30 April 2023

Top 5 posts in April 2023

There were 49 posts at Canada's Magic this month.  Here are the five most viewed posts in the past 30 days: 

5. Checking in with Shawn Farquhar and Lost in the Shuffle - Looking forward to the next project update!
4. Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Will Stelfox - Fantastic audition Will! 
3. ICYMI: Canadian Conjurors video podcast ep. 1 -- Ryan Joyce interviews Glenn West - Great interview! 

2. A peek behind the curtain with Piff the Magic Dragon [2023] - You can still catch Piff at Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls [May 21 -23], TCU Place, Saskatoon [Oct 10], Casino Regina [Oct 12], and Club Regent Event Centre, Winnipeg [Oct 13].

and the most viewed post this month  ...

1. Canada's Got Talent audition: JP Parent - Fantastic audition JP! 






Rounding the Western rings in May 2023

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- N/A.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- N/A.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- N/A.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- N/A.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Bernardo Sedlacek lecture.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- N/A.
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Bernardo Sedlacek lecture.

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.





Rounding the Central rings in May 2023

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.

Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- N/A.
Hamilton, ON Ring 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- N/A.
Hamilton / Burlington, ON Hamilton Burlington Magic Society
- N/A.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- N/A.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (KW Magic Society)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- N/A.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- N/A
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Social meet-up.
- Bernardo Sedlacek lecture.

Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.





Rounding the Eastern rings in May 2023

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- Show openers.

Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.






29 April 2023

The Psychology of Magic at the University of Toronto

From the April 26th article "Sleight of Mind -- How magicians exploit gaps in human perception to trick audiences" by Cynthia Macdonald at the University of Toronto Magazine:

In his popular first-year foundations course, the Psychology of Magic, Dirk Bernhardt-Walther reveals the secrets behind magicians’ tricks as a way of teaching students about the human mind and the fallibility of perception. The associate professor of psychology draws on disappearing acts and other illusions to explain how magicians take advantage of human misjudgment and perceptual gaps to wow audiences.  Here, he explains three of their techniques:

Read more.

ICYMI, this course was also mentioned in:



28 April 2023

Barrie: Magic Fundraiser with Ekaterina [May 6]

From Eventbrite:

May 6

MAGIC Fundraiser Presented by Calvary Barrie

Be a part of a life-changing mission to fight against human trafficking and help those in need. Join us @ Calvary Barrie's Magic Fundraiser!

Read more and buy tickets.





27 April 2023

Calgary: James Jordan at the Central Alberta Children's Festival [Jun 2 - 3]

From the March 15th Facebook post by the Central Alberta Children's Festival:

79 Days till the 17th Annual Central Alberta Children's Festival on June 2 & 3 at Rotary Recreation Park!

We have a great line up on our stage!  We are excited to have James Jordan Magician, Comedian, Vaudevillian, Singing with Sylvia,  Music With Mandy (Friday only), Fairy Finding (live action treasure hunt), Zed Science.

The entertainers will be onstage as well as roving through the park or will have a close-up interactive session at our "Performers Playhouse" tent.






26 April 2023

Atsushi Ono and Magic Ben advance to the CGT semi-finals!

Congratulations to Atsushi Ono and Magic Ben for advancing to the CGT semi-finals!   


From the April 25th Facebook post by Canada's Got Talent:

The auditions have come to a close on Canada's Got Talent! We're proud to announce the 18 Semi-Finalists that will continue to the next round with our judges and give the country the opportunity to vote for their Season 2 Champion!

The best compete for your vote! Canada's Got Talent Semi-Finals start next Tuesday 8/7c on Citytv!






London: The Improv Illusionists with Chris Westfall and Michael Craig Francis [May 5]

From the April 20th Instagram post by Michael Craig Francis:

London!!!! Come on out to the Rec Room London to watch @chriswestfallmagic and @awesomemikemagic perform magic and blow your mind!






25 April 2023

Port Dover: Ryan Edwards with The Dover Fishnettes [May 13]

From Eventbrite:

Support the Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club and have your mind blown by Canada's top mentalist and Norfolk-based vaudeville quintet!

Read more and buy tickets.






24 April 2023

Guelph and London: Keith Brown (and Nicholas Wallace in London) [May 6 & 10]

From the March 29th Facebook post by Keith Brown:

Had a great time performing at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough this weekend.

I have two BIG BIG Shows coming up.

Saturday, May 6th - Guelph - River Run Centre. This gorgeous theatre has 800 seats, PLEASE help me fill it. I'll be doing my one man show

Wednesday, May 10th - London - Wolf Performance Hall. 

Keith Brown & Friends returns to London! We have an incredible line up. 

Award winning magician Nicholas Wallace, as seen on America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller: Fool Us

Juno nominated singer-songwriter Corin Raymond.





23 April 2023

Broken wand: Paul Kilshaw

Our sincere condolences to Paul's family and friends at this impossible time.

Updated April 29th to add:

  • From the Victoria Times Colonist obituary for Paul:
    Paul is survived by his son Christopher, Mother Peggy Little (Blair) sister Catherine Dempsey, (Jim), brothers David and Peter (Kathy), his nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at Willows Park, from 11:00 - 1:00 on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Please bring your own chair.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.

    [via Facebook post by the Canadian Association of Magicians]

Updated at 9:20am to add:

  • From the April 23rd article "Magician Paul Kilshaw, who performed for royals, dies at 60" by Roxanne Egan-Elliott at the Times Colonist:
    Kilshaw died Wednesday [April 19] after suffering a heart attack, his sister Catherine Dempsey said from her home in Newfoundland.

    He was born on Aug. 4, 1962, in Grostenquin, France, where his father, who was in the air force, was stationed. The youngest of four, Kilshaw moved with his family to Ottawa then to Victoria when he was about six.

    The family lived near Willows Beach and it was there that a young Kilshaw met a magician who started teaching him sleight of hand, Dempsey said.

    “For the first few years, we sort of ignored him. You know, it was just a little boy doing stuff and then it kept on and the next thing we knew he was getting good,” Dempsey said.

    Kilshaw worked at Tony’s Trick and Joke Shop, which has since closed, honing his craft.

    Read more.


From the April 21st article "‘He was a gift’: Greater Victoria mourns loss of popular balloon, magic man" by Christine Vanreeuwy at the Vancouver Island Free Daily:

A familiar face with a fandom at any event he attended – pretty much all of them whether he was working or not – Kilshaw wowed Greater Victoria crowds for more than three decades

“We lost a great man. He was a gift,” said friend Kelly Kurta, also the executive director of the Greater Victoria Festival Society. “Paul was an in-person kind of guy. He’d show up at an event even just to say hello.”

Kilshaw caught the magic bug as a child and spent years honing the craft, travelling far and wide to study with the masters in this art.

Fondly called Paulie, Kilshaw was known for magic and balloons and was always looking for some new twist.

Read more.


From CBC Radio One Vancouver (On The Island):

On The Island with Gregor Craigie - April 21, 2023: The island magician and balloon artist Paul Kilshaw died this week. His friend Phil Mansfield will share his legacy with us

Listen to the interview online.



You may remember that in 2016 Paul entertained Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a children’s party at Government House in Victoria.  This lead to Paul being featured in a photo used for the Cambridge's Christmas card!



Some memories from the magic community:















22 April 2023

Bernardo Sedlacek lecture [Montreal May 2, Toronto May 3, Vancouver May 10, & Victoria May 11]

From Montreal Magic Jam:

May 2, 2023

Read more and buy tickets.



From Eventbrite:

Wed, May 3 at
The Browser's Den of Magic

Read more and buy tickets.


From the April 14th Facebook post by Shawn Farquhar:

My friend Bernardo Sedlacek is also going to be lecturing for the two IBM Rings I belong to in BC. IBM Ring #92, the Vancouver Magic Circle and IBM Ring #183, the Victoria Magic Circle. This will be an outstanding lecture and not to be missed. His thinking on psychology will apply to any type of magic.






New Westminster: Bernardo Sedlacek at Hidden Wonders [May 8 - 9]

Tickets on sale at Hidden Wonders

From the April 13th Tweet by Shawn Farquhar:

I’m bringing a special guest to @hiddenwondersshow for two nights. Tickets are on sale now. 








21 April 2023

Richmond Hill: Magic, Mind Reading & Laughter with David Merry and The Evasons [May 4]

Updated May 1st to:

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From Jokers:

Proceeds will be donated to local community initiatives alongside the North York Food Bank and environmental projects, which will include tree planting in the Don Valley area.

Read more and buy tickets.


From the March 24th Instagram post by The Evasons:

Always happy to be heading back to Toronto. Thursday, May 4 we'll be at Jokers Theatre & Comedy Club in Richmond Hill. We'll be sharing the stage with Comedy Magician David Merry for an evening of Magic, Mind Reading & Laughter.

From the May 1st Facebook post by the Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club:






20 April 2023

Hamilton: Smooth Comedy with Graemazing [Apr 28]

From the April 10th Instagram post by Smooth Comedy:

April 28th the only comedy show that begins every show by singing the Narnia national anthem is back!

We got a new lineup of performers, new Jackass style skits, and GRAEMAZING (a wizard from Hogwart’s rival school…Yale!)





19 April 2023

Eric Woolfe interviewed by Janine Marley

From the April 19th post "Stage Door Dialogues – Eric Woolfe of 'Two Weird Tales'" at A View From the Box:

Your company, Eldritch Theatre, has a real affinity for all this spooky! When did your love of the horror genre start?

I’ve always loved horror. Since I was three and saw Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein on the Sir Graves Ghastly Show. And as one of the few theatre companies that focus on it, I think we are filling a dire need. A hundred years ago and more, horror elements could be found in almost everywhere. And as we moved into the 20th century genres became more isolated. But, uncanny, spooky, fantastical stories can resonate universally the way that real world drama can’t.

Read more.








Canada's Got Talent audition: JP Parent

Congratulations Jean-Pierre, on a fantastic audition!


From the April 17th upload "MAGICIAN JP Parent Shocks The Judges With His Unbelievable Tricks" on the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel:

JP Parent is a magician from Montreal, who received his first magic kit at age 9. When he was invited to work on a cruise ship, the gig that was only supposed to be a four-month contract ended up being a 25-year career! After mesmerizing the audience with his first trick, making Kardinal disappear with his second - by his last, the judges are completely speechless and shocked by this incredible illusionist!






18 April 2023

Kelowna and Ontario: Sean Watson and Chanelle Munroe [Apr 21, 27 - 30]

Catch Sean Watson and Chanelle Munroe in Magician and the Muse with special guests Aaron Matthews, Caroline Matthews, and Ken Pham!

  • April 21 - Kelowna
  • April 27 - Peterborough
  • April 28 - Cornwall
  • April 29 - Toronto
  • April 30 - Hamilton

From the April 17th Instagram post by Sean Watson:

Here is our April theatre tour schedule. With special guest performers @aaronmatthewsmagic @carolinematthewsmagic @sincityillusions We hope to see you there! @chanelle_munroe 








New Westminster: Cabaret of Wonders with Lester, Verners, and Hsueh [Apr 24]

From the April 14th Instagram post by Billy Hsueh:

Excited to share the stage with my friends @thegabriellalester and @jasonverners !

If you are free come hang out with us at the Cabaret of Wonders for an interactive magic experience! 






17 April 2023

Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know JP Parent

Next in the the series of Canada's Got Talent contestants is Montreal's JP Parent!



Who inspires you that is not a magician?
I think passion is so important in life and it emanates through someone’s work when someone’s passionate about their art. Anthony Bourdain was a good exemple, Martin Short, Dave Chapelle, Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais, Steve Martin (started as a magician), Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey to name a few.
What is your first memory of magic? 

My very first memory of a magic trick was my father making a penny disappear inside his arm , then making it reappear in my ear I must’ve been 5 years old. Completely mesmerized!

Who from the magic community inspires you?

So many people inspire me, but for me Paul Harris for his incredible creativity, JC Wagner for his way to adapt his work with the environment that he’s in, Harry Loraine for his close up magic but also his memory lectures (incredible BTW), Lennart Green for his ground breaking techniques and logic, Alain Choquette incredible performer but also a serious magic creator , Penn & Teller for their unique style and of course David Copperfield who I think is still to this day the leading name in magic.


Was there anyone or anything instrumental to you becoming a magician?

When I started to get really interested in magic I was 9 and my father took me to my very first magic shop in Montreal called Perfect Magic. This sweet lady showed me a card trick and my selected card ended up printed on a silk. I was hooked! Then I had Mark Wilson’s complete course in magic that was my very first “real” magic book, then came VHS tapes with Michael Ammar’s easy card miracles such a great series for beginners, everything and I mean everything by David Williamson the guy is a Genius worker. My very first lecture was Paul Harris he was so funny but also incredibly good. I was 17 when I attended my first magic convention, Magie Montréal where I met all these other super passionate magicians that would generously share their art with myself and others. That’s when I met this older magician that started talking about working on cruise ships. Little did I know that 3 years later I was about to embark into a 25-year cruise ship career. Alain Choquette and Greg Otto have been mentors throughout my career, always there to give insights and advice through the different aspects of our art.

Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?  
Not really to be honest. I was never really good in school so when I thought of quitting college to do magic full time my father was really supportive of my choice (thank God lol).

Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals?
I work around 30 weeks a year on ships. In a 7 day cruise they ask us to do 2 different 45 min shows twice a week. So one night you do your first show 7pm and 9pm and another day you do your other 45 min again twice.

The day of the show we have a rehearsal 2 hours prior to the show, checking the sound, equipment and if there are illusions in the show, we run the numbers full out with the sound, lights and automation. I usually eat 3 hours prior to the first show and then after the second show. I don’t go to the gym on that day. I practice around 1 hour every day especially for close-up. But apart from that I don’t have a special ritual.

What inspired you to be a part of this season of Canada's Got Talent?
I wanted to be able to try something new and establish myself a little more on dry land.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I think magic is a very special art, one that brings people together and help them escape for a few minutes from our everyday lives. I think it’s more important now then ever.



Thank you JP, for making the time to answer our questions!  Break a leg on CGT!

Learn more about JP at his website JPParentMagician.com and follow him on Instagram.

Watch Canada's Got Talent Tuesday nights at CityTV.