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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

From Keith Brown's Twitter feed:
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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 
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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!

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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!
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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!!!