27 November 2021

Luc Langevin: Interconnectés [various]

From the November 12th Tweet by Luc Langevin:

Haven't you had the chance to see my "Interconnected" show yet? There are always premium tickets left, which allow you to interact with me and influence the outcome of the numbers!

For Canada 👉https://luclangevin.com/interconnectes
For Europe 👉https://luclangevin.fr/interconnectes



26 November 2021

SoMA Conversations: with Julie Eng, Kayla Drescher, and Mikayla Oz [Nov 28]

From the October 26th Facebook post by the Science of Magic Association:

Troubling gender and racial stereotypes persist in magic. What are they, what are their effects, and how are they perpetuated? How does the gender or race of a magician affect the reception of their performance? What can magicians do, both individually and collectively, to create a stronger, more inclusive magic community? 
A panel of experts, moderated by Alice Pailhès, will discuss these issues and take questions from a virtual audience. Panelists for this session will include:
- Kayla Drescher
- Julie Eng
- Mikayla Oz 
Register at https://forms.gle/EtsNNqHCwj1fPsXM6 to receive a link as the date approaches.
More details at https://scienceofmagicassoc.org/.

 

 

25 November 2021

The Magical Mystery Show now booking acts!

Read the special edition of VANISH Magic Magazine to learn more about an opportunity to work overseas with your own own 70 minute parlour style show!  (And I've heard the Booking Agent is super nice!)

 

From the November 24th Facebook post by Paul Romhany:

 

 

From the November 1st Facebook post by Paul Romhany:




It's the 11th blogiversary of Canada's Magic!

Dice 11 

 
 
Eleven years ago today this blog was born!

 


 

 

Thanks to you wonderful people who have supported this project!

For free, we've published over 4,780 posts, and served well over 1,167,000 page loads.  Five hundred and thirty five of you follow us on Facebook, 1508 of you follow us on Twitter, 264 of you have found us on Instagram, and a bunch of you have subscribed to this site's RSS feed.  The bulk of you are Canadian, and we're delighted to see visitors from United States, the United Kingdom, India, France, and the list goes on.

There are so many of you doing such a fabulous job of making magic a priority in this great country!

 

A special thanks to:


My continued thanks to all of you! 

 




23 November 2021

Toronto: Ray Chance at The Turtle Project [Dec 3]

From the November 17th Tweet by Ray Chance:

The Turtle Project: A Celebration of Inner Strength! Dec. 3 | Toronto
Buy tickets here: http://linktr.ee/damicofdn
Join me for a night of amazing performances & fun as we raise $1 million for the North York Women’s Shelter

 

 

 

22 November 2021

Montreal: Michel Huot lecture [Nov 29]

Purchase tickets to this event at Montreal Magic Jam.

 

From the Montreal Magic Jam newsletter:

What: Conférence Michel Huot
When: Lundi le 29 novembre, 19h00 (7pm)
Where:  6546 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3 

The cold weather has finally arrived in Montreal, but it's not all bad news. On top of having a couple special online events schedules in the near future, for the first time, in a very long time we'll be having an in-person event, a lecture from hometown favorite  Michel Huot. En plus, la conférence sera en français.

Michel is a remarkable performer in English, but even better in his native French, so we figured it would be a great opportunity to see him at his finest.

For those of you who are less adept at the language, Michel will be happy to translate to English as needed throughout the lecture.

With over 25 years of performing under his belt, Michel knows a thing or two about the craft. The man behind best-selling tricks like Priceless, and Socks will be sharing his creations with us, as well as the real secrets of professional magic. I think you'll really want to pay attention to what he has to say.

Of course, we'll have to do a vaccination check and follow Quebec health guidelines so spots will be limited. So please don't wait to register, especially since you can save 10 bucks while you're at it.

To learn more, subscribe to the Montreal Magic Jam email list here:
https://montrealmagicjam.com/

 

 

21 November 2021

Chicago: Sean Watson in Jamie Allan's Magic Immersive

From the November 5th Instagram post by Sean Watson:

I’m so excited to be one of the headliners performing @magicimmersive opening December 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

A chat with Richard Wiseman

From the November 16th Tweet by the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club:

 

From IBM Ring 17:

On November 13th we had the pleasure to hold a Q&A discussion with professor Richard Wiseman about David Copperfield's History of Magic book.



 

 

 

 

20 November 2021

A peek behind the curtain with Alex McAleer [2021]

A peek behind the curtain with Alex McAleer 


Learn more about Alex, in the fourth of a series of interviews leading up to the Champions of Magic World Wide Wonders Tour shows in Kitchener and Peterborough early next year.



Read our 2019 interview where we learn Alex's thoughts on:
 
- Canadian audiences,
- keeping his performance fresh,
- advice for touring magicians,
[Editor's note: there's some great advice here!]
- non-magic interests,
- pre-show rituals, and
- Broadway dream role!

And the 2018 piece in which we learn about his
- first memory of magic,
- non-mentalism magic,
- creating new effects
- non-magical inspirations,
- our fascination with magic,
- performing in different countries,
- memorable touring mis-adventures, and
- his connection to Canadian magic.
Champions of Magic performed in Canada in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020After a two year absence, what are you most looking forward to on your return to Canada in early 2022?
 

I’m looking forward to being in front of a Canadian crowd again, they always give good audience. And the food - I managed to find a vegan poutine last time we were there and I suddenly saw what all the fuss was about.

 

 
The Great Pause (COVID Lockdowns)
 
Did you experience any silver linings? 
 
Time with the family has been wonderful. My son turned 12 this year so frankly it was a great opportunity to have so much uninterrupted time with him at this age.

Also, for the past 3 years we’ve had hotel room Christmas mornings, and as fun as they are, it was great to be home with the family for Xmas 2020.


 
 
 
What was your comfort binge?
 
We’d never watched Downton Abbey so we watched it all - from episode 1 right up to the film. Great British Bake Off (it didn’t help the baking skills). X Files. The Simpsons… thank goodness Disney plus launched in the UK when it did. Also I found myself watching very niche things on YouTube… Documentaries about theme park rides, or Adam Savage from Mythbusters making an iron man helmet or a place to keep drill-bits.
 
Were you able to explore your personal passions (film, art, cooking, gym, laughing, and anthropomorphising)?
 
Those are all still very much at the top of the list.

I’ve done plenty of laughing.

I’ve cooked lots but baking still remains an absolute disaster.

I got to explore my passion for film by watching nearly everything on Netflix and Disney plus… turns out when you ‘complete’ Netflix, all the film titles bounce around the screen like when you win Solitaire on an old Windows PC.

[Editor's note:  Must keep watching Netflix to unlock this bonus!]

I also made a series of short films with my partner Daisy, combining her skills as a circus performer and writer.

I started running/jogging as the gyms were closed. Almost immediately gave myself shin splints but then I got some better shoes.
 
 

Did The Great Pause allow you to do anything that you wouldn't likely have been able to accomplish if you were touring?
 
Yes. For several years I’ve had a sideline in teaching and lecturing to other performers but The Great Pause allowed me to do more of that. I created a few online lectures discussing my work including a full course on stagecraft. I also launched a few niche products for fellow performers. The feedback has been great and I’ve made some new friends and connections along the way too.
 


Did you have to adjust anything in your set to incorporate COVID precautions?
 
This is something tha'ts still very much in a state of flux, I think. For example, throwing the Chimpion of Magic out into the audience… that might have to change. Essentially it’s all about keeping everyone safe and comfortable… anything people handle, such as a pen or a pack of cards, is cleaned before, during, and after shows.
 
 
 
Kelly and Dave help out Alex McAleer. 
Photo credit: William Balfour, Spectra Experiences. Oshawa 2019.


 
How did you keep your skills fresh and performance ready?

 
I’ve done a few smaller shows and events over the past 18 months or so, and it took me awhile to get the rhythm back. I felt a little rusty but the energy from an audience brings it all back.

 

What was it like travelling and performing with Champions of Magic in Mexico during the pandemic?
  
It was strange, mostly because the airport and trains were so quiet, security took no time at all! Also, on the plus side for me, because of the airlines social distancing measures I got upgraded to first class! Strange was absolutely livid.

The show was great, we performed a version for streaming plus some live shows. We had to change certain elements of the show not just because of COVID related restrictions but also because of the language barrier.

There was a panicked moment backstage when the venue staff were using this sort of disinfectant-fog-machine. It filled the whole dressing room area with fog. None of us knew it was going to happen and we thought the place was on fire!
Was there anything particularly memorable about your first live performance after The Great Pause?
 
I did a show in my hometown and I felt it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, it wasn’t bad but not as good as it could have been. Speaking to people after the show however they thought it was great. It just reminded me that my perception of a performance has very little to do with the audiences enjoyment, and they are the ones the show is for!
 
 
Have audience reactions to live magic performances changed after Lockdown? 
 
They seem the same, but I think the thrill of seeing a live performance has added to their enjoyment.
 
 
 
In September, we learned that Hollie England will be joining the Champions of Magic family.
 
How will you welcome Hollie into the Champions family?
By showing her where we keep the kettle backstage.
 

What advice do you have for Hollie to help her thrive in the Champions family?
 
I don’t think I can really offer her any advice, Hollie has toured with other shows and performers many times before so I’m sure she’ll fit right in.
 
 

If you could go back in time to study (magic or otherwise) under anybody, who would you choose to be your mentor?
 
Hmm… a silent act of some kind. I’ve done some silent work on stage before and I enjoy the challenge. Probably comedy based, not magic… I guess I just want to be Buster Keaton (who is funnier than Chaplin, don’t @ me)
 
 
 
What’s your go-to Karaoke song?

4’33’’ by John Cage.

[Editor's note: Now there's a "pro-tip" I can implement immediately with excellent results!]
If you could only perform one effect for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Despite how egotistical this may come across, I think it would have to be my own routine, the first one I do in my first set in Champions. It’s a very simple and direct piece of mind reading.
 
 
If you could eliminate other performers performing an effect forever, what would it be?
 

That one where an audience member colours in a Lego Man.
 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
 
Now please wash your hands.

 

Thank you Alex, for making the time to answer our questions!


Catch Champions of Magic in Kitchener and Peterborough early 2022! 
 





19 November 2021

Goodbye to Perfect Magic -- the end of an era in Montreal

On Monday November 1st, after 45 years in the business, Perfect Magic closed up shop for the very last time.*

Phil and Evelyn Matlin started Perfect Magic as a mail-order company in Montreal in 1976.  Later they opened retail space in Montreal.

In 1979, they collaborated with C.W. Vermeys to launch the very first Magie Montréal convention!  Magie Montréal ran annually until 1998.

From 1993 to 2002, their son Brian ran a satellite store in Burnaby, B.C.

You may recall that Evelyn passed in July 2020.

Did you know that Phil is also a professional ragtime piano player?  Browse through his YouTube channel! I enjoy both of his CD's,  Ragtime Daze, and Ragtime Magic.

Thank you to Evelyn and Phil, for the wonderful contributions you've made to my life.  Phil, we wish you all the very best as you begin this new chapter in yours!


--
* Backorders and presales will be honoured.

18 November 2021

Unconventional.Fun - back in time! [Nov 27-28]

From the November 10th Instagram post by Unconventional.Fun:

WE'RE BACK!

WAY BACK!

The world's most unconventional magic convention is going back in time for a weekend filled with lectures, shows, jamming - even dinosaurs!

Learn from the best magicians on the planet and make friends from around the globe.

It's all happening one weekend only - November 27th and 28th.

 

 

17 November 2021

Spencerville: The Diablo Manor an Evening of Enchantment [various]

From Ticketscene:

Gather your friends and loved ones and come out for an Experience you will NEVER Forget!

WE HAVE Re-Opened! And are Happy to Announce that we can welcome... 10 Lucky Souls again per Night!

Pick friends in your bubble and come on out to the Diablo Manor, we are going the extra mile to make your visit Safe and Exciting!

We are also advising anyone to stay home if they feel sick, and to self-quarantine if they or anyone close to them has recently travelled, or if they are considered high risk.

Indulge in an evening of Victorian decadence as you enter The Diablo Manor, home to world famous Sideshow owner and collector, Scott McClelland.

For the first time, Scott McClelland is opening up his home for a captivating evening of  Victorian hedonism and Bizarre performances of the Supernatural. Welcome to the Diablo Manor an evening of Enchantment filled with unique and phantasmagorical delights.

​The evening begins with a tour of the Diablo Manor and it’s strange artifacts and moves on to a sumptuous meal prepared by culinary wizard Gina Vacchio, once your appetite has been satiated the evening goes into full swing with a intimate Victorian production of mystifying wonders. And as a Grande Finale everyone gets to partake in a Victorian styled Seance!




 

 

16 November 2021

Toronto: Book signing with Ryan Murray [Nov 20]

From the Browser's Den of Magic newsletter:

We are pleased to announce that NEXT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH from 1PM-4PM Ryan Murray will be visiting the shop and have copies of his two fantastic card books for sale! Get the book signed while you're at it! Please note that in order to attend we will be requiring proof that you are double vaccinated.

For those that don't know him, a little background on Ryan. He's been interested in magic since he was a kid, but as a teenager he fell in love with sleight of hand with cards. He's been a Saturday regular, sitting at our table for many years. The 2016 recipient of the Len Cooper Memorial Award, it's clear that he's put in the work.

Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 November 2021

The 2021 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award

Reader's Choice logo 

Updated November 23rd at 4:20pm to add:

  • Paul Romhany has accepted his nomination by Mike Norden which reads:
    "
    I nominate Paul Romhany!

    "Paul is an amazing magician, and a wonderful human being.

    "First - his Chaplin act is amazing. He’s toured the world with this act and that alone is justification for this award.

    "Second - he has produced dozens of books, tricks and routines for other magicians! Some of the top names in magic use his methods or gimmicks while they compete on shows like AGT or Fool Us!

    "Third - He runs Vanish Magazine! Have you read it? It was free for years and now cost a few pennies lol - it’s filled with Canadians - half of the columnists are local!!

    "Fourth - He supports magic clubs, is on the board of CAM, participates in conventions and lectures - and he is willing to give his shirt off his back - genuinely - for someone in need. He’s the real deal!

    "He does so much for magic and does not seek the spotlight - so let’s shine some light on him this year and vote for him please!"

Updated November 21st at 2:30pm to add:

  • Scott Baird has accepted his nomination by Anonymous which reads:
    "
    I would like to nominate Scott Baird for showcasing his love of magic and art with his detailed magic illustrations on Instagram, and also for deciding to start a new Canadian-made online magic magazine. His magic artwork is FANTASTIC so check it all out - @magicbaird @scottbaird @hermitmagicmag Wishing him the best of luck in all his magical endeavors. "
     

Updated November 21st at 2pm to add:

  • Chris Gowen has accepted his nomination by Anonymous which reads:
    "I nominate Chris Gowen as he is changing how magic looks in Edmonton. Completely selling out his Taste of Magic shows with the Canadian Brewhouse... seems about as Canadian as a show can get.
    Looks like he's fast on his way to no longer being one of "Edmonton's Best Kept Secrets" but more one of Edmonton's celebrated artists."



Updated November 20th at 10:34am to add:

  • Gwyn Auger has accepted her nomination by Anonymous which reads:
    "
    I'd like to nominate Gwyn Auger, the Magic Assistant (@magicassistant on Twitter and Instagram). Gwyn's petite frame can barely contain the enthusiasm and passion she has for magic and the magic community. She is great ambassador for magic locally in Calgary, in Canada and abroad."

Updated November 18th at 9:40am to add:

  • Graemazing and Ryan Joyce have accepted their nomination by Anonymous and the Merchant of Magic, "for the inspirational Magicians Talking Magic podcast" and for being all around fabulous people!
  • Big thanks to L7W for submitting their nomination.  Unfortunately, the nominee is not eligible for the award.  They are, however, extraordinarily flattered by your lovely comments!  Thank you!


Updated at 12:24pm to add:
  • Team Big Trick Energy (Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer) have accepted their nomination by Unknown which reads:
    "Decisions decisions! For me this year I'd have to give it to the dudes at Big Trick Energy. If I had to pick one of the 4 I would have picked Eric. So maybe this is TWO nominations? I've never met such a carefree, loving and positive human in my life...well (except for maybe the delavegas-sweetpeas). Eric lives magic, epically. His insta stories motivate me to get off my butt.The other guys are also totally awesome as people and performers, and I hope their show propels them and to even bigger things ahead."

The sixth annual Canada's Magic "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award nominations are now open.

You may nominate living Canadian Magician(s) of your choosing by leaving their name along with a short note about how they inspired you in 2021, in the comments below.  (Or you may email your nomination.)

Nominations will be accepted up until 11:59PM EST on Friday November the 26th.  We will contact the nominees via email and give them one week to accept or decline their nomination.  If we have not heard from them in that time, we will assume they have declined the nomination.  Submissions will not be published unless a nominee accepts their nomination.    The full list of nominations will be published and voting will commence in December.  (Canada's Magic is not eligible for the award, nor will it be participating in the nomination or voting process.) 

This is a "bragging rights" only contest.  There is no cash value for this award.

Individuals and groups can be nominated.

There is no shortage of Canadian magical inspiration in 2021. 

Some ideas to get you started:
  • The current board of the Canadian Association of Magicians (Renée-Claude Auclair, Greg Frewin, Ryan Joyce, Luc Langevin, Mark Pallin, Paul Romhany, Mike Segal, Jason Verners, and Kent Wong) for their efforts in CAM's recent relaunch and hosting FISM NA.
  • Team Big Trick Energy (Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Alex Boyer, and Wes Barker) for parlaying their tremendous YouTube engagement skills into a television series.
  • Matt Johnson for going big on America's Got Talent. 
  • Shawn Farquhar for launching his Lost in the Shuffle project with Jon Ornoy.
  • The Toronto Magic Company (Jonah Babins and Ben Train) for launching their brand of UnConventional.Fun.
  • The list goes on ...

(these are not official nominations,
but they can be if you submit their name(s) for nomination!)


We look forward to seeing your nominations!

In the spirit of celebrating all Canadian magicians, 2020's winners of the Readers' Choice award (Carisa Hendrix, Miranda Allen, and Richard Lee) or the Editor's Choice award (Alex Zander) are not eligible for nomination in 2021.  The list of previous winners can be found here.

 

 


14 November 2021

Magicana recipient of the 2021 Founders Award

Congratulations to Julie Eng and David Ben!

 

From the November 8th Tweet by Magicana:

Magicana is the 2021 Founders Award recipient  for “long-standing and exemplary accomplishments in the disciplines of magic collecting & magic history that ... reflect the mission & ideas of the New England Magic Collectors Association.”  Thank you for this tremendous honour!

 

FISM 2022 Official Judges: Canadian content

Congratulations to the Canadians named as Official Judges for FISM Quebec 2022

Representing Canada:

  • Joan Caesar 
  • Juliana Chen
  • Shawn Farquhar
  • Ryan Joyce
  • Raymond Dionne

 

See all of the Official Judges at the FISM website.

 

Ring 17 at the Daily Bread Food Bank

From the October 12th Facebook post by Colin Geddes:

The Hat & Rabbit Club represented at the Daily Bread Food Bank over the weekend! James Alan entertained some of the hard working volunteers who were helping to make a difference for families in the GTA. We are looking forward to more collaborations with this inspiring charity!

 

13 November 2021

A peek behind the curtain with Marissa Maiorana

A peek behind the curtain with Marissa Maiorana 


Marissa Maiorana is Champions of Magic's resident aerialist as well as a sensational assistant to the magicians.  Learn more about Marissa, in the third of a series of interviews leading up to the Champions of Magic World Wide Wonders Tour shows in Kitchener and Peterborough early next year.

What is your first memory of magic?
 
When I was really young, maybe around 6, my parents got me a magic kit. I can’t remember what was in there except for this underwhelming color changing lollipop. I thought it was the coolest thing at the time though. I put on performances for family even though I had no idea what I was doing.
 
What surprised you most about touring with magicians?

As far as the magicians in our show, I was surprised with everyone’s willingness to teach me about magic. I truly love learning new skills and once I learned how it all works it made me respect magic even more.

 

Marissa Maiorana flying high.
Photo credit: William Balfour, Spectra Experiences. Oshawa 2019.

 

What is the most annoying thing about touring with magicians?

When I first joined, I had no idea how any of the magic worked and felt so out of the loop. I’m inquisitive by nature and try to find the answers to everything, so you can see how this frustrated me to no end. There were a lot of pranks pulled on me while trying to figure out how the magic was done, but along the way I did get my answers.

 

Have you learned how to do any magic since you joined Champions of Magic?

I mostly stick to being the woman in the box, there’s a lot of magic involved in being an assistant. I did learn a rubber band trick though, and went down in flames trying to learn card manipulation. If I were to be a magician, I’d probably do escapes since that feels most in line with being an aerialist.

 

Who inspires you? 

More of a what than a who, but music is my biggest inspiration for what I do. It’s what I base acts around, and it’s one of the main reasons I decided to make performing a career. I’ve never been much good at any of the instruments I’ve tried, so working closely with music every day is the next best thing. For magic, I’ve pulled inspiration from watching videos of Jinger Leigh perform. Her movement quality is absolutely incredible.

 

In this age of computer and robotic wizardry, why do you think audiences are still drawn to mentalism, sleight of hand, and illusion? 

There’s something about seeing a trick you can’t explain that is highly entertaining. It really does make you believe in magic for a moment. We’ve grown so used to the “magic” of technology that we hardly even question it, but seeing magic performed is always full of surprises. The way it plays tricks on your brain gives you that rush of adrenaline a lot of us are always searching for.

 

 

What is it about Champions of Magic that continues to draw large audiences on 6 UK tours and 3 North American tours over the past six years? 

Champions of Magic is constantly evolving and bringing in new and exciting acts. It continues to grow on a larger scale so there is always something new to see even if you see the show more than once. The personality of our cast really shines through, and there is a lot of collaboration between magicians which really sets us apart.

 

 

Life on the road isn’t all glory and glamour.  There are tight schedules, never-ending bus rides, questionable accommodations, missed connections, and broken or disappearing props.  Tell us about your most memorable touring misadventure. 

There are constantly little things going wrong on stage. Magic is so detail oriented that there is a lot of room for error. Our crew and cast are top notch at correcting these things though so I doubt the audience would even be able to notice. It can get very stressful, but it’s also part of what keeps the job so new and exciting every night for me. Coming from a dance background where every moment on stage is typically precisely choreographed, it’s been an adjustment but usually a fun one.

 

 

You toured with Champions of Magic in Canada in 2019, and 2020.  After a two year absence, what are you most looking forward to on your return to Canada in early 2022?. 

The audience in Canada is some of the best I’ve experienced so I’m definitely looking forward to hearing their reaction to the show after 2 long years. I’m used to LA weather so I can’t say I’m a fan of the cold (at these shows you can find me huddled backstage with a heating pad), but it is a nice change of pace to feel like I’m inside a snow globe.
 
 
 
 Marissa in Mexico with Champions of Magic.
Source: Instagram. 
 
 
 
The Great Pause (COVID Lockdowns)
 
Did you experience any silver linings? 
 
While I truly love traveling and touring, it was nice to finally spend some time at home enjoying LA. I haven’t had that much free time in my entire life so it was a nice reset.


What was your comfort binge?
 
I have an obsession with the reality show Survivor so I spent an embarrassing amount of time binging that. Maybe some day I’ll get on and show Jeff Probst I can Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast. I also read well over 100 books, so binge reading served as the best form of escapism.
Were you able to explore your personal passions?
 
Because I was finally in one place for a long period of time, I got a LOT of training in. I started cross training more apparatuses (I now do aerial silks, lyra, trapeze, rope, pole, and hammock) and I grew so much as an athlete and artist. I finally had time to work on some personal creative projects as well as working with friends on visions of their own. I also started to train in fire performance with my newfound free time. As of now I do fire eating and fire fans, which has been so fun to learn and add to my list of specialties.


 
 
 
Did The Great Pause allow you to do anything that you wouldn't likely have been able to accomplish if you were touring?
 

A lot of people around the world started teaching online classes for the first time. Because of this I was able to train with instructors I otherwise wouldn’t have in dance, contortion, hand balancing, and fans.
 

How did you keep your skills fresh and performance ready?
I rent space frequently to workshop new skills and ideas, so I run my act for Champions of Magic when I’m there to keep it locked in muscle memory. Making changes here and there keeps my performance new and exciting for me.

 

Was there anything particularly memorable about your first live performance after The Great Pause?

My first time back in the air for an audience I was being annoyingly repetitive to anyone who would listen about how happy I was. Filming and being on a set is great, but the adrenaline rush that comes with performing live is unlike anything else.
 
 
What was it like travelling and performing with Champions of Magic in Mexico during the pandemic?
 
I really enjoyed our time in Mexico. Everyone was so hospitable and the city and shows were a ton of fun. I was initially nervous to be traveling, but they really did everything in their power to keep us and the audience safe.
Have audience reactions to live magic performances changed after Lockdown? 
 
I’ve been theorizing since the start of the Great Quar (as I call it) that people would be so hungry for live entertainment once shows are able to reopen. I think audiences are more ready than ever to experience the thrill that comes with seeing large scale illusions performed on the big stage.
 
 
 
 
In September, we learned that Hollie England will be joining the Champions of Magic family.
 
How will you welcome Hollie into the Champions family?
 

I’m really looking forward to seeing Hollie in action! I always love watching performances that are new to me and I know she’ll have so much to add to the show.
 

What advice do you have for Hollie to help her thrive in the Champions family?
 
The biggest piece of advice that I received when I joined the team was to just be along for the ride and enjoy the experience. I’d pass that along because it’s been a great mental reframe for me when things inevitably get stressful or frustrating. In the end we have some of the best jobs in the world and the rest is just small potatoes.
 

If you could go back in time to study (magic or otherwise) under anybody, who would you choose to be your mentor?
 
This is probably a boring answer, but I’m so grateful for the high caliber of coaching I’m able to receive that I can’t think of anyone I would trade for that. The talent of the past were the building blocks for what is able to be taught in the present.
 
 
What’s your go-to Karaoke song?

Easy, Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis. I still sound like a dying cat when I sing it but I know the lyrics so well it’s mindless and fun. 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
 
I may not have had much exposure to magic prior to joining Champions of Magic, but I know it’s something I’ll enjoy long after my time with this show. All of my friends and family that have come to watch haven’t been able to stop talking about how great an experience it was to see the show the first and even second time. 

So looking forward to being back to performing in Canada!

 

Thank you Marissa, for making the time to answer our questions!


Catch the Champions of Magic in Kitchener and Peterborough early 2022!