31 December 2012


Added Lucien Boucher on February 23rd, 2013.

30 December 2012

Thank you ...

... to our readers, our fans, our followers, everyone who sends news our way, and last but not least, thank you to our sponsors (the next time you see them, let them know you saw their sponsorship here!):


None of this would be possible without all of you!

29 December 2012

Calgary: Call for magicians

From WowFest:
The inaugural WowFest Magic Arts Festival is now seeking performers for a slate of shows happening on Friday the 22nd, and Saturday, February 23rd, 2013.

The goal of the festival is to showcase magic in an ideal environment, covering all genres from close-up to parlour and stage. For magicians, this is an opportunity to aspire to new artistic heights, working under optimum settings to an enthusiastic audience of magic fans.

Read more and apply.
Deadline: January 4, 2013.

John McLachlan's new e-book

From the Ring 17 newsletter:
Lybrary.com has recently released a new eBook filled with stand up (no table) coin material from Toronto performers. The 112 page PDF includes twenty-five routines and sleights dealing exclusively with coins. Written by JohnMcLachlan, it includes contributions from:  

Read more.

28 December 2012

Rayn interviewed on CP24

On YouTubeArun Rayn being interviewed on CP 24, Hallowe'en 2012:

Part 2:

27 December 2012

Greg Frewin in Embrace Niagara

From Embrace Niagara:
So, with the help of Greg’s expert hands, Dan and I went on a grand adventure of illusion. Our minds were blown.

The show is an entertaining mixture of magic, music and comedy. During the course of the performance, Dan and I kept looking at each other with our mouths firmly agape. The experience was literally jaw-dropping. Our rational brains couldn’t wrap around how he was carrying out these spectacular feats of illusion.

Read more.
The article goes on to describe the wonderful work Greg does with the local food bank and soup kitchen.  Those efforts are especially important at this time of year.

Keep up the great work, Greg!

26 December 2012

Toronto: Tony Chang event

From Ben Train via The Browser's Den:
After spending FOUR YEARS trying to find a way to bring him in, Tony Chang, one of the best sleight of hand artists of our generation (and a super cool guy) is coming to Toronto to do a special event- “An Evening with Tony Chang”. This event is almost completely sold out, but don’t worry: if you want a chance to meet Tony and experience his magic you can do so FOR FREE this Saturday December 29th, at 3pm, only at the Browser’s Den!

That’s right! This Saturday, Tony Chang will be visiting the Browser’s Den of Magic to hang out, perform some tricks, and answer questions about how you can make your magic look, well, like real magic.

Read more to find out about the additional “Evening with” event.

David Peck and Matt DiSero in M-U-M

There's a nice write up by James Alan, of David Peck and Matt DiSero's show, "Mosquitoes Suck," in the December issue of M-U-M.

From Scribd:
Two Canadian magicians deliver a magic show that sucks...on purpose.

Three-hundred-fifty high school students from tendifferent schools filed into the auditorium at David SuzukiSecondary School for a new show that blends magic, comedy, and social justice:  Mosquitoes Suck . It was designed as a way to createawareness among youth about international and social justice andto offer them a call to action. The goal is to raise money for Spread the Net, which provides insecticide-treated bed nets that provide nighttime protection from mosquito bites. The show was written and created by David Peck and Matt DiSero.

Read more.

25 December 2012

Houdini's 1896 Canadian tour

From John Cox at Wild About Houdini:
In The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini, author Bruce MacNab has combined his passions for Houdini and Maritimes history to create a book that is not only a terrific day by day account of Houdini's 1896 Canadian tour, but also a vivid snapshot of everyday life at the turn of the century. It really is one of the most remarkable books ever written about Houdini, as well as being a marvelous chronicle of what it was like to be a traveling magic troop in the 1890s.

Read more.

24 December 2012

Niagara Talent Search 2013 Edition

From the Greg Frewin Theatre:
Niagara Talent Search 2013 Edition

Sunday Mar 03rd, 2013 to Wednesday Mar 06th, 2013

We're asking the Niagara Region if they have what it takes, and we're asking for your help! Some of the area’s most talented singers, dancers, bands and more will be performing in this amazing competition!

Read more and buy tickets.

23 December 2012

Montreal: Holiday Magic on Ice at Atrium Le 1000!

From Atrium le 1000:
December 22, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Experience the Holiday Magic with Virginie the face painting artist, Patrick the Magician and our mascot Émile!
Read more.

[via: Perfect Magic]

Billy Kidd: Breaking Magic in Australia

From James Galea:

The show originally aired in the US on Nov 11.  It features Wayne Houchin, our very own Billy Kidd, James Galea and Ben Hanlin.

22 December 2012

Toronto: The Mark Lewis Magic Show -- extended

I've just learned from Mark Lewis that his run of "The Mark Lewis Magic Show" at the  Lower Ossington Theatre website, has been extended by popular demand to the end of January.

For more information, visit the Lower Ossington Theatre website or visit Ticketwise to purchase your tickets.

21 December 2012

Toronto: Anthony Lindan lecture

From The Browser's Den of Magic:
Anthony Lindan Lecture

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Regarded as one of Canada’s leading corporate magicians, Anthony Lindan has been a full time working professional since 1997. Anthony performs both close-up and stand up magic at business and corporate event across Canada and the U.S.

Anthony’s original creations have been published in The Linking Ring magazine, Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse, Steve Beam’s Trap Door magazine and the Minotaur magazine.

Read more and buy tickets.

20 December 2012

Keith Brown in the End of the World Project

Get yours now, before it's too late!

Spellbinder: The Wonder-Filled Life of Doug Henning

John Cox has a nice review of "Spellbinder: The Wonder-Filled Life of Doug Henning".  From Wild About Houdini:
I really think this book is essential reading for anyone interested in magic history. In fact, I'd even go as far to say that it's as important as The Memories of Robert-Houdin in understanding how a single magician advanced the art of magic from one golden age to another. I also applaud Harrison for his amazing research and for telling the story of Henning, who I don't think always gets the credit he deserves. I put Henning right up there with Houdin, Herrmann, and Houdini as one of the seminal figures in magic history. I think that will become more apparent with time.

Read more.

19 December 2012

Port Coquitlam: Share the magic

From Gotta Be Magic:
It’s that time again! Get ready for the 3rd Annual production of  “SHARE the Magic”, the ONLY full length family magic show with proceeds going directly to the SHARE Food Bank. With the huge success of  ”SHARE the Magic” 2011, we are more than excited for this year’s show. Last year the Terry Fox Theatre was SOLD OUT and we raised over one thousand dollars and boxes upon boxes of food for SHARE during their high-need Christmas season.

“SHARE the Magic” 2012 will feature the amazing talents of Award Winning magicians Bruce Meyers, Zany Zack and Wes Barker as seen on Canada’s Got Talent!

Read more and buy tickets.
The show will be hosted by Alex Seaman.

[via: Shawn Farquhar]

18 December 2012

Canada at Magi-Fest 2013

Updated at 8:32am to add info about Magic Mike and Sorcerers Safari!

We've got some talented peformers at Magi-Fest 2013!

Representing the Great White North will be:
In addition, Magic Mike Segal from Sorcerers Safari will be at the convention for their 10th year doing the youth activities.

They'll be a part of the international cast which includes Justin Willman, Dani DaOrtiz, John Archer, John Guastaferro, Troy Hooser, Justin Flom, Peter Pitchford, Simon Aronson, Scott Robinson, Simon Lovell, Tony Chang, Eric Jones and Kainoa Harbottle.

What a terrific line-up!

Are you going?

17 December 2012

Update to the Johnny Giordmaine tribute site

From the Johnny Giordmaine tribute site curator:
Just in time for happy holiday reading, John Giordmaine Dot Com (www.johngiordmaine.com) - the online tribute to Canada's most beloved children's magician (1898-1974) - has added new pages. Highlights include rare photos of Doug Henning accepting the first ever SCM John Giordmaine Award in 1980; a review of an insightful television profile of Johnny from the late 1960s; and - in time to commemorate Genii's 75th anniversary - an outstanding Genii cover featuring Johnny in 1964 along with a warm appreciation written by its then editor/publisher Bill Larsen, Jr. (Genii's current editor/publisher Richard Kaufman was kind enough to give his permission for the reproductions). Of course readers with recollections of Johnny are always welcome to share; contact information is on the site - which now consists of over 36 pages of photos and text dedicated to preserving the memory of one of this country's finest magicians.

James Randi with a Mayan calendar

A 2013 Mayan calendar.

View on imgur.com

United Kingdom: Bill Abbott's Pack Smart Play Anywhere lecture

We'd previously reported that Bill Abbott will be will be presenting at The Session, the UK's only close-up magic convention, in January 2013.  I've just learned he'll also be lecturing through the UK as well.

From Bill Abbott:
The new Pack Smart Play Anywhere lecture is heading to the UK for the month of January.  This will inevitably be the first and likely the last time to see this lecture in the United Kingdom.  Here are the dates & locations.
  • Sunday Jan. 6th Derbyshire, High Peak Magician's Society, Buckingham Hotel
  • Monday Jan. 7th Portsmouth, Portsmouth 7 District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre
  • Tuesday Jan. 8th Dorset, Wessex Magic Association, Bourne Valley Comm. Association
  • Wednesday Jan. 9th West Midlands, Wolverhampton Magic Circle, West End Working Men's Club
  • Thursday Jan.10th Leatherhead, Surrey Society of Magicians, Bookham Grange Hotel
  • Saturday & Sunday Jan.12-13th the Session Convention, Thistle Hotel Gloucester Road
  • Monday Jan.14th Manchester Circle of Magicians, Salford Masonic Hall
  • Tuesday Jan. 15th Blackpool Magician's Club, Blackpool Magician's Theatre Club, North Shore
  • Wednesday Jan. 16th Hull Magicians Circle, Sailmakers Arms
  • Thursday Jan. 17th Nottingham Guild of Magicians, The Arts Centre, Ponds Hill Lane
  • Sunday Jan. 20th Scottish Lecture Myreside Pavillion, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh contact Gary Dunn
  • Tuesday Jan. 22nd British Magical Society, The Selly Oak Ex-Servicemen's Club, Birmingham
  • Wednesday Jan. 23rd Leamington & Warwick Magic Society, Cubbington Sport & Social Club
  • Thursday Jan. 24th Exonian Magic Society, Exeter CVS Centre

  • 5 Complete Stand-Up Routines that feature General Magic, Geek Magic and Mentalism, are performed as a full show and then explained.
  • The Theory of The Pack Smart Play Anywhere approach is discussed, examined and demonstrated during the performance.
  • How to develop your own Pack Smart Play Anywhere Show to take with you on your next flight, throw into the glove box of your car or perform at your next paid function.
  • The Pack Smart Play Anywhere material is exclusively a lecture experience. The products, routines and props that will be presented, demonstrated and for sale during the lecture are not and will not be available anywhere or anytime else.

16 December 2012

Tony Eng Youth Fund website

From Sharing Wonder:
In 2008, Magicana created the Tony Eng Youth Fund program in memory of Tony Eng (1946 – 2008). Its main goal is to promote and support youths as they pursue the art of magic.

Over the years, the fund has evolved to accomodate the needs of young magicians, from funding convention registrations, to covering lecture costs and mentorship programs. Like Tony, the fund strives to promote and encourage magic-mad youths by providing bursaries and scholarships in the pursuit of magic.

And so, without further ado, we are thrilled to present our new TEYF website: teyf.magicana.com The new site includes:
  • A blog that focuses on TEYF news and events;
  • A page that honours past TEYF winners through the years; and
  • A programs page to keep you up to date to our current programming and challenges!
Feel free to explore and visit our new site and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Read more and leave your comments at the Sharing Wonder site.

This was cross-posted with permission from Julie Eng.

15 December 2012

Doug Henning

We've had a lot of Doug Henning related anniversaries come through our calendar this month!

John Cox has a great post up commemorating the 35th anniversary of Doug's third live "World of Magic" television special on NBC.
From Wild About Houdini:
It was 35 years today ago on December 15, 1977, that NBC aired Doug Henning's third live "World of Magic" television special. Having performed the Chinese Water Torture Cell and Vanishing Elephant on his first two specials, Henning once again built his show around a Houdini classic -- Walking Through A Brick Wall.

Read more.
And for your viewing pleasure, two YouTube videos recently posted at iTricks:

"Here we are!" with Bill Abbott at Morrissey Magic

Those of you who have seen the TV show This Is Daniel Cook, will instantly recognize "Here we are!" as Daniel's opening line.  I'll admit to seeing many an episode.  However, I haven't seen "This is Daniel Cook doing magic."

Watch the YouTube video of Bill Abbott (and Chico) thoroughly entertaining the young host of the show:

[via: Morrissey Magic]

14 December 2012

Review: Jason Palter lecture

From The Browser's Den blog:
Jason is a professional's professional. On a grey, dull overcast afternoon in early December he presented two solid hours of his latest innovative tricks and ideas with much energy, enthusiasm and humour. You can't help liking the guy. And that's perhaps the greatest secret of magic that he shared with us - performance is everything. Anybody can do tricks but not everyone can do magic.

Read more.

13 December 2012

Mahdi Gilbert: recipient of the Len Cooper Memorial Award

Belated congratulations to Mahdi Gilbert, who received the Len Cooper Memorial Award last month at the Browser's Den anniversary party!

Well done Mahdi!


Jeff has a new blog at the Browser's Den webiste.  If you haven't already, update your RSS feed to keep up with Jeff's new posts!  (Warning: some posts contain mentions of Sweater Vests.)

12 December 2012

St. Catharines: Alex Kazam

From Alex Kazam's Facebook page:
21 December 2012

Where will you be the day the world end?
Join us for a post-apocalyptic styled show.
Featuring an odd collection of chicanery, and drama.
We'll bring you a true vaudeville styled evening spiced with a dash of DEAD.

(UN)LIVE MUSIC from Bella Muerta
& Mike Jewell
Mind-Bending Mentalism
DrEADful Juggling
Paranormal Affairs
Misconceived Magic
Hypnotizing Hypnotists

Read more and buy tickets.

11 December 2012

Breaking news from Wayne Houchin

From Wayne:

Reminder: Donations can be made to assist Wayne through either Paul Harris' Matical Arts Fund or through the Acacdamy of Magical Arts.

Toronto: David Merry lecture

From Morrissey Magic:
January 6 2013

David Merry (warning: sound) is not only an accomplished magician, he’s also a fantastic comedian, seamlessly blending the two together into one fantastic show.  
After David’s One Man show, “DON’T PANIC REMAIN.COM” The Toronto Star quoted, “It’s like watching Steven Wright doing Magic Tricks on Shutter Island” 
The lecture will focus on topics such as:performing; how to come up with ideas and gags; how to build them up and add them to your show; what makes a good joke; how to write and add comedy to your act; and the importance of originality. In other words, David will be sharing the REAL SECRETS to take your act to the next level.
Read more and purchase tickets.

10 December 2012

09 December 2012

08 December 2012

Gwyn Auger in Vanish magazine

Check out the article by Gwyn Auger in the Dec 2012 / Jan 2013 edition of Vanish International Magic Magazine.  Gwyn's article starts at page 80.  It looks like Gwyn will be starting a feature on  assistants.  When you're flipping through the magazine, you may also see an ad from one of our sponsors on page 57!

07 December 2012

Trevor Moore on the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation Christmas Telethon

Watch on YouTube, Trevor Moore's appearance on the 16th Annual Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation Christmas Telethon, December 2, 2012.

06 December 2012

Lee Asher on The Magic Broadcast

Updated Dec 6 at 4:16pm EST to add:

Listen to Lee Asher recap the Curiosidades tour at noon PDT on .

Update on the Wayne Houchin story

Reminder: Donations can be made to assist Wayne through either Paul Harris' Matical Arts Fund or through the Acacdamy of Magical Arts.

This was sent to me last night from Clara Coto-Shepardson, Executive Producer of the Curiosidades Show:

Franklin Barazarte, TV host who set magician Wayne Houchin on fire, is now officially a fugitive of the law.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - December 5th, 2012 - At 10am (AST), American magician Wayne Houchin held a press conference with his lawyers at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel in response to Franklin Barazarte fleeing the Dominican Republic. While it's unclear how Mr. Barazarte avoided capture with an active criminal warrant out for his arrest, he managed to travel to New York city to be with his wife Adriana Azzi. As a result of ignoring serious charges, he's now officially considered a fugitive of Dominican law.
Houchin and his lawyers have asked the United States to arrest and extradite Barazarte to the Dominican Republic, to face prosecution for his crimes as well as civil litigation. Houchin and his lawyers said Barazarte's actions were completely unexpected, and consider it a criminal attack.
Last night, in an exclusive interview with Univision (New York), Franklin Barazarte surfaced from hiding to respond to allegations of attempted murder. He referred to his act of pouring flaming liquid on someone as "a blessing" which was something he'd done for a "long time in private." While he casually admits it was an "accident gone wrong," Mr. Barazarte goes on at length to explain how he feels hurt by all the "propaganda" surrounding this case, and the insinuation that he's even considered a criminal. Barazarte also discounts the gravity of Houchin's injuries by mentioning that Houchin "left the clinic the same day."
Meanwhile,  Houchin is still in the Dominican Republic and recuperating slowly. Riddled with 1st and 2nd degree burns on his head, face, ears, neck and right hand, he hopes to return home to Chico, California soon.
An Iphone clip, taken by a member of the group of magicians Houchin worked with has gone viral on the Internet. It clearly shows Barazarte intentionally setting the American magician ablaze. The later part of the clip shows Houchin in shock on the ground, paralyzed with pain.
- - - - 
Univision coverage of the 12.5.2012 Press Conference:

(cut and paste if not clickable)

Reminder: Donations can be made to assist Wayne through either Paul Harris' Matical Arts Fund or through the Acacdamy of Magical Arts. 

Harry Houdini in Vancouver

[via: MagicPedia]

05 December 2012

Magic 'n Miracles: Fabulous!

Kidlet and I caught day one of Murray Hatfield's Magic 'n Miracles tour and had a fabulous time at the show!  (Unfortunately, due to unexpected scheduling issues on our part, we were only able to see the last half of the show.  I imagine that I'd be saying it was a super fabulous time, had we been able to see it from the start!)

In addition to Murray's wonderful magic, Michael Goudeau's impressive juggling, and the delightful work of Miles Meechan and Magdalaina Tamasik, I was tickled to see Billy Hsueh on stage!  Billy was taking advantage of Murray's offer to bring a young magician with him on tour.  I first had the pleasure of meeting Billy at Sorcerers Safari magic camp a couple of summers ago.  I'm sure Billy is learning an incredible amount on this tour!

The show was expertly produced by Steven Kline.  I was delighted he had the time and energy to have a quick chat with us when all was said and done!  Equally delightful was a chance encounter with Julie Eng and Suley Fattah, who were also in attendance.

I encourage you to catch the show and support a good cause in the process!

P.S.: Next time you see any of the people involved in the show, be sure to ask them about the pre-show smoke alarm!

Billy Kidd vs tough guys

From the Discovery Channel Website:

[via: Sheldon Casavant]

04 December 2012

Bobby Motta's Mental in SNAP

From SNAP Vaughan East:
Dave & Buster’s is known for bringing world-class talents to Vaughan, and the recent shows put on by Toronto-based illusionist Bobby Motta were no exception. Motta’s show MENTAL was a two hour mind-bending experience that left more than one audience members amazed as they walked out of the Show Room. 

Read more.

03 December 2012

Mike D'Urzo on OMNI TV

Magician Mike D'Urzo on OMNI TV from earlier this year.  Bits of it are in English, but you'll get the most out of the clip if you understand Italian.

02 December 2012

New Westminster: David Merry lecture

From SAM 95:
Monday, January 28, 2013

When it comes to the field of magic, David has been asked to perform at some of the most prestigious magic events in the world for his peers.

Read more.

01 December 2012

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)   - n/a
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)- magic auction
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- n/a
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Christmas party
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) Brower's Den visit
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
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

30 November 2012

Magical Arts Fund for Wayne Houchin

Updated Dec 5 to add, from iNewswire:
The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the Dai Vernon Foundation, Inc., has established a special fund to assist professional magician Wayne Houchin, who was severely injured during a Nov. 26 performance in the Caribbean.

