18 June 2018

Show your support for FISM 2021 in North America

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
Hey magicians of the world... the presidents of your clubs will vote in less than a month for the next FISM in 2021. Wouldn't it be great if it was in North America for he first time? It would be even more amazing if it were in Canada!

I am thrilled to see that North America is a possible candidate to host the 2021 FISM World Championship of Magic! I can't think of a more amazing location or time to be coming to Canada. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I believe these producers would create an amazing experience we expect from FISM. I truly hope the many Presidents of the world magic organizations will see this as an opportunity to bring North American magicians into the FISM Family.

This is their Facebook page and it could use a ton of new LIKES, so why not pop over and do that, please. (oh and SHARE it too, so more magicians will do the same...thanks.
https://www.facebook.com/fismquebec2021/



16 June 2018

Toronto: A symphony of illusions

From Eventbrite:
Sat, 4 August 2018

In this full hour show you will have the chance to see some of the best sleight of hand magic on stage in a theatre enviroment.This show is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat !!.

Tickets include a meet and greet with Ryan after the show !!


about Ryan :

Ryan's interest in magic started at the age of 5 after he witnessed a magic show at a party. From that moment on, he was hooked. At the age of 14, Ryan's interest in magic grew after he witnessed Jeff McBride on TV. Ryan performed magic at a local summer festival and did so for nearly 10 years. At the age of 16 Ryan performed at a Toronto rock festival and in 2011, Ryan flew to Las Vegas to meet Jeff and the faculty when he attended the world famous Magic and Mystery School. Ryan immersed his mind in a multitude of magic books and continues to study the craft intensively. In 2012, Ryan was the first to be awarded with Toronto's Best Magician of the Year award and currently tours in his own show between Canada, where he currently resides, and the US.

Read more and buy tickets.

15 June 2018

The 3 of Clubs 2018

From the Fraser Valley Magic Circle:
The 3 of Clubs returns for another spectacular weekend of magic!

This year will be co-hosted by the Northwest Ring of Fire (I.B.M. Ring #339) and The Fraser Valley Magic Circle (I.B.M. Ring #387)

When: Oct 19-21, 2018
Where: Seattle
  • Rob Zabrecky
  • Carisa Hendrix
  • Christopher T. Magician
  • Mike Pisciotta
  • Jonathan Friedman
WOW! 5 lectures – 2 shows – 2 competitions – tons of prizes and so much more!

Read more and register.


From Mike Norden's Facebook page:

14 June 2018

Reginacadabra 2018: Talent

The Reginacadabra Magic Festival will be held July 25-28, 2018.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the sign-up for more information about CAM 2019, July 24-27, 2019!


From Reginacadabra:
Matt Gore aka “The Ginger Ninja” from South Africa
  • After winning the title of FISM Africa Magic Champion in 2012, and competing in the World Championships of Magic twice, Matt has achieved international recognition for his performances. Matt is a talented entertainer with over 12 years’ experience performing all around the world; add to that his cheeky character and sharp sense of humour and you have the ultimate comedy magician. Matt interacts among your guests, standing or seated at tables, bringing his exceptional brand of interactive comedy magic right to them. Your guests may have seen magic on stage or TV, but never has the impossible happened so close to them, the magic will literally happen in their own hands!


Danny Kazam
  • Danny is a full time professional children’s entertainer, magician, and puppeteer. He is also a talented song writer, and has created magic for other magicians. He studied acting at Studio Sound Stage in Toronto, Ont. and has a background in both theatre arts and child development. Two of his biggest influences in becoming a children's entertainer was Shari Lewis and Ernie Coombs/Mr. Dressup.



Andrew Kinakin
  • Andrew Kinakin is a professional entertainer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Having travelled five continents around the world, he is happy to be back performing in the province he calls home. Being one of the youngest professional performers around this area Andrew brings a new, fun, high energy form of entertainment that you will find both captivating and refreshing. In the past few years Andrew has had the opportunity to make appearances on media outlets such as Global, CTV, C95 and CruzFm. Performing close-up magic gives everyone an opportunity really experience the entertainment right under their noses! Be prepared to experience entertainment with extra excitement!


Eric Leclerc - Canada's Two-Time Magic Champion from Ottawa
  • Eric Leclerc is a globetrotting speaker and magician that performs feel good magic for your brain. His popular YouTube videos have gathered over 10 million views worldwide. He currently co-hosts the game show AU DÉFI on TFO Networks and is a regular guest on National Geographic's top rated show Brain Games. His original magic and hilariously crazy attitude have made him a 2-time winner of the "Canadian Magic Championship" title. Whether it's in front of the camera, performing live on the world's stages or simply speaking to inspire, Eric uses his charismatic personality to delight and connect with any audience. His shows have been described as ''a unique journey through interactive experiments and calculated craziness''. Think you know what magicians do? Think again. See why Eric's performances guarantee a healthy dose of laughter for your soul, and magic for your brain.



Chris Lovely
  • For almost as long as I can remember I wanted to be an entertainer. Wasn’t sure just what at first, all I knew was that I loved to see people having a good time and laughing. When I was 11 years old I saw David Copperfield on TV for the first time, and I was hooked, I had found my calling in the entertainment world. Every year since I looked forward to his yearly T.V. specials and counted the days when his next special was airing. It was something my Mother and I watched together year after year. I started doing some research on how one becomes a magician. When I was 14 I met the local magician in Fredericton NB named Pearly Palmer. He became my mentor and is one of my main reasons I became the magician that I am. He gave me my first paying gig. My passion for magic and entertaining people has never changed. I am dedicated to providing not only a quality show but being sure you get the right show for your event.


Richy Roy
  • Saskatchewan's own Richy Roy has been performing magic across Canada, for over a decade, entertaining audiences with his amazing magic, incredible balloon twisting, energetic stage performances, and hilarious antics! Nobody entertains quite like Richy! Card manipulations, linking rings, unbelievable rope magic, and levitation are only some of the impressive routines Richy Roy will perform. Hilarious entertainment professionally crafted to keep you amazed and laughing all show long!


Kent Wong
  • Kent Wong is one of the most sought after entertainers in North America. With numerous appearances on national television, he is also a two-time, international Gold Medal Champion and a member of Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. Kent has astounded audiences with his unique brand of magic and humour for over 35 years. From strolling magic to banquet shows and grand scale illusions, Kent has done it all. Kent’s close-up magic is similar to the Street Performing festivals prevalent throughout many cities each and every summer, with much of the magic happening right in your hands. Kent Wong can bring the joy and excitement of this festival right to your doorstep!

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13 June 2018

Edmonton: K-Days will be magical

From K-Days:
  • Magician Sheldon Casavant - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Magician Sheldon Casavant - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • The Evasons Mentalist Duo - Jul 20 - Jul 24, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:

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12 June 2018

Vancouver: World of Magic

From Eventbrite:
Juliana Chen & James Liu presents "A World of Magic": The International Magician's Gala in partnership with Canada Chuan Sheng Culture & Media Group and The Vancouver Magic Circle. In it's premiere showing in the Vancouver Magic Festival from September 7th to September 11th 2018, this is a Las Vegas caliber magic show.

Featuring the talents of:
  • Murray Hatfield & Teresa
  • Juliana Chen
  • Wayne Houchin
  • Aaron Crow        
  • Ed Alonzo
  • Claudius Specht and
  • Kevin James
For more information please visit www.WorldofMagic.ca


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11 June 2018

Marien Hopman's magic stolen

From the June 9th article, "Chatham magician hopes tricks will reappear after being stolen" by Stacey Janzer in the Windsor CBC :
Poof. The magic's gone.

Chatham, Ont.'s Marien Hopman likes to perform a trick or two when he can, but his box of magic tricks were stolen.

At 71, he's been interested in magic since he was 10. The retired professional salesman says he would perform magic at children's parties.

Last week, he spotted a sponge ball on the floor of his car and wondered what it was doing there. He opened up his glove compartment — it was empty and his heart sank. That's where he kept his treasure trove of tricks.

"I just keep it in there to so I can make people happy," Hopman said.

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10 June 2018

Bob Cates wins award for Best Variety Act

Congratulations Bob!

From the Twitter feed of  Bob Cates:
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09 June 2018

Waterloo: Two fools

From Graeme Reed:
Two Fools

Presented by Kitchener Waterloo Magic Society – Two Fools is a one night only magic show featuring local magicians, Scott Boyd and Graemazing.

Scott Boyd is the president of the KW Magic Society and quickly becoming one of the most booked magicians in Kitchener-Waterloo! Be sure to come check out this local Talent as seen on CTV Kitchener!

Graemazing is a unique act not to be missed! His comedy mind-reading show is a mix of dangerous stunts and 90’s nostalgia. Graemazing has appeared on CHCH Morning live and is a TEDx Performer.

Two Fools Special Guest Opener is Noah Nogueira. One of KW Magic Society’s youngest members will be showcasing his unbelievable juggling skills!

Two Show times!


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08 June 2018

Welcoming a new Friend: Ryan Pilling

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friend, Ryan Pilling!

Ryan is a Calgary based comedy magician, who among other fabulous accomplishments, has spearheaded the WowFest magic festival for the past 6 years!  Ryan also writes a column for the CAM publication, Northern Peeks.

Subscribe to "Ryan's Tips & Tricks for Magicians," Like him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @WowRyan.

Thank you Ryan, for befriending Canada's Magic!



07 June 2018

Burnsville: Ben Train lecture

See Ben lecture in Minneapolis on June 10!

From Ring 19:
June 10 — Ben Train lecture at Eagle Magic and Joke Store, 11995 County Road 11, Burnsville. $20 admission.

June 10 — Sunday Night Magic with Benjamin Barnes, Ben Train and David Gamut. June 10, doors open at 6:30, show at 7 p.m. Show is at Theatre in the Round in Minneapolis, but please do not contact them with questions — they are simply hosting the event.

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06 June 2018

Welcoming a new Friend: Owen Anderson

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friend, Owen Anderson!

My first memory of Owen was sitting with him at the excellent Victor and Diamond lecture during the last NYCAN hosted in Toronto.   Owen emceed the inaugural CAMaraderie convention in 2001.  I'm grateful for the time he photographed me with Harry Anderson.

Based out of Hamilton, Owen is a frequent attendee at Toronto magic lectures.  You can follow him on Twitter @OwenTAnderson.

Thank you Owen, for befriending Canada's Magic!

05 June 2018

Toronto: Browser's Den Magic Auction

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Browser's Den Magic Auction - June 10th
 
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 23. Please note that you may bring in no more than 2 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.

We have been doing these auctions for 43 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.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call and discuss with Jeff Pinsky.

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04 June 2018

Thank you to our June 2018 friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Owen Anderson, and Ryan Pilling for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

It's good to have friends like you.


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03 June 2018

Henry Box Brown: The magician who escaped from slavery in a 3x2 foot box

From the May 29th article, "This ingenious slave mailed himself to freedom in a wooden box in 1849," by Mildred Europa Taylor in Face 2 Face Africa:
In 1875, he returned to the United States with his wife and daughter. Brown made a living as a magician.

His last performance took place in Ontario, Canada, on February 26, 1889.

Meanwhile, the two Smiths who had helped Brown to escape, Samuel and James, attempted to ship more enslaved people from Virginia to Philadelphia but they were caught and put on trial.

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02 June 2018

Keith Brown: House builder

What an incredible experience! Good for you Keith!

From Keith Brown's Facebook page:

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01 June 2018

Luc Langevin received the medal of the National Assembly

Congratulations Luc!


From the May 30th, 2018 article, "Luc Langevin était à l’Assemblée nationale mercredi, mais n’a pas fait disparaître le premier ministre...," by Marie-Renee Grondin in le Journal de Quebec (as translated by Google translate):
Rest assured! The illusionist Luc Langevin was visiting the National Assembly Wednesday, but it was not to remove the Prime Minister Philippe Couillard ...

Although this may have been a scenario dreamed up by some voters (who will have the power to make it disappear themselves, if that is their wish, next October), the famous conjurer was in parliament to receive a prestigious distinction.

He received the medal of the National Assembly, from the hands of Geneviève Guilbault, the member for Louis-Hébert who represents the riding where he grew up.

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31 May 2018

Top 5 posts in May 2018

Out of the 35+ posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:
5. Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto: David Blaine - I'd love to hear what you thought of the show.
4. The Magic Word with Scott Wells - What did you think of the podcasts?
3.  May 2018 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates! - The deal is still available for less than 12 hours!
2. Billy Kidd's "Find it, sign it, leave it." - Sounds like so much fun, I may have to travel more!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Wild about "Wild Magic" - Fabulous show!

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Hi Denizens,

This Saturday, June 2 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm is our next (free) Magic Club meeting at Browser's Den.

All welcome.

Hope to see you then

-Old & Young Jeff.



30 May 2018

Edmonton: Ron Pearson's "Magic Monthly"

With special guests each month. Next show, Thursday June 28th.

From The Grindstone Theatre:
A monthly magic showcase hosted by the incredible Ron Pearson! Join Ron and his new magical guests on the fourth Thursday of each month as they amaze the audience with new tricks and comedy entertainment. You are guaranteed to laugh, gasp and cheer as magicians from Edmonton and around the world take to The Grindstone Stage.

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29 May 2018

Save the date: Saturday April 13, 2019

#BrowsersBash2019

Enough said.

(Look for tickets to go on sale in the Fall.)

Toronto: Mathieu Bich lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Mathieu Bich Lecture - Sunday, June 3rd

Mr. Bich is recognized as not only a fine magician but a creator of new magic concepts and routines based on unexpected methods.

Creator of many fine magic tricks including his famous Spreadwave and Tiny Plunger.  In his lecture Mr. Bich will not only perform and explain some of his magic effects but he will also give you tips and suggestions on how you can be more creative with your magic.

In 2003 he won FISM championship in the Invention category. Consultant to many famous magicians including David Blaine. Also fooled Penn& Teller on 'Fool Us'.

Read more and buy tickets.

28 May 2018

Why the big sale at Perfect Magic?

From the May 26th post "Why The Big Sale At Perfect Magic?" at the Perfect Magic blog:
There is a huge sale at Perfect Magic. Why? Because Murphy’s Magic, a wonderful supplier of ours, has a huge sale and we are passing the saving on to you. Some of the items on our sale have a discount of over 80%. Perhaps its spring cleaning time. There are many wonderful items on this special which ends June 1. There are over 1700 items but I only put a sampling up and I’ll continue putting things up until June 1.

Read more.

27 May 2018

Rounding the Western rings in June 2018

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Patrick Redford lecture.
- Make Magic with Ben Price, Lucy Darling, James Jordan, and Malcolm Russel.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Patrick Redford lecture.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- SYM - year end party.
- Patrick Redford lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Patrick Redford lecture. - Stage Magic competition.
- Mission Children's Festival
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Patrick Redford lecture.


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

Rounding the Central rings in June 2018

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- TBA.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Fringe festival magic show.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual Summer BBQ.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Banquet at Mandarin.


Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in June 2018

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 email me about corrections or omissions.

26 May 2018

Whitehorse: John Kaplan's "AbracaDAZZLE"

From the May 24th article "Special Olympians return from P.E.I with plenty of hardware" by Chuck Tobin in the Whitehorse Daily Star:
To help raise money to cover the cost of last week’s trip to Charlottetown and the upcoming trip to Antigonish, Special Olympics Yukon is daring the curious.

For two nights – June 6,7 at Christ the King Elementary – the organization is presenting Abraca Dazzle, a magic show starring Canadian magician John Kaplan and his renowned family-friendly magic show.

Special Olympics Yukon will be sending a contingent of 31 to Antigonish, including 20 athletes and 11 coaches and mission staff. They’ll be competing in bocce, athletics, swimming, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics.

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25 May 2018

The Outerbridges at The Magic Castle

Catch them if you can, July 2-8!

From the Outerbridge Magic Facebook page:

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24 May 2018

David Peck interviews The Sentimentalists, Julie Eng, and Daniel Zuckerbrot

David Peck has previously interviewed many magicians on his Face 2 Face podcast.  Recently he's added The Sentimentalists (episode 362), as well as Julie Eng and Daniel Zuckerbrot (episode 373) to his growing list.


From Face 2 Face Live: The Sentimentalists – Episode 362
The Sentimentalists and I talk about skepticism, assumptions and religious belief, burlesque theatre, mentalism and magic, scientific headspace and what it means to be a collector of rare oddities.

Biography
World-renowned mentalist Mysterion partners with mentalist Steffi Kay to create a mind reading experience that is truly breathtaking. Steffi brings a grace, flair and elegance to the mentalism she practises and with her vintage look, approach and style you will feel transported back to Vaudeville to the golden age of magic.

Read more and listen to podcast.



From Face 2 Face Live: Daniel Zuckerbrot and Julie Eng on “The Science of Magic” – Episode 373
Julie Eng, Daniel Zuckerbot and David Peck talk about their new film The Science of Magic, change blindness, assumptions, subverting reality, free will, doubt and the problems of perception.

Synopsis
Magic has become the latest investigative tool for scientists exploring human cognition, neurobiology, and behaviour. Across Canada, the US and Europe, our film follows researchers who are bringing magicians’ tricks into the laboratory.  With impossible magic, amazing facts, and opportunities for viewers to participate in the magic, this extraordinary exploration peeks behind the curtain into a fascinating world where ancient magic meets modern science.

Canadian magician and executive director of the arts organization Magicana, Julie Eng not only mystifies us with magic, she also takes us to Montreal’s McGill University to meet Jay Olson. He is one of the scientists spearheading this novel and powerful approach to experimental psychology.  On the streets of Montreal Julie and Jay use card tricks to help us understand how magic can be used to explore human consciousness. But these simple tricks have given way to more elaborate experiments.

Read more and listen to podcast.

23 May 2018

Fergus: FLASH TV Filming

From Ryan Joyce's Facebook page:
***TV FILMING UPDATE in FERGUS****

We have a last-minute FLASH TV Filming in Fergus with special guests and surprises!! This Sunday, May 27 come eat dinner at the Brew House on the Grand and enjoy FREE world-class entertainment!!!! Special guests including Michael Paul - Comic/Writer/Director direct from Hollywood and more!!!! Arrive at 5:30pm enjoy a meal at the Brew House and be part of this incredible opportunity that is taking place in our community. Help us make magic happen!

VERY LIMITED SEATING!!!!!! ONLY 15 SPOTS LEFT!!!!!!!!
 You must register below, show tickets are free with your meal!

PS: You will see us around Fergus Filming this weekend! Say hi and tell a friend!
 PSS: Don't forget we are filming!!! By arriving you agree to be filmed for TV.



Toronto: David Ben is part of "The Walrus LIVE"

Make sure you go to the bottom of the post on Magicana's website to take advantage of the generous coupon code!


From the May 22nd post "The Walrus LIVE" by David Ben at Magicana:
What is The Walrus LIVE? Here's more:

A showcase of leading voices on the future of social innovation, city-building, data, tech, and more - The Walrus Live will also give you the opportunity to be part of these important conversations. Attendees will connect with an influential community of thought-leaders through multiple programmed spaces, including keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, and in-depth panels, as well as a special edition of The Walrus Talks and a cocktail reception celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Walrus magazine.

Read more and register with coupon code.



From David Ben's Twitter feed:

22 May 2018

Perfect Magic wants to know your favourite magic trick

From Perfect Magic:

People often ask me when they come into the shop “What’s your favourite magic trick?” You may think my answer is ridiculous after all the tricks I have in the shop, but it’s the ...

Read more and let them know your favourite in their comments!

21 May 2018

The Magic Word with Scott Wells

For those of you who don't already know, Scott Wells hosts a podcast for magicians.

Recently, he's published a few which may be of interest to you!

From "410 - Carisa Hendrix - Getting Uncomfortable" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Carisa Hendrix is a magician who is on the rise. Oh, also, she happens to be a woman. She is one of the new breed who I believe is one of the "Stars of Tomorrow" as she pursues her dreams on stage. Most young people I see today seem to be involved in close-up and entertaining small groups of people, but few true entertainers are comfortable on stage in front of a large audience. Carisa is one of that rare breed.

She suggests that we should step out of our comfort zone and try new things that stretch our boundaries and move into new, perhaps uncomfortable, areas that will make us better performers and people. She says that artists should practice "moving towards the place of greatest discomfort and just sitting in that space." She suggests that magicians should not be afraid to fail.

On another matter, there was quite a bit of controversy about her July 2017 cover on VANISH Magazine. She addresses it quite well and succinctly on her blog.

