28 February 2011

CAM website: new look and feel

If you haven't already, drop by CAMmagic.org to have a peek at the new Canadian Association of Magicians website!

Edited to add:  CAM's also hosting a contest to win a free copy of The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson by Carlton Stowers.  Check the website for contest details.

27 February 2011

Rounding the Western rings in March

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- James Jordan lecture
- Brush With Death
- Chad Long lecture
- Jr. Magic Club
- Garden Variety Show with Yeats Wong and Gwyn Auger
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Executive meeting
- Past Presidents and One Trick Night
- Local SAM 95 lecture by Jason England
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle) - Tony Award competition
- Teach a Trick: Colin Holt 

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in March

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - Oscar Munoz lecture
London, ONLondon Magician's Guild- Silk magic by Jon Akrey
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual auction
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - An Old Favourite
- Charity Show:  Rehabilitation Hospital Show
- Oscar Munoz lecture
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Member's show and tell
- Oscar Munoz lecture

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

26 February 2011

CAM/PCAM Combined Convention: First acts announced

Family entertainers David Kaye, David Ginn and Mike Bent have been announced as appearing in this year's CAM and PCAM combined convention.  Can't wait to see who else will be there!

For more information about the convention, please visit MagicianConvention.com

24 February 2011

Max Vlassenko on CHCH in Hamilton

The 2007 World Extreme Card Manipulation Champion, 18 year old Ontarian Max Vlassenko's appearance on the CHCH morning show on from Feb 17:

[h/t: iTricks.com]

23 February 2011

Sorcerers Safari at WMS XXXIV

Magic Mike will be at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas this weekend and will again be playing a supporting role in Lance Burton’s Teen Weekend!  Best of all, the organizers of the weekend will award a lucky teen with Mike's generous $1000 scholarship to attend Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp!  This is the fifth year a magic camp scholarship will be presented.

Other magic camp supporters from Canada will also be in attendance, including Dick Joiner, Majinx and many more!

Magic camp supporters and campers will also be at the February 28th screening of the magic documentary Make Believe (which includes footage of campers and staff from Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp)!

Questions about Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp?  Visit their website or find Mike at WMS this weekend!

Niagara Talent Search 2011!

The Greg Frewin Theatre is hosting the 2011 Niagara Talent Search!  From their website:
Do you have a special talent in Music, Dance, Comedy or Magic? This is your chance to showcase your talent! Don't miss out! Be part of the largest talent show in the Niagara Region! There will be judges from the entertainment industry, and Producers, Agents and Promoters will be on hand to help you take your talent to the next level!
There will be 4 Grand Prize Winners chosen from our Talent Shows that will have the opportunity to perform in our Niagara Talent Variety Revue on May 19th. Not only will the winners be awarded in prizes, but they will also be exposed to agents, producers, and promoters in the audience!  
Drop off or mail your completed application form to their box office with enclosed payment before the deadline of March 10th with attention to: Shelby Ciamarra.

For more information, visit GregFrewinTheatre.com .

22 February 2011

Magic 101 at UBC

Vancouver magician Jamie D. Grant will be teaching a four week Magic 101 course at UBC in March!

I wish they had courses like this when I was in school!

[h/t: @KeithHBrown]

Shawn Farquhar at British Ring Convention

The British Ring Convention taking place at Southport from September 22nd to 25th includes Shawn Farquhar.

To register or for more information, please visit the Magic Convention site of Ring 25.

[h/t:  Magic Convention Guide]

15 February 2011

Toronto: March Break Magic Camp for Kids

From Sharing Wonder:
Are you 9 to 12 years old?  Do you love magic?  Ever wanted to know how to make movies? Then what are you doing this March Break?
Make Movie Magic with Magicana and TIFF!

To find out more visit the TIFF website or call their Box Office at 416-599-TIFF (8433).

13 February 2011

Calgary: The Garden Variety Show

Tip of the hat again to The Magician's Assistant for letting me know about Calgary's Garden Variety Show.  The vaudeville variety review takes place the last Thursday of every month and is hosted by comedy magician, James Jordan.  It features a cast of local and international variety performers: magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians and musicians who create an experience of vaudeville and late night chat.

The line up for this month's show includes magician and balloon sculptor TD Sparks.

Thanks again Gwyn!

12 February 2011

Updates: Rounding the Calgary ring in February

The Magician's Assistant has kindly informed me that Calgary also has a Junior Magic Club with guest lecturers as well as a monthly venue for performers at the Garden Variety Show!  Which also led me to discover that the ring is having Michael Berends lecture this month too!

To see what the other rings are up to this month visit Rounding the Rings in February.

Thanks Gwyn for reading and for commenting!

10 February 2011

Looking on the bright side of things

At a time when it's almost de rigueur to find fault and complain about how badly things are broken, it's refreshing to see someone consciously focus on the positives within their domain.  Imagine my delight to see that Andrew Musgrave, in the course of his own 365 project, has declared February to be his "favourites" month.

From his first post in February:
The ironic thing is that if you get really good at being the opposition, however, and embracing that mentality, it can almost have a paralyzing effect upon you. It becomes that much harder to commit to an idea because you can almost start automatically seeing both the flaws in the idea, and the merits in competing ideas in dealing with those flaws. Unfortunately, if you shift to a new idea, then the flaws of that idea start making themselves known, and still more ideas occur to you as being superior (including potentially the one you abandoned earlier on). It can become the psychological equivalent of MC Escher’s “Treppauf und treppab”, and, if you’re like me, that can have a paralyzing effect on one’s development as a magician.
Andrew's favourites so far include:

I can't wait to read about the other favourites he has in store for us!

07 February 2011

Tax lawyer transforms self into conjuror

That's the title of Michael Rappaport's article about David Ben in the January 28th issue of The Lawyers Weekly.

To access a PDF version of the article, visit Sharing Wonder.

Eleven years ago today

The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.
-- Doug Henning
Eleven years ago today, at the age of 52 Doug Henning passed away five months after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Last October 16th he posthumously received Canada's Walk of Fame Legends Award.

View the tribute to Doug presented by Howie Mandel at Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show:

Read more about Doug at Wikipedia, the Canadian Magician Archives, or purchase the book Spellbound: The Wonder-filled Life of Doug Henning.

06 February 2011

James Randi took entire bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills

Skeptic James Randi joined hundreds of consumer advocates in more than 25 countries in exposing so-called homeopathic remedies.

From his website:
In his message, Randi issued a one-million-dollar challenge to the manufacturers of homeopathic products to prove their claims, and challenged major drug retailers like CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens to stop tricking consumers into paying real money for fake medicine.

To learn more, visit Randi's site or view his video statement below:

[h/t: Mr. Teller]

04 February 2011

Montreal: Caleb Wiles lecture February 19th

Can't make it to the Caleb Wiles lecture at  Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto on the 16th?

No worries, he's also lecturing at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Montreal on Saturday February 19th at 1:30pm.

For details, visit the Montral Magic Jam website.

Toronto: Bob Fitch performance workshop May 6 & 7

Bob Fitch is offering a two full day performance workshop on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7.

Holy Trinity Church, Guildwood, 85 Livingston Road, Scarborough
Full Registration - $300 with performance critique (limited to 6 people)
Non-Critique Registration - $100 for two full days Enrolment is limited
Contact Stephen Kirkegaard or Ron Guttman for more information.

Links for 2011-Feb-4

02 February 2011

Welcome Ring 17 members!

Hello to everyone stopping by from Toronto's Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit club (Ring 17)!  Thank you to Chris Harvison for the kind mention in this month's newsletter.

Comments and feedback about the site are always welcome, either online or in person.  Hopefully I'll see you at the Anthony Lindan lecture tomorrow!

To find out what the other clubs are doing this month, visit the post Rounding the rings in February from Jan 15.