30 June 2021

Top 5 posts in June 2021

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

5. Shawn Farquhar's Hidden Wonders: live event [June 18] and virtual fundraiser [June 24] - Grateful for the opportunity to experience this show from afar! 
4. Top 5 posts in May 2021 - The meta post goes meta.
3. Ring 17 hosts: Unconventional.Lecture [June 3] - An awesome evening, we're sure!
2. Broken wand: David (Baldini) Grosfield - Our sincere condolences go out to David's family and friends.

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. Calgary Magic Circle hosts: mini lecture by Mac King - Sorry to have missed this one.  Any reviews out there for us to link?

29 June 2021

Matt Johnson on CTV News (and AGT appearance)

From the June 19th Tweet by Matt Johnson



From the June 8th upload on the America's Got Talent YouTube channel:

27 June 2021

TV magicians from the 1950s, '60s and '70s

From the June 9th article "8 magicians who dazzled us on TV as children" at MeTV:

1. Doug Henning
With his bedazzled overalls and beaming smile, Henning was the perfect man to introduce children to the world of magic, a lovable character akin to Gallagher or Slim Goodbody. The Canadian first broke in this country on Broadway, earning a Tony nom for his 1974 production, The Magic Show. A year after that opening, 50 million viewers tuned in for the TV special Doug Henning's World of Magic. The escape artist and lover of Houdini went on to create stage tricks for Earth, Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson tours.

4. The Amazing Randi
James Randi is as well known for his skepticism as his illusions. The performer famously offered $1,000 (then $10,000, then $1,000,000) to anyone who could prove the existence of the supernatural. He's still waiting to pay out. Randi, seen here on the cover of Dynamite magazine, had a mission to expose charlatans posing as naturally gifted psychics. He would especially work to debunk the following man, his nemesis… 

Read more.

[via The Doug Henning Project]

25 June 2021

Changes to email subscriptions

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23 June 2021

2021 International Rising Star

Congratulations to Billy Kidd for winning the Allan Slaight International Rising Star award!


From the June 22st article "International Rising Star 2021" at Magicana

The Allan Slaight International Rising Star Award acknowledges outstanding work by an up-and-coming magician and comes with a prize of $5,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation—and it also includes an iPad to commemorate the occasion. Past recipients of this award are: Henry Vargas of Brazil, Jorge Blass of Spain, Edward Hilsum of Great Britain, Noah Levine of the United States, Ding Yang of China, and Diego Vargas of Costa Rica.

We are delighted to add BILLY KIDD of Great Britain, to the growing international list of dynamic performers.

Read more.


2021 Canadian Rising Star

Congratulations to Jonah Babins for winning the Allan Slaight Canadian Rising Star award!

From the June 21st article "Canadian Rising Star 2021" at Magicana

As is our tradition, we start off by introducing you to this year’s Canadian Rising Star. This award acknowledges outstanding work by emerging Canadian magicians, and comes with a prize of $5,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation. Past recipients of this award include Mahdi Gilbert, Luc Langevin, Eric Leclerc, Nick Wallace, Carisa Hendrix and The Sentimentalists (Mysterion and Steffi Kay).

We are thrilled to now include JONAH BABINS on this impressive list of rising stars.

We invite you to meet this energetic Toronto-based magician. Jonah is an accomplished and impressive performer who is dedicated to building and fostering an inclusive and interesting community. A true rising star.

22 June 2021

Broken wand: David (Baldini) Grosfield

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the recent passing of David Grosfield.  Our sincere condolences go out to David's family and friends.  


From Legacy:

GROSFIELD, DAVID Suddenly on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Beloved son of Irving and the late Myra Grosfield. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Howard and Katherine, and Stephen. Devoted uncle of Sophie, Alice, Lily and Jake. Memorial donations may be made to the David Grosfield Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation. www.benjamins.ca

Read more.

21 June 2021

Waskesiu Lake: Sean Watson

From the June 17th Facebook post by Sean Watson:

We are so excited to be back performing live at Twin Pine Cinemas Saskatchewan June 25,26,27 July 1,2,3 

Hope to see you there! 




18 June 2021

Julie Eng interviewed on Behind the Page

From the June 14th post "EPISODE 111: JULIE ENG ON GROWING UP IN MAGIC … AND CHAPTER TEN OF “THE AMBITIOUS CARD.”" at EliMarksMysteries.com:

Magician Julie Eng recounts her early years in magic, working in her father Tony Eng’s Victoria magic store, Tony’s Trick and Joke Shop. And then we jump into Chapter Ten of “The Ambitious Card.” Then we discuss Wallace of Minneapolis and other magic store experiences. And John learns about Glorpy!

Read more and listen to the podcast.

17 June 2021

Paul Romhany on Craig Petty's Magic TV

From the June 15th upload on Craig Petty's Magic TV YouTube channel:

Paul Talks Vanish Magazine, Charlie Chaplin, Cruise Ships and More | Talk Magic #67

16 June 2021

David Peck to host series at Movie Scene Canada


THE IMPACT SERIES announced today that it will launch a new podcast series titled “Driving Change” hosted by activist David Peck this month. The 10 part series will tackle various social issues and explore the roles that media, awareness, education, and legislation play in offering solutions to these critical social challenges.

Hosted by renowned activist and media celebrity David Peck, Driving Change takes listeners on an informed exploration into the heart of social issues through the lenses of award-winning filmmakers, renowned activists, political leaders, notable celebrities, and inspiring business leaders. "Driving Change is really what it’s all about for me – good questions, storytelling and the splash and ripple effect,” stated Peck. “It’s about engaging in meaningful conversations and finding moments where we can empathize, cross over and connect with others. Together we’re going to shine some light on these important artists and their life-giving stories."

Read more.

15 June 2021

Renée-Claude Auclair and Pierre Hamon to be interviewed as part of the 2021 the ′′ United Magicians for the World ′′ virtual event

From the June 13th Facebook post by  Renée-Claude Auclair:

Interview on Sunday, June 20, with Pierre, the President of FISM M. Domenico Dante, V-P M. Peter Din and Mr. Sats Yamamoto, as part of the ′′ United Magicians for the World ′′ virtual event. We will discuss the FISM World Magic Championship that will be held in Quebec, July 2022!

For more info: https://mastersofmagicconvention.com/umw/

14 June 2021

Saskatoon: The Annual Magic Show (with Hendrix, Romhany, and Westfall)

August 11

The Saskatoon Firefighters present The Annual Magic Show In Support of The Burn Fund.


From the June 9th Facebook post by Chris Westfall:



13 June 2021

Canada’s Got Talent returns!

From the June 8th article "Canada’s Got Talent returns with Simon Cowell to headline Citytv’s 2021/22 original programming slate" by Greg David at TV, eh?

Created by Simon Cowell, the Got Talent franchise holds the Guinness World Records title as the most successful reality TV format, and now Canadians can once again take the stage and hear the golden buzzer as Citytv has commissioned Canada’s Got Talent in partnership with Fremantle, SYCO Entertainment, and McGillivray Entertainment Media Inc. The show begins production this Fall in Niagara Falls, ON, and premieres in Spring 2022 with nine original episodes. Canada’s Got Talent celebrates home-grown hopefuls from across the country as young and old, from every corner of the nation, show the country what they’ve got.

Read more.

12 June 2021

Luc Langevin: Numix Award winner

From the May 27th article "Luc Langevin Wins The 2021 Numix Award For Innovation And Adaptation For His Digital Show Interconnectés" by BWW News Desk at Broadway World:

Today, the PRIX NUMIX announced that Luc Langevin won the 2021 Innovation and Adaptation Mention for his show Interconnectés.

This newly added award intends to highlight an innovative project created in response to the issues raised by the particular global context of 2020 and rewards a concept that demonstrates the creativity and talent of artists, artisans and producers who have had to reinvent themselves due to the pandemic. Although the finalists were chosen by a jury, as is the case with all PRIX NUMIX, the overall winner in this category was determined, for the first time, by public vote.

Read more.



11 June 2021

CAM JAM with Topas [June 16]

From the Canadian Association of Magicians:

We are excited to announce that TOPAS will be joining our next CAM JAM on JUNE 16 at 8pm EST. You don't want to miss this! Our last CAM JAM before SUMMER BREAK!

10 June 2021

Edmonton Magic Club hosts: Miranda Allen's new virtual lecture "Magic and Suspense"

From the June 9th Facebook post by the Edmonton Magic Club:

Escape Artist and Penn & Teller Fool Us alumni Miranda Allen will be presenting her new lecture, "Magic and Suspense" at our next meeting-Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM.





09 June 2021

Lance Burton Teen Seminar free and online in 2021

From the May 27th Facebook post by the International Brotherhood of Magicians:

FREE online Lance Burton Teen Seminar for 13-19 year olds who are I.B.M. Members or who are 13-19 and are children or grandchildren of I.B.M. Members. July 6 and 7.





08 June 2021

Thank you to our June 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!


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07 June 2021

The Evasons on episode 18 of Don't Everybody Leave

From the June 1st upload on the Don't Everybody Leave YouTube channel (with Mac King, Jacob Jax, Jason England, Vinny Grosso, Nick Diffatte, and Michael Goudeau):

( If you just want to learn the mind reading trick, skip to 33:24 )

It's episode EIGHTEEN of Don't Everybody Leave! Can you believe it?? We can't. This episode features our very first teach-a-trick segment! The fabulous Evasons join us to discuss all things mind reading. They also tell us about trying to walk on the Vegas Strip in 120 degree heat, the amazing part of their Penn & Teller: Fool Us appearance that didn't make it to air, and the worst show they ever had to do. They hold the distinct honor of being the first people to give us a "worst show ever" story involving fried fish. Plus, Jacob's great memory, Vinny's naked body, and Goudeau's tips on how to stay in one place while riding a six foot tall Unicycle. Another hilarious and fun episode! We can't be stopped!


06 June 2021

Matt Johnson on AGT

Break a leg Matt!

From the  June 4th article "Ohio musical artist ‘Nightbirde’ set to impress, inspire ‘AGT’ judges and millions of viewers" by Stephanie Thompson in My High Plains:

AGT Contestants
for Tuesday, June 8


Matt Johnson
Danger act performing for the first time after a near-death experience when his act went wrong.
Hometown: Chilliwack, Canada
Patrick Kun
A magician using phones and sharpies
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Current City: Las Vegas, NV
A Magician who takes sleight of hand magic to another level
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Preston Lyford
16-year-old Magician
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Keith Kong
A Mentalist who uses host Terry Crews to wow the audience
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Current City: Altamonte Springs, FL


05 June 2021

Calgary Magic Circle hosts: mini lecture by Mac King

From the "Calgary Club Meeting and Mini Lecture by Mac King" Facebook event by the Calgary Magic Circle: 

Thursday June 17
Online event

Acclaimed by MAGIC Magazine as the #1 comedy magician in the world today, Mac has been named “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle in Hollywood, broken a Guinness World Record, appeared on seven TV specials for NBC-TV, been inducted into the Las Vegas Hall of Fame at UNLV, been voted the sixth best show in all of Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal, rocked the audience on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” tore it up three times on “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us” (where Penn and Teller called Mac, “The greatest comedy magician at least alive today, and maybe who ever lived”), and his book from Random House just entered it’s 12th printing.

He’s been named “Entertainer of the Year” and “Best Strip Headliner” by Las Vegas Weekly, and “Best Magician,” “Best Bargain Show,” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” by the Las Vegas Review Journal. He is a pioneer in bringing high quality entertainment to the afternoons in Las Vegas, being named “Best Afternoon Show” by Where Magazine, Best Read Guide, What’s On Magazine, LVM, and many, many, many, more tourist publications.

In January 2000, King began his current one-man show, The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, where, over the last 20-plus years, he has performed nearly 10,000 shows to more than two million fans. This makes him almost certainly the longest-running one-man show in the history of Las Vegas.

His astounding sleight of hand and irresistible humor has been seen both live and on television in China, Spain, Japan, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, England, Argentina, Holland, Cuba, Mexico, Finland, Canada, Chile, and Portugal.

According to his wife Jennifer and daughter Eli, he is a fine husband, a great dad, a pretty good cook, and an all around swell fellow. Mac will teach at least two tricks, tell stories, chat and of course be available for a Q&A.







04 June 2021

Shawn Farquhar's Hidden Wonders: live event [June 18] and virtual fundraiser [June 24]

ICYMI, here's our Tweet about our Hidden Wonders Virtual Experience in April. 

Does this mean what we think it means?

From the Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience Facebook page:

It looks like there's still a chance to get in on the Hidden Wonders the Speakeasy Magic Experience at their June 24th fundraiser for Co-op Radio Vancouver. 


From the Eventbrite page:

Using the technology of the ZOOM Platform the audience at home will experience an evening of wonder and be secure in knowing what they are seeing on their screen is exactly what they would see if they were at an in-person performance. Every show at Hidden Wonders is unique in content as the order and choice of the effects are completely dependant on the choice of the audience.

Read more and book tickets.




03 June 2021

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02 June 2021

Ring 17 hosts: Unconventional.Lecture [June 3]

From IBMRing17.com:

Thursday, June 3, 2021 

Jonah “Ringmaster” Babins, Ben “Hostile Takeover” Train, Margaret Catwood, and Presto the Toronto Magic Company Raccoon spill the beans on Virtual Magic!





01 June 2021

Majinx Virtually Impossible [June 11]

From the May 31st Instagram post by Majinx:

The MAJINX VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE SHOW next instalment is on June 11th at 7 :00 pm EST. For more info and tickets click on link in bio. It’s So MUCH FUN!