03 March 2011

Windsor: Keith Brown and the Kama Sutra Improv fundraiser

Keith Brown will be entertaining as part of the Kama Sutra Improv dinner theatre fundraiser at Escape Cafe On The River

Keith's set will run from 5:30-6pm.

All proceeds from the show go to sending orphaned and disabled children to a school run by the Project India foundation.

Visit the Facebook page for more details.

Shawn Farquhar: Cover Boy

Shawn Farquhar is the cover boy for Issue 21 of Reelmagic Magazine.  Visit their website to view previous editions or to subscribe.

[h/t: @magiChampion]

01 March 2011

Broken wand: Walter Earl Hopkins

Found at ConjurersCourt.ca:
HOPKINS, Walter Earl, QC – On February 22, 2011 we said goodbye to Walter Earl Hopkins (1933-2011); husband of 44 years to Dorothy (Fleming); dad to Susan and Glenn; Hoppy to friends and family; and Grandpa to Sam, Savannah and Siena. Walter practiced law for over 40 years in the Halifax area. Before completing his law degree at Dalhousie (1966) he spent 7 years in the Air Force and right into his 70's he still loved to go to the Officer's Mess on Friday evenings. Most of all he loved performing, practicing, and dreaming about magic and being a magician. His first show was as a young boy, his last as a 75 year old man. Sam (6) described his Grandpa as gone to another world like Luke Skywalker, and Savvy (4) and Siena (3) waved goodbye to him in the sky while enjoying one of his favourite things – cookies. So as a family that is how we all choose to say goodbye and remember him. Thank you to the many wonderful family and friends who have supported us through this difficult time. We will honour Walter's wishes for a small farewell with family from the home he loved very much and never really wanted to ever leave.

Visit the online guestbook at legacy.com

28 February 2011

CAM website: new look and feel

If you haven't already, drop by CAMmagic.org to have a peek at the new Canadian Association of Magicians website!

Edited to add:  CAM's also hosting a contest to win a free copy of The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson by Carlton Stowers.  Check the website for contest details.

27 February 2011

Rounding the Western rings in March

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- James Jordan lecture
- Brush With Death
- Chad Long lecture
- Jr. Magic Club
- Garden Variety Show with Yeats Wong and Gwyn Auger
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Executive meeting
- Past Presidents and One Trick Night
- Local SAM 95 lecture by Jason England
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle) - Tony Award competition
- Teach a Trick: Colin Holt 

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Ontario rings in March

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Oscar Munoz lecture
London, ONLondon Magician's Guild- Silk magic by Jon Akrey
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual auction
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - An Old Favourite
- Charity Show:  Rehabilitation Hospital Show
- Oscar Munoz lecture
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Member's show and tell
- Oscar Munoz lecture

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

26 February 2011

CAM/PCAM Combined Convention: First acts announced

Family entertainers David Kaye, David Ginn and Mike Bent have been announced as appearing in this year's CAM and PCAM combined convention.  Can't wait to see who else will be there!

For more information about the convention, please visit MagicianConvention.com

24 February 2011

Max Vlassenko on CHCH in Hamilton

The 2007 World Extreme Card Manipulation Champion, 18 year old Ontarian Max Vlassenko's appearance on the CHCH morning show on from Feb 17:

[h/t: iTricks.com]

23 February 2011

Sorcerers Safari at WMS XXXIV

Magic Mike will be at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas this weekend and will again be playing a supporting role in Lance Burton’s Teen Weekend!  Best of all, the organizers of the weekend will award a lucky teen with Mike's generous $1000 scholarship to attend Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp!  This is the fifth year a magic camp scholarship will be presented.

Other magic camp supporters from Canada will also be in attendance, including Dick Joiner, Majinx and many more!

Magic camp supporters and campers will also be at the February 28th screening of the magic documentary Make Believe (which includes footage of campers and staff from Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp)!

Questions about Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp?  Visit their website or find Mike at WMS this weekend!

Niagara Talent Search 2011!

The Greg Frewin Theatre is hosting the 2011 Niagara Talent Search!  From their website:
Do you have a special talent in Music, Dance, Comedy or Magic? This is your chance to showcase your talent! Don't miss out! Be part of the largest talent show in the Niagara Region! There will be judges from the entertainment industry, and Producers, Agents and Promoters will be on hand to help you take your talent to the next level!
There will be 4 Grand Prize Winners chosen from our Talent Shows that will have the opportunity to perform in our Niagara Talent Variety Revue on May 19th. Not only will the winners be awarded in prizes, but they will also be exposed to agents, producers, and promoters in the audience!  
Drop off or mail your completed application form to their box office with enclosed payment before the deadline of March 10th with attention to: Shelby Ciamarra.

For more information, visit GregFrewinTheatre.com .

22 February 2011

Magic 101 at UBC

Vancouver magician Jamie D. Grant will be teaching a four week Magic 101 course at UBC in March!

I wish they had courses like this when I was in school!

[h/t: @KeithHBrown]

Shawn Farquhar at British Ring Convention

The British Ring Convention taking place at Southport from September 22nd to 25th includes Shawn Farquhar.

To register or for more information, please visit the Magic Convention site of Ring 25.

[h/t:  Magic Convention Guide]

15 February 2011

Toronto: March Break Magic Camp for Kids

From Sharing Wonder:
Are you 9 to 12 years old?  Do you love magic?  Ever wanted to know how to make movies? Then what are you doing this March Break?
Make Movie Magic with Magicana and TIFF!

To find out more visit the TIFF website or call their Box Office at 416-599-TIFF (8433).

13 February 2011

Calgary: The Garden Variety Show

Tip of the hat again to The Magician's Assistant for letting me know about Calgary's Garden Variety Show.  The vaudeville variety review takes place the last Thursday of every month and is hosted by comedy magician, James Jordan.  It features a cast of local and international variety performers: magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians and musicians who create an experience of vaudeville and late night chat.

The line up for this month's show includes magician and balloon sculptor TD Sparks.

Thanks again Gwyn!

12 February 2011

Updates: Rounding the Calgary ring in February

The Magician's Assistant has kindly informed me that Calgary also has a Junior Magic Club with guest lecturers as well as a monthly venue for performers at the Garden Variety Show!  Which also led me to discover that the ring is having Michael Berends lecture this month too!

To see what the other rings are up to this month visit Rounding the Rings in February.

Thanks Gwyn for reading and for commenting!