31 January 2021

Top 5 posts in January 2021

There were 20+ posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days: 

5. The Magic Circle Unlocked: Celebrating 100 years of sawing in half - There wasn't time to talk about Doug Henning, but it was still a fabulous event! 
4. Do you know who performed in Summerside, PEI in the late 1970s? - Can anyone out there help answer this question?
3. Ring 17 hosts a panel on magic in the age of digital reproduction - We had to miss this.  Anyone feel like submitting a review?
2. Who are the top 10 Canadian magicians of all time? - This is an OLD post.  I wonder if the submissions would be different today?

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1.  Magicana accepting nominations for the 2020 Allan Slaight awards - We strongly encourage you to submit your nominations!


30 January 2021

Save the date for CAM JAM February 10

The CAM JAM (with special guest, Lee Asher) is open to everyone!

CAM members, a reminder that Greg Frewin's CAM CAST has already featured Enrico De La Vega, Cyril Takayama, Steve Valentine, Julianna Chen, and many more!


From the January 29th Tweet by CAM:



29 January 2021

Ted and Marion Outerbridge talk about Smiths Falls

From the November 23rd Facebook post by Experience Smiths Falls:

Meet Ted & Marion Outerbridge of Outerbridge Magic and hear their story about why Smiths Falls was their first choice to settle down.  Our rich history, heritage architecture, and warm, welcoming citizens sealed the deal.






28 January 2021

Big Trick Energy (Barker, Boyer, Leclerc, and Ramsay) debuts April 22nd

The TV show featuring the Fab Four self-proclaimed “Abracadipshits” of Canadian magic is set to debut on April 22nd.

From the January 21st article "AMC Releases ‘The Walking Dead’ Trailer for Extended 10th Season (TV News Roundup)" by Haley Bosselman in Variety:

TruTV also announced that “Big Trick Energy,” a magic reality series, will premiere April 22 at 10:30 p.m. This series follows master magicians and long-time friends Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker and Alex Boyer as they shock and awe unsuspecting spectators — and each other — with magic tricks.

Read more.

27 January 2021

Nicholas Wallace "Live from my basement"

Here's your chance to see the 2018 Allan Slaight Canadian Rising Star Award winner perform live, from his basement! 

(And a reminder that Magicana is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Allan Slaight awards.)


From Nick Wallace's January 22nd Instagram Post:

You can join me live, from my basement, for a virtual interactive magic experience. Ticket link.



26 January 2021

James Alan's "Magic Tonight"

Well, not TONIGHT exactly.  But Friday nights.  On Zoom.

Tickets and details at MagicTonight.ca


From the December 9th Facebook post by James Alan:

Shameless self-promotion: After a bit of a (pandemic-induced) hiatus, decided to go back to doing a weekly show on Friday nights. My old show, Magic and Martini was all about getting all dressed up. This one is all about curling up and getting comfortable... possibly letting your cat upstage me... If you'd like to drop by and spend a whole hour looking at my annoying bookshelf, tickets are at www.magictonight.ca






25 January 2021

Congratulations to Billy Hsueh!

Additionally, you can join Billy Hsueh as he hosts another episode of "Hsuehnanigans" (Games & Nonsense) tomorrow night.  On the agenda:  Quiplash 2, Trivia Murder Party, and Joke Boat.  More details here.

From the January 19th Facebook post by Billy Hsueh:

It took a couple days to process, and I still can’t believe it...

I am humbled to be the IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians Board of Trustees Nominee for President-Elect this year. 

For the past 12 years I have it has been an honour to be a part of this amazing organization; meeting and working with so many people who keep it in top shape has been such an incredible experience and eye opening experience. We still have a lot of work to get done, and the team I get to work with is absolutely stellar.

22 January 2021

Ring 17 hosts a lecture by Boris Wild

From the January 15th Facebook post by James Alan:

Join us on Feb 4 for a lecture with FISM winner Boris Wild, live from Paris. Tickets are free for members, available at http://bit.ly/38Qfphb





21 January 2021

Game Night with Alex Zander

From the January 18th Facebook post by Alex Zander:

11 days until the premiere of "Game Night"

Join me next Friday Jan 29, 2021 @ 6pm Pacific for an evening of laughter, chaos, and incredible magic. 

Tickets are limited - $20 per Household




20 January 2021

Ring 66 hosts a lecture by Kelvin Ng

From the Calgary Magic Circle Facebook event:

Thursday, January 21, 2021 

Join us for our first monthly meeting of 2021 - COVID safe on Zoom of course!

And as a fun way to add some value and fun we introduce this year with a lecture by BC magician Kelvin Ng - Author of The Strategic Magician 

Make sure your membership is up to date to enjoy this event at NO COST! 

Remember if you were a member in 2020 your membership is carried over! 

Not a member yet - always time to join!!

19 January 2021

Thank you to our January 2021 friends!

A quick reminder of our earlier Mail as Medicine request for Katie Hunt.  If you have the time, Katie and Doug would both benefit from hearing from their friends!


Thank you to John Harrison, Richard Lyn, Joan Caesar, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, Gwyn Auger, Doug Hunt, John Smithman, Richard Hough, Robin Dawes, Eric Bedard, Loran, Peter Mennie, and David Johnson 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.


18 January 2021

Shawn Farquhar: Upcoming Hidden Wonders and Deckin' Around

ICYMI Shawn was interviewed by Tyler on episode 48 of Deckin' Around.


From Shawn Farquhar's January 14th Facebook post:

We really had a blast doing the show virtually in December and the Cabaret of Wonders in early January was well received, so we're doing it again! 

On Saturday January 30th we will offer two shows in a single day. You can catch one or both, lol. The first will be at 4PM PT, which is 7PM for those folks on the East Coast, and the second at 7PM PT, which might be a little late for those early to bed people in New York!  I thought, New York was the city that never slept?  

This is an an interactive event that starts with a virtual tour of the venue, our signature choose your own adventure style show, and ends with a Q&A with your truly.







14 January 2021

Virtual SAM Assembly: With Connie Boyd, Tina Lenert, Carisa Hendrix, and Juliana Chen

From the January 13th Facebook post from Assembly V1.1:

This month we are handing things over to Magical Women with Connie Boyd. Connie will be welcoming an all star panel of guest for our next meeting to talk about magic and the the ever expanding footprint of women in magic. We are excited to welcome FISM winner Juliana Chen, The Magic Castle's 1994 Stage Magician of the Year Tina Lenert and the current Stage Magicians of the Year Carisa Hendrix. to join us this Sunday.


We hope to see everyone there, this Sunday January 17.





13 January 2021

Thank you to our January 2021 sponsors!

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12 January 2021

The Magic Circle Unlocked: Celebrating 100 years of sawing in half

From the January 10th article "Split in two: magicians to celebrate 100 years of sawing people in half -- London based Magic Circle’s event, streamed on Facebook, will feature David Copperfield, Debbie McGee and more" by Mark Brown in The Guardian:

The US magician David Copperfield will show viewers round his magic museum in Las Vegas and talk about his interpretation, using a huge “death saw” which cut through him after he failed to escape the table.

Naomi Paxton, an academic and performer and the Circle’s equality and diversity officer, will explore the illusion’s links to suffrage and reveal how Selbit audaciously invited the militant suffragette Christabel Pankhurst to become part of his act by being the woman sawn in two.

It came after Pankhurst had advertised her services in a newspaper for “remunerative, non-political work” and while it was entrepreneurial of Selbit to offer, it was also “hugely disrespectful,” said Paxton. Unsurprisingly, she said no.

The evening will also see Debbie McGee, the partner of the late Paul Daniels on stage and in life, recounting her experiences of being regularly dismembered. “Debbie has been sliced, diced, cremated, crushed, divided and decapitated more than most so has a great story to tell,” said Britten.

Details of how to watch the Facebook streamed event will be on the Magic Circle Unlocked Facebook page.

Read more.






If you attended The Magic Circle Unlocked Facebook live event on November 15, 2020, you'll know that they put on a fabulous show with a multitude of international guests.  That event boasted Noel Britten, David Berglas, Jeff McBride, Nick Einhorn, Laura London, David Williamson, Charlie Frye, Marvin Berglas, Brian Conley, Michael Ammar, Jake Allen, Greg Wilson, Sooty (& Richard Cadell), Andy Nyman, Careena Fenton, Adrian Lacroix, Megan Swann, Russ Stevens, Richard Jones, Doc Eason, and Wayne Dobson.

This one looks like it's going to be just as amazing!






11 January 2021

Magicana accepting nominations for the 2020 Allan Slaight awards

At this time we'd like to remind you, that one of our voters in our 2020 Readers' Choice Awards suggested that "Regardless of who wins, I hope they are all considered for Allan Slaight awards.That's an excellent place to start if you're looking for potential nominees!

Still no sign of a category for "Best Blog Focused on Canadian Magicians Run by a Member of IBM Ring 17."


From Magicana:

Nominations are now being accepted for work completed in 2020. The deadline for nominations is April 2, 2021. Nominations received after the deadline will be kept on file and considered for the following year.

Thank you for considering nominating someone for the Allan Slaight Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in the pursuit of the impossible. The nomination process consists of four steps:
  1. Your information
  2. Information about your nominee
  3. Supporting documentation
  4. Reviewing your information and submitting


In addition to basic information about you and your nominee, you will also have the opportunity to provide
  1. A biography (up to 4500 characters)
  2. A description of the work and why you are nominating this person (up to 1800 characters)

 Read more and submit your nominations!


08 January 2021

Winter Wonders with Sean Watson and Aaron Matthews

Winter Wonders is scheduled for January 17th.

From the January 5th Instagram post by Aaron Matthews:

We’re so excited to bring our newest Virtual Magic Show “Winter Wonders” to you all! We designed this fast paced show for children & adults alike. “Winter Wonders” is jam packed with hilarious, original, jaw dropping magic. We even have a special guest opening the show!




07 January 2021

Discourse in Magic roundup

Jonah Babins has also been busy.  Have a look and a listen to some of his wonderful recent podcasts!  (And if Jonah tricked you with an April Fools' podcast a number of years ago, have a look at the second last episode on this list.  That's your reward!)


05 January 2021

Do you know who performed in Summerside, PEI in the late 1970s?

Can anyone help Shawn by identifying the mystery performer below?


From Shawn Farquhar's December 31st post on Facebook:

Magic friends, here's my trivia question to end out 2020.  A long time ago, probably 1977/78 a young magician from the US, came to Summerside, PEI to perform at my local mall.  Yes, Summerside had a mall.  I saw the show and obtained a flyer.  It didn't have his name, nor contact information. I have a darn good memory, I can tell you what he did and the order as well, BUT for the life of me, I  can't recall his name.

Who is this?







04 January 2021

Ring 17 hosts a panel on magic in the age of digital reproduction

From the Ring 17 website:

Thursday, January 7, 2021

On Zoom. 

Hosted by David Peck


  • Jonah Babins
  • Matt DiSero
  • Michael Feldman
  • Graemazing
  • Steffi Kay
  • Felice Ling
  • Aaron Matthews
  • Mysterion
  • Ben “Racoon Tamer” Train

In the past year we have been forced to make drastic and rapid changes if we wanted to continue performing. We have assembled a panel of performers, each of whom has made their own transition into the virtual space and found a way to perform from home. The panel will share their experiences, what works, what doesn’t, the challenges they have overcome and the gadgets and gizmos that make virtual performances possible.

Read more and buy tickets

01 January 2021

Happy 2021!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with health, joy, and wonder.

Starting the New Year with some of our favourite faces!

From Brent and Sarah's YouTube channel: