03 July 2015

Montreal Magic Jam's 10th Anniversary Party

We’re having a party and you’re invited. For less than the price of a regular lecture, you’ll get a FULL DAY of magic, including many exclusive lectures and performances, and tons of prizes to win, including a free gift from Murphy’s Magic for every attendee.
EVENTS
  • A Montreal Magic Jam exclusive mini-talk on the history of magic (more details soon)
  • Modern Magic Preview Performance
  • A performance by the Montreal Magic Jam 

Read more and buy tickets.

02 July 2015

Coupon code to see Darcy Oake's show,"Edge of Reality," in Toronto

You may already be aware that the amazing people at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts have provided one pair of tickets to give away to my readers, to attend Darcy Oake's show, "Edge of Reality."

They have also created a coupon code for all of you to use!

Friends, fans and followers of Canada’s Magic can use code 1DOVE to save 15% on tickets* to see Darcy Oake’s Edge of Reality tour at the Sony Centre. Tickets can be purchased online via sonycentre.ca or by calling 1-855-872-SONY(7669)
 

* Please note, the code is not available on premium seats.

With thanks to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for generously making this coupon code available to you! 


01 July 2015

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Who's where July 2015

Leave a comment on this post to let us know where you're going to be this month!  (Confirm details with event organizers / venues.)


Jump to date: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31
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  Captain Corbin at Niagara Falls, ON
2
  Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON

3

   Mike D'Urzo at Centre Island, ON

4
   Mike D'Urzo at Centre Island, ON
5
    Ben Train at Magic Tonight (50% discount with coupon code cmagic)*

    
Captain Corbin at the Rosseau Resort

    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON

    Mike D'Urzo at Centre Island, ON
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    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON
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    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON

8

  Super Sarah at Civic Square, Cambridge, ON
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    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON
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    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON
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    Chris Funk at the Toronto Fringe, ON
12
  Nicholas Wallace at Magic Tonight (50% discount with coupon code cmagic)*
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14
  Potted Potter in London, ON

15
   Potted Potter in London, ON

  Bob Cates Comedy in Motion at Civic Square, Cambridge, ON

   Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

16
  Daniel Steep in Westerner Days

  Potted Potter in London, ON

  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

17
  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Daniel Steep in Westerner Days

  Potted Potter in London, ON

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB
18
  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Daniel Steep in Westerner Days

  Potted Potter in London, ON

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

19
  Jason Palter at Magic Tonight (50% discount with coupon code cmagic)*

  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Daniel Steep in Westerner Days

  Potted Potter in London, ON

  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

20
  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  Captain Corbin at Great Wolf Falls, ON

  Incredibrent at Ansley Grove Library, ON
21
  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON
22
  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON

23
  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON

24
  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

25
  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON

  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

  James Jordan at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

26
  Phil Pivnick at Magic Tonight (50% discount with coupon code cmagic)*

  Chris Bruce at the Hamilton Fringe.

  Potted Potter in Hamilton, ON

  Chris Funk at the Winnipeg Fringe, MB

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29
   IncrediBrent at Civic Square, Cambridge, ON

30  
   Chris Funk in Saskatoon, SK

   Chris Mayhew's "Mayhew Mayhem" in New York City

31    Chris Funk in Saskatoon, SK


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30 June 2015

Ben Train at "Magic Tonight"

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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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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  
Read more.

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






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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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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