Read more.

I have just learned from Wayne Kawamoto that Paul Harris has set up a Magical Arts Fund for Wayne Houchin to help Wayne with his finances during his recovery.

Read Paul's message to learn how you can contribute.

Phil Matlin's ragtime tour

Phil Matlin - owner of Montréal's magic shop Perfect Magic, will be playing ragtime and touring through Ontario (Cambridge, Elmira and Waterloo) at the end of December.

His detailed schedule can be found at the CAM website.

[h/t: CAM]

If you missed our previous post about the many talents of Phil, have a look at him playing Carolina in the Morning below:

29 November 2012

Derren Brown's Apocalypse on SPACE

From Canada Newswire:
Before the Mayan calendar flips to Doomsday, SPACE asks viewers "what if the world ended tomorrow?" From BAFTA Award-winning psychological illusionist Derren Brown, DERREN BROWN: APOCALYPSE uses a compelling blend of suggestion, psychological tricks, and experiments to construct an elaborate and shocking stunt to convince one person that the planet has been devastated by a catastrophic meteor strike. The subject at the centre of the experiment is left to believe that he is one of a mere handful of survivors. The gripping two-part special airs back-to-back on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on SPACE.

Read more.

[h/t: iTricks]

Wishing Wayne Houchin a speedy recovery

Updated November 30th to add:
I have just learned from Wayne Kawamoto that Paul Harris has set up a Magical Arts Fund for Wayne Houchin to help Wayne with his finances during his recovery.

Read Paul's message to learn about how you can contribute.

Last evening, I was stunned to find this tweet in Wayne Houchin's Twitter feed:

The Daily Deception has a summary of what transpired and why.

Wayne's most recent tweet, shows his character and goodwill is still shining through:

Please join me in wishing Wayne the speediest of recoveries from this horrific incident.

Senior Living on Location: Ray Roch

Watch Ray Roch's appearance on "Senior Living on Location":

The full episode will be aired on February 3rd, 2013.  Read the episode description at Senior Living.

[h/t: SAM 95]

28 November 2012

SOMA wearing pie

And now, for no particular reason, a video of SOMA getting pies in his face at Sorcerers Safari 2012.

Go to the Facebook Page to watch the video at full size.

X-elent Lecture Series: The end of the road

From the X-elent Lecture Series website:
For the past 9 years, we've had some of the greatest lecturers come through the region and share their hard-earned knowledge with us.
This has been no small feat, nor something easily accomplished. Without the dedicated help of each city, we would have never lasted as long as we have.

Under the X-elent Series banner, the region has seen 47 of the best lectures possible. But as they say, ...all good things must come to an end. It's with a sad heart that I make the following announcement.

Season 9 was the final season of the X-elent Lecture Series.

Read more.
Read what Calgarian Yeats Wong had to say about his experience with the X-elent series and it's creator, Lee Asher.

Thank you Lee, for all you've done to bring more magic to Canada!

27 November 2012

Welcoming a new patron: Ryan Pilling

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Ryan Pilling!

Based out of Calgary, Ryan is not only a comedy magician, but he is also: a blogger, a designer, and an author!  Check out:

Playing Big -- Making magic out of tricks:
Ryan blogs about peformance observations and tips. He recently posted about "The Importance of Being Bad" and his post "If You Can't Say Anything Nice" is a topic that really resonates with me.

The Magic Assistant -- Gwyn Auger:
From Gwyn's website:
Gwyn Auger is a vivacious, creative woman who brings dedication and enthusiasm to every project she embarks on. Gwyn’s primary goal is to be a full time magician’s assistant, and as a trained dancer and professional model, she brings beauty and grace to any stage.  
Gwyn is an integral part of tongue-in-cheek horror show "A Brush With Death," which has taken Calgary by storm!
In my experience, Gwyn definitely has her finger on the pulse of the magical happenings in Calgary!

Back in October we first heard the news about Ryan's idea for Wowfest -- a Magic Arts Festival that he'd like to launch in Calgary.  In November he shared the exciting news that he received funding for the project!  Listen to Ryan interviewed on CBC's The Homestretch, talking about WowFest.

If you haven't already, go and "like" the WowFest Facebook page and then go to the WowFest website to subscribe to the project's newsletter.

Finding the Funny --  A Professional Entertainer's Guide to Improvisation, Ad-Libs, and Audience Interaction:
"Learn the techniques to creating inspired moments of comedy, and getting the best out of your audience volunteers."

"This guidebook will help the practiced magician, juggler, clown and other entertainers add the sparkle of spontaneity to their performances."
Thank you Ryan, for your efforts towards raising the profile of magic in Calgary, and for your sponsorship!

26 November 2012

Murray SawChuck returns to Pawn Stars

According to iTricks, Murray SawChuck will appear in today's episode of Pawn Stars, called The Offer.

From the History.com website:
Then, when a guy brings in a historic magician s "sawing in half" box the guys learn that cutting Chumlee in half is the easy part... putting him back together is a bit tougher.

Read more.

[h/t: iTricks]

25 November 2012

Two years and 783 posts later....

