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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.

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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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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:


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.

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From Luc Langevin's Twitter feed:







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.”

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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.

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From the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:




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.

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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."

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28 May 2019

Halifax: Nathaniel Rankin at the Halifax Busker Festival

As an aside, has anyone witnessed Mike Wood's “Catapulted Cabbage Catch”?  I can only assume it's as hilarious as it sounds!



From the May 22nd article "Halifax Busker Festival performers announced" by Victoria Walton in Halifax Today:
The 33rd year of the festival will take place on the Halifax Waterfront from July 31 to August 5.

Some of the Canadian artists featured include living statue Jenny Jupiter, comedian Mike Wood, and magician Nathaniel Rankin.

Last year's winners of the Busker's people's choice award, Canadian break-dancing group Break City Allstars will also return.

The festival will include the Nova Scotia Marquee Music Stage, which is now in its third year, and will be set up at Bishop's Landing in partnership with the province and Develop Nova Scotia.

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26 May 2019

Matt DiSero on Comedy Above The Pub

Season 17, episode 16 of the Comedy Above the Pub podcast has Matt DiSero in the hot seat with a bonus anecdote about David Acer.


From Matt DiSero's Facebook page:




25 May 2019

Peter Duchemin in the CBC

From the May 20th article "Meet Newfoundland's first certified doctor of magic" in the CBC News:
It may not seem like a subject that has any place in academia -- outside of Hogwarts, of course — but one St. John's magician is now a certifiable doctor of magic.

Peter Duchemin just completed his indisciplinary studies PhD at Memorial University after defending his thesis, called "The Art of Hidden Causation: Magic as Deep Mediation."

The doctorate program itself is a kind of mish-mash of various subjects, Duchemin explains.


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21 May 2019

Nick Wallace on AGT 2019

We previously mentioned that The Sentimentalists were going to be on AGT 2019.  Here's another representative from the Canadian magic scene!

Keep an eye out for Nick Wallace!  The season starts May 28 on NBC.


From Nick Wallace's Instagram:

15 May 2019

Joe Schwarcz in The Suburban

From the May 8th article "Dr. Joe and company mark two decades of excellence in science at McGill" by Mike Cohen in The Suburban:

Born in Hungary, Schwarcz came to Canada at the age of eight. He told me that he credits a magician at a Grade 6 friend’s birthday party who used a so-called magical chemical to perform a trick for turning him on to what would become his future vocation. “I still include magic into many of my lectures,” he says. “Magic expands the mind.”

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08 May 2019

Discourse in Magic with Matt Johnson (plus 60s docs)

Via iTricks, Matt Johnson featured on the web series "60 Second Docs" in the episode "The Bittersweet Ache of Escaping." (embedded at the bottom of this post)


From Discourse in Magic:
On episode 158, Matt Johnson joins Jonah to discuss escapology, adding human elements to your magic, and recreating your brand. You may know Matt for his water tank escape on Penn & Teller: Fool Us or for his semi-place finish on Britain’s Got Talent.

Matt remembers a wind-up box at his grandmother’s house sparking his initial love for magic. While not a magic trick, it still gave him this magical feeling and caused him to want to know how a little box could play music. At the age of twelve, he started learning tricks and, after performing for Matt’s siblings’ birthday, a magician took Matt under his wing. Soon, he was attending his local shop every weekend right through his teen years.

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From the 60 Second Docs YouTube channel:







22 April 2019

Gwyn Auger on Illusionary

From Yeats Magic Co's Facebook post:

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10 April 2019

Billy Kidd in Topic Stories, Liberty Magic, and Super$tition

A reminder that Super$tition runs April 11- 21 in Edmonton.


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:











09 April 2019

Bill Peterson in the Amherst News

From the March 26th article "Sackville magician wows audiences throughout Maritimes" by Katie Tower in the Amherst News:
It’s powerful and mind blowing, the kind of experience you have to see to believe. And if you’ve met Bill Peterson and have seen him in action, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Peterson draws you in with his jaw-dropping, get-your-heart-racing, can’t-quite-wrap-your-head-around-it magic that you will be telling your friends about for weeks – and which will probably stay with you a lifetime.

He is the type of magician who will likely turn even the harshest skeptic into a believer by the time he’s done.

Card tricks are always a hit with the crowds, particularly for Bill Peterson’s walk-around or table-to-table magic he performs at special events, such as this wine show.
Card tricks are always a hit with the crowds, particularly for Bill Peterson’s walk-around or table-to-table magic he performs at special events, such as this wine show.
No, there’s no rabbits being pulled out of hats, no smoke and mirrors, and no birds up his sleeve. Peterson simply wows by bringing the audience into the magic, to make them feel it themselves and become part of the experience.

Magic for him is an art, one which he says creates a “positive permanent memory” for those who witness it. And that’s exactly why he loves what he does.

“It’s the pleasure of giving that gift of joy and excitement to others that makes it so much fun,” he says.
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Peterson will be bringing his magic to the Vogue Theatre stage in Sackville on May 11, where he will put on a show featuring mind reading, teleporting, mentalism, illusion and card tricks.



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06 April 2019

Chris Ramsay and Xavier Caffrey in the National Post

From the April 4th article "How young magicians are learning to cast a spell on a modern audience" by Alex Wong in the National Post:
A professional magician, Caffrey immigrated from Lebanon to Canada at the age of 15. While other high-school students loitered in back alleys and caused headaches for nearby convenience-store owners, Caffrey hung out at the library, reading English books and learning the language. If he couldn’t pronounce a word on the page, he would scamper over to the nearest librarian for a quick lesson. “Once I get into something,” Caffrey says. “I have to do it all the time.”

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One person who seems to have surveyed this new landscape accurately is Chris Ramsay. A practicing magician for over a decade, Ramsay started by working for magic companies, helping them create tricks that are teased over social media, then sold — at prices that range from $5 to thousands of dollars — with full explanations on how they work to other magicians for use in their acts. While managing the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for these businesses, Ramsay had an epiphany: He could use social media himself as a direct channel to a potential audience. By sharing his work online, he could skip the middleman and be the owner of his content. And so, Ramsay created and began posting to his own YouTube channel.

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01 April 2019

April Fool Us Day 2019

From CBS Local:
APRIL FOOLS! — The world-famous team of Penn & Teller prank Chris Hardwick (“Talking Dead”) by turning him into an amazing, world-class magician as they send him to the streets of Vegas to bedazzle the crowds. Original airdate: Monday, April 1st, 2019 @ 9pm