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31 January 2020

Top 5 posts in January 2020

There were 35+ posts at Canada's Magic last month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Burlington: Billy Kidd at the Burlington Comedy Festival - Catch Billy Kidd in Burlington.
4. Canadians at Blackpool 2020 - Please report back often from Blackpool!
3. Canada's Magic in The Linking Ring - What an honour! I'm beyond chuffed and definitely a little verklempt.
2. Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders XVII - XIX - These things sell out quickly.  Get your tickets now!

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. FISM Quebec: December newsletter - The deadline to register to compete is rapidly approaching!

30 January 2020

Broken wand: Maarten (Martin) Hofman

Martin Hofman was a friend of Sid and one of his contemporaries and member of the IBM and the Hat and Rabbit Club. He was known professionally as Marlisto and lived in Cobourg. Over the years he mentored many young aspiring magicians.



From the MacCoubrey Funeral Home:
May 12, 1931 - January 25, 2020

It is with great sadness that the Hofman family announces the passing of Martin on January 25, 2020 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Dixie (deceased November 26, 2007) Cherished father to Cathy (Brad McGill) of Ajax, Louise (John Glass) of Florida, Roger (Nina Minas) of Vaughn & John of Alberta. Loving Opa to Lauren (Stephanie), Rachel (Ryan), Mike (Lily) Rebecca, Curtis, Jennica, Ryan & Alex. Dear Great Opa to Madison, Logan & Adaline. A proud Canadian, he and his bride Dixie came from the Netherlands in 1955 and made Cobourg home. Great barber, esteemed Mason and Shriner, the entertaining magician and illusionist Marlisto. Visitation will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home at 11 a.m., followed by the service at 12 o'clock noon, 30 King Street East, Cobourg on Saturday Feb 1, 2020 Interment at Cobourg Union Cemetery followed by a reception at the MacCoubrey Reception Center. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Read more.

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
A friendly reminder that our next Free Magic Club Meeting is this Saturday, February 1.

All are welcome to attend the club, which runs from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Have a nice day!

The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.
Since 1975

Hamilton: Wes Barker

From Facebook:
Wes Barker / March 13-14 / Levity Comedy Club & Lounge
Levity Comedy Club & Lounge · Hamilton, ON
Wes Barker is the funniest magician around! This show is start to finish full of impossible tricks and unbelievable stories. He has been on America’s Got Talent, MTV, Wizard Wars, and most famously on Netflix where he fooled Penn & Teller on their show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Wes is also one of the most popular YouTube magicians in Canada, with over 70 million views on his channel! Wes Barker has won the Performer of the Year for his Canadian College show tours, Performed in 20 countries, and been awarded the Silver Play Button from YouTube! Watch Wes really bridges the worlds of magic and comedy. It’s the best magic for comedy fans and the best comedy for magic fans. With this show, you literally can’t miss!



29 January 2020

Montreal: Chris Pilsworth lecture

February 11

From Chris Pilsworth:
Looking forward to sharing my magic in Montreal. I'll also be sharing thoughts about how to make your magic better. These are techniques I've used when consulting in China on the Amazing Magicians series, Rick Wilcox and Mac King in Vegas. If you're from Montreal, I hope to see you there.




28 January 2020

Macklin and Weyburn: Chris Funk

From Facebook:
Mark your calendars folks because this is a magical evening you and your family will not want to miss! Chris Funk The Wonderist. He's been redefining wonder on TV Shows like America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller's Fool Us and he is coming to MACKLIN! January 30


Also from Facebook:
February 6
Witness the dynamic and mind blowing magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences across the globe! Chris Funk’s magic show is an engaging and visceral experience that will have audiences talking for years to come. Something that can only be described as “refreshingly different!” The live-feed camera and interactive videos bring audiences up onstage and into the action, delivering a show that everyone can call their own.



27 January 2020

Burlington: Billy Kidd at the Burlington Comedy Festival

From the Burlington Comedy Festival:

Billy Kidd is a magician who has been popping on screen and stages all around the world. She has appeared on numerous tv shows such as CBC's The Science of Magic, Hosted the Breaking Magic series on Discovery Channel, was a Wizard on Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller, BBC's Xmas Lectures, Now you See Me, ITV's Next Great Magician just to name a few.

Billy Kidd recently had a residency at Pittsburghs new theatre called Liberty Magic and often works in Canada with such companies as Firefly Theatre & Circus. She performs regularly at Hollywoods Magic Castle and runs her own theatre in England called Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre.

Read more and buy tickets.





26 January 2020

Scott Dietrich in Bradford Today

From the January 19th article "'I Can and I Did' inspires kids to believe in themselves" by Miriam King in Bradford Today:
"I do teach a lot of magic classes, and I do have a lot of kids say, 'I can't do it'," he said - frustrated by the difficulty of their first magic trick. "That's when I stop the class, and tell them that there are two bad words  - 'can't' and 'never'."

Instead, Dietrich helps them to persevere and overcome the challenge, fostering what he calls "positive doubt... What else did I think I couldn't do, that I can?"

Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” That's the basis of Dietrich's philosophy, and of the book "I Can and I Did!", a story about secrets, surprises, and unlimited possibilities.

Dietrich calls the book "a gift. It just kind of came to me." Written in just two hours, it's the story of Stephanie, who initially gives up on a math problem in frustration. "I can't!" she says - until her grandfather introduces her to Henry Ford's "secret." Not only does she solve the problem, with "Gramp's" help, she discovers that her grandfather is a pilot, and that she too can learn to fly, "but only if you believe you can."

Read more.



25 January 2020

Canadians at Blackpool 2020

Updated January 27th to add:


From the Blackpool Magic Convention website, I see that Jay Sankey and The Evasons are scheduled to attend.

Who am I missing?


Aside:
  • Have you ever been at a magic convention and found yourself with 17 seconds where there's nothing to do?
     
  • Have you ever searched for a distraction so that you wouldn't have to make eye contact with the humans in your proximity?

  • Do you fancy yourself to have Sherlock-esque powers of observation?
Don't forget about Magic Convention Bingo! Click here for your Bingo card and click refresh until you generate a card you like. Simply print it off and bring it to your next magic convention!

Stay alert and keep an eye open for the items on your card. See how long it takes for you to get your first bingo or even fill your card!

Remember to be respectful and don't shout out "bingo" during presentations or performances. And don't bother the conference organizers with questions about Magic Convention Bingo -- they might not even know it's going on!

22 January 2020

Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria: Ben Train

From Ben Train's Instagram:

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21 January 2020

Toronto: John Carney at Bash "6 in The Six"

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From Jeff Pinsky's Facebook post:
We cannot be more excited to let you know that JOHN CARNEY will be joining us at the 2020 Bash!

Mr. Carney is widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest sleight of hand performers in the world! Hollywood's Magic Castle has awarded him more awards than anyone in their history, as well as the Academy of Magic Arts prestigious Performing Masters Fellowship.

For those of you who have had the privilege to see him lecture in the past you know that Mr. Carney's magic...well...it looks like MAGIC! He is the last serious student of Dai Vernon. And in the spirit of Dai Vernon, Mr. Carney hides his skill...that's why his magic looks like magic.

His books, Carney Knowledge, Magic By Design, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets are considered modern classics in instruction of the art form.

Mr. Carney will be performing at the 2020 Bash (Saturday, April 4) as well as giving a full lecture!

And we are not going to be shy here...His lecture may be the most important lecture on magic you will ever see.

As an Extra Bonus John Carney will be offering a Workshop at Browser's Den of Magic Shop on Sunday April 5, 2020. Details to follow.

Read more













20 January 2020

Vancouver: Ben Price Magic @ The Mint

From Eventbrite:
In his brand new one-person show, Ben Price will Read your mind, Deceive your senses, and gross you out. Magic, Mentalism, and Sideshow stunts in a jam packed hour of theatre like you’ve never seen before.

Ben Price has been performing since 2011 for corporate events, theatres, cabarets, festivals, and more. His theatrical productions have been across the country in front of sell out crowds and received rave reviews.

Read more and buy tickets.



19 January 2020

Toronto: Something Strange Sideshow Festival 2020

From Eventbrite:
Saturday, January 25

The most unbelievable live show of human oddities, marvels and sideshow in the country, Something Strange is a combination of the most exciting current sideshows in Canada and invited acts from around the world. Curated by Canadian mentalist Mysterion, you will be taken for a ride into the amazing world of circus sideshow of the past and the present.

SEE!!! Pain proof people risk their lives for your entertainment
SEE!!! Real Oddities and strange unexplained mysteries
SEE!!! The Devils Harem dance the strip tease
SEE!!! Wonders you will not see elsewhere, guaranteed.

A selection of talent that have been featured acts on Ripley;s Believe it or not, Guinness book of World records, Freakshow Deluxe, Penn & Tellers Fool Us, Americas Got Talent, Coney Island Sideshow,and The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Every year this is the ONLY sold out sideshow event of its kind in Canada and the largest in Canadian history.

Read more and buy tickets.

18 January 2020

Port Credit: Ryan Brown at Fire and Ice

Ryan will be bringing street style close up magic to this festival.

ICYMI: Ryan was recently awarded The Newest Trick Award by Ben Train and the Toronto Magic Company.
"Anyone who watches Ryan perform can see the passion and love he brings to the art. He is a valued member of the magic community, an inspiration to aspiring magicians, and a worthwhile winner of the Newest Trick award!"



17 January 2020

Winnipeg: Matt DiSero with Big Daddy Tazz

From Eventbrite:
Big Daddy Tazz and Friends will be again hosting its annual comedy night. With the support of the Winnipeg East AM Rotary Club.

Come join Tazz with his friends, Kevin McDonald, Matt DiSero, Graham Chittenden, Cory Mack and Chad Anderson on January 24th, 2020 at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Doors open at 6:00pm, rush seating, Show time: 7:30pm.

Read more and buy tickets.





16 January 2020

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Shin Lim makes guest appearance on "America's Got Talent: The Champions"

From the January 13 upload "Marc Spelmann Blows Minds With Magic! - America's Got Talent: The Champions" on the "America's Got Talent" YouTube channel:
"America’s Got Talent: The Champions" brings together the world’s most talented, memorable and all-around fan-favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and the other "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 194 territories.





15 January 2020

Diverson on TF1 January 24th

It's official 👉 new #distraction Friday, January 24th at 21 pm on #tf1 💫 forget everything you think you know about magic and let yourself embark on the incredible universe of our magic!

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— with Luc Langevin : Page Officielle, Viktor Vincent, Gus, Enzo Weyne - L’insaisissable, Caroline Marx - Magician performer and Antonio le Magicien.


14 January 2020

Toronto: Browser's Bash #6 in The Six update

A quick reminder that Andi Gladwin will be lecturing at The Den later in the month.


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From the Browser's Den newsletter:
We are thrilled that underground legend Erik Tait will be making a rare convention appearance for us! With killer Sleight of Hand chops he fooled Penn and Teller and on top of that he is damn funny! Not to be missed!
Other great talent locked in so far that includes Eric Bedard, Michel Huot, Aaron Patterson, Loran, Anthony Lindan, Bill McCourt, Chris Mayhew, Ben Train. With special free classes by Al Grose, Simon Rotstein & Greg Hobor. And of course everybody’s favourite MC, the one and only Dick Joiner! More names will be announced soon including our headliner… stay tuned! 



To buy your tickets go to http://www.browsersden.com/bash or call the shop, 416-783-7022.


13 January 2020

Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders XVII - XIX

Catch Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre January 17, February 21, and March 20.


From Shawn's Facebook post:
The magical stars of this month's Cabaret of Wonders in Chilliwack, BC. Trevin Hannibal aka Hannibal the Magic Warrior and Damien James.




12 January 2020

Friendly FISM February deadline reminder

From the December 16, 2019 post "FISM NACM Quebec 2020 | Interview with Renee-Claude Auclair" on Ryan Joyce's blog:
In order to compete at the World Championship, magicians from Canada and USA must first qualify in the North America Championship of Magic (FISM NACA Quebec 2020) happening May 6 - 10, 2020.


From Pierre Hamon's Facebook post:




11 January 2020

Magicana accepting nominations for the 2019 Allan Slaight awards

Still no sign of a category for "Best Blog Focused on Canadian Magicians Run by a Member of IBM Ring 17."
 
 

From Magicana:
Nominations are now being accepted for work completed in 2019. The deadline for nominations is April 3, 2020. Nominations received after the deadline will be kept on file and considered for the following year.

Thank you for considering nominating someone for the Allan Slaight Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in the pursuit of the impossible.  The nomination process consists of four steps:
  1. Your information
  2. Information about your nominee
  3. Supporting documentation
  4. Reviewing your information and submitting

In addition to basic information about you and your nominee, you will also have the opportunity to provide
  1. A biography (up to 750 words)
  2. A description of the work and why you are nominating this person (up to 300 words)

Read more and submit your nominations.




10 January 2020

Toronto: April Fools Magic Spectacular

From the Toronto Magic Company:
When was the last time you were fooled? I mean REALLY fooled?

Well you’ve NEVER been fooled like this!

In honour of April 1st, the most fooling day of the year, The Toronto Magic Company has gathered together some of the best and most popular magicians to ever appear on the hit TV show “Penn and Teller Fool Us”. Using world-class sleight of hand and mind-blowing illusions, these master magicians will prove that there’s nothing more fun than being fooled!

Featuring (in alphabetical order)
  • Jason Palter - Fool Us, Season 5.
  • Jay Sankey - Fool Us, Season 2
  • Matt Disero - Fool Us, Season 3
  • Nicholas Wallace - Fool Us, Season 5. FOOLER.
  • Richard Forget - Fool Us, Season 4
  • Ryan Joyce - Fool Us, Season 3
  • The Sentimentalists - Fool Us, Season 5. FOOLER.
  • Wes Barker - Fool Us, Season 2. FOOLER.
  • Yan Markson - Fool Us, Season 4

This is a once in a lifetime event with VERY limited seating! Get your tickets before they disappear!

Read more and buy tickets.









09 January 2020

St. John: Matt Johnson

You can also catch Matt at the upcoming FISM/NACM convention in Quebec.  Details at the bottom of the post.



From the Imperial Theatre:
May 6, 2020

Over the past 20 years Matt Johnson has literally traveled the globe performing in exotic locations such as Japan, Dubai, Argentina, Australia and throughout Europe.

Matt began his career in England as a young boy where he started to learn his craft as a traditional magician and illusionist. Since then he has traveled all over the world. On his travels around the world his knowledge in both magic and the mystic arts has grown. He has picked up secrets and techniques along the way from the countries he has visited and the people he has met. It’s this worldly perspective and his life stories that make Matt Johnson’s act truly unique and utterly captivating!

Read more and buy tickets.






08 January 2020

Mississauga, New York, and Toronto: Mark Correia

Catch Mark Correia this month at The Rec Room (with Scott Hammell) in Mississauga, The Paradise Club in New York and the Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto.
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07 January 2020

Carisa Hendrix in the news (and in Nashville and Toronto)

Carisa's January dates at the House of Cards in Nashville and February dates for The Art of Magic in Toronto are at the bottom of the post.


From the January 3rd article "Compelling Calgarians: Carisa Hendrix" by Barb Livingstone in The Calgary Herald:
Carisa Hendrix imagined a future as an author or teacher. But in the present, she was always juggling, eating fire, doing card tricks.

“It was never supposed to be a career; just what I was doing to survive.”

The 32-year-old Calgary-born magician is today at the top of her game, performing in iconic clubs — in her sexy Lucy Darling persona — setting a Guinness world record for fire-eating, guesting on Penn and Teller’s TV show and co-hosting Shezam, a popular feminist podcast on magic.

Read more.


From the January 3rd article "Stars of 2019: It was a good year for these wild roses" by Eric Volmers in The Calgary Herald:
Carisa Hendrix became a bonafide star on the magic circuit in the U.S. this year, infiltrating what is often regarded as an old-boys club. A veteran magician and children’s entertainer in Calgary, Hendrix found an international audience a few years back when she debuted saucy alter-ego Lucy Darling at the Melbourne Magic Festival. On top of being a skilled illusionist and sleight-of-hand expert, Darling is also an elegant and tart-tongued comedienne who has taken the insular world of magic by storm. She was invited to the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, an inner sanctum for magicians and magic enthusiasts, and recently completed a residency at the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Read more.










06 January 2020

Canada's Magic in The Linking Ring

I'm honoured to be interviewed by Dennis Schick in The Linking Ring magazine this month!  (Such a terrific way to start the year.)





Thank you for all of your hard work Dennis! 



Welcome IBM members.  Have a look around and enjoy your stay!
















05 January 2020

Rounding the Western rings in January 2020

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Club meeting.
- Andi Gladwin lecture.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Andi Gladwin lecture.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Andi Gladwin lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Andi Gladwin lecture.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Annual banquet featuring Ben Train.
- Andi Gladwin lecture.


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





Rounding the Central rings in January 2020

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- N/A.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Java night. Have a coffee,
talk about restaurant magic
and bring tricks to perform
for each other and possibly
the patrons in the restaurant.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- People showing stuff.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (KW Magic Society)- Teach-a-trick night.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)
- James Harrison lecture (Browser's)
- Andi Gladwin lecture (Browser's).


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






Rounding the Eastern rings in January 2020

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- 2nd annual Magic Circle Show.


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



04 January 2020

London: A night of magic

The January 17th edition of Magic at the Marienbad includes Keith O'Brien, Scott Boyd, JP Magic, Mark Hogan, Michael Craig, and of course The Amazing Corbin!


From the Magic at the Marienbad Facebook page:
Our Line up for January's show includes six great professional magicians all looking forward to entertaining you. An amazing night! head to our events page for more info



03 January 2020

Kingston: Win tickets to Sleightly Off the Wall

From the Kingston Magic Theatre's December 17th Facebook post:
We are so excited and honoured to be able to have David Johnson come back with his newest show "SLEIGHTLY OFF THE WALL!" that we're going to foot the bill for YOU AND A GUEST to be upfront and center at the January 19th premiere! (and we're going to take the shirt off our back to do it!)

👀Up for grabs is a Prize Package valued at well over $100, including... “2” VIP tickets to the premiere engagement of David Johnson “SLEIGHTLY OFF THE WALL!" playing Friday, January 17th at 7:30PM, a meet and greet photo opportunity with David, an autographed show poster and a limited edition Kingston Magic Theatre tee shirt! 😲

This is your chance to experience the Magic of David Johnson live at the absolutely most amazing show in the area …

⚠️BUT there are some hoops... to WIN You *MUST* ...

Read more and enter.


02 January 2020

FISM Quebec: December newsletter

From Clive Court's Facebook post:
The World Championships of Magic are coming to North America for the first time in 2021. You may be surprised to learn that they are organized much like any other international sports federation. The international federation is known as FISM (like FIFA or FINA) and The Federation of International Magic Societies have been promoting friendly competition among international magicians every three years since 1948 (which happens to be the last time visual and performing arts competition was included in the Olympic Games


01 January 2020

Happy 2020!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with health, joy, and wonder!