30 June 2015

Ben Train at "Magic Tonight"

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Toronto (Sun):  Ben Train









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Top 5 posts in June 2015

It's been another busy month for news!  Here are the most viewed posts at Canada's Magic this month:
5.  David Merry in the The London Free Press - A very funny performer!
4. Clive Court, Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society - Congratulations Clive!
3. Spidey and his team The Surrealists on "Fake Off" - Cheer Spidey on!
2. Who's where June 2015 - Add yourself to next month's.

and the most viewed post this month  ...








1. Video: Shawn Farquhar Fool Us REVEALED  - an interesting demonstration of the power of The Long Tail

Congratulations to the 2015 Canadian Rising Star

The winners of the Allan Slaight awards were announced last Saturday.  Special congratulations to Mahdi Gilbert for winning the Canadian Rising Star award!


From Magicana:
Congratulations to the first-ever Allan Slaight Award winners, recognizing outstanding achievement in the pursuit of the impossible! 
 Lifetime Achievement Award ($15,000)  JOHNNY THOMPSON  
Sharing Wonder Award ($15,000)  PENN & TELLER 
Sharing Secrets Award ($10,000)  MIKE CAVENEY  
International Rising Star ($5,000)  HENRY VARGAS  
Canadian Rising Star ($5,000)  MAHDI GILBERT  
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29 June 2015

Win tickets to see Darcy Oake's show,"Edge of Reality," in Toronto

This contest is now closed. The winner has been announced!




I am excited to announce that I have been offered one pair of tickets to give away to my readers, to attend Darcy Oake's show, "Edge of Reality" at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Darcy Oake has become a global sensation since his 2014 appearances on UK’s hugely successful television competition Britain’s Got Talent where he surpassed thousands of contestants to land among the show’s top ten finalists and win over 200 million viewers of the program worldwide. Check out his amazing audition video here.

I will be holding a random draw to determine the winner.  (There will be one winner.)  The seats are Orchestra Level (ground floor), Row L, valued at $55 per ticket. The draw results will be posted on Friday July the 17th.


To enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me your favourite stage illusion (to perform or to watch).  (You do not need to be a magician to enter the contest.  Your favourite could be "whatever Darcy does when we see his show!")
      
  2. Leave your name, along with a way that I may contact you (e-mail address, phone number, website, Twitter handle etc.) so that I can notify you if you win.
      
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information for me so that the Sony Centre can arrange for ticket pick up.

The fine print:
  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One entry per person.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec. (Je m'excuse!)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may e-mail it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your e-mail is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and accommodations will not be provided.
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets.
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  • Contest closes on Thursday July the 16th, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT.


With thanks to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for generously making these tickets available to you! 


28 June 2015

26 June 2015

Conjuring arts Summer reading program

From the Conjuring Arts:
Our Summer reading program is back!

This year in addition to the FREE book of the week we are now giving huge discounts each week on a select number of books! These discounted books will change each week so order now if you want to take advantage of the bargain.

This year we start week one with the FREE download of Maskelyne's Book of Magic by Jasper Maskelyne. Enjoy it.

Read more and download books.

[With appreciation to James Alan for letting me know.]

25 June 2015

Spidey and his team The Surrealists on "Fake Off"

From VOCAB Communications:
Canadian mentalist and hypnotist “Spidey” and his team “The Surrealists” featured in US Weekly for one of Fake Off’s most shocking tricks
-“That was the biggest fake off we’ll maybe ever see in the entire show!”  
-  Fake Off judge Casper Smart - 
Toronto, ON (June, 18) - Canadian mentalist and hypnotist sensation Spidey, and his team The Surrealists, wowed the judges in the semi-finals of Season 2 of Fake Offwith an electricity-themed performance. Team members Joel Meyers (St. Louis), Joseph Reohm (Los Angeles), and Spidey (Montreal), left Judge Casper Smart in shock with their unexpected magic trick and earned them the only perfect score of the season. The semi-finals aired on June 17 on truTV, and US Weekly was quick to pick up the exclusive video of the performance.  

“That was the biggest fake off we’ll maybe ever see in the entire show!” says judge Casper Smart.  
The Season 2 semi-finals will air on ACTION in Canada on July 15, and the season finale will air on July 22. Known for his incredible hypnosis demonstrations and viral videos, Spidey has also been nominated for Canadian Magician of the Yearand Canadian Variety Entertainer of the Year. His unique style has captivated audiences and left them amazed. He made it as a finalist on Canada’s Got Talent, as well as appeared on the Discovery ChannelSyFy, CBC, and Space.His SyFy episode for Wizard Wars received over one million views. He has worked as a Hollywood consultant and most recently for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception and The Dark Knight), as well as for Academy award-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future and Cast Away). Spidey is also the star of Guzzo Magic Series, primarily broadcasted through cinemas in Montreal and Quebec and surrounding areas, with over six million views per year.  
Spidey is best known for his YouTube video that immediately went viral with over 1.65 million hits. Spidey immediately became an international online sensation with people from 210 countries tuning in to watch his incredible confrontation with a police officer. Pulling him over for speeding and running a stop sign, viewers from around the world were mesmerized by Spidey’s incredible hypnosis techniques.

23 June 2015

Brian Roberts and Lucas Stark at "Magic Tonight"

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Mississauga (Thurs):  Brian Roberts


Toronto (Sun):  Lucas Stark






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Vanish, ed 20: Stories from the road

From Outerbridge Magic's Facebook page:

Our latest article in VANISH - International Magic Magazine contains some crazy stories from the road!
Posted by Outerbridge Magic on Friday, 12 June 2015


22 June 2015

It's official! Welcome to Ring 62!

This was mentioned briefly in February, but now there's paperwork to back it up!

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

One more Ring for the IBM and it's in Canada. The first time an IBM Ring has been in Montreal in more than FORTY YEARS!...
Posted by Shawn Farquhar on Wednesday, 17 June 2015


21 June 2015

Random thoughts from the Ring 17 year end banquet

  • The year end comes far too quickly.
  • People drive a long distance to come to these events.
  • A group of magicians is very good at entertaining themselves and each other during delays.
  • The young people today spell llama differently than I was taught.
  • The even younger people have a totally different approach to llamas.
  • La llama es una quadrupido
                                                   ... but I digress.
  • In their show "Sketchy Magic," Chris Mayhew and Chris Westfall give a crazy and high-energy performance as one would expect with individual lecture titles like "Calculated Chaos" and "Mayhew Mayhem."
  • Rumour has it that Chris Harvison, Andrew Goss and James Alan are back on the executive next year.  And that Phil Pivnick will be joining them.
  • Next season opens with a David Ben lecture.
  • Thank you Ring 17 for another great season!

20 June 2015

Toronto: Save the date for the 2016 Browser's Bash!

From The Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:


19 June 2015

Darcy Oake's Canadian tour

From the CBC:
Darcy Oake, a Winnipeg illusionist who shot to fame overseas last year, will visit his hometown as part of a Canadian tour later this year.

The 27-year-old son of Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Scott Oake wowed judges and audiences on Britain's Got Talent in the spring of 2014, despite coming in fifth place.

Since the show aired, Darcy Oake has performed around the world, starred in a television special in the United Kingdom and released a book about classic illusions.

Oake's Winnipeg show will be the last stop on the Canadian leg of his Edge of Reality world tour. The Canadian dates are:

Oct. 31: Halifax — Casino Nova Scotia.
Nov. 2: Fredericton — The Playhouse.
Nov. 4: Charlottetown — Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Nov. 7: Montreal — Corona Theatre.
Nov. 10: Ottawa — Centrepointe Theatre.
Nov. 12: Belleville, Ont. — Empire Theatre.
Nov. 13: Kitchener, Ont. — Centre in the Square.
Nov. 14: Toronto — Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Nov. 17: Brampton, Ont. — Rose Theatre.
Nov. 18: London, Ont. — Centennial Hall.
Nov. 20: Thunder Bay, Ont. — Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.
Nov. 26: Calgary — Arts Commons (Jack Singer Concert Hall).
Nov. 27: Vancouver — Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Nov. 29: Banff, Alta. — The Banff Centre (Eric Harvie Theatre).
Dec. 1: Medicine Hat, Alta. — Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre.
Dec. 3: Regina — Casino Regina (Show Lounge).
Dec. 4: Winnipeg — MTS Centre.

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Toronto: Darcy Oake

From the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts:
Canadian master illusionist and sleight of hand artist Darcy Oake, makes his highly anticipated return to Canada this November and December with his acclaimed Edge of Reality tour following UK dates that wrap up in London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo. The Canadian tour includes appearances in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and takes the award-winning illusionist back to his hometown of Winnipeg, MB on December 4 at the MTS Centre.

Darcy Oake has become a global sensation since his 2014 appearances on UK’s hugely successful television competition Britain’s Got Talent where he surpassed thousands of contestants to land among the show’s top ten finalists and win over 200 million viewers of the program worldwide. A YouTube clip showing Oake making doves seemingly appear out of nowhere, has garnered more than 52.5 million views alone. Watch the video HERE.
  
Darcy Oake, like his contemporaries David Blaine and Criss Angel, brings a fresh approach to a mysterious and ancient craft. With the Edge of Reality tour, Oake delivers an exhilarating, logic-bending, and contemporary adaptation of an art form that has puzzled and entertained for centuries.

Oake is the winner of multiple awards, including the coveted People’s Choice Gold Medal, which he received from the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians. Managed by Paquin Entertainment, he has since gone on to become an international magic champion and headlined at the iconic Magic Castle in Hollywood, made numerous international television appearances, including his own 1-hour Edge of Reality special on UK’s ITV, toured the globe and this Fall shares his passion for illusion in a new book Behind the Illusion, where he delves into secrets and history of classic illusions.

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents
DARCY OAKE EDGE OF REALITY WORLD TOUR
Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:30PM
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto

18 June 2015

Shawn Farquhar on Australia's News 7

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

So thanks to Gem Ma for letting me know, apparently Channel 7 featured another of my videos. How cool. #IBMPREZ
Posted by Shawn Farquhar on Sunday, 14 June 2015

17 June 2015

Paul Pacific and Phil Pivnick at "Magic Tonight"

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Mississauga (Thurs):  Paul Pacific


Toronto (Sun):  Phil Pivnick





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16 June 2015

Toronto: Daryl and YOU!

WHO: Daryl and YOU!
WHAT: The Daryl 4FXII Lecture
WHERE: Eglinton Public Library // Yonge & Eglinton Public Library (Northern District) 40 Orchard View Blvd Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
WHEN: Saturday August 22nd, 2015 - start time: 1PM
PRICE: Only $20

Daryl comes to Toronto! With the help of Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp, the Browser's Den is proud to offer you the opportunity to spend an afternoon with the world's best Magician's Magician - Daryl. 
Even more so than usual, Daryl's sleek special lecture 4FXII (Four F Twelve) contains a wide variety of practical and PERFORMABLE magic for you. If you're into close-up, stage, magic that's impromptu, angle-proof moves, quickly resets, finishes clean, easy to perform, etc. - THIS LECTURE IS FOR YOU! 
Unlike other talks, The VAST MAJORITY of the magic performed & explained by Daryl in this lecture uses simple ordinary objects - with no need to buy anything!

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15 June 2015

Broken wand: Larry Silverman

Updated at 10:30am to add:
The editor of the Broken Wand in the IBM’s The Linking Ring would like to pay tribute Larry Silverman. If you know any information about him to include in the obituary (occupation, interest in magic, accomplishments, etc.), please send them to Dennis Schick at crylds [at] att [dot] net.



From the John Giordmaine tribute site:
We noted, with sadness, the passing of Larry Silverman on February 12th, 2015. He was 85. Former President of the long defunct Society of Canadian Magicians, Larry encouraged this site by sharing his rare video tape of the CBC TV "Telescope" tribute to Johnny; as well as allowing me to unearth back issues boxed up in his basement of the SCM's "Levitator" with key articles about Johnny. Our condolences to his family.

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From Legacy:
Peacefully in his 85th year and in the presence of his family on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at North York General Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Myrna Silverman (Greenberg) and best friend and companion of Betty Shannon. Loving father and father-in-law to Carol and Lori and David. Devoted and much adored grandfather to Jayme, Cory and Jesse. -

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With thanks to The Magic Demon for letting me know.