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31 October 2017

Top 5 posts in October 2017

Of the 35 posts at Canada's Magic this month, here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:


5. London Jones in the news - Why aren't there more women in magic?
4. October sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates! - What are you waiting for?
3. 2017 "Holiday Magic" - Great talent raising money for a worthy cause.
2. Random thoughts from "The Newest Trick in the Book" - I had so much fun!

and the most viewed post this month  ...





1. Toronto: "The Illusionists – Live From Broadway" buy 1 get 1 for only $1! - Did you take advantage of this fabulous deal? Send me your thoughts on the show!

Rounding the Western rings in November 2017

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




CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Monthly meeting
- Bizzaro lecture
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Bizzaro lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Close up / parlour contest
- Bizzaro lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Third Monday Magic.
- Bizzaro lecture
- Christmas banquet
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Magic! (75th anniversary celebration)
- Christmas pot luck
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Bizzaro lecture


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

Rounding the Central rings in November 2017

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Free form first Fridaze
- Second Saturday night special
- Montreal's first IBM magic jam!
- Magicians and friends
- Sunday brunch
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Magic auction.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Richard Sanders lecture.
- Browser's Den anniversary party.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in November 2017

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?

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



Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA


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

30 October 2017

Doctor Mysterion in the Toronto Star

Shows Monday at 8 and 9:30 p.m., along with a curated collection of items to Curiosa at 1273 Queen St W.

Go to eventbrite.ca for tickets to Sideshow and Tell.


From the article "It's home, sweet creepy home for Doctor Mysterion" by RAJU MUDHAR in the Toronto Star:

Shrunken heads, mummified specimens and Voodoo artifacts are just some of the items in the collection of oddities that Doctor Mysterion has amassed in his west-end Toronto home.

The well known local mentalist has long been on the hunt for the strange and obscure through his various work engagements, along with Steffi Kay, his onstage partner in The Sentimentalists.

It’s got to the point where weird things just end up being offered to him.

“When I was a kid, I loved Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and I used to love going to the museum and seeing the mummy and the artifacts. I always had a fascination with unsolved mysteries. So these are things that have always been interesting to me, for example, like a shrunken head, or things that are part of Indigenous cultures or cryptozoology, like the Loch Ness Monster or the Jersey Devil,” he explains.

Read more.

Ryan Brown on TVO Haunts

From the Twitter feed of The Agenda:
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29 October 2017

Broken wand: Nick Sacco

Our thoughts go out to Nick's family at this difficult time.


From Patterson Funeral Home:

The world is a less joyful place with the passing of Nick Sacco on October 27, 2017. Nick was that rare individual who knew the true meaning of friendship, family, loyalty and commitment. No one who met him would ever forget the experience. Born on April 27, 1947, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Nick straddled many worlds -the food, beverage and hospitality industries, the worlds of conjuring and cardsharps, family and philanthropy, and, quite devoutly, Catholicism-all seamlessly. Intent on a business career, Nick attended both Niagara and York Universities. But he often said that he never forgot so many of the lessons he learned growing up in “The Falls”. Nick was recognized as a super salesman and manager in the food and beverage business, rising to become a National Sales Manager at Minute Maid (Coca Cola Ltd.) He treasured time with family and friends and was passionate about his magic (where he was respected internationally as an organizer, consultant and arm-chair performer).

Read more.



28 October 2017

Names announced for Browser's Bash 2018

Browser's Bash logo  
From Jeff Hinchliffe's post at the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Dear Denizens,

The launch of the Bash 2018 tickets was our most successful yet!

Thank you to all who have already purchased a ticket. We appreciate your kind support of this event!

Of course there are still plenty of great tickets available. Remember the earlier you buy the closer you will be to the stage!

And now...Bash Drum Roll please....Here are some of the talented performers who will be taking the stage at the Bash 2018. We will announce more big names soon!

DICK JOINER - Emcee
Joining us again in 2018! He will share his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic. With Dick Joiner returning as emcee we know that Bash 2018 will be another fun day!

MICHAEL CLOSE- Miracle Worker
Michael Close has a worldwide reputation in the magic community as an author, a creator, a performer, and a consultant. His specialty is sleight-of-hand, close-up magic, but he also has extensive experience in stand-up magic. He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world!

NICHOLAS WALLACE - Practitioner of the Art of Astonishment
Nicholas has been receiving rave reviews from both critics and audiences for his one-man stage shows. His most recent production "Séance" received glowing reviews from the Toronto Star, Now Magazine, The National Post, Torontoist and more.

JAMES ALAN - Blindfolded Card Magic Extraordinaire
One of Toronto's busiest working pros. His one man show Magic & Martini continues to fill the house each night leaving his audiences stunned, perplexed and entertained. We are pleased that James will be joining us on the Bash stage.

CHRIS PILSWORTH - Mixing Magic & Art
A rare breed of magician. A performer who stays true to his strong beliefs about magic as an art form yet always entertains his audiences. And always with a twist of originality. A Canadian hidden treasure.

And we have more big names to announce!

TO BUY TICKETS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BASH 2018 please follow this link: http://www.browsersden.com/bash
 
Thank you
-Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, Jeff Hinchliffe & The Browser's Den Team



27 October 2017

The Canadians: Stewart James

If you missed this project by Daniel Zuckerbrot on television back in 2012, Historica Canada has published it's episode "The Canadians: Stewart James" on YouTube:

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26 October 2017

Vancouver Magic Circle mentioned in "It Takes Two"

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook post:
Walking through Orlando airport, yes an airport... surprise, I saw the book “It takes two” by Jonathan and Drew Scott. I’ve seen it lots in book stores and decided today I would buy and read it as I’ve known Jonathan since he was a teenager from the Vancouver Magic Circle. I was browsing the book on my way to the counter and was thrilled to see he mentioned the club on page 84, right next to a photo of Drew in drag! It made me smile...

Read more.



25 October 2017

Canadians at the FREE 2017 Magic Master Summit

From what I could tell from the schedule in yesterday's post, the following Canadians will be lecturing at the 2017 Magic Master Summit:
  • Eric Bedard: Secrets to Getting Booked To Entertain Celebrities!
  • Murray SawChuck: Bonus Lecture! and
  • Trevor & Lorena Watters: Working And Traveling As A Couple and Duo Act

Who'd I miss?

What are you waiting for? Register now!





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24 October 2017

FREE: Magic Master Summit 2017*

Did you enjoy last year's wildly successful "Magic Master Summit"?  I confess to binge watching as many of the sessions as I could!

David DaVinci is at it again, with another spectacular line up November 13-17, 2017!  Scroll down to read more details, view the schedule, and register!







Dear Friends,

Have you heard about this?

Magic Master Summit 2017
Register For Free Now! www.MagicMasterSummit.com

Top Secrets from working pros to get more shows, enhance your performance, grow your audience, and cash in!
Featuring more than 30 presentations, from more than 26 experts, totaling nearly 40 hours of incredible secrets!
And the great news is, it's completely FREE, November 13-17, 2017.

Are you experiencing one of these top 5 problems that other entertainers are experiencing?
1) Not enough shows.
2) Not enough money.
3) Not enough “A” material.
4) Real job won’t give you time off to do shows, but you’re not making enough doing shows to quit your day job... yet.
5) Show isn’t good enough to get the gigs you need to pay the bills.

With all the venues out there, the only reason you’re not working more, is you.
1) Birthday Parties
2) Grade School Shows
3) Libraries
4) Day Cares
5) Colleges
6) Fairs
7) Festivals
8) Street Performances
9) Cruise Ships
10) Corporate Markets
11) Theaters
12) Arenas
13) Magic Shops
14) Theme Parks
15) Hotels
and the list goes on, and on...

I’ve heard countless times “I hated magic shows until I saw your show.” Although we’d all like to think our shows are GREAT, that’s not the case… there are a lot of magicians (and other variety acts) out there not doing a good enough job, and it reflects poorly on the industry.  


Remember in the mid 90’s when World’s Greatest Magic aired every year for 5 years, the day before Thanksgiving? There was nearly 10 hours of incredible magicians! 

It's time to make variety entertainment amazing again by breaking it all down into these five essential categories that are ESSENTIAL to your success as an entertainer:
1) You
2) Your Market
3) Your Marketing
4) Your Team
5) Your Systems

The good news is that this coming November 13-17, 2017, we've assembled a some of the greatest minds in entertainment in one location; giving you nearly 40 hours of free presentations to help you fix what's currently broken in your performance business! They'll give you the tools and the knowledge to help you go make six or seven figures a year in entertainment! Think it's impossible? Think again! We've included several millionaires in these presentations just to prove our point!

Check out this year's schedule!

November 13, 2017 - Day 1:
• Jeff McBride - Pack Small Play Anywhere!
• Michael Finney - Behind The Scenes Of A One-Man-Show
• Michael Trixx - Six Figure Income From $150 Shows!
• Jessica Jane Peterson - Secrets to Success in Entertainment
• Chris Randall - Overcoming Addictions To Achieve Higher Success

November 14, 2017 - Day 2: 
• Garry Carson - How to Make $500,000 Per Year, Doing Fund Raising Shows!
• William Rader - Secrets to Making $1,000 In The Back Room of Restaurants
• Zach Zimmerman - Being Funny Onstage, Even If You're Not
• CustomMagicKits.com - Back Of Room Sales
• Eric Bedard - Secrets to Getting Booked To Entertain Celebrities!
• Murray SawChuck - Bonus Lecture!
• Jeff McBride Bonus Lecture - Bonus Lecture On Competitions

November 15, 2017 - Day 3:
• Tony Clark - Insider Secrets To The Business of Entertainment
• Greg Gleason - The Art of Touring Behind The Curtain Details
• Bill Gladwell - 2-Walling Secrets • 2.0 Troubleshooting
• Robert Kalina - How To Be The Act That Producers Look For
• Michael Stedman - FanCraft 2.0 To Grow Your Social Media
• Michael Trixx Bonus Lecture

November 16, 2017 - Day 4: 
• Bizzaro - Creating Unique Masterpieces To Fit Your Character
• Lefty - Details, Direction, and Professionalism
• Chance Wolf - Turning Ordinary Tricks Into Miracles
• Andy Amyx - Photographing Magic & Putting Out Products
• Lauren Phillips - Production and Stage Managing For All Styles of Acts
• Garry Carson Bonus Lecture

November 17, 2017 - Day 5: 
• Tobias Beckwith - Building and Managing Your Entertainment Business
• Niels Duinker - Brand Consistency To Better Serve Your Market
• Fielding West - Stagecraft 101
• Trevor and Lorena Watters - Working And Traveling As A Couple and Duo Act
• David DaVinci - How to Get $50,000 Worth of Free Publicity 
• Andy Amyx Bonus Lecture

$1,000.00 Grand Prize Contest Update:
Don't forget to check your email after completing registration for some important information about the contest, and how you can enter to win $1,000.00 USD!

There are SO many amazing lectures coming up, so make sure you block your calendars, and get ready to boost your career!

Register Now!
To ensure your future success, go now to www.MagicMasterSummit.com now and enter your name and email address, to register for this limited-time, free event!

BONUS!
We're so committed to your success, that just for signing up we'll give you 7 Free Documents delivered to your emailed instantly!
• Booking Form (Used for your records for all types of events)
• Client Invoice (To instantly make you look more professional)
• Confidentiality Agreement (Basic version for your casual performance settings)
• Confidentiality Agreement (Expert version for those really important contracts and secrets)
• Cover Letter (To get you started in the right direction)
• Letter of Agreement (Simple contract for most shows)
• Model Release Form (Giving you the unlimited permission to use someone’s image for your promotional or business purposes)

Don't wait, register now!








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The Evasons make NBA history

From The Evasons Facebook page:

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23 October 2017

Toronto: "Tricks and Treats" at Hart House

From the Tricks and Treats Facebook event:
We have an amazing lineup of talented performers for this show. You don't want to miss this!

Jonah Babins
Benzi Train
Tyler Sol Good
RJ Steele





22 October 2017

London Jones in the news

From the article "Calgary girl dubbed London the Magnificent makes famous magician cry" by David Bell in the CBC:
A letter from a nine-year-old Calgary girl who's an aspiring magician to a famous entertainment duo is charming people around the world, after one half of Penn & Teller tweeted it to his two million followers.

Penn Jillette tweeted a photo of the letter — scrawled in pencil and adorned with drawings of playing cards and a rabbit in a hat — writing "Ever have the slightest question of why we do this? Hard to stop crying to type. Women are the future of magic!"

Read more and watch video of London performing the Cups and Balls.




 From the Global Edmonton Facebook page:




From Brent Smith's Facebook page:

From Penn Jillette's Twitter feed:

21 October 2017

Niagara Falls: David DaVinci‏ performs Wild Magic

For a limited time only, catch David DaVinci in Niagara Falls!

David's even offering up a promo code: DAVIDDAVINCIGFT50

Catch him while you can.


From David DaVinci's Twitter feed:
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20 October 2017

Vote for Captain Corbin, Daniel Steep, Keith Brown, and Peter Mennie in the "Our London Best of London Awards"

Updated at 10:40am to add:



From Captain Corbin's Facebook page:

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From Daniel Steep's Facebook page:

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From The Agri-Magic Show Twitter feed:






19 October 2017

Montreal: Dr. Amir Raz to talk about hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine

Dr. Amir Raz will be giving his lecture, "The Placebo Effect," on his Oct. 23 lecture at this year’s Trottier Public Science Symposium “Mind Matters: The Body-Mind Connection.”

From the article "Trottier Symposium speaker Dr. Amir Raz on hypnosis, magic and placebos in medicine" McGill Reporter:
Before he was a psychiatry professor and researcher, Amir Raz was a magician — and the two occupations aren’t as different as you might think. As Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, Dr. Raz is interested in deception and how people’s physiology is influenced by their expectations of what is about to happen.

Read the interview.

18 October 2017

October sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

Sponsor Canada's Magic 
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Join the company of patrons Clive Court (The Fun-da-Mentalist), Evelyn & Phil Matlin (owners of Perfect Magic), Jeff Pinsky (owner of The Browser's Den of Magic), and Michael Close (author of the Workers series and other ebooks) and sponsor us (or be our friend) today!

Our patrons make this site possible. 

For more information, please visit the "Sponsor" tab, leave your question in a comment below or send an e-mail.

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Thank you for your continued support!




17 October 2017

Ottawa and Toronto: Wes Barker

If you get the chance, go see Wes Barker, recently awarded the honour of "Variety Act of 2017." 

At the end of the month, you can catch Wes at 'Magic Monday' in Ottawa.  Mid-November he'll be in Toronto (info at bottom of the post).

Regular reader and guest poster, The Magic Demon, has also let me know that Wes was recently featured on the podcast "What's So Funny?"  (The link can be found at CoopRadio.org, Sunday night at 11pm.)  As an aside, I've also been informed that Sunday Oct 29th at 11pm to midnight Pacific Time, CFRO  100.5 FM Vancouver will feature an hour long live interview with  Shawn Farquhar.

A quick reminder that Wes will be in Burnaby this weekend as part of "M.


From the Magic Monday Facebook event:
Magic Monday is thrilled to present two amazing, world-reknowned performers!
All the way from Vancouver, the man who fooled Penn & Teller, the incredible Wes Barker! Joining him on stage from Toronto, the extraordinary European clown and mime stylings of Kate Mior! Special Guest host this month is Steve the Magic Reindeer!

 Don't miss this one of a kind showcase, and like last month this show is certain to be a sell out! So get your tickets now.



From the Rec Room Toronto's Facebook event:







16 October 2017

Subscribe to "Vanish" for free

From Paul Romhany's Facebook page:

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!

EVERYBODY that reads VANISH you can now subcribe for FREE and each issue will be delivered to your mail box each month. Just click on latest edition and press SUBCRIBE on left hand side (do this on computer) - this is a really cool feature I just added. PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWS with the magic community

15 October 2017

Yeatland Wong in the Calgary Herald

From the article "Hobson: Behind the curtain for a good cause" by Louis B. Hobson in the Calgary Herald:
I honestly couldn’t resist this concept of theatre for charity. Audiences can have a fun night out knowing most of their ticket price is going to deserving charities.

If you wave the Kinsmen banner, it’s amazing who comes to your aid. We needed advice on how to stage the opening illusion and, voila, local magician and illusionist Yeatland Wong to the rescue. He has been an invaluable resource, not only for the mystifying cabinets illusion but on how to properly strap someone in a straight jacket.

Read more.

14 October 2017

Outerbridge Magic Fall 2017 tour dates

If you can catch Ted and Marion Outerbridge on their upcoming tour, I highly recommend it!

From Ted Outerbridge:
  • October 14, 2017:  Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Showcase), Regina, SK
  • October 15, 2017:  Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (Showcase), Regina, SK
  • October 27, 2017:  Gracie Theatre, Bangor, ME
  • November 18, 2017:  (Holiday Magic Show), St. Catharines, ON
  • November 20, 2017:  Capital Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Windsor, ON
  • November 21, 2017:  Kiwanis Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Chatham, ON
  • November 22, 2017:  Library Theatre Holiday Magic Show), Sarnia, ON
  • November 24, 2017:  Forest City Church Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), London, ON
  • November 28, 2017:  (Holiday Magic Show), Belleville, ON
  • November 30, 2017:  Rose Theatre (Holiday Magic Show), Brampton, ON
  • December 1, 2017:  Sanderson Centre (Holiday Magic Show), Brantford, ON
  • December 2, 2017:  Humanities Theatre (Holiday Magicc Show), Waterloo, ON
  • December 7, 2017:  Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB
  • December 8, 2017:  Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB
  • March 14, 2018:  First Ontario Arts Centre Milton, Milton, ON









13 October 2017

Greg Frewin Theatre: Winner of 2017 Top Performing Arts Award from Attractions Ontario

Do you remember, back in May, when I was bugging you to vote for Greg at Attractions Ontario?  Enough of you did!

Congratulations Greg, et al! Well deserved!

And you can wake up with Greg on Friday the 13th! From the Greg Frewin Theatre Facebook page:
WAKE UP WITH GREG-
 Greg & Nick from the #GregFrewin Theatre LIVE #610AM - round table with #TimDenis tomorrow at 7:30am


From the Greg Frewin Theatre Facebook page:

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12 October 2017

Ty Reveen on CFJC Midday

A reminder that Ty Reveen is on his BC Autumn tour.  Locations and dates can be found at the Facebook page of Reveen The Legend Continues.


From the CFJC Community YouTube channel:

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11 October 2017

Ariann Black's "The Volunteer Network"

From The Volunteer Network:
The Volunteer Network empowers Volunteers by building dynamic relationships between fellow volunteers, philanthropic organizations and worthy sponsors in a way that is simpler and more effective than ever before, all with the goal of making a positive impact on the world.

To accomplish this we are creating a platform unique to the altruistic world.

Read more and sign-up to be notified of the official launch.


From Ariann Black's Facebook page:



10 October 2017

Vancouver: "MAGIC! 75 Years of the Magic Circle"

From Straight:
Nov 4, 7-9 pm
Nov 5, 7-9 pm

Join the Vancouver Magic Circle as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a magic show featuring the finest magicians from around the world. You've seen these magical artists on shows like America's Got Talent, TEDx talk, The Magic Castle in Hollywood and even Penn & Teller's Fool Us. Featuring:

  • Jeki Yoo - South Korea
  • Hannibal - North Carolina
  • Andrew Goldenhersh - California
  • Shawn Farquhar - Master of Ceremonies

Read more and buy tickets.

07 October 2017

Toronto: "The Illusionists – Live From Broadway" buy 1 get 1 for only $1!

From Mirvish.com:
December 12 to January 7, 2018

This year's illusionists: Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist), Jeff Hobson (The Trickster), An Ha Lim (The Manipulator), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), and Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil).

Read more.


From Smart Canucks:
Mirvish Toronto are celebrating Thanksgiving by offering a promotion on tickets. Buy 1 get 1 for only $1! But hurry because only 100 tickets per selected performance are available. Use the promo code GIVE17 to get this deal.

Included in this promotion:

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway
Princess of Wales Theatre
DECEMBER 12, 2017 – JANUARY 7, 2018
Valid on price 1 and 2 for the following performances:
DECEMBER 12, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 13, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 13, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 14, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 19, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 20, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 21, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 22, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 23, 1:30PM
DECEMBER 23, 7:30PM
DECEMBER 24, 1:30PM

This offer ends Sunday October 8 at 11:59pm EST or while quantities last. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include 13% HST and $3.25 CIF. Seating restrictions apply. Offers are not valid on premium seats.

Click here to buy your tickets at Mirvish.

Read more.

06 October 2017

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Browser's Den (FREE) Magic Club meets this Saturday, October 7 at the shop from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

All are welcome.

Thank you for your kind support- The Browser's Den Team.




05 October 2017

Thank you to our October 2017 friends!

Thank you to John Smithman, John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, and The Outerbridges, for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

It's good to have friends like you.


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04 October 2017

Thank you to our October 2017 sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.

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03 October 2017

2017 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

If you would like to attend one of the shows, please call 1-877-948-6626 for ticket availability and information.

The East Coast Tour features:

The Ontario Tour features:

Scroll down to see the show dates (or download the PDF from Philae-Shriners.com):

East Coast:
  • Nov 4th 1pm show. Gwendolyn Kent Auditorium. Bathurst N.B.
  • Nov 5th 1pm show. Bernard Poirier Theatre. Fredericton. N.B.
  • Nov 6th 7pm show. Capitol Theatre. Moncton. N.B.
  • Nov 7th 7pm show. Horton High Theatre. Wolfville. N.S.
  • Nov 8th. 7pm show. Th'Yark Playhouse Theatre. Yarmouth. N.S.
  • Nov 9th. 5pm and 7.15pm shows. Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax. N.S.
  • Nov 10th. 7pm show Savoy Theatre. Glace Bay. N.S.
  • Nov 11th. 1pm and 4pm shows.Glasgow Square Theatre New Glasgow. N.S.
  • Nov12th. 1pm and 4pm shows.  I'Isle-Saint-Jean Theatre. Charlottetown . P.E.I.
  • Nov 13th 7pm show. Cobequid Ed Centre. Truro N.S.
  • Nov 14th 7pm show. Imperial Theatre. Saint John N.B.

Ontario:
  • Nov 18th 1pm show. Catherine Street Auditorium. St. Catharines.
  • Nov 20th 7pm show. Capital Theatre. Windsor.
  • Nov 21st 7pm show. Kiwanis Theatre. Chatham.
  • Nov 22nd. 7pm show. Library Theatre. Sarnia.
  • Nov 24th. 7pm show Forest City. London.
  • Nov 28th 7pm show. Empire Theatre. Belleville.
  • Nov 30th. 7pm show. Rose Theatre. Brampton.
  • Dec 1st. 7pm show. Sanderson Theatre. Brantford
  • Dec 2nd. 1pm show. Humanities Theatre. Waterloo
  • Dec 8th. 7pm show Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls
  • Dec 16th. 1pm and 4pm shows. Meadowvale Theatre. Mississauga


FOR TICKETS call: 1-877-948-6626. 


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

02 October 2017

Random thoughts from "The Newest Trick in the Book"

The Newest Trick in the Book is back Tuesday October 3rd, at 8:30pm, for a FREE Halloween themed show, with Benzi Train, James Alan, James Harrison, and Shamus Mac Gregor!
Last month, I attended the September 5th edition of "The Newest Trick in the Book," billed as "Toronto's ONLY magic open-mic."

I had no idea what to expect from a magic open-mic.  I thought it might be a slightly more dressed up version of watching folks jam at the club or the magic shop.  As it turns out I'd previously seen most of the performers on this program both jamming casually and performing professionally.  Would the evening be a repeat of stuff I'd already seen?

The verdict:  no.  Well, sometimes yes.  But not really.

Let me explain.

The event takes place at  See-Scape Toronto, a sci-fi bar and gaming café.  It's a cozy space filled with wonderful people.  (And lots of games.)



Everything about the place is interesting.


You were probably wondering about the show.

The evening was a TONNE of fun.  The performances were elevated well beyond a typical jam.  Each of the performers had an energy that was different from what I expected of them.  Perhaps it was the buzz of doing something in front of an audience for the first time? 

It was also clear to me, that the performers were having more fun than usual too!  I witnessed the child-like excitement of bringing a new idea to life, the brilliance of turning the tables on an old standard, freshening up a classic, and the general enjoyment of working things out in front of a safe crowd.  (I've heard more than one professional espouse the importance of having a "safe place" to try things out in front of an audience.  I better appreciate the wisdom now.)

If you're in the Toronto area, I encourage you to both attend and perform at "The Newest Trick in the Book."



Trivia questions: who said what?

1) Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! a) Sammy Jakubowicz
2) Mr. Harrison, it's time for your medication. b) Chris Westfall
3) That's what I would do if I were in your position. But I'm a jerk. c) James Harrison
4) I'm not a thief, I'm a magician. d) James Alan



With thanks to the wonderful performers!













01 October 2017

Rounding the Western rings in October 2017

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- An evening with David Parr
- Monthly meeting
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- TBA.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- TBA.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Third Monday Magic.
- General meeting
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Tom Stone lecture
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- Hosted by Tony Chris
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - 3 of Clubs Convention


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Rounding the Central rings in October 2017

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Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- Executive meeting.
- Free form first Fridaze
- Houdini séance supper
- Second Saturday night special
- Open house
- KW Ring 235 meetup
- Houdini séance year 90
- Sunday brunch
- Houdini Halloween supper
- Instagram Tuesday
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Paul Pacific lecture.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- TBA
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Alfredo Marchese lecture (happened in September).


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Rounding the Eastern rings in October 2017

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?

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




Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA


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