Showing posts with label _Toronto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label _Toronto. Show all posts

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


08 March 2020

David Ben, Julie Eng, and James Alan promoting #IllusionsAGO

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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





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.






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.

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.

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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.

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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.



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.


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04 February 2020

Toronto: Luiz Castro lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Saturday, February 22

We are very pleased to present to you a Brand New Lecture by Luiz Castro! As you many of you know Luiz is a construction worker by day and a Master Magician by Night.

Luiz will be sharing with you all types of magic. Whether you are brand new to magic or a seasoned magician you will find something at this lecture. Luiz will be covering almost all areas of magic and all levels of skill. So there really will be something for everyone.

For Luiz magic is a passion, a love. Whether it is a sleight, a prop, or a routine... if Luiz adds the Luiz Touch it is always better.

Luiz is also always willing to help. In fact we cannot list all of the people in the magic community that he has helped. He is a walking, breathing encyclopedia of magic! So this is a good opportunity to meet him at the shop.

For the last several years, Luiz has been the Chief Coin Worker for Mechanic Industries, including working on the development of their brand-new COLLUSION effect. Luiz has also been instrumental in developing and starring in the instructional videos for a variety of Roy Kueppers products.


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30 January 2020

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
A friendly reminder that our next Free Magic Club Meeting is this Saturday, February 1.

All are welcome to attend the club, which runs from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Have a nice day!

The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.
Since 1975

22 January 2020

Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria: Ben Train

From Ben Train's Instagram:

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21 January 2020

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

Browser's Bash logo  
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.


Browser's Bash logo  
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!

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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!


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