04 February 2012

David Acer at the 84th Annual I.B.M. Convention

There's a new poster up at the IBM Convention Facebook pageDavid Acer is one of the five featured performers on the poster! 

Hopefully more details will be available soon!

03 February 2012

Broken wand tribute sites

Some time ago, a good friend of the blog suggested the great idea that a section of real estate here be used to honour those who are no longer with us by linking to their tribute sites. 
The sites will be listed under the header "Broken Wand tributes" and will be published immediately following the Magical blogs listing in the middle column.
Currently listed are:
As always, please let us know of errors or omissions.

Thanks for the great idea!  Keep 'em coming!

02 February 2012

Darcy Oake in Vegas!

From the Winnipeg Free Press:
Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake has conjured up his first paying gig in Las Vegas.
Oake, 24, has been signed to appear for a week starting March 15 as part of Vegas Magic Theatre, a new showcase with a rotating cast at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.  
"This is a big opportunity," Oake says. "It's the entertainment capital of the world."
Read more.
Congratulations Darcy!

01 February 2012

Making a Difference: My Magic Hands

[Edited Thursday, February 2nd to add the link to (and content from) Sharing Wonder.]

Tonight, on Global News Hour (5:30pm - 6:30pm) in Toronto, look for Susan Hay's segment, "Making a Difference."  In it, Susan will interview Julie Eng and James Alan and discuss the impact of Magicana's My Magic Hands program in a Toronto area school.

Watch the video at Global Toronto or in the player below:

From Sharing Wonder:
Since the program’s inception in 2004, we have run 94 sessions in different centres throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) engaging 1,670 participants584 volunteers and interacting with 5,695 community members. The program continues today thanks to the generous support of our title sponsor, Slaight Communications.
Read more.

Looking for a magician in Vancouver? Toronto? Calgary? Ottawa?


The Directory of Canadian Magicians has been relaunched!  It now features the ability to filter results by province and to sort by name, city and province.
You can still list your name, website, Twitter handle, city and province in this directory for free!
You can also include:
  •     a photo (75px x 75px)
  •     whether you perform locally, provincially, nationally, or internationally
  •     whether you perform for kids, adults or both
  •     your genre(s) of magic
for only $20 per year.

For more information, visit the directory.  Find out how to subscribe via PayPal.


31 January 2012

Ted and Marion Outerbridge: A magical marriage

From the West Island Gazette:
The very name Outerbridge may summon up thoughts of links to other dimensions, magic being a part of that ethereal mosaic.
Pointe-Claire resident Ted Outerbridge got his first magician’s kit under the Christmas tree when he was seven years old. From that moment on, he was stamped with an obsession for the gossamer art of conjuring.
Read more.

30 January 2012

Rounding the Western rings in February

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Club meeting, featuring Stephen Forrester, "The Life and Times of Robert Houdin"
- Eric Jones lecture
- Junior magic club: class
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Eric Jones lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- meeting and auction
- round table
- executive meeting
- Eric Jones lecture
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Eric Jones lecture
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Ontario rings in February

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Got Talent night  
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Magic Olympics
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- annual DVD night
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Memorial Night / Classic Magic
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - comedy workshop (panelists: Matt DiSero, David Merry, Glenn Ottaway and Paul Wildbaum)
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)   - N/A
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in February

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - TBA 

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

29 January 2012

Levis: Spectacle de magie

From CAM magic:
31 mars 2012.

Spectacle de magie au profit du voyage d'échange au Nunavik mettant en vedette Luc Langevin.

Avec Mysteract, Martin Tremblay, Pierre Hamon et les trois de pique.

Read more.

27 January 2012

Stars of Tomorrow

From Sorcerers Safari:
Show Producer Marlene Clark is seeking to hire young performers for the “Stars of Tomorrow” show, a professional stage show that features magicians ages 7 through 17. The show is part of the annual S.A.M. National Convention that will take place July 23 through July 26, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read more.

24 January 2012

Paul Pacific interviewed by James Munton

Swing over to The Magic Bistro to listen to a podcast of James Munton interviewing Paul Pacific.

Topics discussed include:
  • Kreskin
  • Performing early magic stage shows
  • How Paul gets his work
  • Interacting with the audience
  • Ethics of claiming psychic powers
  • Working with Mark Lewis
  • What are Paul's secret weapons of mentalism?
  • And much, much more...
Read more and listen.

23 January 2012

Chris Pilsworth: One in a Million

From the Ottawa Citizen:
OTTAWA — In his signature trick, Ottawa magician Chris Pilsworth starts with a cactus and a balloon, and ends up with the cactus inside the balloon.

Its genesis occurred when he saw a photograph of comedian Steve Martin in Esquire magazine. In the photo, Martin held a balloon on one arm and a cactus on the other, and Pilsworth thought, “What if?”

Read more.

We think he's one in a million too!

22 January 2012

Sudbury: Ray Anderson

From The Sudbury Star:
The Cool Magician - Ray Anderson

Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. Lockerby Composite School In support for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Sudbury branch local programs and services.

Read more.

21 January 2012

New Westminster: Trevor and Lorena Watters

From the New Westminster News Leader:
Husband and wife magician duo Trevor and Lorena Watters will bring their internationally acclaimed magic show to Massey Theatre on Feb. 11 as part of Ypres Charitable Society’s fundraising efforts.

Trevor and Lorena have been performing for over a decade and have won 20 international awards for comedy magic along the way. The duo first met while studying theatre at Douglas College.

Read more.

19 January 2012

James Randi in conversation with Max Maven

From the James Randi Foundation YouTube channel:
On September 14, 2010 in Hollywood, California, James Randi had an on-stage conversation with Max Maven at the World Famous Magic Castle, in front of a standing-room-only audience. This is a recording of that event.

Watch James Randi at the Magic Castle: In Conversation with Max Maven.

[h/t: iTricks]

17 January 2012

CAM: Dealers room

From the CAM website:
The CAMaraderie is really doing great and the registrations are starting to stream in as the new year begins. With our new location in Hamilton, Ontario and the stellar line up of talent that rivals any major convention in the US .. what are you waiting for to register?

The latest announcement is that the Dealers Room for CAMaraderie is now fully booked!
Read more to find out who's in the room!

16 January 2012

Opportunity for Durham region magician

From the CAM website:
Steve Houston, one of the editors at Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region Division, which publishes community newspapers and has a well-read online presence in that market, which covers Pickering in the west to Cobourg and Brighton in east, and up to Port Perry in the north is in need of a magician.

Read more.