19 October 2012

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's the time of year for the Shrine Fantasy Show!  From their website:
The Shrine Fantasy Show will amaze, surprise, and entertain the entire family when it comes to your town this autumn. This magical extravaganza which includes magic, illusions, juggling acts, comedy, and more, is filled with imagination and showmanship. 
For years the Shrine Fantasy has toured the country entertaining thousands with new acts.

What’s more, just by coming out to share in the fun and excitement, you will assist in creating true magic in your community through support of worthy causes. A portion of all proceeds from Shrine Fantasy will benefit the many Shrine activities.
Participating talent includes:  Dick Joiner, Patrice MeunierFantasy Circus, Neil Croswell, John Park, Johnny Toronto, Michael Bourada, Sheldon Casavant, Greg Tarlin, and Damien James (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.

18 October 2012

Windsor: Illusions live!

From the Chrysler Theatre website:
October 27, 2012

Canadian Illusionist Ryan Joyce is truly a man of many “top hats.”  Not only has he impressed audiences with his modern, mind-blowing feats of magic-- which include vanishing a firetruck and levitating a two ton SUV live on stage--  he has also devoted himself to humanitarian causes by raising over two million dollars for charities and making 100 politicians disappear (if only for a short time).

Read more and purchase tickets.

17 October 2012

Broken wand: Everett Andrews

Updated October 15th, to include link to Legacy.com listing and date of passing.

Earlier this week on October 15th, Calgary magician Everett Andrews passed away.  Born May 5th, 1935, Everett was 77.

More details will be posted when they become available.

Thank you to Gwyn and Ryan for sharing the news.

Our thoughts are with Everett's family and friends at this difficult time.

Photos from Eugene Burger's The Presence of Magic

See photos from The Presence of Magic show c/o SNAP North York.   

[h/t: Deborah Fallick]

Mosquitoes Suck: David Peck and Matt DiSero

From the Brampton Guardian:
SoChange, in partnership with the Peel board and with funding for the Trillium Foundation, is organizing this Mosquitoes Suck Tour at Ontario high schools.

The event is organized to give students information about the effects of malaria and ways they can help stem the spread of the disease. Students were introduced to the Spread the Net Student Challenge, a global campaign raising funds to buy $10 insecticide-treated bed nets that could help reduce the transmission of Malaria in Africa by up to 50 per cent.

Read more.
 
David Peck and Matt DiSero created and perform in the MST touring show.  Visit DontBiteMe.ca for more information.

16 October 2012

Trevor Moore: Chamber's Award of Excellence

From Medicine Hat News:
It was a magical evening for Trevor Moore at the 2012 Chamber Business Awards.
Moore received the Chamber's Award of Excellence for Advantage Golf Academy and his magical comedy business Friday evening at the Chamber's annual awards.

 "The Award of Excellence is decided from all the finalists in other categories," said Jason Melhoff, chair of the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce. "The adjudicators examine the information and decide the winner."

 In addition to the Award of Excellence, Moore also received the marketing excellence award.

Read more.


Congratulations Trevor!

15 October 2012

Montreal: Richard Sanders at The Comedy Nest

From The Comedy Nest:
October 25, 26, 27

Kick off your Halloween weekend with the ghosts of the Forum and one of the world’s coolest magicians! Inventor of mind-blowing magic tricks and contributor to David Blaine television specials, Richard Sanders is a magician who fools other magicians! This guy breaks so many laws of physics, Stephen Hawking might show up to give him a ticket!

Read more.



Watch Richard do magic on the streets of Montreal:



[h/t: @David_Acer]

13 October 2012

Murray SawChuck's Vegas run extended

From Vegas News:
Comedy magician Murray SawChuck has just received the news that he's been asked and has agreed to extend his show MURRAY 'Celebrity Magician' at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino through the end of the year

Read more.
 
Congratulations Murray!


[h/t: iTricks]


12 October 2012

Billy Kidd: Breaking Magic

Upddated to add:
Which has also been published at iTricks.

Update:


From YouTube:
BREAKING MAGIC premieres Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10/9c on Discovery. | http://dsc.discovery.com/#mkcpgn=ytdsc1 | Discovery goes on a worldwide tour with today's most innovative magicians who transform pure science into mind-boggling magic tricks.



Read more.

The video features Wayne Houchin, our very own Billy Kidd, James Galea and Ben Hanlin.

11 October 2012

Calgary: Brush With Death teaser

Watch the teaser for the upcoming Oct 14, 2012 Brush With Death macabre bizarre illusion show:



Visit Brush With Death for more information or to buy tickets.

Beaconsfield: The Giant Magician

From Montreal Families:
Oct 14, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen...

Prepare to enter a mystical place where anything is possible... the realm of the Giant Magician. Follow him as he explores his powers and, along the way, discovers what magic truly is.

The Giant Magician is a string puppet comedy that incorporates clowning, magic, and puppetry.

Read more.


[h/t: Perfect Magic]

Calgary: Vote for Wowfest

Ryan Pilling has a new project up his sleeve -- Wowfest -- a Magic Arts Festival that he'd like to launch in Calgary.  He's currently in the running to receive grant monies, but he needs your votes over at the Grassroots Inspired Grants website (requires Facebook account or registration at the site).

Ryan's project reminds me of the Magical Arts Festival that James Biss started in Toronto a dozen or so years ago.  That was a lot of fun! 

Good luck Ryan!

10 October 2012

Caledon: Gord Gardiner directs Best Laid Plans

From Facebook:
1 November until 17 November

Successful spy novelist Ada Westbrook decides to take a Caribbean holiday to relax. Who knew that her work would follow her? A spy who has secret plans that every government is after, dies in Ada’s vacation villa. Since the plans are on his body it is constantly being moved until no-one knows where it is. There are even more complications. You’ll never guess how it ends!
[h/t: Deborah Fallick]



09 October 2012

Vaughan: Bobby Motta presents 'MENTAL' Magic and Illusions of the Mind!

From Facebook:
EVERY FRIDAY come and watch one of the country's top mentalist perform live. This is an amazing evening of intimate and extraordinary mind reading.

Either be a witness or a subject to what most explain as being paranormal. Your very thoughts will come to life! Bobby will not only read your mind, but he will show you exactly how he does it... Witty humour, interactive and guaranteed to have you squirming at the edge of your seats....yes, Danger too!!!

Not suitable for ages 12 and under.


Read more and buy tickets.

06 October 2012

Mahdi Gilbert on Boing Boing!

From Boing Boing:
Here's a video of a Mahdi Gilbert card magic show at Magic-Con 2012. Madhi's a 20 year old magician from Toronto, whose arms and hands are affected by a congenital condition. His sleights and routines are rather novel, adapted for his anatomical quirks, and his mastery is indisputable.




Read more.

They also link to this conversation Jeff Pinsky from the Browsers Den had with Mahdi a couple of years ago:





Mahdi's video has since been spread far and wide!  Some sightings:


[h/t:  The Magic Demon]



05 October 2012

Prince George: The Magic of Recovery


04 October 2012

Toronto: Mysterion the Mind Reader

From Facebook:
Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Come and get your Halloween spook on with Mysterion, Canada's foremost mind reader and psychological entertainer-

With a special mystery by guest
The Secret-keeper Danny Proctor

ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Revue Theatre, a theatre show of mind magic that will leave you in thrills and chills- Guaranteed!!

Read more and purchase tickets.

02 October 2012

Steve Dickson in the news

From the Vancouver Magic Circle:
Vancouver Magic Cirlce member Steve Dickson has been making the media rounds lately appearing in a number of different publications.

Read more.