31 May 2020

Top 5 posts in May 2020

There were 25+ posts at Canada's Magic last month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days:

5. Remembering Roy Horn - A huge loss to the magic community.
4. Penn & Teller: Try This at Home - May 18 - I haven't had a chance to see this yet.  How was it?
3. Lucy Darling Live Stream Friday May 15th - This was a lot of fun!
2. New video project for Canadian magicians - The finished product was fabulous!  Well done everyone and fabulous idea Brent and Sarah!  Have a look at the Magic in Canada video and donate to Food Banks Canada.

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. Darcy Oake in The Sunday Post - Darcy's eagerly awaiting his UK tour dates!

29 May 2020

Mark Clearview and Mysterion in Toronto.com

From the May 26th article "What happens to Toronto magicians when COVID-19 takes the magic away?" by David Nickle in Toronto.com:

Clearview’s act is one that comes alive in person — a combination of standup comedy and sleight-of-hand work. He’s dipping his toe into YouTube with two channels — one called Noodle Boys, where he performs with his roommate, and another eponymous channel for his magic: Mark Clearview.

So, too, is Mysterion, in spite of his trepidation, moving to online video to showcase his talents and keep his creative juices flowing. He has been drawing on his network, including his wrestling contacts, fellow magicians and other celebrities, to take part remotely in a series of videos he and his girlfriend have put up on Facebook: Dr. M’s Mad Mausoleum.

Read more.

28 May 2020

World Buskers United: May 30 - 31

World Buskers United are at it again and will be doing another 24 hours online buskerfest!

Canadian participants include:

Learn more at World Buskers United.

27 May 2020

Jeff Newman on the #FringeLiveStream May 28

From the FringeLiveStream Facebook post:
๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ⁣⁣⁣
๐“๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ—๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐„๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง⁣⁣⁣
๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก - ๐Ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ÿ–๐ญ๐ก⁣⁣⁣
๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ/๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ⁣⁣
The FringeLiveStream series will bring live theatrical performances straight to your living room throughout the North American Fringe Festival season.⁣⁣⁣
June Lineup!⁣

⁣⁣May 28 - ๐‰๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฐ๐ฆ๐š๐ง - ๐˜‘๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ: ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ⁣⁣
June 4 - ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ ๐Š๐ฎ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ง๐๐š๐š๐ฅ-๐๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ - ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ⁣⁣
June 11 - ๐‰๐จ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ - ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ⁣⁣
June 18 - ๐Œ๐จ๐ก๐š๐ง๐š ๐‘๐š๐ฃ๐š๐ค๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ - ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜”๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ⁣⁣
June 25 - ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต with Autistic Comedian ๐€๐๐š๐ฆ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ณ⁣⁣

26 May 2020

The Newest Trick in the Macbook - May 26th

From the Toronto Magic Company:
Highly interactive, virtual, open mic magic show. Guaranteed to blow your mind from the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s totally free!

For the past three years The Newest Trick in the Book, Canada’s only open mic magic show, has been THE place in Toronto for magicians to test new tricks and for audiences to experience mind-blowing magic. 

Now Canada's only open mic magic show is going VIRTUAL - and we want you to take part in the fun!

Join a dozen incredible magicians from the comfort of your own homes for a virtual, and highly interactive, magic show you have to see to believe! 

The event is FREE, but due to the interactive nature there are only 100 seats available.

Read more and book your seat!

25 May 2020

Guelph: The Evasons

Catch The Evasons at the River Run Centre in Guelph, Ontario on 2/21/21!

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22 May 2020

Penn & Teller: Fool Us, winter edition

From Michael Close:
Here's some fun news from Fool Us executive producers Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt:

Penn & Teller: Fool Us has been rewarded with a pickup for a winter edition on the CW Network.

We encourage you to spread the good word. We are beginning to look at submissions for another taping this year as soon as conditions allow. Shoot dates are uncertain, of course, but think September/October-ish. We will do this, however we do it, in a safe and prudent way.

Remember, originality is important, being entertaining is everything, and fooling Penn & Teller is icing on the magic cake. Fool Us alumni are welcome to submit tricks, too.

Submissions/magicians should use our casting email address:
fooluscasting at gmail dot com

Thanks again and warm regards! Send us your friends! Send us your tricks!

21 May 2020

Welcoming a new Friend: Loran

Please join me in welcoming our newest Friend, Montreal based Loran!

I had the pleasure of first meeting Loran almost 20 years ago at the Magical Arts Festival in Toronto, and then being reacquainted with him through Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.  His shows are consistently a feast for the senses (and often involve fire)!

You can see some recent video of Loran 5 seconds into the video "Magic in Canada - 100 Magicians Come Together for Food Banks Canada," at 1 minute and 17 seconds into the video "Magiciens au Quรฉbec - Magicians in Quรฉbec," and in his magical Steampunk glory at the 5 minute 5 second mark of the video "Pass the Map."

Learn more about Loran at his website LoranIllusion.com and follow him on Facebook.

Thank you Loran, for becoming an official Friend of Canada's Magic

20 May 2020

Magiciens au Quรฉbec

The Vancouver Magic Circle magicians aren't the only ones with video tricks up their sleeves!

From Loran's YouTube channel:
La magie existe au Quรฉbec. C’est pourquoi nous somme 20 magiciens quรฉbรฉcois se sont rรฉunis pour vous offrir un petit brin de folie et d’รฉmerveillement. Merci ร  tous ces magiciens qui habitent partout en province ainsi qu'ร  Romain Kowalsky pour le montage. ร€ partager sans retenu pour transporter la magie partout !
Magic exists in Quebec. This is why we are 20 Quebec magicians who have come together to offer you a touch of madness and wonder. Thank you to all these magicians who live throughout the province as well as to Romain Kowalsky for the editing. Share the magic everywhere!

19 May 2020

Vancouver Magic Circle presents ZOOMagic!

From the IBM Facebook page:
Take a look at what our International President Alex Zander's local Ring did together!

Well done Vancouver Magic Circle, IBM Ring #92! Way to #KeepCalmAndPerformMagic

With Murray SawChuck Rod Boss, Kelvin Ng Rod Chow Juliana Chen, Glen LaBarre, Graham Kita, Henry Tom, Shawn Farquhar.

Video production: Shawn Farquhar
(Music: Benjamin Tissot Thanks www.BenSound.com )

You'll need a Facebook account in order to view the video.

18 May 2020

Jamie Allen interviews Paul Romhany

Congratulations to Paul Romhany who is featured on the cover of the April 2020 edition of Northern Peeks (vol 24, 2).

Paul is also taking on the role as producer/designer of Northern Peeks, the official publication of the Canadian Association of Magicians.  Thank you Paul for taking on this important role!

From the Jamie Allen's May 8th iMagician Live Show 6 featuring Marc Spelmann, John Archer, and Paul Romhany.

17 May 2020

Chris Ramsay in The New Yorker

From the May 15th article "Quarantine Is Making Puzzle Enthusiasts of Us All" by Crispin Long in The New Yorker:
The professional puzzler Chris Ramsay, whose YouTube channel has millions of subscribers, is sensitive to the power of playful concentration. In the video above, he talks about why people are enjoying puzzles so much during isolation and how he arrived at his unusual career. A magician, he found his current calling when he recorded a video of himself using the tricks he’d picked up through magic to unlock a three-dimensional puzzle that resembled a padlock.

Read more.

16 May 2020

David Acer in the Montreal Gazette

From the May 7th article "Brownstein: Is it too soon to laugh?" by Bill Bronstein in the Montreal Gazette:

While the Comedy Nest is dark these days, Acer has created another outlet for fans. Performance videos from the club are available on YouTube.com/comedynestmontreal and feature more than 30 of the city’s leading anglo comics, including Abdul Butt, Joey Elias, Heidi Foss, Derek Seguin and Harrison Weinreb. And Acer.

Weinreb, incidentally, has come up with this fascinating epidemiological theory: “This pandemic can only mean one thing … the five-second rule has failed us.”

Read more.

15 May 2020

Penn & Teller: Try This at Home - May 18

A little bird has suggested that perhaps there will be Canadian content on the show in addition to Shin Lim!

From the Futon Critic:
Premiering Monday, May 18 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), PENN & TELLER: TRY THIS AT HOME is a special for these unique times. Filmed entirely at the homes of Penn & Teller and their friends around the world, PENN & TELLER: TRY THIS AT HOME showcases new magic Penn & Teller and their magician friends have developed at home and teaches viewers how to do an array of tricks themselves while being joined by celebrity guests including Elle and Dakota Fanning, Michael Carbonaro and Shin Lim.

14 May 2020

Thank you to our May 2020 Friends!

Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, Gwyn Auger, Jason Maiuri, Doug Hunt, David Johnson, John Smithman, Richard Hough, Robin Dawes, and Eric Bedard for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

It's good to have friends like you.

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Donations of any size are always welcome.

13 May 2020

Canadian magicians in support of Food Banks Canada

Canadian magicians in support of Food Banks Canada!

(Some of you are getting hard to recognize with some of your quarantine hair styling!)


Thanks for putting this together Brent and Sarah.

From Brent and Sarah's YouTube channel:

12 May 2020

Lucy Darling Live Stream Friday May 15th

From Carisa Hendrix:

Lucy Darling is everyone's favorite socialite. Join her and a host of special guests for an evening of magic, music and laughs.

Special Guests Include:
  • Bizzaro
  • Rudy Coby
  • Richard Lee
  • Miranda Allen
  • Hello Moth
  • Max Maven
  • Moon Zappa

Technical support from, Jim Millan, Ryan Pilling, Chris Comb, and John Lovick.

With support from the National Arts Centre of Canada as part of the #CanadaPerforms project. Huge thank you to Facebook, Slaight Music, the RBC Foundation, SiriusXM Canada and the National Arts Centre.

11 May 2020

10 May 2020

Remembering Roy Horn

The ABC show 20/20 aired an informative documentary "Siegfried and Roy: Behind the Magic" last fall.  Clips can be found on the ABC YouTube channel:

From Greg Frewin:
... the magic community has lost one of the greatest. Roy was not only one of the best showman in our industry and one of the most dynamic energies to have ever been onstage, but he was also a very kind man to all of gods creatures. His work with his animals, the connection he had and the love he gave all of them has always been an inspiration for me. Very few people can have the spirit that he did. Roy is no longer with us but his spirit will always remain as powerful as the day I first met him.
God Bless you Roy for making millions of people and animals lives better with your presence. You will be missed....❤

From Matt DiSero:
Before there was David Copperfield or even Doug Henning, there was Siegfried & Roy. They didn't just shape magic but Las Vegas itself. Not many magicians of my generation or older who didn't make the pilgrimage to Vegas to see their show. You'd hear things like "what? a DRAGON picks up one of them and impales...what? how..?nooo". It was like that. They made magic a spectacle and a draw to Las Vegas. We owe them a debt of gratitude for doing the work.

09 May 2020

Quarantine bingo

Since we won't be playing Magic Convention Bingo any time soon, have a shot at Quarantine Bingo!

Filled the board?  Refresh your page and play again.

Make your card here: https://canadasmagic.com/bingo/quarantine.html

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08 May 2020

Canadians on Masters of Illusion 2020

Updated at 8pm to add:
  • Spidey

I've seen mentions from Chris Funk and Murray SawChuck that they're back on Masters of Illusion this year.  Who am I missing?

Masters of Illusions premiers on Friday, May 15th on The CW.

07 May 2020

Thank you to our May 2020 sponsors!

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06 May 2020

Lee Asher on episode 12 of Deckin' Around

Thursday May 7, 2020 at 8PM EST, catch Lee Asher in episode 12 of Deckin' Around, where he'll talk magic, sleight of hand, and playing cards!

Here are the links to watch Lee Asher this week on Deckin' Around:
YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/gPt1euLw4Nw
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/DeckinAround

05 May 2020

Hidden Wonders in The Linking Ring

Congratulations to Shawn Farquhar who's show Hidden Wonders is featured in the May 2020 edition of The Linking Ring!

You can read Simone Marron's article "The Wonder of Hidden Wonders" starting on page 24.  

04 May 2020

Matt DiSero on the cover of The Linking Ring

Congratulations to Matt DiSero who is featured on the cover of the May 2020 edition of The Linking Ring!

You can read David Peck's article "Matthew DiSero: Celebrating Thirty Years in Showbiz" starting on page 16.  

01 May 2020

New video project for Canadian magicians

From Brent and Sarah Nicholls:
I hope you’re doing well despite everything that’s going on. 
I’m working on an idea to make a music video that is a compilation of Canadian magicians. It would be something like this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GElP4YdrBE ,
but instead of having you sing I would simply need you to perform a magic effect for the camera. 
My intention is simply to create a fun video that showcases Canadian magicians during this strange time where we can’t showcase ourselves properly. I may also add a Facebook tip jar that has all proceeds going to something like Canadian Food Bank. 
1. You must be a Canadian
2. You need to be a “working pro” (full time magician)
3. You must submit the clip before May 8th at noon
4. The clip must be no longer than 5 seconds (unfortunately longer videos will not be included)
5. You must include your stage name and city where you live in the body of your email
All you would need to do is upload the clip to your YouTube channel (you can make it “Unlisted" if you don’t want anyone else to see it) and then email me the link at magic@brentandsarah.com before the deadline. 
The better your clip looks (lighting etc) the more likely it will feature prominently in the video (if you don’t have great lighting in your home consider shooting outside in natural light). Please know that music will be played over the video so audio is not necessary. The magic you perform can be serious, funny, kid-friendly etc.. or if you’d rather just smile and wave that’s fine too. Please ensure your clip is shot in HD.
That’s OK, but please feel free to pass this along to any magicians you know who might be. My magician database isn’t the biggest so I would appreciate you sharing since I don’t want to leave anyone out! 
I hope you’re staying safe and sane during this crazy time ๐Ÿ™‚
Brent Nicholls
(Brent and Sarah)