17 October 2019

Edmonton: Magic Monthly with Ron Pearson

From the Facebook page Ron Pearson presents Monthly Magic:
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Magic Monthly is changing days and times! We will now be on every fourth WEDNESDAY of every month at 7:00 PM, starting October 23. There will be no show this Thursday. Different time but the same great magic! And we'll still be at the Mighty Grindstone!

16 October 2019

Finding Farquhar

If you're not able to see Shawn Farquhar at his speakeasy magic experience, Hidden Wonders, perhaps you can catch him in his travels to San Diego, South Africa, and Penguin MAXX 2020!

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
Hello, Magic Fans in San Diego and surrounding areas... I'm coming to lecture on November 3rd in the afternoon. If you wanna spend a couple of hours learning some cool new magic and hearing a few fun stories, click the link and sign up for the fun. I'll see you soon.

And from Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
Did I mention I'm traveling to South Africa? If you're from there or have ever thought it would be cool to visit, this event will be of interest to you. https://www.secretsessions.co.za

Also from Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:
More fun dates to announce for next year! I'll be a featured performer and lecturer at the 2020 Penguin MAXX events across the USA. So far I am scheduled for one in the Southwest and one in the South. If you're in or around Fort Worth, Texas or Atlanta, Georgia, then you'll want to check out these links.

15 October 2019

Toronto: Browser's Den 44th anniversary party

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, from 10am to 5pm - 44th Browser's Store Anniversary Party!
Come join us for our annual event store event. THIS IS THE ONLY DAY OF THE YEAR THAT WE HAVE A STOREWIDE SALE. Plus Auction (11am Sharp); Len Cooper Memorial Award; Trivia Quiz with Big Prizes; Sandwiches & Coffee, Birthday Cake!

14 October 2019

Vancouver: James Brown master class

From the Vancouver Magic Circle:
October 17

James Brown is widely regarded as one of the leading Close-Up Magicians and Pickpocket Artist in the UK- achieving the prestigious title of Close Up Magician of the Year by the world famous Magic Circle.

This is a rare opportunity to see James up close and personal. We only have 30 seats available so do not delay.

Read more and buy tickets.

13 October 2019

CAM, Close, and Vanish

No, it's not the name of a new law firm.  It's all the reading there is to enjoy this weekend!

From Ryan Pilling's post in the Facebook group for the Canadian Association of Magicians:
September 2019 Northern Peeks published!
  • CAM members should have received the latest magazine download link in their email this past week.
  • Murray Hatfield remembers meeting the real Mandrake the Magician
  • Joan Caesar shares the news about the OWOW Magic Festival coming up this month in Ontario.
  • Renee-Claude Auclair tells us more about the FISM North America championship (and the Canadian Magic Championship) happening next year in Quebec.
  • Mike Fisher writes about the Great Wizard of the North including his tours in Canada and the United States.
  • Jason Verners shares some tips on productivity and how he has kept busy performing at music festivals all summer long.
  • I write about my experience at the Ottawa Fringe Festival and lessons learned from producing and performing my new show.
  • Gerry Frenette talks about the Too Perfect Theory and how the entertainment often comes out of the diversions from the straight path.

Michael Close's October 2019 newsletter
Just finished reading the August newsletter from Michael Close.  You may be interested in:

  • Great summary of his recent Toronto lecture, a complementary eBook, a look ahead to the Ontario Week  of  Wonder  Magic  Festival (talent includes Steve  Bargatze,  Rick  Merrill,  Jay  Sankey,  Greg  Frewin,  Carisa  Hendrix,  Nicholas  Wallace,  and  Paul  Rohmany), and Penn & Teller Fool Us season 7.
  • Michael Close has a podcast for subscribers, titled "Conversations with Close."   This month's guest is Ryan Joyce.  
  • Review of Paul Wilson's "Just Think.
  • A playing card patent article by Lee Asher.
  • The Magic of Science by Tina Hesman Saey
  • 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.  

 Vanish magazine, October 2019, Edition 63
  • Articles by Peter Mennie, Colin Underwood, Louie Foxx, Joe Ledoux, Ben Robinson, Tod Karr, Thomas Swieclack, Felicity Field, Nick Lewin, Hal Meyers, and Jeff Christensen.
  • Read and subscribe at VanishMagic.com

12 October 2019

A(nother) peek behind the curtain with Richard Young

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON       <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 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
  • 2/29/20    Rama, ON         <<<  ** recent addition **
Read more and buy tickets.

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You may remember the fabulous interview, "A peek behind the curtain with Young and Strange,"  from December of last year.  I was delighted to receive an invitation to take a second pass at an email interview with Richard Young (one half of Young and Strange) as part of a Champions of Magic promotion.

Many of you already know Young through his podcast, "The Magician's Podcast."  He's interviewed a handful of Canadians including Darcy Oake, Billy Kidd, and Greg Frewin.   Last June, Young aired an epic 100th (and final) episode, where he interviewed his magic idol David Copperfield.  The Magic Circle recently recognized the outstanding contribution to magic made by Young through his podcast.

From the Magicians' Podcast Twitter feed:

You've toured a number of countries.  Have you experienced anything specific about Canadian audiences in particular?
I think the shows we did in Toronto last Christmas were some of the best shows we have ever done in our six year history. We did so many shows back to back and it was really hard work however the enthusiastic audiences kept us going and our spirits high. I think enthusiasm and energy is what I notice specifically about the Canadian audiences.

Do you have any advice for touring magicians?
My top tip for other touring magicians is to buy more underwear, washing machines are hard to find on tour sometimes.
Do you have a favourite touring anecdote?
Touring with Champions of Magic has been the greatest adventure of my life. I remember arriving in North America with the show for the first time in September 2017 about to embark on our first US Tour, it was one of the most thrilling times of my life. I couldn’t believe we had finally made it to America, it had been secretly talked about for a couple of years and I was worried it might never happen. Two days after we arrived we threw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game in front of 30000 people to help promote the show. It really felt like we had ‘arrived in that second.’

What interests do you have outside of magic?

I am a huge Musical Theatre fan, I saw both Come From Away and Hamilton last week here in the U.K, I can’t get enough of Come From Away it was the 4th time I have seen it, the London cast are extraordinary.

I also have a weird life long obsession with the Titanic Disaster and know an awful lot about it, from design and conception through to the inquiries that followed the sinking and also how the wreck was found in 1985. If you’re ever struggling to sleep, give me a call and I’ll talk you through Lord Mersey’s inquiry, it was an absolute cluster f**k.
What do you do to keep your performance fresh for both your audience and you?
The fact we are facing forward and talking to the audience as opposed to being in scene or play where we pretend the audience isn’t there means the interaction with the audience will help to keep it fresh night after night. There are a few exercises taught to us by our director which we do during long runs to make sure we are still ‘in the room’ while the show is going on. The same sort of techniques they teach to actors and musical theatre performers on Broadway who do the same role every night in the same theatres for sometimes a couple of years in a row.

If you could be endowed with the talent to take on any Broadway role past or present, who would you pick?
I fantasise about being Javert from Les Miserable quite a bit, however I think if I’m being honest with myself I probably suit Thernadier more. I think I would also be a good Monsier Firmin in Phantom too. 
Could Young play Javert?

Listen to Richard Young interview Andy Nyman in episode 85 and you be the judge.  (The whole interview is fabulous, but the Javert part in particular comes shortly after the 1:14 mark.)

Listen to what Irish tenor Killian Donnelly thinks. Donnelly recently appeared in a West End production of Les Mis as Jean Valjean. 
I know all the words to both parts already so if anyone is reading this looking to fill those parts let me know. I would drop Champions of Magic like a sack of s**t to be in either of those two shows,

this may seem in written published form as a kinda bizarre form of career suicide from Champions however I know Alex the producer of our show wouldn’t take offense to my remarks and if anything would encourage me too do it, he loves both shows as much as I do and would completely understand.
[Editor's note: We certainly hope Alex is as understanding as you say he is!]

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
If you haven’t seen Champions of Magic before, I do really think you’d enjoy spending an evening with us.

If you’re a magician, you won’t like everything you see, however I promise you will love some stuff and have a great time slagging off the stuff you didn’t, so you have nothing to lose, I hope to see you at one of the shows.


Thank you Richard Young of Young and Strange for making the time to answer more of our questions!

Catch the Champions of Magic on tour in Canada!

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON       <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 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
  • 2/29/20    Rama, ON         <<<  ** recent addition **
Read more and buy tickets.

11 October 2019

October 2019 sale: 30% off yearly sponsorship rates!

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10 October 2019

Darcy Oake's "BGT: The Champions" semi-final performance

A reminder that Darcy performs one night only at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on October 31st!

From the Britain's Got Talent YouTube channel, watch as Darcy Oake turns back time to honour his brother:

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From Darcy Oake's Twitter feed:

09 October 2019

Thank you to our October 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, David Johnson, and John Smithman for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

It's good to have friends like you.

You too can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

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Welcoming back a new Friend: John Smithman

Welcoming our newest Friend, John Smithman!

You may remember that back in 2015 John was the Vancouver Magic Circle Membership Chair and is an avid photographer.  In addition, he is also the founder of Champions in the Workplace Training & Development, an established workplace coach, trainer and author  of "Workplace Champion By Example."

John's relocated to Ontario and we hope he enjoys the Central Canada magic scene as much as he did the West Coast!

Thank you John, for being an official Friend of Canada's Magic!

Thank you to our October 2019 sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.

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08 October 2019

Toronto: Bobby Motta birthday party!

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, from 4pm to 6:30pm - BOBBY MOTTA BIRTHDAY PARTY! FREE EVENT TO ATTEND. Come join us celebrate a milestone for a beloved member of our magic community. By now many of you know Bobby was hit by a car and was in a coma. His life has been turned upside down. Bobby was for many years one of the leading and busiest performers in Canada. He intends to reach that level again!

On this day he will be bringing for sale some of his past marketed products at special prices. Killer mentalism!

We hope that many of you will come to give Bobby's spirit a lift and eat a piece of cake to wish Bobby a sweet year!

07 October 2019

2019 "Holiday Magic"

The tradition continues with the 2019 HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOW raising monies to support Shrine Kids and the Shrine Children’s Hospitals.

The show is once again hosted by DICK JOINER who has been presenting this variety show annually for the past 28 years. Since the last tour in 2018, Dick has been busy touring across Canada, and filming special segments of the TV show “Anne with an E”, a continuing story of Anne of Green Gables. Dick is proud once again to bring first class entertainers to the touring show this year. They include:
  • RICHARD FORGET... an international award winning magician that places him at the forefront of the magic world.

    Richard has performed on stages in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as on live television in front of millions of viewers and before Royalty, mesmerizing a wide variety of audiences with his innovative illusions.
  • NATHANIEL RANKIN, The Canadian Champion of Magic, is an International award winning performer. His one man show “Astonishment” has been performed over 5000 times in 45 Countries and 5 continents.

    Nathaniel has completed numerous national and international tours. He has headlined on 28 luxury cruise ships. Among his entertainment awards – he is the winner of the Asti Theater Festival in Asti Italy.
  • THE ARESTOVS.  …. A husband and wife team providing outstanding talents specializing mainly in circus skills. They were initially trained with the Moscow State Circus, and have travelled the world performing various highly skilled acts. They toured with the Holiday Magic show a few years past and due to popular demand have been added to the 2019 tour with their mind blowing quick change act

Show dates + locations:- Note **** indicates Arestovs NOT appearing
  • Saturday November 2nd. Wolfville
  • Sunday November 3rd, New Glasgow
  • Monday November 4th, Charlottetown
  • Tuesday November 5th Glace Bay
  • Wednesday November 6th Halifax
  • Thursday November 7th Yarmouth
  • Friday November 8th Truro
  • Saturday November 9th Bathurst
  • Sunday November 10th Fredericton
  • Monday November 11th Moncton
  • Tuesday Nov 12th. St. John.
  • Friday November 15th Niagara Falls
  • Monday November 18th Chatham
  • Tuesday November 19th Windsor
  • Wednesday November 20th Sarnia
  • Thursday November 21st, Kitchener
  • Friday November 22nd London
  • Saturday November 23rd St. Thomas *****
  • Monday November 25th Belleville
  • Tuesday November 26th Brampton
  • Wednesday November 27th Peterborough
  • Thursday November 28th. St Catharines
  • Friday November 29th. Hamilton
  • Monday December 2nd. Brantford
  • Tuesday December 3rd. Barrie
  • Friday December 6th. Stratford *****
  • Tuesday December 10th. Woodstock ******   

05 October 2019

A peek behind the curtain with Fernando Velasco

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON    TD Place    <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 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.

A peek behind the curtain with Fernando Velasco 

I was delighted to receive an invitation to email interview Fernando Velasco, as part of a Champions of Magic promotion.  You may already know that Velasco was presented with the 2018 Junior Achievement Award at the Magic Castle earlier this year.

What is your first memory of magic?

I must have been around 7, and my dad (who lived in the US while i still lived in Mexico) took me a DVD from the US with a number of magicians on it. there i started to fall in love with magic.

I used to think "THAT is real magic" and would invite all my neighborhood friends to come over and watch this DVD with "REAL magic."

Who inspires you magically?
Mexican magician Joaquin Ayala, along with Copperfield, and naturally HOUDINI.

What would have been in store for you had you not caught the magic bug?  
Maybe if I could sing, a singer

Why do you think audiences are still drawn to escapes, sleight of hand, and illusion?
Magic still gives people a feeling of "wonder."

Who inspires you that is not a magician?

Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez as it feels like he gives it all on stage every time.
What's special about Champions of Magic draws large audiences on 6 UK tours and 3 North American tours over the past 6 years?
There is nothing like a good magic show LIVE. Not on TV or online, BUT LIVE.

You've performed in many different countries. Have you experienced anything specific about Canadian audiences in particular?
They are up for the fun.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I sing, terribly but I try to sing.  As well as sometimes I watch live performances of my favorite singers/bands. I feel like I take on their energy for the show.
Do you have a favourite touring anecdote and / or advice for touring magicians?
Too many to tell!
(Sam) Strange and I often go urban exploring and that's fun.

Advice: Have fun on and off stage!

What interests do you have outside of magic?

What do you do to keep your performance fresh for both your audience and you?
Doing little things to have fun with the other performers and crew on stage.  Like playing tag on stage (without the audience noticing anything) among other small things.

If you could be endowed with the talent to take on any Broadway role past or present, who would you pick and why? 
Aladdin.  Because I had a dream I played him!

What's your Canadian connection to magic?
I saw Greg Frewin's show last year.

Velasco also experienced, for his very first time, the magic of real snow in Toronto last December!

Thank you Fernando Velasco for making the time to answer our questions!

Catch the Champions of Magic on tour in Canada!

Upcoming Champions of Magic Canadian tour dates:
  • 12/8/19     Brandon, MB
  • 12/12/19   Ottawa, ON    TD Place    <<<  ** recent addition **
  • 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.

04 October 2019

Richmond Hill: Fool Us coaching session

From Michael Close:

Saturday, October 12, 2019. 10AM-3PM

Whether you are full-time professional magician, a part-time pro, or an enthusiastic hobbyist, having an experienced performer analyze and evaluate your act can produce astonishing results. Fool Us champions like Paul Gertner, Doc Dixon, David Parr, and Mahdi Gilbert have all benefited from Michael Close’s coaching. Now you can take your own routines to the next level by participating in one of our intensive coaching sessions.

Read more.

03 October 2019

Win tickets to see "The Art of Magic with Asi Wind"

I have been offered one pair of tickets, from the Toronto Magic Company, to give away to my readers, to attend "The Art of Magic with Asi Wind" in Toronto, Canada. 

(There will be one winner.  The winner may choose to attend on either Wednesday October the 23rd or Thursday October the 24th.)  The results will be posted on Monday October the 21st.

To enter:
  1. Mandatory: Leave a comment on this blog post, about "what you love about Toronto's Magic scene" (250 word maximum). 

