16 April 2024

Rounding the Western rings in April 2024

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

City Club Event(s)
Calgary, AB Ring 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring) - N/A.
Edmonton, AB Edmonton Magic Club - N/A.
Winnipeg, MB The Magic Club of Winnipeg - SYM.
Fraser Valley, BC IBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring) - N/A.
Vancouver, BC Ring 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle) - N/A.
Vancouver, BC SAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly) - N/A.
Victoria, BC Ring 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - N/A.


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

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding the Central rings in April 2024

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

 

ICYMI, 


Montreal, QC Ring 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, ON Ring 265 (London Magician's Guild) - Round robin.
Kitchener, ON Ring 235 (KW Magic Society) - N/A.
Ottawa, ON Ring 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) - N/A.
Ottawa, ON Ottawa / Gatineau magicians - N/A
Toronto, ON Ring 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Social meet-up.
- Chris Mayhew lecture


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

 

 

 

 

Rounding the Eastern rings in April 2024

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- N/A.


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

 

 

 

 

 

15 April 2024

Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Alexandra Burgio

Last in our series of short interviews with some of the magic acts listed in the March 5th Canada's Got Talent media release is Alexandra Burgio!
 

You may already know that Alexandra:



We're delighted that Alexandra made time to answer our questions ahead of her April 16th appearance on Canada's Got Talent

 

Who inspires you that is not a magician?
 
Being a female of the millennial generation - I grew up admiring all the pop stars of the 1990s and 2000s. The command they evoked on stage lent inspiration to how I carry myself when I’m in front of the crowd.
 
What is your first memory of magic? 

My first memory of magic would be watching World’s Greatest Magic on TV in the 90’s when I as a child. Initially being drawn to the glamour of the stage spectacle, I was intrigued by the sly cunningness of the performers, namely the deception the magicians assistants added.
 


Who from the magic community inspires you?

I would be foolish to say Greg Frewin hasn’t been my number one inspiration in magic. From creativity in his workshop and nostalgia from his younger years, to his current on stage demeanour - I draw inspiration from what he continues to provide to the industry.
 


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

When I first started in magic as an assistant, my mentor allowed me to borrow a set of hard drives consisting of virtually any and all magic acts ever captured on film from all the way from the 1960s /1970s to current time! Very educational and very top secret - if you know, you know! ;)  





Alexndra Burgio

📸 : CGT




Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?  
 
Through hardships and learning challenges, I am proud to say I was never discouraged enough to think about quitting magic - and of course, fooling Penn and Teller helped with the encouragement!

Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals you’d be willing to share with our readers?
 
Espresso, baby!.. And of course the right playlist to get pumped up to!



 
Why is now the right time for you to be a part of Canada's Got Talent?
 
I believe the time was right for me to participate in Canada's Got Talent to showcase another discipline of my magic. The piece performed in the competition was something contrasted to the last performance I showcased on television.


 
 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
 
Shout out to all the ladies in magic - keep doing your thing!
xo 

 

 

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


Learn more about Alexandra at the Greg Frewin Theatre website and follow her on Instagram and TikTok.

 
 
 
Watch Alexandra on Canada's Got Talent Tuesday April 16th on CityTV!

 

 

 

 

14 April 2024

[Guest post] April 2024 Genii Issue Features Canadians

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

--

CANADIANS FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2024 ISSUE OF "GENII"
Exclusive to Canada's Magic
by The Magic Demon


In the current April 2024 issue of "Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine", one of Canada's best known magicians, Bill Abbott, rates an almost half page review of his most recent (fourth) appearance at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Shawn McMaster's column, "Knights at the Magic Castle", includes a great action photo of Bill receiving what appears to be an enthusiastic round of applause mid-performance. McMaster details Bill's act which when read certainly sounds like both Bill and his audience had an enjoyable time.

In her regular news column "The Eye", Vanessa Armstrong has a feature item on "The Magic Word" podcast with Scott Wells, who recently interviewed Murray SawChuck about his spate of on-line exposures. While making his own position against such exposure clear, Wells feels he has at least tried to offer a platform for both sides of this controversial and divisive issue.

Finally, in his editorial "Genii Speaks", editor Richard Kaufman offers an unambiguous personal endorsement for the craftsmanship of Roy Kueppers, now residing in Las Vegas. Kueppers' "cornucopia of coins gimmicked in a fantastical variety of ways" clearly delights Kaufman who concludes his editorial this month simply: "If you need a gimmicked coin, he [Roy]'s your guy". Also noteworthy, Roy has taken out a two page ad (the first time he has ever done so I believe) which includes an impressive testimonial from David Copperfield about Roy's latest "Statue Vanish" trick.

Genii is available by subscription, as a digital or printed-on-paper publication, as well as through your local magic dealer such as The Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. The author paid for their own copy.
- The Magic Demon

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

12 April 2024

Aurora: The Experience with Jordan Mindbender [May 11]

From the March 16th Facebook post by Jordan Mindbender:

Step into the captivating world of magic, mind-reading, and daring escapes with Mind Bender’s highly anticipated theatre show, “The Experience”!

Following its monumental success and sold-out debut at the historic Theatre Aurora in June 2023, due to overwhelming demand, we are thrilled to announce the return of a second show on Saturday, May 11th, 2024.

Prepare to be spellbound as Mind Bender takes you on an unforgettable journey. “The Experience” is an interactive spectacle that blurs the lines between reality and illusion, Witness impossible feats of magic and mind-reading that will have you leaving the show questioning what you thought was possible. From predicting your thoughts to mesmerizing illusions, this show will take you on an experience into the unknown. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness the unbelievable!
• Entertainment for all ages
• Alcohol and snacks for sale 

The Experience will consist of two 45-minute sets with a 15-minute intermission in between. The first half will feature magic, illusion, and one of Mind Benders’ classic escape acts, while the second half will be dedicated to jaw-dropping mentalism.


 

 

 

 

 

 

11 April 2024

Thank you to our April 2024 sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support. 

This site would not be possible without their backing.

We're grateful to have the support of:


The next time you see them, let them know you saw their sponsorship here!



 




 
 

 
 
For more information about purchasing Sponsored Posts or about our Platinum, Gold, or Silver level sponsorships, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Or you can Be Our Friend for only $20 per year! 

Donations of any size are always welcome.


or 

 

 

 

 

 

09 April 2024

London: OEV Palace of Wonders [Apr 19]

From the April 8th Facebook post bye the Old East Village BIA:

Introducing the magical Grand Spectacle lineup for Apr 19 at the Palace Theatre 🪄 The London Magicians' Guild has assembled an array of performers, including:
♣️ The Amazing Corbin is a magician, conjuring artist, and entertainer who uses his love of theatrics to captivate crowds.
♦️ Scott The Magical Guy has been working magic for 35+ years, mesmerizing audiences of all ages.
♠️ Dad Magic will wow and entertain with a range of tricks and jokes to keep you laughing.

Use code OEVMAGIC for magical savings: http://mytickets.palacetheatre.ca/OEVPALACEOFWONDERS ✨

🎩 OEV PALACE OF WONDERS - FINAL SHOW

 

 

 

08 April 2024

CAM Virtual Meeting April 9, 2024

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

The day after the eclipse, CAM is hosting our next Virtual Chapter on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m. EST.
☀️🕶️🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔
We'll share CAM's big (it’s HUGE!) news, PLUS Paul Romhany will reveal the hot magic tricks from this year's Blackpool convention! ... two suitcases full 🙂 

🎩🪄🧳🧳
RSVP for free here https://www.cammagic.org/events

 

 

 

 

05 April 2024

A peek behind the curtain with Alex McAleer [2024]

We recently posted that Alex McAleer, the resident mentalist from Champions of Magic, is bringing his one-man show Alex McAleer - Mind Reader to Toronto May 3 - 12th.

 

(For those in the know, rumour has it that Alexander Marsh will be giving a lecture hosted by Toronto's Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club -- IBM Ring 17.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information.)


In addition to his participation in Champions of Magic, you may know Alex through:

On episode 4 of Through the Magic of Television (Apple Podcasts link), Alex and guest Erik Tait    CanCon   discuss The Worlds Greatest Magic 4 (1997), which includes performances by Juliana Chen and Carl Cloutier.
[Editor's note:  This podcast requires a paid subscription.]


 

Our regular readers may recall that we were crushed when Alex McAleer, due to circumstances beyond his control, was not available perform in Champions of Magic in Toronto last December.  Imagine our excitement when we learned that Alex is bringing his one-man show Alex McAleer - Mind Reader to Toronto in May!



Read our thoughts about seeing Alex in Kitchener:

Random thoughts about Champions of Magic 2022 

 

 

We're delighted to interview Alex ahead of the Canadian debut of Alex McAleer - Mind Reader in May!


A peek behind the curtain with Alex McAleer


 
We assume that you perform some pieces of your solo show as part of the Champions of Magic ensemble.  How much of your solo show have we seen as part of the 2018 Champions of Magic experience in Toronto or the 2022 experience in Kitchener?

Yes, there’s a couple of things in the solo show that have been part of my work in Champions over the years - although the vast majority will be fresh stuff!
 



When you're part of an ensemble show, your performance drops into the overarching dynamic set by the show order and your co-performers' acts.  Has that experience influenced how you structure the rhythm of your one-man show? 

I’ve always liked to keep the structure of my solo stuff as dynamic as possible, like an ensemble show would be; so it’s not all too ‘samey’. I think one of the great things about Champions is that it wasn’t just the same sorts-of tricks over and over again.  That can be trickier with a one-man mind reading show, but I keep the audience on their toes. 
 
 


Alex McAleer

Alex McAleer (right)
 
 
 
 
The soundtrack for your show can definitely enhance the impact of your stage performance.  (We particularly enjoy your use of  Sing! Sing! Sing! in Champions.)   From where (or from whom) do you get your inspiration for your music?

The only music in my show is as the audience walk-in and when they leave, but I pick vintage, up-beat music. Some are mid-20th century rock and blues, others are vintage covers of more contemporary songs. I find it sets the tone, the vibe as the kids say, for my style. Fun, playful, up-beat, retro but familiar. 
 

 
 
We've seen you perform in large theatres and arenas.  What modifications does a performer need to make in order to transition from performing in large arenas to playing small intimate spaces, such as Lighthouse ArtSpace? 

Playing large arenas / spaces means a lot of subtlety is lost. I express with my face a lot, so in a big space that gets lost and I have to use my whole body to tell the audience what I’m thinking (ironically), but in a smaller space large gestures and reactions look a bit forced and unusual. A smaller space allows for a better connection with an audience, and for me that’s what it’s all about.   
 



 
Will you be showcasing favourite effects or routines that don't play well large?

Yes I have a few favourites in the show that just wouldn’t really work in the fast paced, ensemble nature of a show like Champions. There’s a routine about my imaginary friend I had as a child, and and effect where the audience help take over control of a spectator. 



Read our 2023 interview with Alex where we learn about:
  • the specific moment he knew he could or wanted to perform magic full time,
  • his most memorable performance misadventure,
  • his guilty pleasures while on tour, and
  • what he brings from home when on tour.




Toronto won't be in the middle of winter when you visit this time!  Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to exploring in the city in the (hopefully) warm weather? 

I’ve never been to Toronto when it’s not been either very cold, or about to be very cold, so I’m looking forward to seeing it in a warmer light. I assume I’ll still have to bring a ‘toque’!? 




What is the biggest change to your act, or change in your approach to your mentalism, since you joined Champions of Magic in 2013?

I’d say one of the biggest changes has been not needing to rely so heavily on the trick. Ten years of performing hundreds of shows, for all sorts of people in all sorts of venues, has taught me a lot about myself as an entertainer and performer.

 

 

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

I'm looking forward to being back in Canada and I hope your readers can make it to my show!



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

 

Learn more about Alex at AlexMcAleer.com and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.  


Purchase tickets for Alex McAleer - Mind Reader at Starvox Entertainment

 

 


Toronto: Alex McAleer - Mind Reader [May 3 - 12]

Our regular readers may recall that we were crushed when Alex McAleer, due to circumstances beyond his control, was not available perform in Champions of Magic in Toronto last December.  Imagine our delight when we heard that Alex is bringing his one-man show Alex McAleer - Mind Reader to Toronto in May!


Tickets at Starvox Entertainment

 

From the March 22nd Instagram post by Starvox Entertainment:

🎟️ Tickets ON SALE now! 🎟️
See Champions Of Magic’s mind-reading master Alex McAleer live in Toronto! 

 

 

04 April 2024

Top 5, er 6 posts in March 2024

There were 25 posts at Canada's Magic last month.  Here are the six most viewed posts in the past 30 days, Canada's Got Talent edition:   

6. Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Bao Hoang - Thanks for a great interview Bao!

5. ICYMI: Mark Clearview's Canada's Got Talent audition - Howie said Mark was, “the best magician I’ve seen in 10 years.”

4. Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Jeff Newman - Thanks for a great interview Jeff!
3. Magicians on Canada's Got Talent [Mar 19 premiere] - Magic is being very well represented this year!

2. Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mark Clearview - Congratulations on your fantastic audition Mark and thanks for a great interview! 

 




and the most viewed post this month  ...





1.  Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mark Lewis - Congratulations on your fantastic audition Mark and thanks for a great interview!


 

 

 

 

ICYMI: Mitchell Hrycan's Canada's Got Talent audition

Read our interview, Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mitchell Hrycan.

 

From the April 2nd upload "Mitchell Hrycan's Magic Act is Double the Fun!" at the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel:

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Mitchell Hrycan's act has the judges seeing double!

 


 

ICYMI: Mark Lewis' Canada's Got Talent audition

Read our interview, Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mark Lewis.

 

From the April 2nd upload "GOLDEN BUZZER | Mark Lewis Receives Surprise Golden Buzzer!" at the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel:

Quirky 79-year-old, Mark Lewis, performs a card trick that captivates audience and judges, earning him the group Golden Buzzer!

 




From the April 2nd Instagram post by Canada's Got Talent:





 


03 April 2024

Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mitchell Hrycan

Next in our series of short interviews with some of the magic acts listed in the March 5th Canada's Got Talent media release is Mitchell Hrycan!
 

You may already know that Mitchell:



We're delighted that Mitchell made time to answer our questions! 

 

Who inspires you that is not a magician?
 
Arnold Schwarzenegger and the album by the singer, RAYE, Live at the Royal Albert Hall (At the moment.)
 
What is your first memory of magic? 

My mom made a coin disappear by rubbing it against her elbow. I was around ten years old.  

 


Who from the magic community inspires you?

Derren Brown and the people he works with. Also, David Copperfield.
 

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

Mr. Willard at Willard's House of Magic in Edmonton. It was a six hour drive from Saskatoon but he was an amazing guy to watch work. I only saw him a few times but he made a big impact. I bought Williamson's Wonders in his shop, on his recommendation. I also drove seven hours to see my first lecture. Jay Sankey ... it was an eye opener. A person who wrote a magic book, that came to life.





Mitchell Hrycan

📸 : CGT


Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?  
 
Yes, the constant hustle wears you down. After trying a few different things,  I realized that magic was where my talent was. It helps me work harder. This is it.

Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals you’d be willing to share with our readers?
 
Before I step on stage I say out loud to myself, "Focus, pause, inflection." And sometimes, "I love the audience, the audience loves me."



 
Why is now the right time for you to be a part of Canada's Got Talent?
 
I'm older, maybe wiser, but in the end, how many more opportunities like this will I get? Take a chance and hope that myself and my magic are received in a positive way.



 
 
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
 
Search out the real working pros. When you do magic for a living, it changes how you think. If a professional can't mentor you, just absorb what they say in stories or experiences. Hang out with them once in awhile. My generation grew up on books. There was no way to copy a performance on video because videos weren't out yet. We didn't have the internet. You had to quickly develop your own personality and style. Focus on just a few things to perfect at a time, then improve them every time you perform. Keep a notebook. You'll thank me later.

 

 

 

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


Learn more about Mitchell (and Michael) at their website DoubleVisionMagic.com and follow them on Facebook.

 
 
 
Watch Canada's Got Talent Tuesdays on CityTV.

 

 

 

 

01 April 2024

Improved magic coverage at Canada's Magic!

Hello, magic lovers!

We have a confession: writing about magic takes way too much time. Between practicing new tricks, attending magic shows, and trying to writing funny blog posts, we're starting to feeling like we need a little magic of our own to make it all happen.

So we decided to let the artificial intelligence (AI) take over for a while. That's right, starting with this one, all new posts on CanadasMagic.blogspot.com are now generation by AI. Who knows, maybe it will we came up with amazing tricks or funny jokes that even we didn't think of.

 


AI created graphic


Don't worry, we'll still being around to add our personal touch and share our love of all things magic. But for now, let's sit back and letting the robots do the work. Who knows, maybe they will even reveals the secrets behind some of the biggest hoaxes of all time.

Watch the magical madness created by artificial intelligence and, as always, believe in the impossible! 


Later this week, details about:

  1. Magic in the City: A showcase of Canadian magicians in Toronto, featuring performances by some of the country's top illusionists.

  2. Canadian Magic Convention: An annual gathering of magicians from across Canada, featuring workshops, lectures, and performances by both established and up-and-coming talent.

  3. The Great Canadian Magic Show: A touring production featuring a lineup of Canada's most renowned magicians, performing a variety of mind-bending illusions and tricks.

  4. Magic on Ice: A unique event combining the art of magic with the beauty of figure skating, featuring Canadian magicians and skaters performing together in a dazzling display of skill and creativity.

  5. Canadian Magical Masters: A competition showcasing the best magicians in Canada, with contestants vying for the title of "Canadian Magical Master" and the chance to represent the country on the international stage.


 

Before you get too excited about the events (we're super anxious to get our tickets for #4), we encourage you to double-check your calendars.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Seriously though.  Check the date. 

.