Read more and listen to podcast.



From "423: Neil McNally - The Doug Henning Project" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Neil McNally is a passionate man. He is most passionate about Doug Henning and he hosts a weekday blog called "The Doug Henning Project". Who could imagine that there would be that much to reveal about this iconic figure. We recently "hit a nerve" with the podcast #415 with Chip Romero as that episode was one of our most downloaded podcast. So, it was a natural thing to chat with the webmaster of "The Doug Henning Project" so those who are interested in Doug Henning could learn even more. Neil is not a performing magician though he is taking lessons at The Magic Castle. But his passion is history and collecting of Doug Henning. He is also producing a documentary on Doug Henning and will soon be crowd funding his project.

Read more and listen to podcast.


And one from the archives.

From "201 - Murray Sawchuck - Celebrity Magician" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Murray Sawchuck recently completed two and a half years at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory in Las Vegas. On December 20, 2014, he will begin a new afternoon show at Planet Hollywood's "Sincity Theater" along his wife, Chloe, and his partner, Lefty. Murray will add illusions to his comedy magic show plus bring in different aspects of his other appearances on television such as "Pawn Stars" and other shows.

During our conversation, Murray talked about his upcoming appearance on Hallmark's Home & Family morning talk show. After you have listened to the podcast, then be sure to come back to watch this video. The other two videos below are from a couple of his appearances on "America's Got Talent" (sic).

Read more and listen to podcast.








[With thanks to The Magic Demon for sending this along.]

20 May 2018

Mark Lewis Trivia

Mark had this to say on Facebook:
I once ran away with the circus! This is from 42 years ago! I am still doing the same two tricks! Both card tricks! I suppose I should learn something new. Still, I bet this is the only card act in history to be seen in a circus ring!


From the Puck's Canadian Travelling Circus Facebook page:

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19 May 2018

Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto: David Blaine

From The Georgia Straight:

May 18-19
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton, Vancouver


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From David Blaine:
  • VANCOUVER, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Fri May 18
  • VANCOUVER, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Sat May 19
  • MONTRÉAL, QC, L'Olympia, Mon July 2
  • TORONTO, ON, Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Wed July 4
  • TORONTO, ON, Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Thu July 5

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18 May 2018

May 2018 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

Sponsor Canada's Magic 
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17 May 2018

Calgary: Mega Magic Saturday

Save the date!  July 28. With Shawn Farquhar and Ryan Michaels.

From the MEGA Magic Saturday with Shawn Farquhar Facebook event:

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16 May 2018

Toronto: The Art of Magic


With Benzi Train, Jonah Babins, the UK’s Tom Durcan, and award winning illusionist Nicholas Wallace.

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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Toronto: Ben Train at Nerd Nite

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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15 May 2018

DeMystifying Miracles: The Landmark CC Living Room Lecture

From the Conjuror Community:
May 23

This is your invitation to a rare, Live Online Lecture—where Michael Close joins Aaron and the CC Team for an intimate evening filled with astonishing miracles—and insights you can only get from a real invitation to the home of a master magician. 

Michael is one of the smartest, most astonishing magicians alive—and he’s put together a special evening just for CC Members—designed to demystify some of magic’s thorniest problems.

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll be surprised and thrilled by what you discover, such as...
  • Fool Us Demystified
  • Memorized Decks Demystified
  • How to Choose Your Stack
  • Strategies for Memorizing a Deck
  • Secret Practice Drills
  • Michael will also perform and reveal amazing professional routines you can use to thrill and astonish,

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14 May 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Festival de Magie de Québec and CAM

From Loran Magie's Facebook page:

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12 May 2018

Vaughan: Mark Correia at Dave and Buster's

From Eventbrite:
Mark is an internationally acclaimed magician, comedian and world record holder with over fifteen years of experience. He has performed all around the world on stages in The United States, The Middle East, Paris, Singapore and China. He holds the world record for "Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket".

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From Mark Correia's Instagram:



11 May 2018

Michael Close's May newsletter

Just finished reading the May newsletter from Michael Close.  You may be interested in:
  • Micheal's thoughts on Browser's Bash 2018.
  • A tribute to Harry Anderson. 
  • Review of the Paradigm Shift ebooks.
  • An announcement about an upcoming online lecture by Michael.
  • Information about the Magical Arts Intellectual Property Coalition.
  • Pit Hartling interview. 
  • Meeting Marlo.
  • Tips on performing restaurant magic.
  • And more!
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09 May 2018

Richmond: A magical evening

See a show with Murray Hatfield, Eric Bedard, and Jeff Christensen on June 16.

From the Facebook page of A Magical Evening - "Celebrate the Child in All of Us":

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08 May 2018

Toronto: Mahdi Gilbert informal performance

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
MAHDI GILBERT — SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018

Mahdi Gilbert will be performing and teaching a few tricks at Browser's Den. This is not a lecture but rather an informal performance.

We will be celebrating the launch of Mahdi's brand new Hidden Leaves Playing Cards. The cards will be on sale that day at the shop for $20.00.  Great opportunity to pick up a deck and support Mahdi. Good opportunity too to have Mahdi sign one of the cards as they are destined to be collectable.

Young Jeff and I have already seen the deck and the quality is top. Plus the cards have some secret details that Mahdi will expose on this day at the shop for those who buy a pack.

We will have a limited supply at the shop of Mahdi's cards. Should you wish to buy a deck in advance please call us at 416-783-7022 with a credit card.

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Toronto: Newest Trick in the Book - May 8

From The Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
HUGE NEWS!

This coming Newest Trick in the Book show will be our LAST ONE for the summer! Our amazing venue See-Scape is moving to a new location, and while they renovate we're going to be on break.
So lets make this last one a party! We're going to have an AMAZING FREE show, we're going to have delicious FREE snacks, plus amazing music, fun games, and awesome magic jams all night long.

So Toronto magic fans, do us a favour. Share this on your status and tag us to let us know you're coming. We'll have a special surprise for everyone who does!

See you all Tuesday May 8th

Get your tickets at Eventbrite.

07 May 2018

New York City: Vitaly Beckman's "An Evening of Wonders"

From the May 4th article "Illusionist Vitaly Beckman Will Bring An Evening of Wonders Off-Broadway" by Andrew Gans on Playbill:
Vitaly Beckman, who stumped fellow magicians Penn & Teller on TV's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, will make his New York City performing debut next month.

Produced by Daryl Roth, Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders will begin previews June 13 prior to an official opening June 21 at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues). The limited engagement is scheduled to run through September 30.

“Vitaly fooled us with his humor and amazing magic,” Penn & Teller said in a statement. “We are so proud he’s opening at the Westside Theatre where we first opened our show in New York over 30 years ago. He is an ingenious inventor, full of charming surprises.”

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05 May 2018

Toronto: Free magic club May 5

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Hi Denizens!

Finally some nice weather!

This Saturday, May 5 is our Free Magic Club Meeting. All welcome. Club meets from 2:30pm to about 5:00pm at Browser's Den.
 
Thank you-Old Jeff, Young Jeff, John Cardella, Luiz Castro & The Browsers' Den Team

04 May 2018

Billy Kidd's "Find it, sign it, leave it."

After following a number of your feeds it becomes quickly apparent that for some of you, airports are a second home.  I get the sense that there's a lot of time spent waiting.  With nothing to do.

Billy Kidd has not only been there and done that, she has created a little game to help keep you occupied!

It works like this.  She's hidden a 3 of clubs with her name on it at airports in Auckland New Zealand, LA, Sydney, Melbourne, Istanbul, London, Japan, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Barcelona, Paris, and Dublin.

You find it, sign it, and leave it back in the same spot for others to find.

Optional: You take a selfie with the card and tag Billy on Instagram or Twitter so she knows you're playing along.  Use the hashtag #findmycard for bonus points.

Bonne chance!


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:





Here are some clues from Billy's Instagram:


Amsterdam:




Barcelona:








Istanbul:





LAX:





London, Heathrow:






Paris:






Shanghai:

03 May 2018

Wild about "Wild Magic"

Through a long and convoluted series of events, I found myself (along with Kidlet, Kidlet's Other Parent (KOP), and Kidlet's Friend (KF)) at Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight stay on Good Friday.  It should come as no surprise that I viewed this as an opportunity to utilize some tickets that were gifted to me to see "Wild Magic" at the Greg Frewin Theatre. (Which reminds me, I owe a now very belated thank you note to the generous ticket gifter.)


