15 February 2020

Toronto: Julie Eng a Life in Magic

From the AGO:
Wednesday March 11

Julie Eng was literally born into the world of magic. Her father, Tony Eng, a famed magician on the West Coast, also had a magic shop for many years in Victoria, BC, called Tony’s Trick and Joke Shop. Julie grew up learning and performing magic side-by-side with her father, behind the counter of the shop, and emerged from this family apprenticeship an accomplished magician in her own right. “I wasn’t delivered by a stork, I was pulled out of a hat,” she jokes now about this unusual artistic upbringing. Join Julie as she considers—through the kaleidoscope of her varied experiences and unique perspectives as a woman of Chinese heritage—her singular life in magic.

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14 February 2020

Toronto: The Golden Age of Magic with David Ben

From the AGO:
Wednesday February 26

Illusions: The Art of Magic transports you back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when grand illusion, daring escapes and showmanship turned performers like Alexander Herrmann and Harry Houdini into world-famous celebrities. Join David Ben – a conjuror, historian of magic and guest-curator of Illusions, for a fascinating talk exploring the golden age of magic through the lens of the exhibition.

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13 February 2020

Shawn Farquhar and Matt Johnson at FISM NACM 2020

A quick reminder that the deadline to register to compete is rapidly approaching!


Shawn Farquhar and Matt Johnson will be there.  Check out the bottom of the post to see more names!


Watch a message from Joan Caesar about the competition:



From the FISM NACM 2020 Facebook page:
We are so proud to announce that Shawn Farquhar will be with us from May 6 to 10, 2020! Nous sommes très fiers d'annoncer que le magicien Shawn Farquhar sera des nôtres du 6 au 10 mai prochain!















12 February 2020

Toronto: Mario the Maker Magician

Save the date:  Thursday March 26.


From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook post:
Do you have tickets to our Mario the Maker Magician show?

Mario’s family show is unlike any magic you or your kids have ever seen!

Mario combines the worlds of entertainment and STEAM to inspire and encourage kids to make and create without limitations.

Known for his clever integration of DIY tech into his show, Mario used techniques such as 3D design and 3D printing, Arduino programming, and other DIY electronics to create his unique, robotic props that interact with him and his audiences.

It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement. Mario has appeared on Sesame Street and NBCUniversal’s Sprout and even opened for David Blaine on his latest North American tour.



11 February 2020

Airdrie: Grand Illusion Magic Show

From Bert Church Live Theatre:
Sunday, February 23, 2020

With a wonderful mix of escapology, sleight of hand, and grand illusions, have your mind blown at this interactive, comedy magic show.



From Facebook:
LIVE at the Bert Church Theatre in Airdrie, Tristan Court with an Evening in Vegas, presenting his Grand Illusion Magic Show, a wonderful mix of escapology, sleight of hand, and grand illusions, have your mind blown at this interactive, comedy magic show.

There will be an fully stocked bar with snacks for the show and a photo booth in the lobby, so take a photo to remember the occasion.



10 February 2020

Whitehorse: Shawn Farquhar and Magic Ben

February 18.


From What's Up Yukon:
The only magician to fool Penn & Teller not once, but twice! 2 time World Champio of Magic Shawn Farquhar brings his fascinating magic to Whitehorse to entertain you for one night only! Opening act is Whitehorse's teenage magic sensation "Magic Ben".

Tickets are $25 each or you can treat your group of 4 to the show for $80 and we'll throw in the popcorn!

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link in this ad or by visiting Sport Yukon (4061 4th Avenue, Whitehorse).

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09 February 2020

Houdini's water torture cell in Canada?

From the January 29th post "A Water Torture Cell has been discovered in Canada " by John Cox at Wild About Harry:
Today I have something truly astounding to share. Below are photos of what appears to be an exact duplicate of Houdini's Water Torture Cell. This was purchased from an elderly man in Canada who, unfortunately, would not provide any information about where he got it. The buyer of the cell wishes to remain anonymous. I have NO idea if this is the biggest find of all time or the biggest fake. But there are aspects of this cell that are very intriguing.





08 February 2020

Niagara Falls and Forest: Peter Mennie

February 16 - Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
February 17 - Forest, ON


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07 February 2020

Toronto: John Carney workshop

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
As we mentioned a couple of week ago we are Super Excited that John Carney,one of the world's premiere sleight of hand masters will be lecturing and performing at the 2020 Bash (Saturday, April 4)!

We also mentioned that Mr. Carney will be offering a Workshop at our store on Sunday, April 5 from 12:30pm until about 4:00pm.  This is truly a once in a life time opportunity to get some advice that will change the way you think about your magic!

The price of the Workshop is $75.00. And space is limited.


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06 February 2020

Oshawa and Alliston: Magic & Music Extravaganza

Oshawa: Feburary 16 - Magic & Music Extravaganza
Alliston: February 17 - Laugh Out Loud Magic


From Brent and Sarah's January 24th Instagram post:
Family Day weekend is only 3 weeks away and we’ve got a show you won’t want to miss!! Our favourite Kid's musicians @teamtandj will be sharing the stage with us for a Magic & Music Extravaganza!! ✨

On Sunday, February 16th we will be celebrating Family Day Weekend at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa 
















05 February 2020

London: Magic at the Marienbad Valentine's day show

From the Magic at the Marienbad Valentine's day show Facebook event:
Bring your dates and prepare yourselves for a magically romantic night out. Our skilled performers will wow you with illusions that will make this evening one you will remember for a long time. The amazing Graemazing Reed is returning to opening the night. Then headlining the show is the mysterious mentalist Ryan Edwards!!! His show will leave you mystified and amazed. magic, mystery and Romance! Bring your dates and couples who wish to get engaged that night may get in free! (some conditions apply)






04 February 2020

Toronto: Luiz Castro lecture

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Saturday, February 22

We are very pleased to present to you a Brand New Lecture by Luiz Castro! As you many of you know Luiz is a construction worker by day and a Master Magician by Night.

Luiz will be sharing with you all types of magic. Whether you are brand new to magic or a seasoned magician you will find something at this lecture. Luiz will be covering almost all areas of magic and all levels of skill. So there really will be something for everyone.

For Luiz magic is a passion, a love. Whether it is a sleight, a prop, or a routine... if Luiz adds the Luiz Touch it is always better.

Luiz is also always willing to help. In fact we cannot list all of the people in the magic community that he has helped. He is a walking, breathing encyclopedia of magic! So this is a good opportunity to meet him at the shop.

For the last several years, Luiz has been the Chief Coin Worker for Mechanic Industries, including working on the development of their brand-new COLLUSION effect. Luiz has also been instrumental in developing and starring in the instructional videos for a variety of Roy Kueppers products.


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03 February 2020

Coquitlam: Love, Magic, and Dinner

Feburary 22nd.  Be there.

From Shawn Farquhar on Facebook:
My local magic club, Canada's largest, is hosting an evening of magic that's not to be missed. If you like great food and amazing magic then this is for you!

https://www.facebook.com/events/598221714328649/



02 February 2020

Rounding the Western rings in February 2020

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- N/A
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- N/A.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Love, Magic & Dinner.
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 February 2020

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)- Show and share.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Dennis Weir lecture.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (KW Magic Society)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Carisa Hendrix lecture.


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

Rounding the Eastern rings in February 2020

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- Gambling/ hustler magic .


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

31 January 2020

Top 5 posts in January 2020

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

5. Burlington: Billy Kidd at the Burlington Comedy Festival - Catch Billy Kidd in Burlington.
4. Canadians at Blackpool 2020 - Please report back often from Blackpool!
3. Canada's Magic in The Linking Ring - What an honour! I'm beyond chuffed and definitely a little verklempt.
2. Chilliwack: Shawn Farquhar's Cabaret of Wonders XVII - XIX - These things sell out quickly.  Get your tickets now!

and the most viewed post this month  ...






1. FISM Quebec: December newsletter - The deadline to register to compete is rapidly approaching!

30 January 2020

Broken wand: Maarten (Martin) Hofman

Martin Hofman was a friend of Sid and one of his contemporaries and member of the IBM and the Hat and Rabbit Club. He was known professionally as Marlisto and lived in Cobourg. Over the years he mentored many young aspiring magicians.



From the MacCoubrey Funeral Home:
May 12, 1931 - January 25, 2020

It is with great sadness that the Hofman family announces the passing of Martin on January 25, 2020 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Dixie (deceased November 26, 2007) Cherished father to Cathy (Brad McGill) of Ajax, Louise (John Glass) of Florida, Roger (Nina Minas) of Vaughn & John of Alberta. Loving Opa to Lauren (Stephanie), Rachel (Ryan), Mike (Lily) Rebecca, Curtis, Jennica, Ryan & Alex. Dear Great Opa to Madison, Logan & Adaline. A proud Canadian, he and his bride Dixie came from the Netherlands in 1955 and made Cobourg home. Great barber, esteemed Mason and Shriner, the entertaining magician and illusionist Marlisto. Visitation will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home at 11 a.m., followed by the service at 12 o'clock noon, 30 King Street East, Cobourg on Saturday Feb 1, 2020 Interment at Cobourg Union Cemetery followed by a reception at the MacCoubrey Reception Center. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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Toronto: Free magic club

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
A friendly reminder that our next Free Magic Club Meeting is this Saturday, February 1.

All are welcome to attend the club, which runs from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Have a nice day!

The Jeff's & The Browser's Den Team.
Since 1975

Hamilton: Wes Barker

From Facebook:
Wes Barker / March 13-14 / Levity Comedy Club & Lounge
Levity Comedy Club & Lounge · Hamilton, ON
Wes Barker is the funniest magician around! This show is start to finish full of impossible tricks and unbelievable stories. He has been on America’s Got Talent, MTV, Wizard Wars, and most famously on Netflix where he fooled Penn & Teller on their show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Wes is also one of the most popular YouTube magicians in Canada, with over 70 million views on his channel! Wes Barker has won the Performer of the Year for his Canadian College show tours, Performed in 20 countries, and been awarded the Silver Play Button from YouTube! Watch Wes really bridges the worlds of magic and comedy. It’s the best magic for comedy fans and the best comedy for magic fans. With this show, you literally can’t miss!



29 January 2020

Montreal: Chris Pilsworth lecture

February 11

From Chris Pilsworth:
Looking forward to sharing my magic in Montreal. I'll also be sharing thoughts about how to make your magic better. These are techniques I've used when consulting in China on the Amazing Magicians series, Rick Wilcox and Mac King in Vegas. If you're from Montreal, I hope to see you there.




28 January 2020

Macklin and Weyburn: Chris Funk

From Facebook:
Mark your calendars folks because this is a magical evening you and your family will not want to miss! Chris Funk The Wonderist. He's been redefining wonder on TV Shows like America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller's Fool Us and he is coming to MACKLIN! January 30


Also from Facebook:
February 6
Witness the dynamic and mind blowing magic show that has entertained and amazed audiences across the globe! Chris Funk’s magic show is an engaging and visceral experience that will have audiences talking for years to come. Something that can only be described as “refreshingly different!” The live-feed camera and interactive videos bring audiences up onstage and into the action, delivering a show that everyone can call their own.



27 January 2020

Burlington: Billy Kidd at the Burlington Comedy Festival

From the Burlington Comedy Festival:

Billy Kidd is a magician who has been popping on screen and stages all around the world. She has appeared on numerous tv shows such as CBC's The Science of Magic, Hosted the Breaking Magic series on Discovery Channel, was a Wizard on Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller, BBC's Xmas Lectures, Now you See Me, ITV's Next Great Magician just to name a few.

Billy Kidd recently had a residency at Pittsburghs new theatre called Liberty Magic and often works in Canada with such companies as Firefly Theatre & Circus. She performs regularly at Hollywoods Magic Castle and runs her own theatre in England called Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre.

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26 January 2020

Scott Dietrich in Bradford Today

From the January 19th article "'I Can and I Did' inspires kids to believe in themselves" by Miriam King in Bradford Today:
"I do teach a lot of magic classes, and I do have a lot of kids say, 'I can't do it'," he said - frustrated by the difficulty of their first magic trick. "That's when I stop the class, and tell them that there are two bad words  - 'can't' and 'never'."

Instead, Dietrich helps them to persevere and overcome the challenge, fostering what he calls "positive doubt... What else did I think I couldn't do, that I can?"

Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” That's the basis of Dietrich's philosophy, and of the book "I Can and I Did!", a story about secrets, surprises, and unlimited possibilities.

Dietrich calls the book "a gift. It just kind of came to me." Written in just two hours, it's the story of Stephanie, who initially gives up on a math problem in frustration. "I can't!" she says - until her grandfather introduces her to Henry Ford's "secret." Not only does she solve the problem, with "Gramp's" help, she discovers that her grandfather is a pilot, and that she too can learn to fly, "but only if you believe you can."

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25 January 2020

Canadians at Blackpool 2020

Updated January 27th to add:


From the Blackpool Magic Convention website, I see that Jay Sankey and The Evasons are scheduled to attend.

Who am I missing?


Aside:
  • Have you ever been at a magic convention and found yourself with 17 seconds where there's nothing to do?
     
  • Have you ever searched for a distraction so that you wouldn't have to make eye contact with the humans in your proximity?

  • Do you fancy yourself to have Sherlock-esque powers of observation?
Don't forget about Magic Convention Bingo! Click here for your Bingo card and click refresh until you generate a card you like. Simply print it off and bring it to your next magic convention!

Stay alert and keep an eye open for the items on your card. See how long it takes for you to get your first bingo or even fill your card!

Remember to be respectful and don't shout out "bingo" during presentations or performances. And don't bother the conference organizers with questions about Magic Convention Bingo -- they might not even know it's going on!

22 January 2020

Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria: Ben Train

From Ben Train's Instagram:

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21 January 2020

Toronto: John Carney at Bash "6 in The Six"

Browser's Bash logo  
From Jeff Pinsky's Facebook post:
We cannot be more excited to let you know that JOHN CARNEY will be joining us at the 2020 Bash!

Mr. Carney is widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest sleight of hand performers in the world! Hollywood's Magic Castle has awarded him more awards than anyone in their history, as well as the Academy of Magic Arts prestigious Performing Masters Fellowship.

For those of you who have had the privilege to see him lecture in the past you know that Mr. Carney's magic...well...it looks like MAGIC! He is the last serious student of Dai Vernon. And in the spirit of Dai Vernon, Mr. Carney hides his skill...that's why his magic looks like magic.

His books, Carney Knowledge, Magic By Design, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets are considered modern classics in instruction of the art form.

Mr. Carney will be performing at the 2020 Bash (Saturday, April 4) as well as giving a full lecture!

And we are not going to be shy here...His lecture may be the most important lecture on magic you will ever see.

As an Extra Bonus John Carney will be offering a Workshop at Browser's Den of Magic Shop on Sunday April 5, 2020. Details to follow.

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20 January 2020

Vancouver: Ben Price Magic @ The Mint

From Eventbrite:
In his brand new one-person show, Ben Price will Read your mind, Deceive your senses, and gross you out. Magic, Mentalism, and Sideshow stunts in a jam packed hour of theatre like you’ve never seen before.

Ben Price has been performing since 2011 for corporate events, theatres, cabarets, festivals, and more. His theatrical productions have been across the country in front of sell out crowds and received rave reviews.

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19 January 2020

Toronto: Something Strange Sideshow Festival 2020

From Eventbrite:
Saturday, January 25

The most unbelievable live show of human oddities, marvels and sideshow in the country, Something Strange is a combination of the most exciting current sideshows in Canada and invited acts from around the world. Curated by Canadian mentalist Mysterion, you will be taken for a ride into the amazing world of circus sideshow of the past and the present.

SEE!!! Pain proof people risk their lives for your entertainment
SEE!!! Real Oddities and strange unexplained mysteries
SEE!!! The Devils Harem dance the strip tease
SEE!!! Wonders you will not see elsewhere, guaranteed.

A selection of talent that have been featured acts on Ripley;s Believe it or not, Guinness book of World records, Freakshow Deluxe, Penn & Tellers Fool Us, Americas Got Talent, Coney Island Sideshow,and The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Every year this is the ONLY sold out sideshow event of its kind in Canada and the largest in Canadian history.

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18 January 2020

Port Credit: Ryan Brown at Fire and Ice

Ryan will be bringing street style close up magic to this festival.

ICYMI: Ryan was recently awarded The Newest Trick Award by Ben Train and the Toronto Magic Company.
"Anyone who watches Ryan perform can see the passion and love he brings to the art. He is a valued member of the magic community, an inspiration to aspiring magicians, and a worthwhile winner of the Newest Trick award!"



17 January 2020

Winnipeg: Matt DiSero with Big Daddy Tazz

From Eventbrite:
Big Daddy Tazz and Friends will be again hosting its annual comedy night. With the support of the Winnipeg East AM Rotary Club.

Come join Tazz with his friends, Kevin McDonald, Matt DiSero, Graham Chittenden, Cory Mack and Chad Anderson on January 24th, 2020 at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Doors open at 6:00pm, rush seating, Show time: 7:30pm.

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16 January 2020

Thank you to our January 2020 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, James Renoire, Gwyn Auger, Jason Maiuri, Doug Hunt, David Johnson, John Smithman, and Richard Hough 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! 

Donations of any size are always welcome.