02 June 2013

Montreal: Christian Cagigal show and lecture

From Montreal Magic Jam:
We have a rare event planned for June: A show and a lecture rolled into one. On June 10, San Francisco mentalist Christian Cagigal will present his critically acclaimed show “Now and at the Hour” and will then present a lecture covering the details of what went into creating his show. While Christian will discuss his methods, this is not a typical “teach a trick” lecture.

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[via Magic Information Canada]

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)Geoff Williams lecture
- Junior Magic Club to perform at Stampede in July!
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of WinnipegGeoff Williams lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- 1st annual magic festival in Port Coquitlam
- annual Children's Magician Of The Year competition
- CAM-JAM Summer edition
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- Celebrate The Child:
  - Magic Behind the Mask (Jeff McBride)
  - 5th annual "A Magical Evening"
- the Jeff McBride experience
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - n/a
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) - “potluck picnic” Barbeque
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- show at the Fringe and dinner
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- mini lectures by Jon Akrey and
Derrick Finn
- members perform favourite
- business:
1. Encouraging younger pepersons to join.
2. Discussion of donation to Robert Barna.
3. Planning a public show for charity - to increase public awareness.
3. Finalizing our agenda for upcoming year.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Year End Party Pot-luck / Banquet
- Bring a guest
- Stand-up and Close-up Shows
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - year end banquet featuring Rob Testa

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) - year end show
- election of officers for 2013-2014
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

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

01 June 2013

London: Keith Brown - Exchange

From London Fringe:
Join Keith in an exchange of mystery, wonder and imagination fused together in an intimate, interactive theatre setting. Interactive entertainment at it’s finest revolving around you – the audience.

“I have been doing this for 10 years because I love it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

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[via: Deborah Fallick]

31 May 2013

Mississauga: Clowns Canada Carnavale 2013

From Clowns Canada:
September 27th and 28th
 -6 hours of lecture time each day, your choice of 2 different lectures each session
-admission to shop til you drop in the vendors room loaded with all of your favorite products!
-door prizes throughout the day!
-Friday night jam and open mic party!  (Cash bar on site)
-goodie bag
-certificate of completion

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[via Pefect Magic]

30 May 2013

Aurora: MindBender in "LETHAL"

From the "LETHAL" - MindBender's First Full Scale Theatre Show's Facebook page:
Rapidly rising Magician/Mentalist - MindBender - will be performing his first full scale theatre show, displaying extraordinary acts of super natural powers and death-defying feats!

At the ripe young age of 13, MindBender appeared on Canada's Got Talent and finished in the top 200 out of thousands of hopeful applicants.

Martin Short (one of the judges) was incredibly impressed with him and said that MindBender has, and I quote, "an absolute natural charm and performer within."

So come check out the future of Magic on July 6th and witness history being made... MindBender in "LETHAL"!

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[via: Deborah Fallick]

29 May 2013

Calgary: A Brush With Death is back!

"Now with 10% more blood, and 15% higher insurance premiums!"

From the Brush With Death website:
FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2013
You never know what to expect with A Brush With Death, Calgary’s most bizarre illusion show! Dangerous stunts and creepy effects… perhaps a pint of blood or two?

Hosted by mentalist and shock magician, Yeats Wong, this weird and funny show explores the darker side of magic: contacting the dead, exploring your fears & phobias, and having fun with all things morbid.

Every Brush With Death is a fresh show with new macabre illusions and freaky guest stars, mixed with classic audience favourites.

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28 May 2013

Toronto: Chris Westfall lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:


Chris Westfall’s magic has been published in ‘MAGIC’, ‘M-U-M’ and ‘Genii’ magazines as well as some card books.

He is a true student of magic The reason you should consider attending his lecture is because he truly is the REAL DEAL WORKER.  What does that mean? It means that his sole source of income is from performing and inventing magic. And truth told Chris earns a decent living from magic.

In his lecture he will be performing and teaching nine tricks. The tricks will be presented in groups of three just as he performs them in the real world for real people paying real dollars.

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Ottawa: Mac King

From Ottawa Theatres:
Friday, February 28, 2014

Mac King!

Read more and buy tickets.
[via: Magic Information Canada]

27 May 2013

Ryan Joyce AMA: How to become a professional magician in just 495 easy steps :)

From Reddit:
Great question! Here are some to ponder:
  • Invest in your visual sales medium --- have awesome photos and videos. Doesn't mean you have to spend thousands, but get a promotional photo done that makes you unique. Get video of you in action. This isn't vanishing anytime soon, its a long term investment. I modelled my promotional material after seeing a Ritz Carleton ad on a flight to the middle east.
  • Learn to pick up the telephone --- the idea here is that shows aren't going to always come to you... you've gotta work for them. This part sucks because we are artists not marketers. It's a tough pill for many to swallow.
  • Be personable --- there is no room for ego in this business.
  • A good sales job and a bad show will get you booked only once. They need to be in harmony
  • Over deliver --- do something that will make them remember that you thought more of them than just a "client." One of my "clients" shared with me that he and his wife loved indian food, when we rolled into town I brought with me a chutney from home and an extra souvenir I had bought in India. Means virtually nothing to anyone else, it cost me virtually nothing... but I gained a client for life.
  • The bottom line if you can add value to someone's life you can be rewarded greatly.
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[via Owen Anderson]

26 May 2013

Bill Abbott in the Magic Cafe's Creator's Spotlight

From Bill Abbott's Twitter feed:

25 May 2013

Eden Cheung: street artist

From the CBC:
Eden Cheung is a Vancouver street magician who incorporates music, comedy and balancing acts into his performance.

Cheung has recently become a prominent voice against controversial new regulations and a revamped audition process buskers now need to go through in order to get a chance to play at the coveted Granville Island outdoor market adjacent to downtown Vancouver.

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Calgary: The Garden Variety Show

From The Garden Variety Show press release:
May 30th, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Press Release:

The Garden Variety Show is a once a month gathering of some of the best local and international performers, for a one of a kind entertainment extravaganza. Magic, Juggling, Side Show, Comedy, Music and more; this show captures the true spirit of Vaudeville Variety shows of the past.

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24 May 2013

Toronto: CAFTCAD's Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale

From the CAFTCAD's Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale Facebook page:
It's time for the amazing event every savvy shopper speaks of all year long. Clothing, costumes, accessories, craft materials all under one roof at the Toronto Pinewood Studios for one day only (until the next sale that is).

Saturday May 25th

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[via: Deborah Fallick]

New Westminster: Exploring the impossible

From Sheldon Casavant's Twitter feed:

23 May 2013

Port Coquitlam: CAM JAM Summer edition

From the CAM JAM 2013 Facebook page:
Location for the Summer CAM JAM will be the Second Storey Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This is also an offical venue of the MAGIC Festival which takes place the entire week leading up to the CAM JAM. Visit www.themagicfestival.com for more details on those events...

The acts for the Summer Edition of the CAM JAM have been confirmed. We are proud to announce the appearances of both ICE McDonald and Paul Romhany! Two amazing lectures, a parlour show, one handed cut a thon and more... visit the website to register today. www.magicianconvention.com The venue only seats 54 people so it is VERY limited!!!!

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22 May 2013

Truro: "Houdini in Truro" by Bruce MacNab

From Wild About Houdini:
Bruce MacNab, author of Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, will be giving a talk about "Houdini in Truro" tomorrow, May 23, 2013, at the Colchester Historeum, 29 Young Street, Truro, Canada.

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Toronto: Lies, Damn Lies and Magic Tricks

From Abracadabaret:
James Alan’s one-man show is returning the The Winchester for three nights:

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013

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21 May 2013

Magical Mentorship: Tony Eng Youth Fund

From the Tony Eng Youth Fund:
The goal of the Tony Eng Youth Fund is to promote and support youths as they pursue the art of magic. We believe that mentorship is an essential part of being a magician and that it is vital to form relationships with people with whom you can learn, grow and exchange information with. Our Tony Eng Educational Bursary program is dedicated to matching up-and-coming magicians with rich resources and opportunities to help jumpstart their career.

On April 2013 Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund sponsored a one-week mentorship program for Trevor and Lorena Watters to study and learn from legendary magician and consultant, Johnny Thompson (The Great Tomsoni & Company) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple received invaluable advise from Mr. Thompson, who graciously accepted them in his home and gave them the “experience of a lifetime”.

Read more.

Read Trevor's thoughts on the experience:

It certainly sounds like it was an amazing, life changing, opportunity!