19 January 2022

Visual effects supervisor Adrien Saint Girons mentions Chris Ramsay

From the January 14th article "Here’s how math art inspired the mirror verse moments in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’" by Ian Failes at Befores and Afters:

b&a: Tell me about that artefact, first?

Adrien Saint Girons: We designed that. That was, very bizarrely, one of the things that we spent a lot of time on. You wouldn’t think it, but it was a very time consuming process. It took a lot of iterations to come up with exactly the right look and the right mechanism for the box. There were a lot of changes that occurred. It used to be a much more mechanical kind of puzzle–I don’t know if you ever saw those Chris Ramsey [sic] videos online where he’s solving big puzzles. There was a whole backstory to it that got simplified in the end.

Read more.




18 January 2022

The Majinx Virtually Impossible Show [Jan 28 & Feb 21]

Tickets at Eventbrite.


From the January 10th article "Making Magic: The Majinx Virtually Impossible Show" by Joel Haslam at CTV News:

 In a time of lockdowns, restrictions and isolation, entertainer Lawrence Larouche believes the show must go on.

“We all need a little miracle once in a while to make us smile,” said Larouche.

Larouche is a magician. For more than 30 years, he’s typically performed for live audiences on stage.

“Suddenly, when the pandemic hit, we couldn’t do any of that. We had to find another way.”

That “way” would be found in a workshop on Larouche’s St. Eugene, Ont. property. A building, where he designs and builds props would become the backdrop for a virtual magic show.

“I thought, 'Let’s give them a peek behind the curtain so they can see what it looks like in a real magic workshop.'”

Larouche set up lights and a video camera, and using the "magic" of Zoom technology, he now brings the “Majinx Virtually Impossible Show” to audiences worldwide.

Read more.






17 January 2022

Mark Clearview: Divine Spirits [Jan 27]

From Instagram:  

"JOIN US for a PAY WHAT YOU WANT virtual cocktail & magic show this January 27th"


From Eventbrite:

A cocktail tutorial and then a jaw-dropping magic show.

*Upon booking you will receive a video instructional with necessary ingredients and preparations!*

“MAGIC WITH A TWIST” is an interactive cocktail and magic night! Featuring state-of-the-art broadcasting software, one award winning magician, and one critically acclaimed mixologist. Melissa Brooke will teach you how to make a delicious cocktail in your own home using easy to source ingredients, and Mark Clearview will guide you through at home miracles!

Read more and buy tickets.



14 January 2022

Magicana accepting nominations for the 2021 Allan Slaight awards

At this time we'd like to remind you, that the nominees in the 2020 Readers' Choice Awards are an excellent place to start if you're looking for potential nominees!

Still no sign of a category for "Best Blog Focused on Canadian Magicians Run by a Member of IBM Ring 17."  Dang.


From Magicana:

Nominations are now being accepted for work completed in 2021. The deadline for nominations is April 3, 2022. Nominations received after the deadline will be kept on file and considered for the following year.

Thank you for considering nominating someone for the Allan Slaight Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in the pursuit of the impossible. The nomination process consists of four steps:
  1. Your information
  2. Information about your nominee
  3. Supporting documentation
  4. Reviewing your information and submitting


In addition to basic information about you and your nominee, you will also have the opportunity to provide
  1. A biography (up to 4500 characters)
  2. A description of the work and why you are nominating this person (up to 1800 characters)

 Read more and submit your nominations!




13 January 2022

Magic Fest Deal [Feb 18]

Family Day special featuring Christophe, Magic Ian, Pete Di Lisi, Mike D'Urzo, Robert Presswood, and Aaron Matthews.  Ticket purchase enters you into a draw to win a gift certificate from The Browser's Den of Magic!


From Entertain Kids on a Dime:

MAGIC FEST is an exciting event that will air on YouTube over Family Day Weekend (Friday, February 18, 2022 at 6:30pm EST).

Families who purchase tickets will receive a private YouTube link emailed to them on the day of the show.
This video will be featuring 6 amazing Ontario Magicians: Magic Of Christophe, Magic Ian, Magic Pete, Mega Magic Mike, Bumbling Bert and The Magic Of Aaron Matthews.
Each Magician will be performing one trick and then teach a second trick to the kids using common items in the home.

The goal behind this event is to bring joy to families everywhere through the love of magic.
With the lockdown back on, it is hard for many Entertainers to find steady work as events are now limited.  All proceeds from the event will be split equally among each entertainer.

So get your tickets, and be ready to cuddle in your pjs with your family while away on vacation or cozy in your home!

Get 30% Off your ticket until January 25, 2022!

Price before the deal
$15 +taxes per family

Use Code: EKOAD30

Everyone who purchases tickets will be automatically entered into a draw to win one of FIVE $20 gift cards to The Browser’s Den Of Magic in Toronto!
The Browser’s Den Of Magic is only one of two brick and mortar magic shops in CANADA!

Read more




12 January 2022

Thank you to our personal sponsors for January 2022!

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, Doug Hunt, John Smithman, Richard Hough, Robin Dawes, Eric Bedard, Loran, Peter Mennie,  Gordon Precious, Colin Geddes, Graeme Reed, Gwyn Auger, Chris Gowen, and Cam Dix, for being Friends of Canada's Magic!

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11 January 2022

Nicholas Wallace LIVE from my basement [Jan 21]

From the January 5th Tweet by Nick Wallace:

Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. You are invited to a virtual show. And it's PAY WHAT YOU WANT. Friday Jan 21st. All the ticket info can be found here:






10 January 2022

Ring 17 hosts a virtual lecture by Mike Caveney [Jan 20]

From the January 9th Tweet by Ring 17:

Time to polish the rusty old saw blade! Join us on Jan 20th for our lecture - The Most Iconic Illusion with Mike Caveney. Free for members, $10 for non-members.




09 January 2022

Broken wand: David Murdoch

From the Vancouver Sun and Province obituary at Remembering.ca:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother and uncle.He will be remembered by his brothers Gary and Ian, many nieces and nephews and special friends Evelin Dick and the Haddock family. David was a purchasing agent for Westinghouse and past president and 56 year member of Vancouver Magic Circle. Special thank you to the care providers at Royal Ascot who made his last days comfortable.
Read more.


[With thanks to Shawn Farquhar for sending us this information.]

07 January 2022

ICYMI: Darcy Oake received the “Mandrake d’Or”

From the October 12th, 2021 Facebook post by Darcy Oake:

Honoured to receive the “Mandrake D’or” award in Paris yesterday!



06 January 2022

Thank you to our January 2022 sponsors!

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05 January 2022

Mandrake the Magician in the Comic Book Bin

You may remember that the Museum of Surrey hosted a "Mandrake the Magician" exhibit  last year.  You can still visit the online tour at the Museum.


From the January 1st article "Mandrake the Magician: The first Superhero in Comics and Life" by Hervé St-Louis  at the Comic Book Bin:

Born in 1911, Canadian Leon (Gioglio) Mandrake was a stage magician based in Vancouver, Canada who starred on stage under the label Mandrake the Magician as early as 1927. He travelled North America and performed as Mandrake the Magician across North America. Ironically, according to Don Markstein, Falk had created the comics strip Mandrake the Magician in 1924 but only submitted it for print years later. The comic strip character that looked eerily like Gioglio.

The resemblance between the fictional character, and the stage magician was acknowledged early on, and the King Features creators and Gioglio would play with meta-narrative crossovers over the years, without any conflict involving copyrights nor trademark. These were the days! Both the stage magician wore tuxedos, were skinny and had fine moustaches. Both enjoyed a living entertaining guests and audiences for years.

Read more.

04 January 2022

Toronto: Doc Wuthergloom's Dollhouse of Deadly Sins [postponed to Feb 4-6]

From the January 2nd Instagram post by Eldritch Theatre:

Doc Wuthergloom's Dollhouse of Deadly Sins has been postponed to February 4th to 6th. Ticket holders have been notified, but should this come as a jump scare, please check your inbox.

Happy New Fear, and scare you soon 💚 Tickets can be found at redsandcastletheatre.com/tickets


03 January 2022

CAM JAM Backstage at the Greg Frewin Theatre [Jan 26]

From the Canadian Association of Magicians:

Wed., Jan. 26  |  Join us on ZOOM
CAM JAM Backstage at the Greg Frewin Theatre
Join us for an exclusive CAM JAM backstage at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls with hosts Greg Frewin and Ryan Joyce. You don't want to miss this!

Read more and RSVP.

02 January 2022

Broken wand: Len Lauk

From the Vancouver Sun and Province obituary at Remembering.ca:

Len Lauk passed away peacefully in North Vancouver, BC on October 30, 2020, one week shy of his 88th birthday.


Len had a gift for storytelling and had a steel trap memory for facts and details. He particularly loved reading history and had a large personal library. Len was passionate about music, particularly operas, classical music, and Broadway musicals. He was a longtime board member with both the VSO and the Vancouver Opera. Len was also very proud to be an amateur magician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Read more.


[With thanks to Shawn Farquhar for sending us this information.]


01 January 2022

Happy 2022!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with health, joy, and wonder.

Starting the New Year with some of our favourite faces from 2020!

From Brent and Sarah's YouTube channel: