31 December 2015

In memoriam 2015

Updated 2016-01 to include Paul Bradshaw.

  • Bradshaw, Paul ( - 2015)
  • Chervin, Alexander ( - 2015)
  • Lenz, Eric (1935 - 2015)
  • Silverman, Larry ( - 2015)
  • Ward, Joe (1932 - 2015)

  • Please e-mail additions or corrections to "canadasmagic at gmail dot com"

    30 December 2015

    Thank you for a great 2015!

    We couldn't have done it without you!

    Thank you to our readers, our fans, our followers, our wonderful guest posters (The Magic Demon and Kidlet), people who have offered up prizes for contests (the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Gwyn Auger, Sheldon Casavant, Marion and Ted Outerbridge, and the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema), those who sent news our way, and last but not least, thank you to all of this year's friends (John Smithman, John Harrison, Richard Lyn, and Joan Caesar) and sponsors (be sure to support them!):

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    Donations of any size are always welcome.

    29 December 2015

    Top 5 posts in December 2015

    Here are the most viewed posts at Canada's Magic this month:

    5. Murray's escape from being dragged behind a car -- Here's hoping 2015 didn't feel like Murray must have felt doing this.
    4. Darcy Oake's TV special -- What did you think of it?
    3. Toronto: Save the date for Magicana -- April 2016  is a busy month for magic in Canada.
    2. Shriners' Holiday Magic Shows -- A lot of folks looked you up before going to the show!

    and the most viewed post this month  ...

    1.  Searching for military paramedic Nathan -- Does anyone have leads for finding Pick Pocket James' guardian angel?

    Five deadly magic tricks

    From Metro (Toronto):
    Scott Hammell did the unthinkable. He asked someone to load a gun, point it at him and pull the trigger. He doesn’t have a death wish, he’s a magician and the subject of a new documentary, The Trick with the Gun, that details the planning and performing of the most dangerous illusion ever devised, the Bullet Catch.
    Fourteen magicians have died attempting it and the most famous conjurer of all time, Houdini, never even tried it. Hammell says the trick is risky but, “there are safe ways of doing things that are seemingly extremely dangerous.”

    He adds, “obviously things can go wrong and that can have a catastrophic chain reaction.”

    There is always room for error and sometimes magicians get hurt or even killed on stage.

    Hammell gave Metro an exclusive list of the five most dangerous — and potentially fatal — tricks ever performed on stage.

    Read more.

    28 December 2015

    Vancouver: Magic Dinner Show Live 2016

    From Event Brite:
    Fri, 22 Jan 2016

    Your MC is the Award Winning Jeff Christensen. Featuring the North American FISM Champions of Stage Magic Trevor & Lorena Watters and their Comedy Magic Variety Act - Steve The Pretty Good! Pre-dinner Close-Up Magic by the Society of American Magicians #95! Fabulous 9 course Delicious Chinese Banquet Dinner!

    Read more and buy tickets.

    27 December 2015

    Darcy Oake at London's New Year’s Day Parade

    The lucky audience in Winnipeg got to see this stunt performed!

    From the Evening Standard:
    Escapologist Darcy Oake is set to attempt the “pinnacle of his career” at the New Year’s Day Parade in London.

    Oake, 28, will be suspended with a box locked on his head filled with water. With his hands tied and on one gulp of air he will try and pick locks to escape. 
    Writing on his Facebook wall, Oake said the stunt, which he performed for the first time at the end of his 2015 tour on December 5, was "Single handedly the most dangerous thing I've ever done in my life".

    Read more.

    26 December 2015

    And now for something completely different

    Not magic, but magical in its own way.  Sorry.

    From JB's YouTube channel:

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    25 December 2015

    Benevolence of Magic part 3

    Dennis Schick's third annual Benevolence of Magic (in the December "Linking Ring" (v95,12)) features two Canadian projects.  From Dennis:

    The first is magician Jeff Christensen from Vancouver. Each year he and his wife and daughter produce “A Magical Evening” in honor and memory of their son, Jonah, to raise money for their Celebrate the Child Foundation, which supports numerous worthy causes.

    The other is John Kaplan, also from Vancouver, whose Fundraising Magic program raises money for organizations and communities across Canada.

    Well done Jeff and John for your hard work to help others.

    Thank you Dennis for sending this information my way!  

    Previously featured "Benevolence of Magic" Canadian projects:

    24 December 2015

    Canadians at Magi-Fest 2016

    Who'd I miss?

    From the Magi-Fest website:
    Magi-Fest 2016 
    Jan 28 - 31 2016, Columbus, Ohio
    • Shin Lim
    • Eric Leclerc 

     Read more and register.

    23 December 2015

    More "Tricks" to be had

    From Magicana:
    We've been having a wonderful week full of magic with Tricks at Soulpepper in Toronto. In fact, Sunday's matinée is now sold out.

    To accommodate the demand, we've added one more performance to the schedule on Saturday, January 2 at 8:00 PM. Tickets just went on sale, so there are some excellent seats still available so you can be right up close to the action. Don't forget, we have special discounted family packs for groups of four or more (with at least one child).

    Read more.

    Read this review from Toronto Stage:
    As a youngster, I remember my father once cautioning me to watch out for people who ask you to share a secret, used car salesmen of any kind and smooth talkers who want to show you a good card trick.

    Falling into the latter category, of course, is David Ben.

    That’s because he’s the kind of guy who could make a lot of money hanging out at Union Station mingling with stop over travelers with a little extra time on their side. He may not have anything up his sleeve but he’s definitely got something, somewhere.

    The return of Tricks, is anti-pomp and pageantry. The stripped down production relies on basic furnishings to accomplish what great all tricksters need to put on a smoking good show.

    Read more.

    22 December 2015

    Watch Luc Langevin baffle Jean-Marc Généreux

    A reminder of Luc's upcoming performance dates in France:
    Spectacle "Créateur d'illusions" dès le 10 Février 2016 au CASINO DE PARIS
    Réservez vite vos places ici : http://bit.ly/Langevin_CDP2016

    Et en tournée à travers la France en Mars 2016 :
    08 & 09/03/2016 : RUEIL-MALMAISON (92) Théâtre André Malraux
    11/03/2016 : LYON (69) Le Radiant
    12/03/2016 : MORGES (CH) Théâtre Beausobre
    15/03/2016 : TOULOUSE (31) Théâtre Casino Barrière
    16/03/2016 : MERIGNAC (33) Le Pin Galant
    17/03/2016 : NANTES (44) Cité des Congrès
    18/03/2016 : ROUBAIX (59) Le Colisée

    From Luc Langevin's YouTube channel:

    Anne-Lovely Etienne and Adrien Fichelle interview Luc Lanagevin

    From le journal de Montréal:
    Il nous fascine. À la télévision comme sur la scène, sa magie est hypnotisante.
    L’illusionniste Luc Langevin, originaire de Québec, considère maintenant Montréal comme son chez soi. Il se rappelle d’ailleurs, comme si c’était hier, sa première fois dans la grande métropole lorsqu’il avait visité une boutique de magie. Il nous dévoile maintenant ses adresses chouchous de la ville.

    Le restaurant favori ?

    Il y en a plusieurs, mais l’un qui me vient spontanément à l’esprit est le Bistro Lustucru. Il est situé sur l’avenue du Parc. Je suis un amateur de tartares et ils en concoctent de très bons, dont les tartares au cerf ou au canard. En fait, leur spécialité est leur bar à cru. Sinon, j’aime le Geppetto, pour leurs pizzas vraiment délicieuses.

    Read more (en français).

    From Web Mag TV:
    Luc Langevin a reçu l'equipe de WebmagTV dans son hotel pour nous parler de son univers et de ses différentes expériences. Il sera du 10 au 21 février 2016 au Casino de Paris. 

    21 December 2015

    Searching for military paramedic Nathan

    On August 23rd at approximately 9:30pm, "Pick Pocket" James Harrison was in a bad car accident driving northbound on the 400, just past Hwy 9.  As he swerved to avoid hitting an out of place construction pylon, his tires caught the shoulder causing his black Mazda 5 to roll over.  Twice.

    James experienced the best side of humanity that day.  Several people stopped their car to offer help and make sure James was safe.  One gentleman, Nathan, is a military paramedic.  Nathan asked permission and then entered the back passenger section of the car.  He then talked James through the idea that he was going to hold his hands around James' neck to prevent possible spinal cord injuries.

    Nathan kept James company, kept him calm, and kept his neck stable until the paramedics arrived.  During this time James learned that Nathan is stationed at Base Borden, effective August 24th.  From the ambulance stretcher, James had a brief moment to shake Nathan's hand and say thank you.  And then Nathan disappeared before James could get any more information about him.

    We're very grateful that James only received minor injuries and is recovering well.

    Nathan, if this message gets to you, please contact me or contact James directly through his website (http://www.pickpocketmagic.com/).  James would very much like to give you a proper and well deserved "thank you."

    20 December 2015

    Montreal: 2017 Magic Collectors Weekend

    From Magicana:
    This is a preliminary announcement that we plan on staging the Magic Collectors Weekend May 25 to 27, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

    This will coincide with the opening of the major exhibition of magic posters from the Allan Slaight Collection at the McCord Museum. The exhibition, for which David Ben is the guest curator, will open that very weekend.

    In addition to private tours of the exhibition, we will be working with the McCord on some additional programming and events – including some behind the scene access to elements related to the  exhibition. Given Houdini’s connection to Montreal – and, in fact, the McCord – there will certainly also be some Houdini on the bill.

    Read more.

    19 December 2015

    St. Catharines: Greg Frewin performing at the Niagara Falls Jr Canucks game

    From the NF Jr Canucks Twitter feed:

    The Michel Cailloux International Magic Contest for 2016

    From le Festival de magie de Québec:
    Magic Contest - 4000 $ in prize
    Concours de magie - 4000 $ en prix


    The Michel Cailloux International Magic Contest is back for a fourth edition. You have until February 19, 2016 to register.

    In addition, you have the chance to win the prestigious title of 2016 Canadian Champion Magician since the contest will take place during the Canadian Convention of magic (CAMaraderie) in Quebec City from April 21 to 24.

    You will find all the rules and the registration form on the website of Festival de magie de Québec.

    This contest is open to professional and amateur magicians of all ages.


    Le Concours International de magie "Michel Cailloux" est de retour pour une 4e édition.  Vous avez jusqu'au 19 février 2016 pour vous inscrire.

    De plus courrez la chance de remporter le titre prestigieux de Champion canadien de la magie 2016 dans le cadre de la Convention canadienne de la magie (CAMaraderie) qui se tiendra à Québec du 21 au 24 avril prochain.
    Vous trouverez tous les règlements et le formulaire d'inscription sur le site du Festival de magie de Québec.
    Ce concours s'adresse aux magiciens professionnels et amateurs de tous âges.
    Read more and enter.

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    18 December 2015

    Toronto: Phil Pivnick at "Magic Tonight"

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    Toronto (Sun):  Phil Pivnick

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    17 December 2015

    16 December 2015

    Trevor and Lorena Watters in "The Magic Variety Show"

    From Trevor and Lorena - Comedy Magic Show Facebook page:
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    Happy to announce the 2016 Magic Variety Tour Dates! We are excited to welcome back STEVE "The Pretty Good". More to come soon.... Stay Tuned!
    Posted by Trevor & Lorena - Comedy Magic Show on Sunday, 1 November 2015

    15 December 2015

    David Ben on CBC's "q"

    From the CBC:
    Three decades ago, David Ben left a career in law to pursue his passion: magic. Now he's one of the top sleight-of-hand artists in the world, performing over the years at Shaw Festival and Luminato.
    His new show, simply called Tricks, is now playing at Toronto's Soulpepper theatre. Ben talks to Shad about the surprising array of people that inspired the program — from Frank Sinatra to Glenn Gould — and how he straddles several decades with his performance.

    Read more, watch videos and listen to the interview.