29 June 2017

Billy Kidd on Masters of Illusion 2017

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


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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28 June 2017

Write to Dicky Dean

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

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

Sorcerers Safari v2.0

From the Sorcerers Safari Facebook page:

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26 June 2017

Canadians on Masters of Illusions 2017

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

Roll call, please!

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


From Neil Croswell's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Instagram account:





From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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25 June 2017

Kingston: Storefront Fringe Festival

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


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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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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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