Showing posts with label Carisa Hendrix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carisa Hendrix. Show all posts

14 January 2021

Virtual SAM Assembly: With Connie Boyd, Tina Lenert, Carisa Hendrix, and Juliana Chen

From the January 13th Facebook post from Assembly V1.1:

This month we are handing things over to Magical Women with Connie Boyd. Connie will be welcoming an all star panel of guest for our next meeting to talk about magic and the the ever expanding footprint of women in magic. We are excited to welcome FISM winner Juliana Chen, The Magic Castle's 1994 Stage Magician of the Year Tina Lenert and the current Stage Magicians of the Year Carisa Hendrix. to join us this Sunday.

 

We hope to see everyone there, this Sunday January 17.

 

 

 

 

29 December 2020

2020 Readers' Choice award results

 Thank you all for participating in the spirit in which the awards were intended:

a fun way to recognize and celebrate all of the wonderful things being done by the fabulous talent in our country.


Over 190 votes were cast in this "bragging rights" only contest.  You all have a lot of devoted fans!

Here are the results of our fifth annual "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!

 

Some general comments were submitted:

  • "Regardless of who wins, I hope they are all considered for Allan Slaight awards."
     
    Excellent observation, I hope that our readers respond accordingly when Allan Slaight Award nominations open in the New Year!
      
  • "They were all Fantastic," "Everyone is great!"
     
  • "Thanks again for doing this... "
     
    You are very welcome!  Thank you for helping spread the word about Canada's wonderful talent!

 

 

Beacons of Inspiration (in alphabetical order by surname)


2020 Beacon of Inspiration: Gwyn Auger
Gwyn Auger (aka The Magic Assistant)

Nominated by Jonathan I. who wrote:
"The bigger the magic, the more important all of the team players are, and when it comes to a magic community, the same definitely applies. For me, personally, when I returned to magic about 10 years ago, Gwyn kindly befriended me (not knowing who I was) and it’s been an important part of my ongoing journey through the art of magic. She’s been quite an ambassador for the art and is one of those glues that holds a community together—which is especially important during a time like this. So, I humbly nominate Gwyn for this recognition."

Editor's note:

Website: Magician.org/member/magicassistant.

 

Comments from Gwyn's fans include:
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Gwyn Rocks!







2020 Beacon of Inspiration: Ryan Joyce and Graeme Reed

Ryan Joyce and Graeme Reed (aka Graemazing)

Nominated by Ryan P. who wrote:
"They have been producing a ton of stuff, podcasts, tv shows, pizza parties and more all giving an opportunity for other Canadian magicians to perform and connect. The high quality standards of their production are certainly inspiring to me!"

Additionally, Graeme was nominated by Doug H. who wrote:
"He has not let COVID 19 interfere with his ability to present his magic. He has and continues to perform his excellent Magic in awesome creative ways - online. He is not only the most entertaining guy I know, he's Graemazing!"

Editor's note:

 

Website:  RyanJoyce.com and GraemeReedMagic.com.




Comments from Ryan and Graeme's fans include:
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These guys are amazing. Entertaining and creative.
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Graeme is great, but that Ryan guy is ...
  [Editor's note:  Ryan, cut that out!]






2020 Beacon of Inspiration: Magicana

Magicana (David Ben and Julie Eng)
Nominated by Ben T. who wrote:
"My nomination this year is Magicana. Not only did they start the year off by helping curate the Art of Illusion exhibit at the AGO - which created all sorts of new magic fans - but they also mobilized quickly to set up the "Allan Slaight Magicians Relief Fund" to help magicians across Canada deal with the pandemic."
"Because of all that they've done for the community this year, I nominate Magicana!"

Editor's note:
  • The Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibit at the AGO featured more than 55 colourful vintage posters from the Allan Slaight Collection, in addition to employing many local magicians.
  • They handled the implementation and administration of the Allan Slaight Relief Fund, which helped to defray cost-of-living expenses incurred by professional Canadian magicians early in The Great Pause.
  • Magicana also runs the annual Allan Slaight Awards which recognize excellence in magic.

 

Website:  Magicana.com



Comments from Magicana's fans include:
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The work this team puts together is essential to our magic community. They are truly keeping the spirit alive.
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that AGO thing was awesome for bringing magic to a multitude of muggles





2020 Beacon of Inspiration: Phil Pivnick

Phil Pivnick (aka WonderPhil)
Nominated by Ian C. who wrote:

"Phil is already Toronto’s best family and children’s entertainer (A1 media) and has a 5 star rating on Google and YELP.  But apart from that he is truly a really nice guy. He’s recently started creating magic for sale to the magic community demonstrating his creativity.  He’s really helpful to anyone who asks.  Sitting down for a session with Phil is a roller coaster of ideas.  What if we do this, how about this or that move.  I’ve always been impressed with his business sense and it shows in his marketing and shows."

