15 October 2014

Sheldon Casavant at TEDxVancouver

October 18, 2014 
Sheldon Casavant isn’t your everyday magician. He utilizes interactive sleight-of-hand magic to blur the lines between imagination and reality. Recognized as one of Canada’s most sought after performers, Sheldon was nominated as Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2010 by the Canadian Events Industry Awards.

Read more and buy tickets.

14 October 2014

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11 October 2014

Richard Forget on Quirky

Only 3 days left to vote.

From Richard Forget's Facebook page:

Escaping Parkinson's grand finale

Congratulations again Mark, on a fabulous achievement!

From Mark Correia's Twitter feed:

09 October 2014

The importance of magic shops

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of brick and mortar magic shops.  Not only are they the first place many kids get bitten by the magic bug, it's also a place enthusiasts can go for encouragement and coaching by people in the know. A nurturing community is formed in a local shop, which can't be duplicated through the internet.
(You'll notice that two brick and mortar shops are invested in keeping the community of this site alive.  Please remember to thank them, the next time you're there.)
Don't have brick and mortar shop in your area? Consider supporting one through their online shops. (I direct your attention to two of the wonderful sponsors of this blog, Perfect Magic and The Browser's Den of Magic!)

The emphasis in the excerpt below, is mine.

From Perfect Magic:
As many of you know, magic shops are closing all over the place. Many shut down in the U.S.A. and some in Canada as well.  There were not a whole lot to begin with. It’s so easy to look up  what you want on line, find the cheapest price and order.  I can’t say that I blame anyone for doing that. But there may be a cost to the saving of money, especially in magic. 
Click through to read Evelyn's thoughts on the matter.

08 October 2014

Report: David Kaplan and Buster Keaton

Last night I attended my first magic lecture since moving to Montréal. David Kaplan, also known as The Great Kaplan, shared some tips, tricks, and stunts from his professional repertoire.

Since I’m in this city to research the relationship between magic and other circus disciplines, I enjoyed hearing Kaplan’s thoughts on variety material. He performed a version of the torn and restored newspaper for us that ends with a giant, over-sized newspaper that he gets tangled up in. The inspiration for this piece came from a Buster Keaton film

Read more.

07 October 2014

How do you deal with failure?

In his post "Magic Gone Wrong," Lee Asher makes shares some valuable insights on failure.

Leave a comment below to share what you have learned from a time when things didn't go according to plan.

From Lee Asher's Playground:
Have you ever performed magic for a group of people, only to realize the routine isn't going to end as expected? Do you remember the feeling you got when it happened? Terrible! Most magicians can relate, because if you've ever presented magic before, you've probably been in that kind of situation. Maybe even more than once?

As a beginner, for me, it happened a lot. Nonetheless, those initial experiences shaped me into the performer I am today. With time and practice though, I learned to limit my amount of failure.
Currently as a professional, it rarely happens. Though, when stuff goes awry these days, it makes a meaningful, albeit painful, impact on me.

MAGIC GONE WRONG Recently, I was asked to perform at the Atlanta Harvest Magic Convention. It's a wonderful get-together filled with warm & compassionate folk. In one of the rooms, for the formal close-up show with over hundred pairs of eyes watching, I failed miserably with a set I'd been performing for a while.

Read more.

06 October 2014

Shawn Farquhar entertains 106-year-old Hilda Baybutt

From the Bournemouth Echo:
THERE was magic in the air at a Bournemouth retirement home as residents marvelled at the antics of a world-renowned magician.

Shawn Farquhar, the international president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, stunned residents at Glenhurst Manor with a series of sleight-of-hand card tricks.

Read more and watch video.

05 October 2014

Dave Attwood interviews Dan Harlan

From Screencast:
DAS-September 24th, 2014 Dan Harlan 
This week Dan Harlan joins Dave and Angel and talks about his early start on stage, his contribution to the elastic band magic and his latest project, revamping, revising and modernizing the classic Tarbel Course In Magic for the new generation of magicians.

Read more and listen to interview.

04 October 2014

Chris Westfall's "31 days until Halloween Instagram project"

From Chris Westfall on Facebook:


03 October 2014

Kitchener: Masters of Illusion

Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into a live theatre near you!

Sat., Nov. 8 Kitchener, ONT 
Read more and buy tickets.

02 October 2014

Toronto: Free magic club

This Saturday, October 4th is our next FREE Magic Club meeting at the shop.
All are welcome (2:30ish until 5ish).

Read more.

Montreal: David Kaplan lecture

Monday October 6th

We’re very excited to have one of magic’s hardest working professionals here with us in Montreal. David Kaplan is a virtuoso juggler, magician, inventor, musician, deadpan physical comedian. Performing since the 1980′s as The Great Kaplan, David’s been featured all over the world including Hollywood’s Magic Castle, ABC television’s The View and Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde.

David’s numerous awards include the first place medal at the Canton Battle of Magicians, the coveted “Peoples Choice” award at the 2006 IBM Convention. In 2010 he was awarded the Mandrake d’Or in Paris.

Read more and buy tickets.

Rounding the Western rings in October

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Halloween Magic
- Special guest Lothar Malmberg
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- n/a
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)Halloween. 
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- n/a
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
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 October

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)- Corporate strolling.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Shane Cobalt lecture
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) David Kaplan lecture
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- Lecture.
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - David Kaplan lecture
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in October

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - n/a
- Visit their Facebook page.
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

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

01 October 2014

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Who's where October 2014

Leave a comment on this post to let us know where you're going to be this month!