25 October 2013

Magi-Fest 2014: Youth scholarships

According to Andi at Vanishing Inc Magic, Canadian's are welcome to apply!  Thanks Andi!

From Magi-Fest:
Thanks to an overwhelmingly kind donation from magician Doug Taylor, we are pleased to announce the Magi-fest Youth Scholarship Program.  
Several lucky, enthusiastic young magicians (everyone under 18 is eligible to apply) will receive FREE entrance into the Columbus Magi-Fest. And, there are youth events being planned open only to the young, serious magicians.

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24 October 2013

Congratulations Greg, on your 2000th show!

Congratulations to Greg Frewin and company!!!  Last night marked their 2000th show!

Here's to the next 2000!!

Details about Halifax Houdini Seance

From John Cox at Wild About Harry:
Official Houdini Séance will Haunt the

Halifax Citadel on Halloween

Famous Canadian fort to host an evening of
magic, mystery and history

Harry Houdini spent a month in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1896. This Halloween, some are hoping the legendary escape artist will return to the harbour city. The 2013 Official Houdini Séance is set to convene at historic Citadel Hill, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on October 31.

Before he died on Halloween in 1926, Houdini promised to send a message from the Great Beyond. His widow Beatrice held the first ten séances on the anniversary of his death, and each year since the Official Houdini Séance has been held in a city where Houdini performed. It is now organized by an American consortium of Houdini experts, piloted by Tom Boldt and Bill Radner, son of Sidney Radner who was caretaker of the Séance from 1947-2010. Halifax organizer is Nova Scotia author and Houdini historian Bruce MacNab.

Read more and buy tickets.

From the CBC:
Goulish thrill seekers in Halifax will be looking for signs of legendary magician Harry Houdini’s return from the grave this Halloween night.
Houdini, whose real name was Ehrich Weisz, died in Detroit at the age of 52 on Oct. 31, 1926. He was buried in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, N.Y.

Just before he passed away, he promised his wife he'd send a message from the great beyond, if it was possible.

Since his death 87 years ago, there's been a séance — somewhere in the world — every Halloween night. This year it will be held in Halifax.  
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23 October 2013

David Merry launches S*D* website

Those of you who listened to David Peck's Face 2 Face interview with David Merry over at David Peck Live (recorded at The Browser's Den of Magic), know that David Merry has a new pet project.

It's here now!

Go visit to his new S*** Disturber website and watch the vision unfold!

22 October 2013

Review: Luc Langevin

From le Soleil:
L'illusionniste, originaire de Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, a mené son public en bateau, dans un crescendo efficace où il entremêle des anecdotes sur sa carrière.

Sur une scène mouvante, où se mêlent écrans vidéo (qui permettent de bien voir ses mains) et objets hétéroclites d'un laboratoire ancien, le magicien alterne les numéros d'animation où il interagit avec le public, et les numéros muets et théâtraux où il s'amuse à brouiller notre perception de la réalité. Comme ce poétique numéro d'ombres chinoises où il fait léviter des objets, et transforme un oiseau de papier en vraie colombe. Ou encore ce segment où il fabrique une sculpture à l'équilibre improbable grâce à la tenségrité, un principe d'architecture.

Read moreRead in English via Google Translate.

21 October 2013

Ty Reveen: Following in his father’s footsteps

From Amherst News:
Ty Reveen remembers his last visit to Amherst in the late 1970s.

He was performing with his late father, the popular stage hypnotist and illusionist, known simply as Reveen.

“I remember Amherst quite well,” Reveen said. “We played in an old school gymnasium and an old hotel, I think it was called the Colonial. It was a great town to visit and the place was packed.”

Reveen returns to Amherst Oct. 22 as part of his latest tour through the Maritimes, following in the footsteps of his father, Peter Reveen, who made numerous trips through the region during a career that spanned five decades. 
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[via iTricks]

20 October 2013

2014 Magic Variety Show

From Trevor and Lorena's Facebook page:
The 2014 Magic Variety Show Poster has been released!..... Looking forward to entertaining the crowds this winter. — with Trevor & Lorena Watters and Steve Hamilton.

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The tour includes shows in BC (Nelson, Trail), SK (Regina, Weyburn, Yorkton, Moose Jaw, Swift Current) and AB (Grand Prarie).

19 October 2013

2014 Combined convention contests

From Ring 49:
For the first time at any magic convention there will be a triple magic championship competition. The combination of the I.B.M. and S.A.M. annual competitions with the 2014 FISM North America Championships of Magic will offer the greatest magic competition ever presented.  These three magic contests will offer a total of over $30,000 cash awards plus performing contracts. While you must be a North American resident to be eligible for the FISM Championships, all accepted contest participants, regardless of their home country, are eligible for the I.B.M. and S.A.M. cash awards.

The contest is limited to 30 stage and 30 close-up competitors. These competitors will be chosen from audition videos (see the website for details). A potential of fifteen residents of North America will have the opportunity to advance to the FISM 2015 World Championship of Magic in Rimini, Italy. Two of these winners will be crowned FISM 2014 North American Champions, one in stage and one in close-up.

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18 October 2013

Hamilton: Séance with Nicholas Wallace

From the Doug Henning Magic Wand Club:
October 30 – November 2 
Local Magician Nicholas Wallace is starring in a theatrical production at the Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton.

Though the belief in ghosts and spirits is exceptionally old, one period in recent history stands out as something special.  In the mid to late 1800’s, millions of people became convinced that they could communicate with the dead.  For many people this belief exists to this day.

You will experience a few theatrical items that grew out of the Séance room.  You will take part in an experiment to contact the dead.  You will be scared.

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17 October 2013

Toronto: Mystery Workshop

From The Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club Facebook group:
From Ben Train:
Mystery Workshop- Tuesday October 22nd. You don't want to miss this!

Over the past 8 years I’ve brought to Toronto some of the finest talent in the world. Whether they were magic A-listers or people you hadn’t heard of, what they all had in common was that they were world-class talent.

So with that in mind… trust me.

I’m offering TEN TICKETS to a workshop with a mystery performer. That’s right, I won’t tell you who it is. What I will tell you though is that he performs regularly behind the bar in Boston, in the close-up room at the Magic Castle, and at New York's Off-Broadway Magic show, Monday Night Magic. He’s also published a number of effects and a DVD with some of the biggest magic companies in the world, and is a regular at the exclusive, invitation-only Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic convention.

What I’m trying to say is… this guy is GOOD.

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15 October 2013

Thanksgiving sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

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14 October 2013

London: Autumn magic with Keith Brown

From Aeolian Hall:
Sunday, October 27, 2013

London Concert Band Presents: Autumn Magic
with conductor Robert Kennedy
featuring magician Keith Brown

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13 October 2013

WowFest 2014

From WowFest Magic:
Calgary’s showcase for sleight-of-hand has officially marked the calendar for the second annual WowFest Magic Arts Festival. Set to appear in the last two weeks of February 2014, to amaze Calgary audiences with a variety of comedy, magic, and mystery entertainments.  
After a highly successful and sold-out debut, WowFest is set to return with a full line-up of magicians spread over two weeks, hosted in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts. The event begins on Family Day, February 17th, with an opportunity for families to not only see some magic shows, but participate in workshops where they can learn magic tricks for beginners. The rest of the festival, ending on March 1st, will feature a wide variety of performances for all ages, including mysteries exclusively for grown-up minds to ponder.  
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12 October 2013

Toronto: An Evening with Penn Jillette: "Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!"

From the "An Evening with Penn Jillette: "Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!" event page:
Saturday, 2 November 2013

CFI Canada is proud to present an exclusive evening with skeptical funnyman and magician Penn Jillette. Penn will talk about his experiences as a skeptic and atheist, answer audience questions and sign copies of his new book 'Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday!' After the event will follow an exclusive Members Only reception for your chance to get up close and personal with Penn. Become a Member or Renew today to receive free admission to the event and secure your spot at the reception. 

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From Durgy Spade

11 October 2013

Scott Hammel juggles live explosives

From Youtube:

Roman Cascade was an ambitious project about art and going after your dreams. Scott Hammell talks about his idol, Penn Jillette and how he inspired Scott to think about art differently. After a disastrous first attempt, Scott Hammell successfully juggles live explosives.

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08 October 2013

Ottawa (Greely) Jay Scott Berry events cancelled.

From Doug at Magic Information Canada: