21 September 2018

Sheldon Casavant in East Texas Matters

The East Texas State Fair runs from September 21st through Sunday, September 30th.


From the September 19th article "New magic show to be first performance in historic Mayfair building in decades" by Daniel Pierce in East Texas Matters:
TYLER, Texas (KETK) - The East Texas State Fair is opening the historic Mayfair Building for the first time in decades to host an all-new magic show. After more than twenty years without a performance, fairgoers are being welcomed once again to the 100-year-old building for a show promising entertainment of epic proportions.

Internationally recognized magician Sheldon Casavant will headline the East Texas State Fair this year offering a nightly show beginning at 8:00 pm every day during the fair.

Read more.

20 September 2018

Congratulations to Shin Lim!

From the September 19th article "Magician Shin Lim Crowned Season 13 Champion of America's Got Talent" by Karen Mizoguchi in People:
“When you told me at 16 that an awkward, shy kid would one day be performing at the Dolby Theatre performing on America’s Got Talent, I wouldn’t have believed them. To compete on AGT, it means the world to me,” said Lim, who opened up about his carpal tunnel syndrome due to a career-ending injury to his thumb tendons.

The 26-year-old self-taught magician, who was born in Canada and currently lives in Acton, Massachusetts, wowed audiences through sleight of hand magic and close-up tricks. For his final trick, Lim performed a card trick with host Tyra Banks and American Ninja Warrior co-hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

Read more.

Watch the announcement from the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:




Watch his final performance on the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:

19 September 2018

Vancouver: Shawn Farquhar, resident artist at Bacio Rosso

Catch Shawn Farquhar from the middle of October until the middle of January!

From Bacio Rosso:
Canada’s first Gourmet Cabaret Cirque.

Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret meets Burlesque!

Bacio Rosso is an intimate, fully immersive evening of Cirque, Comedy and Cuisine.

Guests are seated in the heat of the action with jugglers, contortionists, trapeze artists, magicians, singers and clowns weaving together an unforgettable evening of magic, love and laughter. All combined with a delicious 4-course gourmet menu designed by local award winning chef Adam Pegg of La Quercia.

Read more and buy tickets.



From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:






18 September 2018

Sweden: The Close Up Show

The 32nd Magic Weekend runs from October 5th to the 7th.  Catch Michael Close in the "Close Up Show."


From the Magic Weekend:
The Close Up Show is performed six times for six different groups. Early registrants will se the show under 'Close Up Conditions'

Read more and register.

16 September 2018

Broken wand: Douglas Trouten

Recently 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 Douglas Trouten. Dennis is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.

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Dr. Douglas J. Trouten

Doug, 58, passed away gently in the early hours of July 30, 2018, 6 months after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Born December 26, 1959 in Regina, Saskatchewan, his family moved to the Twin Cities 6 months later.

Doug enjoyed magic and the art of illusion and was a valued and active member as well as the current treasurer of International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 19 in Minneapolis. For his many friends at Ring 19, Doug’s passing is a huge loss to our club and a huge loss to our community. And a huge loss to all of us that loved and respected him.

He attended St. Paul Bible College where he met his wife Elizabeth (French), working on his student newspaper. He earned a Masters and Doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. Doug was editor the Twin Cities Christian/Minnesota Christian Chronicle for 20 years before becoming a professor of journalism at the University of Northwestern, where he taught for the last 19 years. He also served as Executive Director of the Evangelical Press Association for 11 years. Doug published thousands of articles in dozens of periodicals. His work appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune and in various magazines including Christianity Today, Plain Truth and World.

He is survived by sons Lucas (Katie), David; daughter Tracey; sisters Darlene (Mike) Morgan, Donna Olson; brother Daniel Trouten; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by mother, Elaine; father, Dr. Donald J. Trouten.

14 September 2018

Vancouver: Cabaret of Wonders

From The Georgia Straight:
Oct 5-6

Two-Time World Champion of Magic and the man who fooled Penn & Teller twice on their hit TV show, Fool Us brings his show, the Cabaret of Wonders, to Vancouver for a two night exclusive engagement. Shawn is presenting an evening that could only happens once in a blue moon. Interestingly enough the unique fact is it will be presented at the Blue Moon Theatre in the elegant five diamond Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

Read more and buy tickets.

13 September 2018

"From Fair to Foul" with The Amazing Corbin

Catch "From Fair to Foul" October 10th at Annondale House in Tillsonburg ON, October 15th at the St. Thomas public library and October 21rst at Eldon House in London ON.

Check the comments in the Facebook post for more dates.


From the Facebook page of The Amazing Corbin:

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12 September 2018

Welcoming a new Friend: Matt DiSero

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friend, Matt DiSero!

I first met Matt during the early days of the Magical Arts Festival in Toronto somewhere around the turn of the century.  I remember walking to a show at Big Daddy's Crab Shack And Oyster Bar from the parking lot near The Charlotte Room and having the good fortune to have as company Matt, Julie Eng, and David Peck.

I've been joyfully entertained by Matt (and Hartnell) at numerous "Magic Tonight" events and other such productions in and around the Toronto area.

You may have seen Matt on the 2016 season of Penn and Teller's Fool Us, or heard him interviewed by David Peck or the "Discourse in Magic" crew.  You can check out his blog at http://www.mattdisero.com/blog/

Catch Matt, along with Glenn Ottaway and James Alan in "Magic Tonight: The grumpy old men of magic" on September 15th. 

Thank you Matt, for befriending Canada's Magic!

11 September 2018

Michael Close's September 2018 newsletter

Just finished reading the May newsletter from Michael Close.  You may be interested in:

  • Michael's thoughts on ethics and the performing of someone else's work.
  • "Plausible Props" by Mick Ayres.
  • "Can I be Frank?" by Tom Frank.
  • The U.S. Postal Service's new magic kit  (The Art of Magic Kit) and stamp set (The Art of Magic  Forever®  Stamps). 
  • Entering the September Caption Contest!
  • "One Last Yelp" by Norman Beck.
  • A list of recommended podcasts.  (Can you guess which Canadian podcast is listed?)
  • Product review of Juan Tamariz's "Magic from My Heart."
  • "Must-have show apps for your iPad" by Bruce Kalver.
  • And more!
Sign-up at MichaelClose.com to receive Michael's newsletters.

10 September 2018

Louis Pezzani and Ben Price at the Vancouver Fringe

Updated at 7:00am to add:


Thank you to The Magic Demon for informing me that in addition to Keith Brown, both Louis Pezzani and Ben Price have shows at this year's Vancouver Fringe.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs from September 6th to the 16th


From Louis Pezznai's listing in the Vancouver Fringe:
Master mentalist and magician Louis Pezzani has been blowing audiences’ minds around the world for decades. This astounding show features mindreading, lightning calculation, and incredible mind-over-matter demonstrations where metal bends, twists, and melts! Astonishing, interactive, critically acclaimed, and very funny. Unforgettable theatre for all.

Read more and buy tickets.


From Ben Price's listing in the Vancouver Fringe:
Have you ever wanted to attend the ultimate magic show? Ben Price uses his abilities in sleight of hand, thought influence, and comedy to take you on a journey through the perfect magic show. This 60 minute, interactive show will have audiences laughing, gasping, and cheering as Ben performs all kinds of marvels from card tricks to mind reading.

Read more and buy tickets.


09 September 2018

Niagara Falls: David DaVinci at the Greg Frewin Theatre SEP 28 - OCT 13

Word on the street is that David DaVinci will be back in Niagara Falls SEP 28 - OCT 13!


From the Greg Frewin Theatre:

Due to Greg Frewin’s international travel and television performance schedule* there will be times when throughout the calendar year, fellow magician David DaVinci will step into Greg’s shoes and perform our award-winning WILD Magic show.

David’s first dove illusion was taught to him intimately by Greg and the two have continued their love and passion creating awe-inspiring magic together. David has mentored under the professional guidance and leadership of Greg Frewin well over a period of twenty years; sharing both stage and audience as one.

When David is performing on the Greg Frewin Theatre stage, prepare to be mystified by mind boggling illusions and jaw dropping magic, seamlessly fused with exotic parrots that materialize from thin air. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, and your jaw will hit the floor, as David DaVinci presents his interpretation of the WILD Magic Show through the age-old art of magic and illusions, in “Thrillusionist!”

Read more and buy tickets.

08 September 2018

Shin Lim smoking the semifinals of America's Got Talent 2018

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
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From the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:





07 September 2018

Toronto: Ben Train at Sick Kids' fundraiser

See Ben at the fundraiser this Sunday, September the 9th.


From Benzi Train's Facebook page:

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06 September 2018

"A World of Magic" in the Georgia Straight

A World of Magic runs September 7th to the 9th.


From the August 27th article, "A World of Magic will bring Vegas-style illusionists to Vancouver Playhouse" by Charlie Smith in The Georgia Straight:
The opening event is on the Friday evening, followed by three family-friendly shows on each of the following two days. Presented by impresario James Liu, A World of Magic will feature world champion magicians Juliana Chen (also a presenter) and Aaron Crow.

...

That’s not all. Canada’s 2006 magicians of the year, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, will bring their award-winning illusions to the Vancouver Playhouse.

They’ll share the stage with other esteemed magicians, including Ed Alonzo, Claudius Specht, Kevin James, and Wayne Houchin. Alonzo, also a comic actor and vaudeville performer, is known to many TV viewers by his Groucho Marx eyebrows and Harold Lloyd glasses, not to mention his crazy vertical hairstyle.

Read more.

05 September 2018

Matt DiSero in the Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Comedy Festival runs from October 10th to the 13th.


From the August 29th article, "Edmonton Comedy Festival Sponsored by Edmonton Comedy Festival Steve Patterson, K. Trevor Wilson and more headline Edmonton Comedy Festival" by L. Harrison Kelly in the Edmonton Journal:
This year’s bill breaks new ground. For the first time in its history, the festival will feature stand-up comedy’s dark cousin: magic.

“As a festival producer, you have to wear more than one hat, and sometimes put one in the closet and not look at it,” says Grose. “As a standup comic, I don’t bring props on stage. We standups kind of turn our noses up at anybody who uses more than their voice. But there is demand for magic, and we’re going to provide it.”

That market demand will be met by Mathew Disero, a talented Canadian magician who has worked with Penn and Teller.

Read more.

04 September 2018

Thank you to our September 2018 friends!

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03 September 2018

Vancouver: Absolute Magic at The Fringe

The Vancouver Fringe Festival runs from September 6th to the 16th.


From the Vancouver Fringe:
Expect the unexpected from world-class Magician Keith Brown. He’s inspired wonder in over 22 countries and counting. Toronto’s best magician and he’s not even from Toronto! Prepare to be engaged in extraordinary feats of magic that you have to see in order to believe!

Read more.


From Keith Brown's Twitter feed:







02 September 2018

W. C. Shelly

John Smithman posted a while back, that "W.C. Shelly was the second president (1944-1945) of the Vancouver Magic Circle. He was a prominent business man and politician in Vancouver who had a park named in his honour."

Not to shabby to have a park named after a magician!

Here's a photo of John at the park:





I think he started a trend, because Shawn Farquhar recently posted a similar photo!


From Shawn Farquhar's Twitter feed:


01 September 2018

Catching up with The Sentimentalists

Scroll down to see upcoming public appearances by Steffi and Chris at Magic Monday (Santa Monica) and The Revival Bar (Toronto).


From Facebook, watch The Sentimentalists on CHCH:









31 August 2018

Top 5 posts in August 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. Toronto: Grumpy old magicians - Sounds like fun, non?
4. Winnipeg magicians on "The Amazing Race Canada" - So fabulous to see Carey, Dan, and Greg on The Amazing Race Canada!
3. Dundas: The Amazing Kreskin - How was his show?
2. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED - The people want to know how Shawn fooled Penn and Teller.  This video explains it.  Sort of.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. News so big, it's worthy of a second post! - Most viewed for the second consecutive month.  Definitely big news. Congratulations again to Renee-Claude Auclair and the FISM Quebec team (Renee-Claude Auclair, Jocelyn Guertin, Pierre Hamon, Joan Caesar, and Shawn Farquhar) for securing the first North American FISM!!!

30 August 2018

Throwback Thursday from 1934

Makes me kind of glad I wasn't part of this organization!


From Shawn Farquhar's Twitter feed:

29 August 2018

Edmonton added to Billy Kidd's "Find it, sign it, leave it."

Traveling through Edmonton?  You can play Billy Kidd's "Find it, sign it, leave it"  while you're there!


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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28 August 2018

Toronto: Daniel Garcia lecture

Wednesday September 12th


From James Alan's Facebook post:

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27 August 2018

Rounding the Western rings in September 2018

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Daniel Garcia lecture.
- Meeting.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Daniel Garcia lecture.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Daniel Garcia lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Daniel Garcia lecture.
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Daniel Garcia lecture.


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

Rounding the Central rings in September 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)- Barry O’Neil lecture.
- Executive vote.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Auction.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Executive elections.
- Derrick Finn and Romaine kick off open-mic night.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Jeff Hinchliffe lecture. [Get your special limited edition collectible tickets!]
(also Daniel Garcia lecture at Browser's)


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in September 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 August 2018

Philip's Magical Paradise to close in September?

Read Dean Gunnarson's Facebook post from August 25 and watch his mini-tour of Philip's Magical Paradise in Giroux (just south of Winnipeg).  It opened in 1991 as a tribute to Marilyn and Gordon Hornan's youngest son, Philip Hornan.  Philip was a magic enthusiast who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15.

From Dean's video, it sounds as if the museum is set to close forever, unless one of you out there has an idea on how to keep it alive.


From Dean Gunnarson's Facebook page:





From Dean Gunnarson's Facebook page:


24 August 2018

A World of Magic in the Daily Hive

A World of Magic runs September 7 to 9.


From the August 21st article "Vancouver's first-ever magic festival is about to make its grand appearance" in the Daily Hive Vancouver:
 And it’s all happening because the International Magician’s Gala is partnering up with Canada Chuan Sheng Culture & Media Group and The Vancouver Magic Circle.

Now for the magician talent.

You’ll get to see Canada’s master illusionists Murray Hatfield & Teresa, world champion magician Juliana Chen, shock magician and daredevil Wayne HouchinAmerica’s Got Talent contestant Aaron Crow, the misfit of magic Ed Alonzo, juggling magician Claudius Specht, as well as “the inventor” of magic, Kevin James

You’ll be giving back by attending the magic festival as $3 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Richmond Hospital Foundation.


Read more.

23 August 2018

Friday's Diversion

From the Diversion Twitter feed:
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22 August 2018

The summer 2018 edition of Northern Peeks is out!

This issue of the Northern Peeks (v22, #3, Summer 2018) contains columns by:

  • Joan Caesar
  • Murray Hatfield
  • Gerry Frenette
  • Renée-Claude Auclair
  • Ryan Pilling
  • Phil Matlin
  • John Rose
  • Jason Verners and
  • Mike Fisher


Lastly, a reminder that FISM 2021 will take place in Québec City, July 26 to 31, 2021!

21 August 2018

AGT live show recap

From the August 17th article "'America's Got Talent' Recap: First Live Show Stuns And Excites" by Carolyn Lipka in Forbes:
Shin Lim’s intricate and mind-bending close-up magic had him producing cards out of thin air, changing their patterns and ultimately making them disappear. Shin Lim is a powerful stage presence with tricks to match and I have no doubt that he’ll achieve success in magic regardless of his ultimate performance on the show.

Read more.


From the IBM Twitter feed:


20 August 2018

Chris Mayhew on Trickheads

From Chris Mayhew's Facebook page:

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Toronto: The Magic of Professor Wick at the CNE

As near as I can tell, this is the only magic act at The Ex this year.

From The Ex:
MAJINX’s Professor Wick is back with a brand new show featuring all new illusions and a spectacular stunt that will leave the audience asking "how did he do that?".

Come experience the magical fun daily with Professor Wick on the Kids World Stage!

All Programming Subject to Change

Read more.


19 August 2018

Dear Micky Hades. From Doug Henning.

From Neil McNally's Twitter feed:
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18 August 2018

Vancouver: Magic Brian at the PNE

From the PNE:

Magic Brian - NEW
Celebration Plaza    |   Daily   |   1:30, 3:30 and 6pm

FREE with admission

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning performer that will have you laughing hysterically one moment, and gasping in awe the next. It’s a high-energy, interactive comedy-magic sideshow with plenty of surprises – including a record-breaking escape from a real straitjacket and 40 feet of chain.

Read more.

17 August 2018

Dundas: The Amazing Kreskin

From the Dundas Cactus Festival:
Sunday August 19, 2018

With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind…his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world. During the past fifty years Kreskin has had a television series, his own board game by Milton Bradley, twenty published books, and a major motion picture inspired by his work.

Read more.

16 August 2018

Toronto: James Alan lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dear Magic Friends,

Being in Toronto we are incredibly fortunate to have so many extremely talented magicians. One such talented fellow is a one Mr. James Alan. From organizing shows and lectures to putting on his own performances, he has his paws in just about every magic cookie jar in town, and he is coming to lecture here at the shop.

He is one of the recipients of the Len Cooper Memorial Award — a special award we give out here at the shop to a young magician in memory of the original owner. He also gave a spectacular performance at the Bash this year. For a number of years he hosted Magic Tonight where he shared the stage with dozens of magicians. Now, for the past two years here in Toronto he has had is own show Magic & Martini which is often sold out weeks in advance.

Read more and buy tickets.

15 August 2018

London Jones cleans up at PCAM

Congratulations London!


From the  Twitter feed of London the Magnificent:
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14 August 2018

Toronto: Grumpy old magicians

Catch Matt DiSero and Glenn Ottaway in James Alan's "Magic Tonight: The grumpy old men of magic" on September 15th.


From the Facebook page of James Alan:

13 August 2018

Winnipeg magicians on "The Amazing Race Canada"

Tune in to "The Amazing Race Canada" on Tuesday Aug 14 to see Carey Lauder, Dan Wiebe, and Greg Wood!


From the August 8th article, "Winnipeg streets become the latest venue for The Amazing Race Canada" by Randal King, in The Winnipeg Free Press:
Since the production keeps a tight lid on the specifics of the competition to prevent spoilers, the show descended on the city with the impressive organization of a top-secret military operation. Only in a couple of instances — competitions at the Legion and The Forks — were members of the general public allowed to witness the proceedings. 
The Winnipeg leg was something of a homecoming for unflappable host Jon Montgomery, a former gold medal Olympian skeleton racer born and raised in western Manitoba town of Russell. 
Read more.


From the Facebook page of Carey Lauder:

12 August 2018

The Amazing Randi in the media

James Randi celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this week.  Here are a couple of pieces from the internet.


From the August 6th post, "Magician the Amazing Randi has dedicated his life to promoting critical thinking" by Troy Lennon in The Daily Telegraph:
The interview on August 13, 1980, ended with Lane throwing to a commercial, telling Randi to “piss off” before storming out, flicking away Randi’s bent cutlery as he left. Randi was flustered but largely maintained composure. Lane later apologised for swearing but insisted the American had failed to prove anything. But the controversy made the sceptic more famous in Australia.

Read more.


From the Twitter feed of Interval Magic:

11 August 2018

Michael Close's "The Road to Riffsville"

Go to MichaelClose.com to purchase your copy of  "The Road to Riffsville."


From the Facebook page of Michael Close:
Steve Bedwell has this to say about The Road to Riffsville: "Can't put The Road to Riffsville down and focus on anything else. (Especially frustrating because I'm at MAGIC Live!) Fascinating analysis of some of the issues I've personally experienced with the estimation aspects of memdeck work, with robust solutions. An outstanding contribution!"

10 August 2018

Guelph: Dueling Magicians

From the River Run Centre:
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mesmerizing magicians Mike D’Urzo and Ray Chance have entertained audiences around the world with memorable mental demonstrations and incredible illusions. The pair is bringing their unique performance styles together, joining forces in a dueling magic show that’s sure to inspire awe.

“Be amazed as renowned magicians Mike D’Urzo and Ray Chance square off in a magic show designed to challenge each other and mystify audiences.” – Inside Halton


Read more and buy tickets.



From the River Run Centre Twitter feed:


09 August 2018

Bangkok: The Magnificent Seven

From the July 23rd article "Now you see it …." at The Nation:
September 19 and 20

The Magnificent Seven are Peter Gossamer and Rocco Silano from the US, Raul Alegria from Spain, Double Fantasy – Vitaliy and Helena Gorbachevsk – who hail from Ukraine, Pole Vlad Kryvonogov, Germany’s Sos and Victoria, and Ariann Black from Canada.

The show is produced and directed by Tony Hassini, the founder of the International Magicians Society who is often referred to as a walking encyclopaedia of magic.

Helping create the magic are lighting director Nick Morss, choreographer Maryna Popova and stage manager Mahdi Moammer, himself a professional magician.

Canadian Ariann Black is one of the best female magicians in the world and has staged six successful Las Vegas shows in six different casinos. She’s tailoring a new act just for Bangkok.

Read more.

08 August 2018

Toronto: Jeff Hinchliffe Memorized Deck workshop and private lessons

From Jeff Hinchliffe:
Firstly, I'm going to be giving a 4 hour Memorized Deck workshop on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, from 6pm-10pm. The cost of the workshop will be $50, and it will be limited to 20 people.

The workshop will cover a wide range of memorized deck work. We'll begin with the differences between stacked,cyclic, and memorized orders, and the advantages of the common/popular published mem-deck stacks (Aronson, Tamariz, Aragon, Redford).

From there, we will delve into tricks which are stack-independent (meaning that they work with any stack) to the open-index system, jazzing, and estimation. We will discuss the various sleights, techniques and subterfuges that one should have in their toolbox with the mem-deck in order to achieve maximum impact.

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Secondly, I'm happy to announce that I am again offering private lessons at the shop. I gave these lessons years ago at our Bathurst and Eglinton location and over the last several months enough people have inquired about lessons that I've decided to bring them back.

The lessons will take place at the shop, after business hours, Tuesday thru Friday evenings. The lessons will run 90 minutes in length, from 7pm to approximately 8:30pm, and will cost $120.

What we cover in the lesson is dependent on what you'd like to achieve. Whether it's adding a few new tricks to your repertoire, adding a few new sleights to your toolbox, or tightening and polishing existing material, I can help you.

Read more.

07 August 2018

Shezam by Kayla Drescher and Carisa Hendrix

Kayla Drescher and Carisa Hendrix team up for a new podcast about being women in the magic community.  Now available at iTunes.


From the Twitter feed of Carisa Hendrix:
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06 August 2018

Ian Stewart on Penn & Teller: Fool Us


Did you know that Ian Stewart is a 6-time Guinness World Record holder?  [Including 2011: The most chainsaw juggling catches, and 2016: The most consecutive maul juggling catches.]

Watch Ian on Penn & Teller: Fool Us Monday evening.


From the August 2nd article "Truro area magician appearing on Penn & Teller: Fool Us" in the Truro News:
Details about his appearance are being kept secret until the show airs.

Stewart also takes part in unusual activities like juggling axes and chainsaws, and hold world records in both areas.

Read more.

05 August 2018

Chris Funk on Masters of Illusion season 5

From Chris Funk's Twitter feed:
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04 August 2018

Toronto: Tickets for the 2019 Browser's Magic Bash

A little bird has told me that tickets for the 2019 Browser's Magic Bash will go on sale on Monday, September 17th, 2018!  Keep your eyes open for more news from the Browser's Den of Magic as we get closer to the date.

To whet your appetite, have a quick peek at Chris Mayhew's 90 second video synopsis of the 2018 Bash!

Toronto: Silent auction at the Browser's Den

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
SPECIAL SILENT AUCTION EVENT
High Quality Professional Magic & Collectables
Sunday, August 26

Dear Magic Friends,

Over the past 43 years we have held over 100 store auctions.  And each one was a lot of fun, created memories and all while people were able to get wonderful deals on magic new and used.

However, over those 43 years we have never held a SILENT Auction.

Here's how it will work.

a) All the items will be out on display for you to take a look at when the shop doors open at 10am.

b) Each item will have a minimum bid listed next to it.

c) Attendees can then use the paper provided by us to write down their bid. Fold up their bid and put into the box related to that item.

d) Every half hour until about 4pm, five of the auction items will then be award to the highest bid.

The auction will have a variety of magic that will include: props, ephemera, posters, close-up props, books, tables.

Please note too that should we get a good size crowd and reasonable bidding we will do more of these.


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Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Next (free) Magic Club at Browser's Den takes place this Saturday, August 4 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
All welcome.
Have a nice day.
Browser's Den of Magic.
Since 1975.

03 August 2018

Billy Kidd in the Inquirer

From the July 26th article "Billy Kidd: Filipina, female, magical" by Rae Ann Varona in the Inquirer:
“Magic wasn’t even on my radar whatsoever,” Kidd told the Asian Journal, adding that she was never one of those kids who had their own magic kit to play with.

“I wish I had that story, but I don’t,” she added.

Born in Canada, Kidd has gotten away with being an actress since she was just 11 years old, something she’s called magic in itself.  The life of being able to miss periods of school, playing around, and getting paid for it made what she described as the “best life ever.”

But her introduction to magic came much later at a music festival where she saw a street magician from Australia doing a classic cups and balls trick in which balls appear and disappear under the cups at random.

Read more.

02 August 2018

Niagara Falls: Ken McCreedy's "Mystify"

From the Scotia Bank Convention Centre:
Come join us for an extraordinary close-up magic experience featuring mind blowing magic, comedy, interactive mind manipulation and world class entertainment. The show runs 75 minutes and features two sleight of hand artists with over 25 years of experience entertaining audiences just like YOU! All seats are General Admission. The show is suitable for ages 12 and up. We have lots of tricks up our sleeves, so get your tickets before they disappear!

Show Dates
June 9 & 15
July 7 & 14
August 4
September 15

Read more and buy tickets.



01 August 2018

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31 July 2018

Top 5 posts in July 2018

Out of the 30+ posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:
5. Colon: Shawn Farquhar and Carisa Hendrix at Abbott's 81st Get Together - Report back.  It sounds like it's going to be a blast!
4. The Browser's Den in Toronto.com - Canada's oldest magic shop in the press again!
3. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED   - A fabulous "reveal" video with permission from Shawn to share!
2. Breaking news: FISM 2021 will be in Quebec City! - Tickets are going fast.  I better set-up a GoFundMe page if I hope to get there!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. News so big, it's worthy of a second post! - Congratulations again to Renee-Claude Auclair and the FISM Quebec team (Renee-Claude Auclair, Jocelyn Guertin, Pierre Hamon, Joan Caesar, and Shawn Farquhar) for securing the first North American FISM!!!

30 July 2018

Review: The Year and Two of Us Back Here

From the Twitter feed of Michael Kras:
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29 July 2018

Niagara Falls: David DaVinci back at the Greg Frewin Theatre

If you missed seeing David DaVinci in Niagara Falls earlier this month, not to worry.  He's back August 4th to 7th!


From the Greg Frewin Theatre:
Due to Greg Frewin’s international travel and television performance schedule* there will be times when throughout the calendar year, fellow magician David DaVinci will step into Greg’s shoes and perform our award-winning WILD Magic show.

David’s first dove illusion was taught to him intimately by Greg and the two have continued their love and passion creating awe-inspiring magic together. David has mentored under the professional guidance and leadership of Greg Frewin well over a period of twenty years; sharing both stage and audience as one.

When David is performing on the Greg Frewin Theatre stage, prepare to be mystified by mind boggling illusions and jaw dropping magic, seamlessly fused with exotic parrots that materialize from thin air. You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, and your jaw will hit the floor, as David DaVinci presents his interpretation of the WILD Magic Show through the age-old art of magic and illusions, in “Thrillusionist!”

Read more and buy tickets.




28 July 2018

Mississauga and Toronto: DCME’s School of Magic

Their website currently has a special offer:  those that sign up for all three sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) will receive a 15% discount.


From DaCosta Magic:
DaCosta Magic Ent. is proud to offer classes teaching students the art of magic. Our classes are designed to offer aspiring magicians an insight into magic technique, form, and performance quality. In addition to this we hope to provide students with an environment that promotes respect (for each other and the secrets of magic), inclusivity, positivity and personal confidence. It is important to us as a school of the magical arts to not only contribute magic knowledge to our students, but to also provide a safe and positive environment for these aspiring magicians to grow as individuals.

Read more and register.

From Kristine:
DCME’s School of Magic will have two homes, one in Toronto and one in Mississauga, classes starting for ages 6 all the way up to adults. Our goal is to create a place where kid/teen/adult magicians can go to learn technique, performance skill, and have an opportunity to test their skills in performances we offer throughout the year.

27 July 2018

Edmonton: Ben Price in "Rabbit Stew"

From the Twitter feed of Ben Price Magic:
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26 July 2018

Saskatoon: Chris Visser at the #YXEFringe

The #YXEFringe runs August 2 to 11, 2018

From the 25th Street Theatre:
*NEW SHOW* – MAGIC is a hilarious look into a world of innocence and wonder. Visser takes his audience back to a child-like state where anything is possible and everything is achieved. With state of the art stage illusions, award winning magic and even live magical animals, Chris will make a believer out of the most skeptical of spectators. Join us and experience MAGIC.


Read more and buy tickets.


From Chris Visser's Twitter feed:

25 July 2018

The Browser's Den in Toronto.com

From the July 21st article "Inside a magical place: Browser’s Den of Magic in North York" in Toronto.com:
It would be understandable for visitors to Browser’s Den of Magic to leave the shop in disbelief. The cozy North York home of prestidigitation can leave customers mystified at times. The city’s go to spot for purveyors of the art of sleight-of-hand, under the guidance of proprietor Jeff Pinsky, offers a magical space to learn about magic. Whether you take in the monthly Magic Club meeting or enjoy a “demonstration” by Jeff, himself an accomplished magician, you are sure to be entertained. Of course the shop offers a huge variety of tricks and tools as well, for practitioners of legerdemain and illusion, no matter their level of proficiency.

Read more and see photos of great photos of Jeff Pinsky, James Harrison and some of the magic club attendees.

24 July 2018

Shin Lim on AGT

Last Friday America's Got Talent leaked some footage of Shin Lim's appearance on tonight's (?) episode.


Watch "LEAK: Shin Lim Proves Magic Is Real With Unbelievable Card Tricks - America's Got Talent 2018" posted Jul 20, 2018 on the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:

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If you missed his previous appearance, watch "Shin Lim: Magician Blows Minds With Unbelievable Close-Up Magic - America's Got Talent 2018" posted May 28, 2018 on the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:

23 July 2018

Regina: ReginaCadabra now with Danny Kazam

From the ReginaCadabra Facebook page:
The Family Magic Show Saturday July 28 has added magician
Danny Kazam originally from Montreal. Danny is a full time magician. Danny will open for Eric Leclerc at this event. Eric is Canada's Two-Time Magic Champion from Ottawa. Danny brings a laugh out loud interactive comedy ride of fun and amazement for the whole family! Only a week until showtime. Tickets are disappearing fast. Get yours today at https://www.picatic.com/event15271723187499

21 July 2018

Back in time to 1994

I remember Herb Morrissey, back in the mid 1990s, talking about a young man in southern Ontario who was working hard to take the magic world by storm.  He very much did.

Here's a video of the bird act, that he presented at FISM in Yokohama, Japan in 1994.


From the Greg Frewin Theatre's YouTube channel:



20 July 2018

Perfect Magic: Sale, sale, sale!

From the Perfect Magic blog:
Some of the items were on the last sale, but most of them are not. The items are at least 50% discount, most are 60% discount, and some are more. It lasts until July 31, 2018 or before if items are sold out, so order now if there’s something you want.

You may not be interested in the items I listed ON SALE, but surely you’ll find something of interest in 1561 items. So this is what I decided to do. I’m attaching the complete list without prices. If there’s anything you want, send Perfect Magic an email of your list, up to 10 items, and I will send you their Sale Price and you can decide if you want them or not and we can make arrangements for payment from there.  You can buy more than 10 items of course, but it would be hard for me to be looking up lists for 100 items at a time. You can send another 10 after you get my reply if you’re interested in more stuff.

Read more then snag your deal at Perfect Magic!

19 July 2018

Edmonton: David Acer and "WaterBark"

Catch David Acer's creation involving SuperDogs and water at K-Days July 20 – 29!

(Don't forget, Sheldon Casavant and The Evasons will be making things magical too!)


From K Days:
With three exciting shows daily, these agility K-9’s will be splashing their way on the K-Days grounds.

WaterBark, is an energetic watershow starring human acrobats, divers and SuperDogs! This exciting show is performed in water, above water and around a custom pool – it’s a mix of jaw dropping agility and acrobatics! Don’t miss these incredible dogs jump and dive into K-Days on the East Plaza!

Read more and buy tickets.


From David Acer's Twitter feed:




18 July 2018

TMR studios interviews Shawn Farquhar

From the TMR Productions YouTube channel:

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17 July 2018

Windsor: Darcy Oake at Caesars Windsor

From Caesars Windsor:
Darcy Oake ALL AGES (RESCHEDULED DATE): Thursday, August 16, 3 pm & 8 pm.

Finalist in 2014 Britain’s Got Talent, entertaining performance artist and talented illusionist, Darcy Oake performs his logic-defying act live at The Colosseum for an ALL AGES show.

Over 200 million viewers tuned in to Britain's Got Talent to witness the birth of a phenomenon: the unveiling of an electrifying new illusionist, Darcy Oake. From sleight of hand to death-defying escapades, this master magician grabbed the world's attention, ushering in an exciting new era of an age-old art form. Oake is a performance artist whose modern interpretation gratifies the hunger of audiences seeking spectacle and nail-biting feats of illusion. Inspired by classic sleight of hand techniques, Darcy transports the crowd to another dimension with exhilarating visuals and logic-defying exploits. After being baffled by an accidental card trick his father - award-winning Canadian sportscaster Scott Oake – showed him at eight years old, Darcy delved into the craft.

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16 July 2018

Edmonton: Justin Willman at The Comic Strip

Catch Justin Willman at The Comic Strip July 27-29!


From The Comic Strip Twitter feed:
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