06 February 2014

Michael Ammar March lectures

Michael Ammar will be lecturing in Canada in March.

The according to to the Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series website Michael's lecture dates are:
He'll be wrapping up the lecture tour with dates in the US (Seattle, Eugene and Portland).

Please confirm details about dates, times and locations by contacting each club directly.

05 February 2014

Broken wand: William (Bill) Eliason

From The Vancouver Sun:
William (Bill) Eliason February 19, 1932 - October 10,2013 Born in Saskatoon Sask, the youngest of 5 children, Bill grew up in Vancouver and graduated from King Edward High School. In his teen years, Bill took up the art of magic, performing as 'Eli the magician'. This led to other areas and friendships in show business. A natural entertainer and storyteller, Bill went on to excel at producing and promoting a wide variety of show. He was a member of the Backstage Club, the Vancouver Magic Circle and was inducted into the IBM's Order of Merlin.

Read more.

You can also read more about Bill on page 6 of the Vancouver Magic Circle January 2014 newsletter.

04 February 2014

Rounding the Western rings in February

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)WOWFest Fundraising Show
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- n/a
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle)- Competition for Originality in Magic.
- Third Monday Magic with guest stars Jonathan Hamilton and Alex Seaman.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- 2014 installation banquet and show with Alan Sands
- Alan Sands lecture
- Woody Aragón lecture cancelled
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Woody Aragón lecture

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in February

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Coin, money and paper magic. 
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Family and friends night.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Impromptu tricks found around the house and in Dollarama.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - n/a
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Mosquitoes Suck Tour lecture "Magic that Sucks": Bill Abbott, James Alan, Anthony Lindan, Bobby Motta, David Peck, Brian Roberts and Jay Sankey. Hosted by  Matt DiSero.

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in February

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - check out their new website
- n/a
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

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

31 January 2014

Dave Attwood interviews Trevor and Lorena Watters

On January 22nd, Dave Attwood interviewed Trevor and Lorena Watters about their life in magic and a drunken night spent with a tower of food.

Listen to the interview at Dave Attwood's site.

30 January 2014

Jay Sankey in the Magic Cafe's Creator's Spotlight

From Jay Sankey's Twitter feed:

29 January 2014

New York: Paul Vigil and Ben Train lecture

From The Daily Deception:
February 16th

After Paul finishes his lecture, we will take a small break to walk around and practice. Then coming off of his European lecture tour we will have Ben Train who steps up and starts his own lecture.

A bit about Ben Train...

Since finishing sixth in a “Ben Train” look-alike contest, Ben Train has devoted over ten years to lecturing and performing across North America. Combining sophisticated sleight-of-hand, unique philosophical insight, and a wikipedic knowledge of the arts, Ben talks the talk, walks the walk, and rocks the flock.

Ben’s material has been featured in every major magic publication (including Genii, The Linking Ring, Magic Magazine, and MUM), and his critically acclaimed DVDs and books have been flying off magic stores shelves around the world. Magicians everywhere are trying to be more like Ben, and soon you will be, too – leaving him with no hope in next year’s look-alike event.

Read more.

28 January 2014

Toronto: Magic club at the Den

From the Browser's Den Twitter feed:

26 January 2014

Where the magic happens

Keep an eye out for a new web series, Where the Magic Happens, by Jordan Murciano and Garnett Schmidt.

I first met Garnett at Sorcerers Safari in the summer of 2011 and was impressed by his energy and enthusiasm.  It's going to be fun watching these two!

Watch the first episode on YouTube:

25 January 2014

More Carney in Canada

From Julie Eng's Twitter feed:

24 January 2014

Review: Reading Writing

From Wayne Kawamoto:
Reading Writing teaches an entire system of analyzing handwriting. It will take some memorization and you’ll have to sharpen your skills at recognizing the subtle differences, but there are single sleight of hand moves that take far longer to master.

What’s great about this book is that it offers a gateway into the possibilities of combining handwriting analysis with mentalism and magic. The book explains mentalism “experiments”  regarding: determining favorites, lie detection, a prediction, a book test, matching writing to a person and more. There are also angles on classics such as ambitious card.

I have studied books on the topic and I wish that Ariel Frailich’s “Reading Writing” had been around earlier. This is the book that I would have wanted as a start. I recommend this one and I’ll sign to it.

Read more.

23 January 2014

Also at Magi-Fest ...

22 January 2014

Farquhar and Sankey at Oceanside

From Oceanside Magic:
Welcome to a new Cape Cod convention! April 10-13, 2014 
Only 3 months until the most fantastic magic convention to hit Cape Cod in years!!  All are invited to the first Oceanside Magic Invitational-- enjoy lectures, dealers, auction, close-up show, two stage shows, grand banquet, and much more!  The beautiful, intimate Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth, MA is our host venue...making this a truly oceanside magic event!

World-class magicians--Ice McDonald; Shawn Farquhar; Jay Scott Berry; Mickey Silver; Jay Sankey; and MANY MORE!!--congregate here to share their talents and skills, and the camaraderie that only a small convention can offer.  Our special Guest of Honor for this first-time event will be David Oliver.

Read more and register.

21 January 2014

Dave Attwood interviews Gwyn Auger

In episode 49 from January 15th, Dave Attwood interviews Gwyn Auger.  "Dave also had a chance to sit down with Magic Assistant, Gwyn Auger, as she talks about her life as an entertainer, writer, and professional Magic Assistant.."

Listen to the interview at Dave Attwood's site.

17 January 2014

WowFest Magic Arts Festival Brings Amazing Magic Shows to Calgary

From WowFest Magic:
Calgary, Alberta – Entering its second year WowFest Magic Arts Festival presents a wide variety of amazing magic shows and events in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts. The festival expects over 800 magic fans to partake in over a dozen unique performances.

The intimate Motel venue, with seating for 50, ensures the audience a full experience with an excellent view of the magic. Many shows in the festival are highly interactive, mixing magic with comedy and audience participation.

The festival kicks off on the Family Day holiday offering a day filled with shows and activities that all ages can enjoy together. The “Family Fun Magic Show”, with a rotating cast of local magicians, will be presented multiple times throughout the weeks.

To prove that tricks are not just for kids, the festival includes many feature shows intended for older audiences. “A Brush With Death” is a popular Calgary-based macabre magic show perfect for fans of horror movies. As a regular performer at Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle festival headliner Jon Armstrong presents award-winning magic with his one-man show “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny”.

With a wide variety of shows, and affordable ticket prices ranging from $12 to $20, WowFest is proud to showcase the art of magic in Calgary with both evening shows and weekend matinees. The full schedule of events and tickets are available on the festival website at www.WowFestMagic.com

Event Dates: February 17th to March 1st, 2014, various showtimes
Event Location: “Motel”, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts 
Read more.

16 January 2014

Dodd Vickers and David Roth talk Dai Vernon

From Dodd Vickers Twitter feed:

15 January 2014

Review: Rob Power lecture

From The Browser's Den of Magic:
We started off 2014 with a real big bang with the Rob Power lecture yesterday at the shop. 
I was so pleased by the wonderful turnout! Rob is not someone who is well known amongst hobbyists. Most professionals who do not put out products for the magic industry are never really well known unless they make it big.

During Mr. Power's lecture he showed why he has been so busy the past 30 years performing. His talents touch upon many areas of entertainment.
During the lecture attendees were given a treat of a magic buffet and instruction that included: Manipulation, Sleight of Hand, Miser's Dream, Puppetry, Comedy, Fire-Eating, Close-Up Magic and even some crazy fun balloon creations.

Read more.

14 January 2014

Toronto and Montreal: John Carney

From Julie Eng's Twitter feed:

From Magicana:
John Carney is no ordinary magician.

His approach is smart, engaging and always surprising. He is widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight-of-hand magicians in the world with unique, and often hilarious, presentations. Hollywood’s Magic Castle has awarded Carney more awards than anyone in their history – the only performer to win in every category.

John is also an acclaimed instructor of magic. His books, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets, are considered by many to be modern classics. Here is your opportunity to watch, engage and learn from one of magic’s favourite sons.

Only two dates in Canada
February 15 – Toronto
February 16 – Montreal

Read more and buy tickets.