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05 May 2019

Northern Peeks; v23:1, Spring 2019

Have you read the recent issue of Northern Peeks?


With great content by:
  • Murray Hatfield
  • Joan Caesar (thanks for the nice Canada's Magic shout out Joan!) 
  • Renée-Claude Auclair (have you booked your tickets to FISM yet?)
  • Mike Fisher 
  • Tony Gibbs (reviewing Dueling Magicians)
  • Domenico Dante
  • Phil Matlin
  • Jason Verners
  • Gerry Frenette
  • Roger Boucher
  • Ryan Pilling and
  • Brent Smith with a fabulous idea for a column, visiting Canada's Brick and Mortar magic shops one at a time!  I'm really looking forward to theses features.

and nice tributes to magicians Lorne Overholt and Dicky Dean.


To become a member of the Canadian Association of Magicians, renew your membership, or learn more about CAM, visit their website at cammagic.org

22 August 2018

The summer 2018 edition of Northern Peeks is out!

This issue of the Northern Peeks (v22, #3, Summer 2018) contains columns by:

  • Joan Caesar
  • Murray Hatfield
  • Gerry Frenette
  • Renée-Claude Auclair
  • Ryan Pilling
  • Phil Matlin
  • John Rose
  • Jason Verners and
  • Mike Fisher


Lastly, a reminder that FISM 2021 will take place in Québec City, July 26 to 31, 2021!

14 June 2018

Reginacadabra 2018: Talent

The Reginacadabra Magic Festival will be held July 25-28, 2018.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the sign-up for more information about CAM 2019, July 24-27, 2019!


From Reginacadabra:
Matt Gore aka “The Ginger Ninja” from South Africa
  • After winning the title of FISM Africa Magic Champion in 2012, and competing in the World Championships of Magic twice, Matt has achieved international recognition for his performances. Matt is a talented entertainer with over 12 years’ experience performing all around the world; add to that his cheeky character and sharp sense of humour and you have the ultimate comedy magician. Matt interacts among your guests, standing or seated at tables, bringing his exceptional brand of interactive comedy magic right to them. Your guests may have seen magic on stage or TV, but never has the impossible happened so close to them, the magic will literally happen in their own hands!


Danny Kazam
  • Danny is a full time professional children’s entertainer, magician, and puppeteer. He is also a talented song writer, and has created magic for other magicians. He studied acting at Studio Sound Stage in Toronto, Ont. and has a background in both theatre arts and child development. Two of his biggest influences in becoming a children's entertainer was Shari Lewis and Ernie Coombs/Mr. Dressup.



Andrew Kinakin
  • Andrew Kinakin is a professional entertainer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Having travelled five continents around the world, he is happy to be back performing in the province he calls home. Being one of the youngest professional performers around this area Andrew brings a new, fun, high energy form of entertainment that you will find both captivating and refreshing. In the past few years Andrew has had the opportunity to make appearances on media outlets such as Global, CTV, C95 and CruzFm. Performing close-up magic gives everyone an opportunity really experience the entertainment right under their noses! Be prepared to experience entertainment with extra excitement!


Eric Leclerc - Canada's Two-Time Magic Champion from Ottawa
  • Eric Leclerc is a globetrotting speaker and magician that performs feel good magic for your brain. His popular YouTube videos have gathered over 10 million views worldwide. He currently co-hosts the game show AU DÉFI on TFO Networks and is a regular guest on National Geographic's top rated show Brain Games. His original magic and hilariously crazy attitude have made him a 2-time winner of the "Canadian Magic Championship" title. Whether it's in front of the camera, performing live on the world's stages or simply speaking to inspire, Eric uses his charismatic personality to delight and connect with any audience. His shows have been described as ''a unique journey through interactive experiments and calculated craziness''. Think you know what magicians do? Think again. See why Eric's performances guarantee a healthy dose of laughter for your soul, and magic for your brain.



Chris Lovely
  • For almost as long as I can remember I wanted to be an entertainer. Wasn’t sure just what at first, all I knew was that I loved to see people having a good time and laughing. When I was 11 years old I saw David Copperfield on TV for the first time, and I was hooked, I had found my calling in the entertainment world. Every year since I looked forward to his yearly T.V. specials and counted the days when his next special was airing. It was something my Mother and I watched together year after year. I started doing some research on how one becomes a magician. When I was 14 I met the local magician in Fredericton NB named Pearly Palmer. He became my mentor and is one of my main reasons I became the magician that I am. He gave me my first paying gig. My passion for magic and entertaining people has never changed. I am dedicated to providing not only a quality show but being sure you get the right show for your event.


Richy Roy
  • Saskatchewan's own Richy Roy has been performing magic across Canada, for over a decade, entertaining audiences with his amazing magic, incredible balloon twisting, energetic stage performances, and hilarious antics! Nobody entertains quite like Richy! Card manipulations, linking rings, unbelievable rope magic, and levitation are only some of the impressive routines Richy Roy will perform. Hilarious entertainment professionally crafted to keep you amazed and laughing all show long!


Kent Wong
  • Kent Wong is one of the most sought after entertainers in North America. With numerous appearances on national television, he is also a two-time, international Gold Medal Champion and a member of Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle. Kent has astounded audiences with his unique brand of magic and humour for over 35 years. From strolling magic to banquet shows and grand scale illusions, Kent has done it all. Kent’s close-up magic is similar to the Street Performing festivals prevalent throughout many cities each and every summer, with much of the magic happening right in your hands. Kent Wong can bring the joy and excitement of this festival right to your doorstep!

Read more and register.





14 May 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Festival de Magie de Québec and CAM

From Loran Magie's Facebook page:

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30 April 2018

Publication round up - April 2018

Michael Close's April newsletter:
  • Interesting insights into all the behind the scenes work that goes into Penn and Teller's Fool Us, among other interesting articles and interviews.
  • Sign-up to receive Michael's newsletters at  MichaelClose.com


Northern Peeks:
  • Articles both by and about Ryan Joyce 
  • CAMaraderie reminder
  • Feature on Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin as well as Houdini's Water Torture Cell
  • Articles by Murray Hatfield, Bill Abbott, Phil Matlin, Gerry Frenette, Jason Verners, and Ryan Pilling.
  • Renew your membership or become a member at CAMmagic.org


Vanish magazine:
  • Articles by Jeff Christensen, Paul Romhany, Hal Meyers (Anthony Street feature), Jeff Hobson (interviews Jonhathan Goodwin), Joshua Endress, Jim Sisti, Tim Ellis, Alex Zander, and Louie Foxx!
  • Product highlights: Bill Abbot's 5 card box, Victor Voitko's Snowstorming Fan
  • Read and subscribe at VanishMagic.com






09 March 2018

FISM - Québec 2021 February 24, 2018 Newsletter #6

Visit the CAM website to read "FISM - Québec 2021 February 24, 2018  Newsletter #6."  In it, is a reminder that registration is open for the 6th Edition of the Concours international de magie "Michel Cailloux" which will take place in Québec City on May 4, 2018. Four thousand dollars in prizes will be awarded to the winners.

CAMaraderie will take place from May 3 to 6, 2018 at the same time as the Festival de magie de Québec.

20 January 2018

Highlights from CAM / PCAM 2017

Watch the video put together by Leif David showing some of the highlights from CAM / PCAM 2017.

From Leif David's Facebook post:

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03 January 2018

A new year. A new CAM.

It's time for me to renew my membership with the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) and I encourage you to do the same.

I recently received an email from Joan Caesar, which said in part:
Our January magazine (Northern Peeks) will be larger than in the previous few years, and there’s a drive to become more modern in every way.

Our CAMaraderie convention will be held in conjunction with the Québec Festival of Magic in the historic Quebec City May 3-6. The performers they have booked are outstanding.

We’re always looking for people to help, especially with Northern Peeks. We’d love to receive articles, big or small, from all regions of Canada, and we’d be honoured to hear from you. We can’t survive without our members and their help.

To become a member, renew your membership, or learn more about CAM, visit their website at cammagic.org

17 November 2017

Quebec: Festival de magie de Québec May 3-6, 2018

From the Festival de magie de Québec newsletter:
We are really excited ton inform you that the Festival de magie de Québec will be back for the 8th Edition, in May, 2018. Please visit Web site: www.festivaldemagie.ca

In 2018,  many new concepts will be offered like the "Strange Gala" on Friday night, the "Kids Gala" Saturday afternoon and of course our "International Gala" Saturday night with 7 renowned artists.  You will have the chance to see during that gala: Bill Abbott, Juliana Chen, Éric Leclerc, Max Maven, Xavier Mortimer, Xavier Tapias and Daniel Coutu as Emcee.

Since the Festival also organises the CAMarederie in 2018, the magicians will have the chance to see 9 lectures from Bill Abbott, Stéphane Bourgoin, Juliana Chen, Max Maven, Xavier Mortimer, Xavier Tapias, Christopher Taylor, Marc Trudel and R.Paul Wilson.

You can already buy your magician's package at 300 $ + tx (value of $400 + tx) on our Web site. We also offer a show only package at 75 $ + tx. (Value of $95 + tx)

Prices will raise on January 1st, 2018.

You can also register for the Magic School that will offer different levels during the week-end.  You can also join the Club de Magie du Québec. Its mission is to support magicians who want to compete at high levels of competitions.  You can also register to our 6th Edition of the Concours International de magie "Michel Cailloux" with $4000 in prizes for the winners.

Read more and buy tickets.

22 April 2017

Welcoming Murray Hatfield as CAM President

On Thursday, at the PCAM / CAM 2017 convention, Joan Caesar swore in Murray Hatfield as President of the Canadian Association of Magicians!

Congratulations Murray, and thank you for taking on this important role!


Watch Brent Smith's video of the event on Facebook:




Here's a snapshot of Tweets from the convention:


17 March 2017

PCAM/CAM: Buster Balloon

At the bottom of the post, there's a list of the talent line-up.


From Mike Norden's Facebook post:
Space is limited to 20 people and we have 8 so far, We NEED the 20 people to make this happen or it won't. So do NOT delay - contact me to register today!!

From Mike Norden's Facebook photos:







05 January 2017

Murray Hatfield to become CAM President

Congratulations Murray!  Thanks for taking on this important role for the Canadian Association of Magcians!


From Brent Smith's Facebook page:

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07 December 2016

Chilliwack: PCAM/CAM convention, April 20-23, 2017

The December 9th early bird draw offer is coming up fast!


From the Facebook page of Norden the Magician:
BIG announcement! If you have not heard the 2017 PCAM will be a joint convention with CAM. It will be held in Chilliwack, BC on April 20-23, 2017. We will be announcing the talent every Friday for the next 4 weeks. To help us get the registration up we are having some 'early bird deadlines' to give you an incentive.

You can register and buy preferred seating, dealer tables, and t-shirts - all which are very limited.

What we are talking about here are HUGE prizes you can win - check it out:

1 - Register by Dec 9th and you are entered to win a FULL 2018 PCAM registration. Yep - you read that correct. Value: $200-$300

2 - Register by Dec 16th and you are entered to win a FREE HOTEL STAY at PCAM 2018. What?! Value: $300-$400

3 - Register by Dec 23rd and you are entered to win a FVMC Annual Lecture pass for 2017. We can't say whose coming yet (pssst...Ted Outerbridge, Jon Allen, SiIly Billy, Jorg Alexander, Ice McDonald and one more..) Value: $180

4 - Register by Dec 30th and you are entered to win one of 10 tickets to Ted Outerbridge's lecture hosted by the FVMC on Feb 20th. Value: $30

5 - Register by Jan 6th and you are entered to win a pass to Jon Allen's lecture hosted by the FVMC in May. Value: $30

6 - Register by Jan 13th and you are entered to win a limited edition PCAM/CAM 2017 t-shirt. Value: $25
Why wait? Register today and you are entered to win ALL of them!

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05 September 2016

Chilliwack: PCAM / CAM 2017 Combined Convention

From the PCAM / CAM 2017 Combined Convention Facebook event:
Norden & Gordon are BACK!

What? PCAM already?? We just had one in August - and last years was November! You mean 3 PCAM's in 17 months? Yep - we like to mess with things!

For 2017 the PCAM will be joining forces with the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM). The CAM convention has only been held ONCE in the West back in 2011 (also a combined convention with PCAM)

Norden is back as President for 2017. Past President (2015) Gord Boyes will be back doing all the work while Norden basks in all the glory that being President brings. 
Right?....
We are also going back to Chilliwack. The hotel, the staff, the people, the theatre, the price - why would be go elsewhere?

We will have Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret on the Friday again. Plus a full evening gala 'Variety' show - with comedians, juggles, ventriloquists, balloon artists, and stunts - plus magic!

Not only are the favorite things coming back like Game Night 2.0, but of course Bag O Tricks, contest (times TWO!) and 7 lectures, workshops, opening night events, improv and just so much more!

 7 lectures
 3 Evening shows
 Improv and Variety
 Flea Market
 Dealers Room
 Game Night
 Bag O Tricks
 Contest
 People's Choice
 and so much more!

 Oh - and did we mention the very FIRST ever:

 CANADIAN CHILDREN'S MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR

 Yes - with $500 in PRIZES to the winner!

 We are limited to 125 people - so please register early. If you register early then we offer the prefered seating for $5 to first 20 people (paid in full)

 If you can't pay in full we offer 6 automatic payments via Paypal!

 What are you waitng for?

 Visit www.PCAM2017.com and get on board!

 Norden & Gordon


Read more.


08 April 2016

Quebec: Eric Jones at CAMaraderie 2016

I had the pleasure of meeting Eric at Sorcerers Safari in 2011.  He's a fabulous addition to this year's list of performers!


From the festival de magie:

... our guest, Shin Lim, unfortunately got injured and will not be able to perform magic for a few weeks. He had to cancel his visit to the CAMaraderie in Québec.  We wish him a prompt recovery and hope to have him with us in the next years.

Good news, we will have the chance to have Eric Jones, close up specialist, in Québec city for the CAMaraderie.  He will do a lecture, he will perform in the close-up gala and in the grand gala on the Saturday night.  This will be a great occasion to meet this exceptional magician.


... notre invité Shin Lim s'est malheureusement blessé à la main. Il ne pourra pratiquer la magie pendant quelques semaines. Il a donc dû annuler sa présence à Québec. Nous lui souhaitons un prompt rétablissement et nous espérons que nous pourrons le recevoir dans le futur.

Bonne nouvelle, nous aurons la chance de recevoir le magicien Eric Jones, spécialiste de magie de proximité, à Québec lors de la CAMaraderie. Il offrira une lecture en plus de performer lors de notre gala de micromagie et du grand gala du samedi soir. C'est une occasion exceptionnelle de le rencontrer.

Read more and buy tickets.

17 March 2016

Random thoughts on "Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries"

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Marion and Ted Outerbridge perform their show "Clockwork Mysteries" last month.  They had just completed a 5,500 mile US lecture tour.  I caught them at the Milton Centre for the Arts.
[As an aside, I encourage you to go and see a show at this fabulous 500 seat theatre.  It's approximately 25 minutes west of Toronto's western border.  The facilities are modern and spacious.  On the lower level, it appears that all seats have amazing sight lines.  (I didn't venture up to the balcony.)  The seats are a little bit wider than standard theatre seats, which makes them very comfortable!  They offer amenities like a coat check (by donation) and the ability to pre-order intermission refreshments.  Best of all, parking is free and plentiful.]

Here are some random thoughts that came to mind while watching their amazing time travel themed show:
  • A fast paced, extremely entertaining, high-energy show.
  • All illusions, big and small, were masterfully performed.
  • Greta the Psychic Goose earns her keep.
  • There is a nice ratio of grand illusion, intimate magic, and mentalism.
  • I really enjoy watching "assistants" do magic in their own right.  Marion owns it!
  • Those of you who know me well, know that my opinion of magicians is heavily weighted on how they treat their audience members.  One of my favourite moments in the show, lasted no more than 2 seconds.  Ted walked into the audience to select a volunteer.  He found someone he wanted to bring on stage.  She said, "no."  Instead of cajoling or otherwise pressuring her, he simply moved on and found someone else.  That's how you make the audience feel like you can be trusted to treat them right.  Show people respect from the get go.
  • Ted has a knack for picking awesome audience volunteers.  Six year old Archer was a really good sport and owned that stage!
  • Nine year olds can't be trusted to count down from 90.
  • Ted's disco ball jacket is a thing of sheer beauty!
  • I love that audiences in 2016, still enjoy watching someone get sawed in half, into halves, into two pieces.  
  • Among other wonderful pieces, we were treated to: "The Psychic is Right,"  "The Time Machine," "Alarm Clock," "Floating Barricade Light," "Outside of the Box," and their elegantly performed "Levitation."
  • The biggest mystery of the night for me:  How does Marion manage all of those costume changes?


If you get a chance to see them perform their show "Clockwork Mysteries," go and see it!

(If you're at the upcoming CAM convention, you'll get a taste of their show in the Grand Gala performance at the CAMaraderie Convention/Festival de magie de Québec on April 23, 2016.  They're also scheduled to perform at SAM New York's "2016 Salute to Magic" on May 7th.)

To learn more about this fabulous duo, listen to the Scott Wells' podcast 278: The Inner Secrets of the Outerbridges or visit their website at www.outerbridgemagic.com.

Disclosure:  My family and I were guests at this show. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own. I did not receive compensation for the writing or the publishing of this article.

26 February 2016

New names for CAMaraderie 2016

From Jean-Luc Rivard:
New line up additons:
  • Philippe Theriault 
  • Marc Trudel
  • Michael Dardant
  • Montreal Trio

From the Festival de magie de Québec Facebook page:



22 February 2016

09 February 2016

January 2016 Northern Peeks is out!

This issue of the Northern Peeks (v19, #1, Winter 2016) contains columns by:
  • Joan Caesar
  • Murray Hatfield
  • Gerry Frenette
  • Renée-Claude Auclair
  • Ryan Pilling
  • Phil Matlin and
  • Ron Keller

From the Canadian Association of Magicians (C.A.M.) Facebook group:
Check your email for the newest edition of Northern Peeks for January 2016. If you didn't get it, please send me (Ryan Pilling) a note with your current email address to update our records.


Lastly, a reminder that the CAMaraderie Convention will be in Quebec City, April 21 – 24th, 2016.

From the Festival de magie de Québec Facebook page: