I've been under the weather for the past while. I hope to post the results of the 2017 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award in the near future.

20 January 2018

Highlights from CAM / PCAM 2017

Watch the video put together by Leif David showing some of the highlights from CAM / PCAM 2017.

From Leif David's Facebook post:

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19 January 2018

Magicana accepting nominations for the 2017 Allan Slaight awards

I'm still hoping they are going to create a category for "Best Blog Focused on Canadian Magicians Run by a Member of IBM Ring 17."

From Magicana:
Magicana is pleased to announce on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation the creation of the Allan Slaight Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the pursuit of the impossible.

Initiated by the Slaight Family Foundation to honour Canadian media mogul and philanthropist Allan Slaight, and his lifelong passion for and contribution to magic, Magicana will distribute, on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation $250,000 over five years - $50,000 per year - to recognize excellence in magic.
Read more and nominate.

18 January 2018

Ottawa: Magic Monday with Bella Magic

From the Magic Monday Facebook event:
29 January

Magic Monday is back and proud to present our first female headliner, Bella Magic! (Bella M. Eurta)

 Returning to the stage is the amazing Gabriel Le Marquand Perreault! And we're please to welcome our special guest host, the wonderful Ian Quick. (Magic of Ian Quick)

 Don't miss this one of a kind showcase. Get your tickets now before they disappear!

Read more.

17 January 2018

Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders IX, X, and XI

From the Chilliwack Cultural Centre:

All shows are at the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre.

Read more and buy tickets.

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

16 January 2018

David Jans: One of the top 10 citizens of 2017

Congratulations David!

From the January 12th article "The 2017 Top Ten Citizens of the Year" by Jason Setnyk in The Cornwall Seeker:
Magician David Jans has had an incredible year, from playing live on CTV Ottawa Morning Live television program, to performing at Pommier Jewelers 80th anniversary party, plus many sold out rooms including NYE at La Maison Tavern. He also performed street magic in downtown Montreal at the Canada Grand Prix, as well as in downtown Cornwall for Food Fest. He was also featured in Cornwall Living Magazine. Furthermore, as an actor he played an extra on the Jean Beliveau biography mini series that aired on the French History Channel. Way to go David!

Read more.

15 January 2018

Calgary: Make Magic

From the Make Magic with James Jordan Facebook page:
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James has been receiving praise and applause from Festivals, Cabaret Theatres, Bars, Corporate Parties and yes Kids Birthday Parties all over the world. It does not matter where he is, his act is sure to please.

His life has been spent developing a unique blend of comedy, magic, music and juggling.

Come see him as his astonishes and astounds at Madisons

14 January 2018

James Randi winner of the 2017 Philosophy Now Award!

From Philosophy Now:
The fourth Philosophy Now Festival will take place all day on 20 January 2018.

As in previous years, the Festival will include talks, debates, workshops, and philosophical games for the whole family. There is no need to book for the Festival or for most of the individual events within it. However, you do need to book in order to attend one of the children’s philosophy workshops, as spaces are limited.

Read more

From the Philosophy Now Twitter feed:

13 January 2018

You Laugh, You Lose, Canadian magician edition

Chris Ramsay, Wes Barker, Spidey, Vincent C, and Eric Leclerc face-off in the ultimate "You Laugh, You Lose" challenge where they each have to come up with their own magic related Dad Jokes!

Definitely NSFW.

From Chris Ramsay's YouTube channel:

12 January 2018

St. Albert and Leduc: Morton the Magician in TA DA!

From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:

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11 January 2018

Calgary: The Sixth Annual WowFest Magic Arts Festival

From WowFest:
February 2nd to 4th

Featuring amazing magic shows, with a full-on family-friendly magic experience. Not only will you have a chance to watch amazing magicians in performance, you will also have a chance to learn magic, try your hand at juggling, and more fun with our pre-show activities.

WowFest has always been focused on providing great family fun and entertainment with affordable ticket prices. For 2018 we are working to make a bigger impact in the community.

This year we have partnered with Brown Bagging For Calgary Kids as our charity partner to support the amazing work they do.

25% of All WowFest Ticket Proceeds
Will Support Feeding Hungry Kids in Calgary

Read more and buy tickets.

From the WowFest Facebook page:

10 January 2018

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09 January 2018

2017 Readers' Choice award results

Thank you all for participating in the spirit in which the awards were intended:  a fun way to recognize and celebrate all of the fabulous talent in our country.

One hundred and seven votes were cast in this "bragging rights" only contest.  This year there was an option to add a comment to your vote.  My favourite comment?  "I hope no one can see I voted for myself..."  (Bonus points to you if you can guess who wrote that.)

Here are the results of our second annual  "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!

Beacons of Inspiration (in alphabetical order by surname)

2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown
Nominated by dmdlfyer.

It is clear from his multiple nominations that Ryan has worked hard to get this far in his career.  He is an inspiration to the students at his alma mater.   Ryan continues to stretch himself by seeking opportunities to learn with and from world class magicians.

Website: RyanBrownMagic.com

2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Neil Croswell

Neil Croswell
Nominated by Anonymous.

In 2017, Neil appeared on "Masters of Illusion" and performed across Asia which helped raise money for charitable causes in Sri Lanka.

Neil's Asia appearances include the "Knights of Illusion" magic show held in Colombo, Sri Lanka alongside Michael Finney and Xavier Mortimer.  He also performed 32 stage shows in Beijing, China at the annual "Happy Valley International Magic Festival."  This year, Neil performed over 300 shows across five countries.

Website: NeilCroswellMagic.com

Caiden Finch (12 yo)
Nominated by Phil Matlin.

Caiden was the youngest nominee in 2017.  It is clear to me that he is on a similar trajectory as the others nominated this year.  He is a hard worker, who actively seeks out feedback, and implements advice received.  I had the pleasure of meeting Caiden at Sorcerers Safari in 2016.  I have no doubt we'll continue to hear wonderful things about him as the years progress!


2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Murray and Teresa Hatfield

Murray and Teresa Hatfield
Nominated by The Magic Demon.

The Hatfields had another amazing year! Murray and Teresa Hatfield starred in and produced their second ever extraordinary magic and illusions-filled phantasmagoria "Unbelievable" at this summer's PNE in Vancouver. It was again one of the the most inspiring and entertaining stadium-scale magical events Vancouver has ever seen.

Additionally, Murray and Teresa amazed on season 4 of Penn and Teller Fool Us this year where Penn said of their performance "I haven't seen a better version of Metamorphosis ever." Murray is also the President of the Canadian Association of Magicians.

Website: MurrayHatfieldMagic.com

Editor's Choice

2017 Editor's Choice: Julie Eng
Julie Eng
Nominated by James Alan.

Along with running programs such as "Senior Sorcery" and "My Magic Hands," in 2017 Julie was also a major driving force behind the publication of "The Magic of Johnny Thompson," Magic Live (as performer, presenter, and host), Magicana's Magic Collectors Weekend, Magicana's A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities (as publisher, project manager) and the CBC's show Magic and Science.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it all!

Somehow, while doing all of that, Julie still found time to be the Executive Director at Magicana.

Website: magicienne.com

Readers' Choice

2017 Winner: Benzi Train
Benzi Train
Nominated by Ari.

Congratulations to Benzi for winning the 2017 Readers' Choice award!

Keep up your great work with the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, Newest Trick in the Book and Toronto Magic Company!

08 January 2018

Fergus: Bringing magic to the Fergus Grand Theatre

From the January 5th, 2018 article "Ryan Joyce aims to bring world class magicians to Fergus" by Jaime Myslik in the Wellington Advertiser:
“I’m trying to find ways to stay more locally bound and still do what I love,” he said. “I think we might have found a unique way to do both.”

The first project he’s working on is called Magician’s Masterclass, which is an educational show for magicians hosted by a guest magic legend and will be filmed at the Fergus Grand Theatre.

The goal is to “see how they learn and teach and explore magic, all on camera,” Joyce said.

The first episode was released in December with host Michael Close, a magic consultant for Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Read more.

From Fergus Filming:
I asked Michael (Close) to join us to film an exciting new project for the magic community that teaches some of magic’s most well-gaurded secrets.  The project is turning out better than I expected and there is interested to bring other world-famous magicians and variety artists right here to our community.

While filming, it became very clear the opportunity that lay ahead.  I am gearing up to bring some of the world’s greatest magicians, variety artists and visual entertainers right here to Fergus Grand Theatre and film shows for distribution.

These performances will be free* and we need to fill all 255 seats with an enthusiastic live studio audience.  Sorry, I can’t mention too many juicy details yet.  You’ll be the first to know by signing up for updates below!  Don’t worry, I don’t have time to spam you– kinda busy working to make this happen (plus travelling like crazy for my job)

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Introducing "Magician's Masterclass"

Magician's Masterclass is brought to you by Ryan Joyce, Graeme Reed, Peter Mennie, and Matt DiSero.

From Magician's Masterclass:
A place where magicians help magicians.

Registration is free and you can join now.  Behind these walls are videos, podcasts, ideas and trade secrets for serious magicians, enthusiasts and professionals. We’ll also offer incredible classes and resources from the minds of the world’s greatest magicians.

Read more and register.

07 January 2018

Montreal: Mahdi Gilbert lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Tuesday January 9th

Mahdi Gilbert is one of the hottest magicians in the world. His magic is incredible, his sleight of hand impeccable. Oh and he does all this without even having hands.

Mahdi has performed his magic all over the world and has been seen on TV by over 270 million people. Here’s your chance to see him live, performing and teaching some of his signature routines, talking about his thinking, as well as teaching some tricks that you haven’t seen before. Here’s your chance to sit down and spend an evening with one of the most inspirational magicians on the planet.

Read more and buy tickets.

Rounding the Western rings in January 2018

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- TBA
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- SYM - Mini-wands, Top Hats, workshop
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Woody Aragon lecture and show
- Ryan Pilling lecture
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- Ryan Pilling lecture
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - VMC dinner

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

Rounding the Central rings in January 2018

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

Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Second Saturday night special
- Meetup Mensuel
- Sunday brunch
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Workshop night.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Christmas treasures.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Teach-a-trick night
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Members' nights!

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in January 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 e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

06 January 2018

Richmond Hill: January coaching session with Michael Close

From Michael Close:
During these sessions I will offer the same services I do in my role as consultant on Penn & Teller: Fool Us – addressing any technical problems, editing 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. For a limited time I am offering this at a greatly discounted price. This is your opportunity to take your existing material to the next level.

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

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2018

Read more and register.

From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:

05 January 2018

Vancouver: Woody Aragon lecture and show

From the Vancouver Magic Circle:
Woody Aragon Show January 20th
Join us at the Inlet Theatre on Saturday January 20th as The Vancouver Magic Circle presents Magic with Woody Aragon! Direct from Spain, this is an exclusive, one time only, one man show!

Woody Aragon Lecture
Our next lecture is Woody Aragon, Sunday, January 21st. This is his ONLY appearance in Canada. Named by many as one of the greatest card magicians of the new generation, Woody is a North American and European FISM champion, winner of the main awards in close up magic and a wonderful performer! He's the author of two best selling books, a multi-disc DVD set and Magic Castle nominee.

Read more and buy tickets.

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

04 January 2018

Toronto: Jon Armstrong lecture

A quick reminder that all are welcome this Saturday, January 6th at Browser's Free Magic Club.

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

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

Dear Denizens,

We hope that you've been enjoying the holidays. Here at the Browser's Den we've been working on our first lecture of 2018, and we think you'll be as excited as we are.

Jon Armstrong is a multiple award-winning magician, including Close-up Magician of the Year at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood. He was the resident magician at Disney World's Epcot Centre, as well as one of the house magicians at Caesar's Magical Empire.

He's been a top consultant to the film and television industry. He was featured on the Netflix documentary Magicians: Life in the Impossible. He's been on Masters of Illusion and Penn and Teller's Fool Us, and now he's bringing all his talents to the Browser's Den.

Join us on Sunday January 21st as Jon takes us on a journey through his magic, teaching not only the how but the why. And don't worry, the Tiny Plunger will be there!

Thank you for your kind support-Old Jeff, Young Jeff & The Browser's Den Team

Read more and buy tickets.

03 January 2018

A new year. A new CAM.

It's time for me to renew my membership with the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) and I encourage you to do the same.

I recently received an email from Joan Caesar, which said in part:
Our January magazine (Northern Peeks) will be larger than in the previous few years, and there’s a drive to become more modern in every way.

Our CAMaraderie convention will be held in conjunction with the Québec Festival of Magic in the historic Quebec City May 3-6. The performers they have booked are outstanding.

We’re always looking for people to help, especially with Northern Peeks. We’d love to receive articles, big or small, from all regions of Canada, and we’d be honoured to hear from you. We can’t survive without our members and their help.

To become a member, renew your membership, or learn more about CAM, visit their website at cammagic.org

02 January 2018

Toronto: The newest hat and rabbit trick in the book

Tonight's performers (January 2nd) are mentioned at the bottom of the post.

From The Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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01 January 2018

Happy 2018!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with awe and wonder!