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28 November 2020

Ryan Pilling with Alan Fisher on "Inside the Ring"

From the November 19th Facebook post by Alan Fisher:

Many thanks to my good buddy Ryan Pilling - Magician for having me as a guest on the 2nd episode of his new talk show "Inside The Ring", a look inside the pages of "The Linking Ring" (the monthly magazine of the IBM - International Brotherhood of Magicians). The replay can be found on the show's website - My segment starts at 59:20. But please, don't fast forward to that or you'll miss the best parts of the show.




26 November 2020

Wes Barker on Steve Spade's podcast, Deceive Reality

Listen to episode 16 of Deceive Reality at Google Podcasts


From Steve Spade's November 21st Facebook post:

Strong Magic, Strong Whiskey and also contains Strong Language.. 😂🥃 (You have been warned) , we had such fun chatting with Wes Barker Tonight on the Deceive Reality podcast, so good to hear the real story about fooling Penn & Teller on fool us, his new magic TV show that he is filming with three of his magic friends in 2021, and his Good the bad and the ugly story about even a guy with an oxygen tank isn't going to help you on a sinking ship... 😁 It's all in here plus big ANNOUNCEMENT.
Deceive Reality is now Ireland's only professional online Magic shop..
"Childhood dream coming true..." 


23 November 2020

Loran interviewed on C'est ça la vie

From the November 8th Facebook post by Loran Magie (translated by Facebook):

If you want to know me better, here's a recorded interview for the program ′′ C ' est est la vie ′′ broadcast on the channel TELUS. But here you will discover not the magician, but rather the ′′ person ′′ behind the character. I tell my personal life journey. It's not always easy to be an artist in your soul, but it's my life and I wouldn't change it.

22 November 2020

Jason Verners: Magic consultant for The Christmas House

The Christmas House airs tonight on The Hallmark Channel.

From the November 21st Instagram post by Jason Verners:

Yo! I am super excited to announce that I am the Magic Consultant for the @hallmarkchannel original movie: The Christmas House! This film has a ton of Christmas magic in it, and I am sure it will put you right into the holiday spirit, I know it did for me while working on set! It premieres tomorrow night on The Hallmark Channel, thanks again for all the love and support xo

04 November 2020

Magician Ryan Brown's Reality Magic Halloween Hearse illusion

From the November 2nd article "Internationally Celebrated Magician made a Hearse appear on Halloween at Ontario Haunted Hollows Scream Park" at WFMJ:

For those who didn’t find 2020 scary enough, York Region’s “most intense, scariest haunted attraction” had a few extra tricks up their sleeve this year. Well - it was actually renowned magician Ryan Brown, a Canadian native taking a break from performances in Vegas and waiting out CoVID-19 back home in Canada, who brought the magic to Haunted Hollows Scream Park on Halloween Morning.

Internationally renowned magician, Ryan Brown, isn’t telling how he did it, but you can see what happened on his Youtube series, Reality Magic. It’s an incredible illusion - or is it ?

How DID that hearse appear out of nowhere in the abandoned parking lot?

Check it out for yourself at

Read more.

Shawn Farquhar (and a host of other magicians) featured in New York Times

This article includes quotes from magicians such as Shawn Farquhar, Ken Scott, Stephen Bargatze, Alexander Boyce, Jason Michaels, Kayla Drescher, and John Wolfson!


From the October 31st article "What if They Could Make the Pandemic Go Poof?" by Kenneth Sturtz in the New York Times:

Mr. Farquhar turned to virtual magic out of boredom. Homebound and desperate to perform for an audience, he arranged a free Facebook Live show. He committed to an hour, thinking he could adapt existing material. He was struggling after 15 minutes.

“I realized I was talking to a green light on a camera and there was no interaction,” he said. “It wasn’t Zoom, it was just me talking and trying to keep an energy up.”

He found not being able to interact with an audience in real time to be “soul-sucking.” He tried Instagram Live, but he soured on that too. It wasn’t until a friend recruited enough paying customers for a Zoom show that Mr. Farquhar changed his mind. There were stumbling blocks, like keeping people engaged and dealing with dozens of audio and video feeds. But when he learned he could interact with the audience, he developed a dedicated virtual show.


“Magic thrives when people are at their worst because people at their worst need hope,” Mr. Farquhar said. “And that’s what magic is.”

Read more.

30 October 2020

Ryan Brown making a hearse appear at Haunted Hollows Scream Park

From the October 28th post "Internationally Celebrated Magician to Make Hearse appear LIVE on Halloween at Ontario Haunted Hollows Scream Park" at 21WFMJ:

And just how, exactly, will this be done?

Internationally renowned magician, Ryan Brown, isn’t telling - but he says you can see it all on his Youtube series, Reality Magic. Brown has had a lot more time than usual to put into the series - waiting out COVID-19 at home back in Canada after wowing audiences in Las Vegas in three successful tours of the American entertainment capital.

Brown, who has developed an impressive reputation on the global magic scene, is on a first name basis with some of the world’s biggest names in magic. In 2011, he attended the acclaimed McBride's Magic and Mystery school in Las Vegas. In 2017 he returned for some performances including this one at the prestigious Wonder Ground owned by Jeff McBride.

“On my third time going to Vegas, the dream of doing this became surreal,” says the celebrated young magician. “I was given tours of legendary show rooms, I met David Copperfield, I spent time learning from the masters and performed again on stage at Jeff McBride's Wonder Ground.”

Read more.

29 October 2020

Big Trick Energy with Alex Boyer, Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, and Wes Barker

Congratulations Alex, Chris, Eric, and Wes!


From the October 27th article "TruTV Orders Comedic Illusionist Stunt Series ‘Big Trick Energy’ From DIGA Studios" by Denise Petski at Deadline:

Per the network, “from shock collar card tricks to mind bending one of their own cars in broad daylight, no stunt is off limits and no line is uncrossable to these self-proclaimed “Abracadipshits.” Viewers will also get a peek behind the curtain when they reveal how some of these unforgettable experiences were created.”

“They’re more magical Jackasses than self-proclaimed Abracadipshits, but it goes without saying that Chris, Eric, Wes and Alex are making magic cool again,” says Corie Henson, EVP, head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT, and truTV. “They’re charming, dangerous and hilarious. You’ll definitely want to spend the night with them.”

Said Tony DiSanto, CEO of DIGA Studios: “These guys are the real deal, as hilarious as they are amazing, sharing a bond of friendship and camaraderie that is at the heart of the show’s creative DNA. As a lifelong magic fan (and a spectacularly unaccomplished amateur magician), I personally couldn’t be more excited to unleash Big Trick Energy onto the world.”

Read more.



From the October 27 Tweet from TruTV:



 From the October 27th Facebook post by Eric Leclerc:

A sneak peek from Eric's YouTube channel:



25 October 2020

Scott Hammell and Ryan Joyce in Guelph Today and the OWOW Livestream

From the October 26th article "Escape artist performs stunt while dangling over Elora Gorge (10 photos)" by Keegan Kozolanka in Guelph Today:

While impressive on its own, it was done while dangling upside down over the Elora Gorge Thursday afternoon.

It’s not an usual task for Scott Hammell, a Hamilton-based magician and escape artist.

Hammell is a Guinness World Record holder for highest suspension straitjacket escape in a 2003 stunt 7,200 feet above ground from a hot air balloon.

Despite the Elora Gorge escape being significantly less high at 80 feet, Hammell said it comes with a different kind of fear.

“I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of heights but 7,200 feet up the ground isn’t really real at that point,” Hammell said.

“When you’re 80 feet above the ground and it’s rocky, you see it and it’s like ‘Oh that’s exactly where I’d land if something goes wrong.’”

Read more.

Watch Scott's escape and other performances on October 31st over at Magic Festival!









12 October 2020

Nova Scotia's Ben Proudfoot wins best director

You may remember that Ben won International Brotherhood of Magicians' Youth Close-Up Magic Contest in 2007.  Congratulations Ben!


From the September 28th article "Ben Proudfoot wins best director for short film at Raindance Film Festival" by Susan Bradley in CBC News:

The short films reveal the passion, deep roots and tenaciousness of the artists. "They're our history, our culture, who we are," the 24-year-old said in an interview Monday from Bath, England.

Raindance is one of the largest, most influential independent film festivals in the world, operating in major cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Berlin.

Proudfoot, who founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. in Los Angeles in 2012, is a graduate of Citadel High School and an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician, winning Canadian and International championships.

​He turned his talents to filmmaking and attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

Read more.

09 October 2020

Carisa Hendrix in the Globe and Mail, 12th Night, and a Neil Gaiman shout out

From the October 6th article "How Canadian magic star Lucy Darling pivoted online – and found new fans (like Neil Gaiman)" by J. Kelly Nestruck in The Globe and Mail:

While Lucy Darling has a quick wit, her hands are even quicker: her legerdemain surprised and startled me time and time again. Table magic doesn’t have quite the same impact over livestream that it does in person (I kept wondering what was happening outside the visual frame), but a card trick she performed at the end wowed me and is still enjoyably tying my brain up in knots.

On the whole, An Exceptional Night In was one of the most polished and professional Zoom performances that I’ve tuned into to date – which is not a huge surprise, given that it is directed by Jim Millan, the former Crow’s Theatre artistic director who works with comedy and magic supergroups The Kids in the Hall and The Illusionists.

An Exceptional Night In is “at” The Citadel until October 17 – and information for all of Lucy Darling’s upcoming performances can be found on her website.

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[With thanks to Keith Tomasek for letting us know!]

From the October 5th article "An Exceptional Night In With Lucy Darling: get Zoomed on magic and mixology" by Liz Nicholls in 12th Night:

Henrix is also, incidentally, the Guinness record-holder for how long she can hold a lit torch in her mouth (witness the documentary Girl On Fire). Which would seem to have only a peripheral connection with her expertise in card tricks or cup-and-ball games. And none at all with Lucy’s uncanny ability, having asked an audience member for the name of their favourite book, to produce that very volume. Right then and there.

It’s a startling array of skills, to say the least, that Hendrix brings to the table (hers, as it happens in these COVIDian times). And one of them, you’ll discover, in a live Zoom “meeting” that brings 36 of us together, along with Lucy’s assistants, is an uncanny knack for making magic “real,” which is to say convincing, online.

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ICYMI, Neil Gaiman agrees:

05 October 2020

Michel Huot on "Trick or Treat"

From Michel Huot's October 2nd Facebook post:

Mike Maione from New-York is hosting a very good show. Come check it out this monday

From the Parlor of Mystery mailing list:

Monday, October 5 - 11AM EDT
Michel Huot
Trick or Treat
Quebec’s favorite corporate magician is my guest this week. Michel Huot is a funny, innovative, and inventive magician who has produced some of the most popular effects used by magicians worldwide.

Monday’s show will be packed with lots of goodies. You’ll see funny stuff from Monty and Walker, a visit from the dead mentalist Alexander, some Brain Candy from Scott Franz and Geoff Williams, a bit of magic from me, and what promises to be a great chat with Michel.

Trick or Treat streams, Monday, at 11AM on the Parlor of Mystery Facebook page. Join us on Facebook and be part of the fun or watch it later on the Parlor of Mystery Facebook page or the Mike Maione channel on YouTube.


23 August 2020

Magician attacked by squirrel

Another curious find by Lee Asher, published on Twitter on August 13th:

So #Magic #playingcard legend Derek Dingle got into a fight with a #Torontonian Squirrel ... and lost. #VisciouslyBitten I mean if it was a #beaver, I'd understand. But a #squirrel???

21 August 2020

Former RCAF officer is Christchurch's Official Wizard

From the August 10th article "This man gets paid US$10,000 a year to be a city's official wizard" by Julia Hollingsworth in CTV News:

For decades, the city has had an official wizard. Born in the United Kingdom, Ian Brackenbury Channell settled in New Zealand in the 1970s, where he became known as The Wizard. As if to reinforce how serious he is, he even held a New Zealand driver's license issued to The Wizard, although he says he hasn't officially changed his name.

Over the years, he became a fixture in the city. On the paved square in front of Christchurch's cathedral, he pontificated on his life theories, wore wizard robes and became such a well-known figure that he earned himself a TripAdvisor rating (four out of five stars). Since 1998, he's been paid 16,000 New Zealand dollars (US$10,400) annually by the Christchurch City Council for "wizardry."

Read more.

20 August 2020

ICYMI: "Magic Camp," the movie inspired by Magic Mike Segal

ICYMI, last week Disney released the movie "Magic Camp" which was inspired by Mike Segal's brainchild, Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.  The first iteration was written by Mike's brother-in-law.  Mike did consulting (as did Justin Willman) for this project which was 17 years in the making!

I don't have access to Disney Plus so I haven't seen it yet.  If you have, I'd love to hear your review!


17 August 2020

Greg Frewin on YourTV Niagara

From the August 7th YourTV Niagara Facebook post:

Master Magician Greg Frewin With Niagara recently moving into stage 3, Master Magician @Greg Frewin and his team have resumed shows at The Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls. Greg spoke to the Source about coming back after an almost five month break, what safety procedures are in place for his staff and guests, and a few charity events taking place at the Theatre in the coming weeks.

20 July 2020

Luc Langevin interviewed by Matt Pritchard

From the July 15th post "Luc Langevin – magician (#124)" by Matt Pritchard at Words of Wonder:
How do science and magic interact?

Well, in history… since the beginning 🙂 In my own story, I started to be fascinated by magic at the age of 6 when I saw a magician for the first time. Around the age of 8 or 9, when I first learned about the existence of atoms, I became passionate by science too because I saw an opportunity to really understand how the world works. Magic and science were my 2 passions for many years and when I was around 22, I decided to link them in the presentation of my magic tricks in order to have a signature as magician and really be myself on stage. We created my first TV show around that time, and I needed to be different from other magicians. Using the science to do it was the natural choice.

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16 July 2020

Ken Sky in The Hour

From the July 15th article "Three Acclaimed Performers Share the Pivots They're Making to Succeed" by Cheryl Conner in The Hour:
Ken Sky, corporate magician and speaker
"Man of mystery" Ken Sky is a mind reader and keynote speaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sky is no stranger to striving through life’s challenges, having grown up in Paraguay. He moved to Winnepeg 17 years ago in 2003.

From his childhood, Sky recalls creating his toys from corn cobs by adding arms and legs and turning them into people. When he was five, his mother began to teach him the magic of words and language. She spelled out the alphabet using a stick to form letters in dirt. He was captivated and declared his life’s direction was chosen. He wanted to be a teacher. As he grew, his father pointed to the sky and taught him about the presence of airplanes and satellites, and the dream of someday moving to Canada.

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15 July 2020

Miranda Allen on Penn and Teller's "Fool Us"

Edmonton based Miranda Allen did a fabulous escape on Monday night's "Fool Us" that Penn described as "perfect" while Teller nodded in agreement.

From Miranda Allen's YouTube channel:
Miranda Allen and Sarah Emslie on Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 7 Episode 04. Miranda Allen is handcuffed, wrapped in chains, and submerged in an oak barrel overflowing with red wine. The lid is secured on top with 35 pounds of chain and a maximum-security padlock. There is no light, and no air.

"You inspired us" - Penn Jillette