31 October 2022

Top 5 posts in October 2022

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

5. Thank you to our October 2022 sponsors! - Very grateful for those who choose to support this blog!  Today's the last day to take advantage of 40% off yearly sponsorships!
4. TEN [Oct 29 & 30] - Did you participate?  Was it as awesome as it looked?
3. 2022 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Dawson Award: Lee Asher! - Congratulations Lee!  Thank you for all that you do!
2. Random thoughts about "Mr. Valentine Blows Your Mind!" - TLDR:  MIND BLOWN! Hope to see again!

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. Fergus: Ontario Week of Wonder (OWOW) Magic Festival [Oct 15 & 22] - A great way to celebrate a spooky month!







27 October 2022

Monthly get-togethers with Michael Close [Oct 30, Nov 27, Dec 18]

From the October 25th Tweet by Michael Close:

Attention members. On Sun., Oct 30 at 2PM I'll be hosting our first member group get-together. I'll be discussing False Shuffles. This will be a fun, informal magic session and you can get all the details on your members page here: https://loom.ly/oedD0UA



26 October 2022

Toronto: Alain Choquette lecture [Oct 26]

From the October 24th post by Colin Geddes at the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club Facebook group:

A young Celine Dion and Alain Choquette from 1990! Sorry its not in English, but its rare to find his stuff in the other language of Canada! And that is what makes Wednesday's lecture so special! Don't miss it!

When: Wednesday, October 26th, 7PM (lecture start) Admission: FREE for members / $15 for non-members (tickets at our website)
Where: The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East






25 October 2022

[Guest post] Cabaretbijou Comes To Vancouver October 2022 to March 2023

The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as The Magic Demon.


Cabaretbijou Comes To Vancouver October 2022 to March 2023

Their poster says it all.

"Immerse yourself in the wildly extravagant world of Cabaret Bijou.

"An intoxicating fusion of cabaret, comedy, and cuisine with world class Aerial Artists, Contortionists, Jugglers, Musicians, etc etc.

"It's Canada's only Gourmet Cabaret Sensation."

Vancouver Oct 28th 2022 to March 5th 2023.

Under the big (heated) tent in Vanier Park.

Magic too is promised so what's not to like? Food and cabaret in a high class circus-like environment sounds pretty much like ideal entertainment to me.

Details at www.cabaretbijou.com

- The Magic Demon



Thank you The Magic Demon for guest posting at Canada's Magic!




24 October 2022

Richmond Hill: An Evening of magic & mystery with Joshua Jay, Chris Mayhew [Nov 10], Toronto: Joshua Jay lecture [Nov 11]

From the October 12th Tweet by David Peck:

Join us for An Evening of magic & mystery with @joshuajaymagic
 on November 10th, 8:30PM @jokers905club
 and featuring the comedy magic of @surrealmayhew
 Get tickets now: https://bit.ly/3yx6xt6










21 October 2022

PCAM in the Mission City Record

Form the October 18th article "Huge magician convention coming to Mission" by Chris Campbell in the Mission City Record:

The 89th Annual Pacific Coast Association of Magicians will be holding its convention in Mission from Nov. 10 to 13.

The conference covers the entire Pacific coast, along with countries including Canada, U.S., Australia, Japan and thousands of members across the Pacific Rim.

The conference is organized by two prolific kids entertainers, as Norden the Magician and the Great Gordini, who combined have over 40 international awards for their acts and contributions to the magic community.

Norden wanted to bring the conference to his home town of Mission this year and put in a bid to the committee.

“I’m very excited about this event,” said Mike Norden.

A comedy show will kick off the event on Nov 10, starring YouTube comedian Wes Barker. This show will take place in the ballroom at the Best Western.

Then on Nov 12 is the big show, called Hocus Pocus, at the Clarke Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Starring international magic celebrities that have appeared on Penn & Teller Fool Us, Ellen, Comedy Central, Big Trick Energy and more.

Read more.







20 October 2022

Matt DiSero in Kitchener with Ken Pham & Ken Margoe [Oct 22], Toronto [Oct 23], and Niagara Falls [Nov 4-5]

From the October 17th Instagram post by Matt DiSero:

KITCHENER Ontario!! I'm comin your way on Saturday OCT 22nd, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.
I'd love to see you there, after the show we can hit the short stop and get slushies!





From the October 18th Instagram post by Matt DiSero:

Toronto, forgot to mention, I'll be at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs - Toronto this Sunday, one show only with some fantastic magicians. Then Nov 4-5 I'll be at Yuk Yuks Niagara Falls, so come hang out...there's some cool new things in the works





19 October 2022

Three-panel storyboard honouring the life of Stewart James

From the October 18th article "Courtright’s ‘Einstein of Magicians’ honoured with waterfront storyboard" by Carl Hnatyshyn in Sarnia & Lamton County This Week:

One of Courtright’s most renowned yet reclusive residents was honoured Oct. 15 by Heritage St. Clair, whose members unveiled a three-panel storyboard outlining Stewart James’ remarkable, magical legacy.

Known by his peers as the ‘Einstein of Magicians’ – James was venerated with the unveiling of an informative monument along the St. Clair River Trail in Courtright Waterfront Park.

James – who was born in Courtright in 1908 and lived there until his death in 1996 – was one of the most prolific producers of magic tricks in history. He was an illusionist extraordinaire and inventor of over 1,000 unique tricks, all created with the use of mathematical and scientific principles.

James’ book on magic, published in 1989 by long-time friend Allan Slaight, is still the largest book of magic tricks ever printed.

Read more.






18 October 2022

Toronto: Doctor Pretorius Wuthergloom's Dollhouse of Deadly Sins [Oct 27-30]

From the October 7th Instagram post by Eldritch Theatre:

Dear friends, join us for #Halloween at @redsandcastletheatre Oct 27-30th for dark magic, demented puppetry, and cursed fun… EldritchTheatre.ca/tickets (link in bio) 






17 October 2022

Vaughan: Bobby Motta "Chapter 2" and special birthday show in North York [Oct 19]

From the October 13th Instagram post by Bobby Motta:

So it’s my birthday on October 19th .... and I thought, what the heck, I’m going to do a free show.

It’s at VMV’s Bar & Grill at 4207 Keele St. in North York.

The show starts at 6:00 pm and will finish just after 7:00 pm.

There is limited seating, so I will need to add anyone to the Guest List.

Message me for seating!

Who’s coming?




Also from the October 13th Instagram post by Bobby Motta:



15 October 2022

2022 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Dawson Award: Lee Asher!

Congratulations Lee!  Well deserved!


From the October 13th Instagram post by 52 Plus Joker:

2022 Diamond Award Winners announced in Pittsburgh, PA!
Congratulations to our faithful club President @LeeAsherMagic for winning this year's coveted Lifetime Achievement Dawson Award (given to him by Judy Dawson @judith.dawson22 herself).
The winner of the 2022 Deck of the Year AND 2022 Artist of the Year went to @Stockholm17 (Lorenzo Gaggiotti). Outstanding!
Please send all the winners and this year's nominees your love. They deserve every bit of it.
Thank you, and see you next year for the 2023 Diamond Awards!







14 October 2022

Prince Rupert: Chris Funk at the 35th anniversary gala of Lester Center [Oct 14]

From the October 12th article "International 'Wonderist' Chris Funk to amaze audience for Lester Center anniversary in Prince Rupert" by K-J Millar in The Northern View:

The Wonderist grew up in Winnipeg and four years ago he and his wife made Chilliwack their new home. He said he will barely be home for the next three months as he is booked with shows. He was on the road performing for 209 days in 2019. He has been all over North America, all around the world from “Europe to Sri Lanka and everywhere in between.” But, it will be his first time showing his tricks in Prince Rupert and Kitimat.

Read more.





13 October 2022

Toronto: Phil Pivnick lecture at The Browser's Den of Magic [Oct 27]

From the October 3rd Facebook post by WonderPhil Magic:

Hey all! My lecture at The Den is coming up on October 21st at 7PM.
😊 Here's a bit of what I'll be yammering on about 😊





12 October 2022

Ryan Pilling's Inside The Ring [season 2 premiere: Oct 25]

From the October 10th Facebook post by the IBM:

On Tuesday, October 25th Ryan Pilling ventures back... Inside The Ring!

Each month Ryan digs through the archives of The Linking Ring magazine to find the hidden gems of magic buried within those pages. He dusts them off, polishes them up, and lets them shine! It's a show about "new" old ideas and the magicians who came up with them.
Showtime will be October 25th at 6 PM Pacific, 9 PM Eastern. It will be broadcast live on the I.B.M. Facebook page where you can watch and participate in the chat.





11 October 2022

Thank you to our personal sponsors for October 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!


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10 October 2022

Michael Close interviewed by Germán Arciniegas

From the October 6th Tweet by Michael Close:

Recently, I was interviewed by Germán Arciniegas, a magician from Colombia.  Germán and I talked about my background in magic and music, my work on Fool Us, books, and much more.