30 December 2010

28 December 2010

Sorcerers' Safari 2011 Magic Sumer Camp: dates confirmed

According to SorcerersSafari.ca this summer's camp dates are Tuesday August 30th, 2011 through Sunday September 4th, 2011.

What is Sorcerers' Safari?  From their website:
From ages 8 to 20. Disappear for a week and immerse yourself in the rich art of magic, make friends and life-long memories, all while enjoying the great outdoors. Try your hand at palming cards, master the art of illusion, learn to juggle, and perfect your stage presence. Plus daily swimming, canoeing, bon-fires, and so much more await you at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.
Read last year's daily schedule to find out what goes on at Magic Camp.  Browse the myriad of electives offered.  Stay tuned to their blog to learn who will be the special guest in 2011. 
Previous years' special guests:  (1997) Johnny Ace Palmer, (1998) Jay Sankey and David Acer, (1999) Josh Jay, (2000) Dan Harlan and Steve Kline, (2001) Lee Asher, (2002) Oscar Munoz, (2003) Aaron Fisher and Nathan Kranzo, (2004) Oscar Munoz, (2005) Gregory Wilson, (2006) Joe Givans and Eric Buss, (2007) Wayne Houchin, (2008) Michael Ammar, (2009) Daniel Garcia and (2010) Dan and Dave Buck.
Visit SorcerersSafari.ca to register for the summer session 2011 or to read more about magic camp.

26 December 2010

Sale, sale, sale!

Looking for the bargains?

Check out Browser's Den of Magic's boxing week sale (it started today)!

Also, The Vanishing Rabbit will be having a New Year's sale on Friday January the 7th, 2011.

Please visit each store's website to confirm the details of their sales.

22 December 2010

Oscar Munoz: Canadian lectures in 2011

Oscar Munoz will be in Canada lecturing in 2011!  
Please confirm details about dates, times and locations by contacting each club. 

Martin Lewis: Canadian lectures in 2011

UPDATED 2011-1-4:  Additional dates posted here.

Martin Lewis will be in Canada lecturing in 2011!

Please confirm details about dates, times and locations by contacting each club. 

Video clip of Greg Frewin on ET Canada

If the scheduling confusion caused you to miss Greg Frewin last night on ET Canada, you can watch the segment on the GlobalTV.com website.

21 December 2010

Welcome CAM members!

Welcome CAM members!  Have a look around and I hope you enjoy your stay.  We're happy to have your feedback or suggestions.

Thank you Jon and Susan for the mention in the latest issue of the  Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM)'s eZine, Northern Sleights!   CAM is a national organization "dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of magic and magicians in Canada."

Visit the CAM website for more information about the organization or to join.

17 December 2010

Greg Frewin on ET Canada

UPDATED 12/21:  Tonight, it's on tonight! From the FrewinTheatre Twitter feed:
There was a small programming change last Friday so Greg's interview is supposed to air tonight on ET Canada... catch it on Global at 7:30pm

UPDATED 12/18:
@ETCanada response to my question about when Frewin was going to be on the show:
           "its [sic] on next week"
Apparently Frewin will be doing a segment with ET Canada's Sr. Entertainment Reporter Kim D'Eon.  On the 16th, D'Eon tweeted
"I learn to do magic today with Greg Frewin. I disappear in this box!!! http://twitpic.com/3gik2o"

From the FrewinTheatre Twitter feed:
Tonight Greg Frewin will be appearing on ET Canada! You can see Entertainment Tonight on Global TV beginning at 7:30pm.
Unfortunately, I can't find anything to support this on the ET Canada website.  So tune in to find out for sure!

16 December 2010

Jay Sankey at the beach

So you want to see Jay Sankey in 2011 but don't think you can swing a trip to Blackpool?  Not to worry.  Jay will be performing at Magic at the Beach 2011 next month.  (That's right, 2011 is next month!)

For more information about the convention, or to register, visit  Magic at the Beach 2011.

[h/t: MagicConventionGuide.com]

Blackpool Magic Convention 2011 - now with Richard Sanders!

We'd previously mentioned that Jay Sankey will be performing at Blackpool Magic Convention 2011.  Earlier today, Magic Convention Guide published that Richard Sanders will be joining him!  (Read their post for a list of the other peformers added to the roster.)

For more information about the convention, or to register, visit BlackpoolMagic.com

[h/t: MagicConventionGuide.com]

11 December 2010

Acer, Chen and Sanders at IMX2011 in Las Vegas

From the IMX 2011 website:
IMX 2011 brings together 20+ of the world’s greatest performers in 3 days of non-stop magic – incredible performances, unrivalled training and mindblowing skill.
Included in their all-star line up are Canada's own David Acer, Juliana Chen* and Richard Sanders!
To learn more about IMX 2011 or to register, visit their website at imx2011.com.

* While Chen no longer resides in Canada, in the summer of 2003, she was the subject of a four-page cover story in Canadian magazine, Saturday Night.  Since she was the first Canadian magician to be featured on the cover of a national magazine since the late Doug Henning, we'll still claim her as ours.

10 December 2010

Jeff Hinchliffe lecture tickets now on sale

From BrowsersDen.ca:
This afternoon of magic will take place from 2pm-7pm (with two 10-minute breaks and one 40-minute break) on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011. Space is limited for this event. Tickets are $40 per seat, limited to 25 seats. Start the New Year by attending Toronto’s first magic event of 2011… The Jeff Hinchliffe Experience. 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Please call 416-783-7022.
Details can be found at the Browser's Den website.

09 December 2010

Sankey announced for Blackpool Magic Convention 2011

Canada's own Jay Sankey has been officially announced as a performer for Blackpool Magic Convention 2011, along with Michael FinneyJan Rouven, and Richard Osterlind.

[h/t: MagicConventionGuide.com ]

Blackpool 2011 Trailer from Blackpool Magic on Vimeo.

For more information about the convention, or to register, visit BlackpoolMagic.com

Did you know that The Blackpool Magicians' Club will host the 1st ever FISM European Championships of Magic in 2011 as a part of their World famous Magic Convention?

08 December 2010

End of year one: Magicana and the MCA

Magicana* has been the administrative team for the Magic Collectors Association (MCA) for a whole year now!  The MCA publishes a quarterly journal (Magicol), hosts an annual collectors weekend and makes available special offerings to its membership.

In their recent blog post "year one -- sort of" they highlight a "fabulous special offer to round out the year."
From their website:
Ian Keable has graciously offered MCA members a 20% discount on his latest book, Magic Shows 30 years of Programmes from Daniels to Darren. This is a limited-time offer which expires January 31, 2011, or while supplies last – the printing is limited to 500 copies. We will review the book in the February 2011 issue of Magicol, but why wait?!  This is a great deal and from what we have seen, a great book.
Thinking of becoming an MCA member?  Subscribe here.

* Don't know about Magicana?  Magicana is a Canadian performing arts organization dedicated to the study and exploration of magic as a performing art. Check them out at magicana.com

06 December 2010

I'd like to register a complaint!

A letter from our readers.*
Dear Canada's Magic:
I'm a mentalist.  I've made a prediction that in a short amount of time this site is going to look very Toronto-centric.  Is that because you think the only important things going on are in Toronto?
Concerned Mentalist
 *So maybe this wasn't really a letter from our readers.  But it is a valid concern.

Dear Concerned Mentalist:

Thank you very much for taking the time to write in.

The truth about it is that I live in Toronto, the majority of my connections are in Toronto, so the news I hear most often has to do with Toronto.

Your concern is my concern and I invite everyone from across Canada to send in submissions to have your area represented.  Let's see if between us we can make sure that this wonderful country of ours is well represented!

Canada's Magic

03 December 2010

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's late in the game, but if you can, try to catch the Shrine Fantasy Show.  From their website:
Proceeds from this show benefit many Shrine activities. For your support you are provided with a great evening of entertainment (and therefore it is not eligible as a charitable donation deduction.) Thanks for helping the children!
Participating talent includes:  Dick Joiner, Craig Douglas, Sheldon Casavant, Magic Mike Segal, Majinx, Aristov and Company, Greg Tarlin, John Park, Steven Kline, Patrice Meunier, French Connection and Mysteract (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.

02 December 2010

Murray Hatfield and Teresa: Magic 'n Miracles tour

If you get a chance to catch Murray Hatfield's Magic 'n Miracles tour, do it!  You'll be glad you did.

Not only will you get to see some amazing magic, you'll be supporting some deserving charities.  Also on the Hatfield tour are Shawn Farquhar, Charlie Frye & Company and Danny Cole.

Schedule and ticket information at the Magic 'n Miracles website.

30 November 2010

Browser's Den: Morgan Pierce and Chris Forbes

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
This Saturday(December 4) will be a SPECIAL MAGIC CLUB MEETING! Our good friends MORGAN PIERCE & CHRIS FORBES will be coming to the Magic Club to perform and teach some tricks and sleights.

Chris will be concentrating on coins. And Morgan will be focusing on cards. Morgan has just returned from giving a lecture at the Niagara Falls Convention.
The Magic Club meeting is FREE and meets here at the shop from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
If this interests you, please confirm details directly with the Browser's Den of Magic.

28 November 2010

Magicana: The magic beyond the magic

Magic (from Wikipedia):
Magic is a performing art that entertains an audience by creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats, using purely natural means. These feats are called magic tricks, effects or illusions.
Magicana, through it's My Magic Hands program, touches the lives of children by using magic as a vehicle to build self confidence and skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.  They bring their wonderful program to children with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer by working with Camp Oochigeas to create special events like "Boot Camp Magic Day."  My Magic Hands has also been offering sessions at  Holland Bloorview (Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital) for six years.  It's obvious the joy that magic can bring into a young child's life.

What's not immediately obvious, however, are the other magical things that happen during this process.  Friendships and mentorships are created between the volunteer magic coaches and the My Magic hands participants.  Volunteers are reminded of childhood awe and joy as they catch a glimpse of how young eyes see and interpret the magical routines.  The coaches facillitate the magic learning, bask in the glow of the magical relationship and reflect back to the children, the image of the best they can be.

Like a pebble thrown into a still pond, the magic of magic can extend far beyond the performer and the intended effect.

Thank you Magicana, for starting the ripple that extends ever outwards!

26 November 2010

25 November 2010

Jeff Hinchliffe lecture in 2011!

So says The Browser's Den:
"Jeff Hinchliffe will be giving a FOUR HOUR Lecture/Seminar at the shop on Sunday, January 23 for only $40.00. Details soon."