18 November 2018

Linking Ring obituary for Erik Stefanyi (Stephany)

We previously mentioned the passing of BC's Erik Stefanyi.

Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, is graciously allowing me to pass this on to you.

ERIK STEPHANY
Erik Stephany (Stefanyi), 23, of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, died September 9, 2018 from a tragic bicycle accident. He was a former member of the I.B.M. (2010-2015). He was a member of Ring 92 (Vancouver, British Columbia), and Ring 387 (Abbottsford, British Columbia). He joined the  I.B.M. at age fourteen. He began his magic education under the mentorship of Damien Carriere. While living in Chilliwack, he took his magic to the streets, pioneering the Chilliwack Busker Program. After moving to Kamloops to pursue his degree in theater, he continued to perform for a variety of groups in various venues. In addition to magic, he loved rock climbing, white water rafting, and geocaching with his family. He was an actor, poet and playwright. Survivors include his parents, Maude and Paul; and his brother, Gilles, and his fiancee, Emily Thibert. A Broken Wand Ceremony was performed in his honor.

15 November 2018

Without Perfect Magic, there may not have been a JP Parent to fool Penn and Teller!

How many brick and mortar magic store staff are responsible for stories like this one from JP Parent ...

From the October 10th article "A Note from Montreal Magician Jean-Pierre Parent Who Fooled Penn and Teller" by Evelyn Matlin at Perfect Magic:
One goes about ones business everyday, doing what they do, but once in a while something happens to lift your spirits. JP Parent  who fooled Penn and Teller https://youtu.be/_-P4wjAROok took the time to write to me and with his permission I am sharing it with you. This is what he wrote.

“I love your articles you post !

The last one about being in heaven when you walked in the shop was my favorite. Ms Evelyn, you prob would not remember this if I told you ,but you where the first person to perform a magic trick for me in a magic shop.


Read more.

14 November 2018

Broken wand: Trevor Hamilton

Trevor Hamilton was the Past President of IBM Ring 17 in 1986-87.


From November 10th edition of  The Toronto Star:
KENNETH TREVOR HAMILTON (September 17th, 1930 - October 20th, 2018)

Trevor passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the age of 88. Predeceased by his parents Iris Mary and Kenneth Francis Hamilton. Devoted husband of Myrle, proud father of Cynthia (Tim), Kenneth (Kara) and Douglas; and cherished grandfather to Connor, Ariel, Taylor, Madison, Hawkeye and Dana. Trevor, a retired Bell Canada employee was a military buff, especially loving the pipes and drums. A former member of The Irish Regiment of Canada, he also loved magic, bird watching, and genealogy. His compassionate and generous spirit touched many and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of His Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344, 1395 Lake Shore Blvd West Toronto, on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please remember the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation K Wing, or any children's charity.

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13 November 2018

"FOOL US" Experience Webinar

From Michael Close:
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 9 p.m. EST, I will host an hour-long webinar to discuss Penn & Teller: Fool Us. This webinar will be of particular interest to those of you who are considering auditioning for season six (which will tape the last week of February and the first week of March).

Webinar only $5.00 USD

What we’ll cover...
I will give you some background on the show, explain what has to be accomplished during your time in Vegas (an amazing amount has to get done during a brief period of time), analyze some of the restrictions imposed by the medium of television and the venue, and discuss strategies to maximize your chance of being selected.   

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions. I will get to as many of these as time allows. The information you will receive at this webinar will save you time and money, and it will provide you with helpful advice and will clarify for you exactly what the Fool Us experience is all about.

Read more and register.

12 November 2018

Toronto: Mahdi Gilbert workshop

DM Mahdi to learn more.

From the Twitter feed of Mahdi The Magician:
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09 November 2018

Bacio Rosso media roundup

From the November 6th article "VETERAN CANADIAN PERFORMERS STAR IN THE FIRST BELGIUM-INSPIRED CIRCUS" by asingh in the Asian Pacific Post:

Cirque du Soleil performer Colin Heath and magician and illusionist Shawn Farquar will be part of Canada’s first European-inspired circuses coming to town, Bacio Rosso Spiegeltent.

Heath has performed in Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach, the Arts Club, Axis Theatre, Leaky Heavy Circus. The award-winning performer is also a veteran of Cirque du Soleil, including Cirque Reinvente, Kooza and Volta. Farquhar has taken stages at the Riveria, Las Vegas, the Opera House, Blackpool and the Orpheum in Vancouver. He also has performed for Queen Elizabeth II while she visited Charlottetown, PEI.

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From the October 9th article "A DAZZLING GOURMET CABARET CIRQUE IN VANCOUVER" by Katie Nanton in Nuvo Magazine:
The talent roster is a range of eclectic performers from around the globe; together as a cast, they represent a grouping of professionals rarely seen under one roof. There is Lady Rizo, for example, a New York–based cabaret star with a wickedly funny streak; Jimmy Gonzales, a juggler and dancer just coming off a run of Cirque du Soleil; Shawn Farquhar, a multi-award-winning magician from Maple Ridge, B.C.; and Erica Nguyen, an aerial cirque performer from Moncton, N.B. Audience members will get to know them all throughout the eve while sipping fine wines and dining on Italian fare by La Quercia’s executive chef, Adam Pegg (think slow-roasted beef with carrots and jus, or sautéed wild mushrooms served over creamy polenta).

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From the November 7th article "Bacio Rosso brings cabaret, magic, acrobatics, and more to Queen Elizabeth Park" by Gail Johnson in The Georgia Straight:
Bacio Rosso is unlike anything Vancouver has ever seen. Where else do you see a room full of strangers break out into an impromptu dance party while a powerhouse cabaret singer encourages the limbo in an evening where plates fly, a magician reads minds, and a pair of muscular trapeze artists strip down to their sparkling skivvies, all within a few feet of your dinner table?

Read more.

08 November 2018

Toronto: Five world records in one day?

Why not?


Sunday December 2nd at the Browser's Den of Magic:

On this day, Michael Francis will be attempting to break the following records:
  • Most Consecutive Coin Rolls (2 hands)
  • Most Coin Rolls in One Minute (2 hands)
  • Most Multiple Coin Rolls (1 hand)
  • Most Multiple Coin Rolls (2 hands)
  • Most Yo-Yo's Spun Simultaneously

If you've wanted to see and meet a Guinness World Record Holder, then this is your chance! Please join us in supporting Michael as he takes on 5 World Records.

Thank you for your kind support
- The Jeff's, John Cardella, Luiz Castro, Cam Dix & The Browser's Den Team

Atlas Obscura's list of Enchanting Local Magic Shops

Back in October, Atlas Obscura asked for our favourite local magic shops.  This week, they published a round up of the responses...


From the November 6th article "33 of the World’s Most Enchanting Local Magic Shops" by Eric Grundhauser at Atlas Obscura:

Browser’s Den of Magic
Toronto, Ontario

“As a woman in a male-dominated field, the Den has provided me with a space to learn and share magic without feeling like an outsider. The people who run the store are always willing to help, demonstrate tricks, and recommend additional resources for hobbyists and pros alike. I’ve never experienced another store quite like the Browser’s Den.” — Jacqueline Swan, Toronto, Ontario

“Jeff and the staff provide excellent service to magicians at all stages of development, and they go out of their way to be welcoming and encouraging. They are there to help, not just to make a sale. Conventions, special events, auctions, lectures, and club meetings at the shop all contribute to making Browser’s Den a very special place for Canadian magicians.” — Robin Dawes, Kingston, Ontario

“The store does so much more then sell magic. It strives to build a community. Brings in top magicians for lectures. Hosts a magic club, helps magicians sell magic tricks they no longer need. Any questions answered. Jeff Pinsky loves magic and it shows.” — Jim Byrns, Toronto, Ontario

Read more.


07 November 2018

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06 November 2018

Julie Eng on Pop Life CTV

From the Pop Life CTV Facebook page:

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05 November 2018

Murray Hatfield and Teresa at the Comedy & Magic Club

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02 November 2018

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
This Saturday, November 3rd is our next (Free) Magic Club meeting. All are welcome.

The club meets at 'Browser's Den' from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

See you then
- The Jeff's, John Cardella, Luiz.

01 November 2018

2018 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

To support the show or to attend, tickets are available at 1-844-878-5271 (or last minute at the door if seating is available).  Doors for all shows open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

The main show format features Neil Croswell and Ashley (just back from six months of cruise ship work), Craig Douglas our comedy juggler (a client favorite) and Ivan who will be presenting a Chair Stacking act + the Cyi wheel.  All shows are hosted by Dick Joiner.


Show dates and cities for this year:
  •     Nov 2nd 7pm -- Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay.
  •     Nov 3rd 1pm and 4pm -- Theatre in the square, New Glasgow.
  •     Nov 4th 1pm -- Cobequid Education Centre Theatre. Truro
  •     Nov 5th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Moncton.
  •     Nov 6th 7pm -- Horton High School Theatre, Wolfville
  •     Nov 7th  7pm -- The Y'Ark Playhouse Theatre, Yarmouth
  •     Nov 8th 7pm -- Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax.
  •     Nov 9th 7pm -- Le Carrefour Theatre, Charlottetown PEI.
  •     Nov 10th 1pm -- Bathurst High School Theatre. Bathurst.
  •     Nov 11th 1pm -- Bernard- Poirier Theatre, Fredericton.
  •     Nov 12th 7pm -- Imperial Theatre, St John
  •     Nov 21st 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Windsor.
  •     Nov 22nd 7pm -- Sarnia Lib. Theatre. Sarnia
  •     Nov 23rd. 7pm -- Forest City Church Theatre. London
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Humanities Theatre, Kitchener.
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Sanderson Centre, Brantford.
  •     Nov 26th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Chatham
  •     Nov 27th 7pm -- Mowhawk Theatre, Hamilton
  •     Nov 28th 7pm -- Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls.
  •     Nov 29th 7pm -- Georgian Theatre, Barrie.
  •     Dec 4th 7pm -- Empire Theatre Belleville
  •     Dec 5th 7pm -- Rose Theatre, Brampton
  •     Dec 10th 7pm -- 34 Catharine St. St Catherines.

A smaller show consisting of Dick Joiner, Craig Douglas and Magic Mike will be offered on the following dates and venues:
  •     Nov 20th 7pm -- Masonic Centre, St. Thomas
  •     Dec 6th 7pm -- Market Centre, Woodstock
  •     Dec 7th -- Avondale Church Theatre. Stratford.


FOR TICKETS call: 1-844-878-5271


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

31 October 2018

The top 5 posts in October 2018

There were 32 posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Vancouver: Cabaret of Wonders with Michael Finney - This will certainly be an awesome event.
4. Ottawa: Sky High Magic - Science and magic.  What's not to like?
3. October 2018 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates! - This deal disappears at midnight.
2. Bill Abbott and The Evasons at the FREE Well Attended Summit - Are you attending?  Write us about your experience!
and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED - The people still want to know how Shawn fooled Penn and Teller!  This video explains it.  Sort of.

30 October 2018

Rounding the Western rings in November 2018

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




CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Rudy Coby lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Rudy Coby lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Rudy Coby lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Rudy Coby lecture
- Third Monday Magic.
- Christmas banquet
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Tricky Tuesday at the Mint
- Rudy Coby lecture


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

Rounding the Central rings in November 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)- Member choice night.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Round table discussion.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- CHEO Charity Show  Children’s Show.
- Pub night.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Chris Westfall lecture
- Browser's club meeting
- Rudy Coby lecture
- Browser's Anniversary party


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in November 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.

29 October 2018

David Johnston in The Chronicle Herald

From the October 19th article "Halifax magician meets childhood hero, the man behind Big Bird" by Tim Arsenault in The ChronicleHerald:
David Johnston, a full-time Halifax-based magician, discovered last weekend that he had more in common with a childhood idol than he imagined.

Johnston, who performs as the Amazing Mr. J., made a road trip to Ontario for the chance to meet puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street from its inception in 1969.

Spinney was a guest at Hamilton Comic Con for what was billed as his final appearance in Canada, and Johnston said he got to spend some quality time with the performer.

Read more.

28 October 2018

Tyler Williams leaving magic?

Find out for yourself in episode 133 of Discourse in Magic.


From the Discourse in Magic Twitter feed:
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27 October 2018

Toronto: Keith Brown supporting Sick Kids

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26 October 2018

Toronto: Rudy Coby lecture

From Eventbrite:
14 November

Rudy Coby, also known as "Labman," is one of the most creative and bizarre comedic magician working today.

In the early 1990s, Coby appeared in several small theatrical live shows, and on broadcast television, where he delivered two unforgettable specials, “Rudy Coby: Coolest Magician on Earth,” and “Rudy Coby: Ridiculously Dangerous.” He is known for delivering eclectic and original comedic performances, of which stage magic plays a large part. He also works closely with rock musician and film director Marilyn Manson.

In the mid-1990s, Coby and his troupe of illusionist comrades performed in the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit for an unprecedented thirteen weeks, thanks to his impressive cult following, and overwhelmingly positive local media support.

Read more and buy tickets.

25 October 2018

Registration is open for the 2019 3 of Clubs convention!

From Eventbrite:
The 3 of Clubs Convention gets a new coat of paint in 2019 - restoring the original aim of the Vancouver Magic Circle’s long-standing “Weekend of Magic” to unite the magic community with education and excellence of internationally-renowned talent without breaking the bank!

The Vancouver Magic Circle is thrilled by the return of our very own Billy Hsueh and Alex Zander to spearhead this year’s convention once again. Ring 92’s last 3 of Clubs in 2016 at the “Pink Palace” in Surrey reinvigorated what a local convention could be, and they’re doing it again! But this time it’s even bigger, even better, and even cheaper!

We don’t know how.. but they’ve done it!
With an all-time low early-bird registration rate of only $75 for all 3 days (same early bird rate available to all 3 Clubs) our 2019 convention will be the most affordable in YEARS!
Read more and buy tickets.


From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:






24 October 2018

Nashville: Matt DiSero

From the Twitter feed of Matt DiSero:
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23 October 2018

Toronto: 44th anniversary of the Browser's Den of Magic!

From the Browser's Den of Magic newsletter:
44th ANNIVERSARY PARTY, BROWSER'S DEN OF MAGICSunday, November 4 from 10am to 5pm: All of you are invited to join us on this day. Store Auction. Big Discounts all Day Long, Len Cooper Memorial Award, Bernice Cooper Visit, Party Sandwiches, Coffee, Candy, Cake, Trivia Quiz with Big Prizes.  Come celebrate the beginning of our 44th year in business.

22 October 2018

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant "Before your eyes"

From Fort Edmonton Park:
Saturday, November 3

An evening of magic and mystery is coming to the Capitol Theatre, courtesy of renowned magician Sheldon Casavant. From the moment the show begins, the audience will become part of the action for an engaging, interactive experience. Get ready to be drawn in.


About Sheldon Casavant

With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Sheldon shares his own story of discovering magic in an awe-inspiring performance. One of Canada’s most sought-after performers, Sheldon rolls fast-paced magic, audience participation, and a brief history of the most famous magician of all time – Harry Houdini – into one exciting and theatrical magic show.

Read more and buy tickets.

21 October 2018

McIlhany Film Archive acquired by Magicana

From the October 11th article "McIlhany Archive Moving to The Screening Room" by Julie Eng at Magicana:
Imagine it… Houdini, Alexander, Buckley, Buckingham, Blackstone, Dunninger, Kreskin, Charlie Miller in rare, stunning performances… and right on your computer screen.

Magicana is delighted to announce the acquisition of the McIlhany Film Archive of historical magic film and videos.

In September, it was confirmed that we were the successful bidder for the collection through a sealed-bid auction conducted by The Magic Auctioneer David Goodman in cooperation with Owen Magic Supreme.

And what a collection it is!       


Read more.

20 October 2018

Reader's Digest suggests watching out for David Acer

From the article "22 Canadian Comedians to Watch Out For—and Their Best Jokes" at Reader's Digest Canada:
6. David Acer

I just bought a Canada Goose jacket. I love it—it’s warm, it’s comfortable. The only problem is, whenever I run into other people wearing Canada Goose jackets, we all have to walk in a V-formation.

Follow Montreal comedian David Acer on Twitter @David_Acer.

Read more.

19 October 2018

Bill Abbott and The Evasons at the FREE Well Attended Summit

William Rader has produced the Well Attended Summit, something similar to David DaVinci's Magic Master Summit.


From the Well Attended Summit:
November 1 – 4, 2018

20+ professional entertainers, producers, and actors are sharing their secrets on how to be successful. You’ll learn step-by-step marketing strategies, how to book more gigs, how to sell out shows, and more.


Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thom Britton – The Steps to Become a Full Time Theater Performer
Bill Abbott – Personalizing Your Presentations & Selling Products
David Serero – Achieving Success Against All Odds
Gary Berg – How to Find and Work with an Agent
David DaVinci – How to Leverage Your Talent to Get Free Publicity

Friday, November 2, 2018
Bill Gladwell – The Benefits of Performing in Tourist Destinations
Brad Shur – How to Get Your Show Booked in a Theater
Dan Holzman – Creating a Successful Act Lasting Over 30 Years
David Parr – Finding Your Creative Voice and Developing New Material
Philip Peredo – How to Secure Investor Funding and ROI Strategies

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Paul Draper – Get on TV and Get Celebrity Endorsements
Art Grueneberger – How to Make $250,000 a Year with Corporate Contracts
Freya West – How to Diversify Your Income and Make a Living with Burlesque
Matt Marberry – Producing Multiple Shows Across the Country
Peter Boie – Making a Living with College Shows

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Brad Montgomery – The Secrets to Increasing Your Bookings
Evasons – How the Mentalist Duo Books Their Act in Various Markets
JC Sum – How to Use the Trinity of Success to Build you Career
Peter Michael Marino – How to Perform and Get Reviews at Fringe Festivals
Marty Wilson – Tapping into the Wisdom of Your Network
Joe Diamond – Marketing Strategies to Sell Out Shows

Read more and register for FREE.

18 October 2018

Sweden: Billy Kidd

From Billy Kidd's Twitterfeed:
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17 October 2018

Toronto: Chris Philpott lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Sunday, October 21, 2018

My goodness we are excited to announce that Chris Philpott will be giving a rare lecture here at our shop!

He is the inventor of many very popular magic effects you have seen on so many shows. Including: The 100th Monkey; Babel; Pantheon; Spellcaster; French Postcards; Tossed Out Book Test.

Mr. Philpott has created and scripted magic for: Derren Brown, Justin Willman, Cyril Takayama, Steve Valentine,Aiden Sinclair and two of America's Got Talent finalists, David Leeman & The Clairvoyants).

The performance of his 100th Monkey on AGT received a standing ovation and over 13 million YouTube views.

When Dan Harlan was asked "On the topic of Penguin lectures, what's been your most memorable moment" he replied " Chris Philpott...He brought the most dramatic presentations, things where you really cared about what was going on...Just so well thought. So smart"

But there is much more to Chris then a creator of magic. Chris Philpott is an award-winning screenwriter and director who lives and works in L.A. He has written and directed three feature films.


Read more and buy tickets.

16 October 2018

Atlas Obscura wants to know the "World’s Best Magic Shops"

From the October 9th article "Help Us Reveal the World’s Best Magic Shops" by Eric Grunhauser at Atlas Obscura:
NEED A DECK OF TRICK cards? Looking for a new set of cup and balls to impress your family with over the holidays? Hoping to pick up a cursed monkey’s paw? Magic stores were once one of the very few places you could turn to for arcane materials, or to discuss tips and tricks with fellow magic fans, often becoming little clubhouses unto themselves. There are still places like Tannen’s in New York, but as with many formerly physical gathering places, much of the magic scene has migrated online. And yet! There are still magic stores all over the world keeping the flash paper burning, and we want to know about your favorites.

Fill out the survey below to tell us all about your favorite local magic shop, and why you love it.


Read more and cast your vote!

15 October 2018

Windsor: Outerbridge - Magical Odyssey

From Eyes on Windsor:
October 20

Outerbridge: Magical Odyssey – The Incredible Shrinking Woman, transporting you into a Victorian parlour of mysteries to experience the Golden Age of Magic, takes place at The Chrysler Theatre on October 20, 2018.

Ted and Marion Outerbridge weave incredible enchantments and grand illusion with stories from their world-traveling adventures in this unforgettable family experience. Did you know that the recipe for a shrinking potion can be found in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland? The code has been cracked and you will witness the Incredible Shrinking Woman live onstage!

Read more and buy tickets.

14 October 2018

Broken wand: Erik Stefanyi (Stephany)

From the Facebook page of the Fraser Valley Magic Circle:

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12 October 2018

October 2018 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

Sponsor Canada's Magic 
Canada's Magic is offering, for the rest of October, a 40% discount on the listed price of any one year advertising package.  Qualifying packages include the Platinum, Gold, and Silver annual rates. (This offer does not include Sponsored Posts or being Our Friend.)

Join the company of patrons Clive Court (The Fun-da-Mentalist), Evelyn & Phil Matlin (owners of Perfect Magic), Jeff Pinsky (owner of The Browser's Den of Magic), Michael Close (author of the Workers series and other ebooks), and Daniel Sugar (author of Salem Burning)* and sponsor us (or be our friend) today!

Our patrons make this site possible. 

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11 October 2018

Toronto: Al Grose - Off The Table

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Browser's Den of Magic, 3220 Dufferin St. Unit 19 A.
Cost to AttendAny $ Amount Donation for Oscar Munoz's Son Fund
Please read this special Note from Al Grose:
Dear Magical Friends,
For those who don’t know me my name is Al Grose.  I am not famous, nor am I wealthy.  I am a Magician who loves performing, creating, and sharing magic.  Anyone who has ever met me knows all I ever want to do is share magic.  I’m ironic. I’m the magician who wants to share his secrets. 
I have conducted a number of workshops for Browser’s Den. I have never asked for a penny to conduct them. I do them for the love of magic, and the friendships that incur as a result of the time spent with magical friends. 
On October 14th 2018, I am inviting you to come join me for a workshop called “Off the Table.” The reason I call my presentations workshops as opposed to lectures is because not all the material is mine, and as such I will not claim originality to all the effects. The theme in all of them is you will not require a table nor a close up mat for any of the effects.  I don’t sell lecture notes nor DVD’s.  Not because I can’t, but rather because I’m too lazy :) to make them.  That being said, feel free to write, photograph and/or tape any segment you’d like to hopefully use.  I will cover coins, cards, rubber bands and a little mind reading.  I’d also like to share some presentations of items no doubt you already own, but never thought of using in front of an audience.  And if there’s any move or sleight you’ve been wondering about, please yell it out so we can all improve.
This particular workshop is a little different. I will be asking a fee for this one. How much you pay, you decide. You see, I’m not keeping the money.  Not a penny.  I’m asking you to open your hearts to help a friend of mine.  And I’m sure he’s a friend of yours too; the incredible Oscar Munoz. Oscar’s son Benjamin narrowly escaped an Apartment Fire in his hometown of San Marcos Texas. Oscar is trying to raise $50 000.00 to cover surgery costs for Ben. 
I don’t believe I need to say more. If Oscar has ever made you smile, laugh or be amazed return the feeling to him and help in any way you can.

Read more.

10 October 2018

Thank you to our October 2018 friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Owen Anderson, Ryan Pilling, and Matt DiSero for being Friends of Canada's Magic!
It's good to have friends like you.


You too can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

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09 October 2018

Toronto: Magic and Martini

Join James Alan for the remaining 5 shows* of Magic and Martini in 2018!

Saturday, October 10
Saturday, October 27
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, November 17
Saturday, November 24


A reminder that Magic & Martini is strictly a 19+ event with dress code in effect. Remember to check your tickets for the secret password which will allow you to gain access to the venue. Once you arrive, you can also try to locate and solve the riddle on the menu to be able to order off of the secret menu.



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* Magic and Martini will be back in 2019 after a break for the winter holidays.

08 October 2018

Vancouver: Cabaret of Wonders with Michael Finney

From the Chilliwack Cultural Centre:
February 15, 2019

Join an extraordinary gathering of magicians as special host, International Brotherhood of Magicians President Michael Finney brings a bit of new flavour to the very popular Cabaret of Wonders!

Read more and buy tickets.



From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

05 October 2018

Ottawa: Sky High Magic

From Ingenium:
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is proud to present the line up for this year’s Sky High Magic Series!

Prepare to be mesmerized by amazing visual illusions. These talented, high-energy magicians will perform inexplicable feats of magic, mixed with a whirlwind of comedy. They’ll tickle your ribs and leave you baffled!

Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Thanksgiving: Sunday, October 7
“Quicker Than the Eye” with Ian Quick

National Child’s Day: Sunday, November 18
Master Illusionist Chris Pilsworth

Family Day (ON): Monday, February 18
The Magic of MAJINX!

March Break: Sunday, March 10
“A Magic Explosion” with Erick Elektrik!

Read more.




[With thanks to Ryan Pilling for letting us know!]

04 October 2018

China: Richard Forget

Catch "Dreamy Night" October the 5th.


From That's Shenzhen:
Coming all the way from the US, Canada and Italy, these three magicians have earned plaudits the world over. Aaron Radatz has been compared to David Copperfield and was called a magician to watch by Time magazine, while Canadian Richard Forget and Italian Mark Zoppi join the American master of illusion for an evening that will be hard to forget.  


Read more.

03 October 2018

Rounding the Western rings in October 2018

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- TBA
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Hallowe'en themed general meeting.
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Round table.


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

Rounding the Central rings in October 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)- Peter Mennie lecture.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Magic history and rubber band workshop.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Graemazing lecture.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Quentin Reynolds lecture.
(also Chris Philpott lecture at Browser's)


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in October 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.

02 October 2018

Coquitlam: Murray Hatfield and Teresa

Catch them Thursday October the 4th!


From the Evergreen Cultural Centre:
Murray Hatfield & Teresa first worked together in 1992 and the result was…MAGIC! Since then they have thrilled audiences in numerous countries on four continents with their signature brand of magic, comedy and stunning, state-of-the-art illusions. Murray is a 2-time Magician of the Year and Teresa is a 3-time Assistant of the year!

Read more and buy tickets.

01 October 2018

Top 5 posts in September 2018

Out of the 24 posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:
5. Michael Close's September 2018 newsletter - Sign up for yourself so you get Michael's news before I post!
4. Matt DiSero in the Edmonton Journal - A funny guy being funny with other funny folks!
3. Vancouver: Cabaret of Wonders - A big event in October!
2. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED - The people still 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 third 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!!!

28 September 2018

The Sentimentalists at The Magic Castle

If you're not going to be able to catch Chris and Steffi at The Magic Castle, you could always see the in Toronto for a Belated Hallowe'en at Curiosa.


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27 September 2018

Julie Eng talks Johnny Thompson

From the September 24th post "Johnny and Me" by Julie Eng at Magicana:
She squeals and The Great Tomsoni’s face says it all. He’s found the wad of bubble gum his beautiful assistant, “& Co.”, has just stashed—her improvised solution after being scolded—inside his top hat. My sister and I look at each other with total delight. We proceed to mimic The Great Tomsoni, move for move, stretching the sticky ball between his fingers. We collapse into hysterics in our backstage hiding spot when he reveals that this is hardly the first time he’s had to deal with his assistant’s antics. With an exasperated sigh and eyes rolling to the rafters, The Great Tomsoni peels back his tuxedo lapel and displays the other dozen pink, gooey masses already squashed on to his jacket. This visual punch line never fails to crack us up.

It’s the late Seventies. I am about six years old, and my little sister, Sandra, and I are tucked away in our “secret spot” backstage at a variety show in British Columbia. Our father, Tony Eng, had been hired to perform his act, Mysteries of the Orient, with our mother, Ann, on a program with several other acts. On the bill was a big headliner from LA, Johnny and Pam Thompson, a.k.a. The Great Tomsoni & Co.

Read more.

26 September 2018

Help Neil McNally fund “Doug Henning’s Magical World”

From the September 24th post, '“Doug Henning’s Magical World” Indiegogo Funding Begins Today!' at The Doug Henning Project:

Hello Everyone, 

It’s been a long road, but here we are!

The funding for my documentary “Doug Henning’s Magical World” begins today on Indiegogo and I hope you all will consider donating.

As I mentioned, this will be the first feature length documentary regarding Doug’s life and work and features many of Doug’s close friends and collaborators. Please share the links with anyone you may know. Doug deserves a project of this scale, and I’d love for you to contribute to its creation.

The links are:

Official Doug Henning Indiegogo Page

Official Movie Website

With Magic and Wonder, 

Neil McNally


Read more and donate.


 From the YouTube channel of Doug Henning's Magical World:





25 September 2018

Toronto: Eric Hanson at The Browser's Den of Magic

Updated at 7am to add:
  • This event has been cancelled due to a death in Eric's family.  Our thoughts are with Eric at this difficult time.


From the Browser's Den of Magic newsletter:
ERIC HANSEN STORE VISIT- Sunday, September 30 from 12noon to 5pm: Master wood craftsmen Eric Hansen will be stocking the back room FULL of his wonderful and unique creations for sale. Chops Cups, Wands, Money Makers and many new items that you have never seen before. Some of you have met Eric at his booth at the 'Bash'. We hope you will come and chat magic with Eric and take a look at the world of his new magic wonders.

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.

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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!

Updated at 7:30pm to add:

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.


You too can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

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