29 May 2024

Browser's Bash: Getting to know Peter Mennie

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On March 9th we let you know that tickets went on sale for the 2024 Browser's Bash!

We are delighted to have the opportunity to do short interviews with some of this year's performers.  Kicking off the series is Peter Mennie!
 


You may already know that Peter:



We're delighted that Peter made time to answer our questions ahead of this year's Bash!

 

Who inspires you that is not a magician?
 
My high school drama teacher.
 
What is your first memory of magic? 

I was 6 or 7 and I saw a magician perform at my Cub Scout Father & Son evening.
 


Who from the magic community inspires you?

Anyone who has been able to achieve their definition of success in this business of show.
 

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

I started getting serious about magic at the same time as Doug Henning became famous. After seeing The Magic Show on Broadway, my fate was solidified. Of course, Browser's and Morrissey's did a lot to inspire me as well.



Peter Mennie -- That Magic Guy

Peter Mennie -- That Magic Guy


Did you ever get discouraged and think about quitting magic?  
 
There is always another audience. There is always another opportunity. So no, not enough to quit.

Do you have any tour or pre-show rituals you’d be willing to share with our readers?
 
Not really, although I’m so OCD that the show is set up in my case before I leave for the gig and I have back-ups for my back-ups. My portion of the Bash show has been setup. ready to go since April.


 
What are you most looking forward to about participating in the 2024 Browser's Bash?
 
The opportunity to work alongside career-long friends.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
 

There are lots of things I’d like to share with your readers, but they’ll have to ask. Just be prepared that you might not like the answer!

 

 

Thank you Peter for making the time to answer our questions!  We look forward to seeing you at this year's Bash!


Learn more about Peter at his website PeterMennie.ca and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

 
Visit the Browser's Den of Magic website to buy your ticket and learn more about this year's Bash!
 
 

 

 

28 May 2024

Dean Gunnarson's film "Escape" nominated for Best Short film at CBFF2024 Awards Gala

From the May 20th Facebook post by Dean Gunnarson:

I'm truly grateful. Our film Escape has been nominated for Best Short film at CBFF2024 Awards Gala in Wales! Over 800 films were submitted. It is an honor just to get admitted, yet alone Nominated. WOW.

Congratulations to director Michelle Boulet, DOP Sarah Constible, producer Lisa Nelson Fries, all the cast and crew extraordinaire. And screenwriter  Carolyn Gray for believing in this magical adventure over a decade ago when I first shared it with you over many many coffee tales. Thank you  #cinematoba program with thanks to #nsi and #thewinnipegfoundation #CBFF2024

My Grandma Chivers was born and raised from very humble beginnings, just a few miles from where Escape will be shown. She was always my biggest supporter. I hope I make her proud ❤️

My friend Phil continues to wave his Magic Wand.... ❤️



 

 

 

27 May 2024

Quebec: Marc Trudel at the Quebec Summer Festival [Jul 6]

From the May 15th Facebook post by the Festival d'été de Québec:

La programmation gratuite de la Série Jeunesse présentée par La Famille du lait est maintenant dévoilée, pour le plus grand bonheur de toute la famille! 🤭
Lors des deux week-ends du FEQ, voyez sur la Scène Hydro-Québec à place de l’Assemblée-Nationale :
☀️ 6 juillet: Marc Trudel
☀️ 7 juillet: Bill Bestiole
☀️ 13 juillet: Kalimba
☀️ 14 juillet : Le Livre Magique
Animation sur place dès 10h.  
Pour tous les détails 👉  https://bit.ly/SerieJeunesse






25 May 2024

[Guest post] An Irregular Series of Original Patter - Dicey Dots

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

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NEW SCRIPTS FOR DEALER ITEMS:
An Irregular Series of Original Patter

TODAY: DARYL’S DICEY DOTS
A SCRIPT FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART OF ALL AGES
BY THE MAGIC DEMON
Exclusive to Canada’s Magic


Daryl’s Dicey Dots is an entertaining close up trick but the concept of dice might seem more suitable for adults than children.

My scripting solves that dilemma! (It’s also a fun presentation for the young at heart of all ages.)

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“Once upon a time, there was an awesome Princess/Prince [name of young spectator here].

She loved collecting things. It was her passion.

One day when she was seven years old (in the distant past/in the not too distant future) she collected some dots.

She loved her dots.

But how could she ever keep them safe?

She asked her Grand Old Wizard for help. He conjured up a magical cube and placed her dots on it.

SHOW DIE

This is the origin of the die - which is what you call a single dice. Did you know that?

The Princess was so happy. Every morning and every night she counted her dots.

Can you count them too?

SHE DOES

That’s right. There are 21 in all. But let me show you a curious thing.

TAKE BACK DIE

If you look closely, you’ll see each pair of opposite numbers added together makes seven. Six plus one, two plus five, three plus four and so on, Isn’t that interesting? That’s because the Princess was seven when she collected her dots.

Now take them back and hold them [the die] ever so tight. Don’t let go until I say so. So the Princess loved her dots and when she wasn’t counting them always, always held them tight. One day, not so long afterwards, she wished she could see more than just the few dots on one side of the magic cube at a time. So she sent again for her Grand Old Wizard.

She asked, oh Grand Old Wizard, can you make it so I can see all my lovely dots at the same time?

The Grand Old Wizard pondered this request and then produced a tiny magic wand which was sparkling clean on both sides.

He said, I shall use this magic wand to grant you your wish. Do you know any magic words? [USE THEM OR UTTER YOUR OWN, THEN] And so saying the magic words, the wizard waved the tiny wand on her tightly closed hand, and the magic wand was suddenly covered in dots.

Can you count how many? Yes, exactly twenty one. They were indeed her beloved dots, she recognized them right away, magically transported to the wand so now she could look at all 21 at once!

Oh Grand Old Wizard, thank you, cried the Princess! I can now look at all these lovely dots at once. But whatever shall I do about all the old dots still on my magic cube?

Take a look, replied the wizard, and so she opened her hand and found all the old dots on her cube had vanished. They had indeed been magically transported to the tiny wand. So he let her have both the magic wand with her 21 favourite dots and the blank cube to examine for a very long time.

And that’s the story of the Princess and her beloved dots and how dice came to have 21 on each. Believe it or not!

The End!”

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Daryl’s Dicey Dots has been recently re-re-released and the props are easy to handle. Available now from your favourite dealer such as  The Browser’s Den of Magic, Toronto.

DISCLAIMER: The author received no compensation for writing this whimsical nonsense and paid retail for the aforementioned, highly recommended trick.

- The Magic Demon

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

24 May 2024

Hamilton: Scott Hammell, Graemazing, and Nick Wallace [Jun 19]

Tickets at Eventbrite.

 

From the May 21st Instagram post by Nick Wallace:

If you have been thinking about checking out one of these MAGIC & VARIETY shows at @thestaircase , June 19th is the last one for a while. Featuring encore performances by @graemazing and @scotthammell and hosted by @nickwallacelive . These shows have been a blast. Hopefully there will be more down the road. But this is it for now. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

23 May 2024

Trois-Rivières: Loran at the Trois-Rivières Expo 2024 [Jul - various]

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ExpoTR.ca/cosplay.

 

From the May 15th Facebook post by Loran (translation by Facebook):

Dr. Strange was participating in the press conference this morning for Trois-Rivières Expo 2024 La Ligue des Héros will animate the entirety of Expo TR as soon as it opens on July 4. Next up is the costume parade on July 12 downtown followed by the Cosplay Fest Fest on July 13 with an illusion show on stage and entertainment all day. The League of Heroes is waiting for you!

 

 

 

 

22 May 2024

Regina: The Young Wizards Workshop [Jul 15 - 19]

From the March 7th Facebook post by Danny Kazam:

I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching magic workshops once again for the Regina Public Library branches this July. Here is the schedule for my Young Wizard's Workshop. Free 1 year membership into the Young Wizards Club included.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

21 May 2024

Congratulations to Paul Romhany, winner of the 2024 AMA Literary and Media Fellowship

Back in January we published that Paul Romhany was awarded the 2024 AMA Literary and Media Fellowship.  Last Saturday, May 18th, Paul was presented the award at The Magic Castle.  Watch his is acceptance speech below.

 

From the May 19th Facebook post by Paul R:

 

 

From the May 18th Facebook post by Paul Romhany:

There are really no words to describe tonight. I’ll Find them for next vanish and there will be professional photos but it’s 1.35am and JP and I are now back in hotel after our visit to the after party. I hope to post my speech because JP stole the show. The best moment of my life sharing this honour with him by my side.


 

 

 

 

20 May 2024

ICYMI: Mark Clearview on the Canada's Got Talent finale and Magic Castle dates [May 27 - Jun 2]

Congratulations on your Top 4 placement Mark!  Can't wait to see where you go from here!

 

From the May 17th upload "Mark Clearview Leaves the Finale Audience STUNNED" at the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel:  

Mark Clearview proves he belongs in the #CGT Finale with his mind-blowing magic act!

 

 

 

From the May 18th Instagram post by Mark Clearview:

So excited to announce I will be returning to @magiccastlehollywood from May 27-June 2nd 🏰 Catch me in late Parlour of Prestidigation after dear friend @paigesmagic

See you soon LA! 🌴

 

 

 

 

 

17 May 2024

Chris Ramsay's short film "The Paradox of Plenty"

From the May 10th YouTube upload by Chris Ramsay:

Hey Folks! This is a short film I made about the pitfalls of collecting things.. Turns out the more objects I end up collecting, the less I actually enjoy them. I made this short film as a sort of exercise in storyboarding. As I'm getting older I find myself more interested in telling stories and less interested in just showing you cool stuff.. this is kind of my way of doing both while fulfilling the creative side. Thanks to Lee, Antoine and Green for their help and thanks for taking the time to watch! Leave a like and give it a share if you enjoyed it!

This was shot on a Canon R5C

 

 

 

 

 

16 May 2024

Montreal: Bao Hoang at the Time Out Market [May 24]

From the May 13th Instagram post by Marché Asiasie (translation from French by Instagram):

✨ ASIASIE Market | 24-26 May 2024 - CULTURAL ACTIVITY
V Friday, May 24 at 6pm
📍 @timeoutmarketmontreal

@baomagic is a Canadian magician and content creator whose online community is rapidly growing on Instagram (21K followers), YouTube (174K followers) and TikTok (170K followers). Bao has also been featured by YouTube Canada as a "Rising Creator". Over the years, he has performed at corporate events for some of Canada’s largest companies, including Casino de Montreal, McLaren and Cadillac. On stage, Bao does mentalism and practices highly interactive proximity magic, moving around in small groups. With its blend of skillful pass-by tricks, dazzling psychological illusions, and a touch of humor, Bao promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

🔗 baomagic.com
👉 https://www.facebook.com/events/437558638841232 


 

 

 

 

 

 

15 May 2024

New Westminster: Trevor and Lorena at Cabaret of Wonders [May 28]

Tickets at Cabaret Of Wonders

 

From the May 8th Faebook post by Trevor & Lorena - Comedy Magic Show:

Come check out the One Night Only show at the Cabaret Of Wonders in New Westminster May 28th 
Limited seats available

 

 

 

 

 

14 May 2024

Watch party and how to vote for Mark Clearview during tonight's Canada's Got Talent finale

Read our March interview with Mark, Canada's Got Talent: Getting to know Mark Clearview.  

 

From the May 13th Instagram post by Mark Clearview:

I will Live Stream the entire live process of being in the Canada's Got Talent Finale 🇨🇦🙏🍾 the goal is to have watch parties around the world come together to #VOTEFORCLEARVIEW and secure the One Million Dollar grand prize 💵🏆

So arrange a watch party and post a "clear view" of your television or laptop so I can repost your watch party!!!

I love you all let's do this thing!
#cgt @cangottalent @city_tv

 

 

 

From the May 12th Facebook post by Mark Clearview:

Please share. Please vote.
citytv.com/vote
Voting opens from 8pm-9:30pm EST on May 14th and you get 3 votes per email address.
This will change my life ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 May 2024

Orlando: At the Table with Keith Brown [May 16 - 26]

Tickets at the Orlando Fringe box office:

 

From the May 8th Instagram post by Keith Brown:

Wanna get blown away?!? Make sure to get your tickets to see my new show, 'At the Table with Keith Brown' coming to the @OrlandoFringe Silver Venue. Get your tickets at tixlink.co/table


 

 

 

 

10 May 2024

ICYMI: Mark Clearview on the Canada's Got Talent semi-finals, BTS, and a message from Mark

But not in that order.  First up, a message from Mark.


From the May 8th Facebook post by Mark Clearview:

I want to thank my dad. I want to thank all of you...

Last night I made history and got a Golden Buzzer in the elimination round from Howie Mandel himself (an inspiration to this Canadian boy). I'm moving on to the finals of Canada's Got Talent.

Simply put: I'd like to take home the win for my father.

Please help me do that by sharing this to directly to 3-5 people and asking them to vote for me. YOU CAN VOTE ON MAY 14TH BETWEEN 8:00PM EST - 9:30PM EST while the episode airs. YOU GET 3 VOTES PER EMAIL ACCOUNT and you can do so here:
HTTPS://CGTVOTE.VOTENOW.TV/VOTE

More to come on May 14th... Your support means the world.

 

From the May 4th upload "This Has NEVER Happened Before | Howie BREAKS THE GOLDEN RULES for Mark Clearview" at the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel

Howie breaks all the rules for Mark Clearview! Sending him straight through to the Finale with a Golden Buzzer + $25,000 from CIBC!

 

 

From the May 7th Facebook post by Canada's Got Talent:

DOUBLE PLOT TWIST! Howie went rogue and provided a second Golden Buzzer Eliminations surprise! Catch up with a stunned Mark Clearview and Howie Mandel backstage in Golden Moments brought to you by CIBC!

 

 

 

ICYMI: Mark Lewis on the Canada's Got Talent semi-finals

Happy birthday Mark!

 

From the May 7th upload "79 Year-Old Mark Lewis' Latest Trick is Pure Magic 🃏" at the Canada's Got Talent YouTube channel:

 

 

 

09 May 2024

Random thoughts about "Alex McAleer - Mind Reader"

There's still time to see Alex McAleer - Mind Reader in Toronto!  The show closes May 12th. 

 

Last Sunday, Kidlet and I made the trek to Toronto's Lighthouse Immersive ArtSpace

  • This was our first experience at this venue.
  • For Alex's show, you enter through the Queen's Quay entrance.  (Ignore the sign that suggests you use the Yonge Street entrance.)
  • The performance space is half a flight of stairs up from street level, and one flight of stairs up from the entrance.  Contact the venue if you require accommodations.
  • The show is about an hour and fifteen minutes, with no intermission.
  • While there is nothing inappropriate for young children in the show, because it is a mentalism performance, it is recommended for audience members who are at least 12 years of age. 
  • His book This Book Will Read Your Mind is available for purchase at the venue.  (You may have to ask the staff about it... the display was not obvious to us when we were there.)

 

 

On with the show...

  • The performance space is intimate, capable of seating approximately 100 people.
  • It is general admission seating.  If sitting at the front is important to you, arrive early.
  • Unless you are short and there's a tall person sitting in front of you, there are no bad seats in the house.  (The seating is NOT raked.  All the chairs are on the same level.  The stage is raised.)
  • The show is highly interactive.  We counted about 10 volunteers in addition to multiple whole audience activities. 
  • The audience was completely baffled time and again.  It genuinely appeared that minds were being read!
  • Exclamations such as "How'd he do that?", "That's not possible!", and "How could that even be done?" were frequently heard in the audience.
  • Alex has a commanding stage presence, well honed audience management skills, and extraordinary technical abilities!  (The impressiveness of his technical abilities was reinforced to us after we attended his lecture earlier this week and learned more about the processes involved!)
  • Add to the above that Alex clearly put a lot of thought into his underlying motivation for the different aspects of his performance.  We especially enjoyed his delightful storytelling!  (The imaginary friend segment he teased in his interview was very creatively satisfying.)
  • Kidlet and I recognized one segment from the Champions of Magic show we saw in 2022, but the rest of the show was new to us.  He expertly scaled his large stage performance to this cozy venue, where it was even more impressive.
  • Alex's warm, witty, and inviting personality, coupled with getting to know copious audience volunteers, made it feel like we were having a fantastic time with friends! 

 

 

We didn't want it to end.

 

 

 

Alex McAleer - Mind Reader closes May 12th.   

 

 

 


 

Alex McAleer

Alex McAleer (right)

 

 

08 May 2024

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07 May 2024

Cheer on Mark (Clearview and Lewis) on Canada's Got Talent tonight!

From the May 6th Instagram post by Canada's Got Talent:

It’s about to get real😨…the best compete for their spot in the #CGT finale. Plus, YOU get to vote for the acts going through to the public vote. Don’t miss it.

#CanadasGotTalent THE ELIMINATIONS - two-hour event, Tuesday at 8/7c on @city_tv or stream it on Citytv+

 

 

From the May 5th Instagram post by Canada's Got Talent:

#Toronto’s @markclearview takes the stage THIS Tuesday for our first-ever Eliminations round!

Don’t miss the biggest twist in Got Talent history! Watch #CanadasGotTalent: The ELIMINATIONS, TUESDAY at 8/7c on @city_tv!

 

 

From the May 4th Instagram post by Canada's Got Talent:

We still don’t know how Mark Lewis did this 🤯

Catch up now on demand or stream it on Citytv+ ✨

Don’t miss the biggest twist in Got Talent history! Watch #CanadasGotTalent: The ELIMINATIONS, TUESDAY at 8/7c on @city_tv!