31 May 2021

Top 5 posts in May 2021

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

5. [Guest post] Thirteen tips for supporting your closest brick and mortar magic shop - Have you supported a brick and mortar magic shop lately? 
4. Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey - They won't know if you don't tell them.
3. CAM JAM with Paul Draper & Jeff McBride [May 12] - Another fabulous CAM JAM!
2.  IBM convention online July 8th-10th, 2021 - Have you registered yet?

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. May 2021 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates! - Today is the last day to take advantage of this offer which comes with a 6 month extension!

30 May 2021

Connie Boyd interview with Renée-Claude Auclair part 2

From the May 25th video at the Magical Women with Connie Boyd YouTube channel:

Renée-Claude Auclair is the Canadian Association of Magic's (CAM 2.0) current President, she is also the current President of the Quebec 2022 FISM World Championships and the Co-Organiser of FISM which will be held in Canada July 25-30, 2022.   This will be the FIRST time, ever, that FISM (Federation International Society of Magicians) also known as "the World Championships of Magic" will be held in North America.

In this talk Renée reveals her plans & hopes for the future for CAM 2.0.  She discusses Joan Caesar and her importance to magic in Canada and the magic community.   Plus, tips and lessons Renée has learned from experiences creating festivals, magic conferences & shows and working within organisations.  Please comment & let us know what you learn from Renée's talk.

Read more.




29 May 2021

Mark Clearview: Try This at Home featuring Scott Hammell [May 29/30]

From the May 27th Facebook post by Mark Clearview:

The last TRY THIS AT HOME until the end of summer! This weekend May 29/30. Featuring four time Guinness World Record Holder and my mentor: SCOTT HAMMELL! Pay what you can tickets at: www.markclearview.com/trythisathome



28 May 2021

Rod Chow: owner of the World's Narrowest Commercial Building

Updated at 9am to add:


From the May 25th article "Built on a bet. Owner of world-famous Chinatown building says, despite pandemic, he's here to stay"  by Ashley Moliere in the CBC News:

The Jack Chow Insurance building, also known as the Sam Kee building, was built on a bet, according to its owner Rod Chow.

In the early 1900s, businessman Chang Toy bought a standard 30-foot lot at the corner of Pender and Carrall streets.

But the City of Vancouver needed to widen one of the streets, so it expropriated 24 feet of the land leaving him with only six feet.

"No one thought he could do anything with it," said Chow.


The structure at 8 West Pender Street is also the world's narrowest commercial building, according to the Guinness Book of World Records

Read more and watch video.


[via Shawn Farquhar]



Which puts the total of Canadian World Record holding magicians to fourteen! 

  • Doug The Great:  Heaviest Stilts Mastered.  [Guinness World Record]
  • Scott Hammell:  Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record]
  • Lucas Wilson:  Fastest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record - 2011]
  • Carisa Hendrix:  Longest duration fire torch teething. [Guinness World Record - 2012]
  • Michael Francis:  Most one-handed coin rolls in a minute. [Guinness World Record - 2013]
  • Mark Correia:  Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket. [World Record - 2014] 
  • The Sentimentalists:  (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) Most items transferred from one mentalist to another.  [World Record - 2017] 
  • Gordon Precious:  Oldest heli-skier [World Record - 2019]
  • Big Trick Energy: (Led by Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer) The largest online video chain of people performing a magic trick.  [Guinness World Record - 2021]
  • Rod Chow:  Owner of the World's Narrowest Commercial Building  [Guinness World Record]








27 May 2021

Alex Boyer interviewed by Jacqueline Swan

From the May 20th article "More Than Tricks: Canadian Used Magic To Change His Life (VIDEO)" by Jacqueline Swan at Narcity:

Canadian magician Alex Boyer sat down for an interview to talk magic, running a YouTube channel and how the art form has affected his life.

Alongside being a professional magician, Boyer recently added TV star to his resume as he recently released a show he created with his four best friends, Big Trick Energy.

Read more and watch video.

26 May 2021

Matt Johnson on the Deceive Reality podcast

Updated at 8:40am to add:


Listen to Steve Spade and David Peace interview Matt Johnson on episode 33 of The Deceive Reality Podcast uploaded to YouTube on May 20th:

24 May 2021

Guinness World Record for Big Trick Energy / truTV

Last month we posted that Chris Ramsay and the Big Trick Energy gang were looking to set a Guinness World Record.  We're excited to announce that they were successful!

Congratulations to Chris, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer for securing a Guinness World Record for "the largest online video chain of people performing a magic trick" on behalf of Big Trick Energy / truTV


From the May 20th Instagram post by truTV:

History has been made. truTV and Big Trick Energy now hold the Guinness World Record title for the largest online video chain of people doing a magic trick! Thanks to everyone who participated in the #BigTrickTokChallenge.

Which puts the total of Canadian World Record holding magicians to thirteen! 

  • Doug The Great:  Heaviest Stilts Mastered.  [Guinness World Record]
  • Scott Hammell:  Highest Suspension Straitjacket Escape. [Guinness World Record]
  • Lucas Wilson:  Fastest Suspension Straitjacket Escape. [Guinness World Record - 2011]
  • Carisa Hendrix:  Longest duration fire torch teething. [Guinness World Record - 2012]
  • Michael Francis:  Most one-handed coin rolls in a minute. [Guinness World Record - 2013]
  • Mark Correia:  Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket. [World Record - 2014] 
  • The Sentimentalists:  (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) Most items transferred from one mentalist to another.  [World Record - 2017] 
  • Gordon Precious:  Oldest heli-skier [World Record - 2019]
  • Big Trick Energy: (Led by Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer) The largest online video chain of people performing a magic trick.  [Guinness World Record - 2021]

20 May 2021

[Guest post] I challenge you!

Support your brick and mortar magic shops! 


The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as The Magic Demon.




from The Magic Demon

Exclusive to Canada's Magic

I've always considered you among the elite of magic enthusiasts, hobbyists, amateurs and professionals.

You love the art of magic enough to have joined an organization dedicated to preserving its history, encouraging its present and striving for an even more illustrious future.

I bet most of you have had a positive experience visiting a brick & mortar magic shop once upon a time when you were young. That awesome visit - the first of many, no doubt - cemented what has become a lifelong joy and passion.

And many of you are waiting for the end of our current pandemic before you take a short subway trip - or a long long car ride - or short airplane ride - to your nearest brick and mortar magic shop to once again bask in its unique joys and pleasures.

Doubtless some of you will want to take along your friends or family members and double or triple your fun by sharing the magical experience with them.

But what happens if there are no more brick & mortar magic shops left to visit after the pandemic?

Oh sure, you'll always be able to order from some really great online outlets. But it's never going to be the same experience as standing in person drooling over a display case full of the latest effects, or sharing tips and stories with fellow visiting magic enthusiasts, or enjoying the truly memorable fun created by the proprietors of a real dedicated brick & mortar magic shop.

As you have read on this site, we in Canada are now down to just two dedicated brick & mortar shops. Two to serve a country of almost 38 million! Toronto alone until recently used to have two - and had even more in its distant past.

Unless we act now to safeguard our remaining precious brick & mortar shops there is every chance they may not survive to serve us again when better and more normal days return.

That would make Canada truly less of a magical place.

And so, therefore, I CHALLENGE YOU, to show your love and support for the art of magic and its well-being in this country - as personified in its remaining brick & mortar shops, by making a purchase right now - and later again this year - from either the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto and/or Clownin' Around on Granville Island in Vancouver BC, whichever is your closest brick & mortar shop.

I am not asking you to do anything I have not already done myself. I have recently purchased a couple books from Clownin' Around, AND a gift certificate from the Browser's Den.

There's still no guarantee that what we all can do will be enough - but at least if we try there's always a good chance. And a good chance is better than no chance at all.


Are you magician-enough to magic-up and accept this challenge?

The future landscape of magic in Canada may well depend upon your actions today.

LATEST STATUS UPDATE: As of this date, the Browser's Den in Ontario is currently only open via phone, email and their website for in-person curbside pick up or snailmail service. Clownin' Around in BC is currently open for a limited number of local-health-authority-region-only in-person mask-wearing customers observing social distance, as well as via phone, email and their website for snailmail service. Check their websites for any further updates and developments.


Full Disclosure: The Magic Demon does not work for, nor own any part of, any remaining brick & mortar magic shop - but has spent many happy hours in both and wishes that they may survive the pandemic along with the rest of us. 


Thank you The Magic Demon for championing brick and mortar magic shops and for guest posting at Canada's Magic! 




19 May 2021

Ring 66 hosts an UnConventional lecture with Jonah and Ben [May 20]

From the Facebook event Calgary Club Meeting and UNConventional Lecture:

Description: In 2020 magic went through a radical change - moving predominantly online for the first time in existence.

During that time Ben Train and his partner Jonah Babins performed more than 300 virtual shows for audiences all over the world - and of all ages and sizes. They also produced the world’s first 8-bit virtual magic convention (Unconventional.fun), transformed their magic company so it could operate entirely online, and worked with countless magicians helping them with their virtual shows.
Now Ben and Jonah wants to share what he learnt and answer any questions you might have. They’ve got advice on marketing your online shows, tips on how to maximize virtual audience engagement, and insight into what you can do to make 2021 your most magical year yet.

This is NOT a lecture - so don’t come expecting to learn any tricks - but it will be a fun night all about the world of virtual magic; filled with learning, laughs, and bottomless drinks*

*Provided you have a lot of drinks at home. 

Read more.

18 May 2021

Welcoming a new sponsor: Ryan Pilling's "Tips & Tricks for Magicians"

Welcome to our newest sponsor, Ryan Pilling's "Tips & Tricks for Magicians"!

You may know Ryan Pilling as the author of "Finding the Funny," the creator of the best ever Candy Cane Puzzle, or the host of IBM's monthly series "Inside the Ring" (new episode of "Inside the Ring" tonight).

But did you know that Ryan publishes a weekly newsletter?

Ryan's Tips & Tricks for Magicians weekly newsletter is a grab-bag of magical delights. Every Tuesday you'll receive the latest thoughts and ideas, with tips on improving the magic you perform, and video lessons sharing everything from old forgotten gems, to brand new works-in-progress.

Subscribe for free at www.MagicTipsAndTricks.com.

Thank you Ryan, for your sponsorship of Canada's Magic!

17 May 2021

Luc Langevin: Interconnectés, Interconnected, and Global News

May 22nd marks the 100th presentation of Luc Langevin's virtual show "Interconnectés."

In June, Luc launches his first show in English, "Interconnected."

Watch Kim Sullivan interview Luc on May 12th for Global News.

16 May 2021

Edmonton Magic Club presents: John Kaplan's lecture "Selling the Impossible" [May 18]

From the May 12th post on the Edmonton Magic Club Facebook page:

BIG NEWS! John Kaplan will be presenting his "Selling the Impossible" lecture at our next meeting-Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM. John is one of Canada's most successful magicians and his lecture details how he has made his living travelling across the country as an Illusionist. This is another FREE event hosted by the Edmonton Magic Club. Don't miss it!

Read more.







14 May 2021

Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey

From the Canadian Heritage section of the Government of Canada:

The Department of Canadian Heritage is inviting all artists and content creators to participate in the Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey. The purpose of this survey is to help create an updated portrait of the artistic and creative community in Canada. This data gathering is important to help ensure policies and programs continue to be responsive to the sector’s reality.

Share your story!

The survey will help develop a better understanding of the realities and experiences of artists and content creators in Canada prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to participate?
The survey is available online from May 10 to June 18 and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Participation is voluntary and anonymous.

Who should participate?
Anyone in Canada aged 16 or older who does creative or artistic work as an important component of their professional identity, whether on their own time, freelance or with organizations — either full-time or alongside other jobs, at any point in their career stage.

The survey is open, but not limited to:

  • writers such as fiction and non-fiction book authors, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, technical writers
  • visual artists such as painters, craft artisans, designers, illustrators, installation artists, video game designers, concept artists, photographers, printmakers
  • performing artists such as actors, choreographers, circus artists, comedians, dancers, mimes, puppeteers, spoken word artists, storytellers
  • musical artists such as composers, musicians, singers, songwriters
  • audiovisual directors working in film, television, video games or other digital media productions, including on social media

Read more and take survey.

13 May 2021

TBT: Quincy Li appears on Big Trick Energy

Throwback to last Thursday, actually.  Watch Big Trick Energy pull off a personalized illusion for Quincy, owner of the brick and mortar magic shop Clownin' Around in BC.  (Video at bottom of post.)

(New episode of Big Trick Energy airs tonight on truTV!)

From Wes Barker's May 7th Facebook post, watch some of the prep work for Quincy's cameo:

[Editor's note:  Addendum to the dialogue in the clip below, at present there are only TWO Canadian brick and mortar shops that are 100% dedicated to magic.]

From the May 7th upload on the truTV YouTube channel:

12 May 2021

IBM convention online July 8th-10th, 2021

I spy Jay the Juggling Magician and Alex Zander from Canada! 

From the April 28th Facebook post by Shawn Farquhar:

The talent line up for the first ever online IBM magic convention is super cool. Lots of new faces and old friends.

If you are a proud member of the IBM please SHARE this on your Facebook timeline. Heck, tag people you think might not know that should be attending the convention. We want to make certain everyone is aware that registration to this year convention INCLUDES a one year MEMBERSHIP to the IBM. It's the best deal of 2021...

Keep Calm and Perform Magic





11 May 2021

Thank you to our May 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, David Johnson, and Gordon Precious 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.



10 May 2021

CAM JAM with Paul Draper & Jeff McBride [May 12]

ICYMI, Jeff's virtual show MagicQuest has 4 shows left in the run.  More details at the bottom of the post.


From CAM:

Canadian Association of Magicians CAM JAM is Wednesday, May 12th at 8pm and will feature the incredible Paul Draper & Jeff McBride!!!

Join us for a conversation about taking your virtual magic to the NEXT LEVEL!!!

Remember, CAM JAMs are free for all magicians!  Membership is not required.

Read more and register.






09 May 2021

UnConventional.Fun at Magicland [May 29 & 30]

Return to Magicland May 29th and 30th! 

From the Unconventional.Fun website, the virtual line-up includes:

  • Caroline Ravn
  • Sean O
  • Mario "The Maker Magician" Marchese
  • Chris Westfall
  • Jeremy Griffith
  • Steve Reynolds
  • Xavior Spade
  • Carisa Hendrix
  • Avi Yap
  • Danny Goldsmith
  • Kevin Ho
  • Dustin Dean
  • Jay Sankey
  • Wes Barker
  • Spidey
  • Chris Pilsworth
  • Kaitlyn Chen
  • Doc Dixon
  • Noah Sonie
  • Ryan Kane
  • Jonah Babins and
  • Ben Train


From the May 7th Facebook post by UnConventional.Fun:

After MONTHS of hard work, tickets to Magicland have finally gone live!!!
We put together a convention weekend packed with shows, lectures, jams, dealers, panel talks, and even games (with real world prizes!).
Head to www.Unconventional.Fun to see what we've got planned - then comment below what YOU are most excited for!
#VirtualMagicConvention #Magicland #TicketsAreNowLive!



08 May 2021

Session with Shawn [May 16]

From the May 1st Facebook post by Shawn Faquhar:

On January 3rd I held my last Session with Shawn and at that time I promised I would do another soon. Okay, time slipped away on me and we're already in May! I am once again offering a Session with Shawn on May 16th at 1:00 PM PDT, that's 4:00 PM EDT and 10:00 PM CET.

For the first time ever I am including $30 in downloads as part of the Session. If you had wanted to attend and weren't able to because the previous ones all sold out in days... here's your chance.

To be clear, this is not a performance, nor is it a scripted lecture. This is a hands on Session where I will share many of my favourite effects, current and unpublished as well!
You can find out more at the ticketing page which is in Canadian funds.  Tickets are $40 Canadian and include $30 US in downloads... kind of a deal. 😉

Most likely the last time I will be doing this kind of virtual session, FYI.




07 May 2021

Broken wand: Henri Abdulovski

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Henri Abdulovski.  We will miss Henri's kindness, friendship, and his ever-present smile.

Our sincere condolences to Henri's family and friends.


From Gordon Precious:

Our gentle, kind confrere, Henri Abdulovski, died in Etobicoke General Hospital on May 4, 2021. Henri suffered a serious stroke at home just over one week ago, from which he never recovered full consciousness.

Henri was born in Macedonia on April 10, 1942.

In his teens and early twenties, Henri became an outstanding guitarist and member of a band that toured Europe.

Henri moved to Paris, France in his 20s, where he learned his trade as a top coiffeur of women and men – and he also learned the French language.

In 1968 Henri moved to Quebec City, where he was “bitten by the Magic Bug”. In a short time, he was engaged by a Quebec TV station to perform a weekly magic show. His best friend in Quebec was Gary Ouellet, the prominent Canadian lawyer who was world-renowned for his contribution to magic and TV magic shows by great magicians.

Henry met and married his wife in Quebec and they moved to Toronto in 1978. Henri opened a fine women’s and men’s hair salon which became very successful. He had a lovely home built and he and his wife raised two lovely children.

Henri was a long-term member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and was proud to be a member of the Order of Merlin.

Henri loved attending magic conventions all over North America - but his favourite of all was the annual MAWNY at Batavia, N.Y.

Henri was also a good friend of Ken Klosterman, and was more than once a guest of Klosterman at his estates and famous magic collection (Klosterman bought several of Henri’s own magic collection).

Henri was a regular attendee of Toronto’s IBM Ring 17, the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club and for years sold the lottery tickets for the club during intermission.

Henri’s wife died several years ago but he is survived by his daughter, son and grandson.

Henri had made arrangements for his body to be given to the Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of Toronto, for medical research.

Henri loved magic to the very end – he practiced old and new effects every day and loved to show them to customers and staff of his local coffee shop, and to his clique of local magician friends.

Henri will be sorrowfully missed by his many friends in magic.


Thank you Gordon, for sharing this beautiful write-up about Henri's magical life.


Gordon Precious, Henri Abdulovski, and Joan Caesar
Photo courtesy of IBM Ring 17


06 May 2021

May 2021 sale: 40% off yearly sponsorship rates!

Sponsor Canada's Magic 

Canada's Magic is offering for the rest of May, a 40% discount on the listed price of any one year advertising package.  Qualifying packages include the Platinum, Gold, and Silver annual rates. (This offer does not include Sponsored Posts or personal sponsorships (being our Friend).)


We know times are tough and that's why we are also offering a one time only 6 month COVID extension. 

In addition to the 40% discount on qualifying packages, your sponsorship will last for 18 months.*

Join the company of patrons Clive Court (The Fun-da-Mentalist), Evelyn & Phil Matlin (owners of Perfect Magic), Jeff Pinsky (owner of The Browser's Den of Magic), Michael Close (author of the Workers series and other ebooks), Ty Reveen (appearing at the St. John Imperial Theatre in June) and Brent Smith, owner of The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop and sponsor us (or be our friend) today!

Our patrons make this site possible. 

For more information, please visit the "Sponsor" tab, leave your question in a comment below or send an e-mail.

Thank you for your continued support!





*  This offer does not include Sponsored Posts or personal sponsorships (being our Friend).  Sponsors currently receiving a COVID extension are not eligible to receive this offer.




05 May 2021

St. John: Reveen the Impossiblist

From Imperial Online:

Friday, June 18, 2021 

Description: The world's funniest and most amazing stage show is back! The super-conscious experience of Reveen is a journey to the inner and outer reaches of your imagination. It's the most popular show of its kind in Canadian history! A hypnotically hilarious night out of this world.

Read more and buy tickets.

04 May 2021

Thank you to our May 2021 sponsors!

This is a reminder that our sponsors also have bills to pay and mouths to feed.  If you have the means, please support them by making a purchase. 
If you would like to show your support for our sponsors, but have no immediate need for their products, consider purchasing a gift certificate which you can put to use (or not) at a later time.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.

This site would not be possible without their backing.

We're grateful to have the support of:

The next time you see them, let them know you saw their sponsorship here!

For more information about purchasing Sponsored Posts or about our Platinum, Gold, or Silver level sponsorships, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Or you can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

Donations of any size are always welcome.

03 May 2021

Ring 17 hosts a lecture by Will Houstoun and Harry DeCruz [May 5]

From Ring 17:

*please note, due to time zones and scheduling conflicts, this lecture is being presented on a Wednesday night*

Wednesday, May 5

 All over the world, video chat magic is exploding. It has been featured by AGT, BGT, Penn & Teller, The Late Show, Ellen, and many more. Creative magicians have never been busier, and agile corporate mentalists can’t keep up with demand (even though they never leave the house). New tricks and methods are being created daily to cater for and leverage this new performance space. It’s exciting, challenging, and lucrative.

In this never-before-seen 2 hour lecture, Will Houstoun and Harry De Cruz will share a selection of the best material from www.VideoChatMagic.com, a project by Will and Steve Thompson that features tricks, tools, essays and technology specifically designed to enhance your performances over Zoom and Skype. You will learn brand new visual and mental effects, devious methods, and cutting edge concepts unique to this exploding field.

Read more.

Michael Close lecture [May 4]

Updated at 9:20am to add the following from Lisa:

  •  "Just for clarification, it's not really a lecture but more of a discussion of magic, Fool Us, and other magic related topics."


Tuesday May 4th.  Hosted by Tin City Magic.


From the May 1st Facebook post by Mike Segal:




02 May 2021

Ben Proudfoot's Oscar nomination

You may remember that Ben won International Brotherhood of Magicians' Youth Close-Up Magic Contest in 2007.  Congratulations on your Oscar nomination Ben!

From Bill VanGorder:
"... his Oscar nominated movie, it is free on Vimeo: 'A Concerto is a Conversation'."

From the April 23rd article "Trip to the Oscars a ray of sunshine for Canada's Ben Proudfoot after 'very dark year'" by Jackson Weaver at the CBC:

Ben Proudfoot's short documentary is headed to the Oscars, and so is he — in the midst of pandemic-related upheaval in the industry and a major shift in how award shows connect with their guests and audiences.

The Halifax director is nominated alongside co-director Kris Bowers for A Concerto is a Conversation, their 13-minute feature about Bowers's grandfather, Horace Bowers, and the discrimination he faced as he escaped the Jim Crow South.

Read more.




01 May 2021

Top 5 posts in April 2021

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

5. Darcy Oake in the season finale of Hudson and Rex (and interview with Franz Harary) - Fabulous to see a magician on a Canadian grown show! 
4. See you on the other side! - It does sound like a lovely escape from reality though.
3. You're invited to a CAM JAM with Chip Romero - It was a fabulous night!  I hope there is, in fact, a part two.
2. A peek behind the curtain with Big Trick Energy - Congratulations again to Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer on the launch of their TV show Big Trick Energy!

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. And then there were two … (brick and mortar magic shops) - Looking for ways to support the two left standing?  Have a read of Wednesday's [Guest post] Thirteen tips for supporting your closest brick and mortar magic shop.