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21 January 2020

Toronto: John Carney at Bash "6 in The Six"

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From Jeff Pinsky's Facebook post:
We cannot be more excited to let you know that JOHN CARNEY will be joining us at the 2020 Bash!

Mr. Carney is widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest sleight of hand performers in the world! Hollywood's Magic Castle has awarded him more awards than anyone in their history, as well as the Academy of Magic Arts prestigious Performing Masters Fellowship.

For those of you who have had the privilege to see him lecture in the past you know that Mr. Carney's magic...well...it looks like MAGIC! He is the last serious student of Dai Vernon. And in the spirit of Dai Vernon, Mr. Carney hides his skill...that's why his magic looks like magic.

His books, Carney Knowledge, Magic By Design, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets are considered modern classics in instruction of the art form.

Mr. Carney will be performing at the 2020 Bash (Saturday, April 4) as well as giving a full lecture!

And we are not going to be shy here...His lecture may be the most important lecture on magic you will ever see.

As an Extra Bonus John Carney will be offering a Workshop at Browser's Den of Magic Shop on Sunday April 5, 2020. Details to follow.

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19 January 2020

Toronto: Something Strange Sideshow Festival 2020

From Eventbrite:
Saturday, January 25

The most unbelievable live show of human oddities, marvels and sideshow in the country, Something Strange is a combination of the most exciting current sideshows in Canada and invited acts from around the world. Curated by Canadian mentalist Mysterion, you will be taken for a ride into the amazing world of circus sideshow of the past and the present.

SEE!!! Pain proof people risk their lives for your entertainment
SEE!!! Real Oddities and strange unexplained mysteries
SEE!!! The Devils Harem dance the strip tease
SEE!!! Wonders you will not see elsewhere, guaranteed.

A selection of talent that have been featured acts on Ripley;s Believe it or not, Guinness book of World records, Freakshow Deluxe, Penn & Tellers Fool Us, Americas Got Talent, Coney Island Sideshow,and The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Every year this is the ONLY sold out sideshow event of its kind in Canada and the largest in Canadian history.

Read more and buy tickets.

14 January 2020

Toronto: Browser's Bash #6 in The Six update

A quick reminder that Andi Gladwin will be lecturing at The Den later in the month.


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From the Browser's Den newsletter:
We are thrilled that underground legend Erik Tait will be making a rare convention appearance for us! With killer Sleight of Hand chops he fooled Penn and Teller and on top of that he is damn funny! Not to be missed!
Other great talent locked in so far that includes Eric Bedard, Michel Huot, Aaron Patterson, Loran, Anthony Lindan, Bill McCourt, Chris Mayhew, Ben Train. With special free classes by Al Grose, Simon Rotstein & Greg Hobor. And of course everybody’s favourite MC, the one and only Dick Joiner! More names will be announced soon including our headliner… stay tuned! 



To buy your tickets go to http://www.browsersden.com/bash or call the shop, 416-783-7022.


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.









08 January 2020

Mississauga, New York, and Toronto: Mark Correia

Catch Mark Correia this month at The Rec Room (with Scott Hammell) in Mississauga, The Paradise Club in New York and the Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto.
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07 January 2020

Carisa Hendrix in the news (and in Nashville and Toronto)

Carisa's January dates at the House of Cards in Nashville and February dates for The Art of Magic in Toronto are at the bottom of the post.


From the January 3rd article "Compelling Calgarians: Carisa Hendrix" by Barb Livingstone in The Calgary Herald:
Carisa Hendrix imagined a future as an author or teacher. But in the present, she was always juggling, eating fire, doing card tricks.

“It was never supposed to be a career; just what I was doing to survive.”

The 32-year-old Calgary-born magician is today at the top of her game, performing in iconic clubs — in her sexy Lucy Darling persona — setting a Guinness world record for fire-eating, guesting on Penn and Teller’s TV show and co-hosting Shezam, a popular feminist podcast on magic.

Read more.


From the January 3rd article "Stars of 2019: It was a good year for these wild roses" by Eric Volmers in The Calgary Herald:
Carisa Hendrix became a bonafide star on the magic circuit in the U.S. this year, infiltrating what is often regarded as an old-boys club. A veteran magician and children’s entertainer in Calgary, Hendrix found an international audience a few years back when she debuted saucy alter-ego Lucy Darling at the Melbourne Magic Festival. On top of being a skilled illusionist and sleight-of-hand expert, Darling is also an elegant and tart-tongued comedienne who has taken the insular world of magic by storm. She was invited to the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, an inner sanctum for magicians and magic enthusiasts, and recently completed a residency at the Chicago Magic Lounge.

