22 October 2017

London Jones in the news

From the article "Calgary girl dubbed London the Magnificent makes famous magician cry" by David Bell in the CBC:
A letter from a nine-year-old Calgary girl who's an aspiring magician to a famous entertainment duo is charming people around the world, after one half of Penn & Teller tweeted it to his two million followers.

Penn Jillette tweeted a photo of the letter — scrawled in pencil and adorned with drawings of playing cards and a rabbit in a hat — writing "Ever have the slightest question of why we do this? Hard to stop crying to type. Women are the future of magic!"

Read more and watch video of London performing the Cups and Balls.




 From the Global Edmonton Facebook page:




From Brent Smith's Facebook page:

From Penn Jillette's Twitter feed:

21 October 2017

Niagara Falls: David DaVinci‏ performs Wild Magic

For a limited time only, catch David DaVinci in Niagara Falls!

David's even offering up a promo code: DAVIDDAVINCIGFT50

Catch him while you can.


From David DaVinci's Twitter feed:
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20 October 2017

Vote for Captain Corbin, Daniel Steep, Keith Brown, and Peter Mennie in the "Our London Best of London Awards"

Updated at 10:40am to add:



From Captain Corbin's Facebook page:

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19 October 2017

Montreal: Dr. Amir Raz to talk about hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine

Dr. Amir Raz will be giving his lecture, "The Placebo Effect," on his Oct. 23 lecture at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection.”

From the article "Trottier Symposium speaker Dr. Amir Raz on hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine" McGill Reporter:
Before he was a psychiatry professor and researcher, Amir Raz was a magician — and the two occupations aren’t as different as you might think. As Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, Dr. Raz is interested in deception and how people’s physiology is influenced by their expectations of what is about to happen.

Read the interview.

18 October 2017

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17 October 2017

Ottawa and Toronto: Wes Barker

If you get the chance, go see Wes Barker, recently awarded the honour of "Variety Act of 2017." 

At the end of the month, you can catch Wes at 'Magic Monday' in Ottawa.  Mid-November he'll be in Toronto (info at bottom of the post).

Regular reader and guest poster, The Magic Demon, has also let me know that Wes was recently featured on the podcast "What's So Funny?"  (The link can be found at CoopRadio.org, Sunday night at 11pm.)  As an aside, I've also been informed that Sunday Oct 29th at 11pm to midnight Pacific Time, CFRO  100.5 FM Vancouver will feature an hour long live interview with  Shawn Farquhar.

A quick reminder that Wes will be in Burnaby this weekend as part of "M.


From the Magic Monday Facebook event:
Magic Monday is thrilled to present two amazing, world-reknowned performers!
All the way from Vancouver, the man who fooled Penn & Teller, the incredible Wes Barker! Joining him on stage from Toronto, the extraordinary European clown and mime stylings of Kate Mior! Special Guest host this month is Steve the Magic Reindeer!

 Don't miss this one of a kind showcase, and like last month this show is certain to be a sell out! So get your tickets now.



From the Rec Room Toronto's Facebook event:







16 October 2017

Subscribe to "Vanish" for free

From Paul Romhany's Facebook page:

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!

EVERYBODY that reads VANISH you can now subcribe for FREE and each issue will be delivered to your mail box each month. Just click on latest edition and press SUBCRIBE on left hand side (do this on computer) - this is a really cool feature I just added. PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWS with the magic community

15 October 2017

Yeatland Wong in the Calgary Herald

From the article "Hobson: Behind the curtain for a good cause" by Louis B. Hobson in the Calgary Herald:
I honestly couldn’t resist this concept of theatre for charity. Audiences can have a fun night out knowing most of their ticket price is going to deserving charities.

If you wave the Kinsmen banner, it’s amazing who comes to your aid. We needed advice on how to stage the opening illusion and, voila, local magician and illusionist Yeatland Wong to the rescue. He has been an invaluable resource, not only for the mystifying cabinets illusion but on how to properly strap someone in a straight jacket.

Read more.

14 October 2017

Outerbridge Magic Fall 2017 tour dates

If you can catch Ted and Marion Outerbridge on their upcoming tour, I highly recommend it!

From Ted Outerbridge:
  • October 14, 2017:  Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Showcase), Regina, SK
  • October 15, 2017:  Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Showcase), Regina, SK
  • October 27, 2017:  Gracie Theatre, Bangor, ME
  • November 18, 2017:  (Holiday Magic Show), St. Catharines, ON
  • November 20, 2017:  Capital Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Windsor, ON
  • November 21, 2017:  Kiwanis Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Chatham, ON
  • November 22, 2017:  Library Theatre Holiday Magic Show), Sarnia, ON
  • November 24, 2017:  Forest City Church Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), London, ON
  • November 28, 2017:  (Holiday Magic Show), Belleville, ON
  • November 30, 2017:  Rose Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Brampton, ON
  • December 1, 2017:  Sanderson Centre (Holiday Magic Show), Brantford, ON
  • December 2, 2017:  Humanities Theatre (Holiday Magicc Show), Waterloo, ON
  • December 7, 2017:  Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB
  • December 8, 2017:  Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB
  • March 14, 2018:  First Ontario Arts Centre Milton, Milton, ON









13 October 2017

Greg Frewin Theatre: Winner of 2017 Top Performing Arts Award from Attractions Ontario

Do you remember, back in May, when I was bugging you to vote for Greg at Attractions Ontario?  Enough of you did!

Congratulations Greg, et al! Well deserved!

And you can wake up with Greg on Friday the 13th! From the Greg Frewin Theatre Facebook page:
WAKE UP WITH GREG-
 Greg & Nick from the #GregFrewin Theatre LIVE #610AM - round table with #TimDenis tomorrow at 7:30am


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12 October 2017

Ty Reveen on CFJC Midday

A reminder that Ty Reveen is on his BC Autumn tour.  Locations and dates can be found at the Facebook page of Reveen The Legend Continues.


From the CFJC Community YouTube channel:

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11 October 2017

Ariann Black's "The Volunteer Network"

From The Volunteer Network:
The Volunteer Network empowers Volunteers by building dynamic relationships between fellow volunteers, philanthropic organizations and worthy sponsors in a way that is simpler and more effective than ever before, all with the goal of making a positive impact on the world.

To accomplish this we are creating a platform unique to the altruistic world.

Read more and sign-up to be notified of the official launch.


From Ariann Black's Facebook page:



10 October 2017

Vancouver: "MAGIC! 75 Years of the Magic Circle"

From Straight:
Nov 4, 7-9 pm
Nov 5, 7-9 pm

Join the Vancouver Magic Circle as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a magic show featuring the finest magicians from around the world. You've seen these magical artists on shows like America's Got Talent, TEDx talk, The Magic Castle in Hollywood and even Penn & Teller's Fool Us. Featuring:

  • Jeki Yoo - South Korea
  • Hannibal - North Carolina
  • Andrew Goldenhersh - California
  • Shawn Farquhar - Master of Ceremonies

Read more and buy tickets.

07 October 2017

Toronto: "The Illusionists – Live From Broadway" buy 1 get 1 for only $1!

From Mirvish.com:
December 12 to January 7, 2018

This year's illusionists: Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), An Ha Lim (The Manipulator), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), and Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil).

Read more.


From Smart Canucks:
Mirvish Toronto are celebrating Thanksgiving by offering a promotion on tickets. Buy 1 get 1 for only $1! But hurry because only 100 tickets per selected performance are available. Use the promo code GIVE17 to get this deal.

Included in this promotion:

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway
Princess of Wales Theatre
DECEMBER 12, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018
Valid on price 1 and 2 for the following performances:
DECEMBER 12, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 13, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 13, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 14, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 19, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 20, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 21, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 22, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 23, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 23, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 24, 1:30PM

This offer ends Sunday October 8 at 11:59pm EST or while quantities last. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include 13% HST and $3.25 CIF. Seating restrictions apply. Offers are not valid on premium seats.

Click here to buy your tickets at Mirvish.

Read more.

06 October 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Browser's Den (FREE) Magic Club meets this Saturday, October 7 at the shop from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

All are welcome.

Thank you for your kind support- The Browser's Den Team.




05 October 2017

Thank you to our October 2017 friends!

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04 October 2017

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03 October 2017

2017 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

If you would like to attend one of the shows, please call 1-877-948-6626 for ticket availability and information.

The East Coast Tour features:

The Ontario Tour features:

Scroll down to see the show dates (or download the PDF from Philae-Shriners.com):

East Coast:
  • Nov 4th 1pm show. Gwendolyn Kent Auditorium. Bathurst N.B.
  • Nov 5th 1pm show. Bernard Poirier Theatre. Fredericton. N.B.
  • Nov 6th 7pm show. Capitol Theatre. Moncton. N.B.
  • Nov 7th 7pm show. Horton High Theatre. Wolfville. N.S.
  • Nov 8th. 7pm show. Th'Yark Playhouse Theatre. Yarmouth. N.S.
  • Nov 9th. 5pm and 7.15pm shows. Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax. N.S.
  • Nov 10th. 7pm show Savoy Theatre. Glace Bay. N.S.
  • Nov 11th. 1pm and 4pm shows.Glasgow Square Theatre New Glasgow. N.S.
  • Nov12th. 1pm and 4pm shows.  I'Isle-Saint-Jean Theatre. Charlottetown . P.E.I.
  • Nov 13th 7pm show. Cobequid Ed Centre. Truro N.S.
  • Nov 14th 7pm show. Imperial Theatre. Saint John N.B.

Ontario:
  • Nov 18th 1pm show. Catherine Street Auditorium. St. Catharines.
  • Nov 20th 7pm show. Capital Theatre. Windsor.
  • Nov 21st 7pm show. Kiwanis Theatre. Chatham.
  • Nov 22nd. 7pm show. Library Theatre. Sarnia.
  • Nov 24th. 7pm show Forest City. London.
  • Nov 28th 7pm show. Empire Theatre. Belleville.
  • Nov 30th. 7pm show. Rose Theatre. Brampton.
  • Dec 1st. 7pm show. Sanderson Theatre. Brantford
  • Dec 2nd. 1pm show. Humanities Theatre. Waterloo
  • Dec 8th. 7pm show Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls
  • Dec 16th. 1pm and 4pm shows. Meadowvale Theatre. Mississauga


FOR TICKETS call: 1-877-948-6626. 


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

02 October 2017

Random thoughts from "The Newest Trick in the Book"

The Newest Trick in the Book is back Tuesday October 3rd, at 8:30pm, for a FREE Halloween themed show, with Benzi Train, James Alan, James Harrison, and Shamus Mac Gregor!
Last month, I attended the September 5th edition of "The Newest Trick in the Book," billed as "Toronto's ONLY magic open-mic."

I had no idea what to expect from a magic open-mic.  I thought it might be a slightly more dressed up version of watching folks jam at the club or the magic shop.  As it turns out I'd previously seen most of the performers on this program both jamming casually and performing professionally.  Would the evening be a repeat of stuff I'd already seen?

The verdict:  no.  Well, sometimes yes.  But not really.

Let me explain.

The event takes place at  See-Scape Toronto, a sci-fi bar and gaming café.  It's a cozy space filled with wonderful people.  (And lots of games.)



Everything about the place is interesting.


You were probably wondering about the show.

The evening was a TONNE of fun.  The performances were elevated well beyond a typical jam.  Each of the performers had an energy that was different from what I expected of them.  Perhaps it was the buzz of doing something in front of an audience for the first time? 

It was also clear to me, that the performers were having more fun than usual too!  I witnessed the child-like excitement of bringing a new idea to life, the brilliance of turning the tables on an old standard, freshening up a classic, and the general enjoyment of working things out in front of a safe crowd.  (I've heard more than one professional espouse the importance of having a "safe place" to try things out in front of an audience.  I better appreciate the wisdom now.)

If you're in the Toronto area, I encourage you to both attend and perform at "The Newest Trick in the Book."



Trivia questions: who said what?

1) Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! a) Sammy Jakubowicz
2) Mr. Harrison, it's time for your medication. b) Chris Westfall
3) That's what I would do if I were in your position. But I'm a jerk. c) James Harrison
4) I'm not a thief, I'm a magician. d) James Alan



With thanks to the wonderful performers!













01 October 2017

Rounding the Western rings in October 2017

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- An evening with David Parr
- Monthly meeting
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Third Monday Magic.
- General meeting
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Tom Stone lecture
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- Hosted by Tony Chris
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - 3 of Clubs Convention


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

Rounding the Central rings in October 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
- Houdini séance supper
- Second Saturday night special
- Open house
- KW Ring 235 meetup
- Houdini séance year 90
- Sunday brunch
- Houdini Halloween supper
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Paul Pacific lecture.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Alfredo Marchese lecture (happened in September).


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in October 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.

30 September 2017

Top 5 posts in September 2017

Of the 33 posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:



5. Toronto: Amazing Johnathan and Anastasia Synn - Did you attend?  How was it?
4. Langley: Murray Hatfield and Bizzaro - Sure to be a great show!
3. Vancouver: "SEASONS: A Magical Musical" - The magic scene is alive and well in BC.
2. Top 5 posts in August 2017 - Keeping it meta.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. [Guest post] Random thoughts about "UNBELIEVABLE! A Magical Experience" - The most read post two months running!  With thanks to The Magic Demon.

29 September 2017

Vancouver: Randy Charach

From Brown Paper Tickets:
Randy Charach October 14, 2017 (two shows)

Comedian, Magician, Mentalist & Hypnotist... Randy Charach.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to witness Randy performing live in Vancouver. It's a fast-paced, hilarious and amazing show like no other.

His comedic talents are blended with his unique brand of mind-blowing Mental Magic and Comedy Hypnosis. Lot's (sic) of audience interaction throughout the performance.

Read more and buy tickets.


[via The Magic Demon]

28 September 2017

Vancouver: Tom Stone Lecture

From IBM Ring 92:
Tom Stone will be lecturing for the Vancouver Magic Circle
2:30pm – Sunday, October 1, 2017
Sunrise Community Hall
1950 Windermere Street
Vancouver, BC

Direct from Sweden
Exclusive magic lecture in Canada

Here's some amazing and exciting news for our VMC membership! This coming Sunday, October 1st at 2:30 in the afternoon we will be hosting a lecture by Genii columnist Tom Stone.

He is best known for writing a series of articles and pamphlets about original magical techniques and plots. He co-wrote a book with magician Lennart Green, contributed material to a book by Jason Alford, and has self-published a series of pamphlets as well as an e-book. He is also editor and publisher of various Swedish magic journals such as "Trollkarlen", and "Dr. Faustus Journal".

Read more and buy tickets.

27 September 2017

Shin Lim in the Boston Globe

From the Boston Globe article by Dan Morrell:
Toward the end of magician Shin Lim’s “Dream Act” routine, his hands slowly rise to his head, palms up. Just as the accompanying dramatic orchestral music swells, he opens his mouth, expelling a cloud of smoke and revealing a folded playing card that had been inexplicably moving between both of his hands and his vest pocket.

Fellow magician Don Greenberg watched Lim, then 23, perform this act in July 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of a competition run by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Greenberg had helped organize similar events for the brotherhood in the past, but this time he was there as a spectator. He and his wife, Sharon, were part of a group of more than two dozen audience members and two contest judges gathered in a Hyatt conference room to watch Lim. Greenberg had seen Lim perform in national competitions for years and had always thought he had good hands. But he was struck by this routine — Lim’s precise movements, his intensity, the crescendos of the music. It was cinematic. At the moment that Lim put his hands to his head, released the smoke, and revealed the card, Greenberg looked over at his wife. Her eyes were welling up with tears. Oh, my God, he thought, she’s crying. How the hell did that happen? You don’t expect someone to make your wife tear up with a just deck of cards.

Read more.

26 September 2017

Toronto: Tricks in the Six (Sept 28)

From The Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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25 September 2017

Montreal: Soirée Magique au Lockhart Montreal

From the Soirée Magique au Lockhart Montreal Facebook event:

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24 September 2017

Toronto: The Sentimentalists will take mentalism to new heights

From The Sentimentalists' Facebook page:

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23 September 2017

Magical Qualicum Beach fundraiser in the BC Local News

From the BC Local News:
Three magician acts are hoping to make some magic for a new refugee family.

Paul Romhany (a recent arrival to Qualicum Beach) will be headlining a show also featuring Parksville double-act Sandra and Heather McNeill as The Magic of Zanthera, as well as Eric Bedard.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the four magicians will be performing a 90-minute, all-ages show as a fundraiser for the 2017 Qualicum Refugee Sponsorship Group.

With volunteers having helped to resettle the Johdee refugee family in 2016, this new group aims to do the same for another refugee family.

The group will be required to support a family of up to four for its first year in Canada, meaning Qualicum RSG-17 needs to raise approximately $35,000.

Read more.

22 September 2017

Hamilton: Nicholas Wallace in "Strange and Unusual"

From the "Strange and Unusual" Facebook event:
We all share a common delusion. We believe our world view is based on truth and logic - but whether you admit it or not, we all believe in something strange and unusual.

In this 90 min show, Nick uses story telling and illusions to explore the world of conspiracy theories, superstitions, psychics and all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL.

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21 September 2017

Toronto: Browser’s Den of Magic Shop 42nd Anniversary Party!

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Browser’s Den of Magic Shop
42nd Anniversary Party!

COST TO ATTEND-FREE
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2017
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Browser’s Den of Magic

FREE PRIZES * DISCOUNT ON ALL MAGIC ALL DAY LONG * MINI MAGIC AUCTION * SANDWICHES * COFFEE * SNACKS * MAGIC TRIVIA QUIZ WITH BIG PRIZES * LEN COOPER MEMORIAL AWARD * BIRTHDAY CAKE
AUCTION BEGINS AT 11AM!

Read more.

20 September 2017

Langley: Murray Hatfield and Bizzaro

From the Facebook page of Norden the Magician:

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19 September 2017

What do you call a group of magicians?

An interesting question posed by James Alan while posting a photo of the attendees of Ring 17's first meeting of the season.

Seriously though, what term do you use to refer to a group of magicians?

I look forward to your answers in the comments below.  (Or email them to me and I'll add them to the comments for everyone's enjoyment!)

From James Alan's Facebook post:





18 September 2017

Calgary: Ryan Pilling's Magic Cabaret

Purchase your tickets at Snap Tix.


From Brent Smith's Facebook page:

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17 September 2017

Toronto: Browser's Bash 2018 ticket sale reminder

Browser's Bash logo 
From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept 18th, 2017 - 10 am Sharp!




Talent currently booked for 2018 include:
  • Dick Joiner as emcee,
  • Michael Close (author of the Workers series and other ebooks), and
  • Nicholas Wallace.

Read more and buy tickets!



16 September 2017

Montreal: "Masters of Spectacular: Back2School"

I had the good fortune of meeting young Mr. Caiden Finch at Sorcerers Safari last year.  He's sure to impress!

From Masters of Spectactular:
Cast for September 17th

Host: Mystery Host to be seen at the show
Armand Naftali - Singer
Cam Fleming - Juggler
Geoffrey Applebaum - Sounds & Voices
Leonard Yelle - Comedian
Mike Deslaurier - Magician
Plus special guest magicians Caiden Finch & Garrett Struthers

Read more and buy tickets.


From the Perfect Magic Facebook page:

15 September 2017

Wes Barker: Variety Act of 2017

Congratulations Wes!

From Wes Barker's Facebook page:

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14 September 2017

People of the train: Zach Wells

From the Twitter Feed of Zachary Wells:
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From the Facebook page of VIA Rail Canada:





13 September 2017

Medicine Hat: Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries

 From Tixx Central:
A professionally orchestrated theatrical production with over twenty custom-designed illusions and world-class lighting and set design, Outerbridge, Clockwork Mysteries is a high-energy magical adventure for both adult and family audiences. Recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic shows of its kind, critics have hailed Ted and Marion Outerbridge as “the most successful magicians in Canada” and “champions of magic”.

Outerbridge will be on the Esplanade Main Stage Friday December 8th, 2017
Tickets go on sale for the public on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM MST.


Read more and buy tickets.

12 September 2017

Toronto: Alfredo Marchese (Magic Alan) lecture

From IBM Ring 17:
To accommodate travel schedules, our October Lecture will be in the Last Week of September! (Because we ALL need more Spanish magic in our lives.)

Alfredo Marchese from Spain

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where: Fairview Public Library (35 Fairview Mall Drive – map)

Admission: FREE for Members ($20 for guests – tickets at the door)

Travelling all the way from Spain, Alfredo Marchese, or as he is often known on stage, Magic Alan, will present “A Different Lecture” based on 35 years experience as a professional performer. Those familiar with the famous “Spanish School of Magic” know that they have a well-earned reputation for taking card tricks and turning them into deeply deceptive, emotionally powerful card miracles. Even better is the way in which they generously offer to explain all the thinking and obsessing over details that went into it.


Read more and buy tickets.

Montreal: Alfredo Marchese (Magic Alan) lecture

From Montreal Magic Jam:
Wed Sept 27 at 7pm

Argentinian magician Alfredo Marchese (known simply as Magic Alan) has been a professional for over 35 years, working all kinds of environments and traveling all over the world.

A student of the maestro Juan Tamariz, he performs in most of Tamariz’s theatre shows performing a wide variety of material from the spirit cabinet to the Chinese linking rings.

His lecture for us will focus on what he calls “Vertical Card Magic” that can be close-up, in parlour and on the stage, including other visual props and a wide variety of effects (not just your standard pick-a-card tricks).

Of course all this with a combination of clever modern methods. And of course as a student of Tamariz, it wouldn’t be complete with explanations of the psychology behind the tricks and magic performance in general based on his personal experience and of course the work of Tamariz and Ascanio, with am emphasis on these main points
-EFFECT
-EMOTION
-SURPRISE
-SITUATIONAL COMEDY
-VARIETY

Perhaps a relative unknown in our part of the world, he is well-respected throughout Spain and his native South America . Roberto Giobbi, Dani DaOrtiz and Juan Tamariz all sing his praises, and that’s enough to make any magician sit up and pay attention to what he has to say.

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11 September 2017

Vancouver: "SEASONS: A Magical Musical"

From Rod Chow's post in the Vancouver Magic Circle, IBM Ring #92 Facebook page:

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10 September 2017

Broken wand: Bruce Fricker

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  Bruce Fricker from Kitchener, Ontario.

From Life News:
FRICKER, Bruce Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at St. Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener, at age 64. Beloved husband of Linda for 28 years. Loved father of Jordan and fiancée Tina, Alysia, Melissa, and Sidney. Dear son of Marion and the late R. Bruce Fricker; brother of Donelda Fricker. He is also fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Gilda Stante, in-laws Marie (Eldon) and Donald (Diane), nephews Matthew, Joseph, and Nicholas and many friends. Bruce was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He performed under the name "Magic by Zachary".

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08 September 2017

Toronto: Amazing Johnathan and Anastasia Synn

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
We are very excited to let you know that Anastasia Synn and the Amazing Jonathan will be at 'Browser's Den of Magic' for a FREE Meet & Greet on: Saturday, September 16 from 2pm to about 4pm.

Whether you are a friend of Anastia & Jonathan or not, they want you to know that all are welcome to attend. You can bring photos to sign if you wish too.

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From The Amazing Johnathan's Facebook event:

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07 September 2017

The Magician James Randi on the Importance of Skepticism

From Holy Koolaid's YouTube channel:
James Randi, the legendary magician, skeptic, and paranormal debunker talks about the importance of scientific skepticism and how his work as a magician has shaped the way he views the world. James "The Amazing Randi" has spent decades in show business as a magician, but as a psychic investigator and debunker of the paranormal, Randi stresses the fact that it's all an artful deception and not supernatural at all - earning him the nickname "An Honest Liar." In this interview, James Randi discusses his work as a magician and the importance of being skeptical.








06 September 2017

Matt Johnson's UK tour

From Matt Johnson's Facebook page:

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05 September 2017

Toronto: The Newest Trick in the Book

From the Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:

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Montreal: Jörg Alexander lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Tuesday Sept 5th

Jörg Alexander is one of Germany’s busiest magicians, and a member of the world famous Flicking Fingers. As a full-time professional since 1994, he has performed and lectured in Germany, England, Spain, Argentina, USA, France, Finland, Austria and Switzerland.

As a FISM competitor he won awards for his performances in the categories of close-up card magic, and mentalism.

He is the creator of Sympathetic Ten and Fantastic Aces, both commercially available, best-selling items from his working repertoire.

His lecture covers both parlor and close-up magic, and also delves into performance theory, discussing the topics of direction of attention, intrinsic actions, and routine construction and development.

Read more and buy tickets.

04 September 2017

Rounding the Western rings in September 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.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA.
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - TBA.


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

Rounding the Central rings in September 2017

Updated September 11th to add:
  • Ring 17 (Toronto) will host a lecture by Alfredo Marchese in addition to the one by Jörg Alexander


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


Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Stage workers.
- Sunday brunch.
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Current and past executive perform.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Easy but good.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Ryan Joyce lecture.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- Jörg Alexander lecture.
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Jörg Alexander lecture.
 (Note location change.)
- Alfredo Marchese lecture.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in September 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) - Jörg Alexander lecture.
- Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA


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

[Guest post] The "Magicians Support Fund" by IBM

The following is from Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring:
 Hello fellow magicians:

    There likely will be magicians in the very-active world of magic in Houston, Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast, who will need all the help they can get in coming weeks and months. Since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods was still taking place as the September issue of The Linking Ring was going to press, I had the idea of asking I.B.M. members — and other magicians — to give to the Magicians Support Fund, anticipating those needs. I was able to get a request for funds in that issue.

    The Magicians Support Fund was started almost exactly twelve years ago, in response to another natural disaster — Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. The late Phil Wilmarth, then editor of The Linking Ring; Past I.B.M. International President Michael Stratman (2002-03); and then-IBM President Roger Miller, got the idea of an independent fund to help fellow magicians in need.

    Indeed, the fund did help a number of magicians who suffered in various ways from Katrina, and has continued to help other magicians since then. The fund is not an official activity of the I.B.M., and magicians do not need to be an I.B.M. member to benefit from it. “This is a magicians-helping-magicians fund,” said Stratman, who continues as chairman of the committee.

    At this time the Fund is not tax-deductible (although it may become so if someone volunteers to take it over and do the paperwork). Requests for help can come directly from a magician, or can come from someone who knows of a need. The committee will consider every request.

    “Right now we need donations to build up the fund,” says Stratman. “We can’t give it away if we don’t have it. Magicians are a generous lot, and now is the time to show it.” Please send check donations — and requests for help — to:

Mike Stratman
Magicians Support Fund
126 Coyatee Circle, Louden, TN 37774.

    Contact Stratman at mikestrat4 @ aol . com for more information.




03 September 2017

McCord’s Camp ABRACADABRA

From Joe Culpepper:
It’s not the magician who teaches the children. It’s the children who teach the magician.

I had a great time working with the McCord Museum’s education team to teach over 100 different mini-Montrealers how to perform magic onstage this summer as part of their ABRACADABRA camps.* This series of week-long summer camps was inspired by the ILLUSIONS exhibition. The exhibition contains beautiful chromolithograph posters from the Allan Slaight collection acquired with help from the Emmanuelle Gattuso Foundation. Each week, the ABRACADABRA kids took a tour of this magnificent collection as part of their discovery of Montreal’s entertainment history. They then worked with me and their camp counselors (Skippy, Scala, Echo, Stein and Marc-André) to learn a new effect or two each day as preparation for their “Grand Spectacle” at the end of the week. As part of preparing for this big show for their friends and family, they learned fine motor skills, creative brainstorming techniques, performance vocabulary, public speaking skills and how to interact with audience members onstage.
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02 September 2017

Thank you to our September 2017 Friends!

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31 August 2017

Toronto: Save the date for 'Browser's Magic Bash 2018'

From the Browser's Den of Magic's Newsletter:
Dear Magic Friend,

We hope that you and family have had a happy and fun summer.

As we approach September we are very excited to tell you about two important dates.

The date of the 'Browser's Magic Bash 2018' is: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018.

Tickets go on sale for the Bash on: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 at 10:00am.

As in past years you will be able to purchase tickets on the Bash website or if you prefer by phone with a Visa or MasterCard. The price of the tickets will be the same as Bash 2017.

As always everyone involved with the Bash thanks you for your wonderful support of this day.

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Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
This upcoming Saturday, September 2nd will be our next Magic Club Meeting.

The club meets at Browser's Den from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. All are welcome.

Thank you-The Browser's Den Team.
Serving Magicians Since 1975

Top 5 posts in August 2017

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


5. Random thoughts from "Magic Theory, or Magic Fact? Let's Find Out." - If you get a chance to see Michael Close lecture, do it!
4. McCord Museum: Magic, music, and dance - Sounds like a wonderful day!
3. Broken wand: Eugene Burger - Another bright light gone dark too soon.
2. Canadians remember Eugene Burger - Keeping the memories vibrant.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. [Guest post] Random thoughts about "UNBELIEVABLE! A Magical Experience" - I've been fortunate to see both Murray and Shawn perform a number of times.  I'm not surprised the show is reported to be amazing!  With thanks to The Magic Demon.

30 August 2017

Champions of Magic: North American Tour dates

From Champions of Magic:
Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the world-class illusionists that make up the Champions Of Magic team return for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world, and on TV in the UK appearing on ITV’s ‘Next Great Magician’ and ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’.

With over 20 million online views between them, Champions Of Magic includes a cast of Britain’s top magicians. International award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions, their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on ITV’s ‘Next Great Magician’, ITV/The CW’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, CNN’s ‘A Quest For Magic’ and NBC’s ‘Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon’.
Canadian dates include:
NOVEMBER 2017
  • Friday 3rd: REGINA, SK (Canada) - Casino Regina - Tel 1-800-555-3189
  • Saturday 4th: WINNIPEG, MB (Canada) - Pantages Playhouse - Tel (204)-989-2889
Read more and buy tickets.

29 August 2017

Qualicum Beach: Spectacular Magic Fundraiser

Sunday October 1st. Paul Romhany, Eric Bedard, and The Magic of Zanthera.  Now with silent auction.

From Eric Bedard's Facebook page:

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28 August 2017

Richmond: Murray SawChuck

Murray SawChuck, is coming to River Rock Show Theatre on Friday, October 27, 2017. 

From Ticketmaster:
Murray SawChuck, one of the most sought after viral magicians with over 500 million online views, is coming to River Rock Show Theatre on Friday, October 27, 2017. Hailing from Burnaby, BC, Murray is returning to his hometown for one show only. Murray made his mark as a household name when he exploded onto the entertainment scene after his successful run as a semi-finalist on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” He impressed judges by producing a Ferrari car from thin air, transforming a girl locked in a cage into a 450 pound tiger and did the largest trick ever on the show by vanishing an entire steam train locomotive in mere seconds.

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