28 February 2021

Fraser Valley Magic Circle 2020 award winners!

Congratulations everyone!


From the February 12th Facebook post by the Fraser Valley Magic Circle:

Congrats to our 2020 award winners!
Gord Boyes - President's Award
Chris Yuill - President's Award
Celeste Evans Magician of the Year Award - Rob Teszka
Creativity Award - Lorena Watters
Showmanship Award - Lorena Watters
Congrats to all winners and nominees!!




Top 5 posts in February 2021

There were 28+ posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the 5 most viewed posts in the past 30 days: 

5. Isaac Willis, The Great Boomsky, in Halifax Today - Looks like Margaret Steele is working on a very interesting book! 
4. Masters of Illusions call for submissions - Did you audition?
3. Pickpocket James on The Odd Podd [Feb 5] - Keep an eye on your valuables!
2. Steve Valentine in the Seasons of Love Virtual Gala - Want more Steve? Check out the details for the CAM-JAM in March.

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1.  Lucy Darling at Vanishing Inc, Friends New York, Virtual Valentines, and Reddit  - Lucy's been busy this year!



Do you agree with this list of "Top 20 Magician celebrities in Canada"?

The Celeb Networth site has a list of their "Top 20 Magician celebrities in Canada." 

It's an interesting list for a number of reasons:

  • The top two spots on the list are held by James Randi.
  • That is not a photo of the Ryan Joyce we know.
  • The list ends at number 17.


To be fair, we never progressed the initiative of naming the the top 10 Canadian magicians of all time.  (Would that list of nominations look very different now that it's almost 3 years later?)

27 February 2021

Yoopacadabra and Virtual Magic Camp

From the February 4th Facebook post (translated by Facebook) by Renée-Claude Auclair:

We are proud to announce that we will now be offering virtual activities throughout the year. To launch this series of events in force, we thought of parents and present to you:
- Virtual Magic Camp during the release of March 1 to 6
- The Yoopacadabra Show!, Saturday, March 6, 11 pm
We also invite you to discover the other virtual activities that will be offered soon on our revisited website!
Fredo the magician Yoopacadabra




26 February 2021

Celebrate the 77th anniversary of IBM Ring #92 with Bill Cook

From the February 22nd Facebook post by Shawn Farquhar:

Hey magic friends and fans... wanna see a fun show this Saturday?  I will be in the audience, along with a few dozen other magicians, to watch my Brother Bill Cook do his thing to celebrate the 77th anniversary of IBM Ring #92, The Vancouver Magic Circle. 

You can join in the fun. Send me a private message and I can send you a promo code for a small discount as well it times are tough... like for me! 😉 

Tickets are available at www.magic.eventbrite.ca








25 February 2021

Saturday night magic with The Evasons via The Magic Castle

From the February 23rd Tweet by The Magic Castle:


February 27th, 7pm PT, Virtual Magical Show!

TICKETS: http://ToGo.MagicCastle.com

Free for Magic Castle members! $20 for non-member households.

An hour of family-friendly magical fun!






24 February 2021

Mark Clearview's Try This at Home [Feb 27 & 28]

From the February 18th Instagram post by Mark Clearview:

You want a PUBLIC VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW??? ✨ You got one! TRY THIS AT HOME will run on February 27th and 28th at 7:00pm EST!
Are you broke? Me too! The show is pay what you think 💵 so come for free! It's incredibly funny and interactive and you'll have a good time. So go reserve your tickets (link in bio) and share this with your friends!
It will be just like hanging out in person!






23 February 2021

Sean and Aaron in "Magic Unleashed"

From the February 9th Facebook post by Lloydminster & District SPCA:

They’ve taken the stage in Las Vegas, been seen on Disney, YTV and etalk, now they’re coming to a screen nearest you. Yep! Our SPCA is hosting a virtual fundraiser Magic Unleashed with Sean & Aaron Sunday, February 28 at 4:00pm MST. 

We so NEED your support as Covid has unfortunately cancelled or delayed many of our fundraisers. Please consider getting your tickets, as these two talented magicians promise to bring magic back into the mix! 


22 February 2021

Une Soir̩e avec Lucy Darling [Feb 26 Р27]

February 26 – 27.


From the February 13th Facebook post by Miranda Allen:

Once more, but in French!

We are thrilled to be teaming up with L'UniThéâtre to offer two bilingual performances!





21 February 2021

Broken wand: Dennis Schick

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that long time friend of, and contributor to the blog, Dennis Schick, passed away early last December. 

Dennis, as many of you already know, managed the Broken Wand section for the IBM's Linking Ring magazine.  He and I were in touch frequently keeping each other up to date.  You may also know that Dennis was the driving force behind the Linking Ring's recurring feature "Benevlonce of Magic" which featured giving initiatives and included Canadian projects such as: Magicana's Sharing Wonder, Jeff Christensen's Celebrate the Child Foundation, John Kaplan's Fundraising Magic, Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp, and the Mosquitoes Suck tour.

He always had a kind word and a good wish.

Dennis was the first person to interview me about Canada's Magic.  The interview was published just over a year ago in the Linking Ring.  I continue to be honoured and grateful to have had this opportunity.

Thank you Dennis, for your friendship, kindness, support, and encouragement.

Our sincere condolences to Dennis' wife Jan, and their family and friends.

From Arkansas Online:

We are sad to share with you that C. Dennis Schick passed away at home Monday December 7. Dennis was a husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother Dean and Ardyce Schick. He is survived by his wife Jan of 61 years; by his three children Leslie Gorrell (Doug), Greg Schick (Christa), and Tim Schick; his four grandchildren Alex, Lisa, Katie, and Emily Schick; his brother Darry Schick (Alice) and sister Kay Weaver (Ron); and many extended family members.

Dennis and Jan moved to Arkansas in 1979 where he served as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Press Association, a state trade association of newspapers. In that capacity, he supervised the operations of three companies: the APA, Arkansas Press Services, and the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation

Read more.

20 February 2021

Isaac Willis, The Great Boomsky, in Halifax Today

From the February 14th article "Remember This? When Isaac met Blanche" by Margaret Steele in Halifax Today:

At age twenty-five, Isaac Willis – The Great Boomsky – was already a renowned magician. That night he was playing a block away at the Academy of Music with Richards & Pringles Famous Georgia Minstrels.

By 1905, Isaac had already been touring for nearly half of his life. He had started as a teen apprentice with the legendary magician Herrmann the Great, playing the assistant character “Boomsky.” Now he was a star in his own right.

With ads foretelling “A Gleeful Comingling of Joviality” and “A Coalition of Mirth, Vivacity and Gaity,” America’s premiere Black minstrel company packed theaters everywhere they went. The group’s fifty men lived and traveled on a private Pullman railcar. Their 1905 summer tour would play eighteen Nova Scotia towns in three weeks, including a three-day stand in Halifax.

That evening Blanche jostled her way to her seat at the Academy of Music. The capacity crowd howled at the opening comedy skits then tapped their feet and clapped along to the band’s rousing ragtime tunes.

Read more.

19 February 2021

Benefit show for Danny ZZZZ [Feb 21]

From the February 16th Facebook post by Anthony Lindan:

I'm hosting a benefit Zoom magic show for my friend and fellow magician Danny ZZZZ.  
Danny lost all of his magic equipment and gear (and lot of other personal stuff) in a storage facility fire in Niagara-on-the-Lake last week. 
The show is this Sunday Feb. 21 from 7 PM - 8 PM. Admission is free and donations to the Danny ZZZZ GOFUNDME campaign are being accepted at https://gofund.me/f81c06cf 
I will be joined by several guest magicians who will perform amazing magic tricks! 
Thanks for your help & support!

18 February 2021

Carisa Hendrix and Kayla Drescher talk Modern Wonder

Very exciting!  Carisa offered a teaser for this project about a year ago when she lectured for Ring 17!


From the February 8th Facebook post by The Society of American Magicians:

Kayla Drescher and Carisa Hendrix are no strangers to podcasting. They started Shezam back in 2018 and it has been going strong ever since. Now. Kayla and Carisa check in with The Books of Magic to talk about new project "Modern Wonder," a video project bringing the effects of Tommy Wonder's Books of Wonder to video.




16 February 2021

Spidey in The Suburban

From the February 10th post "Cohen in the City: Episode 46 – World renowned local mentalist and magician Spidey" by Mike Cohen in The Suburban:

Bedros Akkelian, better known as Spidey, is a proud resident of Laval who is gaining notice globally  for his profession as a mentalist and a magician.   He will be performing on a live Zoom broadcast for the Cummings Centre on Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm.   Barbara Zavalkoff, who chairs the committee that organizes these events, joins Spidey on this show. It includes a very emotional moment when Spidey learns about the passing of someone whom he held dear.

Read more and watch video.



From the February 9th Facebook post by The Society of American Magicians:

Spidey - Mentalist/Hypnotist is one of new stars in the magic world. He is part of the cast of Masters of Illusion, has performed on Penn and Teller: Fool Us and is part of Netflix's Brainchild. Like many entertainers, he has taken to the online world for shows during the pandemic. He took some time out to talk to The Suburban Newspaper about his work and upcoming shows.



15 February 2021

Masters of Illusions call for submissions

From the February 9th Tweet from the Magic Castle:


14 February 2021

Chris Westfall's free Family Day magic show

From the February 11th Facebook post by Chris Westfall:

Make family day magical with a FREE MAGIC SHOW




13 February 2021

WonderPhil at Winterfest

February 15 

From the February 4th Facebook post by WonderPhil:

What will you be doing on Family Day?

Hopefully you can take some time to tune into the Town of Ajax Winterfest, where I'll be performing two magic-filled sets!



12 February 2021

Mysterion's Valentine's Mentalism Show

February 14


From the "Valentine's Mentalism Show" at Eventbrite:

Love is the most powerful energy in the world.

Join Mysterion, one of the worlds leading psychological entertainers for a mind trip into the past, present and even future.

The PERFECT Virtual date night, Mysterion will know things that are impossible. Where you met, had your first date, and if you are single who your crush is. The show climaxes with YOU reading the thoughts of your partner, which all considering isn't THAT difficult to know on this night of love.

Mysterion is one of the top mentalists in the world and one half of The Sentimentalists, Quarter finalists on Americas Got Talent and winners on Penn and Teller Fool Us. He has been seen all over the world on stage and in media.

Read more and buy tickets.

11 February 2021

Steve Valentine in the Seasons of Love Virtual Gala

From the February 6th Instagram post by Steve Valentine:

Hey there... you’re probably NOT going out next weekend right?

You’ve probably finished Netflix AND Amazon Prime, right?

You’ve probably realized that it’ll be a year before a new season of The Crown.. so..

So... I’ll see you NEXT SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13th at this amazing event for Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration, RIGHT?

I may even have a surprise for you ...






10 February 2021

Unconventional.fun take 2

Visit Unconventional.fun for more details.

(A perfect opportunity to dust off you magic convention bingo cards!)


From the January 28th Instagram post by the Toronto Magic Company:

Unconventional.fun 2 is coming. February 27th and 28th! Link in bio to sign up to be the first to know when tickets go live




09 February 2021

Thank you to our February 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.

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08 February 2021

Ring 49 hosts a lecture by Bruce Kalver Feb 9

From the January 26th post at The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club:

Ring 49’s next virtual meeting is February 9, 2021. Our lecturer for the evening is Bruce Kalver. Bruce’s biography is below.

We will begin to log into the ZOOM portal about 6:50 pm. The meeting will begin with about 5 minutes of ring business before the host turns the meeting over to our guest lecturer.

Read more.

07 February 2021

Free Virtual Magic Party Featuring Illusionarium Magicians [Feb 13- 15]

From Illusionarium:

Parties are a bit tricky this year, but the cast of Illusionarium magicians are here to help conjure up some fun! Using the magical power of Zoom, take advantage of Illusionarium’s virtual magic parties where a professional illusionist will perform 20-minutes of tricks and illusions closer than ever before.

Whether it’s a birthday party, anniversary, celebration, or a virtual hang out with friends, get ready to be amazed and entertained from the comfort of your own home.

Read more and register for tickets.

Elliot Smith in the Hernando Sun

From the February 5th article "Veterans’ HEAT Factory Raises Funds in Support of their Mission to help Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTSD" by Sarah Nachin in the Hernando Sun:

Elliott Smith, the opening act, has been performing his magic shows all over the world for the past forty years. Two prime ministers of Canada and late-night host Jay Leno are among the people for whom the Canadian-born magician has performed. He has also appeared with celebrities, such as Liberace. 

Read more.

Ron Gudel with ‘Cookie’ the tobogganing bunny

From the February 5th article "‘Cookie’ the tobogganing bunny" at WKRG.com:

Canadian magician Ron Gudel took his seven-year-old tobogganing bunny, Cookie, with him to a run down Blue Heron Hill in Windsor, Ontario. Cookie stayed on Gudel’s shoulder during the sled run of their lives.

Read more and watch video.

04 February 2021

DaCosta Magic Family Day Magic Show/Magic Workshop

From the January 26th Instagram post by DaCosta Magic:

But we will be back at it soon enough. Until then, join us virtually February 15th for a family day to remember.
Magic Show/Magic Workshop combo for the whole family. $30 per zoom link.



03 February 2021

Lucy Darling at Vanishing Inc, Friends New York, Virtual Valentines, and Reddit

From Vanishing Inc Magic [event is February 10]:

From winning an award from the Academy of Magical Arts to...your living room! We're so excited to welcome Lucy Darling to Vanishing Inc. Showtime series. Her show is a combination of her unique style of comedy magic and the crowd work she's renowned for. Come ready to interact and be amazed by this production. Unlike any other virtual magic show, Carisa Hendrix (playing the part of her alter-ego Lucy Darling) will charm you and your family with her brand new virtual show. Then, right after the show, stick around as we interview Carisa about her vision for how to bring her character to an online audience.

Read more and buy tickets

From the January 29th Tweet by Lena Hall [event is February 12]:

From the January 26th Instagram post by Carisa Hendrix:

From the January 24th Facebook post by Carisa Hendrix:

02 February 2021

Thank you to our February 2021 sponsors!

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01 February 2021

Pickpocket James on The Odd Podd [Feb 5]

From the January 25th Tweet by MyRadioIsOdd: