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30 September 2019

Top 5 posts in September 2019

There were 35+ posts at Canada's Magic last month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Masters of Illusion Canadian dates for 2020 - Got your tickets yet? 
4. "The Lucky Dragon Tour" with Piff the Magic Dragon - Who's a lucky dragon?
3. Mississauga: Beyond Mental Borders with Chris Westfall - So, how was the show?
2. Toronto Magic Club Town Hall - Sorry to have missed this one.

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. Lucy Darling on Penn and Teller's "Fool Us" - Way to go Carisa!

29 September 2019

Montreal: Jared Kopf lecture and show

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Lecture: Wed Oct 23
Show: Sun Oct 27

Jared Kopf is one of magic’s finest artists. As a young man, he built a reputation on his flawless technique and massive repertoire of classics, executed to perfection. It didn’t hurt that he studied under master magicians Bob White and Johnny Thompson. Over the ensuing years, he’s also proven himself to be a master performer, and is considered among the cognoscenti as one of the greatest magicians of his generation.

His lectures always cover a variety of topics:sleight-of-hand card and coin magic, classical magic (Cups & Balls, Linking Rings, etc.), mentalism, and “readings” with various symbols, especially the Tarot de Marseille. The lecture’s thesis argues for a unified theory of Magic as a natural phenomenon.

Jared has done incarnations of this ever-evolving lecture for Conjuring Arts University and across North America, Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Japan, spreading the word that Magic is real—even the fake kind.

So come join us and spend some time with Jared Kopf. We’re happy to have him to lecture, a show, a workshop, as well as one special very limited intimate event that you’ll only hear about if you’re on our mailing list.


Read more and buy tickets.

Rounding the Western rings in October 2019

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Club meeting.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Club meeting.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- General metting.
- Third Monday magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - N/A.


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

Rounding the Central rings in October 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)- N/A.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- N/A.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Member mini-lectures.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Asi Wind lecture.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in October 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- Spooky, Hallowe'en magic.


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

27 September 2019

Ontario: Win your OWOW registration & over $600 in magic gifts

The OWOW Magic Festival will run Oct 25, 26, 27, 2019.


From the OWOW Magic Festival:
Win Your Registration & over $600 magic gifts for FREE!
Register for the OWOW Magic Festival before Oct 4th for your chance to win over $600+ magic goodies & swag, courtesy of Lee Asher, Paul Rohmany,& Michael Close!


​REGISTER NOW & GET A CHANCE TO WIN OVER $600+ FREE MAGIC!!!
  • ​​    OWOW Registration Fee ($145 value!)
  •     OWOW VIP Festival Swag ($75 value!)
  •     Michael Close: Teaches Crafting Workable Magic Masterclass ($45 value!)
  •     Lee Asher MEGA PACK of magic goodies ($95 value!)
  •     Paul Rohmany Custom BOR Marketing DVD!! ($250 value!)
Win your registration and festival swag!  PLUS incredible magic bundle from Lee Asher, learn how to polish your magic with Michael Close and Paul Rohmany gives you the best tool to make more money from every show!

Read more and enter.


From the OWOW Magic Festival Twitter feed:






26 September 2019

Broken wand: Louis Quan

Louis was a longtime member of the Calgary Magic Circle. 

Our condolences to his family and friends.



From McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes:
QUAN, Louis Yuk Wing

March 27, 1937 – Kaiping, Guandong
September 22, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Louis Quan, beloved husband of Esther Quan, of Calgary passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Calgary Chinese Alliance Church (150 Beddington Boulevard N.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

Read more.

25 September 2019

Toronto: Nathan Kranzo lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, from 6pm to 8:30pm - NATE KRANZO LECTURE. Brand new material. Come join us as a Nate Kranzo lecture is ALWAYS fun and filled with clever magic and mentalism most of which is at the intermediate level. TICKETS $20.00

24 September 2019

Peter Mennie's advice based on "40 Years As A Kid's Performer"

From the September 16th article "40 Years As A Kid's Performer Helps" by Peter Mennie at LinkedIn:

I started my career on their stage while I was still in still high school. I had a full stage crew to set my props, run my music (on cassette!) and supply my mic (where I learned proper technique and went from handheld to headset) For the last ten years, I've done tech and this year and last, I was exclusively at the Kiddieland stage. Interestingly enough, the acts were the same both years (plus one additional Juno-nominated siging duo). It was a great opportunity to see how some acts grew (or not) why some acts stayed the same (because it works) and how an act that (according to them), never play these types of events, fit in (they didn't).

