen videos of the late Martin Nash, one of the finest performing cardicians I’ve ever known, and I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him well. (Still more clips appear there courtesy of Meir Yedid.)

Read more and watch videos.

17 June 2017

Calgary and Orillia: Darcy Oake

From the Calgary Herald:
Oake’s final appearance that won him the contest is not actually an illusion.

He is strapped into a straight jacket and suspended by his ankles with a rope attached to a massive human bear trap that is programmed to snap shut in 58 seconds.

Watching him struggle to escape is truly nerve wracking.

Oake insists that mind-boggling escape pales in comparison to the water escape he will do when he appears at the Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre at 8 p.m. on June 23.

Read more.


From Darcy Oake's Facebook page:
Pre-sale on NOW for the show at Casino Rama Resort in Ontario Sept 23rd!