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15 November 2019

Scott Hammell on "Shoulders of Giants"

From PodTail:
OELC/CASO: Shoulders of Giants focuses on the extraordinary achievements of OELC alumni. Nathan Adams interviews these “Giants” to discuss the impact their time at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre had on their journey.

Episode 2 - Scott Hammell (magician, escape artist and leader):
In this episode Nathan interviews Scott Hammell.   Scott shares his unique perspective on leadership and facing fear as well as the impact OELC/CASO has had on his life.

Scott Hammell, the four-time Guinness World Record holder has hung upside down from a hot air balloon while locked in a straitjacket and chains at 7 200 feet (World’s Highest Suspension Straitjacket Escape), dangled by his ankles and juggled for over a minute and a half (Longest Inverted Juggling Duration), successfully completed a card trick while skydiving (World’s Fastest Moving Card Trick) and jumped from an airplane to skydive while blindfolded and handcuffed (Highest Blindfolded Skydive). 









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!



26 January 2018

Toronto: Scott Hammell's "Don't Look Down"

From Scott Hammell:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Scott explores his motivations, inspirations and many MANY setbacks performing some of the most dangerous stunts in the world. Hanging upside down from a hot air balloon while locked in a straitjacket, performing a card trick while skydiving, skydiving while blindfolded and handcuffed, juggling live explosives and the bullet catch. So where does one go from there? How about an intimate theatrical experience with never before told stories and brand new magic!

Read more and buy tickets.


From Scott Hammell's YouTube channel:




01 April 2017

04 January 2017

More names announced for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Browser's Bash logo  
From the Facebook group for the Browser's Den of Magic:

You're not alone! These artists will be with you at the 2017 Bash!
Announcing More Artists For the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
http://www.browsersden.com/bash

It's time to share even more artists with you that will spend the day with us at the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO - MORE BASH ARTISTS:

Atsushi Ono
- Kyoto Konjurer -
Atsushi Ono-san's relaxed charm, sense of humor and creative approach to performing magic have made him a popular magician and entertainer in
Japan as well as Western Canada.

Aaron Fisher
- Card Conductor -
Specializing in card magic, Aaron Fisher travels the world sharing his original thoughts and energetic performances with other fellow magicians.

Rosemary Reid
- Ms. Magic -
From her humble beginnings at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp to becoming one of Canada's leading female magicians, Rosemary is going to answer the
one question she's been asked most often throughout her career. Can you guess what it is?

Adam Grace
- Renaissance Man -
Adam Grace, a profesional magician, musician, actor, speaker, writer and producer, tours the world sharing his love for all performing arts. He plans to
spend the entire day with us.

Also including:
- Michael Ammar
- Silly Billy
- Chris Mysterion & Steffi Kay
- Dick Joiner
- Buck Macleod
- Luiz Castro
- Keith Brown
- Scott Hammell

REGISTER NOW - Be A Part Of The 2017 Bash Experience
http://www.browsersden.com/bash

We hope you'll join us. It's unlike any other magic event around. You're going to love it! Book your ticket today by clicking the button above.

See you at the Bash on Saturday, April 1st, 2017!

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash team)

24 November 2016

New names announced for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Browser's Bash logo  
From the Facebook page of the Browser's Den of Magic:
A Party Of This Magnitude Only Comes Once A Year!

Where else can you get a scrumptious free lunch & dinner, the opportunity to spend the day with like-minded peers, and twelve hours of magic with so many top name magicians?

"The Browser's Magic Bash packs in more magic, with more value for your dollar, than anything we've ever offered you before."

Without further adieu, it's our pleasure to announce MORE amazingly talented artists who plan to spend the day with us at the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
- Dick Joiner
- Buck Macleod
- Scott Hammell
- Luiz Castro
- Keith Brown

Additionally:
- Michael Ammar
- Silly Billy
- & The Sentimentalists (Chris Mysterion & Steffi Kay)
...will spend the day with us, too. We plan to celebrate our common love for magic together.

If this fun sounds like the good times you're looking for, please take two minutes right now to register for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.

Browser's Magic Bash Tickets Starting At $99 Plus HST
http://www.browsersden.com/bash
(cut and paste if not clickable)

We hope you'll join us.

Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash Team)

05 July 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 11

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 5: Tuesday August 18th (cont)*
8pm

Dinner was wings and fries and salad and donuts!  Jen Segal, Christina Galonska, Stephanie Kline, Lori Farquhar, Lisa Close, and Mike Toal worked hard to get it organized and serve us since we weren’t in the Mess Hall tonight.  They’re always working really hard to making sure all of the non-magic stuff is taken care of.  I sure am grateful for their efforts. 
Dance party = so much fun!   Mark Correia did a wicked Michael Jackson impersonation and two of the littlest kids here had an incredible dance off!  Phil DaCosta DJ’d again and gave away t-shirts and cards and stuff too for answering questions and making clever requests.  I love this place. 
Mark doing his thing. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Mark doing his thing.

The weather must have cleared ‘cause they’re letting us have camp swim!

10pm
I did it!!  I got scared and wasn’t going to.  But then I remembered that Scott Hammell and Eric Leclerc both say that we should try things “out of our comfort zone” now and again.  The lifeguard said it was safe to jump from up high and that he’d make sure nothing bad happened to me.  I was so nervous climbing up those stairs.  They went up forever.  The lake looked such a long way down.  I froze and almost didn’t do it.  Then I jumped!!!!  I was surprised how long it took for me to hit the water -- it felt like hours.  I didn’t get hurt, nobody laughed and my friends all cheered for me!  I really feel like I’m part of one big family here.


I did it!!! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
I did it!!!


There was more dancing and a spectacular fireworks show.  Everyone sang some song by a band called “Queen” and that was the end of the night.  I’m so excited and tired.  I don’t remember much else.  I don’t want camp to end tomorrow.

This is so. much. FUN! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
This is so. much. FUN!



Everybody dance now! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Everybody dance now!




To be continued ...

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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca



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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

24 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 5

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 2: Saturday August 15th (cont)*
5pm
Camp swim is so much fun!  We get to use huge inner tubes to float in the docks at the lake.  Eric Leclerc went out of the designated area in an inner tube, to get a ball that floated away.  It was funny to watch him try and paddle with his hands!  There’s a slide that goes into the lake and a super high platform that you can jump off of too.
Inner tubes are fun! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Inner tubes are fun!

Squeezing more magic in before the swim. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Squeezing more magic in before the swim.

We had “performance workshop” where some campers performed something and everyone got to tell them what they liked about it and what they thought could be improved.  Some kids got up and did things that we just learned at electives today!  Everyone seems really supportive and encouraging here.  No one was mean about it.  
Then we played the “Umm” game.  It’s where you have to talk as long as you can about an assigned topic (think unicorns, chocolate, soccer, etc) without saying things like “umm” or “ahh.”  It’s hard!  (And fun to watch!)  Now I know that I need to script my performances because I’m not so good at improvising!

Performance workshop. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Performance workshop.



10pm
What a night!  We ate chicken burgers and chocolate mousse!  At the theatre we watched video messages for us from magicians from Las Vegas and other places in the US.  Apparently there’s a camper show later in the week.  I wonder if I have anything good enough to do for the show...

The evening performance was mind blowing.  Mike Close, Eric, Sheldon Casavant, Scott Hammell, Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva are all fabulous.  I got to see dove magic live for the first time.  Neil made birds appear out of NOWHERE. 

Mike Close. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Mike Close.


Eric Leclerc.  Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric Leclerc.



Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva.

Rosemary Reid, Mark Correia, and Chris Mayhew did lip syncs tonight.  I laughed so hard when Chris “blah, blah, blahed” his way through "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé.


After that we had a beach party -- wait for it -- on the beach!  There was fire floating in the lake (I’d never seen that before).  We had fries and chicken nuggets and fried zucchini for snack.  Phil DaCosta, the DJ, had everyone moving and doing the limbo and forming conga lines.  I liked it when he played the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Uptown Funk.”  I complained when my counsellor said I had to leave early ‘cause I’m so little.  Secretly I’m glad I’m back at the cabin.  I’m pooped.
How low can you go? Photo by James Carey Lauder.
How low can you go?



Beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Beach party!


More beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
More beach party!

 
To be continued ...


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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca



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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

17 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 4

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 2: Saturday August 15th *
Don’t have much time.  Breakfast was awesome (pancakes!) and no one laughed at me in card class.  Most of the kids in my class are near the same age and ability as I am -- I am so relieved!  I was very surprised (and happy) to find we were learning in the Mess Hall and not in a big classroom with blackboards and uncomfortable desks!  Yesssss!!!!  Our instructor, Scott Hammell, told us that “The main time you go through a lot of cards is when you’re practicing.” Then he told us to “Go through a lot of cards.” 

Scott teaching card class. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Scott teaching card class.

I learned the term, “beached cards.”  It’s when you drop your cards on the ground and they get all sandy and wet and impossible to use afterwards.  I’m going to be extra careful to keep mine on the table. Some of the more advanced kids said they learned harder things.  The really experienced kids had to perform stuff and then everyone else in their group gave ideas on how it could be made it better.

I have to get ready to do this big camp wide activity.  I hope it’s not dodgeball.


11:40am
Whoa! That was so much more fun than dodgeball!  We just did a relay race kind of thing in teams with everyone from different cabins.  It involved:
  • water
  • balloons
  • tape
  • pool noodles and
  • people wrapped up in toilet paper! 


Listening to the rules.



Pool noodle marble run. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pool noodle marble run.


Pouring water backwards. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pouring water backwards.

That's a lot of balloons! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
That's a lot of balloons!



It was more fun than Fun Day at the end of school!  I think Sheldon Casavant was still on the field, wrapped head to toe in toilet paper, when I left.  Hope he’s okay.

Sheldon getting wrapped. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Sheldon getting wrapped.





2pm
Yum!  Bagel pizzas for lunch!  Magic Mike Segal and his staff make announcements at every meal.  Sometimes when there’s exciting news, everyone bangs on the tables and cheers!  It gets really loud and it’s great fun!  
Announcements with Magic Mike. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Announcements with Magic Mike.



I saw three cute little brown rabbits eating weeds outside the Mess Hall.  Someone said they saw a deer here too.  I hope I see one!

There were so many interesting electives to choose from today (duct-tape wallets, “no sleight” misdirection, stage card manipulation, sponge balls, juggling, and bill folds).  I did juggling and boy am I bad at it.  I was dropping things all over the place.  Scott said that it will come with practice.  I hope he’s right!  (He’s really good!)

Learning to juggle with Scott. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Learning to juggle with Scott.


Stage card manipulation with Sheldon. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Stage card manipulation with Sheldon.




To be continued ...


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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca


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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

24 April 2016

Houdini and Doyle: World of Wonders

You may already know that "Houdini and Doyle: World of Wonders" launched earlier this month.  But were you aware of the Canadian connections?

According to Joe, "The goal of the web series was to share some magic history and practical demonstrations inspired by the real-life relationship of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle."

How well do you think they did?

29 December 2015

Five deadly magic tricks

From Metro (Toronto):
Scott Hammell did the unthinkable. He asked someone to load a gun, point it at him and pull the trigger. He doesn’t have a death wish, he’s a magician and the subject of a new documentary, The Trick with the Gun, that details the planning and performing of the most dangerous illusion ever devised, the Bullet Catch.
Fourteen magicians have died attempting it and the most famous conjurer of all time, Houdini, never even tried it. Hammell says the trick is risky but, “there are safe ways of doing things that are seemingly extremely dangerous.”

He adds, “obviously things can go wrong and that can have a catastrophic chain reaction.”

There is always room for error and sometimes magicians get hurt or even killed on stage.

Hammell gave Metro an exclusive list of the five most dangerous — and potentially fatal — tricks ever performed on stage.

Read more.

08 December 2015

"The Trick with the Gun" on Superchannel

From the Times Colonist:
Chris Gudgeon doesn’t seem like a guy who’s into guns, and not just because he’s a peace-loving poet.

So why did he suddenly find himself at the North Saanich Rod and Gun Club to learn the finer points of marksmanship?

It was for the The Trick With the Gun, director Michael McNamara’s high-calibre documentary that the Victoria-based writer and producer wrote and appears in.

In the 90-minute film premièring tonight at 9 on Superchannel, Gudgeon agrees to pull the trigger for the Bullet Catch, a notoriously dangerous illusion.

Read more.

08 November 2015

Toronto: Win tickets to see Scott Hammell in "The Trick with the Gun"

This contest is now closed.  The winners have been announced at "Winners of tickets to see Scott Hammel in "The Trick with the Gun."

Updated November 15 at 11:20am to add:

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  • If the widget won't let you enter, leave your entry in the comment form below.  You MUST include your e-mail address for your entry to be valid.
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I have been offered eight pairs of tickets to give away to my readers, to attend "The Trick with the Gun" at the Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. screening in Toronto, Canada.  (I understand that there's also a Q&A with director Michael McNamara and subjects Scott Hammell and Christopher Gudgeon.)

Did you know that Scott is a four-time Guinness World Record holder?  I know he's got the record for "Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape."  Can anyone let me know what the other three are for?

Watch the trailer at  Markham Street Films YouTube channel.

If you don't want to leave tickets to chance, you can either purchase them at the cinema box office, or have a look at this post in the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Markham Street Films is looking for three young magicians to perform close up magic on November 19, 2015 from 6:00pm-6:30pm, at the premiere of their film The Trick with The Gun.If interested please contact Hilary at 416-536-1390 ext 222 or email hmuth@markhamstreet.com for more information. 
(This is a volunteer thing. In exchange for some walkaround, you will get a ticket to the screening.)

I will be holding a random draw for each pair of general admission tickets.  (There will be eight winners. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets.)  The draw results will be posted on Monday November the 16th.


To enter:
  1. Log into the RaffleCopter widget below, using Facebook or a valid e-mail address.
      
  2. Mandatory: Leave a comment in the widget, telling me your favourite Scott Hammell memory (from a personal encounter, an interview, a performance etc).  (You do not need to be a magician to enter the contest.)(Your favourite memory could be entering this contest!)
      
  3. Optional: For an additional entry:
    a) Sign in to your Twitter account
    b) Use the RaffleCopter widget to send this message to your Twitter followers:
    "Enter by Nov 15 to win 2 tix to see @scotthammell in "The Trick with the Gun" at @TheBloorCinema via @canadasmagic
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    c) Enter the URL of your Tweet into the RaffleCopter widget to validate your entry.
     
       (The optional entry is only valid if the Tweet URL is included.)
      
  4. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information for me to share with Alex from the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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!)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may e-mail it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your e-mail 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 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office prior to the show on your way into the screening.
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  • Contest closes on Sunday November the 15th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


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With thanks to Alex from the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for generously making these tickets available to you!


27 October 2015

Toronto: Scott Hammell in "The Trick With The Gun"

Tickets are now on sale for the Toronto showing of Christopher Gudgeon and Scott Hammell's "The Trick With The Gun."  The trailer for the movie was previously posted.

From the Bloor Cinema:
Director Michael McNamara and subjects Scott Hammel and Christopher Gudgeon will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A. Don’t miss a special live magic act on stage. 
Co-presented by Sorcerer's Safari. [sic]
Visit the Bloor Cinema website to buy your tickets for the Nov 19 showing.

21 October 2015

Scott Hammell in "The Trick With The Gun"

Watch the trailer for Christopher Gudgeon and Scott Hammell's "The Trick With The Gun."  [Warning: strong language.]

Some of it was shot during Sorcerers Safari at Camp White Pine!

From Markham Street Films YouTube channel:




13 February 2015

Toronto: Markham Street Films at the Browser's Den of Magic

Hello everyone! Tomorrow a film crew from Toronto's Markham Street Films will be at Browser's Den of Magic starting around 2:30pm to shoot footage for a documentary film about the bullet catch. The documentary features Scott Hammell, Magic Mike Segal (who will be in attendance at Browsers), and numerous other magicians. The crew would love to meet some young, budding local magicians to hear their stories, see them shop and talk about tricks, and to discuss the joy and wonder of getting into magic for the first time. Please come out if you are interested in participating. Please note, individuals under the age of 18 must have a guardian with them to sign a consent form to appear on camera. We hope to meet everyone there! 
Read more.

21 December 2014

Scott Hammell: A Day In The Life (Oct)

Feel like you're juggling a lot of things this month?

Watch this YouTube video of Scott Hammell juggling every day in October:


01 December 2013

Scott Hammell: Down and Out for Free The Children

From YouTube:
Scott Hammell overcame his fear of heights so that he could jump from an airplane while handcuffed to his waist. As part of a challenge to inspire high school students to fundraise enough money to build a school in Ecuador, Scott added the potential of a blindfold to offer some incentive.

Read more.


11 October 2013

Scott Hammel juggles live explosives

From Youtube:
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIDEO OF A SECOND DEGREE BURN.

Roman Cascade was an ambitious project about art and going after your dreams. Scott Hammell talks about his idol, Penn Jillette and how he inspired Scott to think about art differently. After a disastrous first attempt, Scott Hammell successfully juggles live explosives.

Read more.