I was 'the old guy' in the group but with a unique perspective being both a performer and a technician. Everyone's goals were aligned - gather a crowd and entertain them - however as a performer, I know what the crew needs to make my show a success and as crew, I know what I need to support the stage acts.

Here are a few tips from both perspectives.


Read more.

23 September 2019

Brampton: Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries

November 30th, the Outerbridges will be in Brampton at The Rose Theatre.


From Marion Outerbridge's Facebook page:

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22 September 2019

Ramsay's (sub)Reddit

Chris Ramsay started a subreddit to talk magic, puzzles and cardistry.

Have a look for yourself over at r/ChrisRamsay52.

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From Chris Ramsay's Twitter feed:



21 September 2019

Austin Kaiser interviews Jay Sankey

From the August 12th post "Interview: Jay Sankey, A Magician Who Vanishes Into His Audience" by Austin Kaiser on Medium:

A: What is magic to you, personally?

J: Magic is also the experience in the magician. Fifteen minutes into a gig, I’m starting to flow. I have this wonderful experience of not being anywhere else. I’m in a pure response mode. It’s surreal. I’m inspired by the Dadaists, the Greeks, and Salvador Dali.

A: What is it that people love about magic? What makes them fall in love with it?

J: In this age of Google, we apparently know everything. One hundred years ago there was not that feeling. Magic and people’s love of magic can be a response to the idea of a know-it-all world.


Read more.

20 September 2019

Etobicoke: James Alan at "It's Magic! Dine for Dignity Fundraising Gala"

This gala, in support of senior care, will be on Sunday, October 20, 2019.


From James Alan's Facebook page:

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19 September 2019

Eric Leclerc in "ScienceXplosion"

A reminder that season three of Eric's show "Tricked" kicks off on October 6th.


Join a live Twitter chat with the @SciXplosion team Friday, September 20th at noon EST.


From Eric Leclerc's Facebook page:

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18 September 2019

Champions of Magic are coming back!

I was also lucky to score interviews in 2018 with two of the four acts in the show.  Have a read:
I had the privilege of seeing Champions of Magic with Kidlet last December. So. Much. Fun! You can read my random thoughts about their show here.


From the Champions of Magic:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/14/19   Oshawa, ON
  • 12/15/19   Laval, QC
  • 1/16/20     Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre
  • 1/17/20     Regina, SK    Conexus Arts Centre
  • 1/26/20     Prince George, BC
Read more and buy tickets.


From the Champions of Magic Facebook page:


17 September 2019

"The Lucky Dragon Tour" with Piff the Magic Dragon

From Piff the Magic Dragon:
OCT 10 THU - Casino Regina, Regina, SK
OCT 11 FRI - Casino Regina, Regina, SK
OCT 12 SAT - Gold Eagle Casino, North Battleford, SK
NOV 8 FRI - Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops, BC
NOV 9 SAT - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC

Read more and buy tickets.



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16 September 2019

Calgary: Lance Burton Q&A

Friday September 20th, Gwyn Auger (The Magic Assistant) presents a Q&A with Lance Burton at The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop!


From The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop Facebook page:
Come see Lance Burton master magician & join in a quick friendly Q&A session at The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop

Join the I.B.M. - International Brotherhood of Magicians on site and renew your Calgary Magic Club membership.

There is NO COST to this event, but please support the shop and respect the time as he’s staying open late for us.


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15 September 2019

Toronto Magic Club Town Hall

Town Hall on Monday September 23rd, The Imperial Pub.  See the end of the post for more information.


From the September 13th post by James Alan in the (Sid Lorraine) Toronto Magic Club Facebook group:
Apologies in advance for the length of this post, from the conversations we have been having, a number of you would like to read it! A few people have brought up concerns or questions regarding the changes being proposed for the club, and we want to address them.
Please feel free to comment below, or to reach out to any of us privately. We have also organized a Town Hall on Monday September 23rd to discuss the changes and so anyone who wants to come talk in person is welcome (and invited!) to do so. - https://www.facebook.com/events/436950640256041/

But to answer some of your questions.

We are the same club, The Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, IBM Ring 17. We are still committed to providing our members with valuable magic experiences and opportunities; to help grow individually as magic enthusiasts and to leave magic as a whole better off than we found it. (And if you are one of those distinguished humans with an honorary lifetime membership, it is still here waiting for you.)

14 September 2019

Darcy Oake on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions

From the September 13th article "OAKE DOKEY! Darcy Oake confirmed for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – but when was he last on the show and what has he done since?" by Shanique Joseph in The Sun:
DARCY Oake will compete in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions TOMORROW in the hope of being crowned the ultimate champion.

Read more.


From BGT's Twitter feed:

Mississauga: Beyond Mental Borders with Chris Westfall

From Chris Westfall's Facebook page:
Sunday September 15

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Toronto: "Magic Tonight" with James Alan, Ben Train and Nicholas Wallace

From James Alan's newsletter:
Recently I've been focused on Magic & Martini and other projects, but by special request, and for old time's sake, we're back for one more night at the Social Capital Theatre in Toronto. On Saturday, September 14, I'll be joined by Ben Train and Nicholas Wallace.

Read more and buy tickets.




13 September 2019

Masters of Illusion Canadian dates for 2020

Check the Masters of Illusion website for cast information and additional show dates.


From Ticketmaster:

     March 2020 shows include:
  • Mar 18, 2020 - Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Mar 19, 2020 - TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK
  • Mar 20, 2020 - Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
  • Mar 22, 2020 - Red Deer Memorial Centre, Red Deer, AB
  • Mar 23, 2020 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
  • Mar 24, 2020 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
  • Mar 25, 2020 - Royal Theatre, Victoria, BC



12 September 2019

Rama: Mike D'Urzo in "Mind Kontrol"

From Casino Rama:
Friday September 27th

Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician & mentalist. As the founder and creative director of Mega Magic, he performs in hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theaters, theme parks, festivals and television networks. Mike was the winner of the “Canadian Entertainer of the Year” award by the Canadian Event Industry Awards.

Read more.



From Mega Magic's Facebook page:



11 September 2019

Lucy Darling on Penn and Teller's "Fool Us"

Carisa Hendrix will appear as Lucy Darling on "Fool Us" later this month!

From Michael Close's Facebook post:
MONDAY 9/23 8PM “Magic Is Bad For Your Health”
Lucy Darling
Nestor Hato
Alfonso Rituerto
Keelan Leyser and Matt Daniel-Baker



From the September 6th article "Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US on THE CW - Monday, September 23, 2019" by TV Scoop on Broadway World:
BILLY THE MIME - Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller, who will get to see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. THE MAGICIANS featured in the episode include Lucy Darling, Nestor Hato, Alfonso Rituerto and Keelan Leyser and Matt Daniel-Baker. Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother") serves as host (#612). Original airdate 9/23/2019.

Read more.

10 September 2019

Toronto: Free balloon sculpture class

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, from 11am (SHARP) TO 12:00 noon - FREE - BALLOON SCULPTURE CLASS for Beginners and Intermediates with one of the best in Toronto, SIMON ROTSTEIN. Balloons and pumps will be supplied. Must be 12 years old and up.

09 September 2019

Vancouver: Shawn Farquhar's "Hidden Wonders"

Hidden Wonders opened on September 8th.


From Hidden Wonders:
Hidden Wonders, the next edition of Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders, will premiere in the Fall of 2019 at an undisclosed location in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. The concept, a speakeasy-style performance venue hidden behind a fake business facade, is part of a new trend in magic entertainment that focuses less on grand-scale illusions and more on intimate experiences that leave the audience awestruck and moved. Confirmed guests will only be given the address and password for the venue once their tickets have been purchased.

The seventy-five-minute magic experience will feature effects exclusively designed for the venue as well as several of the effects Shawn created to win the world championship and to fool Vegas’s Penn & Teller on their hit television show Fool Us.

Read more.



From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:



08 September 2019

Magicians Talking Magic

Earlier this summer, Ryan Joyce and Graeme Reed launched the podcast "Magicians Talking Magic."


Episode list:
  • Hans Klok returns to Vegas, Danger Magic TRAGEDY & magicians Logos
  • Dynamo Rumors, MAGICIAN NEWS, magic fails & magic marketing tips
  • Magician business cards, exclusive Paul Harris Presents Deep Clear and sad news for magicians
  • MAGICIANS WATCHING: Donny & Marie Vegas Magic Show
  • Lucy Darling's lost luggage, magician websites and ten hours to Jeff McBride
  • Cartamundi buys Bicycle, DIY magic and how to promote your next show
  • MAGICIANS: How to Create a Business Card That Gets Noticed
  • Magic Live 2019 Convention Review
  • Magician Show Posters, Magic Books & Magic Festival Update



07 September 2019

Nottawa: Graeme Reed

From Ticket Scene:
Friday October 4

A Friendly Magic Show
Nottawa Memorial Community Centre

Featuring: Graeme Reed as 'Graemazing'

Graeme Reed is the friendly magician and he's coming to Nottawa for a special afternoon show. Hilarously entertaining (and clean humour) perfect for the whole family looking to spend the PA Day close to home. This is a fundraising event for the Clearview Youth Centre - Outreach Programs at the Nottawa Memorial Community Centre.


Read more and buy tickets.

06 September 2019

Regina: Magic and Mystery

A magical fundraiser show for the WA WA Shriners.  October 25th, 2019.


From Chester McBain's Facebook post:

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05 September 2019

Nunavik: Influencers Motivating Influencers

From the Globe Newswire:
VERMILION, Alberta, Sept. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A spark of magic, a splash of art, and tunes of triumph are all set to inspire 14 northern communities this fall. The team from Influencers Motivating Influencers will be touring to create and inspire positive change in the Nunavik Region from September 2 through October 25, 2019.

Influencers Motivating Influencers (IMI) has been offering suicide prevention, wellness and anti-bullying tours in remote northern communities for 7 years. "We have a strong, diverse group of multi-talented people, so we can tailor workshops based on community needs." explains IMI founder and tour producer, Dave DeVos. According to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 2018 Inuit Statistical Profile, the rates of suicide in Inuit Nunangat are 5 to 25 times higher than in the rest of Canada.

Magician and International Illusionist, Brian Glow, has packed an unbelievable, Antibullying show into a single suitcase. Brian uses comedy and magic to share personal experiences of being bullied, mesmerizing audiences while delivering his positive message.

Read more.

04 September 2019

Thank you to our September 2019 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, The Outerbridges, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, James Renoire, Gwyn Auger, Jason Maiuri, Doug Hunt, and David Johnson for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

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Michael Close's September 2019 newsletter

A quick reminder that Michael will open the Toronto Magic Club's season as the first lecturer on September 30th. 

Just finished reading the September newsletter (vol 2; issue 9) from Michael Close.  You may be interested in:
  • Michael Close has a podcast for subscribers, titled "Conversations with Close."   This month's guest is David Regal. 
  • Some insights into Michael's new ebook "The T.O.M. Epiphany: Fourth Dimensional Strategies for Turning Magic Tricks into Miracles.”
  • A review of David Regal's "Interpreting Magic."
  • An effect by David Regal.
  • All about Avner Eisenberg.
  • A playing card patent article by Lee Asher.
  • The Art of Conjuring by Mick Ayres.
  • Technically Speaking by by Bruce Kalver.
  • and many other newsworthy tidbits from the magic community!

Sign-up at MichaelClose.com to receive Michael's newsletters. 





Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm- FREE MAGIC CLUB. All interested in talking magic are welcome.

03 September 2019

Toronto: Johnathan Levit lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm - JONATHAN LEVIT LECTURE. Jonathan Levit is an American magician, actor, television host and theatrical producer. He has appeared in quite a number of movies and television series, and was the host of VH1's reality series, Celebracadabra. Jonathan also performs frequently at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.  TICKETS $20.00.




02 September 2019

Toronto: James Alan guest hosts The Newest Trick in the Book.

From James Alan's Facebook post:
While the sophisticated and charming Jonah Babins is off lallygagging enjoying his last few days of summer vacation, they've left me to guest-host this special night of The Newest Trick in the Book.

I'm sure Jonah has nothing to worry about. What trouble could we possibly get into with Sammy Jakubowicz, Mike Carbone, uncle Wes and uncle Glenn?

01 September 2019

Rounding the Western rings in September 2019

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



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Club meeting.
- Jonathan Levit lecture.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Club meeting.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- Jonathan Levit lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Jonathan Levit lecture.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- N/A.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Jonathan Levit lecture.


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

Rounding the Central rings in September 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)- N/A.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- N/A.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Elections and meeting.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONToronto Magic Club
(Ring 17 (
Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club))
- Michael Close lecture.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in September 2019

A reminder that the Halifax Fringe runs from August 29th to September 8th. Magic acts this year include:



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- Magic with money.


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