Two years ago today, I published the very first post at this website.  Since that time over 28,000 page loads have been served.  There are 325 Twitter followers and I've sent 3400+ tweets into the ether.  There are  65 Facebook fans and 44 subscribers.  While the majority of readers are Canadian, our readers also come from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Portugal, Australia, and the list goes on and on.

There are so many wonderful things going on in this country's magic community and I'm barely scratching the surface!

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

Toronto: The Mark Lewis Magic Show

Updated December 18th to extend the run to the end of January.

From Toronto.ca:
Starts: December 2, 2012
Ends: December 30, 2012  January 27, 2013
From the second the show starts, right through to the very end, the children will be laughing with delight! The show is sheer mayhem, madness, and magic! Through his decades of experience, Mark Lewis has achieved a rapport with his young audiences that is unequalled in this area of entertainment!
Read more

For more information, visit the Lower Ossington Theatre website or visit Ticketwise to purchase your tickets.

23 November 2012

Welcoming a new patron: The Fun-da-Mentalist!

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Clive Court, The Fun-da-Mentalist!

Clive's impressive career has taken him from England to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and lucky for us, Canada!  Some notable professional highlights include:
  • Performed in London's West End as a teenager.
  • "One of the best known magicians on Australian television." -- TV Week
  • Wrote and cast "A History of Mystery," the first hour-long TV magic special produced in Australasia.
  • Produced the TV magic special, "The Vanishing Art," shown on PBS.
  • Approached by Gene Gordon, to give his first lecture in Buffalo.
  • Developed the concept of the Canadian Telefilm Broadcast Fund.
  • Helped to develop Canada's first degree program in Public Relations.
  • Recently reinstated into the Magic Circle.

Currently, Clive performs as The Fun-da-Mentalist, "a cabaret entertainer who specializes in demonstrations of mind-bending magical experiences."

If you haven't already, read Clive's full biography.  It is fascinating!  (It may be that Clive is responsible for my introduction to Monty Python's Flying Circus via PBS.)

Thank you Clive, The Fun-da-Mentalist, for your tireless efforts towards the improvement of Canadian Television and your sponsorship of this website!

22 November 2012

Recently asked question

A reader of this blog recently asked:
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California: Oslen's Dance & Illusions

From Star Tickets:
Friday January 11th 2013

At a very tender age, Oslen witnessed David Copperfield in The Great Escapes. It was love at first sight. Oslen’s curiosity and new found passion for magic led him on an incredible journey. He studied performing arts at school, where he mastered a wide range of craft, including magic, dance, music and acting. Over the next twenty years, this boy next door morphed into the glamorous illusionist he is today.

Read more.

20 November 2012

Billy Kidd reads minds on Breaking Magic

From the Huffington Post:
"Breaking Magic" continues its quest to show the science behind some of magic's most famous tricks. On this week's episode, illusionist Billy Kidd pulled the curtain back on the trick behind some basic mind reading stunts performed on the streets.

Read more.

19 November 2012

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18 November 2012

Fraser Lake: The magic of recovery

16 November 2012

Cote St. Luc: Another children's magic workshop

From Montreal Families:
Nov 18, 2012

Do you want to watch a magician perform his tricks, or do you want to learn how to do them yourself? The Amazing Todsky will be sharing his trade secrets with you. You'll walk away with special skills sure to dazzle and captivate your friends and family.

Read more.

[h/t: Perfect Magic]

Dorval: Children's magic workshop

From Montreal Families:
Nov 18, 2012
Children will learn how to mystify and astound with clever magic tricks.

Read more.

[h/t: Perfect Magic]

Tony Eng Memorial Lecture

Go over to Sharing Wonder to read all about the first ever Tony Eng Memorial Lecture, given by Joe Monti, which took place at this year's Tri-City 3 of Clubs Convention.  What a wonderful way to honour the memory of Tony Eng!

13 November 2012

Creative Ensemble

Check out Creative Ensemble, the brainchild of Ring 17's own Deborah Fallick!

Creative Ensemble is a database of resumés and job opportunities for disciplinces related to performance and the periphery of performance artists (includes Information Technology, Video Production, Graphic Design etc).

What a fabulous idea!  Best of luck with this endeavour Deborah!

08 November 2012

Ben Train is the Blue Crown's special guest tonight

From The Blue Crown Facebook page:
Our Question of the Day comes from our special guest - Ben Train!

"Everyone likes impromptu tricks, but I think we can all agree that sometimes great pieces of magic require preparation (other than just practice).

So here's my question. What's the furthest, or most elaborate, set-up you've been willing to go through to create a real miracle?" - Ben Train

Don't forget to join us TONIGHT at 8PM eastern time for a LIVE hour-long Q&A session with Ben! See you there!

Read more.

Bill Abbott at The Session

Bill Abbott will be will be presenting at The Session, the UK's only close-up magic convention, in January 2013. 

We'd previously reported that Jay Sankey will also be there receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award! 

Canada will certainly be well represented!

07 November 2012

Luc Langevin at Théâtre St-Denis

From Journal Metro:
Les trucs de magie à la télé, c’est bien. Sur scène, c’est beaucoup mieux. Luc Langevin l’a bien compris, et il offrira son tout premier spectacle, Réellement sur scène, les 25 et 26 septembre prochain sur la scène du Théâtre St-Denis.

