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.

Read more and buy tickets.

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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15 July 2018

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!!!

Be sure to visit the FISM Quebec 2021 website to take advantage of early bird pricing!


See the official announcement on Shawn Farquhar's Facebook post:

14 July 2018

Toronto: Meet Brad Bond, Maya Franzoi, and Joey Machin

Meet Brad Bond, Maya Franzoi, and Joey Machin from the CBC Kids show The Thrillusionists and see the magic LIVE! July 18th/19th at CBC Kids days!


From Chris Mayhew's Facebook post:

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13 July 2018

Perfect Magic wants to know "When and Where Did You First See Magic?"

From the July 12 post "When and Where Did You First See Magic?" at the Perfect Magic blog:
There were all kinds of rides and shows on the fairway, such as Freak Shows, House of Mirrors, and a Magic show and more. To entice you to go to the magic show, there was an elevated platform with a magician who had an Arm Chopper and an assistant.  Other guillotines and choppers, cut the carrot as the blade comes down, but not the  person’s head. With the Arm Chopper you actually see the arm fall into the basket. 27.jpgIt is a wonderful illusion especially when done with a volunteer from the audience.  It’s still popular today as it’s easily portable as it sits on any table. It still is as clear to me as the day I saw it.

Read more and let them know "When and Where Did You First See Magic?"

12 July 2018

Colon: Shawn Farquhar and Carisa Hendrix at Abbott's 81st Get Together

From Magic Get Together:
The Abbott's Magic Company, the Colon Lions Club and the Colon Chamber of Commerce are proud to celebrate the Annual Abbott's Magic Get-Together. The dates are August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of 2018. Once again, magicians from all over the world will migrate to Colon, Michigan, the Magic Capital of the World, to be a part of this family oriented event. Tents and campers will magically pop up everywhere to swell this tiny little village until it appears there is no room for even one more person. Everyone scampers to be a part of this fun convention which was named the #1 Unique Convention last year in the Detroit Free Press.

Magicians will be performing in the streets, restaurants and bars. The annual craft fair will take place on Friday and Saturday. The yearly fireworks will go off as in recent years on Friday night after the show at the Colon High School. Visit the Colon Historical Museum for a special Magic adventure or take a cemetery tour where many famous and not so famous magicians have chose to perform their final act and become a permanent part of the magical history of Colon.

Read more and register.


From Ken Dumm's Facebook page:


11 July 2018

Edmonton: Matt DiSero at the Edmonton Comedy Festival

Matt was also recently featured on the Travel Tales Podcast.  Details at the bottom of the post.


From the Edmonton Comedy Festival:
The Edmonton Comedy Festival is back from October 10th to 13th, 2018 starring Letter Kenny’s Trevor K. Wilson, Not Skinny Not Blonde’s Monique Marvez, That’s So Raven’s Rondell Sheridan, The Debator’s Steve Patterson and Last Comic Standing’s Louis Ramey. New to the festival this year watch out for our comedy seminars and fundraising opportunities plus more chances to win your way into the festival!


From Matt DiSero's Twitter feed:



From the Travel Tales Podcast Twitter feed:




10 July 2018

Breaking news: FISM 2021 will be in Quebec City!

Updated July 11th to add:

Congratulations 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!!!

From the Facebook page of Renee-Claude Auclair:

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With thanks to Lee Asher and Joan Caesar for sharing the news with me as it happened!



Toronto: Round-up from The Toronto Magic Company

Thanks Ben and Jonah for putting this list together!

From the Facebook page of The Toronto Magic Company:
Hello Magic fans!

The The Toronto Magic Company is on summer break while Ben and Jonah are on tour (performing private and public events as well as lecturing across North America) but that doesn’t mean the magic is stopping. Check out our list of the best magic things to do this summer and let us know which one’s you’re excited to check out!

July 6th-14th- Circus Shop of Horrors featuring Illusionist Ryan Wonder Brown
Circus Shop of Horrors is an eclectic musical revue, paying homage to beloved horror films by melding the grotesque with acrobatics, circus, dance, drag, and illusion. Definitely not a show for kids or the squeemish! https://fringetoronto.com/…/fringe/event/circus-shop-horrors

July 14th and 18th- Magic and Martini starring James Alan
Enjoy cocktails and cuisine while watching one of the world's best conjurers perform a full evening show in an intimate close up setting. You and your astonished guests will experience an evening quite unlike any theatrical performance you have ever encountered. Turns out magic really is for grown ups! http://www.magicandmartini.ca/

July 19th and 20th - Chris Westfall & The Porcelain Princess
This full stage show is packed with illusions, juggling, and non-stop fun perfect for the entire family. Join magician Chris Westfall the crazy Professor Weir Doe, and living doll Bella M. Eurta for a night filled with laughs, gasps, and audience interaction your kids will never forget! http://www.chriswestfallmagic.com/…/toronto-theatre-magic-…/

July 20-28th- El Diablo Of The Cards 2.0 starring Ewerton De Andrade Martins
International award winning clown/magician, Ewerton Martins returns to Storefront Fringe with an astonishing new show: El Diablo of the Cards 2.0. A Brazilian Master of the Cards, Ewerton Martins is crossing 52 countries thrilling audiences around the world with a unique card magic style that combines improvisation, a clowns foolishness and amazing magic skills! Laughs guaranteed! https://www.kingstongrand.ca/even…/el-diablo-of-the-cards-20

July 25th- The Sentimentalists LIVE in Toronto
For one night only world renowned mentalists Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay will transport you back to the golden age of magic. Minds will be read, thoughts will be transmitted, and miracles will happen in front of your eyes. One night only at the beautiful Revival theatre. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-sentimentalists-live-ticket…

August 11th- James Harrison at the Coldwater Steampunk Festival
Take a step into the weird and wonderful world of Coldwater’s Steampunk festival with master of the strange, and Canada’s favorite pickpocket magician, James Harrison. Tickets are free for the entire event, so bring the whole family! http://www.steampunkfestivalcoldwater.com/

August 18th- Magic and Martini starring James Alan
Enjoy cocktails and cuisine while watching one of the world's best conjurers perform a full evening show in an intimate close up setting. You and your astonished guests will experience an evening quite unlike any theatrical performance you have ever encountered. Turns out magic really is for grown ups! http://www.magicandmartini.ca/

August 30th- The Art of Magic
The The Toronto Magic COmpany has partnered with the Super Wonder Gallery to put together something that’s part magic show, part work of art, and 100% an evening of unforgettable fun. Witness the incredible magic of Mark Tricks, Isthis Yourcard, Jonah Babins, and Benzi. Tickets for this event will sell out, so get them fast! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner…





09 July 2018

Paris: Luc Langevin in 2019

From the June 28th article "Le magicien Luc Langevin de retour avec un Nouveau Spectacle en mars 2019" in Stephane larue as translated by Google:
After his triumph at the CASINO DE PARIS in 2016 and 2017, LUC LANGEVIN returns to the stage with his new show NOW DEMAIN. Combining numbers of great illusions, new technologies, poetry and mentalism, LUC LANGEVIN propels us into a futuristic world while keeping his passion for science and magic at the heart of the show.






08 July 2018

Alex Seaman and Matt DiSero remember Brian Gillis

From Alex Zander's Facebook page:

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From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:




Ben Train and Shawn Farquhar remember June Horowitz

From Ben Train's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:







07 July 2018

Winners of the 2018 Allan Slaight Awards

Congratulations to all!


Read more about each winner at Magicana:

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Dear Denizens,
 Hope that you enjoyed the long weekend!
 Friendly reminder that this Saturday, July 7 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm is our next Free Magic Club.
 All interested in talking magic, sharing ideas are welcome.
 Have a nice day-The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.



06 July 2018

Alex Seaman in the Tri-City News

Congratulations Alex, on becoming the youngest in history to be installed as the International President-Elect of the International Brotherhood of Magicians!


From the July 4th article "Making magic on the international stage --Former Tri-City News paper boy delivers with his act" by Grant Granger in the Tri-City News:

Like many other kids, Zander got a magic kit when he was in kindergarten. But he lost interest in it quickly and put it away. The desire to pull the kit out of the closet didn't resurface until he was 11 years old when his family was on vacation in Victoria. They dropped into Tony's Trick and Joke Shop run by renowned magician Tony Eng. It had its fair share of the prankster staples like squirting nickels, hand buzzers and whoopee cushions. What little Alex couldn't take his eyes off of, though, was the Wall of Magic Wonders with all its oddities.

His parents and two younger brothers had other plans that day, but Alex didn't want to leave so they left him "with the magician dude."

Eng taught him a bunch of stuff, and by the time he exited he was the proud possessor of a deck of cards, sleight-of-hand sponge balls and other magic stuff. And he began to practise, practise and practise some more.

Read more.

05 July 2018

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04 July 2018

Top 5 posts in June 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. Toronto: A symphony of illusions - With Ryan Brown.
4. Waterloo: Two fools - What'd you think of the show?
3. Gananoque: The Comedy and Magic of Jason Palter - Will you be there?
2. Vancouver: World of Magic - This is going to be a phenomenal event!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Catching up with The Sentimentalists (they're on Penn and Teller's Fool Us!) - Did you see them on Fool Us?

03 July 2018

Toronto: Browser's Den School of Magic

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
CLASSES BEGIN: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Since 1975 'Browser's Den of Magic' has been helping people of all ages whether they are professionals or hobbyists, learn to perform magic effectively.

The goal of our Magic School is to emphasize quality over quantity. Knowing how a tricks works is only the first step. Understanding how to perform a trick in an entertaining and mystifying way is the most important part of becoming a magician.

Magic School also helps people learn lifetime skills such as talking in front of others, practice, psychology, social skills, patience and concentration.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
We know how busy people are these days. And with most of our dear customers living at least 45 minutes away it is not easy for many to sign-up and commit to attending a class each week.

Instead each student registers in advance for 5 classes. And then he or she may show up for any of the classes for a total of 5 classes.

Read more and register.

02 July 2018

Toronto: Ryan Brown at the Fringe

From the Toronto Fringe's listing for the "Circus Shop of Horrors":
July 6th - July 14th

It’s dusk. Your car breaks down on an abandoned forest road, far away from home. Far away from the nearest phone. But there’s a cabin up ahead, with smoke spiralling from the chimney, and a light scent of fresh-baked cookies wafting out the windows. A lucky place to spend the night or make a phone call? Not if you’re in a 90’s horror movie. Enter the Circus Shop of Horrors, an eclectic musical revue, paying homage to beloved horror films, by melding the grotesque, with acrobatics, circus, dance, drag, and illusion! Enjoy seeing if you can identify all our references in the show.

Read more and buy tickets.

01 July 2018

Dai Vernon in Atlas Obscura

From the June 25th article "An Insider’s Tour of New York’s Disappearing Magic History," by Sarah Laskow in Atlas Obscura:
With his sharp mustache and debonair smile, Dai Vernon always looked like he knew more than he was revealing, and as his stature in the magic community grew, his life became legend. When he came to New York from Ottawa, Canada, in 1915, the vaudeville circuit was still feeding magicians steady income and fame, though Pastor’s heyday was long over. A kid obsessed with magic and card tricks, Vernon gravitated to the city’s magic shops. Martinka’s had already become legendary, though from the outside, one reporter wrote in 1916, it looked like “a little dingy shop … with one window full of dusty paraphernalia,” in the shadow of Sixth Avenue’s elevated train. Whatever wonders the shop had to offer were in the back room, off-limits to newcomers like Vernon.


Read more.

30 June 2018

Jordan Vo and Care Elise in the Mission City Record

From the June 25th article "Magical couple sweeps Fraser Valley competition" in the Mission City Record:
Among those there to be judged by a jury of their peers were a couple, Jordan Vo and Care Elise. The magicians that night were competing for one of two awards, the title of 2018 Stage Magician of the Year and the Peter Reveen Variety Trophy named in honour of the late illusionist and hypnotist, Peter Reveen.

A couple both on stage and off, Jordan and Care can often be spotted throughout the Fraser Valley performing at festivals and events as a duo. But this time, they weren’t competing together, but as two solo acts.

Read more.

29 June 2018

Toronto: Chris Westfall... & The Porcelain Princess

Thursday Juy 19th & Friday July 20th

From Eventbrite:
The Magic show that took Canada by storm is in Toronto for 2 nights ONLY and better than ever!

Chris Westfall... & The Porcelain Princess is a true magic theatre experience. It brings the arts of illusion, circus, improv and comedy together in one amzing show perfect for the whole family. It will baffle and amaze. Keep you on the edge of your seats at the top of your imagination. Watch Chris Westfall make people appear, diappear and float while laughing the entrie way through.

Read more and buy tickets.

28 June 2018

Carisa Hendrix: Up Close & Personal at the Melbourne Magic Festival

Thursday July 12.

From the Melbourne Magic Festival:
Carisa Hendrix, winner of the 2017 MICF Award for Best Comedy Show at The Melbourne Magic Festival, returns to Melbourne in a way you’ve never seen her before – UP CLOSE & PERSONAL.

Carisa, Guinness World Record holder and, thanks to the infamous Vanish Magazine cover, one of the most famous female magicians on the planet, will dazzle you with an evening of intimate magic unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

This ONE NIGHT ONLY special event will sell out so make sure you book now!


Read more and buy tickets.




27 June 2018

Winnipeg: Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe

Catch Chris Funk: Fri July 20, Sat July 21, Sun July 22, Mon July 23, Tue July 24, Wed July 25, and Sun July 29.


From the Winnipeg Fringe:
Penn & Teller called him "irresistible". Simon Cowell said he's never seen anything like it. Las Vegas celebrity magician Murray Sawchuck said "absolutely phenomenal".

Witness this next generation comedy magic show that's been wowing audiences across the globe. Chris Funk The Wonderist combines intuition, influence and illusion with a unique comedic approach that will definitely be your "cure for the common magic show."

You've seen him on Fool Us, Wizard Wars, Masters of Illusion and America's Got Talent, and now you can see him live!

Read more and buy tickets.



From Chris Funk's Facebook page:


26 June 2018

Seattle: Something Magical with Billy Kidd

Sep 6 - Sep 8


From Facebook:
Join us for Something Magical With Billy Kidd at Hales Ales Palladium. An Evening of magic and comedy seamlessly interwoven, you won't believe your eyes as you are taken on this hilarious rollercoaster ride.

Billy Kidd also has appeared on numerous television shows such as CBC’s The Science of Magic on the Nature of Things and hosted Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic series. She also appeared alongside Penn & Teller on Syfy’s Wizard Wars and is a regular on CW’s Masters of Illusion.

In the UK she was featured on ITV’s Next Great Magician, BBC’s Xmas Lectures and the doc. Now You See It.


25 June 2018

Richmond Hill: Michael Close workshop

From Michael Close:

Penn & Teller: Fool Us season 6 audition time is quickly approaching.
Workshop your routine at this intensive full-day session. 


Where: Richmond Hill, ON
When: July 21, 2018

During these sessions I will offer the same services I do in my role as one of the two magic consultants on Fool Us: addressing technical problems, punching up scripts, examining blocking and staging concerns, strengthening the clarity of the effect, and much, much more. You will get thousands of dollars worth of help and advice.

Whether or not you plan on auditioning for Fool Us, this is your opportunity to take your existing material to the next level.

**Please Note: Attendance will be limited to ensure personalized attention.

Read more and register.

24 June 2018

Spot the Canadian(s) in the 2018 Magic Castle Awards Show Opening Montage

Have a look at opening montage of the 2018 Magic Castle Awards Show, edited by Tom Frank.

Can you name the Canadian(s)?

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From Tom Frank's YouTube channel:




23 June 2018

Rosemary Reid: Magic Isn't Real (and other lies we tell ourselves)

Watch the TEDx Talk Rosemary Reid presented on April 25th for TEDx St. Mary CS School in Oshawa.
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From the TEDx Talks YouTube channel:

22 June 2018

Gananoque: The Comedy and Magic of Jason Palter

From Gananoque:
The Royal Theatre Presents - The Comedy and Magic of Jason Palter
Jul 8, 2018

Event Description: Jason Palter blends cutting-edge magic, hilarious comedy, and the art of mind reading to deliver an unparalleled and interactive experience to spectators! Prepare to be blown away!

Event Location: Royal Theatre - 175 King Street, E Gananoque

Tickets: $25 (tax included) available online, at the Royal Theatre Box Office or at the door.

Website: www.royaltheatre.ca

Read more and buy tickets.



21 June 2018

Masters of Illusion 2018 (season 5)

I spied Chris Funk, Murray Sawchuk, Billy Kidd, and Greg Frewin.

Who'd I miss?

Masters of Illusion returns for a fifth anniversary season on The CW with two 30-minute episodes airing back to back on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. Central.


Watch the promo on Chris Funk's Instagram:

20 June 2018

Catching up with The Sentimentalists (they're on Penn and Teller's Fool Us!)

Catch Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay:
  • Mon June 25 on Penn and Teller's Fool Us on CW Network
  • Fri June 29 and Sat Jun 30 at Smoke and Mirrors Theater in Pennsylvania
  • Sat Sept 15 at Zoetic in Hamilton


From The Sentimentalist's Facebook page:











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.

Read more.

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.


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

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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.

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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.


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