Showing posts with label -ON. Show all posts
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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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15 February 2020

Toronto: Julie Eng a Life in Magic

From the AGO:
Wednesday March 11

Julie Eng was literally born into the world of magic. Her father, Tony Eng, a famed magician on the West Coast, also had a magic shop for many years in Victoria, BC, called Tony’s Trick and Joke Shop. Julie grew up learning and performing magic side-by-side with her father, behind the counter of the shop, and emerged from this family apprenticeship an accomplished magician in her own right. “I wasn’t delivered by a stork, I was pulled out of a hat,” she jokes now about this unusual artistic upbringing. Join Julie as she considers—through the kaleidoscope of her varied experiences and unique perspectives as a woman of Chinese heritage—her singular life in magic.

Read more and buy tickets.

14 February 2020

Toronto: The Golden Age of Magic with David Ben

From the AGO:
Wednesday February 26

Illusions: The Art of Magic transports you back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when grand illusion, daring escapes and showmanship turned performers like Alexander Herrmann and Harry Houdini into world-famous celebrities. Join David Ben – a conjuror, historian of magic and guest-curator of Illusions, for a fascinating talk exploring the golden age of magic through the lens of the exhibition.

Read more and buy tickets.

12 February 2020

Toronto: Mario the Maker Magician

Save the date:  Thursday March 26.


From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook post:
Do you have tickets to our Mario the Maker Magician show?

Mario’s family show is unlike any magic you or your kids have ever seen!

Mario combines the worlds of entertainment and STEAM to inspire and encourage kids to make and create without limitations.

Known for his clever integration of DIY tech into his show, Mario used techniques such as 3D design and 3D printing, Arduino programming, and other DIY electronics to create his unique, robotic props that interact with him and his audiences.

It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement. Mario has appeared on Sesame Street and NBCUniversal’s Sprout and even opened for David Blaine on his latest North American tour.



08 February 2020

Niagara Falls and Forest: Peter Mennie

February 16 - Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
February 17 - Forest, ON


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07 February 2020

Toronto: John Carney workshop

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
As we mentioned a couple of week ago we are Super Excited that John Carney,one of the world's premiere sleight of hand masters will be lecturing and performing at the 2020 Bash (Saturday, April 4)!

We also mentioned that Mr. Carney will be offering a Workshop at our store on Sunday, April 5 from 12:30pm until about 4:00pm.  This is truly a once in a life time opportunity to get some advice that will change the way you think about your magic!

The price of the Workshop is $75.00. And space is limited.


Read more and buy ticket.


06 February 2020

Oshawa and Alliston: Magic & Music Extravaganza

Oshawa: Feburary 16 - Magic & Music Extravaganza
Alliston: February 17 - Laugh Out Loud Magic


From Brent and Sarah's January 24th Instagram post:
Family Day weekend is only 3 weeks away and we’ve got a show you won’t want to miss!! Our favourite Kid's musicians @teamtandj will be sharing the stage with us for a Magic & Music Extravaganza!! ✨

On Sunday, February 16th we will be celebrating Family Day Weekend at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa 
















05 February 2020

London: Magic at the Marienbad Valentine's day show

From the Magic at the Marienbad Valentine's day show Facebook event:
Bring your dates and prepare yourselves for a magically romantic night out. Our skilled performers will wow you with illusions that will make this evening one you will remember for a long time. The amazing Graemazing Reed is returning to opening the night. Then headlining the show is the mysterious mentalist Ryan Edwards!!! His show will leave you mystified and amazed. magic, mystery and Romance! Bring your dates and couples who wish to get engaged that night may get in free! (some conditions apply)