31 July 2021

Top 5 posts in July 2021

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

5. Toronto: Magic on the river with Keith Brown - Magic on a dock for anchored boats.  What a great idea! 
4. Rob McConnell interviews Scott Dietrich - Lots of interviews this month!
3. David Krychowski interviews with Ariann Black, Carisa Hendrix, and Miranda Allen - David's off to a strong start interviewing fabulous guests!
2. Kitchener: Champions of Magic 2022 - We always have a lot of fun at their shows.  They're also playing in Peterborough next year.  (Here are some of our random thoughts about "Champions of Magic" 2019.)

and the most viewed post this month  ...


30 July 2021

Eric Woolfe: General Manager of Red Sandcastle Theatre and part of the Kingston Fringe

Updated at 8:20am to add this 8:03am Tweet by Eric Woolfe:



From the July 26th Tweet by Derrick Chua:

From the July 22nd Tweet by Eldritch Theatre:

29 July 2021

ICYMI - Chris Ramsay in "Spiral: Saw"

From the July 27th Tweet by Spiral Space:


Chris is also in the official trailer!  (Don't blink or you'll miss him.)





28 July 2021

Smiths Falls: Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries

From Smiths Falls Theatre

August 6, 7, 8 & 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29 & September 3, 4, 5


Have played to SOLD OUT Audiences

Weekends This Summer 2021

4 shows each weekend throughout August and ending Labour Day Weekend

Read more and buy tickets.



27 July 2021

London: Keith Brown (and his beard) at Fire Roasted Coffee

From the July 22nd Facebook post by Keith Brown:

Hey London!
I am doing an in-person show next Thursday and Friday. This is my first in-person show since the pandemic.
You can reserve a ticket FOR FREE (link in the comments).
I'll be doing TABLE MAGIC. Something I have NEVER DONE in the city.
I want to share with you the close up magic that has made me a living and taken me around the world.
Come see me and my beard for the Pay What You Can Event.






26 July 2021

Newmarket: Brent and Sarah at Kids Downtown

From the July 23rd Facebook post by Brent and Sarah:

People of Newmarket - We're performing an actual LIVE show!
Here's the catch... The show is limited to 200 people and registration just opened.
Visit https://www.newmarket.ca/kidsdowntown and register for the the show on July 28th if you'd like to attend!




24 July 2021

David Krychowski interviews with Ariann Black, Carisa Hendrix, and Miranda Allen

From the July 23rd Facebook post by David Krychowski:

Check out my interviews with Ariann Black, Carisa Hendrix, and Miranda Allen on my YouTube channel called Lets Chat With.





23 July 2021

Jeff Newman at the Calgary Fringe

From the July 17th Facebook post by Jeff Newman:

Ok, cheesy I know. But it is hard not be super excited about the @calgaryfringe this year. I get to be back at Festival Hall, where I made my #calgaryfringe debut back in 2019. I really enjoy spending time down in #inglewoodyyc and look forward to it being my primary stomping grounds for the week of the festival. First show is 9:30pm on Friday, July 30th.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://tickets.calgaryfringe.ca/event/366:5/





22 July 2021

Rob McConnell interviews Scott Dietrich

From the July 19 Rob McConnell interview with Scott Dietrich on The 'X' Zone Radio Show

Scott Dietrich, named Showman of the Year at the Millennium Magic Convention in Limerick, Ireland is an International Award Wining Magician. He was first recognized internationally at the age of 18 when he won 1st place honors as the youngest competitor in the Abbott's Senior Magic Competition in Colon, MI. Scott is now recognized as one of Ontario's foremost Magicians. Scott is also an accomplished sleight of hand artist having performed for clients such as Revlon, Wal-Mart & TD Bank, and such celebrities as Karen Kain, Tom Cochrane and Donavan Bailey. "Adults are just big kids, they need to be fascinated and given a reason to laugh more then anyone". "Magic is an escape. With it I'm able to create a place where people can leave their problems behind, suspend their disbelief and dream again".

Read more.

21 July 2021

Lucy Darling hosts A Magical Cirque Christmas

From A Magical Cirque Christmas:

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

Read more.

20 July 2021

19 July 2021

Canadian Event Awards: Canadian Entertainer for 2021

Congratulations to Mike D'Urzo for winning the "Entertainer of the Year" Award by the Canadian Event Awards!

From the July 9th Instagram post by Mike D'Urzo:

17 July 2021

Kitchener: Champions of Magic 2022

We've had the good fortune of attending a couple of Champions of Magic shows.  Here are some  random thoughts about "Champions of Magic" 2019.

In addition to the previously announced Peterborough show, Champions of Magic (Kayla Drescher, Alex McAleer, Fernando Velasco, and (Richard) Young & (Sam) Strange) will also be appearing in Kitchener as part of The Worldwide Wonders Tour!

Three shows scheduled.  Buy tickets here.

From the July 12th Instagram post by Champions of Magic:







16 July 2021

Orillia: Neil and Ashley Croswell at Fern Resort

From the July 10th Facebook post by Neil Croswell:

The light at the end of the tunnel. After 16 months of not being able to perform live, in person shows here in Ontario, Ashley and I are super excited to be bringing our illusion show to the Bergwen’s Theatre at the Fern Resort in Orillia, every Saturday night for the rest of the summer. (July 17th-September 4th)




14 July 2021

Thank you to our personal sponsors for July 2021!

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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13 July 2021

Julie Eng and David Ben chat with Assembly V1.1

From the July 2nd Facebook post by Julie Eng:

Looking forward to this forthcoming chat with Assembly V1.1... if you can, join us on July 18 at 7:30 EDT, 4:30 PDT.






12 July 2021

Maple Ridge: Trevor and Lorena Watters

From the July 5th Facebook post by Trevor and Lorena Watters:

Come check us out for an in-person performance!!
July 16 2021 in Maple Ridge!


11 July 2021

Casting is open for Canada's Got Talent

From cgt.citytv.com

Calling ALL talented and entertaining Canadians, young or old, from across the nation, from small towns to big cities. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show us your act.

If you are an illusionist, aerialist, acrobat, stilt walker, martial artist, figure skater, singer, stand-up comic, dancer, contortionist, cellist, fire walker or have a great animal act – your weird, wacky and wonderful are all celebrated here – just show us what you got! 

We enjoy ALL talent that is fun, brilliant, surprising, award-winning, record-breaking, never seen before, professional or brand new. 

If you are entertaining, you are in the right place.

Read more and apply.

09 July 2021

Broken wand: Jack Frank

Our condolences to Jack's family and friends at this difficult time.


From Paperman and Sons:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Frank on Monday, July 5th, 2021. Jack and his partner Rosaline had a loving relationship for thirty-five years. Predeceased by his wife, Aggie (née Fine), Jack leaves behind his son, Joseph (Cyra), grandsons, Jordan (Gina) and Shaun, great-granddaughters, Charlotte and Zoe, and his brother Dave (Judy). Brother of the late Sylvia, the late Ray, and the late Polly.
Jack was a WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Veteran. He was a talented photographer, artist, illustrator, magician, mentalist, and skier. He had a world-class smile and a joke for every occasion.
As a young man, Jack became interested in magic after seeing Houdini perform, and his interest became a profession. He performed at resorts from the Catskills to the Laurentians, aboard cruise ships, and for many charity events, but saved his best performances for his grandsons’ birthday parties. His love of skiing led to his becoming a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol, which took him to the mountains around the world. He shared his passion for skiing with his son Joey, whom he brought into the Ski Patrol as its youngest member ever.

Read more.

[With thanks to Phil Matlin for sharing the obituary with us.]



08 July 2021

Peterborough: Champions of Magic 2022

We've had the good fortune of attending a couple of Champions of Magic shows.  Here are some  random thoughts about "Champions of Magic" 2019.


From the July 5th Tweet by the Peterborough Memorial Centre:



07 July 2021

Thank you to our July 2021 sponsors!

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05 July 2021

Broken wand: Rick Poltaruk

Our condolences to Rick's family and friends at this difficult time.


From the July 3rd Facebook post by Paul Bagley:

Papa Rick's Obituary

Rick Poltaruk  April 20th 1951 – June 23rd, 2021

It is with mixed emotions we say farewell to Rick Poltaruk who succumbed to Lymphedema on June 23rd 2021, in Calgary Alberta.

Rick is survived by his mother Helga, daughter Shawna along with three grand children, brother Randy (Bonnie) niece Marinna (Kevin), and nephew Ryan (Mara).

Rick, a pastor, musician, magician, comedian and actor was well known as an entertainer living in Yellowknife, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, showcased his talents everywhere he found himself, and left his mark, many of us can only imagine

Rick, a devote Christian, found solitude in faith, loved life and dedicated himself to others through his talents. As a Pastor, working with the Mustard Seed bestowing himself to help the homeless became the only accomplishment he truly valued.

Rick’s life was his joy, pride and pleasure - to miss him is an understatement. Our grateful heart will treasure memories we share, and his legacy will live on through the music we sing and the stories we tell. May he walk beside us every day.

Donations would be appreciated to the Mustard Seed of Calgary Alberta.

[With thanks to Derek Selinger for sharing the obituary with us.]

01 July 2021

It's Canada Day

"Canada Day, observed on July 1st, is a national holiday marking the anniversary of Confederation in 1867, when the British North America Act came into effect. It was originally known as Dominion Day until it was renamed in 1982."
-- from The Canadian Encyclopedia


From the June 1st article "Where to donate to support survivors of residential schools ~ Six organizations you can turn your attention to" at Macleans:

The horrifying discovery was met with grief and mourning over the weekend, reigniting an ongoing conversation about the intergenerational trauma caused by Canada’s residential school program. Here is how you can help organizations across the country that are working to support survivors and further reconciliation.

Read more and donate.