Honoured to be interviewed by Dennis Schick in this month's Linking Ring.

Welcome IBM members. Have a look around and enjoy your stay!

29 January 2020

Montreal: Chris Pilsworth lecture

February 11

From Chris Pilsworth:
Looking forward to sharing my magic in Montreal. I'll also be sharing thoughts about how to make your magic better. These are techniques I've used when consulting in China on the Amazing Magicians series, Rick Wilcox and Mac King in Vegas. If you're from Montreal, I hope to see you there.




28 January 2020

Macklin and Weyburn: Chris Funk

From Facebook:
Mark your calendars folks because this is a magical evening you and your family will not want to miss! Chris Funk The Wonderist. He's been redefining wonder on TV Shows like America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller's Fool Us and he is coming to MACKLIN! January 30


Also from Facebook:
February 6
Witness the dynamic and mind blowing magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences across the globe! Chris Funk’s magic show is an engaging and visceral experience that will have audiences talking for years to come. Something that can only be described as “refreshingly different!” The live-feed camera and interactive videos bring audiences up onstage and into the action, delivering a show that everyone can call their own.



27 January 2020

Burlington: Billy Kidd at the Burlington Comedy Festival

From the Burlington Comedy Festival:

Billy Kidd is a magician who has been popping on screen and stages all around the world. She has appeared on numerous tv shows such as CBC's The Science of Magic, Hosted the Breaking Magic series on Discovery Channel, was a Wizard on Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller, BBC's Xmas Lectures, Now you See Me, ITV's Next Great Magician just to name a few.

Billy Kidd recently had a residency at Pittsburghs new theatre called Liberty Magic and often works in Canada with such companies as Firefly Theatre & Circus. She performs regularly at Hollywoods Magic Castle and runs her own theatre in England called Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre.

Read more and buy tickets.





26 January 2020

Scott Dietrich in Bradford Today

From the January 19th article "'I Can and I Did' inspires kids to believe in themselves" by Miriam King in Bradford Today:
"I do teach a lot of magic classes, and I do have a lot of kids say, 'I can't do it'," he said - frustrated by the difficulty of their first magic trick. "That's when I stop the class, and tell them that there are two bad words  - 'can't' and 'never'."

Instead, Dietrich helps them to persevere and overcome the challenge, fostering what he calls "positive doubt... What else did I think I couldn't do, that I can?"

Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” That's the basis of Dietrich's philosophy, and of the book "I Can and I Did!", a story about secrets, surprises, and unlimited possibilities.

Dietrich calls the book "a gift. It just kind of came to me." Written in just two hours, it's the story of Stephanie, who initially gives up on a math problem in frustration. "I can't!" she says - until her grandfather introduces her to Henry Ford's "secret." Not only does she solve the problem, with "Gramp's" help, she discovers that her grandfather is a pilot, and that she too can learn to fly, "but only if you believe you can."

Read more.



25 January 2020

Canadians at Blackpool 2020

Updated January 27th to add:


From the Blackpool Magic Convention website, I see that Jay Sankey and The Evasons are scheduled to attend.

Who am I missing?


Aside:
  • Have you ever been at a magic convention and found yourself with 17 seconds where there's nothing to do?
     
  • Have you ever searched for a distraction so that you wouldn't have to make eye contact with the humans in your proximity?

  • Do you fancy yourself to have Sherlock-esque powers of observation?
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