    If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may email it to me for posting.
      (I am not responsible if your email is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.) 
    Email: canadasmagic at gmail dot com
  2. A representative from the Toronto Magic Company and I will pick a favourite answer.  Favourite answer wins the tickets.
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information for me to share with The Toronto Magic Company.

The fine print:
  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One entry per person.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec. (Je m'excuse!)
  • Transportation to/from Toronto and accommodations will not be provided. 
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may email it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your email is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
  • This giveaway may be terminated or withdrawn at any time.
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets.
  • Contest closes on Friday October the 18th, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.

With thanks to the Toronto Magic Company for generously making these tickets available to you! 

Toronto: Free magic club, free magic show

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:
Dear Denizens...This Saturday, October 5 at Browser's Den we have a Full Day of Magic!

A) From 9:30am (Sharp) to 10:30am JEFF HINCHLIFFE CARD CLASS. $15.00. Pay at the Door.

B) Free Magic Club from 2:30pm to 4:30pm|

C) Free Halloween Magic Show from 6pm to 7pm.

Thank you-The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.

Toronto: Asi Wind Jam Session and Hangout!

Hangout and jam with Asi Wind after the Newest Trick in the Book on Tuesday October 22nd!  (And you can catch Asi on Wednesday and Thursday night's The Art of Magic.

From the Asi Wind Jam Session and Hangout! Facebook event:
NYC based Mentalist Asi Wind is one of magic's most influential thinkers and performers. When he isn’t busy creating original magic for magician’s all over the world (including David Blaine) or winning awards (like the Merlin Award for the most original show, previously given to Penn & Teller and David Copperfield), Asi is touring the globe performing his show “Concert of the Mind”, which continues to received rave reviews and critical acclaim.

Asi is coming to Toronto to perform two very special shows with very limited seating happening Wednesday and Thursday night (ticket information for those events can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-art-of-magic-with-headliner-asi-wind-tickets-74567711031?aff=erelexpmlt)...

...this event is NOT those shows.

In fact, this event is not a show at all!

On Tuesday night, right after The Newest Trick in the Book (Canada's only open mic magic show), The Toronto Magic Company and Asi Wind will be hosting a JAM SESSION, open to any magicians that want to participate. We're going to work on tricks, share ideas, and talk about secrets we're not normally allowed discuss. A good jam session is a ton of fun,  and with Asi this is going to be one you do not want to miss!

If you'd like to join your fellow magicians for a night of fun and magic, good news- you're officially invited!  Just click that you're coming on this event page and we'll see you there!

(p.s. if you'd like to come early for the The Newest Trick show happening before the jam, you can get your FREE tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-newest-trick-in-the-book-canadas-only-open-mic-magic-show-tickets-67598054601?aff=erelexpmlt)

02 October 2019

Ottawa: Sky High Magic Series - Sorcellia with Loran

From Ingenium Canada:
October 14, 2019

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is proud to present the lineup for this year’s Sky High Magic Series.

Prepare to be captivated by amazing magic and science-based illusions. These talented, high-energy magicians perform unbelievable feats of magic, blended with fast-paced comedy. They’ll tickle your funnybone, while leaving you utterly mystified!

Seating is limited. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your tickets in advance.

Dazzling and highly visual, Sorcellia is a magic show like no other. Inspired by the mysticism of the Middle Ages, Loran's illusions are different from traditional magic shows. Prepare to expect the unexpected!

See a magical cup float through the air before it suddenly disappears. Watch as clocks materialize from nowhere. Enjoy the suspense of the guillotine challenge, along with great illusions featuring theatrical choreography, and even a ghost story with a mysterious portrait.

This mesmerizing performance offers moments of poetry and humour, as well as audience participation. Overcoming language barriers through the universal language of music, Loran helps viewers discover the world of mystery with wit and style.

Read more.

01 October 2019

Toronto: Jared Kopf lecture

From the Browsers Den of Magic:

JARED KOPF LECTURE - Jared Kopf is a sleight-of-hand artist and "mind-reader" based in Dallas, Texas.  This will be the first time that Jared will be sharing some of his mind blowing material at 'Browser's Den'. TICKETS $20.00

Read more.