30 December 2011

Meta: Where are you from?

While the bulk of the traffic to this site comes from Canadian readers, I'm always surprised to see how big the internets really are!  Here's a list of our top ten visiting countries this month, not including Canada:

10. Ireland
9. Japan
8. Costa Rica
7. Germany
6. Australia
5. Argentina
4. France
3. Chile
2. United Kingdom

and of course, our neighbours to the south ....

1.  United States

Thanks for visiting everyone!

26 December 2011

Toronto: Browser's Den on Boxing Day

From the Browser's Den Facebook page:

*TRICKS FROM $1.00 TO $5.00*

YES…We are open Boxing Day, Dec. 26th from 10am to 5pm

Read more.

24 December 2011

And to all a good ....

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!

We're taking a break from the internet over the next 16 days or so.  New posts have been scheduled to publish automatically.  If you need to get in touch, sending a direct message via Twitter is your best bet.

Best wishes for the New Year!

23 December 2011

Bill Abbott at IMX 2012

Bill Abbott will be appearing this May in Las Vegas.  From the IMX 2012 website:
IMX 2012 brings together 20+ of the world’s greatest performers in 3 days of non-stop magic. Unrivalled choice, hard-hitting training, incredible performances & phenomenal value ... welcome to IMX 2012!

Read more.

21 December 2011

Vancouver: SAM #95 Banquet and Professional Show Package

From Sam 95:
Date - Friday, January 13, 2012

MC and host: Shawn Farquhar
Feature Comedy Magic Entertainment by the Internationally Acclaimed Award Winning Magician Stephen Bargatze from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Roving Magic by S.A.M. #95 members.
Read more and purchase tickets.

20 December 2011

Dai Vernon's son recovering from house fire injuries

From iTricks:
79-year-old David Verner, son to legendary magician Dai Vernon, was very badly burned by an electrical fire at his New York State home.
Read more.

Canada's Magic joins iTricks in wishing Verner a speedy recovery.

David Acer book launch

Read about November's combined David Acer book launch and shop auction over at Perfect Magic.

19 December 2011

CAM: membership growth!

From the Canadian Association of Magicians website:
I am thrilled to announce we are just five members away from hitting the magic number of 400! This is super great news. This is a growth of nearly 75 members since July of 2011.

Read more.

Shawn also reminds us that it's membership renewal time for many members.  If your membership is up for renewal, you should have received a notice in your recent editions of "Northern Peeks."  If you aren't sure when your membership expires, please contact Shawn at "CAM @ CAMmagic . org" (without the quotes).

18 December 2011

Broken wand: Maxwell Scott

From The Tillsonburg News:
SCOTT, Maxwell Charles - Born January 8, 1929, passed away in Tillsonburg on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.


Farmer, proprietor of Tillsonburg Organ Centre, musician and magician for many years, Max was a founding member of the London Magician's Guild I.B.M. Ring 265, and a member of the Doug Henning Magic Wand Club, Ring 49 and the Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle Ring 235.

Read the complete obituary.

[h/t: CAM - Northern Peeks]

Alex Kazam in the Brock Press

From The Brock Press:
At 19-years-old, St. Catharines magician Alex Kazam has accomplished more for himself than most people still living in their teenage years – and arguably more than some in their twenties.

Over the past year Kazam rode his unicycle to New York City, in attempt to perform on the David Letterman show (although he didn't get on, he did meet Paul Schafer and Donald Trump), hosted lectures at varying universities (including one on Neuroscience and it's correlation with magic at York), travelled to Vegas where he met Penn and Teller and performed a trick for Criss Angel, took part in the debut of St. Catharines' Buskerfest where he performed nine times during the weekend and has performed countless gigs — whether they are stand-up showcases, or at events for corporate clients — and that's just cracking the surface.
Read more.

17 December 2011

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Toronto: A Little Holiday Magic

From Abracadabaret:
Friday, December 30, 2011
We know it can be hard to find things to do during the break between Xmas and New Years; everything’s closed, and if it’s not closed, it’s packed like sardines with Boxing Week shoppers.

Come celebrate the holidays with Abracadabaret! Live magic, mind reading and mischief with a cast of curious characters. Great fun, great food and a great way to get ready for the New Year.

Read more and purchase tickets.

16 December 2011

Johnny Giordmaine: new contributions

From John Pellatt, creator of the "A Tribute to John Giordmaine" website:
JohnGiordmaine.com, the on line tribute to the late Canadian children's magician Johnny Giordmaine, has just posted a couple new pages for your magical holiday reading... featured are Ring 17 past prez Bob Taylor's recollections; photos from the 1961 Abbott Magic Get Together (one with the famous Harry Blackstone, Sr); and memories of the legendary Arcade Magic and Novelty Shop's closing (where Johnny once worked). The site now includes over 29 pages of unique photos and text.

New contributions are always welcome.

Link: http://www.johngiordmaine.co

15 December 2011

Toronto: Joe Culpepper’s Exits and Entrances at the New Gendai Workstation

From The Toronto Review of Books:
In his performance art–magic act Exits and Entrances, performed Friday 25 November at New Gendai Workstation, Joe Culpepper explored thresholds as places of illusion—“liminal boundaries,” he notes, “that separate the inside from the outside; the interior from the exterior.” Thresholds are also boundaries that invite us to cross over; they mark a space between, even as they reveal what lies just beyond.


The gallery will be exhibiting the aftermath of the performance space as an installation from 13 December to 17 December (11.00AM to 6.00PM).  Footage of Exits and Entrances will be projected onto the gallery walls for any visitors who wish to see a recording of the event while standing in its traces and remnants.  New Gendai Workstation is an open gallery and there is no cost for admission.

Read more.

St. Catharines: Alex Kazam's Dirty Dealings

From the Facebook page "Alex Kazam Presents: Dirty Dealings":
You're invited: $1,000 can be gained (see below) in this evening of lies, deceptions, exposed truths, psychological illusions, comedy and of course: magic.

Alex Kazam will be doing a combination of pseudo-mind reading, exposing some truths about charlatans' ways, combined with a side of his usual magically comedic trimmings that have got him on T.V, the radio, in newspapers, and believe it, or not, in TWEETS, and myspace statuses: across North-America.

Expect the unexpected: There aren't any rabbits, bunnies, and\or hares in this show.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 at Mahtay Café & Lounge
Read more.

14 December 2011

Lothar Malmberg in The Strathmore Standard

From The Strathmore Standard:
If there's something unusual, unexplainable but strangely fantastic going on in Rosebud, chances are it's the work of Lothar Malmberg, professional magician. Lothar is a professional magician who has been working out of the area for almost 20 years, and has been honing his magic craft for over 30.

Read more.

12 December 2011

CAMaraderie 2012

Have you registered yet for CAMaraderie 2012?  From CAMmagic.org, the line-up so far:

May 3-5, 2012
Hamilton, Ontario

Michael Finney
Duane Laflin
Stephen Bargatze
Rick Merrill
Paul Gertner
Tom Vorjohan and Daniel Herron

Close up:
Paul Gertner
Stephen Bargatze
Rick Merrill
Daniel Garcia
Richard Turner: 1-man show

Gala Show:
MC: Michael Finney
Hyunjoon Kim
Stephen Bargatze
Neil Croswell
David & Dania

MC: Doug Hunt

Watch the promo video Chris Weeks created for CAMaraderie 2012:

[h/t: Canadian Association of Magicians]

11 December 2011

Kreskin at the West End Cultural Centre

From Uptown:
Canada loves Kreskin but that doesn’t mean Winnipeggers won’t try to stump the master mentalist and magician when he performs at the West End Cultural Centre on Dec. 13. The "cheque test" — Kreskin’s most well-known feat and the finale of every show — involves the audience hiding his payment for the performance while he’s escorted offstage. If Kreskin doesn’t find his fee, he doesn’t get paid.

Read more.

10 December 2011

Toronto: James Alan in "Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks"

From Abracadabaret.com:
  • Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
  • Venue: Wychwood Theatre (601 Christie St. / M6G 4C7)
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $25.00 w/ group discounts
Join magician James Alan at the Wychwood Theatre for the premier of his one man show. Can a magician make you a better judge of character? Make you impervious to pain? Make money for nothing? Improve your luck? Make you smarter? Or is it all just Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks?

Some of it's true. Some of it's not. Which is which is… your problem, not ours!

Read more and buy tickets.

06 December 2011

Hamilton: Nick Wallace

From the Lyric website:
You are invited to an evening of holiday magic featuring the Canadian Champion of Magic – Nick Wallace. Nick is best described as a minimalist, who has forgone fancy props and special effects and prefers to conjure with an audiences imagination by presenting bamboozling feats of magic and mind reading in a way that is both entertaining and thought provoking. Add some great music and you have a variety holiday show not to be missed!   
Visit the website more information or to but tickets.
The show runs from December 20th through December 29th inclusive.
[h/t: Deborah Fallick]

05 December 2011

Everything Erdnase: Dodd Vickers interviews David Ben & Julie Eng

From the Magic Newswire:
Who was S.W. Erdnase? Most likely, anyone reading this knows this name as the pseudonym used by the author of "The Expert at the Card Table" which is arguably one of the most important books ever written on sleight of hand with cards. On this episode of the "Spirit of Magic" podcast, I am joined by David Ben & Julie Eng of Magicana and the publishers of Magicol.
Read more and listen to Dodd Vickers interview David and Julie.

04 December 2011

Rounding the Western rings in December

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- N/A
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - "Teach a Trick" session with  Shayne King

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in December

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Christmas party 
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Gift Exchange & Hidden Talent!
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Christmas banquet
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Christmas party
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Members' night
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)   - N/A

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in December

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) Christmas Gift Exchange extravaganza

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

29 November 2011

Sidney Friedman: Mind Power

From the Facebook page:
Chicago mentalist and best selling author Sidney Friedman is coming to Toronto!

Known as "mentalist to the stars" for his many celebrity clients, Friedman will read your mind, perform ESP, telepathy, and premonition. Plus, you will witness his unique "Musical Mind Reading" where audience members think of a song and Friedman telepathically senses the tune and plays it on the piano.

Read more.

[h/t: Deborah Fallick]

28 November 2011

Happy blogiversary!

Belated, that is.

Last Friday was our one year blogiversary!  (Just goes to show you how busy life gets.  That milestone just whizzed right by my ears!)

In the past year we've served over 10,000 page loads.  We have more than 140 Twitter followers and have sent over 1400 tweets into the ether.  We also have 48 Facebook fans and over two dozen subscribers.  While the majority of readers are Canadian (go figure), we also have visitors from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and the list goes on and on.

When this project started, I had no idea so much magic was going in inside this country.  I continue to be impressed as I learn about the number of magicians representing Canada abroad.  It's fabulous to be involved in such a generous and talented fraternity.

Thank you, as always, for reading, subscribing, re-tweeting, liking, sharing, submitting news, corresponding, making me aware of typos, guest posting and most of all for your wonderful feedback and continued support!

27 November 2011

Everything Erdnase

From Magicana:
The exhibition, created by Jason England and Julie Eng, showcases the legendary book, The Expert at the Card Table - by the mysterious, S.W. Erdnase – and the book’s perpetual appearance in print for over a century. While exploring the numerous variants, both here and abroad, the exhibition also highlights the slew of ancillary discourse, publications and products Erdnase has inspired.

Read more.
Visit the exhibition at EverythingErdnase.com.

26 November 2011

Broken wand: Peter Howard Nash

From the Globe and Mail on Wednesday November 23rd.
Died peacefully at home with his wife of 60 years by his side in Montreal on the 19th of November. Born in Sidcup, Kent, England in 1917, he graduated from the Stowe School, after which matriculated at Queen's College at the University of Cambridge where he earned his BMS and MA and qualified as an MD.


He was additionally an accomplished amateur photographer, birdwatcher and magician, the last of these avocations having been interpreted on stage while he was a university student.

Read the complete obituary.

25 November 2011

Greg Frewin on the Wendy Williams show

From Niagara This Week:

When producers of the Wendy Williams Show came calling, Frewin was quick to pack his magic bag of tricks and head to the Big Apple for a a spot the show calls “A Shameless Surprise.”

Read more.

Watch Greg's performance on YouTube:

24 November 2011

Sheldon Casavant: Photographs of a magician

From Edmonton Portrait Photography:
This year I had the opportunity to photograph several of the outstanding young Edmontonians nominated for the award and I’ll be featuring a few of them here on my blog over the next couple of weeks.
One of the individuals who was nominated is Sheldon Casavant – a magician and author from Edmonton. We met up in one of Edmonton’s back alleys for an urban-inspired photo shoot and Sheldon brought along several magic props to incorporate into the shoot.

Read more and see some of the photos from the shoot.

22 November 2011

Gazzo interviewed by Joe Culpepper

From The Magic Broadcast:
“Streets is a lifestyle,” says Gazzo. And he should know.

Garry Osborne has been busking as a magician in Britain, North America, and all over the world since he was fifteen. Join me, Joe Culpepper, in episode two of the Culpepper Cast as I catch up with him at Toronto’s recent Buskerfest (August 2011).

Read more and listen to the interview.

20 November 2011

[Guest post] Patrik Kuffs in Toronto

The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as The Magic Demon.

Review by The Magic Demon

Montreal-based magician, mentalist and comedian Patrik Kuffs appeared in Toronto at the Browser's Den Saturday night (November 19th).

Throughout the evening, Patrik easily charmed everyone with his wry wit and quirky humour as well as impressing them with his insightful advice on real world performances. Playing to an packed room his two hours-plus lecture enlightened, informed and entertained.

Moving quickly from one effect to another he demonstrated and then explained a wide range of surefire audience pleasers including a close up design duplication worthy of Annemann; numerous compelling card effects (his card stab/knife routine was especially well-received); a novel handling of a classic book test; intriguing possibilities utilizing shiners; an innovative stage design duplication concept; a clever routine with a unique and inexpensive homemade version of a mentalist's most invaluable prop; and some classic spoon and fork bending.

Also particularly memorable was his TT gag... if you were there, you certainly remember the huge laugh it received! (I'm sorry - I know I've left out a lot but I was enjoying myself so much I repeatedly forgot to take notes.)

As he explained every effect there were frequently small gasps of appreciation throughout the room at the simplicity but ingeniousness of his methods.

Perhaps best known for his excellent DVD on metal bending, Patrik surprised the crowd by revealing it actually only played a very small part in his professional career of over 20 years.

As a bonus he gave away two special gifts to everyone in the audience - including the secret for a seemingly impenetrable impromptu blindfold made with materials readily available in any home.

Patrik at one point modestly referred to his lecture notes package, on sale and a real bargain, which were scooped up by many in attendance. He went on to apologize that he wasn't actually very good at selling. Not true! When it comes to his magic and winning over an audience, Patrik Kuffs really knows exactly how to sell himself... and does so brilliantly.

If you ever get a chance to see him lecture you will come away with several practical workers in your notebook ready to put into your act right away. Thank you Patrik for an extremely fun and rewarding evening.

Additional thanks to Jeff Pinsky, the Browser's Den's most gracious host, for presenting Patrik in Toronto.

Thank you The Magic Demon for guest posting at Canada's Magic!

19 November 2011

Philip Murad in the Financial Post

From the Financial Post article "Op-Ed – Google’s Patrick Pichette: Canada needs a bolder innovation agenda":
This is perhaps the ultimate wonder and opportunity of the Internet age – a world without borders. For example, take Philip Murad, who went from being a very popular magician and ventriloquist in Montreal to managing a network of magicians across North America.
Read more.

18 November 2011

Ottawa: Éric Leclerc - Mystéric et la Mathémagie

From Shenkman Arts:
This two-time Canadian magic champion from Orléans presents an interactive, educational and hilarious show, skilfully combining magic and math. Mystéric has not always liked math, but has fortunately discovered Mathemagic.

Buy tickets or read more.

06 November 2011

Greg Frewin: Launch of the Lights

Greg Frewin peformed at Launch of the Lights in Niagara Falls yesterday.  Read about it at 610cktb or NiagaraFallsReview.

05 November 2011

Morrissey Magic: new store hours

From Morrissey Magic:
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday noon - 4pm
Monday - closed
Tuesday and Wednesday - 11am - 6pm
Thursday and Friday - 11am - 7pm

Confirm hours directly with Morrissey Magic.

04 November 2011

Nova Scotia: Patrick Drake

Nov. 6: Inaugural Squash CF Pumpkin Launch fundraiser

From Nova News Now:
Canada’s sleight of hand champion and magician Patrick Drake has donated his time to entertain at the event. The pumpkin launch begins at 2 p.m. and ends when all the pumpkins have been flung and squashed. All event proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Read more.

03 November 2011

Rounding the Western rings in November

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Jay Sankey lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Jay Sankey lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Jay Sankey lecture
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Jay Sankey lecture

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in November

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - magic diagnostic clinic
- Greg Frewin trip
London, ONLondon Magician's Guild- Marsha Bergeron lecture
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Phil Cox , Wilber, and John from KW Magic
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Richard Sanders lecture
- CHEO charity children's show
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Michael Weber workshop and lecture
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)   - N/A

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in November

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - TBA 

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

02 November 2011

Toronto: Patrik Kuffs lecture

From The Browser's Den:
Date: Saturday, November 19
Location: Browser’s Den of Magic
Read more.

01 November 2011

Toronto: Louie Lebetjis Exposing the Cheats Workshop

From Morrissey Magic:

Exposing the Cheats Workshop with Louie Lebetjis Saturday November 12 2011 3PM

Buy tickets or read more.

Visit Morrissey Magic to watch Luiz Castro interview Louie Lebetjis.

31 October 2011

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's the time of year for 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, Trevor Watters and Lorena, Matt Baker, Aristov and Company, Craig Douglas, Richard Forget, Nathaniel RankinMagic Mike Segal, Patrice Meunier, Ian QuickMajinx, and Fantasy Circus (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.

30 October 2011

Mike D'Urzo in Tandem

From Tandem:

When you think about the different career paths to choose from, being a magician is probably not on most people’s list. Enter Mike D’Urzo, Member of the Canadian Association of Magicians and International Brotherhood of Magicians. Mike’s passion for magic started at a young age. Like many other kids growing up, he had a magic kit. While most would toss it aside once bored, for Mike it sparked his initial interest.

Read more.

28 October 2011

Toronto: Third helping of "A Slice of Magic"

On November 28th, enjoy a night of magic and  food at "A 3rd Slice of Magic" at Boston Pizza (40 Eglinton Ave. E, (Yonge & Eglinton) Toronto).
From their Facebook page:
Performers include:
Please visit PickAnyCard.com for more details about this event.

27 October 2011

26 October 2011

National Magic Week: October 25 to October 31

What are you doing for National Magic Week?

From MagicSam:
October 25 to 31

New York- September 15, 2011 - Vinny Grosso, National President of the Society of American Magicians, proclaimed the week of October 25 to October 31 as National Magic Week throughout the United States and Canada. For more than forty years the Society has recognized the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini with a special "week" of events to highlight the charitable work of the Society throughout the year.

Read more.
[h/t: Ryan Joyce]

25 October 2011

Greg Frewin: The trick to a good magic show

From the Ottawa Citizen:
Magic show preview: The trick to a good magic show
Master magician Greg Frewin says it’s all about theatre, illusion and good old-fashioned entertainment

Greg Frewin got his first magic kit when he was seven years old. It was nothing fancy, just a bunch of simple magic tricks, a magic hat and other paraphernalia to instruct budding magicians about the art of magic. His parents ordered the kit after he saw it advertised on television. Frewin spent hours entertaining his friends in his hometown of Hamilton.

But it wasn’t until he was 12 and his grandfather took him to Toronto to see Canadian magician Doug Henning that Frewin truly became spellbound.
Read more.

24 October 2011

Changes to RSS feed

It was brought to our attention that a website is taking the content of Canada's Magic, via our RSS feed, and republishing everything under their umbrella.  They neglected to ask for permission to do so.

Until a better solution becomes apparent, the feed for this blog will only show a snippet of the post. Those reading the feed will have to click through to read the rest.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

23 October 2011

Sheldon Casavant: Nothing up my sleeve

From the Lloydminster Meridian Booster:
A man of magic, mystery and illusions will take over the stage at the Vic Juba Community theatre next week in an interactive show sure to have audience members paying very close attention.

Sheldon Casavant will perform in Lloydminster on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

As a magician and a comedian Casavant's interactive stage show will involve audience members.

"Everyone will get to experience the magic in the audience. It is just as entertaining for the kids as the adults or seniors," said Casavant.

Read more.

22 October 2011

John Kaplan's Stage Fright

From the Airdrie Echo:
When it comes to putting on a crowd pleasing, one-of-a-kind magic show, illusionist and magician John Kaplan knows exactly how to do it.

Honing his magic skills for the last thirty years, Kaplan has been wowing audiences all over Canada with performances that blend his own quirky humour with some of the most spectacular live magic.

On Wednesday, Airdrie residents were treated to Kaplan's Halloween themed "StageFright" at RJ Hawkey School.

Read more.

21 October 2011

Montréal: Night of the Living Standups

From Perfect Magic:

David "Axe-Wielding" Acer headlines halloween weekend at THE COMEDY NEST with special guests Mike “Barely Undead” Paterson and DeAnne “Your Brain Looks Delicious” Smith.


• World-renowned mentalist Patrik "Don’t Mind Me I’m Just Sucking Your Blood" Kuffs (Oct. 27th)
• Interdimensionally acclaimed magician Michel "The Soft-Handed Strangler" Huot (Oct 28th)
• Sleight-of-hand superstar Richard "I Ate His Liver with Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti" Sanders (Oct 29th). 
Read more.

[h/t: Perfect Magic]

20 October 2011

Paul Wildbaum: Movement Comedy Workshop

From Paul Wildbaum:
This class focuses on developing physical comedy. You will discover the natural comedic impulses within you by working through commedia, mime and clown style improvisational exercises. (All the “Mime” you'll ever need to know.)

The workshop helps you explore spontaneity, timing and the basic fundamentals of physical comedy. Drawing from the traditions of LeCoq, Pochinko, Polivka, Carlos Climente and other masters, I have created a 1 day 8 hour developmental intensive. You will find that this workshop is beneficial to performers and teachers of all levels of experience.
The workshop will be held at:
Studio G at the Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St E., Toronto
Sun. 23 Oct 9:30-6:30
Contact Paul directly for questions about the workshop.

Eric Leclerc Day 292: Craig Ferguson Archery Stunt

Watch Eric Leclerc's nail biting stunt as he tries to catch the attention of Craig Ferguson, friend to magicians (and all things Doctor Who)!

19 October 2011

Toronto: Show and Tell Alexander Bell

From the Facebook page:

October 20th, 21st, 22nd , 8 pm, $10
October 23rd 2pm PWYC

(postdramatic performance)

Created by Vojin Vasovic, Natalie Mathieson, Sasha Kovacs, Myrto Koumarianos and Joe Culpepper
A surreal exploration of the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Living with a mother and wife who both lost their sense of hearing at an early age, this Canadian star creates a device to fulfill his dreams of communication with the ones he loves.

Read more.

18 October 2011

Marc Demontigny auditioned for Got Talent!

From the Standard Freeholder:
CORNWALL — A local magician is hoping for a place in the national spotlight through a new television show.

Marc Demontigny took his act to Toronto recently to audition for Canada's Got Talent, a live vote-based contest for $100,000.

"I've been a magician for 30 years," said Demontigny. "I did a few other contests throughout the years. I've done thousands of shows around the Cornwall area."

Read more.

15 October 2011

Toronto: Browser's Den anniversary party

From the Browser's Den Facebook page:

All of us at Browser’s Den of Magic would like to invite you and any of your friends and family to attend our 36TH STORE ANNIVERSARY PARTY on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at 10:30am.

This will be the first anniversary party at our brand new location (3220 Dufferin St. Toronto, On. M6A 2T3).

Bernice Cooper, wife of the late Len Cooper and co-founder of Browser’s Den will be attending the party. It will be her first visit to the new shop. Of course we will also be giving out a Tarbell Course of Magic to a young deserving magician in honor of Len Cooper.

Bernice will not be the only SPECIAL GUEST.
Read more.

14 October 2011

Lee Asher on The Magic Broadcast

From The Magic Broadcast:
New recordings from globe-trotting, Card Star Lee Asher on his current trip to Shanghai, China.  Lee visits friends, takes shots and eats bugs.

Read more and listen to the recordings and watch the videos.

Keep up to date with Lee's adventures by following him on Twitter #AsherInAsia.

13 October 2011

Montreal: Lance Pierce lecture

From Perfect Magic's Facebook page:
 Lance Pierce Lecture, taking place Oct 14, 7pm at 1088 Clark St. in Chinatown in Montreal. Also a workshop on Saturday Oct. 15at 1:00pm
Read more.

Toronto: Doc Eason lecture and workshop

From The Browser's Den website:
Date & Time-Sunday, October 23 at 2pm at Browser’s Den of Magic
Two and a half hours from one of the best Magic Bartenders of all time! For over 30 years Doc Eason has been performing a Bar Magic Show in Aspen. Nobody alive has as much experience at entertaining people with magic and knocking their socks off with commercial magic than Doc Eason.

Read more to confirm details.

12 October 2011

Toronto: Lance Pierce lecture

From The Browser's Den:
Date & Time-Sunday, October 16 at 2pm at Browser’s Den of Magic
Tickets-$20.00 (In Advance) $25.00 (At the Door)-Sorry no refunds
Who is Lance Pierce? Why should you attend? Good questions. About a year ago we hosted the Asi Wind Lecture through recommendation by Ben Train. And that time the same questions were asked about Asi Wind. Many of you attended that lecture and were blown-away by Mr. Wind; the same will happen should you attend the Lance Pierce Lecture.
Read more.

11 October 2011

Toronto: Abracadabaret turns 10!

From the Abracadabaret newsletter:
It's been ten years since the launch of Friday Night Magic / The Magical Arts Festival and we're throwing a party. Though we've changed our name and venue several times over the years, the dream of bringing live magic to Toronto audiences continues.

On Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM  we're returning to one of our old haunts, The Charlotte Room, for an amazing event. We've had dozens of magicians on our stage in ten years and we're bringing back our favourites for a fantastic evening of conjuring and cocktails.

Proceeds from the evening go to support War Child Canada - specifically a youth program in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Tickets are already available on our site.

I had the pleasure of helping out for the first few seasons of the Magical Arts Festival, under the guidance of James Biss, over 10 years ago.  I remember rubbing shoulders with Richard Forget, Derek Selinger, Jason Palter, Alain NuLoran, Anthony Lindan, Chris Pilsworth and so many more!  How fabulous is it that this vision continues under the care of James Alan.

10 October 2011

Shawn Farquhar on The Mooney Show

From Irish Magic News:
The afternoon after his full house lecture at the SIM Shawn Farquhar was a guest on The Mooney Show on RTÉ Radio 1. Joining host Aonghus McAnally and Shawn were SIM President Nevin Cody and my good self Brendan Byrne. Shawn held court admirably as we all chipped in with our thoughts on magic, Psychic Sally and a host of other stuff.

Read more and listen to the interview.

09 October 2011

New St. Catharines club

If anyone in the St. Catharines, Ontario area is looking for a magic club to call home, check out the Facebook page for the Brock Magicians Society.

[h/t: @wittymagic]

08 October 2011

The Browser's Den on The Magic Broadcast

From The Magic Broadcast:

In this episode, Joe visits The Browser’s Den magic shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has an opportunity to talk with the owner/operator, Jeff Pinsky.

Read more and listen to the interview.

07 October 2011

Morrissey Magic's redesigned website

If you haven't already, check out Morrissey Magic's new website at morrisseymagic.com . Learn about their Morrissey Money loyalty program.  Facebook tells us the site is now optimized for use by iPhones or Android devices.

Of course, if you're in Toronto, you could always drop by and give them a visit in person!

06 October 2011

Jay Sankey: November lectures

Jay Sankey will be lecturing in Canada this November.

The according to to the X-elent Lecture Series website Sankey's lecture dates are:
He'll be wrapping up the lecture tour with dates in the US (Seattle, Eugene and Portland).

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

05 October 2011

Calgary: A Brush With Death is back!

"A Brush With Death" is Calgary’s first nightclub magic act exclusively for adults.  Self-described as "an intimage evening of morbid comedy and macabre magic" October's incarnation is hosted by Yeats Wong, headlines Trixtan and features by Gwyn Auger.
Visit BrushWithDeath.ca for more information or to purchase tickets.

04 October 2011

Lee Asher on The Magic Broadcast

From The Magic Broadcast:
Steve get’s a chance to speak with Lee about his upcoming trip to China, his broadcasting live from the convention there and the trials and joys of travel.

Read more or listen to the interview.

03 October 2011

Rounding the Western rings in October

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- A Brush with Death is back!
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - “Teach a Trick” with Doug Poruchny

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in October

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Keith Fields lecture 
London, ONLondon Magician's Guild- Keith Fields lecture 
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Hallowe'en themed routines
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Keith Fields lecture
- Bob Fitch workshop
- pub night
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Joshua Jay lecture
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)   - N/A

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in October

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Hallowe'en Magic

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

02 October 2011

Scott Dietrich at the City Parent Family Show

From Inside Halton:
 The City Parent Family Show will be held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Read more.

Enjoy entertainment, games, prizes, performers and special guests such as entertainer and magician Scott Dietrich. He was recently named Showman of the Year at the Millennium Magic Convention in Limerick, Ireland and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier children’s performers.

01 October 2011

Nova Scotia: The Amazing Raven

From the Chronicale Herald:
Archie Fisher, known as Scotland’s troubadour, teams up with James Keelaghan, Juno Award-winning Canadian folk singer, for a show on Oct. 7 while the Amazing Raven, a mind magician, will be onstage Oct. 8.

Read more.

30 September 2011

Keith Brown: Magic Wednesday

From the Magic Wednesday Facebook page:
You’re invited to an evening of magic and mind reading with Keith Brown. This is not your typical series of tricks but rather the fusion of mystery, wonder and imagination in an intimate and interactive theatre setting.

Where: Communications building, Hj-Aulan
When: October 5th @ 5pm (17:00)

Read more.

29 September 2011

Canada’s Got Talent: Live Theatre Audition Tour Schedule

From TV-eh.com:
Canada’s Got Talent: Live Theatre Audition Tour Schedule*
  • Calgary, October 18 & 19, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • Vancouver, November 9 & 10, The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
  • Toronto, December 3, 4 & 5, John W. H. Bassett Theatre (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
  • Winnipeg, December 13 & 14, Pantages Playhouse Theatre
  • Halifax, January 5 & 6, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (Dalhousie University Arts Centre)
  • Montreal, January 11 & 12, Théâtre Outremont
    *all venues are subject to change
Read more.
Keep an eye out for your favourite Canadian magician!  If you auditioned or know of someone who auditioned, please add them to the list on our Facebook page.

28 September 2011

Dai Vernon's quest for the "center deal"

From the Magic News Wire:
Dai Vernon, considered among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, could do just about any trick that called for sleight of hand. He was obsessed with learning the secrets of crooked card dealers. But there was one move he couldn't master.

Read more.

Vernon was on the cover of Genii in May 1989.

27 September 2011

Murray Hatfield and Teresa: Magic 'n' Miracles tour

The schedule is up for Murray Hatfield's Magic 'n Miracles tour!  Looks like they're starting in Etobicoke, Ontario in November.
Not only will you get to see some amazing magic, you'll be supporting some deserving charities.  Also on the Hatfield tour are Darcy Oake, Eric Buss and Mickey O'Connor.

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

26 September 2011

Review: Browser's Den auction

From ChasingDoveTails.com:
Yesterday (Sunday) was a hell of a day! Magicians poured into the new location of The Browser’s Den of Magic for an unexpected and unbelievable 5 hour long auction of magic props, DVDs, tricks, and my favorite, BOOKS!

When you put so many magicians or I suppose any group of people with a similar passion in the same room sparks are bound to fly. The most interesting thing about this whole ordeal was not the bidding wars, but the apparent abundance or lack of information about the items up for bids.

Read more of Shane's review.

25 September 2011

Review of the Nathan Kranzo lecture at Browser's Den

Go on over to Magic by Merlin to read about the Nathan Kranzo lecture at Browser's Den earlier this month.
Nathan Kranzo is arguably one of the finest young magicians around today.  His magic is high impact, his presentations are hilarious and entertaining, and his personality is both charming and engaging.  To see him perform is a real treat, and even when you know how he does it, you are still fooled and amazed.

Read more.
[h/t: @ErdnaseinTO]

24 September 2011

Niagara College Welland Campus: Alex Kazam

From the Facebook Page "ComicaZi" "DrinK, LaugH & PlaY!" *ALL AGES!*:
Hey guys, there is going to be an AMAZING show going on in the niagara college welland campus pub! Its called Comicazi and its going to feature some awesome local stand up talent, an amazing headliner and an improv show! The show is absolutely free and its going on from 7-9pm on Tuesday October 4th!

Headliner is ALEX KAZAM a hilariously refreshing modern comedic magician! His act is as mesmerizing as it is hilarious.

Read more.
For more information, visit "ComicaZi" "DrinK, LaugH & PlaY!" *ALL AGES!*

22 September 2011

Sheldon Casavant: Edmonton's sizzling 20 Under 30

Read about Sheldon Casavant in Edmontonians Fall 2011. He was selected as one of their 2011 Sizzling 20 Under 30!

Well done Sheldon!

20 September 2011

Alex Kazam on ThatChannel

From ThatChannel show listings:
Hugh Reilly and Stu Hay speak with: Jason Quitt from thecrystalsun.com on sacred geometry, biogeometry, the Egyptian Postures of Power - an ancient system of personal energy healing used by the Pharoahs; witty magician Alex Kazam tells us of his unicycle trip to NYC, Letterman, and performs several funny illusions; Amos Tayts, founder of ResumeTarget.ca discusses the new approaches everyone needs to find a job or find leverage in your current job.

Watch video below:

19 September 2011

Paul Wildbaum: Movement Comedy Workshop

From the Facebook Page:
This class focuses on developing physical comedy. You will discover the natural comedic impulses within you by working through commedia, mime and clown style improvisational exercises. (All the “Mime” you'll ever need to know.)

The workshop helps you explore spontaneity, timing and the basic fundamentals of physical comedy. Drawing from the traditions of LeCoq, Pochinko, Polivka, Carlos Climente and other masters, I have created a 1 day 8 hour developmental intensive. You will find that this workshop is beneficial to performers and teachers of all levels of experience.

Read more.

The workshop will be held at:
Studio G at the Centre of Gravity
133 Gerrard St E., Toronto
10am-6:30pm Sunday September 25th.

Visit the Facebook page to for prices, registration information or to confirm details.

[h/t: Deborah Fallick]

17 September 2011

Toronto: Mind Kontrol with Mike D'Urzo

From the Facebook page "Z103.5 presents Mind Kontrol- Mike D'Urzo's Live Show!":
After last year’s sold out show, Mind Kontrol is returning with an exclusive 5 SHOWS from OCT 20-23! An evening of Magic and Mentalism with International Award Winning Magician Mike D'Urzo! Mike was nominated for 2011 "Entertainer of the Year" by the Canadian Event Industry Awards!

The shows will be held at the Al Green Theatre in Toronto at 750 Spadina Ave (Corner of Bloor & Spadina). Here are the dates & show times…

Thursday October 20 @ 8:00 pm (Mike's Birthday!)
Friday October 21 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday October 22 @ 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday October 23 @ 2:00 pm
Visit the page to find out which night David Merry and Magic Mike Segal will be appearing as special guests!

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online at http://www.megamagic.ca/ or call TicketWeb at 1-888-222-6608.

Watch the trailer on YouTube:

15 September 2011

CAM convention photo

From the CAM website:
The photo from the CAM combined convention with the PCAM is now available for free download and printing!
That's right, you can have a wonderful souvenir of this event for FREE!

Go to the post "FREE convention photo" to download your copy of the photo.

Don't forget Shawn's membership challenge of increasing CAM membership by 100 members over the next three years. Visit CAMmagic.org to learn more about the association or for information about membership rates.

14 September 2011

Hull: Greg Frewin's Beyond Belief

Greg Frewin will be bringing his show "Beyond Belief Magic" to Hull, Québec on October 28th and 29th.

From Casinos du Québec:
World Class Magician and Illusionist Greg Frewin will be featured in his live Las Vegas Style Magic Revue at the Lac -Leamy. Greg invites his audience to experience the mystery and art of illusion in this live friendly show, which includes rare and majestic tigers, exotic birds, beautiful showgirls and incredible illusions that continue to amaze audiences.

Read more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Casinos du Québec.

[h/t: @Johnferrara00]

13 September 2011

Vancouver: Houdini's Last Escape in the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Mounted this summer at the Calgary Fringe Festival and named “best of the fest” at the Winnipeg Fringe this year, "Housdini's Last Escape" can now be seen at the Vancouver Fringe Festival until September 18.

Read more about this year's Vancouver Fringe in The Province article "Vancouver Fringe Festival's affordable, original art".

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Vancouver Fringe website.

12 September 2011

Whitby: The Amazing Kreskin

The Amazing Kreskin will be appearing at Class Act Dinner Theatre on Sunday, October16, 2011.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website of Class Act Dinner Theatre.

11 September 2011

Make Believe

Edited September 11 to add:
Canadians interested in purchasing the Make Believe DVD, cards or posters can contact Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.  These items are currently available for purchase.

The magic documentary "Make Believe" wil be available on DVD September 20th.  This DVD includes  footage of campers and staff from Canada's very own Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp!

From the Make Believe website:

Make Believe follows six of the world's best young magicians as they pursue the title of Teen World Champion and lead us on their personal journeys of transformation through magic.
A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic,

For more information, or to purchase your DVD, visit MakeBeleiveFilm.com.

[h/t: iTricks.com]

10 September 2011

Congratulations Eric Simmatis!

Last month the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club (Toronto, IBM Ring 17) donated a free Ring 17 youth membership to an attendee at Sorcerers Safari magic camp.  Congratulations to camper Eric Simmatis, age 17, who was awarded the Ring 17 membership!  Eric, we look forward to seeing you at future Ring 17 meetings.

Shout out to Sorcerers Safari and Ring 17 for their efforts toward nurturing the next generation of magicians. 

09 September 2011

Whitby: David Merry at Class Act Dinner Theatre

David Merry is appearing as a special guest with Jimmie J.J Walker at Class Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby tonight and tomorrow.

From David's website:
Dave has just announced he has purchased an interest in Class Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby, Ontario.
The "David Merry Comedy Presents...." series has just been launched at Class Act having just booked sound effects guru Michael Winslow from the Police Academy movies Sept 7th,  Dave will be the opening act for him and friend "Kid Dynomite" Jimmie "JJ" Walker Sept 9,10 and the godfather of Canadian Stand Up Mike MacDonald takes the stage Sept 16. Headline comic Greg Morton visits Nov 3rd considered the "Best Closer in the Business".  
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website of Class Act Dinner Theatre.

Toronto: Doc Wutherglooms Haunted Medicine Show

According to this Facebook page, "Doc Wutherglooms Haunted Medicine Show" is back in Toronto in October.  Created by Eric Woolfe and directed  by Christine Brubaker, the show features a 142 year old travelling exorcist, his cabal of chilling puppets and a cavalcade of dark parlour magic!  Magical consultation for the show was provided by Magic Mike Segal.

A mini-review of an earlier run of the show can be found at Dark Lord Bunnykin's Blog.

08 September 2011

Links for 2011-Sep-08

06 September 2011

Penn and Teller respond

Here are Penn and Teller's twitter reactions upon seeing the Sorcerers Safari lip dub posted yesterday:

@canadasmagic This is so wonderful. It made me cry. But, that's the kind of guy I'm.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Things that are sweet and joyful often leave me choked up and teary-eyed. Penn sent me this magic camp lip dub: http://t.co/NixvAqgless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

05 September 2011

Sorcerer's Safari lip dub!

For the first time ever, the campers and crew at Sorcerers Safari did a lip dub at camp last week.  It was orchestrated by Trevor Watters and Mark Baluk, filmed by Mark Baluk.  Looks like they had a bunch of fun!

I spotted cameos by:  Chad Juros, Magic Mike, Mike D'Urzo, Lee Asher, Wayne Houchin, David Mitchell, Dan Wiebe, Dick Joiner, Ben Train, Eric Leclerc, Steven Kline, Jennifer Segal, Christina Galonska and  Carey Lauder.  The stars of the show are of course all of the enthusiastic and talented campers!

Did I miss anyone?