31 May 2015

Top 5 posts in May 2015

It's been another busy month for news with over 40 posts!  Here are the most viewed posts at Canada's Magic this month:

5. May sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates! - Be a sponsor or be a friend!
4. Montreal: Le Lab Magique - Their shows look like a lot of fun!
3. Keith Brown's 2015 Fringe tour - One down, how many more Fringes to go, Keith?
2. Review: "A Series of Unfortunate Effects" - I need to make a point of watching this soon.

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. Thirty seconds with Chris Pilsworth - summer's here!  It's Sorcerers Safari time again!

Rounding the Western rings in June 2015

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Mike Powers lecture
- Annual General Meeting
- Mega Magic Saturday
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic ClubMike Powers lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of WinnipegMike Powers lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)Mike Powers lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  Mike Powers lecture

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

Rounding the Central rings in June 2015

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

Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- TBA
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Year end dinner.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- Year end party.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Year end dinner featuring Chris Mayhew and Chris Westfall in "Sketchy Magic"

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in June 2015

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

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

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

30 May 2015

Canadian magic in The Globe and Mail

It's nice to see mentions of Brent Smith (Vanishing Rabbit), Zack Mirza (Illusions of Grandeur), Darcy Oake, Ron Keller, Shawn Farquhar, and Jeff Pinsky (The Browser's Den of Magic).

As curio shops go, Brent Smith’s Vanishing Rabbit is all things magical. Attached to the ceiling is a series of old billboards advertising the greats through the ages – Houdini, Sorcar, Mandrake and a young Doug Henning as Chou Chou (pronounced Shoe Shoe), the clown who actually sold shoes for a living.

Inside Mr. Smith’s store, a creepy-looking Charlie McCarthy puppet sits above display cases filled with easy-to-perform tricks and novelties, including the ever-popular Fart Extinguisher.

“It’s a big hit with the kids,” Mr. Smith says as he emerges from behind a counter holding a deck of Svengali playing cards. “I sell a lot of cards, too. Magic is really hot right now.”

Read more.

Billy Kidd in the Globe and Mail

The name is Billy Kidd, only she’s not a kid or even an outlaw. She’s one of the very few women who perform magic tricks instead of acting as the male magician’s lovely assistant.

Born in Edmonton, now based outside of London, Ms. Kidd is so good at her craft she has been featured on the Discovery and Syfy channels, and entertains throughout Europe, Asia and Japan. She found her inspiration several years ago watching a street magician in Edmonton.

As much as she enjoyed the magic, it was the crowd’s reaction that resonated with Ms. Kidd.

Read more.

Wish Shawn a happy 50th birthday!

If you can't make it to Shawn Farquhar's birthday extravaganza, be sure to wish him a very happy birthday!

(He says it's three years in the making, but isn't it 50 years in the making?)

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
RSVP if you can attend. Really... #ibmprez #keepcalmandperformmagic
Posted by Shawn Farquhar on Saturday, 23 May 2015

29 May 2015

Review: Keith Brown's "Absolute Magic"

From the Orlando Sentinel:
Keith Brown's "Absolute Magic" was absolutely mind-bending, mind-boggling and mind-blowing. His upclose magic with cards brought "oohs," the telepathic tricks brought "ahs," and if you've had the pleasure of seeing Brown before, you know that the sewing needles brought "ooooooh — no he didn't!"

The show is quite simple: There's no music, no wild sets, no fancy assistants. He gets by with the few props he needs for his tricks — a deck of cards, some neckties, needles and thread. The razzle-dazzle of Brown is in his charming smile and charismatic personality.

Read more.

28 May 2015

Chris Mayhew at "Magic Tonight"

Confirm details by visiting Abracadabaret.com

Toronto (Sun):  Chris Mayhew

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Eric Leclerc's new show: "Mystéric au DÉFI!"

From Eric Leclerc's Facebook page:
Je présente mon tout nouveau spectacle "Mystéric au DÉFI!" Dans les écoles et théâtres partout en Ontario dès Septembre! Préparez-vous! :)
Posted by Eric Leclerc on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

27 May 2015

Welcoming a new Friend: John Harrison

Welcoming our newest Friend, John Harrison!

John is a longtime magic enthusiast from Creemore, Ontario. One of his favourite places to be is Canada's oldest magic shop, The Browser's Den of Magic. In John's words, "the world needs brick and mortar magic shops in it." [Editor's note: I agree.]

Thank you John, for becoming an official Friend of Canada's Magic!

26 May 2015

Interview with the World Grand Champion of Magic

Part one of the interview from the Greg Frewin Theatre:
We love sharing magical ideas with all our readers, from our favourite family movies to some easy magic tricks for kids. However, when it comes to magic, there's no better topic than Greg Frewin! So why not get an interview with the World Grand Champion of Magic himself? We sat Greg down (and trust us, it's not that easy! Between performing in one of the top Niagara Falls attractions, creating new illusions, building the sets, and enjoying time with his family, he's generally pretty busy) and got him to answer some questions about how he came to be a magician, what has inspired him, and how he creates his show.

Read more.

You can find part two of the interview:
It's what you've been waiting for! It's the second part of our interview with the World Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin. During part one of our interview, Greg outlined what influenced him when he was younger and figuring out what he wanted to become (if you haven't read part one, click here). Today, Greg will reveal some of the backstage elements of his show.

Read more.

24 May 2015

Review: "A Series of Unfortunate Effects"

From the Magic Junkies:
Coming in at around 90 minutes, A Series of Unfortunate Effects is a fun, engaging and wonderfully unique instructional DVD featuring some of the best card magic I’ve seen in some time. The movie (yep, I’m calling it a movie) features appearances by Lee Asher, Jeff Hinchliffe, Glenn West, Chris Westfall, plus the creators Chris Mayhew and Ben Train. Bill Abbott even makes an appearance as a maniacal card collector – hey if the shoe fits  Even without the card routines and explanations, I thought the movie was really fun with several laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Chris Mayhew and Ben Train provides an enjoyable romp through underground card magic. (I’ll take this moment to mention that Chris Mayhew cracks me up!) The video itself is shot in HD and edited beautifully, with great attention to detail throughout. The appearances and card routines are just icing on the proverbial cake. It is a creative adventure that is a joy to watch.

Read more.

23 May 2015

A bit about Chris Westfall and the Porcelain Princess tour

From Chris Westfall's post in the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
People Keep asking about my Ontario Wide tour, so here is a sneak peak of my most creative show! Inspired by a cirque du soliel format Its a family style illusion show jam packed with laughing, gasping, screaming, magic, illusions, and an awesome story line plot! Its filled with different styles of Juggling and a hook like ive never done before! Hopefully we will have it in Toronto before the Canada Wide tour begins. With Bella M. Eurta.

Watch video on YouTube:

22 May 2015

New insight into the John Giordmaine - Doug Henning connection

From the curator of the Johnny Giordmaine tribute site:
I am very excited to bring you news about the latest addition to JohnGiordmaine.com, the online tribute to Canada's most beloved children's magician (Johnny Giordmaine, 1898-1974).
Brian Lumley, who used to work for Doug Henning, provides the first ever-in-print anecdotal evidence of Johnny's influential mentorship with Doug. 
Since I reposted Doug's 1989 "retirement from magic" letter last December (first published in Genii) in which he thanked "the late John Giordmaine" ahead of Dai Vernon, Slydini, Jay Marshall and others, I have tried to find a reason why Doug thanked Johnny first and foremost. Theirs must have been a very special kind of mentorship and friendship but nowhere in any of the magical history literature has there ever appeared any documented evidence for it. 
Until now. 
Brian Lumley recalls a very special "Spellbound" backstage tour in late December 1973 which Doug gave Johnny mere hours before Johnny's heart attack which would ultimately prove fatal. With this breakthrough recollection we at long last have the very first eyewitness account in print of what it meant to Doug to have Johnny as a friend and mentor. 
Only now can we really begin to appreciate the reasons why Doug Henning thanked "the late John Giordmaine" first in his "letter of retirement". 
This story appears nowhere else to date to the best of my knowledge. It will hopefully open the door to future further research into Johnny's pivotal influence on arguably Canada's most internationally famous magician of the 20th century. 
You can read all about it, exclusively, here: 

21 May 2015

TVO: Katherine Mills in "Mind Games"

From TVO:
Prepare to be shocked and amazed as acclaimed magician Katherine Mills blends her extraordinary understanding of popular psychological science with astonishing trickery and illusion, making us question what is real. This is a compelling, playful series packed full with fascinating psychological revelations and wondrous magic, as Katherine combines her skills as a world-class illusionist with her extensive knowledge of the human mind. People of all ages and backgrounds are left stunned, confused and amazed as they take part in her breathtaking experiments. Katherine Mills: Mind Games proves that, while we like to believe we are in control of our minds and behaviour, in reality we are as predictable as clockwork!

Read more.

Toronto: Norman Beck lecture

Tickets and additional information at: http://bit.ly/nbeck

Discover one of the best kept secrets in all of magic:

"Norman Beck fools me every time I see him. He was kind enough to let me put one of his effects on my last TV Special. He is very clever."
-David Blaine

“Stormin' Norman Beck is of my favorite people and magicians. He’ll make you laugh with his zany humor and that good-old-boy twang, and he’ll fool you with his diabolical thinking, methods, and routining."
-Steve Forte

"There are only a few people in the world that I would consult with, share ideas, get advice, and their critique about magic, such a man is Norman Beck."
-Asi Wind

Norman is brilliant. He has created some of the seminal tricks in Magic and you should listen to what he has to say and use his ideas. Some of the biggest names in Magic already do!"
-Peter Samelson
Read more and buy tickets

20 May 2015

Welcoming a new Friend: John Smithman

Welcoming our newest Friend, John Smithman!

John is the Vancouver Magic Circle Membership Chair and an avid photographer.  In addition, he is also the founder of Champions in the Workplace Training & Development, an established workplace coach, trainer and author  of "Workplace Champion By Example."

John first became aware of Canada's Magic when I cross-posted his Magic Café request for information about Guy Stanley.  I'm happy to report that John has since been reunited with Guy!

Thank you John, for becoming an official Friend of Canada's Magic!

19 May 2015

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