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.