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17 December 2019

Toronto: James Harrison lecture

In case you missed it, here are links to two recent highly viewed videos featuring James:


From The Browser's Den of Magic:
James Harrison Lecture
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Whether you are a hobbyist looking to learn a new skill, or a professional looking for a proven trick, don’t miss this rare opportunity to add pickpocketing to your repertoire!

After 20 years of performing close up, strolling magic, James Harrison has established himself as a pickpocket specialist.  He has shared his knowledge as an author for Street Magic Magazine, as well as at conferences and conventions across North America and Europe. His television show, Behind the Magic, aired on Rogers TV and his recent appearance on Modern Rogue has been trending on YouTube.

James will teach you how to interrupt and entertain any audience with the opening series from his strolling magic repertoire that lets everyone know that he is worth their time!

Tricks and topics include:

Repeat Card to Pen
A great repeat card to impossible location and Why it’s important to have more than just a Sharpie pen.

Wallet Pen
Wow a table with just a coin and pen with this series based off of Rune Klan, David Stone and Harrison’s own ideas.

Necro Tagged
A thought of word book test with a great scary story, still safe for corporate.

Card CollectionA great segue for handing out business cards – it is a card trick without playing cards!

Grift SenseA con man’s prediction of a spectator’s series of choices.

Ring to WatchIf you like Garret Thomas’ Ring Thing, you will love this perfect segue into pickpocketing.

PickPocketingWatch? Wallet? Cell phone? Anything that is not nailed down! How to deal with change in clothing styles. Who to choose, and more importantly, who NOT to choose!

"It's been a pleasure to work with James at one of the largest hackers convention in Vegas. I watched him explain the how to’s of pickpocketing to a packed room, and still steal off them mere moments later. Watch and learn from him now, while you still can, because soon the whole world will be booking him up.”
Brian Brushwood - host of Modern Rogue and Scam Nation

“I will highly recommend James Harrison’s knowledge and skills… an opportunity not to be missed out on” James Brown, Professional Opportunist

We look forward to you joining us on the 11th!


Read more and buy tickets.

16 December 2019

Steve Valentine in the MD Theatre Guide

A reminder that the "The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays" plays at Meridian Hall from January 1 to January 5, 2020.  Get your tickets at through Tickemaster.



From the December 4th article "Theatre Review: ‘The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays’ at National Theater" by Michael Garvey in the MD Theatre Guide:
Steve stole the show and had a shining moment with his personal story of how he told and showed his daughter all about snow, as they were moving from California to Canada. He got a girl of 9 to join him on stage as he made it snow from his hands from water and literally nothing and then the snow engulfed the entire stage to create a shining, spectacular white Christmas illusion.  If you are in town, this show is a must, and well worth the price of admission.   The performances will leave you inspired and feeling all the magic of the holidays.

Read more.

13 December 2019

Toronto: Holiday magic at the Rec Room

Beyond Mental Borders (Alexandra Brynn and Armand Antony) presents Holiday Magic at the Rec Room in Toronto on Sunday December the 15th.



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






06 December 2019

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Our next Free Magic Club Meeting is this Saturday December 7 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. All welcome!

21 November 2019

Toronto: Steve Valentine with The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays

From TicketMaster:
Toronto: January 1-5
Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Read more and buy tickets.


From Steve Valentine's Instagram:

12 November 2019

Toronto: Mark Strivings lecture

From the Northwest Ring of Fire:
November 20, 2019 - Toronto, ON
7:00 PM
Browser's Den of Magic
3220 Dufferin St.
Toronto, Ont. M6A 2T3

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23 October 2019

Toronto: Win tickets to see "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy"

Great news folks! I have been offered two (2) tickets to give away to my readers, to attend the 20th abominaversary edition of "The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy" at the Red Sandcastle Theatre November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm, Toronto, Canada.


The 
Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy

The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy is a play by Eric Woolfe (House at Poe Corner, Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show) who uses puppets and close-up magic based on the Faust Legend. An eerie tale of unholy larceny and Klondike gold. Based on the sworn testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. Strange things loom in the midday moon, where lost men moil for gold.


The show runs from November 13 - November 24th 3019.  If you don't want to leave your tickets to chance, you can purchase them directly at EldritchTheatre.ca/Tickets


I will be holding a random draw for the pair of tickets.  (There will be one winner.)  The draw results will be posted by Thursday October 31st.


To enter:
  1. Log into the RaffleCopter widget below, using Facebook or a valid email address.
     
  2. Mandatory: Leave a comment in the widget, telling me what you think is the scariest magical effect (either to perform or to watch).
     
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information so that we can coordinate your prize with the Eldritch Theatre box office.



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 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.
     
  • Entries my be disqualified at any time (reasons for disqualification include but are not limited to the provision of information that is untruthful, inaccurate, incomplete, or suspected fraudulent behaviour).
     
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
     
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and accommodations will not be provided.
     
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets at the the Eldritch Theatre box office prior to the show on your way into the theatre.
     
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
     
  • Contest closes on Tuesday October the 29th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

With thanks to the Eldritch Theatre for generously making these tickets available to you!


The 
Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy - photo credit Lyon Smith
Photo By: Lyon Smith



a Rafflecopter giveaway




15 October 2019

Toronto: Browser's Den 44th anniversary party

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, from 10am to 5pm - 44th Browser's Store Anniversary Party!
Come join us for our annual event store event. THIS IS THE ONLY DAY OF THE YEAR THAT WE HAVE A STOREWIDE SALE. Plus Auction (11am Sharp); Len Cooper Memorial Award; Trivia Quiz with Big Prizes; Sandwiches & Coffee, Birthday Cake!

08 October 2019

Toronto: Bobby Motta birthday party!

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, from 4pm to 6:30pm - BOBBY MOTTA BIRTHDAY PARTY! FREE EVENT TO ATTEND. Come join us celebrate a milestone for a beloved member of our magic community. By now many of you know Bobby was hit by a car and was in a coma. His life has been turned upside down. Bobby was for many years one of the leading and busiest performers in Canada. He intends to reach that level again!

On this day he will be bringing for sale some of his past marketed products at special prices. Killer mentalism!

We hope that many of you will come to give Bobby's spirit a lift and eat a piece of cake to wish Bobby a sweet year!

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! 




Toronto: Free magic club, free magic show

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
Dear Denizens...This Saturday, October 5 at Browser's Den we have a Full Day of Magic!

A) From 9:30am (Sharp) to 10:30am JEFF HINCHLIFFE CARD CLASS. $15.00. Pay at the Door.

B) Free Magic Club from 2:30pm to 4:30pm|

C) Free Halloween Magic Show from 6pm to 7pm.

Thank you-The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.


Toronto: Asi Wind Jam Session and Hangout!

Hangout and jam with Asi Wind after the Newest Trick in the Book on Tuesday October 22nd!  (And you can catch Asi on Wednesday and Thursday night's The Art of Magic.



From the Asi Wind Jam Session and Hangout! Facebook event:
NYC based Mentalist Asi Wind is one of magic's most influential thinkers and performers. When he isn’t busy creating original magic for magician’s all over the world (including David Blaine) or winning awards (like the Merlin Award for the most original show, previously given to Penn & Teller and David Copperfield), Asi is touring the globe performing his show “Concert of the Mind”, which continues to received rave reviews and critical acclaim.

Asi is coming to Toronto to perform two very special shows with very limited seating happening Wednesday and Thursday night (ticket information for those events can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner-asi-wind-tickets-74567711031?aff=erelexpmlt)...

...this event is NOT those shows.

In fact, this event is not a show at all!

On Tuesday night, right after The Newest Trick in the Book (Canada's only open mic magic show), The Toronto Magic Company and Asi Wind will be hosting a JAM SESSION, open to any magicians that want to participate. We're going to work on tricks, share ideas, and talk about secrets we're not normally allowed discuss. A good jam session is a ton of fun,  and with Asi this is going to be one you do not want to miss!

If you'd like to join your fellow magicians for a night of fun and magic, good news- you're officially invited!  Just click that you're coming on this event page and we'll see you there!

(p.s. if you'd like to come early for the The Newest Trick show happening before the jam, you can get your FREE tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-newest-trick-in-the-book-canadas-only-open-mic-magic-show-tickets-67598054601?aff=erelexpmlt)