30 June 2012

Reminder: CAM membership renewal

From the Canadian Association of Magicians:
Please check your membership card for your renewal date. Over 100 members will be required to renew this coming July 1st. To make it easier for everyone you can visit: MEMBERS RENEWAL where a handy renewal PayPal button has been constructed. Make sure to have your membership number handy to speed up the process.

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Micky Hades: Lifetime Achievement Award

From the Canadian Association of Magicians:
Canadian legend Micky Hades was honoured by the CAM at it’s annual convention in Hamilton Ontario with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to magic in Canada and around the world. Micky was unable to attend the convention so it fell to CAM Board of Director and owner of the Vanishing Rabbit Magic shop, Brent Smith, to arrange for a fitting evening in Micky’s home-town to celebrate and present the award.

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29 June 2012

Toronto: Eugene Burger extravaganza!

Updated October 17th to add link to photos from SNAP.
See photos from The Presence of Magic show c/o SNAP North York.   
[h/t: Deborah Fallick]

This coming September, Eugene Burger will be in Toronto for:

What are you waiting for?  Get your tickets now!

Alex Seaman: youngest IBM ring president

From The Vancouver Courier:
This year, Seaman added another notch to his magician’s belt, which, to his credit, is not diamond encrusted. In February, then only 19 years old, he became the president of the Vancouver Magic Circle and the youngest president in the history of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which includes the Vancouver chapter.

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28 June 2012

Obie O’Brien: French Cultural Influence gold medal winner

From the Watertown Daily Times:
Whether it be at the local supermarket or in Dunkirk, France, magician Ronald J. “Obie” O’Brien is always ready to entertain.

At his riverfront home just off Kring Point Road late last month, four days before turning 80, he reached into his back pocket for his wallet shortly after welcoming a guest. He revealed a card carrier, took out four cards and launched into a routine:

“A magician and a gambler were talking. ... ”

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Congratulations Obie!

27 June 2012

How to audition for Canada's Got Talent 2012

You can't. 

From Canoe:
Canada’s Got Talent will not be back for a second season in 2012-13, Rogers Media and Citytv confirmed on Friday.

“After careful consideration of all factors, including the current economic climate, Citytv has refocused its programming strategy and will not be producing Canada’s Got Talent for the 2012-13 season,” said Rogers Media president of broadcast Scott Moore in a statement.

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[h/t: TV,eh?]

26 June 2012

Toronto: Soma lecture

From the Browser's Den:
Soma: Current FISM World Champion’s Lecture in Toronto – Sunday August 26th, 2012.

FISM World Champion comes to Toronto! With the help of Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp, the Browser’s Den is proud to offer you the opportunity to spend an entire afternoon with Soma – World renowned manipulator and FISM champion.

Read more and buy your ticket!

25 June 2012

Kade Mazury, The Great Kadeini of Hidden Valley

From the Calgary Herald:
While it remains to be seen what illusionist’s name will be famous when we look back at the current decade, there is at least a possibility that a Calgarian will make the list. Kade Mazury—a.k.a. The Great Kadeini of Hidden Valley—has the makings of a memorable magician.

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24 June 2012

Outerbridge: The Celebration of ME

According to the Patty Obey newsletter, Marion Outerbridge is one of two winners of "The Celebration of ME" Dance Scholarship Fund who will attend the Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh, PA July 31-Aug 5!

Congratulations Marion!

23 June 2012

St. Catharines: Alex Kazam's One Night Stand

From Alex Kazam's Facebook page:
Saturday, 21 July 2012

Witty Magic's Last show: "Don't Tell Mom!" was COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!
If you missed it, don't worry- It was a launch to a recurring series of show, now billed as:
Don't miss your chance to see a fantastic show.

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22 June 2012

Buffalo: Matt DiSero

Matt Deserio DiSero will be at Rob's Comedy Playhouse in Buffalo Williamsville, New York on June 23rd.  Here's your chance to see him peform on dry land!

21 June 2012

Garbage @ The Phoenix

From Open 'Til Midnight:
In a stroke of brilliance that makes me wish other artists would think of it, the night opened with magician James Alan, who took the crowd on a raucous spree of snark and sly card tricks, rocking the finale where a procured twenty dollar bill from an audience member disappeared, only to reappear in a cantaloupe cut open on stage. Hope the bartenders enjoyed the scented cash! As much as I love discovering new artists, major labels frequently pair artists with openers that make no logical sense for the audience at hand, meaning it’s a true 50-50 shot for enjoying them. An awesome magician though? Always welcome!

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20 June 2012

Southern Ontario: Moving magicians for TV show

From James Alan:
The show is based around a family-run moving company that's been in business for the last 15 years.  Each episode will focus on their family dynamic as they move one or two homes or businesses. 

Right now we're looking for people throughout Southern Ontario with a unique or interesting move in the next 3 weeks -- and what's more unique than a magician??

As a thank you for being a part of the show, we'll cover the cost of the move -- one less thing to think about on moving day!

Contact James Alan if you are interested in this opportunity.

Almonte: Puppets Up!

From Ottawa Start:
This year, It’s Magic! is the theme as the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival celebrates its 8th season. On August 11 and 12, Puppets Up! will once again present a two-day festival of wonder and amazement as ten professional puppet troupes perform in our family-friendly tented theatres.
In addition to the festival’s world-class puppeteers, Magician Elliott Smith will headline an outstanding line-up of magicians and street entertainers who will mystify and enthrall you! (Elliott is the real deal – he’s received the Order of Merlin Shield, a very prestigious award given by the International Society of Magicians [sic].) He’ll be joined by festival favourites the Balcony Puppeteers (think Sesame Street’s Statler and Waldorf) and other artists like musician and children’s entertainer, Jake Differ, and Matt Ficner, whose fantastic animatronic robot puppets are often seen zooming up Mill Street.

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19 June 2012

The Grappler up for auction

Were you at the Harry Anderson lecture, "Tipping the Hat" last month?  Do you remember the story he told about purchasing the Holdout, which was featured in his Grappler routine?  Do remember what his career trajectory looked like after that purchase?  Ever wanted to own one?

Potter and Potter has one up for auction.  Lot 126.

I couldn't afford it at the price he originally paid.  I wonder what it will go for on June 23rd?

[h/t: iTricks]

Hypnosis not recommended for children under 14 years old

Updated June 19 at noon to add:

From Global Post:
A Canadian hypnotist might have been too attractive for his young, female audience to resist.

Sacred Heart College, a private all-girls school in Sherbrooke, Que., hired Maxime Nadeau last week to perform a special year-end show for a class of 12- and 13-year-old girls.

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From The CBC:
A show at a private girls' high school in Sherbooke, Que., went strangely awry when a young hypnotist left several students in "mass hypnosis" limbo and he had to call in his mentor to snap them out of it.

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18 June 2012

CBC: Magic world standoff over tricks of the trade

Should magic secrets be kept secret?

From the CBC:
Professional magicians dazzle audiences, but in the age of Google and instant answers, might tell-all books and video explainers forever expose what's up performers' sleeves?

According to Alex Stone, author of Fooling Houdini and a practising magician who has competed in The Magic Olympics, it's high time to reveal the magic world's secrets to the public.

Read more.

Watch the video (including comments by David Ben and Julie Eng):

[h/t: Sharing Wonder]

Who will be at Sorcerers Safari 2012?

From the Sorcerers Safari Facebook group:
Wayne Houchin and Soma will be at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp this summer! I hope you will, too!

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Soma?  Did Mike just announce that Soma is going to be at camp this summer?  Wow!

17 June 2012

Calgary: Magic day camps

From the Vanishing Rabbit:
8 - 10 Years old
July 16 - 20th 
Noon - 4 pm Each day

Course 2:  The Complete Course
11 - 99 years old
July 23- 27th 
Noon - 4 pm Each day

Read more to confirm price and details.

[h/t: magicinfo.ca]

16 June 2012

Who will be at MINDvention 2012?

From the Magic Convention Guide:
I want to give you a brief update and overview of the 2012 MINDvention mentalism convention taking place in Las Vegas from November 11-13th.

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It goes on to state that Canadians Tony Chris and Christopher Taylor have been added to this year's line up.  Visit the 2012 MINDvention for more information.