10 August 2022

Carisa Hendrix in the Sturgis Journal and winner of the Abbott's Get Together Jack Gwynne award

Congratulations Carisa!


From the August 8th article "Despite obstacles, Magic Get-Together entertains local crowds" by Jef Rietsma at the Sturgis Journal

“When Michael Carbonaro had to bow out earlier in the week, Lance stepped up and, even though he wasn’t here this week to perform, he agreed to fill in,” Bordner said. “Lance was the ultimate pinch hitter in this case, like having Babe Ruth come to bat for Lou Gehrig.”

Here’s another example.

“Then, we had Lucy Darling came in at the last minute, she flew in immediately from somewhere out west, I don’t even recall where,” Bordner said. “She did an incredible job and really added a lot to the show. A very lucky and fortunate situation for us”

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From the August 8th Instagram post by Carisa Hendrix:

I beat all these guys to win the Abbott's Get Together Jack Gwynne award for performance excellence!!




09 August 2022

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07 August 2022

The lives of female magic practitioners

From the June 21st article "Abracadabra to ABCs under scrutiny by USask researchers" at the University of Saskatchewan:

Despite popular representations of witches, real female magic practitioners were rarely accused of witchcraft. In the Essex witch trials during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, for example, only three percent of those accused were actually magic practitioners. These practitioners were more commonly understood as protections from witchcraft.

“In comparison to the hundreds of monographs on the unusual hot spots of the witch trials, and despite the fact it is estimated that hundreds of thousands were operating at any given time, not a single credible academic book deals with the female magic practitioner of pre-modern Europe,” said Dr. Frank Klaassen (PhD), professor of history in USask’s College of Arts and Science. He and Dr. Sharon Wright (PhD), professor of history in St. Thomas More College, are co-principal investigators of a new SSHRC Insight grant in the amount of $212,809.

Their research will investigate female magic practitioners from 1350-1550. It will include a close study of late medieval ecclesiastical courts in England, focused studies on known female practitioners, and a broad-based comparative survey of female practitioners in Western and Central Europe. Who were these women? What sorts of things did they do? How did they compare to male practitioners? And how and when did the church seek to regulate their activities?

The results of this project will include not only conventional scholarly outputs, but also public history outputs such as historically based games and an online museum exhibition featuring known female practitioners, the manuscript evidence for their activities, and even 3D vectors of the tools they used. Much of the funding will also support graduate and undergraduate student training, research, and research outputs. 

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06 August 2022

Saskatoon: Potted Potter

From the August 4th Instagram post by Starvox:

Potted Potter tickets are on sale now for Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon!
📆 October 3-5, 2022
🗺️ Broadway Theatre
📍715 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, SK. S7N 1B3
🎟️ https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events?p=event&event=1374