31 January 2014

Dave Attwood interviews Trevor and Lorena Watters

On January 22nd, Dave Attwood interviewed Trevor and Lorena Watters about their life in magic and a drunken night spent with a tower of food.

Listen to the interview at Dave Attwood's site.

30 January 2014

Jay Sankey in the Magic Cafe's Creator's Spotlight

From Jay Sankey's Twitter feed:

29 January 2014

New York: Paul Vigil and Ben Train lecture

From The Daily Deception:
February 16th

After Paul finishes his lecture, we will take a small break to walk around and practice. Then coming off of his European lecture tour we will have Ben Train who steps up and starts his own lecture.

A bit about Ben Train...

Since finishing sixth in a “Ben Train” look-alike contest, Ben Train has devoted over ten years to lecturing and performing across North America. Combining sophisticated sleight-of-hand, unique philosophical insight, and a wikipedic knowledge of the arts, Ben talks the talk, walks the walk, and rocks the flock.

Ben’s material has been featured in every major magic publication (including Genii, The Linking Ring, Magic Magazine, and MUM), and his critically acclaimed DVDs and books have been flying off magic stores shelves around the world. Magicians everywhere are trying to be more like Ben, and soon you will be, too – leaving him with no hope in next year’s look-alike event.

Read more.

28 January 2014

Toronto: Magic club at the Den

From the Browser's Den Twitter feed:

26 January 2014

Where the magic happens

Keep an eye out for a new web series, Where the Magic Happens, by Jordan Murciano and Garnett Schmidt.

I first met Garnett at Sorcerers Safari in the summer of 2011 and was impressed by his energy and enthusiasm.  It's going to be fun watching these two!

Watch the first episode on YouTube:

25 January 2014

More Carney in Canada

From Julie Eng's Twitter feed:

24 January 2014

Review: Reading Writing

From Wayne Kawamoto:
Reading Writing teaches an entire system of analyzing handwriting. It will take some memorization and you’ll have to sharpen your skills at recognizing the subtle differences, but there are single sleight of hand moves that take far longer to master.

What’s great about this book is that it offers a gateway into the possibilities of combining handwriting analysis with mentalism and magic. The book explains mentalism “experiments”  regarding: determining favorites, lie detection, a prediction, a book test, matching writing to a person and more. There are also angles on classics such as ambitious card.

I have studied books on the topic and I wish that Ariel Frailich’s “Reading Writing” had been around earlier. This is the book that I would have wanted as a start. I recommend this one and I’ll sign to it.

Read more.

23 January 2014

Also at Magi-Fest ...

22 January 2014

Farquhar and Sankey at Oceanside

From Oceanside Magic:
Welcome to a new Cape Cod convention! April 10-13, 2014 
Only 3 months until the most fantastic magic convention to hit Cape Cod in years!!  All are invited to the first Oceanside Magic Invitational-- enjoy lectures, dealers, auction, close-up show, two stage shows, grand banquet, and much more!  The beautiful, intimate Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth, MA is our host venue...making this a truly oceanside magic event!

World-class magicians--Ice McDonald; Shawn Farquhar; Jay Scott Berry; Mickey Silver; Jay Sankey; and MANY MORE!!--congregate here to share their talents and skills, and the camaraderie that only a small convention can offer.  Our special Guest of Honor for this first-time event will be David Oliver.

Read more and register.

21 January 2014

Dave Attwood interviews Gwyn Auger

In episode 49 from January 15th, Dave Attwood interviews Gwyn Auger.  "Dave also had a chance to sit down with Magic Assistant, Gwyn Auger, as she talks about her life as an entertainer, writer, and professional Magic Assistant.."

Listen to the interview at Dave Attwood's site.

17 January 2014

WowFest Magic Arts Festival Brings Amazing Magic Shows to Calgary

From WowFest Magic:
Calgary, Alberta – Entering its second year WowFest Magic Arts Festival presents a wide variety of amazing magic shows and events in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts. The festival expects over 800 magic fans to partake in over a dozen unique performances.

The intimate Motel venue, with seating for 50, ensures the audience a full experience with an excellent view of the magic. Many shows in the festival are highly interactive, mixing magic with comedy and audience participation.

The festival kicks off on the Family Day holiday offering a day filled with shows and activities that all ages can enjoy together. The “Family Fun Magic Show”, with a rotating cast of local magicians, will be presented multiple times throughout the weeks.

To prove that tricks are not just for kids, the festival includes many feature shows intended for older audiences. “A Brush With Death” is a popular Calgary-based macabre magic show perfect for fans of horror movies. As a regular performer at Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle festival headliner Jon Armstrong presents award-winning magic with his one-man show “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny”.

With a wide variety of shows, and affordable ticket prices ranging from $12 to $20, WowFest is proud to showcase the art of magic in Calgary with both evening shows and weekend matinees. The full schedule of events and tickets are available on the festival website at www.WowFestMagic.com

Event Dates: February 17th to March 1st, 2014, various showtimes
Event Location: “Motel”, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts 
Read more.

16 January 2014

Dodd Vickers and David Roth talk Dai Vernon

From Dodd Vickers Twitter feed:

15 January 2014

Review: Rob Power lecture

From The Browser's Den of Magic:
We started off 2014 with a real big bang with the Rob Power lecture yesterday at the shop. 
I was so pleased by the wonderful turnout! Rob is not someone who is well known amongst hobbyists. Most professionals who do not put out products for the magic industry are never really well known unless they make it big.

During Mr. Power's lecture he showed why he has been so busy the past 30 years performing. His talents touch upon many areas of entertainment.
During the lecture attendees were given a treat of a magic buffet and instruction that included: Manipulation, Sleight of Hand, Miser's Dream, Puppetry, Comedy, Fire-Eating, Close-Up Magic and even some crazy fun balloon creations.

Read more.

14 January 2014

Toronto and Montreal: John Carney

From Julie Eng's Twitter feed:

From Magicana:
John Carney is no ordinary magician.

His approach is smart, engaging and always surprising. He is widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight-of-hand magicians in the world with unique, and often hilarious, presentations. Hollywood’s Magic Castle has awarded Carney more awards than anyone in their history – the only performer to win in every category.

John is also an acclaimed instructor of magic. His books, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets, are considered by many to be modern classics. Here is your opportunity to watch, engage and learn from one of magic’s favourite sons.

Only two dates in Canada
February 15 – Toronto
February 16 – Montreal

Read more and buy tickets.

13 January 2014

11 January 2014

10 January 2014

James Alan on CP24

Watch James Alan perform for Jee Yun Lee and the CP24 Breakfast crew on Sunday December 19, 2013.

08 January 2014

Ben Train in the UK and Amsterdam

From Ben Train's Facebook page:
Hey friends (and soon to be friends), 
I am about to embark on a 10 city lecture tour throughout the UK. If you're near ANY of these places I hope you come out and have an amazing time with us! 
If you're not, well shucks. Next time. Meanwhile, share this so that anyone else close by will know about it! 
See you soon,
Ben Train 
Thursday January 9th, 2014: The Surrey Society (Surrey)
January 10th-12th, 2014: The Session Convention (Cheltenham)
Monday January 13th, 2014: The Manchester Circle of Magicians (Manchester)
Tuesday January 14th, 2014: The Blackpool Magicians Club (Blackpool)
Wednesday January 15th, 2014: The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians (Wolverhampton)
Thursday January 16th, 2014: The Fritz Alkemade Club (Amsterdam)
Monday January 20th, 2014: The Leicester Magic Circle (Leicester)
Tuesday January 21st, 2014: The British Magical Society (Birmingham)
Wednesday January 22nd, 2014: The Nine of Diamonds Magic Group (Edinburgh)
Tuesday January 28th, 2014: The Aberdeen Magic Club (Aberdeen)

Read more.

07 January 2014

Who is Shawn Farquhar's favourite living Canadian magician?

Find out Shawn Farquhar's favourite living Canadian magician, his 10 must-have books, who his unicorn was and more at his Reddit AMA!

Niagara Falls: Kevin and Caruso's "Magique"

From Fallsview Casino:
January 30 — February 5

A stage spectacular of epic proportions, Kevin & Caruso fascinate audiences with their award winning production “Magique” featuring the excitement of the grand art of illusion, glamorous costumes and special effects!

Read more.

[via Peter Mennie]

06 January 2014

Rounding the Western rings in January

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
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle)- competition for close-up magic
Third Monday Magic: Comedy magic with special guest star Chris Yuill
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- AGM
- Past Presidents Night
- One Trick Night
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Unopened Deck

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

Rounding the Ontario rings in January

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - n/a 
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- New routine workshop night
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Dealer demo
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - Something New
- New Member Induction Presentation
- Fritz Alkemade lecture
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- Talk about your magic resolutions for 2014
- Talk about why you already quit your new years resolutions!!!!
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Club auction

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

Rounding the Eastern rings in January

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.

05 January 2014

Celeste Evans: Queen of Magic

Part 1 from iTricks:
Celeste Evans is a living legend in the world of magic. She describes herself as “a museum relic.”

One of the most successful women magicians in history, Celeste spent the 1960s touring around the world literally performing for royalty. Now retired, she was good enough to talk to iTricks in this two part interview.

Read more and watch video of Celeste on To Tell the Truth.

Part 2 from iTricks:
Last week iTricks spoke to her about breaking through the boys’ club of magic and finding success in New York and on television. This week she talks about her international stardom and even offers some advice to today’s magicians.

Born in a small town in British Columbia just north of the Washington State border, Celeste Evans was initially drawn to magic partially because she was told it was something girls simply could not do. Dedicating herself to practice, she studied magic on her own for years. As a young woman, she moved to Vancouver for a job and was finally able to acquire sleight of hand lessons from local magic store owner Jon Kirby, although the local magic club was for men only. Shows around town led to an Asian tour of Canadian military bases, more touring and eventually her first television show. By 1957, Celeste Evans was not only doing nationally televised American shows such as To Tell The Truth, she was featured in an important SAM show and even landed on the cover of Genii.

Read more.

04 January 2014

Luc Langevin and David Blaine on television in the coming week

On Monday night, CBOFT shows it will be airing "Luc Langevin: aux limites de l'illusion 2."

On Wednesday night, catch David Blaine's "Real or Magic" on ABC.

Magic and rehab help transform kids with disabilities

From The Star:
Presto! Change-o! Magic is all about transformation.

We are mesmerized by what we cannot explain, enthralled when hands deceive our eyes.

So it was on a recent afternoon in a compact auditorium that’s part of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and was filled with an audience of 50 facility staff, clients, friends and family of the small performers who individually sat in front of the proverbial magician’s table with black cloth and fringe.

Read more.

03 January 2014

Toronto: Kenton Knepper workshops

Some of you already know that Kenton Knepper will be lecturing at Ring 17 in April.  What you may not know is that Kenton will also be offering an "Introduction to Mentalism" workshop and a "Mentalism Intensive." 

From Ring 17:

Introduction to Mentalism

Friday, April 4, 2013

The 3 Hour Workshop will contain strong yet easy mentalism material anyone can do. Most of the effects use very basic props, such as business cards, playing cards, candy and other easily found objects. You need not be a mentalist to attend this workshop. You will leave doing memorable, sure-fire mentalism, that you can perform close-up, stand-up and in intimate situations.

Mentalism Intensive

Saturday, April 5, 2014

You need not be a mentalist to attend this workshop. You should be prepared to leave as one.
  • Learn how to use personality and symbolic readings to connect to your audience and potential clients.
  • Learn how Kenton Mind Reads personalities in performance and gives mini-readings before engaging a spectator in an effect. Then practice with Kenton as he helps you do it too.
  • Learn how to make standard magic and mentalism effects connect with audiences deeply by adding in short impressions. Even your equivoque routine will seem to be real Mind Reading.
  • Learn Kenton’s color and symbol reading cues and applications.
  • Learn an unusual book test effect and method, which also allows you to connect more deeply with an audience.
  • Learn how Suggestion and Mentalism must work together to make for realistic presentations.
  • Plenty of experiential time to practice the methods taught and get Kenton’s personal help in perfecting these and other routines and methods.
More will be revealed, but only to those who attend.
Workshops are each limited to 20 participants. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first served basis.

Read more and buy tickets.

02 January 2014

Canada at Magi-Fest 2014

Canada will be well represented at Magi-Fest 2014!  Both Chris Pilsworth and Ben Train are listed as performers.  In addition, a crew from Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp will be there including: Magic Mike Segal, Jen Segal, Steven Kline (event production and late night lecturer), and Eric Leclerc.

I hope one of you will be sending me a trip report!

01 January 2014

Happy 2014!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with awe and wonder!