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.


  1. The end of an era indeed. PM will be remembered and missed.

    Phil and Evelyn were and are the embodiment of Devant's philosophy: "All done with kindness."

    1. I couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for your comment Robin!

  2. Not in any sense surprise, but I will miss how well I was always treated at Perfect Magic.

    1. Agreed. The Matlin's are fantastic people!

      Thank you for sharing!

  3. A great loss to the brick-and-mortar magic-shop world when it closed, and certainly a great loss now to the world of magic in general. When visiting my parents in Montreal, I always looked forward to spending time in Phil and Evie' shop, only a few blocks away. There was always a treasure to take away; it was at one of their conventions that I met Sid Lorraine and the then President of the I.B.M., who both sponsored me into the S.A.M. Thanks for the memories and the magic.