Editor's note:

Website: MagicInToronto.com






2020 Nominee: Romaine

Romaine (aka Roman Szydlowski)

Nominated by Luiz C. who wrote:
"I nominate Romaine ( Roman Szydlowski).  He has been one of Canada's hidden talent for too long.  He shared stage with the best magicians, has been a mentor to many famous magicians and inspiration to thousands.  If you ever had a chance to sit down with him you know that you always learned something new from him."


Editor's note:



Comments from Romaine's fans include:
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Best Canadian manipulator of all times.
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While Romaine is not as active in magic these days, and in poor health, this man deserves credit for his longevity and talent.



Editor's Choice


2020 Editor's Choice: Alex Zander

Alex Zander

Nominated by Shawn F. who wrote:
"I would like to nominate Alex Zander, who during this year has united magicians, not only in Canada but around the world by using the IBM JAM online to bring magic into the homes of all of us at no cost. For the first thirty days of the lock down we had a lecture every single day and now, eight months later the IBM JAM continues on a weekly basis to offer all magicians a way to connect. He gained nothing personally from doing this task and it taxed his free time greatly. It's inspiring to see the selfless acts of another in support of the greater good."

 

Editor's note:
  • Alex, the youngest IBM President, finished his term with tough decisions to make about the IBM Convention.
  • He was part of the organizing committee for this year's virtual PCAM.

 
Website: GottaBeMagic.com

Comments from Alex's fans include:
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Hope he wins! He’s worked so hard this whole year and has had many sleepless nights from working out all the tech issues and he deserves this!
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I have attended many of the IBM JAMs (lectured at one too) so I know the great value they've been in keeping the magic community connected when we can't connect in person. Alex even took time to virtually attend my magic club's first digital meeting back in April. He is a tireless worker for the greater good of magicians everywhere and I can't think of a more worthy recipient of the 2020 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!
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He’s a kind a generous guy...helped me (a total stranger) get tix to the Magic Castle for my 50th for my best friend, mom and husband. It was so special. Thank you Alex!
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Amazing leadership at such a young age!
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A huge thank you for Alex organizing all the IBM JAMs!! Loved them, a great distraction from all the craziness.


 

Readers' Choice

2020 Readers' Choice: Carisa Hendrix, Miranda Allen, and Richard Lee


Carisa Hendrix, Miranda Allen, and Richard Lee (aka Team Lucy Darling, The Star Ship Quarantine)
 
Nominated by Anonymous.

Congratulations to Carisa, Miranda, and Richard for winning the 2020 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!

Keep up the great work!

Website: CarisaHendrix.com, MirandaAllen.ca, and NorthernLightTheatre.com/richard-lee-hsi/.

 

Comments from Carisa, Miranda, and Richard's fans include:
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To go from regularly performing all over the world to a consistent string of high quality online shows (with some runs lasting for months) is a phenomenal effort in these unprecedented times.
- They are absolutely wonderful!!!!
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I am beyond inspired by how these three built an amazing remote show while quarantined together, including building pieces of their set. I'm grateful for their existence!
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Sparkle and joy were in short supply till Lucy did her online show
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All nominees sound outstanding, but the level of professionalism, innovation, dedication, and prestidigitation that Team Lucy Darling puts into their performances is outstanding to say the least. They are the clear winners of this competition and I'd award it to them, not just for the great country of Canada, but arguably for the world as well.

 

 

  

 

 














 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 December 2020

Happy Holidays from the Darling Estate

Scroll to past the Happy Holidays video to see the details about their one time rebroadcast of their Holiday Show December 24th Time: 7pm EST / 4pm PST. Ticket price $10. 

 

From the December 21st Facebook post by Carisa Hendrix:









Ring in 2021 with Lucy Darling and Shawn Farquhar

From Shawn Farquhar's December 20th Facebook post:

I'm working New Year's Eve... wonders never cease!
Tickets available at:
https://togo.magiccastle.com/.../12-31-20-virtual-magic-show
I think afterwards we might just open up a Zoom Meeting for people to hang out and visit until 2020 ends... what do you all think?

 

 

 

 

 

09 December 2020

Vote now for the 2020 Readers' Choice Award

Reader's Choice logo 

The nominations are closed and voting is now open for the fifth annual 2020 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!

Take a moment to acknowledge that this has been an extraordinary year.  Many of you embraced new skills and a new performing landscape.  Some of you took on work outside of performing.  Some of you continue to struggle with the day-to-day.  No matter your situation, give yourself a pat on the back.  You've made it this far.  To paraphrase Tom Brady, you didn't come this far to only come this far.  You've got this!

Congratulations to everyone for inspiring someone(s) enough for them to submit your name!  (I'm always tempted at this point, to declare all of the nominees as winners and not bother with the voting part. However, a vote was promised and a vote there shall be.)

Voting will close on Wednesday, December the 23rd at 11:59pm EST.

To vote, scroll down to the bottom of this post and participate in the poll. (Click through the Google Forms link if the poll does not appear in your browser.)

Let's have a look at the nominees (listed in alphabetical order by surname):


2020 Nominee: Gwyn Auger
Gwyn Auger (aka The Magic Assistant)

Nominated by Jonathan I. who wrote:
"The bigger the magic, the more important all of the team players are, and when it comes to a magic community, the same definitely applies. For me, personally, when I returned to magic about 10 years ago, Gwyn kindly befriended me (not knowing who I was) and it’s been an important part of my ongoing journey through the art of magic. She’s been quite an ambassador for the art and is one of those glues that holds a community together—which is especially important during a time like this. So, I humbly nominate Gwyn for this recognition."

Editor's note:

Website: Magician.org/member/magicassistant.





2020 Nominee: Carisa Hendrix, Miranda Allen, and Richard Lee

Carisa Hendrix, Miranda Allen, and Richard Lee (aka Team Lucy Darling, The Star Ship Quarantine)

Nominated by Anonymous.
"They took the lockdown by storm. In their isolation they created a unique virtual performance that was simultaneously witty, creative and magical with a wicked blend of technology and Lucy Darling sass. Surely that counts as inspiration."

Editor's note:
Website: CarisaHendrix.com, MirandaAllen.ca, and NorthernLightTheatre.com/richard-lee-hsi/.




2020 Nominee: Ryan Joyce and Graeme Reed

Ryan Joyce and Graeme Reed (aka Graemazing)

Nominated by Ryan P. who wrote:
"They have been producing a ton of stuff, podcasts, tv shows, pizza parties and more all giving an opportunity for other Canadian magicians to perform and connect. The high quality standards of their production are certainly inspiring to me!"

Additionally, Graeme was nominated by Doug H. who wrote:
"He has not let COVID 19 interfere with his ability to present his magic. He has and continues to perform his excellent Magic in awesome creative ways - online. He is not only the most entertaining guy I know, he's Graemazing!"

Editor's note:

 

Website:  RyanJoyce.com and GraemeReedMagic.com.






2020 Nominee: Magicana

Magicana (David Ben and Julie Eng)
Nominated by Ben T. who wrote:
"My nomination this year is Magicana. Not only did they start the year off by helping curate the Art of Illusion exhibit at the AGO - which created all sorts of new magic fans - but they also mobilized quickly to set up the "Allan Slaight Magicians Relief Fund" to help magicians across Canada deal with the pandemic."
"Because of all that they've done for the community this year, I nominate Magicana!"

Editor's note:
  • The Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibit at the AGO featured more than 55 colourful vintage posters from the Allan Slaight Collection, in addition to employing many local magicians.
  • They handled the implementation and administration of the Allan Slaight Relief Fund, which helped to defray cost-of-living expenses incurred by professional Canadian magicians early in The Great Pause.
  • Magicana also runs the annual Allan Slaight Awards which recognize excellence in magic.

 

Website:  Magicana.com




2020 Nominee: Phil Pivnick

Phil Pivnick (aka WonderPhil)
Nominated by Ian C. who wrote:

"Phil is already Toronto’s best family and children’s entertainer (A1 media) and has a 5 star rating on Google and YELP.  But apart from that he is truly a really nice guy. He’s recently started creating magic for sale to the magic community demonstrating his creativity.  He’s really helpful to anyone who asks.  Sitting down for a session with Phil is a roller coaster of ideas.  What if we do this, how about this or that move.  I’ve always been impressed with his business sense and it shows in his marketing and shows."

Editor's note:

Website: MagicInToronto.com





2020 Nominee: Romaine

Romaine (aka Roman Szydlowski)

Nominated by Luiz C. who wrote:
"I nominate Romaine ( Roman Szydlowski).  He has been one of Canada's hidden talent for too long.  He shared stage with the best magicians, has been a mentor to many famous magicians and inspiration to thousands.  If you ever had a chance to sit down with him you know that you always learned something new from him."


Editor's note:




2020 Nominee: Alex Zander

Alex Zander

Nominated by Shawn F. who wrote:
"I would like to nominate Alex Zander, who during this year has united magicians, not only in Canada but around the world by using the IBM JAM online to bring magic into the homes of all of us at no cost. For the first thirty days of the lock down we had a lecture every single day and now, eight months later the IBM JAM continues on a weekly basis to offer all magicians a way to connect. He gained nothing personally from doing this task and it taxed his free time greatly. It's inspiring to see the selfless acts of another in support of the greater good."

 

Editor's note:
  • Alex, the youngest IBM President, finished his term with tough decisions to make about the IBM Convention.
  • He was part of the organizing committee for this year's virtual PCAM.

 
Website: GottaBeMagic.com

 

 

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28 October 2020

Lucy Darling's Halloween Spooktacular Extravaganza

From the Lucy Darling's Halloween Spooktacular Extravaganza Facebook event:

31 Oct at 02:00 EDT – 1 Nov at 01:00 EDT 

Hosted by Lucy Darling - Award Winning Comedy Magician

The Halloween show is coming!!!!

The show is free to watch October 31st and will play twice, Once at midnight EST & once at at midnight PST!!!

This is our gift to you! Happy Halloween.

 




09 October 2020

Carisa Hendrix in the Globe and Mail, 12th Night, and a Neil Gaiman shout out

From the October 6th article "How Canadian magic star Lucy Darling pivoted online – and found new fans (like Neil Gaiman)" by J. Kelly Nestruck in The Globe and Mail:

While Lucy Darling has a quick wit, her hands are even quicker: her legerdemain surprised and startled me time and time again. Table magic doesn’t have quite the same impact over livestream that it does in person (I kept wondering what was happening outside the visual frame), but a card trick she performed at the end wowed me and is still enjoyably tying my brain up in knots.

On the whole, An Exceptional Night In was one of the most polished and professional Zoom performances that I’ve tuned into to date – which is not a huge surprise, given that it is directed by Jim Millan, the former Crow’s Theatre artistic director who works with comedy and magic supergroups The Kids in the Hall and The Illusionists.

An Exceptional Night In is “at” The Citadel until October 17 – and information for all of Lucy Darling’s upcoming performances can be found on her website.

Read more.

[With thanks to Keith Tomasek for letting us know!]



From the October 5th article "An Exceptional Night In With Lucy Darling: get Zoomed on magic and mixology" by Liz Nicholls in 12th Night:

Henrix is also, incidentally, the Guinness record-holder for how long she can hold a lit torch in her mouth (witness the documentary Girl On Fire). Which would seem to have only a peripheral connection with her expertise in card tricks or cup-and-ball games. And none at all with Lucy’s uncanny ability, having asked an audience member for the name of their favourite book, to produce that very volume. Right then and there.

It’s a startling array of skills, to say the least, that Hendrix brings to the table (hers, as it happens in these COVIDian times). And one of them, you’ll discover, in a live Zoom “meeting” that brings 36 of us together, along with Lucy’s assistants, is an uncanny knack for making magic “real,” which is to say convincing, online.

Read more.




ICYMI, Neil Gaiman agrees:




22 September 2020

A Night in with Lucy Darling

A great chance to witness the charm and magic of Lucy Darling, the recipient of the 2019 AMA Stage Magician of the Year award! Shows for this run start September 25 until October 4th and are available at TheLucyDarling.com.

If her current show is half as much fun as her May 15th live stream, it will be excellent!

 

From The Lucy Darling:

“VERDICT: highly recommended for a very magical, entertaining and comical interlude to the current uncertain times. Be sure to (virtually) invite Lucy Darling into your home for refreshing hour of fun, magical entertainment.”

Lucy Darling is an award-winning magician known the world over for her wit, her charm, and her exceptionally good hair.

Along with her live-in butlers Marcy and Laurence, Lucy is here with a wonderful mix of playful interactions, hilarious comedy, and impossible magical feats, to offer you an incredible immersive experience. This show was carefully designed to satisfy your deep desire for a fun night out, while staying safely inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




08 September 2020

Big Night In presents Comedy Variety Hour

On September 29th, join Jonathan Burns with his  closest acquaintances including Carisa Hendrix, Mario the Maker Magician and more!


From the August 30th Facebook post by Carisa Hendrix:

 




07 September 2020

UnConvnetional.Fun

Talent includes: Garrett Thomas, Curtis Kam, Carisa Hendrix, Caleb Wiles, Chris Mayhew, Kainoa Harbattle, and more!

 

From the August 25th Facebook post from Ben Train:

For the past few months I've been working with about 25 of the world's best magicians on an exciting project. Trailer, information, and all kinds of surprises are going to be announced soon, but trust me when I say if you LOVE MAGIC you are NOT GOING TO WANT TO MISS THIS.

Follow the Facebook page, and the instagram account, so you don't miss you!

https://www.facebook.com/unconventional.fun 

 

 

 

 

24 August 2020

Carisa Hendrix: 2019 AMA Stage Magician of the Year

Congratulations to Carisa Hendrix (Lucy Darling) for winning the AMA 2019 Stage Magician of the Year award!


Congratulations also to all of the other nominees and winners! Keep up the great work everyone!




22 August 2020

Carisa Hendrix nominated for AMA Stage Magician of the Year (virtual awards presented August 23rd)

Congratulations on your nomination Carisa!

 

From the August 20th post on the Magic Castle Facebook page:

Votes are in! Who will win???

Tune in to find out Sunday, August 23rd, at 7pm PT, for the AMA AWARDS Virtual Experience! You don't wanna miss #MAGIC's big night! Mark your calendars, set your alarms, and spread the word. It's free! All are welcome to this family-friendly celebration of magic. No password or special software needed. Winners, surprises, and more! ✨🏰🏆

www.magiccastle.com/awards






29 June 2020

Magical Women with Connie Boyd

Connie Boyd (originally from Newmarket, Ontario!) started the "Magical Women with Connie Boyd" YouTube channel during quarantine.  Since that time it has grown into a series of in-depth talks with  magicians in different magic genres.   Weekly talks are uploaded to the Magical Women YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Connie's off to a strong start featuring Canadian magicians Ekaterina and Billy Kidd.   Juliana Chen's episode will be released this week.  (A little birdie has told me that Carisa Hendrix will be in a future episode too!)


Watch the teaser for the Magical Women series on YouTube:





Episode 1 with Ekatarina:








Episode 2 with Billy Kidd:














02 June 2020

Carisa Hendrix and Billy Kidd in a magical "drop the brush"

From Rhys Morgan:
A little fun from some friends of ours, a take on Drop the Brush. We give you Drop the Deck :D

Featuring me, @WestMagic, @RealMaxMaven, @Billykiddshow, @CarisaHendrix, @bretmwxyz, @rudycoby, @Carogmatic, @TheArchini, @IamSPELMANN, @RobZabrecky, @toddvarious, and @MacKingShow .







28 May 2020

World Buskers United: May 30 - 31

World Buskers United are at it again and will be doing another 24 hours online buskerfest!

Canadian participants include:


Learn more at World Buskers United.



15 May 2020

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home - May 18

A little bird has suggested that perhaps there will be Canadian content on the show in addition to Shin Lim!


From the Futon Critic:
Premiering Monday, May 18 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), PENN & TELLER: TRY THIS AT HOME is a special for these unique times. Filmed entirely at the homes of Penn & Teller and their friends around the world, PENN & TELLER: TRY THIS AT HOME showcases new magic Penn & Teller and their magician friends have developed at home and teaches viewers how to do an array of tricks themselves while being joined by celebrity guests including Elle and Dakota Fanning, Michael Carbonaro and Shin Lim.




12 May 2020

Lucy Darling Live Stream Friday May 15th

From Carisa Hendrix:

Lucy Darling is everyone's favorite socialite. Join her and a host of special guests for an evening of magic, music and laughs.

Special Guests Include:
  • Bizzaro
  • Rudy Coby
  • Richard Lee
  • Miranda Allen
  • Hello Moth
  • Max Maven
  • Moon Zappa

Technical support from, Jim Millan, Ryan Pilling, Chris Comb, and John Lovick.

With support from the National Arts Centre of Canada as part of the #CanadaPerforms project. Huge thank you to Facebook, Slaight Music, the RBC Foundation, SiriusXM Canada and the National Arts Centre.
https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26506
https://facebook.com/CanadasNAC.CNAduCanada/







21 April 2020

Carisa Hendrix on the cover of Genii

Congratulations to Carisa Hendrix, who is on the cover of the May 2020 edition of Genii magazine!

Read "Uncovering Carisa Hendrix and Lucy Darling" by Dustin Stinett.