03 April 2013

Lee Asher YouTube exposé

Lee Asher's article, "YouTube Exposé: A Different Perspective" was recently published in Published in MAGIC March 2013 Vol.22 No. 7.

From the article:
This has been done so many times with so much magic from so many artists, I’ve been forced to think about it intensely. At first, it upset me. But surprisingly, with time, my feelings about this issue have begun to change, and I want to share that evolution with you.

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Go and see what the folks are saying about this reddit.

02 April 2013

Toronto: Atlas Obscura Day freakshow

From the "Atlas Obscura Day" Facebook page:
Saturday, 6 April 2013

Baltic Ave- 875 Bloor West

Step right up! Something Strange is proud to present its annual Atlas Obscura Day freakshow! It's a compendium of the amazing and the weird not to be missed!


Once again, your ambassadors of the bizarre, Prof Tithonus and Doctor Mysterion have assembled a motley congress of freaks. This batch just might get the pair arrested and you committed as your brain will be blown by their unbelievable antics!

This Something Strange event takes place at a NEW VENUE! It's a HOT new venue called Baltic Ave (sister bar to our original home the Comedy Bar), on a SATURDAY NIGHT!

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01 April 2013

Coquitlam: The Jeff McBride Experience

From the Vancouver Magic Circle:
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Jeff McBride Experience...2 days of incredible magic performance and teaching!!

All events will be held at:
Baker Drive Elementary School
885 Baker Drive
Coquitlam, BC

Friday June 21st @ 7:00 pm - 90 minute public show "Magic Behind the Mask" (doors open at 6pm). Tickets are $30 for adults and children under 12 are $10.

Friday June 21st @ 9:00 pm - Magicians only lecture "The Show Doctor" (90 minute lecture). Magicians only lecture cost is $30 or...
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I've had the pleasure of seeing Jeff's live show a number of times, in addition to participating in one of his Master Classes.    I highly recommend the experience!

Great news!

I am in the process of dotting the "i"s and crossing the "t"s of selling this blog!  The buyer is the official publication for a large magic organization.   They are purchasing the web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed outright, while paying me a small salary for continuing to publish content.  The purchase is part of their strategy to increase both membership and revenue.

We will be working to make this transition as seamless as possible.  However, there will be a few changes once the sale is complete.  Specifically:
  • All items will be published on a fee per post basis.  (Items submitted by members will be published at a greatly reduced rate.)
  • The cost of site sponsorship will increase.  (With a substantially discounted rate for members.)
  • Prank posts such as this one, published on April Fools' Day, will no longer be permitted.
Thank you for your understanding.  We look forward to your continued support!

31 March 2013

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)Dan Harlan lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of WinnipegDan Harlan lecture
- A Family Day of Magic
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- n/a
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
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

Updated April 22nd to add Woody Aragon and Juan Rubiales lecture hosted by Ring 235.

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Mental magic
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- tba
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Woody Aragon and Juan Rubiales lecture
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Banquet Show Performance Practice     
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Tina Lenert – Connecting the Dots

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in April

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Trevor MacDonald - Geek Magic
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- Learn-a-Trick
- Performance Time

30 March 2013

Magic book donation to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation

From Sharing Wonder:
A magic library is just what every home needs! So, we have made a donation of nearly 40 magic books to our long-time partner, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation HospitalThe books come courtesy of private individuals who have kindly made donations to Magicana over the years, and we are thrilled that they are now being housed in such a great facility.

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28 March 2013

Sorcerers Safari: Casting a spell at Camp White Pine

Interested in learning more about Sorcerers Safari magic camp?  Don't forget to visit their Open House next month!

From last summer's Haliburton Echo:
“It’s like a performance art camp, except the performance art is the art of illusion,” said Segal, who first discovered Camp White Pine as a boy.    
“My whole family went to White Pine,” he said, explaining he’s originally from Montreal but has spent much of his life in Toronto. “We’ve all been a part of White Pine for 40 years.”
What is it about magic that draws people in?

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[via Shawn Farquhar]

27 March 2013

Toronto: Bill Abbott's new lecture - "Mental 24/7"

From Bill Abbott's Twitter feed:

To learn more about Bill, read "A Conversation with Bill Abbott," a interview by Jeff Pinsky.

26 March 2013

Shawn Farquhar on Creativity At Sea

From Creativity at Sea:
Don't Miss the Boat in 2014!

Creativity At Sea is a truly unique conference that helps entertainers reach their creative potential while experiencing all the fun & excitement of a 5 day cruise. The cruise is structured so everyone benefits from the conference activities as well as a great cruise vacation. This is the one event that spouses not only enjoy but encourage. For everyone that's been saying, "I'll have to go on that cruise one day," it's your LAST CHANCE! 
Featuring Special Guest: Shawn Farquhar

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25 March 2013

Postponed: Music, Magic, Muggles...and some other M word.

Updated at 2:20pm to say that the event has been postponed and not cancelled outright.

I was just informed that the "Music, Magic, Muggles...and some other M word" event that was scheduled to take place this Sunday in Toronto has been cancelled postponed.

Winnipeg: A Family Day of Magic

From the Facebook page of "A Family Day of Magic":
The Magic Club of Winnipeg presents, "A Family Day of Magic".
In support of Variety, the children's charity.
Manitoba Theatre For Young People
Sunday, April 28, 2013

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23 March 2013

Toronto: Ben Train's Birthday Bash!!!!!!!!!!

From the Ben Train's Birthday Bash!!!!!!!!!! Facebook page:
To celebrate 28 years of life I am planing THREE amazing evenings of fun.

Friday March 29th I'm going to Dave and Busters to see Bobby Motta perform, and play some games. Details to follow.

Saturday March 30th the Browser's Den is throwing a birthday party for me. The event is free, and it includes performances by Bill Abbott, Chris Mayew, Chris Westfall, James Harrison, James Alan... and free cake! Again, details to come. And, for those who care as much about doing "good" as they do about having "good fun", there will be opportunities to help support and donate to the Toronto Humane Society!
Finally, Sunday March 31st, my actual birthday, I'm going to a fund raiser event to help send an underprivileged child to summer camp.
Read more and find out how you can spend time with spending time with the Sweater-Vest Jeff Pinsky outside of his shop.

22 March 2013

Gatineau: Greg Frewin's Imagine

From Casinos du Quebec:
March 22 and 23

Considered by many of his peers, World Class Magician and Illusionnist Greg Frewin is considered the greatest magician in the world! Nothing better illustrates this than the fact that he is the reigning “Best Magician in the World” title holder from the WORLD MAGIC AWARDS (since October, 2009). Back by popular demand, Greg’s new Las Vegas Style Magic Revue “IMAGINE”. Greg invites his audience to experience the mystery and art of illusion in this live show, which includes rare and majestic tigers, exotic birds, beautiful showgirls and exciting and dangerous NEW illusions, which have never been seen before!         

Read more and buy tickets.

Los Angeles: PCAM 2013

The Pacific Coast Association of Magicians have a website up for PCAM 2013 which will run Aug 1st-4th.  According to the current schedule, representing Canada will be a lecture from Trevor & Lorena Watters as well as a lecture by Shawn Farquhar.

Visit PCAM 2013 for more information!