16 June 2019

Lee Asher's thoughts on the recent Cartamunid / USPCC deal

Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Lee's video.

ICYMI...

From the June 4th article "Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company" from Cartamundi:
Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

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15 June 2019

Niagara: Magic Beyond Tricks

From Events Niagara:
An evening of fine dining, good company and an interactive, mind-bending performance that will have you laughing one minute, and awestruck the next.
Your night starts with a delicious 3-course meal at the legendary Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

Then you'll head downstairs, to the Grand Ballroom, to experience Alex Kazam's perfect combination of comedy, magic, and mentalism: Magic Beyond Tricks

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From Alex Kazam's Twitter feed:



14 June 2019

City Parent Magazine Best Children's Entertainer

Congratulations to Scott Dietrich for winning his 8th consecutive Best Children's Entertainer Award from City Parent Magazine!


From Scott Dietrich's Twitter feed:

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13 June 2019

Update from Evelyn Matlin

If you have a moment, be sure to visit the Perfect Magic blog and leave Evelyn a comment, or send her an email with your good wishes.


From the June 10th post "Magic Sent Me Back To the Magic Shop" by Evelyn Matlin at the Perfect Magic blog:
Today I saw my doctor and he said everything was fine and I should be having my robotic operation next week or the following week at the latest. They do 2 robotic operations a day. If I’m the first, I go home the same day and if I’m the second, I sleep over at the hospital. Frankly I don’t care which it is, as long as I get it over with. I thank you all for your good wishes that you sent and appreciate them. If you get a chance, drop in and say hello.

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12 June 2019

Ontario Week of Wonder (OWOW) Magic Festival

From Magic Festival:
Ontario Week of Wonder OWOW Magic Festival is a seven-day celebration of magic and illusion held downtown Fergus.  The festival runs the last week in October and coincides with National Magic Week OCT 24 - 31, 2019

The OWOW Magic Festival features magicians appearing in restaurants, theatres and around downtown Fergus, Ontario.  The Township of Centre Wellington has become a popular hotspot during October because of Monster Month.  An annual month-long festival that draws zombies from near and far.

These communities rest along a particularly spectacular stretch of 80ft limestone cliffs along the Grand River just one hour from Toronto Ontario Canada.  The area has gained tremendous popularity over the past twelve years and has recently been featured in National Geographic, BlogTO, and countless blockbuster movies.

A perfect place for magic and adventure. OWOW Magic Festival is a perfect way to enjoy a little extra magic. 

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11 June 2019

Toronto: Marcus Eddie lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Wednesday June 26th

We are very excited to offer you another opportunity to learn from a fantastic professional. Marcus Eddie will be here at Browser's Den to share his love of magic on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm.

Here's a little bit about Marcus:
Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old. Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into his career.

Today, he is an 8-time award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channel’s magic competition, “Wizard Wars.”marcuseddie

He has appeared on “Penn & Teller Fool Us,” and is the creator of a large catalog of acclaimed, commercially released creations. Marcus also works as a consultant for magicians worldwide, including David Blaine on his television special, “Beyond Magic.”

Marcus Eddie's original magic will leave you stunned, and his lecture will leave you inspired.

We had the pleasure of hosting Marcus a couple years ago and his lecture was fantastic, and we know he's going to bring the goods again! His effects are off-beat and his methods are devious!

We look forward to you joining us on the 26th for what will be another fantastic lecture!

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09 June 2019

Billy Kidd in the Vegas News

From the June 4 article 'Women Are (Secretly) The Driving Force Behind Facebook’s “Making Magic”' in the Vegas News:
The last two episodes of Facebook’s Making Magic featured people you don’t often see in the magic industry: Women. Not only are women featured; their back-to-back episodes have been streamed more than those of their male counterparts.

This comes as no surprise to Making Magic guest Mistie Knight.

“People are excited to see women in major magic roles, not just the shadows,” Knight says. “For so long, it was assumed that women in magic were merely ‘lovely assistants’ providing eye candy. The truth is, in illusion shows women are often the ones doing the heavy lifting.”

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Making Magic Episode 4: Billy Kidd Defeats Duct Tape






08 June 2019

Nicholas Wallace in ET Canada

From the June 5 article "Gabrielle Union Is Possessed By A Creepy Doll In Magician’s Mystifying ‘AGT’ Audition" by Brent Furdyk in ET Canada:
“America’s Got Talent” has seen its fair share of nightmarish magic acts over the years, but magician Nicholas Wallace has raised the bar when it comes to sheer creepiness.For his trick, Wallace explained that he saved an old rocking chair and a disturbing-looking doll from a fire in a hotel, revealing that the chair and the doll share some kind of a supernatural connection.Enlisting judge Gabrielle Union as his volunteer, he asked her to sit in the rocking chair and then covered her eyes with a blindfold.

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07 June 2019

Gander and Cornerbrook: Piff The Magic Dragon

From Arts and Culture Centre:
Piff The Magic Dragon
Presented by Newfound Promotions
July 4 Gander
July 5 Corner Brook

50% Comedy 50% Magic 100% Dragon. Piff the Magic Dragon, Top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent and with a residency at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas, Piff brings his mixture of charm, wit, and wizardry to Gander, NL. Accompany by Mr. Piffles, the world’s only magical Chihuahua, Piff is sure to wow the audience.

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From Phoebe Hancock's Facebook page:




06 June 2019

Welcoming a new patron: Tricky Fingers

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Tricky Fingers!

Based out of Kelowna, the online magic store Tricky Fingers is run by Kray Mitchell.


Regular readers of the blog will know that earlier this year Kray also started Illusionary Canada, "a community resource meant to get more recognition, and to build an archive, of Canadian talent and other resources." Under that umbrella he's started the Illusionary Podcast  where he talks "to Canadian magical practitioners about careers, influence and magic."  To date he's interviewed Billy Kidd, Josh Janousky, Carisa Hendrix, Todd Shapiro, Julie Eng , Danny Kazam, Gwyn Auger, and Sawyer Bullock.

Visit Tricky Fingers at TrickyFingers.ca or Illusionary at Illusionary.ca


Thank you Tricky Fingers, for your sponsorship of Canada's Magic!


05 June 2019

Ottawa: Ryan Pilling's Suitcase of Wonders

The Ottawa Fringe runs June 13-23, 2019.  Check the website for the schedule.

From the Ottawa Fringe:
With odds of a billion to one against, magician Ryan Pilling rolls the dice in a magic show and social experiment that dances along the line between highly improbable and absolutely impossible. As a quick-witted ringmaster, Ryan pits your free will against a locked suitcase in a theatrical gamble that could go either way. Amazing magic and weird stunts with a dash of choose-your-own adventure.

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From the Suitcase of Wonders Facebook event:

04 June 2019

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03 June 2019

Toronto: The Art of Magic with Scott Hammell

From the Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:
The Art of Magic is back with 2 back-to-back shows!

Featuring Scott Hammell, Harry Zimmerman, Benzi Train, and Jonah Babins!

So far we've produced 11 Art of Magic events, and all 11 have SOLD OUT.

This will be much the same!

Head to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner-scott-hammell-tickets-61384706309

The event is a month away and tickets are already moving quickly!



02 June 2019

"Without him I wouldn't have married your mother"

Many magicians inspire others to start on their own magical journey.  Often, they are told about the spark they've lit in others.

Kurt Fuerniss has allowed me to share with you a story about his profound impact on the lives of three others!


From Kurt's May 27th post in the Facebook group of the Magic Circle of Saint John:
I was doing some balloon art yesterday at Rockwood Park for a cystic fibrosis walk. There was a little girl who was about three or four with her father. I was in the middle of making a mermaid balloon for her when her father told her and the crowd around us a story.
He pointed at me and told his daughter "You see that man right there? Without him I wouldn't have married your mother."
The little girl's eyes went huge and replied "whaaat???"
He then proceeded to tell everyone that about 7 years ago I was performing a magic show at the very park we were in. He was friends with the father and his future wife was friends with the mother of the birthday kid. I was doing my escape routine and I invited the two of them up to assist me. They didn't know each other at the time.
I made a passing joke when I gave them the ropes and asked the two of them to "Please tie the knot" for me. He said "I noticed your mother was blushing when the magician made that joke so when we sat down I asked her out on a date. Two years later we were married and the next year you were born." Then he turned around and shook my hand and said "Thank you."

It's amazing to think how what we do can impact someone's life so profoundly.


01 June 2019

Greg Frewin in the Metrolinx News

From the May 16th article "No illusion – Magician Greg Frewin reveals Niagara Falls spectacles GO customers need to unlock" by Sara Wilbur in the Metrolinx News:
Greg Frewin has pulled off one of the most elaborate feats in the history of prestidigitation. He’s managed to quietly hide a very Canadian existence within a bigger-than-life Niagara Falls spectacle.

 The 52-year-old magician seems as much a modern staple of Niagara Falls as, say, running water. His production, inside a local 700-seat theatre named after him, is based on decades of performances around the world that have won him a magic box full of trophies, including the prestigious Magician of the Year Award at the World Magic Awards, as well as a first place for the International Federation of Magic Societies.

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