30 April 2015

Top 5 posts in April 2015

It's been another busy month for news with over 70 posts! (Live-blogging will do that to one's stats.)  Here are the most viewed posts at Canada's Magic this month:


5. Looking for Hosts for REALITY - MAGIC SERIES - Did you apply?
4.  Under new management - Deceptively deceptive
3.  Who's where April 2015 - Don't forget to add yourself next month!
2. Thirty seconds with Chris Mayhew - The videographer speaks.


and the most viewed post this month  ...




1. Browser's Magic Bash 2015 recap - What a great day! Can't wait for next year's!

29 April 2015

Toronto: Free magic club

Jeff Pinsky here.
A friendly reminder that this Saturday, May 2 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm is our next (free) Magic Club meeting.
All interested in talking magic are welcome.


For those of you who missed it, Jeff's got a wonderful collection of photos from the Browser's Magic Bash 2015 up on his Facebook page.

Peter Mennie on Rogers Daytime London

From Peter Mennie's Facebook page:

28 April 2015

Welcoming a new patron: Michael Fisher!

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Michael Fisher, aka The Amazing Corbin, aka Captain Corbin The Magical Pirate!



Based out of London, Ontario, Mike wows his audiences as "the charming cheat," The Amazing Corbin.  He also delights audiences with a humourous pirate themed show as "Captain Corbin the Magical Pirate"!

Additionaly, last month Mike received a a 2015 volunteer service award for five years of volunteering with Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.

Watch Captain Corbin talk about his volunteer work with Make-A-Wish:

Ahoy Pirates! Here I am on television today talking about my fundraiser for Make a wish and performing a bit of magic. I...
Posted by Captain Corbin The Magical Pirate on Monday, 13 April 2015


You can sponsor Captain Corbin at the Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope website.

Thank you Mike, for your efforts towards giving back to your community through Make-A-Wish, and for your sponsorship of this website!



27 April 2015

Montreal: Le Lab Magique

From Le Lab Magique's Facebook page:

Il ne reste que 8 jours avant notre premier Lab Magique. Ne manquez pas ce spécial 100% féminin (ou presque)...

Posted by Le Lab Magique on Tuesday, 21 April 2015


"Sketchy Magic," Ben Train, Paul Pacific and Mysterion at "Magic Tonight"

Updated April 27th to add:  Ben Train in Pickering.


Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com


Toronto (Tues):  Sketchy Magic

Mississauga (Thurs):   Paul Pacific

Pickering (Fri):  Ben Train

Toronto (Sun):  Mysterion



James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"  Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.



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26 April 2015

Deceptively deceptive

Earlier this month, I published the post "Under new management."  It is a surprisingly well read post.  As it stands, it is still the third most viewed post this month.

It recently came to my attention that not everyone read through to the second last sentence.  Let me cut to the chase.  April Fool!

There is no change in management happening under this banner.

However, there is a kernel of truth to the idea that the sweat equity to income ratio is not ideal.  To that end, during the month of May I will be offering 40% discount on the listed price of any one year advertising package.  

More on that next month.

Conan Doyle and Houdini drama

A drama based around the lives of two unlikely friends — crime writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini — is set for TV networks in the USA, Canada and the UK.

Sony Pictures TV struck a deal with Fox in the US, ITV in the UK, and Shaw Media in Canada, for a production which has several heavy hitters on its roster.

David Titcher, who came up with ongoing action and adventure series “The Librarians,” is also credited with creating “Houdini and Doyle” for Sony.

Read more.

25 April 2015

Montreal: Chris Mayhew

From the Comedy Nest Montreal Twitter feed:

North Grenville: Matt DiSero

From the North Grenville Twitter feed:

Pickpocket James in Simcoe.com

From Simcoe.com :
James Harrison, a veteran of the Barrie busking scene, also auditioned.

Known as Canada’s Pickpocket Magician, Harrison simply picks a spot, sets up his table and starts talking to people as they pass by.

“Magic isn’t just for kids,” said the full-time magician who does parties and table-side magic at some Barrie restaurants.                      

Read more.

24 April 2015

Brent and Sarah Nicholls in the Cambridge Times

From the Cambridge Times:
In an enchanted world, married magician couple Brent and Sarah Nicholls could wave their magic wands and make all wicked words and bullying behaviour disappear into a cloud of dust.

“Unfortunately, that’s one thing that’ll never happen,” acknowledged Brent, during an interview with the Times this past Tuesday (April 7).                        

Read more.

23 April 2015

New York City: Elliott Smith

With quotes from Shawn Farquhar.

From the Ottawa Community News:
Barrhaven magician Elliott Smith is an old hand at slights of hand.

He has cast spells on audiences for 42 years, and he is now poised to execute a feat accomplished by only one magician before him.

On May 13, Smith will perform his comedic magic act as headliner at the legendary Friars Club in New York City in a show hosted by Jerry Lewis.

Read more.

21 April 2015

Sketchy Magic, Phil Pivnick and Jason Palter at "Magic Tonight"

Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com

Toronto (Tues):  Sketchy Magic

Mississauga (Thurs):   Phil Pivnick

Pickering (Fri):   Jason Palter

Toronto (Sun):  Jason Palter


James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"  Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.



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* Offer is subject to change without notice.  Canada's Magic earns a commission when you use the coupon code cmagic.

20 April 2015

Toronto: Harry Houdini

From Beth Tzedec
Harry Houdini: Poster Child of the Jewish Immigrant Experience
with a Lecture and Magic Performances
Apr 29 2015

Magician Ben-Zion Train will amaze with feats of grand illusion and Barbara Rusch will entertain with stories of master magician Harry Houdini, the quintessential Jewish immigrant. Artefacts once belonging to Houdini will also be on display.

Read more.

19 April 2015

Toronto: Best Magician contest 2015

Winners of last night's A1 Radio Best Magician Contest:
  • Best Magician: Phil Pivnick
  • Viewer's Choice: Ray Xu


Congratulations Phil and Ray!


[With thanks to James Alan.]

Brockville: Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries

From Inside Brockville:
On Saturday, May 2, Canada’s top illusionist Ted Outerbridge along with his talented wife Marion will bring an amazing magic and levitation show, Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries, to the Brockville Arts Centre.

During a brief visit to the city last week, Ted took to his signature levitation act with Marion three feet off the ground at Blockhouse Island, in front of a passing freighter, John B. Aird.
Read more and buy tickets.

18 April 2015

Welcoming Ron Keller as CAM President

As you may have read in the note attached to the Spring 2015 edition of the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) publication, "Northern Peeks," Ron Keller has recently taken over the role of President from Scott Hood.

Thank you Scott, for your time and efforts as CAM President!

Welcome Ron and thank you for taking on this important role.


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For more information about CAM, visit their website at CAMmagic.org .



17 April 2015

Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page: