03 June 2012

Rounding the Western rings in June

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- David Acer lecture
- Year end meeting
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Mike Caveney & Tina Lenert
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- David Acer lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Children's Magician Of The Year competition
- David Acer lecture
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - David Acer lecture
- Annual picnic
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Ontario rings in June

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Elections
- Potluck / BBQ 
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)-
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Potluck / BBQ
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Year End Party Pot-luck / Banquet
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians-
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - The Annual Banquet
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)   -
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in June

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Annual magic show
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- N/A

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

02 June 2012

The value of a quarter

A few days back, Michael Fisher tweeted about experience familiar to many:

Evelyn Matlin caught my retweet of the situation and wrote up a fabulous post about her memorable experience with a gaffed coin, titled "Magicians! Just How Much Is A Quarter Worth?".   That could have been a very expensive mistake indeed!

Which brings us to our first poll:

Have you ever lost a gaffed coin?

01 June 2012

New York: Bill Abbott lecture and workshop

From Tannen's:
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
The Lecture Includes:
• 6 Complete Stand-Up Routines that feature General Magic, Geek Magic and Mentalism, are performed as a full show and then explained.
• The Theory of The Pack Smart Play Anywhere approach is discussed, examined and demonstrated during the performance.
• How to develop your own Pack Smart Play Anywhere Show to take with you on your next flight, throw into the glove box of your car or perform at your next paid function.
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Along with this workshop and some consistent practice you will be adding The Thing to your working repertoire sooner than you think. Whether The Thing is already part of your act and you want to improve or you want to start from scratch this workshop will have enough information and personal instruction to help you on your way. 
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31 May 2012

Jay Sankey: On the cover of MAGIC

Congratulations to Jay Sankey who is featured on the cover of the June edition of MUM magazine!

Click through to see the cover.

Read some of the teaser of the article written by Jamie D. Grant:
With over 1,800 published magic tricks, it's hard to believe Jay Sankey needs an introduction. Odds are you have one of his effects or DVDs in your home or office somewhere and, as a result, have heard or seen Jay as he teaches you something in his recognizably offbeat and impromptu manner. But when you actually stop and think about it, about him, questions can rise to the surface — none more curious than this: what do we really know about Jay Sankey?

Read more.

Murray Sawchuck at the Laugh Factory

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Murray's great idea is to ramp out the comedy club's regular stage to a circular extension surrounded by the audience. Murray doesn't stick to just close-up parlor tricks, but mixes in a couple of Vegas-style cabinet illusions. So squeezing the lovely Chloe Louise into the usual contraptions takes on a new interest from this "in the round" perspective.

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[h/t: iTricks]

30 May 2012

Morinville: Kip the Court Jester

From the St. Albert Gazette:
“It’s all Mom’s fault,” says the tongue-in-cheek court jester who is slated to be one of the major drawing cards at a carnival held this coming Saturday in Morinville.

Kip the Court Jester, as he’s known to a legion of fans big and small, will perform at the Morinville Public Elementary School (MPES) parent fundraising association carnival. It takes place at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Read more.
Oh, sure.  Blame it on mom!

The Vanishing Rabbit is moving!

From The Vanishing Rabbit:
We're moving June 30th to a new location.
1712 Edmonton Trail NE
But were not there yet!

Read more.

29 May 2012

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Sheldon Casavant: Sizzler

From Edmontonians (PDF):
Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare to be amazed. Sheldon Casavant will delight and entertain you—like he has been doing for years.

Sheldon says that “most kids kind of go through that phase of being interested in magic... it was when I was 11 years old that I really got serious about it. So, from that point on, I would read about magic as much as I could, I’d practice as much as I could.”

Read more (PDF).

28 May 2012

Trevor Moore: Top 40 under 40

From page 4 of Southern Alberta Newspapers Top 40 Under 40:
Most people are not Trevor Moore.

Moore, who quite convincingly passes himself off as a hard-working family man and successful entrepreneur -- with not one but two growing businesses -- has been shamefully fooling people for years.  The truth is, the 38- year old Moore is retired and has been for some time.
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Jay Olson in the Vancouver Sun

From Canada.com:
Ever since he was five and someone pulled a coin out of his ear, Jay Olson has been fascinated by magic.

Five's an early age to begin independent research but by the time he was seven - after much reading and studying - this sorcerer's apprentice had become a professional magician.

Read more.

27 May 2012

Hot Docs Forum report: An Honest Liar

From Real Screen (about An Honest Liar):
Guy Lavie from Yes Doc, meanwhile, said, “I think it’s a wonderful project – do you think you’re going to have confrontations with those who he has confronted?” Measom replied that Randi “has ruined lives and made people question things they held most dearly.”

Also enthusiastic was DR TV’s Hoffmann Meyer, who said, “I love it – I’m very keen and I have a feature doc strand for films like this,” while PBS’s Vossen said, “We worked with Justin on Being Elmo [which Weinstein produced] – it’s a great team and we’re very keen on them.”

And in Canada, Catherine Olsen, exec producer of documentaries for Canada’s CBC Newsworld, was also interested. “I think it could be a perfect fit for ‘Passionate Eye,’” she said.

Read more.

26 May 2012

Sorcerers Safari 2012 registration underway

From Sorcerers Safari:
We are accepting Camper/CIT registration forms for Magic Camp 2012. Sorcerers Safari will run for a week from Tuesday August 28th – Sunday Sept 2nd, 2012.

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If only there was a Sorcerers Safari for adults!

25 May 2012

Harry Anderson in "Harry the Hat Tonight"

Anyone who has known me for any length of time, knows that I have a soft spot in my heart for Harry Anderson's three card monte routine, Monarch Monte.  Seeing his live show has been on my bucket list for quite some time.  (I even briefly considered finding my way to Regina in November of 2010 to see him perform there.)

Imagine my delight when I first learned that he was scheduled to perform and lecture in Whitby, ON.

And so, last weekend, I went to the Class Act Dinner Theatre for the very first time. The theatre itself is spacious.  It looked to me like there were no bad seats in the house.  The buffet was plentiful and delicious.  My dinner companions made more than one trip to the servery before their meal was done.  The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were the highlights of my meal and the desserts were yummy!

There were quite a few familiar faces in the audience:  David Ben, Julie Eng, Suley Fattah, Mike Segal, Jen Segal, Lee Elliott, Michael Close, Lisa Close, Owen Anderson, Peter MennieMichael Fisher Deborah Fallick, Sammy Jakubowicz, Scott Hood, Ken McCreedyRichard Forget, David Sutherland, Phil, Bob Johnston, David Lax, Philip Groff and Gordon Precious.  There were other faces to which I've been unable to put a name and some I've just plain forgot.  (It was a busy weekend.)  Apologies if I've left you out.*

For entertainment, we had Glenn Ottaway, David Merry (who was non-stop with fantastic zingers, "I've been happily married for six years ...") and Richard Forget to warm us up.  Richard performed many of the effects he discussed at last September's Ring 17 lecture.  (I've never been so happy, to not see a skipping rope on stage.)  Then it was time for the headlining act!

Harry Anderson, complete with signature Borsalino and hand-painted tie, opened with Wise Guy Monte, followed with a discussion of card counting, some reminiscing about his performance with Skippy the guinea pig on SNL, and a straitjacket escape I'll not soon forget.  He also did some snazzy dancing while demonstrating card memorization and card counting in real time.  He finished with a larger than life magic square.   For an encore, we were treated to his very special chapeaugraphy routine.

As for the lecture, "Tipping the Hat," Harry took us through each of the routines in his show, discussed volunteer selection and regaled us with stories from his past.  (My favourite is how an expensive impulse buy started a chain of events which lead to his being cast in Night Court!)  Dave Merry was on the money when said (in April) that "the stories alone are worth the price of admission."  (And this weekend with Harry cost less than a round trip flight to Regina!)

Thank you Class Act Dinner Theatre and Harry Anderson for a wonderful weekend!

"There's just one f***ing rule!"

Poor Yvette.

* If I’ve missed listing anyone who was there please send me an e-mail or leave a comment below! Thank you to Owen, Deborah and Sammy for helping me put names to some of the faces.

The opinions expressed above are entirely my own.  I was not compensated in any way.

Kent Wong: Those magic moments

From the Canada.com:
Kent Wong and I talked about magic for three hours one day this week, and I noticed that for most of that time he looked me straight in the eye. It made me a bit uncomfortable, until it finally dawned on me that he’s spent a lifetime looking people in the eye, because when he does they tend to look back, and therefore aren’t watching his hands.

Which brings us to those deep, dark secrets Wong was kind enough to share with me.

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I have one question after reading the article:  who is Kevin?

[h/t: CAM magic]

24 May 2012

David Merry: Featured in MAGIC magazine

David Merry was featured in the April 2012 edition of MAGIC magazine.
 See the complete article, written by David Peck, at DavidMerry.com.

23 May 2012

Greg Frewin in conversation

From metroWNY (interview by Melanie Hulick):
HULICK: Which award surprised you the most?

FREWIN: Well, to be honest with you, there are several that are kind of important to me, but the one that surprised me the most was the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). They have a contest every year with magicians from all over the world. They give away a first, second and third prize but they also give away a gold medal, which isn’t given out every year. When I won, it was the fifth one ever in about 80 years. I think it’s now up to seven or eight. That was the surprise one I look at now and appreciate the most.
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[h/t: Johnny Ferrara]