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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 

 

 

 

 

27 July 2020

Toronto Magic Company starts a vlog (and Newest Trick on July 28)

From the July 17ty Toronto Magic Company Instagram post:
I know what you're thinking.⁠
You started a VLOG in the middle of a pandemic???⁠ 
Yes we did!⁠ ⁠ 
We took a trip to the Browsers Den of Magic to visit Jeff, buy some tricks, and have a good time⁠ ⁠ 
Please like, share, subscribe and whatever Youtube things to help us explode!⁠ ⁠







From the July 22nd Toronto Magic Company Instagram post:


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One week today is The Newest Trick in the Macbook, our virtual open mic magic show streaming live on Facebook.⁠ ⁠ It featured 5 incredible performers. Blowing your mind Virtually.⁠ ⁠ Plus a little bit of antics from Jonah and Ben.⁠ ⁠ It’s happening on July 28 at 8:00pm EST⁠ ⁠ We want to see you there⁠ ⁠ sign up and get notified when we go live so you don’t miss the show!⁠ ⁠ Oh yea… and did we mention that it’s FREE?⁠ ⁠ Link in Bio⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #magic #magician #torontomagic #torontomagician #magicintoronto #magiciantoronto #torontomagicshow #torontotheatre #torontocomedy #torontomagiccompany #comedytoronto #torontoentertainment #torontoevents #torontoevent #abracademy #visualmagic #magicianslife #cardmagic #magicians #magicperformance #sleightofhand #cardtricks #didyouknow #illusionist #creativeart #artofvisuals #artlife #artistry #artofmagic #thenewesttrickinthebook
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08 June 2020

The Newest Trick in the Macbook - June 9th, 23rd; July 14th, 28th

From the Toronto Magic Company:
For the past three years The Newest Trick in the Book, Canada’s only open mic magic show, has been THE place in Toronto for magicians to test new tricks and for audiences to experience mind-blowing magic. 

Now Canada's only open mic magic show is going VIRTUAL - and we want you to take part in the fun!

Join a dozen incredible magicians from the comfort of your own homes for a virtual, and highly interactive, magic show you have to see to believe! 

We're featuring 6+ performers from all over the world doing brand new magic on each and every show! 

We're going to be broadcasting our open mic shows LIVE on Facebook, so you don't miss a moment

But, the shows will NOT be available for recording, so sign up to get notified so you don't miss a show!

Come see it LIVE. It's TOTALLY FREE! 

Sign up. Get notified. Never miss a show.

The next few shows are: 

June 9th...June 23rd...July 14...July 28

Read more and grab your ticket.

26 May 2020

The Newest Trick in the Macbook - May 26th

From the Toronto Magic Company:
Highly interactive, virtual, open mic magic show. Guaranteed to blow your mind from the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s totally free!

For the past three years The Newest Trick in the Book, Canada’s only open mic magic show, has been THE place in Toronto for magicians to test new tricks and for audiences to experience mind-blowing magic. 

Now Canada's only open mic magic show is going VIRTUAL - and we want you to take part in the fun!

Join a dozen incredible magicians from the comfort of your own homes for a virtual, and highly interactive, magic show you have to see to believe! 

The event is FREE, but due to the interactive nature there are only 100 seats available.


Read more and book your seat!





01 March 2020

Julie Eng in the Toronto Star


From the February 24th article "More than 120 years after the ‘Queen of Magic’ was catching bullets, women magicians are still scarce" by Sue Carter in the Toronto Star:
“Adelaide had a career as a woman, which was a rare thing to see,” says Eng. “She was smart and obviously talented. She competed and she was respected because she could do it.”

Herrmann is one of several women performers on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new exhibition “Illusions: The Art of Magic.” Co-curated by Toronto magician and historian David Ben, the show features more than 55 promotional posters from the Allan Slaight Collection from the McCord Museum in Montreal, alongside other late 19th- and early 20th-century props and materials, including one of Harry Houdini’s famous straitjackets.



David Ben and Jonah Babins are also mentioned in the article.


Additional media coverage for “Illusions: The Art of Magic:”


















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 Friedländer, 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.

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.









10 December 2019

Toronto: Show in the Snow

From the Facebook event:
To celebrate the end of our THIRD season of the Newest Trick in the Book we’re throwing a party. No wait, a show. No wait, we’re throwing BOTH!

Join us at See-Scape for our last event of the Year - and also our biggest one ever. Doors open at 8pm and then the show starts at 8:30, featuring TEN of our favourite performers from the past year, including:
  • Mark Correia
  • Bobby Motta
  • Jacqueline Swan
  • Patrick Nemeth
  • Chris Mayhew






03 October 2019

Win tickets to see "The Art of Magic with Asi Wind"

This contest is now closed.  The winner has been announced at "Winner of tickets to see 'The Art of Magic with Asi Wind.'"



I have been offered one pair of tickets, from the Toronto Magic Company, to give away to my readers, to attend "The Art of Magic with Asi Wind" in Toronto, Canada. 

(There will be one winner.  The winner may choose to attend on either Wednesday October the 23rd or Thursday October the 24th.)  The results will be posted on Monday October the 21st.





To enter:
  1. Mandatory: Leave a comment on this blog post, about "what you love about Toronto's Magic scene" (250 word maximum). 

    If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may email it to me for posting.
      (I am not responsible if your email is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.) 
    Email: canadasmagic at gmail dot com
     
  2. A representative from the Toronto Magic Company and I will pick a favourite answer.  Favourite answer wins the tickets.
      
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information for me to share with The Toronto Magic Company.


The fine print:
  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
     
  • One entry per person.
     
  • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec. (Je m'excuse!)
     
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and accommodations will not be provided. 
     
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
     
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may email it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your email is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
     
  • This giveaway may be terminated or withdrawn at any time.
     
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
     
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets.
     
  • Contest closes on Friday October the 18th, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.



With thanks to the Toronto Magic Company for generously making these tickets available to you! 




15 September 2019

Toronto Magic Club Town Hall

Town Hall on Monday September 23rd, The Imperial Pub.  See the end of the post for more information.


From the September 13th post by James Alan in the (Sid Lorraine) Toronto Magic Club Facebook group:
Apologies in advance for the length of this post, from the conversations we have been having, a number of you would like to read it! A few people have brought up concerns or questions regarding the changes being proposed for the club, and we want to address them.
Please feel free to comment below, or to reach out to any of us privately. We have also organized a Town Hall on Monday September 23rd to discuss the changes and so anyone who wants to come talk in person is welcome (and invited!) to do so. - https://www.facebook.com/events/436950640256041/

But to answer some of your questions.

We are the same club, The Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, IBM Ring 17. We are still committed to providing our members with valuable magic experiences and opportunities; to help grow individually as magic enthusiasts and to leave magic as a whole better off than we found it. (And if you are one of those distinguished humans with an honorary lifetime membership, it is still here waiting for you.)

10 August 2019

Toronto: The Carnival of Wonders Summer Edition

August 30th and 31st.


From Eventbrite:
Games, prizes, magic, jugglers, drinks, and variety performers you have to see to believe!

The Toronto Magic Company has partnered with The Super Wonder Gallery to bring you:

The Carnival of Wonders SUMMER EDITION - a show & experience unlike anything we've ever done before.

We're transforming a downtown Toronto art gallery into an unforgettable carnival; complete with games, prizes, delicious carnival treats, and interactive exhibits like the worlds smallest haunted house, con games, and a real life "freak" show. 

Read more and buy tickets.


From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:




03 June 2019

Toronto: The Art of Magic with Scott Hammell

From the Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:
The Art of Magic is back with 2 back-to-back shows!

Featuring Scott Hammell, Harry Zimmerman, Benzi Train, and Jonah Babins!

So far we've produced 11 Art of Magic events, and all 11 have SOLD OUT.

This will be much the same!

Head to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner-scott-hammell-tickets-61384706309

The event is a month away and tickets are already moving quickly!



17 May 2019

Toronto: The Art of Magic (back to back)

From Eventbrite:
May 22nd and 23rd

Headliner: David Merry
Performances by: Ben Train, Jonah Babins, and Ryan Brown
Toronto has spoken! After 9 straight sold shows The Art of Magic is returning with TWO BACK TO BACK SHOWS!

The Art of Magic is more than just a show. It’s an entire evening filled with beautiful art and mind blowing illusions that’s taking Toronto by storm!

The fun begins at 730pm inside the Wonder Gallery. Enjoy delicious drinks and paintings from some of Toronto’s best local artists while close up magicians dazzle you with sleight of hand.

Then at 8pm SHARP the show begins, and for the next hour and a half you’ll witness professional magicians from around the world performing magic so incredible that you’ll be laughing out loud and gasping in disbelief!

In order to ensure every seat in the house is a good one, only 60 tickets are available for this intimate theatre experience. Make sure you order yours before they disappear forever!


Read more and buy tickets.

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.

Read more and listen.





From the 60 Second Docs YouTube channel:







25 April 2019

Toronto: Cheap Tricks 2

From the Revival Bar:
Tuesday June 11

We are back with the most ridiculously fun magic show of the year. Its CHEAP TRICKS 2.

Imagine an performer shows up to their gig but their props don;t. This is the premise of the show. All participants are given a small budget, location to buy and have to come with 10 mins of amazing material on the fly for the audience.

Ten of Toronto;s leading magicians go head to head in this contest with only ONE winner. With a special guest appearance by The Sentimentalists and surprise guests.

Judged by
  • Ben Train (Toronto Magic Company)
  • Steffi Kay (Fooler of Penn and Teller)
  • Chris Westfall (Cheap Tricks winner year one)
  • and a secret judge TBA

Revival Nightclub is a 19+ venue. Content may offend, Doors 8pm show 8:30pm tickets $advance / $30 door.

Presented by Mysterion.
Read more and buy tickets.




From the Facebook page of James Alan:

19 March 2019

Toronto: Mini Classes at the 2019 Browser's Bash

Browser's Bash logoBROWSER'S BASH 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Did you know there will be Free Mini Classes during the lunch or dinner breaks?


Check out the topics offered:
  • CHRIS BRUCE- False Shuffles, Top Change, Classic Force
  • ANDREW WOO - How To Create Easy & Memorable Magic,  5 Steps to Go from Amateur to Pro
  • CHARLIE MCBURNEY - Crimp & Key Cards, Methods of Deployment
  • WIJ - Card fundamentals (Top Change, Double Lifts, False Shuffles, The Pass, Side Steal)
  • CHRIS WESTFALL - Routine your Magic
  • JONAH BABINS  -  Any Card at Any Number
  • DAVID BARRETT - Biddle Count Procedures
  • ROBERT & SCOTT PRESSWOOD - Seminar in outside side lobby on Kid/Family Shows
Read more and register!

27 February 2019

Michael Rucker interviews Jonah Babins

From Michael Rucker:

That’s not how magic is supposed to be. One of the biggest challenges in magic, one of the hardest things to do for beginners, is to perform magic and have people not hate you, right? Because you’re displaying how much more you know or how you can finagle or twist your knowledge to outsmart them. The challenge is to make that fantastical, and amazing, and enjoyable.

It is a big deal in magic to make sure that you’re not giving the audience a puzzle to be solved, but instead, you’re together going on the journey. I like to refer to it as like a dream guide. Like the magician says, “Take my hand and come with me.”

Read more.

06 February 2019

Toronto: Nicholas Wallace in The Art of Magic

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
The Art of Magic is BACK! Valentines Day Edition!

On February 13th (Valentines Eve), the Toronto Magic Company has put together a perfect date night!

This is our 8th show (and our first 7 shows SOLD OUT completely!)

This show features the incredible Nicholas Wallace (Who recently FOOLED Penn and Teller), Award winning Magician and Illusionist Rob Testa, Jonah Babins local rising star, and host Benzi Train one of Toronto's busiest performers.



Toronto: The Newest Trick in the Book

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
The Newest Trick in the Book is BACK this Tuesday Feb 5th with a NEVER BEFORE SEEN LINEUP!

Here's 10 reasons you should go:

1. It features Jacque Swan, Mark Tricks, Sean Rooney, Benzi Train, and host Jonah Babins.

2. The Temperature outside will be above 0

3. It's a FREE show

Read more and claim your ticket.