19 February 2019

Ontario: Ryan Joyce

From Ryan Joyce's February 16th blog post "Magician on tour: Upcoming Ontario magic shows":

I'll be travelling with my long-time friend and on-stage partner Jenna and my magician friends Peter Mennie and Graeme Reed. Meet all these crazy characters plus Will our sound engineer.


OWEN SOUND:
O.S.C.V.I. Auditorium – East Ridge Community School
Friday, February 22, 2019


BELLEVILLE:
Maranatha Auditorium
Saturday, February 23, 2019


PETERBOROUGH:
Showplace Performance Centre
Sunday, February 24, 2019
 

COBOURG:
COBOURG COMMUNITY CENTRE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019


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17 February 2019

David Ben: U of T Featured Alumni

From the January 22nd article at the University of Toronto Alumni website:
“The news of my retirement is greatly exaggerated,” says David Ben (UC 1983), a Toronto-born conjuror, historian of magic, writer and consultant.

Ben, a renowned expert in sleight-of-hand magic, is in the midst of creating a new show that will revisit some of his old tricks and add a selection of new ones. Each time he creates a show, he is a writer, director and set designer all in one, weaving together a story that incorporates each of his chosen tricks.

“I believe that to be an artist, you need great technique, a great understanding of the past and a vision for the future,” he says.


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16 February 2019

Oakville: Westfall's World

From Eventbrite:

The Toronto Magic Company and Chris Westfall have partnered with Dave and Buster's to bring you an ULTIMATE FUN package for Family Day, that's good for a FULL day of fun!

What's included:

- A ticket to Westfall's World: A high energy magic show jam packed with audience participation. It keeps its spectators laughing, gasping and screaming while on the edge of their seats the entire way through. (Drink and food service is available inside the theatre and throughout the show.)

- An UNLIMITED Powerplay Game Card, good for all the non-redemption games in the building until 2am!

- A bonus 60 credits to be used on the redemption games (to redeem for prizes)

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15 February 2019

Carisa Hendrix in the Calgary Herald

From the February 7th article "Who's that girl? Calgary magician Carisa Hendrix and the rise of Lucy Darling" by Eric Volmers in the Calgary Herald:
Lucy is as good an authority as anyone on the magic of new personas. She is actually the alter ego of Calgary magician, fire-eater, actress, model and “circus artist” Carisa Hendrix. Two years ago, Hendrix was a moderately successful act in Calgary, concentrating largely on corporate gigs and children’s festivals and generally “scraping by and living a little bit in magic obscurity,” she says. There had been notable highlights. She had developed a show for Las Vegas, was the subject of the documentary Girl on Fire and even broke the Guinness World Record for “longest duration fire-torch teething” in 2012. But her entry into the exclusive inner circle of international magicians eluded her.

Then Lucy came along.

Lucy Darling, decked out in an elegant evening gown and possessing a quick wit worthy of Dorothy Parker, debuted in Australia at the Melbourne Magic Festival in July of 2017.

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14 February 2019

New York: Farquhar and Hendrix in Salute to Magic

From SAM Parent Assembly #1:
Asi Wind, Shawn Farquhar, Lucy Darling and Bobby Torkova Amaze Audiences March 30 in the Salute to Magic Show in Manhattan

Since its start in 1909 the Salute to Magic show has provided New York audiences the opportunity to enjoy the amazing talent of some of magic’s biggest names. This year’s show features a program of internationally renowned performers who are among today’s most innovative and accomplished conjurors. We will also honor magician David Kaye for his significant influence on the field of children’s magic and for his leadership of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians.

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From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:


13 February 2019

Derek Selinger performs in Magic Tricks with Ian

From Derek Selinger's YouTube channel, Magic Inspired:

Many years ago I had a young man named Ian attend some of my live magic shows. He bought posters and I even had a picture taken with him. That picture has hung on my wall ever since as a reminder of why I do what I do.

Ian's mom reached out to me to buy a new poster as his old one was falling apart. We of course got him that and more. In the discussion with Ian's mom we learned that Ian has some significant health challenges. Being a young man with Down Syndrome he is not eligible for heart transplants and so he has a rather arduous routine.

We decided to visit Ian's home and perform a show with magic tricks, including a box illusion, in his kitchen for his friends where the magician... was Ian. This is that story, and this is that show.

I hope meeting Ian encourages you as you face the challenges and opportunities in your life. Ian is one of the greatest magicians I have ever met. While he may not have the technical skill I have developed... he changes peoples worlds by his smile, enthusiasm and kindness. Welcome to "The Magic of Ian".

Video at the bottom of the post.


From Derek Selinger's Instagram:






From Derek Selinger's YouTube channel, Magic Inspired:









12 February 2019

Toronto: Suzanne announced for Browser's Bash 2019!

Browser's Bash logoBROWSER'S BASH 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019

From the Browser's Den of Magic newsletter:

The highly respected and very entertaining  close-up magic Phenom simply known as SUZANNE is coming to share her wonderful magic with us at BROWSER'S MAGIC BASH, SATURDAY APRIL 13.

Not only did SUZANNE fool Penn and Teller she was the first female magician to earn the Close Up Magician of the Year award from the Academy of  Magical Arts. Plus she has been a featured cover story in both Genii and MUM magazines!

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11 February 2019

Billy Hsueh appointed IBM Territorial Vice President for BC

Congratulations Billy!  Thank you for all of your hard work.


 
From Billy Hsueh's Facebook page:
Excited to announce that I have been appointed the position of IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians Territorial Vice President for British Columbia!

Thank you Murray Hatfield for your years of service! I hope to continue the good work you have done for the Vancouver Magic Circle, IBM Ring #92, the Victoria Magic Circle and the Fraser Valley Magic Circle.  








09 February 2019

Philippines: PCAM / PIMC

From Alex Seaman's Facebook page:
Join me in the Philippiness this spring for P.C.A.M. 2019!

20% off for all members of I.B.M./S.A.M./P.C.A.M./A.M.A!!!

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08 February 2019

Calgary: WowFest is back!


Did you know that 10% of WowFest Ticket Sales Support School Lunches for Calgary Kids?


From WowFest:
The seventh annual WowFest Magic Arts Festival presents amazing magic shows in Calgary on Family Day Weekend.

Join us for the Family Fun Magic Show, or the WowFest Magic Spectacular! Take your pick of two amazing shows coming to the BMO Theatre at the Rocky Ridge YMCA.
THE WOWFEST MAGIC SPECTACULAR
Starring the amazing illusions of Michael Berends, featuring Aytahn Ross of the Acme Circus, plus more astounding magical guests!


THE FAMILY FUN MAGIC SHOW
This laugh-out-loud show has been the recurring hit with WowFest audiences! Starring the comedy magic duo Trevor & Lorena, featuring the Great Balanzo and more special guest performers!

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07 February 2019

Victoria: A Night of Alumni Entertainment

From the Spectrum Alumni Facebook page:
Mark your Calendars, April 5, for a night of amazing entertainment by two of Spectrum's world-renowned grads, Michael Harrison and Shawn Farquhar with all proceeds going to the Spectrum Alumni Association Scholarship Fund!

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06 February 2019

Toronto: Nicholas Wallace in The Art of Magic

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
The Art of Magic is BACK! Valentines Day Edition!

On February 13th (Valentines Eve), the Toronto Magic Company has put together a perfect date night!

This is our 8th show (and our first 7 shows SOLD OUT completely!)

This show features the incredible Nicholas Wallace (Who recently FOOLED Penn and Teller), Award winning Magician and Illusionist Rob Testa, Jonah Babins local rising star, and host Benzi Train one of Toronto's busiest performers.



Toronto: The Newest Trick in the Book

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
The Newest Trick in the Book is BACK this Tuesday Feb 5th with a NEVER BEFORE SEEN LINEUP!

Here's 10 reasons you should go:

1. It features Jacque Swan, Mark Tricks, Sean Rooney, Benzi Train, and host Jonah Babins.

2. The Temperature outside will be above 0

3. It's a FREE show

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05 February 2019

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04 February 2019

Peter Mennie unpacks his TV archive

From Peter Mennie's blog post "That’s a Lot of Magic!":
Way back when (about two years ago), I did a lot of television. Every month for 11 months, I had an appearance on a local TV chat show. I did two-three routines every time (that's 20-30 tricks) for nearly twenty years!

Over the next few months, here are some of the greatest hits - in no chronological order - and with apologies for the video quality of some of the segments.

Read more and watch video. [1 - Straight Ahead]


Peter's also posted:

03 February 2019

Broken wand: Lorne Joseph Overholt

Lorne was a member of the London's Magicians Guild.


From Your Life Moments:
OVERHOLT, Lorne Joseph - Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in his 97th year. Beloved husband of Evelyn for 76 years. Loving father of Jo Anne Lightbody (Stuart), Denise Nugent (Jim), and David Overholt (Helen). Cherished grandfather of Katherine Knight (Rob), Michael Lightbody, David Keene (Christina), Karra Overholt, Jason Pine (Melanie), and nine great-grandchildren. Lorne’s faith in Jesus Christ was the central theme of his life, which inspires his children and grandchildren. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


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With thanks to Peter Mennie for letting us know.

02 February 2019

Calgary: Potted Potter

From Arts Commons:
Tue February 5 - Mon February 18, 2019

All seven Harry Potter books in seventy hilarious minutes!

Potted Potter
the New York and West End smash hit has garnered rave reviews from New York to Nashville, Chicago to Mexico City and Critics’ Picks from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald and the New York Post!

Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

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01 February 2019

Carisa Hendrix in Ozy

A reminder that you can see Carisa Hendrix perform in Calgary on February 9th.


From the January 30th article "IT'S NO TRICK: WOMEN ARE CRASHING THE MALE-DOMINATED WORLD OF MAGIC" by Tania Bhattacharya in Ozy:
You can tell a lot about a person by what they drink, declares Lucy Darling, the elegant, razor-sharp alter ego of 31-year-old Canadian magician Carisa Hendrix. She’s entertaining a giddy audience at the Magic Castle, the Academy of Magical Arts’ (AMA) private clubhouse in Los Angeles, with her Maker Martini routine. Tony and Jennifer — two spectators — select the strawberry martini and the gimlet as the cocktails they want. Darling goes behind her magical bar to shake up an empty shaker, then pours three different drinks in one go. She hands the strawberry martini to Tony and the gimlet to Jennifer, and they return to their seats, amazed.

A Guinness World Record holder for the longest duration of fire torch teething – a stunt where you hold a fire torch upright with your teeth – and winner of best comedy magic show at the 2017 Melbourne Magic Festival, Hendrix is among a growing number of female illusionists changing the world of magic. For decades, women have largely been relegated to the role of perky assistants who are sawed in half. Now, more and more women are joining the profession as magicians themselves. Top magic schools are recording a dramatic surge in female students. And audiences are embracing them like never before.

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Calgary: Carisa Hendrix at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino

From Ticketfly:
SAT, FEBRUARY 9

Carisa Hendrix is a magician, circus stunt girl and bubble performer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014 Book, Page 86) and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. This 5-time award winning performer has been thrilling audiences all over Canada and internationally for the past 15 years with her signature blend of classy, cute comedy entertainment. Multi-talented, she has a huge vocabulary of Circus Skills, Sideshow Stunts and Magic effects under her belt as well as Balloon Sculpting, Stilt Walking, Fire Dance, Visual Art and Acting. As the Artistic Director of Ballyhoo Entertainment she is excited to be working with a variety of talented young artist to provide a wide range of fun & creative entertainment options for special events.

You might know her from her appearances in 2 popular Youtube projects Protector’s Chronicles (300000+ combined views) and The Art of Slow Motion Fire Eating (75000+ views). Or perhaps you recognize her for the expertise she displays in her best selling instructional DVD on Fire Eating as well as the 1000+ fire eating students who have learned from her first hand in classes all over Canada & the USA.

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