31 March 2019

The top 5 posts in March 2019

There were 30+ posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Mission: Matt Johnson lecture - It's coming up in a week!
4. Carisa Hendrix nominated for Stage Magician of the Year by the AMA - Good luck Lucy!
3. Remembering Johnny Thompson - Thank you to everyone who shared a memory.
2. Toronto: Illusion show with Ryan Brown - Catch Ryan at the Browser's Bash in April!

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. Shin Lim in the Huffington Post - An oldie but a goodie.

Rounding the Western rings in April 2019

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Jason Ladanye lecture
- Club meeting.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Jason Ladanye lecture
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Jason Ladanye lecture
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Matt Johnson lecture
- Jason Ladanye lecture
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- MAGIC! with Ice McDonald
- Ice McDonald lecture.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Jason Ladanye lecture


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

Rounding the Central rings in April 2019

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



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- N/A.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Ron Guttman lecture.
- MAWNY, Batavia, NY
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- TBA.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual Magic Prop Auction.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- Memorial Night/Classic Magic.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Members Night PLUS.
- Browser's Bash


Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in April 2019

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- In club lecture.


Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.

30 March 2019

Toronto: Masters of Illusion at the Restoring Hope fundraiser

From Chai Lifeline Canada:
Monday, April 1st, 2019 at Roy Thomson Hall

Supporting families in crisis across Canada, every step of the way.

Read more and buy tickets.


From James Alan's Facebook page:
Our regular (Ring 17) meeting night would normally be Monday, April 1. BUT, Chai Lifeline Canada is hosting a large fundraiser at Roy Thomson Hall that night featuring a performance by the touring cast of Masters of Illusion. It's a magic show on one of Toronto's most elegant performance venues plus all of the money raised goes to a wonderful community cause.

29 March 2019

Port Moody: MAGIC with Ice McDonald

From Eventbrite:
Sat, April 20, 2019

The Vancouver Magic Circle proudly presents "MAGIC with Ice McDonald", the latest production in a series of one-night only performances featuring world-class magicians from around the globe presenting their rarely-seen full gala show

Read more and register.


28 March 2019

Toronto: Jay Sankey on creativity

You can also see Jay at the 'Masters of Magic' convention in Italy May 18-19th.  See Jay's Tweet at the bottom of this post.


From YouTube:
'Stop Trying to 'BE CREATIVE!'" How To Nurture Your Natural Creativity

When: Thursday April 4th, 2019

Where: YouTube Space Toronto - 230 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON

As a master magician and stand-up comic, Jay Sankey has performed all over
the world. He's also developed websites, created product packaging,
authored books, drawn cartoons, invented direct marketing pieces, designed
logos, created television series and produced hundreds of videos.


Read more and register.




27 March 2019

Edmonton: Building Skills as Professional Artists - A Public Seminar

Sheldon Casavant will be speaking at "Building Skills as Professional Artists - A Public Seminar."


From Evenbrite:

As an artist, you are a person driven by passion. Whether you came across your art form by happenstance or by choice, you have given it careful thought and finally decided to go the distance! You have spent countless hours developing your craft, honing your skills and technique. Now that you feel ready, how do you bring your art into the world? Who needs the art, and how will they support me to make it? How do I get the most out of my craft, and how can I create for the rest of my life?

In other words, how does one start the path pursuing a career in the arts? At the surface these questions may seem straightforward, but the answers are a new way of thinking entirely. In the real world, we must put the same care and attention towards our professionalism just as much as our art.

Read more and buy tickets.

26 March 2019

Marc Desaulniers and Shawn Farquhar at MAWNY

The 73rd Magician's Alliance of Western New York (MAWNY) convention will be on  Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Canadians representing include Marc Desaulniers and Shawn Farquhar.


From Shawn Farquhar's Twitter feed:
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25 March 2019

Toronto: Ben Train at Soul Shabbaton

Visit Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto for more details.


From Benzi Train's Facebook page:

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24 March 2019

Chris Funk: Helping us all find success

Thanks Chris!


From Chris Funk's Twitter feed:
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23 March 2019

Mahdi Gilbert in CBC Arts

From the March 18th article "People told Mahdi the Magician his body would make his dreams impossible — but he refused to quit" in CBC Arts:
"One of my teachers told me I shouldn't use my body because my body 'isn't any good,'" the Canadian magician, who was born without hands or feet, tells filmmaker Jason D'Souza. "[They said] that I should use my mind because my mind is still good."

But then, at 17, he found something to be passionate about: slight [sic] of hand. Despite discovering that most of the literature about his newfound passion were written by two-handed magicians for other two-handed magicians, Gilbert would make it work for him and practice through the night.


Read more and watch the video by Jason D'Souza.





22 March 2019

Winnipeg: A Family Day of Magic & Conjurors' Cabaret

The Magic Club of Winnipeg presents its presents it's 20th Annual Family Day of Magic and  3rd Annual Conjurors' Cabaret Saturday April 13th at the Gas Station Arts Centre!


From James Carey Lauder's Facebook page:

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21 March 2019

Edmonton: Billy Kidd in Super$tition

From TIX on the Square:
Firefly Theatre presents Super$tition from April 11 - 21 at La Cite Francophone, 8627 91 St NW. Evening performances are at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.

Firefly Theatre returns to the stage at La Cité Francophone with a spectacular circus and magic cabaret about prophecy, fortune and luck.

Superstition will poke fun at the things we believe will bring us luck or ward off evil with our flamboyantly courageous style!

Featuring John Ullyatt, our special guests magician Billy Kidd from the U.K and contortionist Eliza Lance from Montreal, along with our amazing Home Team of circus artists! Don’t miss this show - it’s bad luck!

Read more and buy tickets.



From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:

20 March 2019

Oshawa: Potted Potter

Catch Potted Potter in Oshawa March 22 - 24!


From the Potted Potter Twitter feed:
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19 March 2019

Toronto: Mini Classes at the 2019 Browser's Bash

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

Did you know there will be Free Mini Classes during the lunch or dinner breaks?


Check out the topics offered:
  • CHRIS BRUCE- False Shuffles, Top Change, Classic Force
  • ANDREW WOO - How To Create Easy & Memorable Magic,  5 Steps to Go from Amateur to Pro
  • CHARLIE MCBURNEY - Crimp & Key Cards, Methods of Deployment
  • WIJ - Card fundamentals (Top Change, Double Lifts, False Shuffles, The Pass, Side Steal)
  • CHRIS WESTFALL - Routine your Magic
  • JONAH BABINS  -  Any Card at Any Number
  • DAVID BARRETT - Biddle Count Procedures
  • ROBERT & SCOTT PRESSWOOD - Seminar in outside side lobby on Kid/Family Shows
Read more and register!

18 March 2019

Festival de magie de Québec 2019

From Festival de magie de Québec:
The 9th edition of the Festival de magie de QuĂ©bec will take place from May 2nd to 5th, 2019. You will once again be amazed and surprised by all the artists and magic activities. Le Festival de magie de QuĂ©bec is : 4 days of magic, 40 professional magicians, more than 70 free activities in the streets of the Quartier Petit Champlain, at the Parc FĂ©lix-Leclerc, at Place Royale, at the Parc de la Batterie Royale and at the Théâtre Petit Champlain. It is also, at the Capitole de QuĂ©bec, the 7th Ă©dition of the Concours International de magie "Michel Cailloux", one amazing show including  magic, light and soap bubbles, one international level magic Gala with artists from 8 different countries, one kids magic gala, a magic school and a special happening for primary schools from QuĂ©bec.
The magican's package includes:

  • The show "Bubbles" with Marco Zoppi and Rolanda from Italy
  • The international magic Gala, with Daniel Coutu as MC and featuring :
  • Bill Cheung ​from China
  • Norbert FerrĂ© from France
  • Rafael from Belgium
  • Nikolai Striebel from Germany
  • Timothy Trust and Diamond from Germany
  • Voronin and his son Max from Ukraine and USA
  • Marco Zoppi et Rolanda from Italy
  • ​The kids magic gala, with Daniel Coutu as MC, featuring :​
  • Danys Hamel
  • Magislain
  • Fredo
  • A close-up show with Bill Cheung (China)
  • A lecture from Bill Cheung (China)
  • A lecture from Daniel Coutu (Canada)
  • A lecture from StĂ©phane Lacasse (Canada)
  • A lecture from Rafael (Belgium)
  • A lecture from Bernardo Sedlacek (Brazil)
  • A lecture from Nikolai Streibel and Eberhard Riese (Germany)
  • A lecture from Timothy Trust and Diamond (Germany)
  • An interview with Voronin and his son Max (USA)
  • A lecture from Marco Zoppi (Italy)

And...
  • A welcoming cocktail on May 3rd, 2019 at 7 pm
  • A magic clinic
  • Magic jams at night
  • Access to the dealer room
  • Access to the 7th Concours international de magie "Michel Cailloux"

Read more and buy tickets.

16 March 2019

Sending healing thoughts to Evelyn Matlin

For those of you who don't already know, have a read of Evelyn Matlin's March 11th post "Who’s The Magician Here?" at the Perfect Magic blog.
So if any of you don’t know yet, and are wondering why I haven’t written anything since January, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the beginning of February. To make a long story as short as possible, I think you know that Phil broke his ankle in late December and was working at home all this time. I looked after the shop all of January. I was used to running up and down the stairs of the shop and would take parcels to send out at the Pharmaprix Post Office across the street. I thought nothing of it.

Then, in early February I noticed I was out of breath when I got to the top of the stairs.

Read more.

15 March 2019

Lee Asher at the Conjuror Community Summit

The 2019 CC Summit will take place August 23rd & 24th in Tupelo, Mississippi.


From the Conjuror Community Summit:
Lee Asher

Elite card magicians celebrate Lee's astonishing visual magic and unrivaled knowledge in the playing card world. He's also the most approachable expert you'll ever meet. At CC Summit 2019, he'll share his modern classics, and reveal secret miracles he’s never shared before!

Read more and register.


14 March 2019

AGT 2019 spoiler alert!

Do you see who I see?


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13 March 2019

Mission: Matt Johnson lecture

From the Fraser Valley Magic Circle:
Sunday April 7th

Matt Johnson is originally from the UK and now resides in Canada. Matt has been performing and perfecting his craft in the art of magic for more than 25 years.
Over the past 25 years he has literally traveled the globe performing in exotic locations such as Japan, Dubai, Argentina, Australia and throughout Europe. He has performed in theaters, on cruise ships and for many of the world’s largest companies including Mercedes, Norwegian Cruises, Ford, AT&T, Toyota and Microsoft to name just a few. He has been viewed in more than 60 countries, made headlines across the globe and in the last year alone has been viewed more than 70 Million times on YouTube!

Read more and buy tickets.


12 March 2019

Carisa Hendrix nominated for Stage Magician of the Year by the AMA

Congratulations Carisa, on your nomination for Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of the Magical Arts!


From Shezam's Facebook post:
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11 March 2019

Toronto: Illusion show with Ryan Brown

Catch Ryan at the 401 Mini Indy on March 16th!


From Ryan's Facebook event:

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10 March 2019

Remembering Johnny Thompson

From Julie Eng's Facebook page:

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Remembering Marshall Brodien

From Alex Zander's Facebook page:

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08 March 2019

Thank you to our March 2019 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Owen Anderson, Ryan Pilling, Matt DiSero, and James Renoire for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

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07 March 2019

The Perfectly Normal Podcast: Gregory Wilson

Last June, Jeff Newman and Ben Price from Calgary started The Perfectly Normal Podcast.

Recently they sat down to chat with Gregory Wilson.


From Castbox.FM:
Jeff and Ben Sit down to talk with two time FISM award winner, magic creator, performer, lecturer, and all around cool guy, Greg Wilson. Greg shares his take on how to be a performer, what he thinks is important as a performer of magic, and we share a few jokes...Canadian and otherwise.

Read more and listen to podcast.

06 March 2019

Welcoming a new Friend: James Renoire

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friend, James Renoire!

When a boyhood interest in Magic intersected with landing the lead part of a magician in a school production, James was firmly sent on his journey in the performing arts.

Actor, Author, Chavez student, Composer, Magician, Musician, Producer, James has loved them all - but now he’s semi-retired, and has reprioritized Magic as his primary passion. Instrumental in the 2015 revival of Montreal's IBM Ring #62 and founder of the Canadian College of Magic℠ James also heads up the Magicians.Agency as well as the Abracadabra.Boutique.

Follow James on Instagram or visit his website at Renoire.com

Thank you James, for befriending Canada's Magic!

05 March 2019

Toronto: From Fair to Foul


From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Sunday, March 24, 2019

This is a 90 minute historical lecture about magicians during the 1800’s. It explains how they transformed from distrusted street performers at fairs to performers of skill. And ended the century by debunking the foul spiritualists. The lecture covers many incredible people such as James and John Rannie, Richard Potter...the first magicians in America.

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin the French magician who turned magic into a theatrical art form, John Nevil Maskeylne, Spiritualists like the Fox sisters from New York, and much more.

Some of their methods and tricks they used will be discussed.

Canadian connections are emphasized and many interesting items will be displayed. This lecture is NOT a magic show but includes a few historical magic tricks throughout the lecture.

Read more and buy tickets.









04 March 2019

Getting to know Gwyn Auger

From the Beyond Fame Podcast:
She is The Magic Assistant! Recently worked with Lance Burton, Gwyn takes time to chat with me on Beyond Fame about her assisting talents. She is beautiful, charming and a lot of fun. She wants us to also know she does professional consulting for magicians, along with being a social media expert. Please contact her for all your magic show needs.

Read more and listen to podcast.







03 March 2019

CBC's The Amazing and Astounding Invisible Women of Magic

From the February 22nd post "The women of magic are much more than 'lovely assistants'" CBC Radio:
Sawing a woman in half, a hemicorporectomy, is a classic illusion. And a classic role for women in magic — the pretty helpmeet, assisting men as they dazzle and enchant their audiences. But women are busting out of the boxes.

Frank Faulk's documentary, which was first broadcast a decade ago, is called "The Amazing and Astounding Invisible Women of Magic."

Read more and listen to interview.

02 March 2019

Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
Dear Denizens,

This Saturday, March 2nd is our next FREE MAGIC CLUB meeting. We get together from 2:30pm to about 5:30pmish. All welcome to attend.

Have a nice day- The Jeff's, John Cardella & Lisa Close.

01 March 2019

Aaron Matthews and Rosemary Reid: She Gets Me

Watch the music video for The Washboard Union's "She Gets Me" featuring Aaron Matthews and Rosemary Reid!

(How many Canadian magicians have been in professional music videos?  James Alan was in Summerworks Song, Ray Chance had a cameo in Shawn Desman's video for Stuck and JRDN's video for Like Magic.  And for honourable mention, from The Music Show.  I'm sure there are more though.  Send the deets my way!)



From The Washboard Union's YouTube channel: