21 July 2019

Sleightly Sketchy: Magician trading cards [MTC190721]

Imagine if magicians had trading cards. 

Did you need all three hints to guess whose trading card back this is?

Sleightly Sketchy: Magician trading cards [MTC190721]




Previously posted:

20 July 2019

Content creation and magic

From the July 9the article "How to Create Captivating Content Using the Secrets of Magic" by Laura Mingall in CMF Trends:
Masters of cinema, such as Georges Méliès and Orson Welles, were also master magicians. Magicians are storytellers that harness the science and art of constructing captivating illusions. And storytellers have the ability to leverage these secrets of magic when creating all forms of content.

My experience with magic began in preschool. I learned firsthand both the thrill of watching the impossible become possible, as well as the thrill of understanding how it can be done. My grandfather is Henry Gordon, an acclaimed magician and debunker whose career spanned over thirty years and is a fascinating story in and of itself. He appeared on various media platforms, such as a range of CBC programs, through to The Oprah Winfrey Show. He often performed or taught the art of magic, or unapologetically debunked those using it to take advantage of people. He authored regular articles for publications such as the Toronto Star, as well as multiple books. And he would lecture for those fully immersed in the skeptic and magic communities, including at the iconic Magic Castle—the private clubhouse of The Academy of Magical Arts, in Hollywood.

Read more.

19 July 2019

Calgary: Jeff Newman at the Fringe

The Calgary Fringe Festival runs August 3 to 10, 2019.


From the Calgary Fringe Festival:
Mentalist Jeff Newman will mess with your head. In the award-winning magic show MIND GAMES, Newman will influence your thoughts, make impossible predictions, and even read your mind while revisiting classic games with a mentalist twist. 

Read more.


From Brent Smith's Facebook post:

18 July 2019

Toronto: Mark Correia at Buskerfest

Buskerfest runs Friday August 30 through Monday September 2.


From Broadway World:
Mark Correia (Canada): His show COINCIDENCE is a magic show performed by a comedian, and a comedy show performed by a magician. Watch as Mark Correia escapes from a straitjacket, makes your phone vanish, and finds your card using only...his tongue?

Read more.

17 July 2019

Exciting news from Chris Ramsay

Congratulations Chris!


From Chris Ramsay's Twitter feed:
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16 July 2019

Kitchener Waterloo Secret Show V

Catch "Secret Show V" on August 2nd at the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre.


From Graemazing Reed's Facebook page:

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15 July 2019

Toronto: The Sentimentalists Midtown Residency and AGT audition video

Updated at 8:15am to add:
  • Catch The Sentimentalists on AGT Tuesday July 16th!  


Looking forward to learning more about this!  (AGT audition video is at the bottom of the post.)


From the The Sentimentalists Midtown Residency Facebook event:

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From the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:








14 July 2019

Sleightly Sketchy: Magician trading cards [MTC190714]

Imagine if magicians had trading cards.  Did you need all three hints to guess whose trading card back this is?


Sleightly Sketchy: Magician trading cards [190714]

13 July 2019

Review: Indulgence with Lucy Darling

From the July 2nd post "MMF 2019 Review: Indulgence with Lucy Darling" by  Tay Around Town:
We giggled and snorted with laughter, followed Lucy along in her games and marvelled at her wonderful magic. Each time I see Lucy Darling’s shows I become even more enchanted – as does her audience, I’m sure. She has a supreme stage presence and personality, which the audience just revel in. Despite a ‘larger than life’ personality, Lucy (Carisa) is careful to have this aspect not diminish the magic and storytelling. Everything in this show is within perfect harmony.

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12 July 2019

Las Vegas: Jay Sankey presents 'Being More Believable'

Catch Jay's 'Being More Believable' lecture October 4-6 at the Rediscover Event in Las Vegas.


From Jay Sankey's Twitter feed:
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10 July 2019

Toronto: Patrick Redford lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic newsletter:
SATURDAY, July 27

Patrick Redford (aka George Tait) is known throughout the magic community for his exceptional creations in both mentalism and magic. He has a huge assortment of miracles that he will be performing and explaining!

His 2016 book 'Applesauce' containing a slew of different impromptu impossible effects has nearly sold an incredible 10,000 units worldwide!  A number rarely reached in the magic world marketplace.

Patrick's work on the Memorized deck took the world by storm a couple of years later with the release of 'Temporarily Out of Order'. His stack "The Redford Stack" forever changed how people think about the potential of the stacked and memorized deck.

Read more.

Michael Close: The Truth About Lying Webinar

From Michael Close:
The Truth About Lying Webinar
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 4:00pm (EDT)

Magic depends on disseminating misinformation – in other words, lying. Learn to use this important tool with rapier-like precision in this informative and fun webinar.

What You'll Learn:
  • ​​​​​​​The whole truth and nothing but the truth
  • Conditional (transitional) truth
  • Verbal vs. non-verbal lies
  • Sleight of hand as a non-verbal lie
  • Sustaining a non-verbal lie Lies of omission
  • ​​​​​​​Lying to distort memory Strategic placement of big lies
                               ​​​​​​​...AND MUCH MORE

This webinar is for card magicians of all skill levels. It will save you hours of time by guiding you in the right direction..

Read more and register.

Michael Close: Three-Trick Set Webinar

From Michael Close:
How to Design a Three-Trick Set - Live Webinar
Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 4:00pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

After studying magic for a few years, most enthusiasts acquire some repertoire – effects they can perform competently. While we spend a great deal of effort learning new tricks, we rarely take the time to organize our tricks into an effective act or “set.”

This webinar covers:
  • Several strategies that will start you on the path to developing a strong, effective, three-trick set. Using material from Michael's own repertoire​​​​​​​
  • Michael will explain his thought process in assembling several different acts designed for various venues ​​​
  • Suggestions for further study and analysis​​​​​​​
Webinar is designed for magicians of all skill levels.


Read more and register.

09 July 2019

Chester: Michael James in “Smoke and Mirrors”

From Chester Playhouse:
Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 pm 

Magician Michael James presents “ Smoke and Mirrors”. For all, you Hocus- Pocus fans, James does not disappoint. He is an excellent showman and all his acts are guaranteed to amaze! Michael has a natural rapport and ease when interacting with the crowd, and his ample opportunities for audience participation ensure a great night out!

A fundraiser for Zoe Valle’ Memorial Library

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From Michael James' Instagram:




08 July 2019

Derek Selinger on Fool Us and Breakfast Television

Derek Selinger's performance of "The Deadly Gallows" from Penn and Teller Fool Us Season 6.



From the Magic Inspired YouTube channel:

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From the Breakfast Television Twitter feed:


07 July 2019

Fredericton: Broken Wand Ceremony for Pearly Palmer

From the Magic Circle of Saint John:
Saturday, 27 July 2019

To honour our fallen magician Pearly Palmer we will be holding a broken wand ceremony at RH's house. It would be greatly appreciated if all of the members of the club could attend.

06 July 2019

Toronto: Nathan Coe Marsh lecture

From Eventbrite:
Tue, 23 July 2019

Over the course of a career that has included television, corporate events, cruise ships, casinos, trade shows, and comedy clubs, Nathan Coe Marsh has wowed audiences in 13 different countries with incredible original magic. And now, for the first time, he's going to share that magic with you.

Every item in Nathan's lecture has been featured by him in real world, professional performance - and he'll teach you everything you need to know so you can perform them too. The first half focuses on stand-up magic (with an emphasis on strong stand-up magic that 1. does not require on-stage assistants and 2. packs small and plays big). The second half focuses on close-up magic.

Part I: Stand-Up Magic
• A Spirited Opener
The startling visible vanish of a silk followed immediately by the production of a full shotglass. This is a 1-2 punch that, in under 90 seconds, grabs the complete focus of an audience while also setting the atmosphere of fun for everything that follows.
• Nathan’s Chop Cup
Nathan’s stand-up chop cup routine that incorporates a Michael Kaminskas touch (with permission) in a new way to dramatically increase the impact of the final loads.
• Bare-Handed
Any card called for is caught out of mid-air. The spectacle of a card sword without the cost, and Nathan’s new technique for controlling a named card from a memorized deck has many applications for both close-up and stand up (for non-memdeck users, this revelation is also powerful with a chosen card).
• Balloons
Stage-filling, astonishing, comedy mentalism that packs small and involves no on-stage volunteers.

Part II: Close-Up Magic
• Smart Coins
Featuring a charming, motivated, topical, and original presentation that steers clear of what Eugene Burger termed “the adventures of the props in the magician’s hands” script that is typical of coins across, Nathan’s version blends brilliant work from Roger Klause, Larry Jennings, and Mike Pisciotta to create a strong routine that gets gasps.
• Card Divination
Inspired by a single sentence in Juan Tamariz’ Mnemonica, this is the card routine Nathan has performed every single time he has done close-up magic professionally since 2004

Seating is extremely limited to this special lecture and seating arrangements are made based on the order in which your tickets are purchased - so act fast to save your spot!

-THIS EVENT IS INTENDED FOR MAGICIANS AND ASPIRING MAGICIANS WITH AT LEAST A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF MAGIC'S SECRETS.

Read more and buy tickets.

05 July 2019

Victoria: Lukas Stark

Catch Lukas Stark at the Victoria Buskers Festival July 3 – 7, 2019.


From Downtown Victoria:
LUKAS STARK

This “Mystery Entertainer” has trained his body and mind to perform incredible feats of magic, mentalism, and skill. Like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes he’ll get inside of your head, display his superhuman memory, turn an audience member into a body language detective, and last but not least reveal the childhood dreams of one lucky subject all while juggling knives and walking through broken glass.

Read more.

04 July 2019

Top 5 posts in June 2019

There were 25+ posts at Canada's Magic last month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:


5. Congratulations to the 2018 Canadian Rising Star - Congratulations Carisa Hendrix!

4. Laval: David Acer at Le Cabaret C - Life is a cabaret, old chum.
3. Billy Kidd in the Vegas News - Congratulations on the success of "Making Magic."
2. Gander and Cornerbrook: Piff The Magic Dragon - Are you going to the show tonight?

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. Nick Wallace on AGT 2019 - Looking forward to seeing what else Nick has up his sleeve.

Thank you to our July 2019 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, James Renoire, Gwyn Auger, Jason Maiuri, and Doug Hunt for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

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03 July 2019

Kickstarter: Authentic Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards

With over 27 day still to go, this Kickstarter has already raised over $400,000 Cdn!


From Kickstarter:
In 1970, Jerry's Nugget Casino printed what would become one of the most collectible playing card decks ever manufactured by United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). They made them for the tables but opted not to use them and put them in storage for 20 years! Almost thirty years ago they started selling them in their gift store with the final price of $2 a deck!
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Playing card expert, Lee Asher, recognized the unique quality and feel of these cards and began evangelizing about them. In due course, Jerry's Nugget playing cards became legendary. 

By the fall of 1999, these cards sold out, yet the demand continued to grow. Today, authentic Jerry’s Nugget cards are among the most desirable and expensive modern decks on the market.

But finding an authentic deck presents a real challenge. Due to their considerable value and the immense demand, knockoffs proliferate eBay and other outlets.

This prompted Asher to suggest Expert Playing Card Company try and get the exclusive license to print these iconic decks again. And after more than three years of pursuit and negotiation, we finally made a deal with Jerry's Nugget Casino! 

Read more and back.


From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:

02 July 2019

Toronto: Magic and Martini

From James Alan's newsletter:
We just completed our 150th sold-out performance of Magic & Martini. We are thrilled for all of the support and incredible feedback we've received. We can't thank you enough.

While our show is normally off during the summer, we will be having a small number of performances on a limited summer schedule at Suite 114 (Bay & Dundas) in Toronto:

Saturday, July 6
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17
To take advantage of the long summer days, we've also moved the show slightly earlier in the evening to give people a chance to go out for dinner afterwards downtown.

Read more and buy tickets.

01 July 2019

Rounding the Eastern rings in July 2019

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- One handed magic (perform a trick with one hand behind your back).


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

28 June 2019

Winnipeg: Keith Brown at the Fringe

From the Winnipeg Fringe:

Art of Astonishment

Keith Brown is a world-class magician, speaker and VIP entertainer who has inspired wonder in over 22 countries and counting! Most recently, Keith performed for the First Lady of Iceland! He was chosen Toronto’s BEST magician… and he’s not even from Toronto! Prepare to engage your imagination in mysteries that open the door to infinite possibilities.

Read more.



From Keith Brown's Twitter feed:







27 June 2019

An update from ReginaCadabra

From the ReginaCadabra Facebook page:

ReginaCadabra Magic Festival would like to announce with regret that we will not be holding the Festival in 2019 and beyond. This decision was not made without a great deal of thought and discussion with the stakeholders. We sincerely appreciate all of the magic fans that attended the wonderful event in 2017 and 2018. We thank all of our community partners and sponsors that participated in the past events. We thank all of our magician friends that performed at the event and those that helped to promote the event to fellow magicians and magic fans. Thank you to all of the volunteers that donated so much of their time to help make the event run smoothly and professionally. Thank you to the Regina Hotel Association that created the Event of Events contest that brought forth this event to Regina. Finally thank you to the Festival Committee and Board who gave countless hours of meetings and time to help produce and run the event.

For the magic fans, we hope you remain a follower of this page as we will from time to time communicate (post) magic events that are occurring in the area.

Again on behalf of the Board, Thank you!

Brent Kloeble
President
ReginaCadabra Magic Festival.

26 June 2019

Register to compete at the FISM 2020 North American Championships of Magic!

The FISM 2020 website is up and running!  Register now to attend or compete at the FISM 2020 North American Championships of Magic!


From the FISM 2020 North American Championships of Magic website:
May 6 to 10, 2020.

Together with the 2020 Canadian Championships of Magie and the 8th Concours International de magie Michel Cailloux.

During the 2020 FISM-North American Convention (held in conjunction with the Club de Magie de Québec and the Canadian Association of Magicians) in Québec City, May 6-10, there will be a triple magic championship competition. The combination of the Canadian Championships of Magic and the 8th Concours International de magie Michel Cailloux  along with the 2020 FISM-North American Championships of Magic will offer the greatest magic competition ever held in Canada

A potential of fifteen competitors will have the opportunity to advance to the FISM 2021 World Championship of Magic also held in Québec City. Also, the North Americans with the highest marks will be crowned 2020 North American Champions in each of stage and close-up event.

In addition, contestants who are members of the host organizations will have the opportunity to compete for their respective awards and performing contracts.

Read more and register.

25 June 2019

Congratulations to the 2018 Canadian Rising Star

The winners of Magicana's Allan Slaight awards will be announced every day this week, starting yesterday. Special congratulations to Carisa Hendrix for winning the Canadian Rising Star award!


From the Magicana Twitter feed:

24 June 2019

Guelph: Mastering the mystery of the mind with The Evasons

From the River Run Centre:
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Jeff and Tessa Evason make extrasensory connections using an incredible talent known as “second sight.” Audience members are amazed when Tessa perceives birth dates, personal details and even the names of distant loved ones — all while standing on stage wearing a blindfold. The Evasons intuitive gifts will captivate you!

“This act is so good – we’ve never seen better!” – Penn & Teller

Read more and buy tickets.

22 June 2019

Winner of Cheap Tricks 2

Earlier this month, The Sentimentalists hosted a contest for inexpensive impromptu magic: Cheap Tricks 2.


One of the participants, James Alan, had this to say on his June 12th post on his blog:
I appeared alongside John Roldan, Jim Byrnes, Beyond Mental Borders, Jonah Babins, Harry Zimmerman, Jacqueline Swann and Shamus MacGregor. The contest was judged by Steffi Kay of the Sentimentalists, Ben Train, Rayn, and the previous champion Chris Westfall. (I was a judge on the first contest in 2017, but agreed to give up my spot to Chris.)
My set of constrains was that I had 3 hours to build an act using a budget of $5 with only material procured at a the nearby A&W. I also had to present in the theme of a XXX-rated Adult Film…. magic for grownups indeed. I’m so glad I forgot to invite my mother to watch. I’m more glad that magic elder statesman Mark Lewis was in the audience to witness me debasing the art of magic.


You can watch the winning NSFW performance on James Alan's YouTube channel.

Congratulations James!





21 June 2019

Memdeck - The Next Step Webinar with Michael Close

From Michael Close:
Sunday, June 23, 2019
10:00 am (EDT)  &  4:00 pm (EDT)

Memdeck - The Next Step Webinar
You’ve put in the hours, memorized a stack, and can now perform a few basic effects with it. What’s the next step? What skills do you need to acquire on the road to memdeck mastery? You’ll find out in our new webinar, “Memdeck, the Next Step.” You can ask questions during the live broadcast of the webinar; if you can’t join live, you’ll have unlimited access to the replay. The webinar will run about ninety minutes.

We’ll discuss:
  • A review of basic memdeck skills
  • A review of basic memdeck effects
  • The challenges of “the next step”
  • Estimation
  • Culling
  • False shuffles
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Other useful tools
  • Explanations of many useful effects

The information in this webinar is “stack independent” – it will apply regardless of which stack you have learned.

This webinar is geared to those who have memorized a stack and have some confidence with it. It is not geared to memdeck neophytes. (If you have not yet memorized a stack, you should wait for another presentation of our “Demystifying the Memorized Deck” webinar.

Read more.


20 June 2019

Toronto: Jeff Hinchliffe's Memorized Deck workshop

From the Browser's Den of Magic Newsletter:
Young Jeff here with a special announcement for the card guys...I am doing my second Memorized Deck workshop.

The date will be SATURDAY JULY 13th, and the workshop/lecture will run from 6:30pm-10:30pm. That's FOUR HOURS of memorized deck magic! The cost is $40 and will be limited to twenty participants. To sign-up you can either call the shop (416-783-7022) or e-mail me directly at jhinchliffe13 AT gmail DOT com

I will be covering a wide range of information about memorized decks, including breaking down the differences between different stacks, stack-dependent and stack-independent material, and how to maintain your memorized deck when performing non-memorized deck magic.


Read more.

19 June 2019

St. Thomas: Magic and Brews

From Eventbrite:
This is the grand opening event will be sure to tickle your tastebuds and blow your mind! World-renowned master magician Bill Abbott, (and former St.Thomas resident) is taking a detour from his current U.S. tour to jump the border on July 5th to bring the MAGIC to Caps Off!

Your ticket includes exclusive access to this event that starts at 7pm where you can purchase freshly brewed beer and enjoy complimentary charcuterie boards of meats & cheese PLUS up close and personal magic that happens in your own hands and mind!

Then sit down at 7:45 pm and experience the show that's filled with laughter, surprise, charm and wonder! Witness the incredible and hilarious magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences around the world! Bill Abbott will demonstrate mind blowing sleight of hand, jaw dropping illusion and laugh out loud comedy that will leave you thoroughly entertained. Then hang after while we serve up one more brew for the road and maybe grab a growler to go!

Read more and buy tickets.



From Bill Abbott's Twitter feed:


18 June 2019

Catching up with Luc Langevin

Catch Luc Langevin in Montreal and Quebec City in November and December respectively.  Or watch him record the show "The Children of the TV."  Or watch the show once it airs!  Or watch the Geminis and see if he takes his category "Best Variety Special."

Congratulations Luc!


From the June 12 article "Luc Langevin de retour au Québec" in La Press:
L'illusionniste présentera ainsi son spectacle Maintenant demain sur plusieurs scènes québécoises dans les prochains mois.

Il sera notamment à la salle Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts le 9 novembre et à la salle Albert-Rousseau de Québec les 22 et 23 décembre.

Read more.



From Luc Langevin's Twitter feed:







17 June 2019

Laval: David Acer at Le Cabaret C

From Eventbrite:
June 18

Jaguar Land Rover Laval est fière d’annoncer la tenue de "Nous pour Vous III" une soirée-bénéfice humoristique en compagnie de Rachid Badouri et ses invités, au profit de l’Organisation familiale des besoins spéciaux de Montréal.

L’animateur du spectacle sera à nouveau cette année, Rachid Badouri, et il mettra en vedette une superbe brochette de grands noms de l’humour, le tout dans un format bilingue. Ainsi vous pourrez entendre les talents de David Acer, Mike Patterson, Christine Morency, Derek Séguin, Dave Gaudet, Maude Landry et Mat Cyr!

Les billets pour cet événement recherché et intime sont disponibles au prix spécial de seulement 40$ et toutes les recettes seront versées à l’Organisation familiale des besoins spéciaux de Montréal. 

Read more and buy tickets.





From David Acer's Twitter feed:






16 June 2019

Lee Asher's thoughts on the recent Cartamundi / USPCC deal

Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Lee's video.

ICYMI...

From the June 4th article "Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company" from Cartamundi:
Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

Read more.



From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:




From Lee Asher's YouTube channel:





15 June 2019

Niagara: Magic Beyond Tricks

From Events Niagara:
An evening of fine dining, good company and an interactive, mind-bending performance that will have you laughing one minute, and awestruck the next.
Your night starts with a delicious 3-course meal at the legendary Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

Then you'll head downstairs, to the Grand Ballroom, to experience Alex Kazam's perfect combination of comedy, magic, and mentalism: Magic Beyond Tricks

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From Alex Kazam's Twitter feed:



14 June 2019

City Parent Magazine Best Children's Entertainer

Congratulations to Scott Dietrich for winning his 8th consecutive Best Children's Entertainer Award from City Parent Magazine!


From Scott Dietrich's Twitter feed:

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13 June 2019

Update from Evelyn Matlin

If you have a moment, be sure to visit the Perfect Magic blog and leave Evelyn a comment, or send her an email with your good wishes.


From the June 10th post "Magic Sent Me Back To the Magic Shop" by Evelyn Matlin at the Perfect Magic blog:
Today I saw my doctor and he said everything was fine and I should be having my robotic operation next week or the following week at the latest. They do 2 robotic operations a day. If I’m the first, I go home the same day and if I’m the second, I sleep over at the hospital. Frankly I don’t care which it is, as long as I get it over with. I thank you all for your good wishes that you sent and appreciate them. If you get a chance, drop in and say hello.

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12 June 2019

Ontario Week of Wonder (OWOW) Magic Festival

From Magic Festival:
Ontario Week of Wonder OWOW Magic Festival is a seven-day celebration of magic and illusion held downtown Fergus.  The festival runs the last week in October and coincides with National Magic Week OCT 24 - 31, 2019

The OWOW Magic Festival features magicians appearing in restaurants, theatres and around downtown Fergus, Ontario.  The Township of Centre Wellington has become a popular hotspot during October because of Monster Month.  An annual month-long festival that draws zombies from near and far.

These communities rest along a particularly spectacular stretch of 80ft limestone cliffs along the Grand River just one hour from Toronto Ontario Canada.  The area has gained tremendous popularity over the past twelve years and has recently been featured in National Geographic, BlogTO, and countless blockbuster movies.

A perfect place for magic and adventure. OWOW Magic Festival is a perfect way to enjoy a little extra magic. 

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11 June 2019

Toronto: Marcus Eddie lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Wednesday June 26th

We are very excited to offer you another opportunity to learn from a fantastic professional. Marcus Eddie will be here at Browser's Den to share his love of magic on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm.

Here's a little bit about Marcus:
Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old. Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into his career.

Today, he is an 8-time award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channel’s magic competition, “Wizard Wars.”marcuseddie

He has appeared on “Penn & Teller Fool Us,” and is the creator of a large catalog of acclaimed, commercially released creations. Marcus also works as a consultant for magicians worldwide, including David Blaine on his television special, “Beyond Magic.”

Marcus Eddie's original magic will leave you stunned, and his lecture will leave you inspired.

We had the pleasure of hosting Marcus a couple years ago and his lecture was fantastic, and we know he's going to bring the goods again! His effects are off-beat and his methods are devious!

We look forward to you joining us on the 26th for what will be another fantastic lecture!

Read more and buy tickets.

09 June 2019

Billy Kidd in the Vegas News

From the June 4 article 'Women Are (Secretly) The Driving Force Behind Facebook’s “Making Magic”' in the Vegas News:
The last two episodes of Facebook’s Making Magic featured people you don’t often see in the magic industry: Women. Not only are women featured; their back-to-back episodes have been streamed more than those of their male counterparts.

This comes as no surprise to Making Magic guest Mistie Knight.

“People are excited to see women in major magic roles, not just the shadows,” Knight says. “For so long, it was assumed that women in magic were merely ‘lovely assistants’ providing eye candy. The truth is, in illusion shows women are often the ones doing the heavy lifting.”

Read more.



Making Magic Episode 4: Billy Kidd Defeats Duct Tape






08 June 2019

Nicholas Wallace in ET Canada

From the June 5 article "Gabrielle Union Is Possessed By A Creepy Doll In Magician’s Mystifying ‘AGT’ Audition" by Brent Furdyk in ET Canada:
“America’s Got Talent” has seen its fair share of nightmarish magic acts over the years, but magician Nicholas Wallace has raised the bar when it comes to sheer creepiness.For his trick, Wallace explained that he saved an old rocking chair and a disturbing-looking doll from a fire in a hotel, revealing that the chair and the doll share some kind of a supernatural connection.Enlisting judge Gabrielle Union as his volunteer, he asked her to sit in the rocking chair and then covered her eyes with a blindfold.

Read more.


From the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:




07 June 2019

Gander and Cornerbrook: Piff The Magic Dragon

From Arts and Culture Centre:
Piff The Magic Dragon
Presented by Newfound Promotions
July 4 Gander
July 5 Corner Brook

50% Comedy 50% Magic 100% Dragon. Piff the Magic Dragon, Top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent and with a residency at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas, Piff brings his mixture of charm, wit, and wizardry to Gander, NL. Accompany by Mr. Piffles, the world’s only magical Chihuahua, Piff is sure to wow the audience.

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From Phoebe Hancock's Facebook page:




06 June 2019

Welcoming a new patron: Tricky Fingers

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Tricky Fingers!

Based out of Kelowna, the online magic store Tricky Fingers is run by Kray Mitchell.


Regular readers of the blog will know that earlier this year Kray also started Illusionary Canada, "a community resource meant to get more recognition, and to build an archive, of Canadian talent and other resources." Under that umbrella he's started the Illusionary Podcast  where he talks "to Canadian magical practitioners about careers, influence and magic."  To date he's interviewed Billy Kidd, Josh Janousky, Carisa Hendrix, Todd Shapiro, Julie Eng , Danny Kazam, Gwyn Auger, and Sawyer Bullock.

Visit Tricky Fingers at TrickyFingers.ca or Illusionary at Illusionary.ca


Thank you Tricky Fingers, for your sponsorship of Canada's Magic!


05 June 2019

Ottawa: Ryan Pilling's Suitcase of Wonders

The Ottawa Fringe runs June 13-23, 2019.  Check the website for the schedule.

From the Ottawa Fringe:
With odds of a billion to one against, magician Ryan Pilling rolls the dice in a magic show and social experiment that dances along the line between highly improbable and absolutely impossible. As a quick-witted ringmaster, Ryan pits your free will against a locked suitcase in a theatrical gamble that could go either way. Amazing magic and weird stunts with a dash of choose-your-own adventure.

Read more and buy tickets.


From the Suitcase of Wonders Facebook event:

04 June 2019

Thank you to our June 2019 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Owen Anderson, Ryan Pilling, Matt DiSero, James Renoire, Gwyn Auger, Jason Maiuri, and Doug Hunt 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! 

Donations of any size are always welcome.

Thank you to our June 2019 sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.

This site would not be possible without their backing.

We're grateful to have the support of:

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For more information about purchasing Sponsored Posts or about our Platinum, Gold, or Silver level sponsorships, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Or you can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

Donations of any size are always welcome.








03 June 2019

Toronto: The Art of Magic with Scott Hammell

From the Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:
The Art of Magic is back with 2 back-to-back shows!

Featuring Scott Hammell, Harry Zimmerman, Benzi Train, and Jonah Babins!

So far we've produced 11 Art of Magic events, and all 11 have SOLD OUT.

This will be much the same!

Head to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner-scott-hammell-tickets-61384706309

The event is a month away and tickets are already moving quickly!



02 June 2019

"Without him I wouldn't have married your mother"

Many magicians inspire others to start on their own magical journey.  Often, they are told about the spark they've lit in others.

Kurt Fuerniss has allowed me to share with you a story about his profound impact on the lives of three others!


From Kurt's May 27th post in the Facebook group of the Magic Circle of Saint John:
I was doing some balloon art yesterday at Rockwood Park for a cystic fibrosis walk. There was a little girl who was about three or four with her father. I was in the middle of making a mermaid balloon for her when her father told her and the crowd around us a story.
He pointed at me and told his daughter "You see that man right there? Without him I wouldn't have married your mother."
The little girl's eyes went huge and replied "whaaat???"
He then proceeded to tell everyone that about 7 years ago I was performing a magic show at the very park we were in. He was friends with the father and his future wife was friends with the mother of the birthday kid. I was doing my escape routine and I invited the two of them up to assist me. They didn't know each other at the time.
I made a passing joke when I gave them the ropes and asked the two of them to "Please tie the knot" for me. He said "I noticed your mother was blushing when the magician made that joke so when we sat down I asked her out on a date. Two years later we were married and the next year you were born." Then he turned around and shook my hand and said "Thank you."

It's amazing to think how what we do can impact someone's life so profoundly.


01 June 2019

Greg Frewin in the Metrolinx News

From the May 16th article "No illusion – Magician Greg Frewin reveals Niagara Falls spectacles GO customers need to unlock" by Sara Wilbur in the Metrolinx News:
Greg Frewin has pulled off one of the most elaborate feats in the history of prestidigitation. He’s managed to quietly hide a very Canadian existence within a bigger-than-life Niagara Falls spectacle.

 The 52-year-old magician seems as much a modern staple of Niagara Falls as, say, running water. His production, inside a local 700-seat theatre named after him, is based on decades of performances around the world that have won him a magic box full of trophies, including the prestigious Magician of the Year Award at the World Magic Awards, as well as a first place for the International Federation of Magic Societies.

Read more.

31 May 2019

The top 5 posts in May 2019

There were 37+ posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED - The people want to know!

4. Windsor and London: Keith Brown hits the Fringe - Catch Keith at not one, but two fringe festivals!
3. Gordon Precious, world record holder - Congratulations Gordon, and happy belated birthday!
2. Chilliwack: Cabaret of Wonders XVI with Chris Funk - Look for more Chris Funk in BC!

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. Welcoming a new Friend: Gwyn Auger - Thank you Gwyn.  Congratulations on your recent solo performance!

30 May 2019

Kingston: Kingston Magic Theatre

From the Kingston Magic Theatre's Facebook page:
We are reentering the "golden age" of magic... it is everywhere on network tv and streaming services, and honestly we love it!, (well to a degree 😉).

But we believe that Magic, is supposed to be experienced live and in person, where you are truly affected by the effect. Where the moment is real, in an environment where the impossible is not created by the editor, but by your participation and involvement. Where the magic happens right in front of YOU!

Join us for any of the upcoming shows that are happening live, where there are no camera tricks and experience the reality of being astonished and amazed!

Astonishment & Wonder The Close Up Magic of David Johnson plays in The Coach House Pub on Friday May 31st. VIP seats have sold out but there are still some great General Admission spots available.
Grab your tickets now to what people are calling "the perfect magic show!"

An Evening of Magic in the Parlour with Magician David Johnson plays Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th with two shows at 7 and 9pm.
This 50 min experience is unlike "Astonishment & Wonder" and plays to an exclusive audience of only 25 people in The Parlour of the Roselawn House in the Donald Gordon Conference Centre.
There are a few FREE front upgrades available to these shows, but do not wait, tickets are moving fast!

Kingston Magic Theatre presents Buzz Collins Master of Delusion! is playing in the Grand Room on Saturday June 22nd and this is our biggest show to date, but we have limited seating to only 120. Click the link above to secure your seats and support the Garrett Mills Memorial Scholarship award and experience an unbelievable full evening of astonishing magic and mind melting mentalism!



29 May 2019

Toronto: Mystery & Magic featuring Beyond Mental Borders

From the May 22 article "Toronto is getting a Las Vegas style magic show series" by Tanya Mok in BlogTO:
One of Toronto's most popular mind-reading duos, Beyond Mental Borders, is launching a new stage show called Connection on June 16 at the Rec Room.

According to the mentalist pair, Melissa Ronson and Armand Antony, it'll be an extravaganza of divination, accompanied by some of the best magicians across the country.

The pair have previously wowed audiences on CityTV, at Second City, and other venues in the city with their ability to do stuff like guess what number or place you're thinking of, down to the tiniest detail.

It's still a mystery what exactly the show will incorporate, but according to the team, it'll be a "Las Vegas-style magic show that is currently lacking in the city of Toronto."

Read more.