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

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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: