23 February 2024

Ottawa, Port Colborne, & Peterborough: Enchanted Wonders [Apr 12 - 14]

Tickets at EnchantedWondersMagic.com

 

From the February 6th Instagram post by Enchanted Wonders Magic:

Get ready to be spellbound! 🎩✨ Enchanted Wonders, featuring four of the nation’s top family magicians, is about to captivate audiences at Roselawn Centre in Port Colborne! Today’s the day tickets become available – don’t miss out on securing your seat for an evening filled with unforgettable magic and excitement!

 

 

 

 

22 February 2024

Campbell River: Jason Verners [Mar 16]

From the December 24th Facebook post by Jason Verners:

Campbell River, BC! Looking forward to seeing you on March 16, 2024 at Tidemark Theatre.

Tickets available at: https://jasonverners.com/


 

 

 

21 February 2024

Victoria: PCAM 2024 [Nov 7 - 10]

Visit the PCAM website at PCAMmagic.com

 

From the February 18th Facebook post by the Canadian Association of Magicians:

Get ready to be spellbound at this year's PCAM convention, coming to the enchanting city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Don't miss out on the magic – register early to secure your spot!

Head over to the registration page at [https://pcammagic.com/registration/] and reserve your place today. Plus, early registrants will receive special gifts and extras upon arrival, so be sure to provide all your information to ensure you don't miss out on the surprises!

We've also arranged a special discount for accommodations at [https://pcammagic.com/hotel/]. Be sure to book your room soon to guarantee your stay in magical Victoria.

Let's make this year's PCAM convention an unforgettable gathering of magic and camaraderie. See you there! ✨🎩

 

 

 

 

20 February 2024

New Westminster: Taylor Hughes [May 16 - 19]

From the February 18th Facebook post by Shawn Farquhar:

Some exciting news for Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience and the magicians of BC. I have invited a guest artists to present their show for an entire weekend in the showroom in May. You won't want to miss this magician!  

If we ask really nice he might even do a lecture! Ticket sales are open to the public so this is certain to sell out fast, like all Hidden Wonders shows. 

https://buytickets.at/hiddenwonders/1162627




 

 

 

 

 

 

New Westminster: The MAGIC Festival [Mar 25 - 30]

Visit their website at TheMagicFestival.com.

 

From the February 12th Facebook post by Shawn Farquhar:

I'm excited to announce we're restarting The MAGIC Festival. It has been years since we had the time and energy to mount a week long festival celebrating Magic Arts Gathering In Canada... see what I did there? lol 

We have contributions from the Vancouver Magic Circle, IBM Ring #92, the SAM #95 Assembly, the Vancouver Magic Academy, Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, Stefanos Restaurant and Lounge, and it will all be held in Downtown New Westminster! 

Magic for the masses... mark your calendars: March 25th-30th.

 

 

 

 

 

19 February 2024

[Guest post] February 2024 Genii Issue Features Canadians

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

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February 2024 Genii Issue Features Canadians


The current issue of Genii opens with a heart-felt tribute filling an entire page in their "In Memorium" section to the late Micky Hades written by Stephen Forrester.

"The Eye" section (featuring stories from around the world of magic) curated by Vanessa Armstrong has two Canadian references:

  • A photo of Gabriella Lester illustrates a short piece linking to a longer New York Times article on diversity in magic, highlighting three women performing today including Lester. Armstrong refutes some of its broader generalizations.
    Link - https://myqrcode.mobi/70e1232e

  • A second longer piece about the Magic of Tony Eng Exhibition opening in the Victoria BC Chinatown Museum includes several quotes from Tony's daughter (the Executive Director of Magicana Julie Eng) as well as a link to the CBC television report on the Exhibition's openinglast December.
    Link - cbc.ca/player/play/2290720323810


Finally, in Shawn McMaster's column "Knights at the Magic Castle" Murray Sawchuck is prominently reviewed for his December holidays appearance at The Magic Castle along with Lefty (Doug Leferovich.)

 

- The Magic Demon

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

16 February 2024

Toronto: Love is Tricky [Feb 21 - 22]

From the January 23rd Instagram post by the Toronto Magic Company:

February is wild - Love is in the air, snow is on the ground, and everybody is looking for a way to cure for their cold Toronto blues.

Well we've got you covered - a magic show designed SPECIFICALLY for couples!

Join us February 21st at the Super Wonder Art Gallery for an extraordinary experience that will leave you and your partner spellbound!

 

 

 

 

From the January 23rd Instagram post by the Toronto Magic Company:

Sick of boring speed-dating events and terrible dating apps? Looking for an ACTUALLY fun way to meet Toronto singles?

Good news - we've got you covered! A kick-ass magic show designed SPECIFICALLY for Toronto singles aged 25-45!

Join us on February 22nd at The Super Wonder Art Gallery for an extraordinary experience that will not only leave you spellbound - but might even get you some digits! 


 

 

14 February 2024

London: Keith Brown and Friends (Graemazing and Paul Hutcheson) [Mar 16]

Tickets at Eventbrite.

 

Learn more about Graeme at GraemeReedMagic.com, Paul at canuckhutch.com, and Keith at instagram.com/keithhbrown.

 

From the February 13th Facebook post by Keith Brown:

Buy tickets today (Tues) or tomorrow (Wed) to be entered into a draw for $50 Downtown Dollars!

 

 

 

 

 

13 February 2024

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12 February 2024

Toronto: Kendrick “Ice” McDonald Workshop [Feb 16] (and reminder of Feb 15 film screening)

Details for the film screening with ICE at the bottom of this post.

 

From the February 11th post at the Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club Facebook group:

Kendrick “Ice” McDonald Workshop
Friday February 16
Browsers Den 

Learn from a true master with a passion for perfection who has earned an international reputation for excellence.   He has done it all, illusions, trade shows, closeup.  He’s been seen on most major US networks.

Ice’s workshop will focus on trade show work, parlour, close up magic and more.  
Members $75, guests $100. To secure your spot, message Ian Crawford.

“When ICE takes center stage, he displays a patent passion for perfection.”
Lee Earle, World Class Mentalist

�“It’s not often I write reviews on magic lectures but just lately the standard has been so high that I have felt compelled to put pen to paper… Ice set the tone for the evening by stating that this was a lecture designed for magicians who are serious about their art. Which it was but put over in a fun and entertaining way. In fact it’s hard to do justice as to how good a lecture this was or be able to mention all of the subjects covered…”
UK Guild of Magicians

Read more.


 

 

From the IBM Ring 17 website:

When: Thursday February 15th
Tickets: Free for members and $10 guests
Where: Agricola Lutheran Church - 25 Old York Mills Road

In celebration of Black History Month, we proudly presents the Toronto Premiere of "The Quiet Masters - The History and Relevance of the Black Magical Artist." The director of the film, acclaimed magician Kenrick McDonald will be with us LIVE to host this exclusive event.

 Read more and buy tickets.

 

 

 

 

09 February 2024

A peek behind the curtain with Richard Young [2023]*

This is the sixth and last in a series of interviews leading up to the Champions of Magic Worldwide Wonder Tour dates in Western Canada:

Check the Champions of Magic website for updates.

 

* Regular readers of the blog may know that there's typically an elapsed time of weeks to months between us completing an interview and having it published.  Case in point.  Due in part to our densely packed December content calendar, we've held Richard's interview (which belongs to our 2023 series of Champions cast interviews that started last October) until now, ahead the Western Canada leg of their tour. 


Read our thoughts about their 2023 show in Toronto:

TLDR: So. Much. Fun!

Random thoughts about "Champions of Magic" 

 

In addition to Champions of Magic you may also know Richard Young through: 



We're delighted to interview Richard ahead of his Western Canadian Champions of Magic Worldwide Wonder Tour dates!


A peek behind the curtain with Richard Young



Do you remember the specific moment when you knew you could or wanted to perform magic full time?

September 17th 1995 when I saw David Copperfield’s show in Birmingham in the U.K. My Dad often tells the story that on the drive home that night I asked him if it would be at all possible for me to do something like that as a job when I grew up.
 
 
 
 
 
Have you studied anything magic-adjacent (eg. theatre, voice, musical instrument, acting, dance, art, movement, or photography)? 

I haven’t and I really wish I had. If I was to give any younger magician some advice it would be to go and learn all this stuff. It seems like a lot of fun and would have helped me so much over the years.
 
 


Richard Young listening to Sam Strange

Richard Young listening to Sam Strange
 
 
 
 
 
After seeing a recent Champions performance in Toronto, one of our readers thought they spotted a small but meaningful detail in the show, that you may have included as an homage to David Copperfield.  Is this an intentional 'Easter egg'?

I was thrilled someone spotted it. Absolutely. It’s supposed to showcase that I’m living my childhood dream in his shows following my tribute to him 15 minutes earlier.
 

 
 
 
The Champions show order changes from time to time, based on the constraints of the venue and the health of the performers.  We imagine that sometimes muscle memory reverts to the show order you do most often.   How do you and the rest of the cast and crew remind yourselves of set deviations?

In 2021 we were developing a lot of new material and the show was changing almost every night. It was stressful and frankly impossible to stay on top of. We have stage prompts printed on the stage floor and other similar techniques. I remember there was one night where I got the show order wrong, it happened to be on a night when there was no sound relay backstage and as I walked towards the stage I saw a scene playing out on the stage I was supposed to be in, without me in it!  
 

 


What's your go-to time filler if the crew needs you to stall for more time than "hands"++ provides?


We really do just have ‘hands’ to save some time. Anything needing more than that will be a show stop. We have only had a few of those over the years. Although it’s nice if you can fill a mistake or buy some time without the audiences noticing, a show stop is nothing to be embarrassed about, I’ve seen West End shows in London with show stops and as an audience member you appreciate they are stopping because they want you to see the best possible show rather than some sort of bodge job attempt to wrangle through. If you do hundreds of shows, there’s no way to avoid it. Eventually you’ll need to stop and restart.    

++ To learn more about "hands" have a listen to Episode 127 of Through the Magic of Television with host Alex McAleer, on Magicians' Podcast Network (Apple Podcasts link).
 
 
 




Richard Young, Champion of Magic

Richard Young, Champion of Magic

 




Do you have any guilty pleasures while on tour?

When we are touring I really miss British chocolate but honestly it’s probably good I can’t access it, keeping weight off while touring I find basically impossible. I don’t watch things, I tend to just find my head is completely immersed in what we are doing.
One imagines that it’s sometimes hard to leave the comforts of your home for a lengthy tour.  Do you bring a special something from home with you? 

I do indeed have a little mascot who travels with me. He’s a stuffed toy raccoon called Rufus, my girlfriend bought him for me when we visited a national park in Tucson, Arizona together. Unfortunately Rufus accidentally forgot to get inside my suitcase when I left a hotel in Los Angeles and despite many phone calls to the hotel after I left, he was not found. I however managed to find him for sale on a website and quickly had him sent to me by FedEx hoping my girlfriend would not notice he wasn’t exactly the same Rufus. She didn’t but eventually my conscious made me tell her the truth that Rufus is in fact now Rufus 2.0. 

 

 

Rufus

Rufus 2.0

 

 

Every performer has experienced some level of post-show blues.  Post-tour blues, we expect, are on a whole different level.  Do you have any tips for touring entertainers with respect to re-entering one’s non-touring life, after an extended time away from home?

It’s so so hard. Coming off the road and re-adjusting to a much slower pace of life for me personally takes quite a long time. When we finished after a 9 month solid tour in May 2023 I truly was burnt out and needed a break, but honestly that’s the first time I have ever felt like that. Usually I am sad when we finish and do worry a little about how I’m going to re-adjust. I have however learnt how to take care of myself. I immediately get my head into other work. I don’t take time off, I tend to actually have a lot of new energy I can place into podcasts or some other kind of creativity. The fact is for many of us this is the biggest part of our lives and so although sleep, no airports and less stress is welcome, life does feel a little empty when away from the road. I truly believe 1 years of touring is the equivalent life experiences to about 20 years of life for a normal person in terms to fun, emotional ups and downs and pure experiences.  


 
 
 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers of Canada’s Magic?

We're really looking forward to sharing our show with your readers in Western Canada 



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

 

Learn more about Richard at RichardYoungMagic.com and check out his podcast at the Magicians' Podcast Network (Apple Podcasts link), and learn more about Bob Swadling's "Swadling Magic Changing Card" at Changing Cards.

 

 

 

  Champions of Magic  

Catch Richard in Champions of Magic touring in Western Canada this spring:

    Check the Champions of Magic website for updates.

 

Read our 2023 interviews with:

 
Learn more about Champions of Magic at ChampionsOfMagic.co.uk and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter



Champions of Magic Worldwide Wonders Tour


 

 

 


08 February 2024

London: OEV Palace of Wonders [Feb 16, Mar 22, and Apr 19]

From the Palace Theatre website:

Presented by the Old East Village BIA, Palace Theatre Arts Commons and The London Magicians’ Guild
OEV PALACE OF WONDERS!
The London Magicians’ Guild 2024 Spring Cabaret Series

Experience three mesmerizing shows of adult-contemporary magic at our OEV PALACE OF WONDERS events! Each salon will feature a different lineup of talented local performers from the London Magicians’ Guild, resulting in a captivating blend of unique styles and mind-bending illusions. No two shows will be alike!


Prepare to be astounded as both professional magicians, and highly-skilled magic enthusiasts, showcase their awe-inspiring tricks and illusions, taking you on a wondrous journey into the realm of sophisticated, adult-contemporary magic.

Three evenings of wonder and enchantment that will leave you spellbound! Our first two performance dates will be close-up and personal, in the intimate surroundings of Procunier Hall, with our larger finale, “Le Grand Spectacle”, taking place on the Palace Main Stage, wrapped in the nostalgic surroundings of our period 1923 movie house.

Don't miss out on the extraordinary, OEV PALACE OF WONDERS! 

Presented by the Old East Village BIA, The Palace Theatre Arts Commons, and The London Magicians’ Guild.
 
Feb 16, 2024
FEATURING: STEVE OZ, ANDREW OLMSTEAD, LEONARDO MARTINS, KEITH O’BRIEN

Mar 22, 2024
FEATURING: ANDREW OLMSTEAD, MARK THE REMARKABLE, CAPTAIN CORBIN, RYAN JOYCE, PETER MENNIE: THAT MAGIC GUY

April 19, 2024
FEATURING: AMAZING CORBIN, SCOTT THE MAGICAL GUY, DAD MAGIC, MARK STRANGE, BYRON BERRY

Read more and buy tickets.



From the January 24th Facebook post by Scott Hood:

Looking forward to performing on this bill with such talented magicians.

 

 

 

 

 

07 February 2024

ICYMI: The CAM Creators' Contest is back! (and Feb updates from CAM)

From the CAM website:

Here are a few important details.
  • The contest is open all of February!
  • Open to magicians WORLDWIDE!
  • You DON'T need to be a CAM Member.
  • Earn industry standard rates!

 

From the February 4th Facebook post by the Canadian Association of Magicians:

CAM Creators Contest is back!  
Calling all innovators of illusion and masters of magic!  Click the link to find out more. 

 

 

 

From the February 5th Facebook post by the Canadian Association of Magicians:

5 updates you’ll want in on!

 

 

 

06 February 2024

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05 February 2024

Whitehorse: Magic Ben [Feb 20]

From the January 23rd Instagram post by Magic Ben:

Yukon’s Magic Ben is coming home! Sponsored by Office Supply Centre, MagicwithBen is coming back to Whitehorse to perform a one night only all ages show at the Yukon Arts Centre on Tues. Feb. 20! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

https://www.yukontickets.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2784.html

This past spring Magic Ben successfully reached the semi Finals of Canada’s Got Talent! His spellbinding acts have left audiences across the country in awe. Ben’s distinctive fusion of illusion and narrative leave his audiences wanting more.

 

 

 

 

02 February 2024

A peek behind the curtain with Murray SawChuck

We first saw Murray SawChuck in 2001 when he performed at the inaugural CAMaraderie convention.  To say he's been busy since then is an understatement.  

You may be aware that Murray:

  • is a headliner at Laugh Factory in Las Vegas
  • has appeared on and is a regular in many television shows (including Blind Date, Pawn Stars, and Masters of Illusion), 
  • has a comedy special, Itz Gone, Live from Las Vegas streaming on Tubi, 
  • has published the children's book At Nighttime, We’re All the Same Size available at Amazon, and
  • is on this week's episode of What's Going On? on The Magicians' Podcast Network talking about his move into exposure videos (this sure to be controversial episode requires a paid subscription and is available through Apple Podcasts or Spotify).
     


We're delighted to interview Murray ahead of his Brampton show at The Rose Theatre (tickets at Brampton.ca)!


A peek behind the curtain with Murray SawChuck


 
Who inspires you magically? 

Ironically not any magicians. I look at other entertainer that are MAGIC on stage but no neccasaryly perform magic. I look up to the Justin Timberlakes, Dolly Partons, Bruno Mars on how they walk on stage and how they leave their audiences in awe with selling their personalities. There are many great magicians tecnnically but not when they walk on stage. The magicians I looked up growing up and still do are Cardini, Tommy Cooper, Ballentine and Mr. Electric. Real personalities, brands and images.
 



Who inspires you that is not a magician? 

Dolly Parton, Bruno Mars, Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, William H. Macy, Lucy Ball, Liberace.

 


Murray SawChuck

 
 
 
 
Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?

Yes many times. Show business is not for the weak at heart. You will see mostly NOs but when the YESs come they are wonderful and they keep you going until the next YES between all the NOs! When you have a contract or job you are excited but while you are on that contact or job you have to be looking for the next gig or job or contract. It's like playing pool... when you are aiming to shoot the white ball to knock the other ball in the pocket you are working on where the white ball needs to  land after the shot so you have another good shot. Showbiz is just like that always looking at your next shot if you want to keep working in the business!. 
 

 
 
You studied music and you were a professional dancer.  You also earned a degree in Radio and Television, and Broadcasting with a minor in business.  How did these experiences impact both your magic business and your stage show? 

Well all of the above vocations are in show business, so each one taught me something that helped the other. I played music so I understand how music can change a mood or feeling when being presented on stage which makes a trick much more effective. Dancing I trained ballet for 11 years and that taught me how to walk on stage and present myself. Radio and Television Broadcasting taught me how to write copy for ads and press releases for publication as well as speak with a purpose. Having all these skills makes you a better personality and headliner.  
 


 
Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals?

I really don't... I am super relaxed before I go on stage. Once we fly in and upload out equipment and show props and set the stage that is the most nerve racking making sure nothing has broken during travel and setting it up right for the show. Usually I like to have a coffee before I walk on stage, send a few texts to my wife Dani and that's about it.. 



Murray SawChuck


 

 


What do you most look forward to, when you come back to Canada?
 
 I look forward to being back in my home country and  all the greenery and landscapes. In Las Vegas it's the desert... lots of sand and dry hills to look at! I can't wait to bring my show to Brampton!

You're a headliner at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas, you've appeared on multiple television shows (including Blind Date, Pawn Stars, and Masters of Illusion), you have a  comedy special (Itz Gone, Live from Las Vegas) on TUBI, and you've written a children's book (At Nighttime, We’re All the Same Size).  Is it time to sit back and take it easy, or do you have other big projects in the works? 

I don't sit back very well and I am always five years behind where I'd like to be, so when people see things that I am doing or have done, they usually have been in the making quite a while. I would love my own sitcom or TV show where I could play a regular. I am a regular on Pawn Stars for the last 21 seasons and on CW's Masters Of Illusion for the last 10 years. I have my 2nd comedy special coming out the year we filmed last year and we are getting ready to film more Pawn Stars in February. So, YES I am always working on other projects and ideas. Keeps me young, motivated and focused. I just started this year my keynote talk called 'Find Your Magic' helping people figure out why they should be interested in going to work and staying interested. www.themagicalspeaker.com


 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers of Canada’s Magic?

For anyone trying to make it in show business or magic, don't stop... you will fail, you will succeed but just remember everything is a new day and another shot at making your dream happen. Listen to yourself, your heart and your passion and stay focused. The more popular you get or famous the more people you find will love you as well as hate you... It's a double edge sword. Don't let people effect you as it's your life and your living it, not them.

 
 
Thank you Murray, for making the time to answer our questions!  Hopefully we'll get to see more Canadian dates on your schedule in the near future.

Learn more about Murray at his website MurrayMagic.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

 

Catch Murray at The Rose Theatre in Brampton on March 2nd (tickets at Brampton.ca)! 

 

From the January 10th Facebook post by Brampton On Stage:

Direct from Pawn Stars and CW’s Masters Of Illusion, MURRAY THE MAGICIAN is bringing Vegas to YOU with magic that will blow your mind, performed live and up close at The Rose on March 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


01 February 2024

Bill Abbott at the Magic Castle [Feb 5 - 11]

From the December 24th Facebook post by Bill Abbott:

Honored to be invited to perform at the World Famous @magiccastlehollywood February 5-11, 2024.