Tip: Arrive to the theatre as early as you can to ensure good seating (the box office will let you know what time is best).   There's also a photo opportunity next the to lion statues by the front doors.
Note to parents: Bring along some distractions for little ones (such as crayons with paper, playing cards, books, quiet hand-held video games etc.) to help pass the time between arriving for the best seating and show time. 
If you think your child would be scared sitting right up close to the tigers at level one, level two offers an equally good view of the stage along with the sense of a physical barrier between you and the big cats.


Inside the theatre there's some entertainment while you wait.  We watched footage of Greg's tigers when they were adorable cubs.  People had their special occasions celebrated (happy belated birthday Donna, Jason, and Nicholas).  There were also short clips of some of the TV appearances Greg's made.  He's done a tonne of interviews!


My favourite part of the show, three viewings later, is still the illusion involving fire and water.
Here are some random thoughts that came to mind while watching "Wild Magic":
  • The show starts strong and keeps getting bigger and better.
  • There's a smattering of mentalism and close-up magic to keep things varied, but make no mistake, Greg's large illusions dominate the show!
  • KF's favourite part of the show: all of the tiger productions.
  • There are three large video screens making it easy to see the close-up parts from any seat in the house.
  • The show is different enough from the last time we were there, that it felt new to us.
  • It made me happy that some of my favourites (for example, the illusion with water and fire) are still in the show. 
  • It looked like the show was sold out.  (The house is deep and narrow and particularly good for viewing magic.  I don't think there's a bad seat.)
  • KOP's favourite illusion: when Greg makes one of his assistants 'dissolve' into a metal plate.
  • A good pair of theatre binoculars give you a seat upgrade!
  • The show involved newspapers, a parakeet (or was it a macaw?), an invisible deck, artwork, handcuffs, tigers, talented ladies, candles, fire, doves, a dog, tigers, kids, a little bit of Sting, and a little bit of Shania Twain.  And a whistle. (One of Kidlet's favourite parts.)
  • Greg even teaches a trick!
  • Kidlet's favourite illusion, three viewings later:  the one I referred to in 2012 as the "Assistants' Revenge."
  • As I've previously noted, how magicians treat audience members is something to which I pay close attention.  For me, one of the things that brought me great joy, was when Greg asked a young boy to come up on stage to help.  They boy said, "no."  Greg didn't miss a beat and went on to find someone else.  I think more kids were interested in helping out after that.  They got the sense that they weren't going to be pressured into doing something they didn't want to do.
  • Greg had an eye-popping and ambitious take on sawing a person into halves.  It was hard for me to count 'cause they kept moving things around, but I think that his poor assistant was broken up into 9 segments!
  • It is a really physically demanding show.
  • Greg and his crew deliver the same level of energy and passion for performing as I first witnessed six years ago!
  • The evening was fantastically entertaining! 


All the excitement and entertainment of a Las Vegas show, for a fraction of the cost!
(A deal made even better with the current exchange rate.)

During the intermission I was delighted to spot Sorcerers Safari alumnus Christian Mascia demonstrating magic.  He was doing an excellent job of it too.  He had a crowd gathered that was at least 8 people deep and practically engulfed him.  I'm sure he sold a lot of magic kits for Greg that night!

I should also note that I think I saw Ben up on stage doing what looked like a fabulous job assisting.

After the show we queued up for the photo illusion with tiger Cashmere.  Kidlet and KF had their photo taken.  The adults watched on, secure in the knowledge that the tiger trainer is right there keeping a careful watch at all times.  (And because we were getting two copies of the same photo, one each for Kidlet and KF, the second copy was half price!)

Note: The profits from the photos go to a tiger sanctuary, and to feed hungry tigers. 

After the show (photo or not) you can queue up for an autograph from, a bring-your-own-camera photo with, and have a quick chat with Greg!

If you get the chance, I highly recommend the "VIP backstage tour package add-on."  We experienced the backstage tour in 2016 and it was fabulous

Thank you to John, Alex, Erika, and everyone else involved in making it such a magical evening for my family.  A special thank you to Greg, for his hospitality and for sharing his magical talent!





02 May 2018

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