Read more.

[h/t: Eric Levesque]

06 November 2012

Winnipeg on Demand: Pick a card, any card

From the MediaCircus.TV Facebook page:
Here is the long synopisis for "Pick a Card, Any Card", coming soon to MTS Winnipeg on Demand.

- The City of Winnipeg has a rich history in the art of Magic. From the founding of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) in 1922, , to modern day successes like Dean Gunnarson and Sean Fields; Winnipeg and the world of magic have grown together to form a charming relationship.

Over a light dinner and wine, Winnipeg magicians Anders, Greg Wood, Gord Gilbey, Ray Starr, Chris Funk and Sean Fields tell stories of Winnipeg magic; how Harry Houdini played a part in the founding of the I.B.M., how Philips Magical Paradise was founded out of tragedy, which Winnipegger worked on Criss Angels "Mindfreak", and other fascinating tales.

Read more.

05 November 2012

Toronto: Jason Palter lecture

Updated November 11 to add link to event at the Browser's Den website.

Jeff also had this to say about Jason Palter:

03 November 2012

Calgary: Magical arts festival

From the WowFest Facebook page:
Exciting News! We have received word that WowFest has won a funding grant from Calgary 2012! Hooray! A huge thanks to all those who supported the project with their votes, and all the friendly Calgary Cultural Ambassadors. Plus a special thanks to Gwyn The Magic Assistant who helped spread the word. I'm very pleased she has accepted the role of "Social Media Coordinator" for WowFest.

Read more.
Congratulations to Ryan Pilling on being one step closer to making his dream a reality!

02 November 2012

Dorval: Hahacadabra!

From Montreal Families:
November 3, 2012

Magician Michel Deslauriers will have all the kids laughing, screaming and shouting out for more. There is lots of audience participation as candies appear, silk scarves disappear. And don't forget...EVERY child brings home a balloon animal.

Read more.

[h/t: Perfect Magic]

01 November 2012

Whistler: Moose in a Top Hat

Moose in a Top Hat (warning: sound) opens December 28th in Whistler, BC.
From their website:
THE EVENING ADULT SHOW brings together the incredible mind reading skills of Christopher Taylor, the outrageous comedy entertainment of Matthew Johnson and the award winning magic of Trevor and Lorena Watters (warning: sound) in one spectacular show.

THE FAMILY AFTERNOON MATINEE SHOW brings together the enchanting story telling magic of Professor T, the hilarious comedy entertainment of Matthew Johnson and the award winning magic of Trevor and Lorena Watters (warning: sound) in one spectacular show.

Read more (warning: sound).

30 October 2012

Updated Breaking Magic update

Which has also been confirmed at iTricks.

Breaking Magic: Breaking news

Updated to add:
Which has also been published at iTricks.

27 October 2012

Brampton: Magic With the Sleight-est Hint of Cheese

From zvents:

Gord Cadabra is bringing his hit comedy/magic show Magic With the Sleight-est Hint of Cheese to Brampton's Cyril Clark theatre for one night only!

Read more.

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)- Lance Pierce lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Lance Pierce lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Lance Pierce lecture
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Tri - City 3 of Clubs Magic Convention
- Lance Pierce 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) - antique magic
- Owen Anderson lecture 
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- n/a
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- n/a
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Gambling, Betchas, & Scams Magic
- CHEO Charity Show Children’s Show
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians-
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) Shane Cobalt lecture
Woodstock, ONCAM 1 (Friendly City Mystics)  
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) - n/a
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

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

26 October 2012

Tony Eng Youth Fund Bursary

From Sharing Wonder:
Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund and Magi-Fest in Columbus, Ohio are proud to announce a partnership for the Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship 2013.

The Columbus Magi-Fest is one of the oldest and most significant magic gatherings in the world. It is an 83-year old tradition that has fostered and helped develop the careers of young magicians. The festival includes youth-only events in which international headline performers work directly with young magicians on their acts. Additionally, lectures, shows and workshops are held where attendees can learn about the experiences and knowledge of  professional magicians.

We are thrilled to announce a scholarship for a young magician to attend Magi-Fest. 
Read more.

25 October 2012

Geneviève Bernier: Woman of Exception

Evelyn Matlin has a wonderful english summary of the article "Geneviève Bernier : femme de courage et de détermination" from Le Courrier Du Sud.

Go to Perfect Magic and read Evelyn's post "More About Women In Magic" to read about Geneviève, an exeptional woman indeed!

[h/t: Perfect Magic]

24 October 2012

CAM has a new webmaster!

Shout out to Jeph Stahl, who has kindly offer to volunteer his time to be CAM's official new webmaster!  Jeph hails from Hamilton Ring 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) and is doing a fabulous job with their newly revamped site!

Thank you Jeph for taking on that role!

22 October 2012

Chance vs Motta

From Post City:
What is Halloween without tricks to go with your treats? Our city is home to two masters of magic, who can easily contend with the likes of Criss Angel. This month, we pit the illusions that wowed Ray Chance’s MuchMusic audience against the in-your-head act of Annex Live’s mentalist Bobby Motta. Who has the best tricks up his sleeve?

Read more.

21 October 2012

A day at Niagara Falls

As part of last summer's school break plans, we saved up our pennies to see Greg Frewin's show "Imagine" at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls.

Kidlet and I made the trek to Niagara Falls through the pouring rain and arrived mid-afternoon during a light drizzle.  We made a quick check in to the theatre box office to make sure our tickets were there (they were!) and to get the parking pass for the car.  (Did you know that ticket price includes free parking anytime after 9am on the day of the show?)

From the theatre it's a short walk to Clifton Hill (the "Street of Fun" by the Falls) and a five to ten minute jaunt (depending leg length and ease of distractibility – SkyWheel! Fudge Factory! Ice cream! Wax museum!) to the Maid of the Mist at River Road and Clifton Hill.  Two silver linings to it being a rainy day: 1) we were already decked out in our finest rain gear and were suitably dressed for the iconic boat ride next to The Falls and 2) the line ups were super short!  (Sadly, we weren't able to see any rainbows in the mist itself, but we were warm and dry!)  Exit through the gift shop...

We wandered through the area, grabbed a bite to eat and explored a little more.  Then back to the car for a dash to the Butterfly Conservatory.
Note to Ontario families:  We used a coupon for a free child's admission (as long as we paid for an adult admission) from our "Ontario 2012 Fun Pass" booklet which was given to us at the end of the school year.  The conservatory was FABULOUS!  Highly recommended!

Back to the theatre.  We were seated with a wonderful young couple from New York.  We were later joined by wonderful company from Ohio and Vancouver Island.  The table next to us had plenty of children aged 4 and up – I had as much fun watching the reactions of all the children as I did watching the show!
Tip: Arrive as early as you can to ensure good seating (the box office will let you know what time is best). 
Note to parents: Bring along some distractions for little ones (such as crayons with paper, playing cards, books, quiet hand-held video games etc.) to help pass the time between arriving for the best seating and show time.  We were lucky that the delightful couple from the Rochester area, kindly joined us in a game of Crazy Eight Countdown  and the time flew by! 
If you think your child would be scared sitting right up close to the tigers at level one, level two offers an equally good view of the stage along with the sense of a physical barrier between you and the big cats.

The theatre also has some entertainment while you wait: tiger and magic trivia on the big screen!  In addition, there was a creative pre-show animated short from the Vancouver film school.
Note to parents:  Some of the kids 8 and under in our area found the short a little scary at times.

My favourite part was a fabulous video promoting Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.  It put a big smile on my face!

As for the show itself, how could you not be entertained by helicopters, a bowling ball, an invisible deck, Oreos, tigers, talented ladies, fire, milk, tigers, a dog, doves, tigers, Chuck the Duck, and macaws?  Did I mention the tigers?  What's not to like?  (Throughout the show, one of our evening's companions could be heard muttering, "How did he do the thing with the duck?")
Note to parents of young children:  The last big illusion, which I'll refer to as the Assistants' Revenge, was a little tense for some of the younger children.  But it ended with happy faces!

After the show there's an opportunity to have your photo taken in the same cage with a tiger!  (Well worth it in my opinion.)  Technically, you're not really in the same confined space as the tiger, but it sure looks like that in the picture.  The tiger trainer is right there, which made this parent feel a whole lot more relaxed about the experience.  Part of the profit from the items in the magical gift shop, including the photo sales, are used to support a tiger sanctuary.  After the show, you can queue up for an autograph from Greg!

Needless to say, Kidlet and I had an absolutely wonderful time at the show!  A picture with a tiger, a souvenir from the gift shop, and the chance to chat with Mr. Frewin himself!

As impressed as I was with the show, I was equally impressed with all of the staff at the theatre.  Everyone was friendly, professional and customer focused.  Huge thanks to:  the very patient box office staff (Caitlin, Roxanne and Nina), the ushers, the fabulous assistants who we met while in line for having our photo taken, Johnny Ferrara the tiger trainer, the gift shop staff and all of the fabulous people who kept things orderly and moving for the post-show autographs. 

Thank you Greg et al, for a most magical ending to our wonderful day in Niagara Falls!

Spotted in the wild ...

If you receive the CAM publication, Northern Peeks, you'll notice that this edition (Vol 15, Number 3) features Sorcerers Safari!  Tucked inside, is the article "The secret to Sorcerers Safari's success" written by yours truly!

Shawn had the nicest thing published below the article:
"Originally published on August 11 at CanadasMagic.blogspot.ca, which is the finest location for up to date information on magic in Canada."

Gwyn took a nice photo of it ....

Thanks Gwyn!

And thanks to Shawn for his kind words about this site!

20 October 2012

Murray Hatfield and Teresa: Magic 'n' Miracles tour

The schedule is up for Murray Hatfield's Magic 'n Miracles tour!  They're starting in Etobicoke, Ontario in early December.

Not only will you get to see some amazing magic, you'll be supporting some deserving charities. 

Also on the Hatfield tour are Christopher Hart, Michael Goudeau, Miles Meechan and Magdalaina Tamasik.

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

19 October 2012

Anthony Lindan: Peace of Mind

Anthony Lindan is holding a two teleseminars, titled Public Speaking Peace of Mind.  Click through more more details about the events on Wednesday October the 24th and on Thursday October the 25th.