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!

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From David Acer's Twitter feed:




18 July 2018

TMR studios interviews Shawn Farquhar

From the TMR Productions YouTube channel:

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17 July 2018

Windsor: Darcy Oake at Caesars Windsor

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

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

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

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16 July 2018

Edmonton: Justin Willman at The Comic Strip

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


From The Comic Strip Twitter feed:
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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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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.

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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.


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