02 January 2017

Rounding the Western rings in January 2017

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


CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- TBA
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Third Monday Magic.
- Annual general meeting.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- Magic dinner show live!
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - TBA


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

Rounding the Central rings in January 2017

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


Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Free form first Friday.
- Stage workers event.
- Public magic auction.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- "Teach A Trick" Night.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Auction night.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in January 2017

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?

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



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


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

01 January 2017

Happy 2017!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with awe and wonder!




31 December 2016

30 December 2016

Top 5 posts in December 2016

Out of the 30+ posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:
5. Review of "TP Prediction" in the December issue of Genii - What a terrific routine!
4. Chilliwack: PCAM/CAM convention, April 20-23, 2017 - It's shaping up to be a great convention! More names recently released.
3. Montreal: Chad Long lecture - Can anyone out there send me a quick report about the event?
2. Top 5 posts in November 2016 - I find it a little too meta that last month's meta post is in this month's meta post.

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Introducing the "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award - Nominations are open until January 8th!

29 December 2016

Thank you for a great 2016!

We couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to our readers, our fans, our followers, our wonderful guest posters (Clive Court and The Magic Demon), 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, Joan Caesar, and The Outerbridges) and sponsors (be sure to support them!):





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28 December 2016

Niagara Falls: Mike D'Urzo

From Mike D'Urzo's Instagram:

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27 December 2016

David Ben's "Hocus Pocus" in the media

From Magicana's Twitter feed:
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From Magicana's Twitter feed:


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25 December 2016

Introducing the "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award

Updated January 3rd to add the following nominee:
  • Matt DiSero - for having a "very sassy act."
 

Updated December 28th to add the following nominees:
  •  Steven Lafond, producer and host of "Magic Mondays" in Ottawa for his continued support of the magic community. Hosting over 30 different magicians from all over Canada in 2016 alone.  (Additional supporting comment: He has done a whole year's worth of monthly magic showcases featuring locals and big names alike. Chris Pilworth, Bill Abbott, Mysterion, Zach & Steve, Jonathan Gold, Eric Leclerc...all opened by local professional and up-and-coming magicians. A real community supporter.)
  • Murray and Teresa Hatfield for starring in and (even more importantly) producing the extraordinary magic and illusions-filled phantasmagoria "Unbelievable" at this summer's PNE in Vancouver. It was, without a doubt, the most inspirational, most wonderful, most entertaining stadium-scale magical event I have ever witnessed.

Updated December 27th to add official nominees:
  • The Evasons for being classy and for being the most original non electronic using mentalists in the world today.
  • Mahdi Gilbert - "He has inspired so many of us through his amazing sleight of hands without having any hands. The way he transformed his own life through magic is a role model for everyone who's searching for meaning, hope and inspiration."

Introducing the Canada's Magic "Readers' Choice 2016 Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award.  You may nominate living Canadian Magician(s) of your choosing by leaving their name along with a short note about how they inspired you in 2016, in the comments below.  (Or you may email me your nomination.)

Nominations will be accepted up until 11:59PM on Sunday January the 8th.  The full list of nominations will be published and voting will commence.  (Canada's Magic is not eligible for the award, nor will it be participating in the nomination or voting process.)

This is a "bragging rights" only contest.  There is no cash value for this award.

Here are some ideas for potential nominees (individuals and groups can be nominated):

The list of worthy entrants goes on and on ...

I look forward to seeing your nominations!


24 December 2016

David Acer in the Montreal Gazette

Click through to read David's use of numerology to explain the year that was 2016.

From the Montreal Gazette:
On most every front, it has been a year from hell – save for one. The worst of times is invariably the best of times for those in the chuckles trade, and it has been this year.

Thank Trump. He has been the comedy gift that just keeps on giving.

On the late-night TV-satire circuit in the U.S., John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, among others, have been reaping the awards of The Donald. Not since those halcyon days of Dubya have talk-show hosts had such fodder. American standups Bill Burr, Lewis Black and Amy Schumer also have all been beneficiaries.

Read more.


From David Acer's Twitter feed:

23 December 2016

Toronto: Birthday party magic lecture

From the website of the TCA Family Entertainers:
Monday, January 23, 2017
Birthday Party Magic with Phil Pivnick and Cory Clarke

Cory Clarke and Phil Pivnick — or The Magical Duda & WonderPhil — are both professional children’s entertainers specializing in high energy and interactive magic shows. Through the years, they’ve both put their own unique spin on some kid-show magic staples.

In this lecture, they are going to explore ideas for turning some easy magic into entertaining show pieces that kids will love.


22 December 2016

California: Shawn Farquhar lectures and appearances in January 2017

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

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From Shawn's Instagram:

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21 December 2016

Toronto: Magic jam

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20 December 2016

Loran interpreting a historical figure for the "Pointe à Callière Museum"

From Loran's Facebook page:

Big news!!! I will soon be immortalized at the "Pointe à Callière Museum" in Montreal! You will see me in a documentary video interpreting a historical figure in the company of "Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance" during the ice jam of 1642. This event was at the origin of the cross on Mont-Royal. The video will be part of a new permanent exhibition scheduled for May 17, 2017 as part of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. It's pretty cool to know that ... during my lifetime ... I'll be in a museum!

19 December 2016

Chris Funk: Fascinating Manitoban

Congratulations Chris, on being named one of "Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016!"

From the Winnipeg Metro:
40. Chris Funk: Known as “The Wonderist”, Chris Funk is crushing it right now. As a magician, he’s performed around the world, on the Vegas strip, wowed Penn & Teller on their Fool Us show, and was a huge hit on America’s Got Talent. He’s mega talented and is an engaging and very funny performer.

Read more.

Have a listen to Chris on episode 37 of Discourse in Magic:

18 December 2016

Another five years for The Vanishing Rabbit!

From The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop Facebook page:
The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop just signed another 5 year lease soooo it looks like were staying OPEN serving all the Tricksters, Jokesters, and magicians in your life!!!!! We look forward to being your go to Brick and Mortar Magic shop in Alberta, Western Canada and Canada !!!. In January look for our Junior Magic Club starting for kids ages 9-17 and depending on your past purchases with us .....The Vanishing Rabbit preferred customer discounts cards.




17 December 2016

Reviews: "The Illusionists: Live from Broadway"

An article on Darcy Oake and links to three show promoting television appearances and appear at the bottom of this post.

A note that according to Mirvish.com, holiday performances have been added:
MORE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED!
Monday December 26. 7:30PM
Monday January 2, 1:30 & 7:30PM
Tuesday January 3, 1:30PM

ADDED HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AT 11AM!
Special Family Performances that play without an intermission and are slightly shorter to accommodate families with smaller children. This is reflected in the less expensive tickets available for these performances.
Wednesday December 28, 11AM; Thursday December 29, 11AM; Friday December 30, 11AM; Wednesday January 4, 11AM; Thursday January 5, 11AM; Friday January 6, 11AM

From the Toronto Star:
Starring Jeff Hobson, Dan Sperry, Darcy Oake. Runs until Jan. 7 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

It’s a show that features seven ways of saying, “how did they do that?”

The Illusionists: Live from Broadway is a thrilling display of magic from a septet of seasoned professionals with different styles and disciplines who deliver two hours of pure enchantment.

They bill themselves as the “next generation” of magicians, but there’s plenty of traditional sleight-of-hand and illusion — from the guy sawed in half to a Houdini-inspired escape — to please all tastes.

From the moment all seven appear in a flash in a large enclosed glass box centre stage, you know you’re in capable hands.

Read more.


From the Toronto Sun:
Prepare to be astonished.

Seven of the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand practitioners have come from Broadway to Toronto to perform in The Illusionists, a magic show that includes Canada’s own Darcy Oake.

Oake, 29, first came to fame when he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent — remember those crazy birds tricks? — and parlayed those performances into a big career.

It’s a career he’s been working on since childhood. Oakes grew up in Winnipeg and got hooked on magic by a fluke. His dad, sports broadcaster Scott Oake, showed a seven-year-old Darcy a card trick and that was it.

A star was born.

Read more.


A piece on Darcy Oake from the Toronto Star:
For Darcy Oake, magic was in the cards from a very young age.

The Winnipeg native is one of seven magicians performing in The Illusionists — Live from Broadway, which runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Tuesday to Jan. 7.

Oake, 29, said his love of the craft got started when he watched his father perform an “accidental” card trick at the age of 6 or 7.

After asking young Darcy to pick a card and return it to the deck, Oake’s father correctly selected the one Darcy had picked.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted and, for probably two or three weeks, I was like ‘Do it again, tell me how you did it.’ Eventually I got it out of him. He said, ‘Look, that was a one in 52 chance. That was a complete fluke,’” Oake recalled.

Read more.


From Clive Court's Facebook page:





From Darcy Oake's Facebook page:



Also from Darcy Oake's Facebook page: