26 June 2017

Canadians on Masters of Illusions 2017

Role 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:



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.

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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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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.

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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!







16 June 2017

San Francisco: Tyler Wilson's "Lies Wide Open"

From Eventbrite:
Fri, June 23, 2017

Come join Tyler Wilson for a night of tingling in weird places. This is a modern, intelligent show with more laughs than you can twerk a stick at. From fresh originality, to award-winning sleight of hand, to expert ridiculousness, Tyler has performed his close-up spectacle around the world, and now brings it back to San Francisco for its second run.

Lies Wide Open is an expertly-crafted show, written and developed from the ground up. It's been designed as a fully immersive magical experience that combines the humor of stand-up comedy, the drama and raw captivation of theater, with the genuine interaction of improv—all wrapped into a deeply engaging event you will love.

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15 June 2017

Emily presents "Magic Manitoba" as part of the Red River Heritage Fair

Nine year old Emily T from Winnipeg, chose "Magic Manitoba" as her topic for this year's Red River Heritage Fair.  Visit Canada's History for Kids to watch the video that Emily prepared.  Her mom Linda, reached out to tell us that this project has been entered into a national history competition.

Watch Emily talk about Len Vintus, Doug Henning, Dean Gunnarson, and Philip Hornan. 

Don't forget to give her a vote if you liked what you saw!


14 June 2017

Winnipeg: Piff the Magic Dragon

August 17 - 20th at Rumor's Restaurant and Comedy Club.

From Rumor's:
The stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was without a doubt Piff the Magic Dragon. Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, then throw in the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua™ – Mr Piffles. With over 40 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and even graces the cover of their Grammy award winning album “Babel”.

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13 June 2017

New Westminster: David Groves lecture

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook post:
Wednesday June 14, 2017

My local magic club, celebrating its 75th anniversary is hosting a lecture.


The Vancouver Magic Circle is proud to welcome DAVID GROVES to the 2017 Lecture Series!

Our beautiful raked lecture hall allows for optimal visibility in ANY seat, as well as an individual writing surface. (or TWO if you spread out)

David Groves has lectured in 90 cities around the world, from New York to Las Vegas to Anchorage to Dublin to Sydney to Hong Kong and beyond. He has a broad range of magic to draw from. He will be teaching card, coin, restaurant, mentalism, and of course, street magic tricks.

His 1998 book, Be a Street Magician: A How-To Guide, covered busking, and he has lots of tricks that work great in that venue as well. With outside-the-box thinking (like offbeat index work and advanced psychological ploys) everyone will walk away from the lecture with something valuable.

He has inherited one-of-a-kind work from his great-uncle, a professional gambling cheat in the 1940’s. The highlights of his mentalism are his center tear, his magic square, and his pre-show work.
 He has even developed a sure fire way for tableside workers to DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THEIR TIPS, which is a ploy backed up by scientific research. Much of that work is contained within his massive new 400-page e-book, The View from the Red Spot.

David Regal called his closer “the best ending to a show I’ve seen in years.” and he will be performing this for us at the lecture!

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12 June 2017

Vancouver: "Unbelievable!" is back

From Ticket Leader:
Back by popular demand featuring a brand new lineup of illusionists!

A world-class magical showcase not to be missed! Watch in amazement and witness grand illusions. Come and be thrilled as we present champions of magic featuring Chipper Lowell; Canada’s Master Illusionists Murray Hatfield and Teresa; Danny Cole; and Shawn Farquhar, World Champion of Magic! UNBELIEVABLE magic, comedy and breathtaking illusions.

Read more and buy tickets.

11 June 2017

Dora Nominations for "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

Congratulations Eric! Wishing you the best for June 26th!


From the Toronto Alliances for the Performing Arts:
Eldritch Theatre’s Eric Woolfe is up for Outstanding New Play for The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy and Outstanding Performance - Male in same.

Read more.


From Eric Woolfe's Facebook page:



09 June 2017

Toronto, Oakville, and Hillsburgh: "Magic Tonight" and "Magic & Martini"

From James Alan:
From 2013-2016, I hosted a weekly magic show called Magic Tonight which brought together an extraordinary lineup of magical talents with different special guests each week. 

Thanks to some lucky scheduling and special arrangements of the Soul City Social Club, we're pleased to bring it back for one night - Saturday, June 17 at the Social Capital Theatre.
I'll be joined by two special guests the exceptional comedy magician Rob Testa and Canada's foremost theatrical pickpocket, James Harrison.

Read more and buy tickets.


Also, from James Alan:
It's been a fantastic spring season at Magic & Martini and we're thrilled with the enthusiastic support and reviews we're received. We just completed thirty consecutive sold out shows and we're fully booked until the end of June!

We've just added fifteen new shows in our three locations through the end of September. Tickets are available now and we're expecting them to sell out fast. But we're offering our subscribers a discount. Use the code secrets and get two-for-one tickets to our shows in Toronto, Oakville and Hillsburgh.

Read more and buy tickets.



08 June 2017

Dennis Bauyon at Bling Bling Jam 2017

From the Vancouver Magic Circle's Facebook page:

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07 June 2017

The Doug Henning Project interviews John Cox

From Wild About Houdini:
Neil McNally's new blog The Doug Henning Project is going strong with terrific interviews with Milt Larsen, John Gaughan, and Jim Steinmeyer. This week Neil is sharing a multipart interview with, gasp, me!
So only after you finish reading Neil's interview with those far more interesting and deserving members of the magic community, check out my blather. Neil and I did have a great time conducting this interview over Friday Lunch at the Magic Castle.
Read more and listen to interview.

06 June 2017

Toronto: Marcus Eddie lecture

Don't forget about the Playing Card Collecters' Meet-up on Jun 11!

From the Browser's Den of Magic:

Date & Time: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Browser's Den of Magic
Ticket Price $20.00

1st Place IBM Close Up 1995 * 1st Place T.A.O.M.  Close Up 1996 * 1st Place Stage S.A.M. 2009 * 1st Place Stage T.A.O.M. 2010 * 1st Place Wizard Wars SYFY 2014 and more...

Marcus Eddie from Austin, Texas USA is touring Canada with his lecture. We are so happy that he has decided to give a lecture at Browser's Den and share his brand of cool and inspirational magic.

You may have seen him on 'Penn & Teller's Fool Us'.  You may have seen him headline at the Magic Castle.

If not... well, then you can see him at Browser's Den on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

"Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old. Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into his career.

Today, he is a 8 time, award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channels magic competition, 'Wizard Wars', he appeared on 'Penn & Teller Fool Us and is the creator of several products on the market and consults for magician's worldwide, including David Blaine on his last special, 'Beyond Magic'. Marcus Eddie's original magic will leave you stunned!"

Read more and buy tickets.

05 June 2017

Ariann Black and Dean Gunnarson in "Las Vegas Magic Stars"

"Las Vegas Magic Stars," with Jeff McBride, Greg Gleason, Ariann Black, Dean Gunnarson, Will Bradshaw, Bill Cook and Tobias Beckwith, will be touring China this summer.

Have a look at their teaser on the Red Spade Entertainment YouTube channel:



03 June 2017

One more for "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" season 4

From Richard Forget's Facebook page:

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02 June 2017

Winners of the 2017 Allan Slaight Awards

From Magicana:
Congratulations to this year's recipients:

MAX MAVEN
Lifetime Achievement ($15,000)

DEREK DELGAUDIO
Sharing Wonder ($15,000)

JOHN LOVICK
Sharing Secrets ($10,000)

EDWARD HILSUM
International Rising Star ($5,000)

ERIC LECLERC
Canadian Rising Star ($5,000)
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01 June 2017

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31 May 2017

Top 5 posts in May 2017

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


5. Toronto: Seol Park lecture - Always something going on in the 6.
4. Hamilton: "Strange and Unusual" with Nicholas Wallace - Reviews to share?
3. Greg Frewin Theatre: Attractions Ontario finalist - It's my understanding you can vote once per day. Support Greg and his theatre!
2. Sign up for The Newest Trick in the Book - Do it now to receive timely updates.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Barrie: James Harrison - Canada's Pickpocket Magician - How'd it go?

30 May 2017

ReginaCadabra in the CBC

To learn more about ReginAcadabra (featuring: Chester McBain, Chris Funk, David Merry, Doug Arden, Jeff Richards, Keegan Duck, Paul Romhany, Richy Roy, Sean Watson, and Shawn Farquhar), visit ReginAcadabra.com


Watch Tracy Fahlman and Brent Kloeble talk about the upcoming ReginAcadabra event on CTV News.


From CBC News:
Brent Kloeble has high hopes for the new ReginaCadabra Magic Festival, which makes its debut July 26 in the city.

Kloeble, who is the chairman of the event, hopes the festival gains enough momentum to become an international attraction.

"It's an exciting event for Regina. There's nothing really like that around here," Kloeble said.

"We can make this a big tourism event," Kloeble said of the family-friendly festival, which will feature 10 performers throughout the week. "We know people will travel in to come see it."

Read more.


From the ReginaCadabra Twitter feed:

29 May 2017

Montreal: "Illusions" at the McCord Museum

From the McCord Museum:
26 MAY 2017 — 7 JANUARY 2018

ILLUSIONS: THE ART OF MAGICThe exhibition will take on the period of magic shows’ golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoric imagery. A selection of breathtaking posters, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will retrace the social history of this still active phenomenon. These posters, halfway between art and advertisement, are magnificent, large format chromolithographs that immortalise the magicians and the acts that marked the world of modern magic.

Read more.




28 May 2017

Will Tsai on America's Got Talent

If you haven't seen Will Tsai's AGT performance, do yourself a favour and watch now.  It's well worth the 3 and a half minutes!

Go Will, go!

From Will Tsai's YouTube channel:

Rounding the Western rings in June 2017

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




CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- “Silly Billy” David Kaye Lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- “Silly Billy” David Kaye Lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- “Silly Billy” David Kaye Lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- “Silly Billy” David Kaye Lecture
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA.
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Mirth and Magic!
- “Silly Billy” David Kaye Lecture


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

Rounding the Central rings in June 2017

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Free Form First Fridaze.
- Ring executives meeting.
- Second Saturday Night Special.
- Special Sunday spring event.
- Ring 62 showcase.
- End of season BBQ.
- Charter night - 69 years!
- Sunday SpRing brunch.
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Charming Cheat show. (Change in date / time.)
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)-Annual BBQ.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Year end banquet featuring The Sentimentalists.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in June 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.

27 May 2017

Scott McClelland in the Ottawa Citizen

From the Ottawa Citizen:
“And over the heart area is a door, and this is the hook to the show. Now I don’t know how much you should write about this part, but basically, Vissago knows all. It’s groundbreaking and it’s never been done before, and it’s very romantic and will make you believe in the impossible. But I should stop there.”

Read more.

26 May 2017

James Harrison in The Barrie Examiner

From The Barrie Examiner:
Magic is in the air and the fingers of James Harrison.

The Barrie magician has taken pick-pocketing to new heights over the past several years and he will be performing at two shows this weekend at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, including one the family and especially for kids.

"The family show will still be entertaining for grown-ups. but the themes will be more generic. It will be my fun and light-hearted, entertaining kind of show," said Harrison, who will be doing some pick-pocketing at both shows, but the family show will be more like an Oliver Twist version.

"I don't ever make fun of the kids, but parents are fair game," he said. "And the kids love that."

Read more.

25 May 2017

Mike Fisher in the St. Thomas Times-Journal

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal:
Making his Fringe debut, St. Thomas-raised and resident Mike Fisher is a fulltime magician who travels North America with his sleight-of-hand.

Local audiences know him best as Corbin the Pirate Magician. He’ll be on stage 5 p.m. on Canada Day at Pinafore Park. And for the kiddies, 2 p.m. July 28 at St. Thomas Public Library. His calendar is full. (Google him for proof.)

But for the Fringe, Corbin offers a rogue of a different colour, The Charming Cheat, a gentleman con artist who may or may not be peeking as he wins hand after hand playing a new effect, as they are called, he developed based on Texas Hold ‘Em.

Why do we like magic?

Read more.

24 May 2017

Steve Dickson and Chris Yuill at Magic Live

From Chris Yuill's Twitter feed:
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23 May 2017

The Evasons and Matt DiSero at the Magic Castle

From the Magic Castle:
JUNE 5 - JUNE 11

THE PARLOUR OF PRESTIDIGITATION
Late Performer
Matthew DiSero

PALACE OF MYSTERY
The Evasons



From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:

22 May 2017

Luc Langevin on "Trucs & Cie"

From Luc Langevin's Twitter feed:
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21 May 2017

New York, Toronto, and Oakville: Mark Correia

If you're heading to Harbourfront today to see Eric Woolfe / Buster Canfield, you can also catch up with Mark Correia!

Scroll down for the big Broadway announcement.  Congratulations Mark!


From Mark Correia's Twitter feed:
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From Mark Trick's Facebook page:




20 May 2017

Toronto: The Circus of Industrious Fleas

Catch Eric Woolfe as Buster Canfield, the world’s greatest flea circus impresario at Harbourfront Centre Sat, May 20 – Mon, May 22, 2017.

From the Harbourfront Centre blog:
Step right up, Toronto! The world’s greatest flea circus impresario is back in town and ready to astound and amaze you with his menagerie of mite sized mini-marvels.

We caught up with Buster Canfield before his performance in the Studio Theatre this weekend to tell us more about the greatest trained fleas to ever hop the Earth and what audiences can expect to see at HarbourKIDS: Circus!

Harbourfront Centre: How did you get your start as a flea circus impresario?

Buster Canfield: Well, ever since I was little, I wanted to run a circus, but I could never afford an apartment big enough to live with all the monkeys and lions and elephants. Let alone the big wagons and tents. And then, once, I lived in this place that had a lousy superintendent who was too cheap to spring for a good fumigator. Pretty soon, I realized if I mixed those two problems together, I could make my dreams come true.

Harbourfront Centre: What do you look for in a circus flea?

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19 May 2017

Shawn Farquhar's "Operation Magic"

Here's an interesting contest, with a twist! Check out Shawn's "Operation Magic."  Be sure to act fast as the deadline for submissions is May 20th.

Read the instructions very carefully!


From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:


18 May 2017

Bobby Motta on the cover of Penguin Magic

Congratulations Bobby!

From Bobby Motta's Facebook page:

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17 May 2017

Toronto: Playing Card Collectors Meeting

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
PLAYING CARD COLLECTORS MEETING - TORONTO
Sunday June 11th, 2017 at 2PM - 5PM

WHO: Anyone with interest in collecting playing cards
WHAT: Playing Card Collector's Meeting
WHERE: Browser's Den of Magic (3220 Dufferin St. #19, Toronto, ON M6A 2T3)
WHEN: Sunday June 11th, 2017
COST: $10 OR Free for those who attended the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Playing Card Collectors Meeting - Calling all card collectors within a 200 kilometer radius of Toronto and the GTA!

With the help of 52 Plus Joker (North American Playing Card Collector's Club), the Browser's Den proudly offers you the opportunity to attend this free meeting and receive expert tips on caring for your collection, as well as learn methods to keep your cards in top-notch condition. Plus see decks of cards you've only read about in books and online.

Read more.

16 May 2017

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15 May 2017

Oshawa: Mark Correia's TEDx talk

From Mark Tricks' Facebook page:

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14 May 2017

Toronto: Introducing "Tricks in the Six"

Scroll down to see the contest to win tickets to the May 25th show with Ben, Keith Brown, and headliner Karl Hein.  (Contest closes at end of day today.)


From the Toronto Magic Company:
The Toronto Magic Company is working with the best magicians in the world to put on incredible shows in Toronto, at incredible prices, every single week. Whether you come see our magic open mic, “The Newest Trick in the Book,” our premier magic variety show, “Tricks in the Six,” or one of our many special events, we promise you’ll always have an impossibly good time!

Read more and buy tickets.


From the Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:

13 May 2017

The Sentimentalists set a world record!

Updated June 22nd to add video of the event to the bottom of this post.


I'll share more details as I get them.

Congratulations Chris and Steffi!

From The Sentimentalists' Facebook page:

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From Chris Mysterion's Facebook page.

12 May 2017

Luc Langevin in le Journal de Quebec

From le Journal de Quebec (as translated by Google):
"People go to see shows of humor, concerts, but have little reflex to make the gesture to buy a ticket for a show of magic. They have the image of magic for children, but it is no longer the case," he said.

Indeed, the illusionist originally from Quebec explains that magic has undergone a turning point in recent years. "Quietly, magicians all over the planet are abandoning the classic image of magic, from the man in tuxedo who has a cape and who takes a rabbit out of a hat or who saw a woman in two, he.

Read more.

11 May 2017

Hamilton: "Strange and Unusual" with Nicholas Wallace

From Theatre Aquarius:
May 11 – 13, 2017

We all share a common delusion; that our world view is based on truth and logic, and that we would never believe in something unquestionably weird. But we do. Whether you admit it or not, we all believe in something weird.

Using magic and storytelling, illusionist Nick Wallace investigates the world of superstitions, psychics and other weird beliefs in a show not to be missed.

Read more and buy tickets.

10 May 2017

Montreal: Masters of Spectacular 5

From the Masters of Spectacular 5 Facebook event:
11 June
Dollar Cinema

Ticket information:
http://www.mastersofspectacular.weebly.com/


A family friendly stage show featuring magic, illusion, juggling, comedy & more!
Hosted by Ozzie E. 
Featuring:

More acts to be added!!!




09 May 2017

Toronto: Jay Sankey fan appreciation event

From Jay Sankey's Twitter feed:
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08 May 2017

Bobby Motta on CHCH

From Morning Live's Twitter feed:
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07 May 2017

The Doug Henning Project

From John Cox at Wild About Houdini:
Our good friend Neil McNally, who in the past has provided us with several excellent Guest Blog posts, has now launched his own blog devoted to the great Doug Henning. Neil has been working at this for some time and has amassed a fantastic amount of information and exclusive interviews.
Read more.

Visit The Doug Henning Project.

06 May 2017

Greg Frewin Theatre: Attractions Ontario finalist

You can vote for Greg at Attractions Ontario.

From the Greg Frewin Theatre Twitter feed:
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05 May 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

From The Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Free Magic Club Meeting this Saturday, May 6 at Browser's Den from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

All interested in talking magic are WELCOME!
See you then-Jeff Pinsky, Jeff Hinchliffe, John Cardella & Luiz Castro

04 May 2017

Barrie: James Harrison - Canada's Pickpocket Magician

From Tourism Barrie:
    Dates: 27 – 27 May, 2017
    Location: Barrie
    Address: Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop Street West
    Contact: City of Barrie Theatres
    Email: boxoffice@barrie.ca
    Website: https://secure1.tixhub.com/barrie/online/index.asp
    Phone: 705-739-4228

Description:
2:00 PM - Family Edition 7:30 PM - 13+ As a pick-pocket magician, James borrows pens, watches, wallets, ties, and even belts from willing (and unwilling) audience members. Before you can yell "thief", James has returned the valuables to their rightful owners, occasionally making them reappear in very unexpected places.

Read more and buy tickets.


From James Harrison's Facebook page:

03 May 2017

Nunavut: Brian Glow's 3rd Arctic tour

From Brian Glow's Facebook page:
OK the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
 I am leaving on my 3rd Arctic tour of the Kivalliq area of Nunavut starting this Sunday April 30 - May 18. I will be performing my Award Winning Comedy Magic show each evening for the public as well as an anti-bullying show and workshop each day in the schools.

Calm Air and Arctic Co-Op have graciously sponsored the tour expenses. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and is their way of giving back to the communities they serve so well.

On May 4th (May The Fourth Be With You) I will be celebrating my 60th Birthday performing in Naujaat (Repulse Bay, Nunavut in the Arctic Circle. What a great way to live! (it's a beautiful spring -24 today).

 PLEASE pass this on! Photos and stories will be posted while on tour so stay tuned!

02 May 2017

Thank you to our May 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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01 May 2017

Festival de magie: The panel that reads your thoughts

The Festival de magie de Québec starts on Thursday.  I am a big fan of their creative, dynamic, and often interactive advertising campaigns.  In 2011 it was this magical billboard. In 2012, it was "la disparition."  In 2013, "pouvoirs magiques."   For 2014, "le balai magique."  This one, "le magicien" (in English: The Magician) was released in August of 2015.  And last year was "The Mysterious Billboard." 

For this year, have a look at "The panel that reads your thoughts."

From the lg2 YouTube channel:



30 April 2017

Top 5 posts in April 2017

Out of the 50+ posts at Canada's Magic this month (live-blogging can lead to a lot of posts!), here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Toronto: Free magic club - Something to look forward to every month.
4. Bobby Motta on CBC's "The Goods" - Bobby looking good on The Goods!
3. Browser's Magic Bash 2017 recap - Hope you had as much fun as I did!
2. Calgary: Win tickets to see Wes Barker - Let us know what you thought of the show.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Canadians on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" season 4 - Looking forward to seeing four Canadian magicians on the upcoming season!

29 April 2017

Rounding the Western rings in May 2017

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Jon Allen lecture.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Jon Allen lecture.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Jon Allen lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- General meeting.
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- At Henry Tom's.
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - TBA.


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

Rounding the Central rings in May 2017

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Free Form First Fridaze.
- Sunday SpRing Brunch.
- Second Saturday Night Special.
- Mid-Month Meetup.
- Spring Thing.
- Magic Collectors Weekend.
- IBM Magic Jam.
- Illusions
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Daryl tribute.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Bill Abbott lecture.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Seol Park lecture. (NOTE: special date)


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in May 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.

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)!