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15 September 2020

Toronto: Mysterion Store Visit & Cryptid Book Test

From the September 10th Facebook post by Jeff Pinsky:

(Limit of 5 people in Store at a time)

The Cryptids - $80 (SPECIAL PRICE!)

Mysterion has been telling us about this idea for some time, and it's finally happened! And he's got a special offer for you! Have you ever wanted to read minds? This book will give you that power. 

Combining several different book test methodologies into a compact prop, The Cryptids is a miracle just waiting to happen! Here's some of what you can do with it:
 

  • Have any long word remembered, and slowly reveal the word letter by letter! This is the Mother-of-All Book Tests concept.
     
  • Have a word peeked at and instantly know it (variation of the flashback principle)
     
  • Ability to force a word and have it appear on a freely selected page
     
  • Reveal that you knew which Cryptid from a list of 100 in the book you knew would be 'randomly' selected
     
  • With a map of locations for famous Cryptids, they can take a journey to these exotic places yet you always know where they've ended up!


You get all of these great magic methods and more! The book can actually be examined and read. Also, by using a larger font you don't have to worry about your spectator not being able to see the word they've chosen. And the subject of the book is one that appeals to all ages and performing venues. Mysterion will be demonstrating the book during his visit and answering any questions you might have. He's also offered us a GREAT DEAL! The book normally retails for $99 US, but he's offering it to you for only $80 Canadian! That's a significant saving!


We look forward to seeing you!




14 September 2020

St. Catharines: Matt DiSero at Showtime Comedy and Entertainment

From the September 5th Facebook post by Matt DiSero:

Ontario: I'll be performing LIVE at Showtime Comedy and Entertainment Sept 18 & 19.  

I hear there's plexiglass between me and the audience, so it's like visiting Hannibal Lecter.  

Remember the rules: Do not touch or approach the glass. You pass me nothing but soft paper. No pencils or pens. No staples or paperclips in the paper.  Use the sliding food carrier. If I attempt to pass you anything, do not accept it. Do you understand me? -- Yes Doctor Chilton.


Who wants to be my Clarice Starling?




01 September 2020

Toronto: Now You See Me (from a distance)

From the August 27th Facebook post by Chris Mayhew:

It seems like forever since I was last on a stage performing. I haven’t performed live magic or zoom magic since the pandemic hit. But I’m finally ready to get back on the performance horse and play around on stage with my friends ☺️ This will be interesting to see how the energy of a social distanced live performance feels. Grab your tickets and I’ll see you at the show folks!!

It seems like forever since I was last on a stage performing. I haven’t performed live magic or zoom magic since the...

Posted by Chris Mayhew on Tuesday, 25 August 2020



18 August 2020

Alex Kazam at Camp Cataract

From the August 9th Facebook post by Alex Kazam:

I'm very excited to announce my first public live show since MARCH! Happening at Camp Cataract on August 28th 2020 at 8pm!

Tickets available here!

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/alexkazam/404745




12 August 2020

"Illusions: The Art of Magic" in Apollo Magazine

I had the good fortune to visit this exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario back in February.  You can read my "Random thoughts about 'Illusions: The Art of Magic.'"

"Illusions: The Art of Magic" is scheduled to close at the AGO on November 8th.



From the July 24th article "Illusions: The Art of Magic" in Apollo Magazine:
The celebrity performers of their day, magicians were integral to the show-business boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, embarking on worldwide tours to dazzle audiences with their tricks and stunts. This display of posters, photographs and archival documents at the Art Gallery of Ontario (until 8 November) explores the remarkable feats of performers such as Harry Kellar and Harry Houdini, as well as lesser known magicians such as Adelaide Herrmann, while a series of projections shines a light on famous illusions of the era.




03 July 2020

Big news from The Browser's Den of Magic

From July 1st post at The Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
And we are HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that... Beginning Friday, July 3rd Browser's Den of Magic will be back to normal hours without an appointment needed! 
However...yes, however...everyone must wear a mask to enter the shop. No more than three (3) people will be permitted in the shop at any one time. And social distancing must be respected. Hand Sanitizers will be found in the front foyer and throughout the shop. 
We look forward to seeing you...again! 
Our Shop Hours Are:
Mondays- Closed
Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6:30pm
Saturday 10am to 5:30pm
Sunday 12noon to 5:00pm


25 May 2020

Guelph: The Evasons

Catch The Evasons at the River Run Centre in Guelph, Ontario on 2/21/21!

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08 March 2020

David Ben, Julie Eng, and James Alan promoting #IllusionsAGO

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Rounding the Central rings in March 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)- Auction night.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Coin magic.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (KW Magic Society)- Show and tell.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- Sneaky moves.
- Initiation show.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Mario "the Maker Magician" Marchese lecture.


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

07 March 2020

Apply now for the 2020 CNE Rising Star competition

From The Ex:
We are now accepting applications for the 2020 CNE Rising Star competition. Please fill out the form below to get started.
Division
There are two age divisions in the competition.

Junior Rising Star - 6 to 12 years
Youth Rising Star - 13 to 21 years

Deadline for applying is May 22, 2020.

Read more and register.





[with thanks to David Acer for sending this information along]

06 March 2020

Peterborough: Curiosities of the Mind

Friday March 27th with Ian Crawford and John Roldan in support of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.


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05 March 2020

Toronto: Jay Sankey at the Ontario Science Centre

From the Ontario Science Centre:
March 14–22

Mind-bending Magic: The Science of Perception

World-renowned magician Jay Sankey makes the impossible possible by playing with perception, blurring the line of what is and what seems to be. As Jay mesmerizes, astounds and delights with his mind-bending routine, discover the connections between magic and the mind.  You’ll even learn a quick magic trick that you can do at home to wow your family and friends.

From Vegas to Paris to Tokyo, Jay has captivated audiences with close-up magic—and comedy—for more than 25 years. He holds the world record for creating more original illusions than any other human being alive.



03 March 2020

Toronto: Playing Card Pop-Up Store!

From Lee Asher:
Toronto's First Playing Card Pop-Up Store!  -- SEVEN HOURS ONLY

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 -- 5pm until Midnight.

ATTENTION: Cardists, magicians, playing card collectors and enthusiasts. You're invited to take part in Toronto's first ever playing card pop-up store.

Decks priced from $5 all the way to $555! Discover a playing card selection unlike anywhere else in Canada. Choose from over HUNDREDS of different packs of cards for sale.

We're showcasing a limited supply of the hard-to-find decks during this event. First come, first serve.  Plan to arrive early. There might be a line.

Plus, outrageous surprises around every corner. Feel like you'vetransported yourself to playing card heaven.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? We got you!
- Modern
- Vintage
- Antique
- And accessories

Pics or it didn't happen! Bring your phone for lots of fun photo ops. 

Tag us @LeeAsherMagic @KevinYu97 @ThatTorontoStudio #PlayingCardPopUp

Popping Up At:
THAT Toronto Studio
260 Carlaw Ave
Unit #202A
Toronto, ON M4M 3L1
Canada





02 March 2020

Guelph: Masters of Illusion

From the February 25th post 'Masters of Illusion coming to River Run Centre" at Guelph Today:
Experience sheer spectacle and non-stop wonderment when the internationally renowned Masters of Illusion arrives at the River Run Centre on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Park Grocery Family Series.

Masters of Illusion features top illusionists in an edge-of-your-seat performance. Ground-breaking artists perform sleight of hand, interactive mind magic, hilarious comedy, dangerous escapes and large-scale illusions in an unforgettable show combining fantasy, fervour and flair.

“If you're not a fan of magic, you will become a fan after you see Masters of Illusion!” says New Jersey.com.

Read more.

29 February 2020

Toronto: Houdini movies at the AGO

From the February 22nd post "Three Houdini movies screening at AGO in March" by John Cox at Wild About Houdini:
Toronto's AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) will screen three Houdini movies in March as part of their Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibition programing.

First up will be Houdini's 1923 Haldane of the Secret Service on March 4 with live musical accompaniment by Tania Gill. Then on March 6 the gallery will screen The Man From Beyond with live musical accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner. Both films will be introduced by Alicia Fletcher.

Finally, AGO will screen the classic Paramount biopic Houdini (1953) starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh three times on March 18 at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm.






26 February 2020

Ottawa: Sky High Magic Series - Professor Wick’s Incredible Magic Factory with Majinx

From Ingenium:
March 8, 2020

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is proud to present the lineup for this year’s Sky High Magic Series.

Prepare to be captivated by amazing magic and science-based illusions. These talented, high-energy magicians perform unbelievable feats of magic, blended with fast-paced comedy. They’ll tickle your funnybone, while leaving you utterly mystified!

Seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your tickets in advance.

Ingenium members will receive a discount code to apply towards the admission fee!

*Please note that tickets for the Sky High Magic Series do not include access to the Museum.

Majinx: Professor Wick’s Incredible Magic Factory

Read more.

20 February 2020

Random thoughts about "Illusions: The Art of Magic"

Visit "Illusions: The Art of Magic" February 22nd to May 18, in the AGO’s Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavillion.

The exhibition is free for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and visitors 25 years and under.
I participated in the recent media preview of the upcoming AGO exhibition, "Illusions: The Art of Magic," which features more than 55 colourful vintage posters from the Allan Slaight Collection.*  The collection is guest curated by Magicana’s artistic director and historian David Ben.



Adolph Friedländer, Comedians de Mephisto Co.
Adolph Friedl√§nder, Comedians de Mephisto Co. Allied with Le Roy-Talma-Bosco, 1905. 186.5 × 266.5 cm. M2014.128.318. ©McCord Museum



The exhibition is a journey back to the Golden Age of Magic.  During this time magicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were among the first artists to embark on international tours.  Promotional posters portrayed magician's magical powers through illustrated advertisements ranging in size from postcards to wall-sized posters.

“These posters tell us so much about that time – the public’s fascination with Asia, with spiritualism, the occult and the changing role of women in society,” says Julian Cox, the AGO’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator. “Toronto was a popular stop on the international touring circuit for magicians, and Houdini performed here numerous times over his career. These works and the stories behind them remain as captivating today as they were one hundred years ago.”

The Metropolitan Printing Company, Adelaide Herrmann and Company, About 1905, 20th century, 76.7 x 50.2 cm. Purchase, funds graciously donated by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. M2014.128.207. © McCord Museum



Listen to the February 18th interview with Julie Eng in the CBC q studio where she talks about the exhibit, cultural appropriation, the role of women in magic, and how many of their stories have been overshadowed and forgotten.
There are many focal points within the exhibition, such as: women in magic, spiritualism, cultural appropriation, and the symbolism of devils, skulls, & demons.



More than posters.

In addition to the beautiful posters, there are wonderful video clips too.  For example:

A still shot from video of Harry Blackstone and his dancing handkerchief

A still shot from an interview with Julie Eng talking about her life in magic.

A still shot from video of Houdini's variation of a forearm riffle.




Keep an eye open for these "hole in the wall" viewing portals to catch a peek of more video!



Make your own magic poster
There's a station where you can digitally create your own magic poster!  (Complete with a legend that explains what all the animals and other objects on the posters represent.)



The exhibition also features other magcially historical items such as:
  • wonderful selections from David Ben's collection, including Hofzinser cards and items particular to magic in Toronto (including a vistors' book from Arcade Magic!)
  • handcuffs used by Houdini, and
  • Houdini's straitjacket

Hofzinser cards from David Ben's collection

Visitor book from Arcade Magic.  From David Ben's collection.

Houdini's straitjacket.


Av Yaga, Alexander, the Man Who Knows, 1915, 20th century
207.9 x 107.7 cm. Purchase, funds graciously donated by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. M2014.128.3. © McCord Museum

But wait!  There's more!

There will be daily live performances at the exhibition provided by the Toronto Magic Company.  Confirmed performers include:

- James Alan (Classics of Magic)
- Jonah  Babins (Interactive Impossibilities)
- Harry Zimmerman and Chris Mayhew (Close-Up Magic)
- Toronto Magic Showcase
- Toronto Magic Company (Making Magic)
- Ben Train (Mental Mysteries)

Check the Toronto Magic Company website for the performance schedule.






Visit "Illusions: The Art of Magic" February 22nd to May 18, in the AGO’s Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavillion.   The exhibition is free for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and visitors 25 years and under.


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* ABOUT THE ALLAN SLAIGHT COLLECTION
Acquired by the McCord Museum thanks to La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, the Allan Slaight Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of rare magic posters comprising more than 600 posters and more 1,000 documents and rare books. The collection was named in honour of the Canadian businessman and magic enthusiast Allan Slaight.

19 February 2020

Hamilton: Wes Barker at the Levity Comedy Club & Lounge

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