03 April 2011

Doc Eason: June lectures

Doc Eason will be lecturing in Canada this spring.

The according to to the X-elent Lecture Series website Eason's lecture dates are:
He'll be wrapping up the lecture tour with dates in the US (Seattle, Eugene and Portland).

Please confirm details about dates, times and locations by contacting each club directly.

02 April 2011

April Fooled

I only saw one major Canadian magic prank yesterday.  The Vanishing Rabbit posted this on their website and Facebook page:
After very long negotiations, I would like to annouce that The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop has SOLD to a private Magic Shop Chain out of the United States. Although the shop will stay open and the Name will change, I will remain as a Manager and consultant, I would like to thank all who have supported my Magic Shop business the last 10 years and hope that you will remain customers of ours.

While not Canadian, this prank is certainly worth a mention!  From The Magic Newswire this post from The Magic Circle:
The Magic Circle To Mount Legal Challenge 

The Magic Circle is considering mounting a legal challenge to proposals which would see the composition of packs of playing cards dramatically altered from April 2012.
The proposals announced under European Union Directive 27745 / 3665 include the removal of the twelve Jacks, Queens and Kings from every pack of cards manufactured within the EU to reflect modern Republic Member States. A new suit of 'Stars' is to be introduced alongside the traditional Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades making the total number of cards exactly 50 in the new 'metric' packs.
Spokesman for The Magic Circle states "We are very concerned by these new rules. We very much value our Royal connections and cannot accept such a scandalous interference from the EU. The standard pack of 52 cards embodies a long legacy of cultural and magical history.”
A spokesman continues: “Frankly many of our Members are hoping to make these new rules disappear!"
Read the original post (complete with image of the new deck) here.
What April Fool's day pranks did I miss?

Montréal: May 1st, 2011 - Magic Day

From the Magie Spectram website:
Sunday May 1st 2011 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, Spectram Magic in association with Alain Choquette invites you to a Magic Day featuring: Jay Sankey, Jon Allen, Boris Wild and Richard Sanders.
For more information, contact Magie Spectram.

[h/t: magicinfo.ca]

31 March 2011

Jay Sankey: April 1 live party on the new Bending the Real channel

From JaySankey.com:
Starting at 9:00PM EST on Friday April 1 I’m hosting a live party on the new Bending the Real channel on YouTube. This is where we are going to host the $5K ‘Bending the Real Competition’ and we thought we’d start things off with a couple of exclusive videos from the ‘Bending the Real’ project. I’m also going to be giving away 12 FREE ‘Bending the Real’ DVDs and hanging out on the channel to answer questions and share bending tips.
Subscribe to the Bending the Real channel on You Tube to find out more!

Calgary: Card Magic Essentials with Brent Smith

From The Vanishing Rabbit:
When:  3 Saturday Nights - April 2, April 9th, April 16th
Time: 7-9pm
Where: The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop

Join Award Winning Magician BRENT SMITH for 3 Nights of Essential Card Magic Sleights. Learning card magic is like building a house. Everything starts with a strong foundation of basic building blocks. These won't we your Grampa's Card Tricks.

This 3 night course will start you at the beginning of card magic and take you to a working professional level.

Learn the core skills (the ones that get used over and over again in thousands of tricks) from a well trained Award winning Magician
For more information, contact The Vanishing Rabbit.

[h/t: Gwyn Auger]

Toronto: Ghost Stories at the Panasonic Theatre.

From the Ghost Stories website:
After breaking all box-office records on its opening at Liverpool Playhouse and the Lyric Hammersmith, Ghost Stories burst onto the West End in June 2010 & has been playing to packed houses ever since. Now it makes its North American premiere - with an all-Canadian cast - at the Panasonic Theatre.
Be prepared for 80 minutes of thrills, laughs and scares that you will never forget!
The totally unique West End show comes from the truly talented and dark minds of The League of Gentlemen's master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown's television and stage shows and star of Dead Set and Severance.
Visit the Ghost Stories website if you're brave enough to want more information.

[h/t: @SorcerersSafari]

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant speaking at LogiCON

From the LogiCON website:
LogiCON is a daylong event bringing members of the scientific and skeptic communities together with the general public to celebrate logic, critical thinking and the scientific method. LogiCON is for everyone: there will be talks from a variety of speakers for both the longtime science enthusiast and the curious beginner alike.
Sheldon Casavant will be speaking about magic and deception.

Visit the LogiCON website for more information.

[h/t: @Sheldon Casavant]

30 March 2011

Toronto: Ben Train is special guest at Browser's Den magic club

From The Browser's Den:
This Saturday, April 2 at 'Browser's Den' we have our monthly Magic Club Meeting. The club meets at 2:00pm until about 4:00pm.  
We are very plesed that our SPECIAL GUEST at the club will be BEN TRAIN. All who are interested in improving their magic may attend for FREE.
If this interests you, please confirm details directly with the Browser's Den of Magic.

Rounding the Western rings in April

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Works In Progress
- mini-workshop on balloon twisting
- Jr. Magic Club
- Garden Variety Show 
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Abra-kid-abra
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Family Day of Magic
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Chad Long lecture
- Executive Meeting
- Gimmicked Card Night
- Charles Howard Trophy competition
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle) - Annual General Meeting

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in April

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Competition Night 
London, ONLondon Magician's Guild- TBD
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual 4F lecturer, TBD
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Pot-luck Banquet Party
- Executive Nominations
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - shop visit: The Browser's Den
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics) - 4F lecturer, TBD

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

29 March 2011

Toronto: Luminato Announces 2011 Magic Programs

From the Luminato website:
Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, today announced the Festival’s 2011 Magic programs. The fifth anniversary edition of Luminato introduces two original magic shows and features world premieres, vaudeville nostalgia, and the interactive, improvisational style of modern magic.
About the shows:
Natural Magick: A 90-minute show written by David Ben and Patrick Watson, with music by John Lang.  Ben recreates magic from the repertoire of the world’s master magicians, revisiting feats of wonder in the context of “scenes” realized through the prism of projected imagery and John Lang’s playful score.

Vodavil:  Featuring some of the world’s most gifted variety artists, including comedian-magician Mike Caveney, mime and magician Tina Lenert, physical illusionist Ardan James, magicians and parodists The Great Tomsoni and Company, and Gaetan Bloom, a master of the absurd.

Eric Mead - Toast of the Town: Showcasing Eric and the art of improv 'bar magic.'

From the Sharing Wonder website:
Tickets will go on sale in mid-April. We will be giving an advance purchase option to subscribers, so make sure that you join the Magicana eList to receive word.

Visit the Magicana website for more information.

28 March 2011

Jay Sankey: Interviewed by Dodd Vickers

Dodd Vickers' interview with Jay Sankey was posted on The Magic Newswire today.  From MNW #311:
Among many other topics, we discuss the impending release of his latest project Bending the Real. [snip]
Jay describes 'Bending the Real' as an inspired collection of low sleight deceptions, each designed to mess with human minds from a different sensory or rational angle. Stay tuned to the very end of the broadcast to find out how you can get a FREE copy of Bending the Real!
Click on over to The Magic Newswire and listen to the podcast!

You can also follow @jay_sankey on Twitter as he launches 'Bending the Real' April 1st.

Edmonton: Jeff McBride Super Session SOLD OUT

[Edited May 17th to add: More tickets available, visit the Facebook page: Jeff McBride Super Session for more information.]

Jeff McBride is coming to Edmonton and will be offering his new-format workshop: "The Jeff McBride Super Session".

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
WHERE: Kent Wong's Studio of Magic

4 HOURS OF HANDS ON MAGICAL TRAINING! The Jeff McBride Super Session is a unique teaching format that allows all students of magic, regardless of age or skill level, to improve their abilities, develop their character, and learn the inside secrets of the business of magic.
According to the Facebook page, the event sold out fast! 

[h/t: Sheldon Casavant]

26 March 2011

Aaron Jones: Pray For Japan

Canadian Aaron Jones (currently living in Japan) has posted photos and video from the Shikoku Magic Friends Club's annual show, which was also a fundraiser for the victims of the quake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month.

It looked like an entertaining evening! Thank you Aaron for sharing this with us.

Ways in which Canadians can help the relief efforts overseas can be found in this Toronto Star article.

24 March 2011

Ontario: Ryan Joyce

I first had the pleasure of seeing Ryan perform in 2001 at the CAM Stage Competition where he earned himself a silver medal. Ryan's shows have raised over 2 million dollars for various charities nationwide.  Have a peek at his promo reel below, to see him in action.

Ryan's currently touring Ontario.  You can catch him TONIGHT (March 24) in Kitchener and TOMORROW night (March 25) in Niagara Falls / Welland. Both shows will be presented in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. He also has dates in Oshawa, Georgetown, Owen Sound and Sutton.

Visit his website to purchase tickets or for more details about show times and locations.