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?

Read more and buy tickets.


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

May 2017 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

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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

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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: