13 September 2014

Tony Chris in The Tri-Cities Now

From The Tri-Cities Now:
Tony Chris produced the ultimate in magic competitions last month: he pulled a silver medal out of his hat. And then a gold.

For Chris, a professional magician who lives in Coquitlam, it wasn't an easy feat. The other acts at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians were good, he says.

So good that he assumed he hadn't even placed.

Besides that, impressing the judges at the annual gathering requires a whole other kind of showmanship than entertaining the public, he adds. The judges, who are all professional magicians and past officers of the association, pretty much all knew how the illusions are accomplished. They're judging how well the illusion is performed, based on several criteria including ranging from the artist's wardrobe to their "magicality" and entertainment value.

Read more.

[via Perfect Magic]

Murray SawChuck in the Las Vegas Sun

From the Las Vegas Sun:
Tropicana magician Murray Sawchuck, a regular on “Pawn Stars,” joins forces with fellow illusionist Jan Rouven from the Riviera to shoot a new TV series in Las Vegas this week.

“Sons of Houdini” will air on the Reelz cable network starting Sept. 26 featuring young magicians following in the footsteps of the famed and respected magician Houdini.

Read more.

[via iTricks]

12 September 2014

Watch David Merry on CTV Ottawa

From the CTVOttMornLive Twitter feed:

Toronto: MAYhew MAYhem lecture

Sunday October 5th

Just back from a whirlwind west coast lecture tour, and a super successful week at the the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California, Chris Mayhew has an abundance of new material to share with you.

Magic is not only a profession for Chris Mayhew, it's a way of life. Throughout the past decade Chris Mayhew has developed a beautifully unique way to create, perform and entertain with magic which has garnered him a reputation, world-wide. He will disarm you, charm you, and make you laugh out loud with his uniquely entertaining brand of magic.

Read more and buy tickets.

11 September 2014

David Merry to be on CTV Ottawa Morning Live

From the Canadian Comedy Awards Twitter feed:

Billy Kidd in Mississauga Life

In the summer of 2004 Billy Kidd saw a magician entertain a crowd on the streets in Canada. Two years later Billy left her job, friends and country to become one of the few female magicians working in the world today.

Read more.

Watch a YouTube clip of Billy performing in Poland this past summer:

10 September 2014

James Randi in the Miami Herald

From the Miami Herald:
For a guy who has spent most of the past 40 years busting treacherous telepaths, spurious spoon-benders and fake faith-healers, James Randi can do some pretty impressive psychic tricks himself. When I visited his home in Plantation last week, he read my mind.

“Pick any two books off the shelves,” he said, waving at his library of 4,000 volumes on UFOs, witchcraft, the Kennedy assassination and pretty much any subject that lends itself to exploitation by grifters and wackos.

Read more and watch videos.

[via iTricks]

09 September 2014

Clive Court asks "who is the Best Magician on Canadian TV?"

From Clive Court's Facebook page:

08 September 2014

Toronto: Bill Abbott's Every Trick in the Book

From Ben Train's Facebook page:

From Bill Abbott's Twitter feed:

07 September 2014

HWDYKM answers: part 4

The fourth and final post in a short series of answers to those true or false questions asked in the post "How well do you know me?"

Question twelve:  True or False?
The person behind the curtain at Canada's Magic has created and marketed at least one original magic effect.
Two of you (33%) correctly guessed that I mustered the courage to put something on the market.  It's called The Fools' Monte.  I'm grateful to Harry Anderson for his permission to follow through with the idea.  I'm also grateful to Jeff McBride for his encouragement.  Special thanks to the folks who lent their support for the final product:  Dan Morrissey, Richard Olsen, Tony Eng, Jeff Pinsky, and Murray Hatfield.

Question thirteen:  True or False?
The person behind the curtain at Canada's Magic has been involved in the magic community for more than 10 years.
Two of you think that I've been plugged in for more than 10 years.  While that is technically accurate, there's another more accurate answer.

Question fourteen:  True or False?
The person behind the curtain at Canada's Magic has been involved in the magic community for more than 20 years.
One of you correctly guessed that this is the most accurate answer.  I've been a member of the IBM for over 20 consecutive years.

Question fifteen:  True or False?
The person behind the curtain at Canada's Magic has been involved in the magic community for more than 30 years.
All of you got this one right.  I hope it to be true someday!

Question sixteen:  True or False?
The person behind the curtain at Canada's Magic has two X chromosomes (making them either female or a male with Klinefelter's syndrome)
Five of you (83%) correctly guessed that I've got two X chromosomes.
Hi!  I'm Nicole.  I'm the person behind the curtain.

How did you score?

Was anyone out there surprised with the results?

06 September 2014

Paul Pacific and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

A reminder that donations to ALS research can be made at ALS.ca

Watch the video at Paul Pacific's Facebook page.

Review: Murray Celebrity Magician

Read Wayne Kawamoto's review at About:
From his TV appearances on "Pawn Stars," and “America’s Got Talent,” and from his trademark mop of blonde hair to those designer glasses, you may think that you know Murray the magician (aka the Celebrity Magician). But it's not until you attend his Las Vegas magic show that you can truly experience the magic of this talented entertainer. His show, which runs at the Tropicana, is an hour of baffling magic and illusions, comedy and fun.

Read more.

05 September 2014

Toronto: Free magic club

Magic Club-Saturday, September 6 from 2:30pm until 5:00pm...all welcome! 
Read more.

Review: James Jordan's Vaudevillian

From The Marble:
James Jordan has Vaudeville in his veins, and what he puts together is a magical, humorous, and enjoyable spectacle for the whole family.

Jordan stars in Vaudevillian, a show featuring original magic tricks, some inspired by the notes of his real life great-grandfather who himself was a magician in the days of Vaudeville. Jordan begins the show with some simple tricks with his hat, then slowly ramps things up with new twists on classic tricks, and even the world’s most dangerous card trick to top it all off.

Read more.

02 September 2014

Rounding the Western rings in September

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Francis Menotti lecture
- Red Deer swap meet and Greg Dodds lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of WinnipegFrancis Menotti lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- n/a
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Annual auction.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   Francis Menotti lecture
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Ontario rings in September

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - n/a
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- n/a
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- n/a
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - n/a
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) Bobby Motta lecture
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in September

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - n/a
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- This link has expired.  Does anyone have the a new link for this group?

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

01 September 2014

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