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14 April 2019

Toronto: The Carnival of Wonders

With Jim Byrnes, James Alan, James Harrison, Bella Eurta, Dick Joiner, and Chris Campbell!


From Eventbrite:
The CARNIVAL is coming to town!
The Toronto Magic Company has partnered with the Super Wonder Gallery to bring you The Carnival of Wonders - a show experience unlike anything we've ever done before. For one night only we're transforming the our space into a carnival, complete with games, prizes, delicious carnival treats, interactive exhibits, and not one but TWO amazing shows!


Part I The Family Circus8:00-10:00pm

Fun for audiences of all ages!

Join Ringmaster Dick Joiner for the incredible Family Circus show, featuring jugglers, magicians, and jaw-dropping sideshow performers while you check out all the exibits. All attendees will get loot bags on the way in with chips for game play and food, as well as some fun surprises.


Part II The Midnight Carnival (Recomended for 16+)10:30pm -12:30am

Send the kids to bed - it's time to get a little wild. Con games, fortune telling, and incredible "freak" acts take the stage to show you things you won't believe can happen. Attendees of the Midnight Carnival will also get loot bags on the way in with chips for game play and food, as well as some additional fun surprises!

Tickets are $20 per time slot, or $30 for the the whole evening of fun (the Evening Package comes with enough chips and credits for an entire evening of fun!).
Read more and buy tickets.


29 January 2019

Toronto: Talent announced for the 2019 Browser's Bash

Browser's Bash logoBROWSER'S BASH 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Here's a summary of the awesome talent announced for this year's Bash!


From the Browser's Den of Magic:

CHRIS CAPEHART - LEGENDARY STREET PERFORMER
Chris Capehart is a master magician and a regular headliner at Monday Night Magic in New York City. Come see why he is held in such high esteem by magicians around the world.


PAUL RICHARDS - CREATIVE CONJUROR
Founder of Elmwood Magic. Mr. Richards has been around the globe sharing his wonderful brand of magic. Eye Popping magic combined with good fun. One of the true gentlemen of the world of magic.

THE OUTERBRIDGES - INTERNATIONAL ILLUSIONISTS
International Illusionists Ted & Marion Outerbridge will cast a magic spell over the audience at this year's Bash. And share some secrets too!

DICK JOINER - EMCEE
Due to popular demand...Joining us again in 2019! He will share his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic. Dick Joiner plans to delight and astound us all day long.



RYAN BROWN - RISING STAR
Ryan will be sharing with us his love of the classics. Card Manipulation, Rings and Magic that will have your eyes popping out! One of the young stars of the Canadian Magic Scene.

GARRETT THOMAS - MASTER MAGICIAN
Due to your huge amount of requests Mr. Thomas will be returning to the Bash stage in 2019. He truly blew us all away in 2018 and that was only half his lecture. Wait to you see part two! Thanks Garrett!

JAMES HARRISON - PICKPOCKET
Finally on the Bash stage! Pickpocket Act and one of Canada's premier close up magicians. Be ready to clap. And be ready to hold onto your wallets & watches!

JACQUE SWAN - COIN MAGICIENNE
Canadian new talent, Ms. Swan will be sharing some of her coin magic with us that will make your magic eyes pop out! Don't blink as coins vanish and reappear at a mystifying speed.



ROBERT AND SCOTT PRESSWOOD - THE BUMBLING BERTS
Two of the busiest children's performers in the GTA. Combined they give more then 600 shows annually. Sit it and learn on their tips for making your family show reach it's potential. (at lunch break)



ANDREW WOO
Sit in and learn from over 35 years of experience performing and creating magic. Simple Methods with Strong Audience Impact!



JENNY PARSONS - HIDDEN CANADIAN GEM
Is she a comedian? Is she a magician? Is she a sorceress? You'll decide. Ms. Parsons will be sharing her unique world of fun and chaos! A hidden gem of the Canadian entertainment scene



CHRIS BRUCE - CARDICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE
FREE Lunchtime Table Class on False Shuffles, Classic Force & Top Change

 
Read more and register!








01 November 2018

2018 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

To support the show or to attend, tickets are available at 1-844-878-5271 (or last minute at the door if seating is available).  Doors for all shows open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

The main show format features Neil Croswell and Ashley (just back from six months of cruise ship work), Craig Douglas our comedy juggler (a client favorite) and Ivan who will be presenting a Chair Stacking act + the Cyi wheel.  All shows are hosted by Dick Joiner.


Show dates and cities for this year:
  •     Nov 2nd 7pm -- Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay.
  •     Nov 3rd 1pm and 4pm -- Theatre in the square, New Glasgow.
  •     Nov 4th 1pm -- Cobequid Education Centre Theatre. Truro
  •     Nov 5th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Moncton.
  •     Nov 6th 7pm -- Horton High School Theatre, Wolfville
  •     Nov 7th  7pm -- The Y'Ark Playhouse Theatre, Yarmouth
  •     Nov 8th 7pm -- Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax.
  •     Nov 9th 7pm -- Le Carrefour Theatre, Charlottetown PEI.
  •     Nov 10th 1pm -- Bathurst High School Theatre. Bathurst.
  •     Nov 11th 1pm -- Bernard- Poirier Theatre, Fredericton.
  •     Nov 12th 7pm -- Imperial Theatre, St John
  •     Nov 21st 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Windsor.
  •     Nov 22nd 7pm -- Sarnia Lib. Theatre. Sarnia
  •     Nov 23rd. 7pm -- Forest City Church Theatre. London
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Humanities Theatre, Kitchener.
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Sanderson Centre, Brantford.
  •     Nov 26th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Chatham
  •     Nov 27th 7pm -- Mowhawk Theatre, Hamilton
  •     Nov 28th 7pm -- Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls.
  •     Nov 29th 7pm -- Georgian Theatre, Barrie.
  •     Dec 4th 7pm -- Empire Theatre Belleville
  •     Dec 5th 7pm -- Rose Theatre, Brampton
  •     Dec 10th 7pm -- 34 Catharine St. St Catherines.

A smaller show consisting of Dick Joiner, Craig Douglas and Magic Mike will be offered on the following dates and venues:
  •     Nov 20th 7pm -- Masonic Centre, St. Thomas
  •     Dec 6th 7pm -- Market Centre, Woodstock
  •     Dec 7th -- Avondale Church Theatre. Stratford.


FOR TICKETS call: 1-844-878-5271


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

25 January 2018

Toronto: Garrett Thomas announced for Browser's Bash 2018

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From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Dear Denizens,

We are very happy to announce that Garrett Thomas will be joining us at this year's Browser's Bash.

You read that right! Magician Garrett Thomas Thomas will be at this year's 'Browser's Magic Bash'.

Mr. Thomas is known for being an innovator as well as one of the top card, coin, and ring sleight of hand men in the world. His numerous releases include Imagination Coins, Banded, Stand-Up Monte, Speedreader Deck and Ring Thing.

His original effects, extreme technical skills and keen understanding of human psychology culminate in highly visual, entertaining and enlightening routines. Garrett was a stand-out artist in the close-up show at the last Magic Live!

Garrett's dedication to the art of magic manifests not only in his performances but also in his strong commitment to teaching the science and psychology of magic to other magicians.

Garrett Thomas is joining Jay Sankey, Dick Joiner, Pop Haydn, Michael Close, Chris Pilsworth, James Alan, Nicholas Wallace and many others to help make Browser’s Magic Bash 4 the best Bash yet!

Hard to believe, but The 'Browser's 2018 Magic Bash' is now only three months away.

Tickets are still available. And we would love to have you join us for the day.

For full details on Browser's Magic Bash 2018 or to Buy Tickets please visit http://www.browsersden.com/bash/

Thank you for your kind support
Old Jeff, Young Jeff, John Talbot & The Browser's Den Team

Read more and buy tickets.

28 October 2017

Names announced for Browser's Bash 2018

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From Jeff Hinchliffe's post at the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Dear Denizens,

The launch of the Bash 2018 tickets was our most successful yet!

Thank you to all who have already purchased a ticket. We appreciate your kind support of this event!

Of course there are still plenty of great tickets available. Remember the earlier you buy the closer you will be to the stage!

And now...Bash Drum Roll please....Here are some of the talented performers who will be taking the stage at the Bash 2018. We will announce more big names soon!

DICK JOINER - Emcee
Joining us again in 2018! He will share his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic. With Dick Joiner returning as emcee we know that Bash 2018 will be another fun day!

MICHAEL CLOSE- Miracle Worker
Michael Close has a worldwide reputation in the magic community as an author, a creator, a performer, and a consultant. His specialty is sleight-of-hand, close-up magic, but he also has extensive experience in stand-up magic. He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world!

NICHOLAS WALLACE - Practitioner of the Art of Astonishment
Nicholas has been receiving rave reviews from both critics and audiences for his one-man stage shows. His most recent production "Séance" received glowing reviews from the Toronto Star, Now Magazine, The National Post, Torontoist and more.

JAMES ALAN - Blindfolded Card Magic Extraordinaire
One of Toronto's busiest working pros. His one man show Magic & Martini continues to fill the house each night leaving his audiences stunned, perplexed and entertained. We are pleased that James will be joining us on the Bash stage.

CHRIS PILSWORTH - Mixing Magic & Art
A rare breed of magician. A performer who stays true to his strong beliefs about magic as an art form yet always entertains his audiences. And always with a twist of originality. A Canadian hidden treasure.

And we have more big names to announce!

TO BUY TICKETS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BASH 2018 please follow this link: http://www.browsersden.com/bash
 
Thank you
-Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, Jeff Hinchliffe & The Browser's Den Team



03 October 2017

2017 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

If you would like to attend one of the shows, please call 1-877-948-6626 for ticket availability and information.

The East Coast Tour features:

The Ontario Tour features:

Scroll down to see the show dates (or download the PDF from Philae-Shriners.com):

East Coast:
  • Nov 4th 1pm show. Gwendolyn Kent Auditorium. Bathurst N.B.
  • Nov 5th 1pm show. Bernard Poirier Theatre. Fredericton. N.B.
  • Nov 6th 7pm show. Capitol Theatre. Moncton. N.B.
  • Nov 7th 7pm show. Horton High Theatre. Wolfville. N.S.
  • Nov 8th. 7pm show. Th'Yark Playhouse Theatre. Yarmouth. N.S.
  • Nov 9th. 5pm and 7.15pm shows. Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax. N.S.
  • Nov 10th. 7pm show Savoy Theatre. Glace Bay. N.S.
  • Nov 11th. 1pm and 4pm shows.Glasgow Square Theatre New Glasgow. N.S.
  • Nov12th. 1pm and 4pm shows.  I'Isle-Saint-Jean Theatre. Charlottetown . P.E.I.
  • Nov 13th 7pm show. Cobequid Ed Centre. Truro N.S.
  • Nov 14th 7pm show. Imperial Theatre. Saint John N.B.

Ontario:
  • Nov 18th 1pm show. Catherine Street Auditorium. St. Catharines.
  • Nov 20th 7pm show. Capital Theatre. Windsor.
  • Nov 21st 7pm show. Kiwanis Theatre. Chatham.
  • Nov 22nd. 7pm show. Library Theatre. Sarnia.
  • Nov 24th. 7pm show Forest City. London.
  • Nov 28th 7pm show. Empire Theatre. Belleville.
  • Nov 30th. 7pm show. Rose Theatre. Brampton.
  • Dec 1st. 7pm show. Sanderson Theatre. Brantford
  • Dec 2nd. 1pm show. Humanities Theatre. Waterloo
  • Dec 8th. 7pm show Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls
  • Dec 16th. 1pm and 4pm shows. Meadowvale Theatre. Mississauga


FOR TICKETS call: 1-877-948-6626. 


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

17 September 2017

Toronto: Browser's Bash 2018 ticket sale reminder

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From the Browser's Den of Magic:
Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept 18th, 2017 - 10 am Sharp!




Talent currently booked for 2018 include:
  • Dick Joiner as emcee,
  • Michael Close (author of the Workers series and other ebooks), and
  • Nicholas Wallace.

Read more and buy tickets!



01 April 2017

The emcee for the day, Dick Joiner!

I spy a handlebar mustache, for those of you playing Magic Convention Bingo (Bash Edition) at home.

04 January 2017

More names announced for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

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From the Facebook group for the Browser's Den of Magic:

You're not alone! These artists will be with you at the 2017 Bash!
Announcing More Artists For the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
http://www.browsersden.com/bash

It's time to share even more artists with you that will spend the day with us at the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO - MORE BASH ARTISTS:

Atsushi Ono
- Kyoto Konjurer -
Atsushi Ono-san's relaxed charm, sense of humor and creative approach to performing magic have made him a popular magician and entertainer in
Japan as well as Western Canada.

Aaron Fisher
- Card Conductor -
Specializing in card magic, Aaron Fisher travels the world sharing his original thoughts and energetic performances with other fellow magicians.

Rosemary Reid
- Ms. Magic -
From her humble beginnings at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp to becoming one of Canada's leading female magicians, Rosemary is going to answer the
one question she's been asked most often throughout her career. Can you guess what it is?

Adam Grace
- Renaissance Man -
Adam Grace, a profesional magician, musician, actor, speaker, writer and producer, tours the world sharing his love for all performing arts. He plans to
spend the entire day with us.

Also including:
- Michael Ammar
- Silly Billy
- Chris Mysterion & Steffi Kay
- Dick Joiner
- Buck Macleod
- Luiz Castro
- Keith Brown
- Scott Hammell

REGISTER NOW - Be A Part Of The 2017 Bash Experience
http://www.browsersden.com/bash

We hope you'll join us. It's unlike any other magic event around. You're going to love it! Book your ticket today by clicking the button above.

See you at the Bash on Saturday, April 1st, 2017!

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash team)

24 November 2016

New names announced for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

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From the Facebook page of the Browser's Den of Magic:
A Party Of This Magnitude Only Comes Once A Year!

Where else can you get a scrumptious free lunch & dinner, the opportunity to spend the day with like-minded peers, and twelve hours of magic with so many top name magicians?

"The Browser's Magic Bash packs in more magic, with more value for your dollar, than anything we've ever offered you before."

Without further adieu, it's our pleasure to announce MORE amazingly talented artists who plan to spend the day with us at the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.
- Dick Joiner
- Buck Macleod
- Scott Hammell
- Luiz Castro
- Keith Brown

Additionally:
- Michael Ammar
- Silly Billy
- & The Sentimentalists (Chris Mysterion & Steffi Kay)
...will spend the day with us, too. We plan to celebrate our common love for magic together.

If this fun sounds like the good times you're looking for, please take two minutes right now to register for the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash.

Browser's Magic Bash Tickets Starting At $99 Plus HST
http://www.browsersden.com/bash
(cut and paste if not clickable)

We hope you'll join us.

Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky, John Talbot, & Lee Asher
(Your faithful Browser's Magic Bash Team)

14 October 2016

2016 Shriners' "Holiday Magic Show" and Firefighters' Fundraising

Updated November 1, 2018 to add:



Updated October 6, 2017 to add:


Dick Joiner is once again presenting the "Holiday Magic Show" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

If you would like to attend one of the shows, please call 1-877-948-6626 for ticket availability and information.

The East Coast Tour features:


The Ontario Tour features:

 The Firefighters' Fundraiser shows (December 1st and 17th) feature:


Scroll down to see the show dates:


  • October 30th. Cobequid Education Centre, Truro, NS
  • November 1st. Horton High, Wolfville, NS
  • November 2nd. Y'Arc, Yarmouth, NS
  • November 3rd. Bella Rose Theatre, Halifax, NS
  • November 4th. Savoy Theatre Glace Bay, NS
  • November 5th. Theatre in the Square, New Glasgow., NS
  • November 6th. Le Carrefour Theatre, Charlottetown, PEI
  • November 7th. Bathurst High School Theatre, Bathurst, NB
  • November 8th. Capital Theatre, Moncton, NB
  • November 9th.  Saint John High School, Saint John, NB
  • November 10th. Bernard-Poirier Theatre, Fredericton, NB
  • November 18th. Forest City Community Church, London, ON
  • November 19th.  Kiwanis Centre, Chatham, ON
  • November 21st.  Capital Theatre, Windsor, ON
  • November 22nd.  Sarnia Library Theatre, Sarnia, ON
  • November 26th.  Waterloo Humanities Theatre, Waterloo, ON
  • December 2nd.  Sanderson Centre Theatre, Brantford, ON


Firefighters' Shows:
  • December 1st. St. Catharines, ON
  • December 17th. Mississauga, ON




[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]


09 June 2016

20 magical memories from Sorcerers Safari

Almost 20 years ago, armed only with the idea of making magic more accessible to kids who want to learn magic, "Magic Mike" Segal opened the doors to Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp.  Sorcerers Safari is Canada's only sleepaway magic camp, hosting up to 150 campers a year.

Words fail to adequately describe the phenomenon that is Sorcerers Safari.  Everyone comes away from camp with their own unique experience.  To mark their upcoming 20th anniversary, here’s a list of:

20 magical memories from Sorcerers Safari (in no particular order):
  1. My favourite camp memory would have to be when I first went to Sorcerers Safari. I saw all of my idols in magic and there were so many magicians that I had watched on TV and on YouTube. It was brilliant to see them perform and not only to see them perform but just to have a normal magic or even non magic conversation with them was amazing to me. It was literally like a dream come true!

    Brad B.
    Camper: 2014-2015


  2. The first year I ever attended I recall walking down a wooded path and seeing Michael Ammar talking to a group of campers who were seated under the shade of a huge tree.  Michael was talking about choosing magic as a career and I could see the look in all the campers eyes as I eavesdropped.  I knew in that very moment I would return to camp as often as I could as I felt something I’d never felt before.  Not sure how to describe it, but it was just so special.

    Shawn Farquhar (magichampion.com)
    Instructor: 2008-2013, 2015
  3. A favourite memory was making a card flourish duel that appeared in the 2013 camp video.


    Eric S.
    Camper: 2007-2014


  4. I was overwhelmed by the quality of instruction and the dedication of Mike, Jen and the entire board and staff. It was without doubt one the finest experiences I've had in my almost 40 years in the Magic business.

    Phil Matlin (PerfectMagic.com)
    Guest: 2014
  5. I would have to say that my favourite memory at camp would have to be after Brett C. and I performed the “cube in cube out” stage illusion. It was a huge relief that the whole thing went successfully and it was also the first routine that Brett and I created together.

    Holden L.
    Camper: 2008-2015

  1. Many of my favourite memories at Sorcerers Safari come from the late night jam sessions in the campers' cabins.  You never know what newest tricks or guest magicians you'll find.

    For example, a few years back, I witnessed Tyler Wilson sharing the longest and most entertaining card revelation I've seen. Over the course of about 45 minutes, the cabin filled with campers as they watched him attempt to find the card.  Pure suspense. Needless to say, he had no idea what the card was, and was playing us the entire time.

    The jam sessions offer a great opportunity to see the campers' talent and creativity.  In 2015, Philip B. and I posed an Ambitious Card challenge to the cabin.  They split into 2 teams to work together to create an Ambitious Card routine from scratch.  This impromptu competition went on for close to 2 hours and was a blast to watch!

    Sheldon Casavant (SheldonCasavant.com)
    Camper: 2003, Counsellor: 2004 and 2007, Instructor: 2015
  2. Trying to find only one Sorcerers Safari good memory is impossible because there are so many!  So let’s say that one of them is when Anders Bjorkman, Johnny Toronto, and I did a “fire trio act” together on the beach during the party night. I believe it happened in 2010. We literally had a blast!!!

    Loran, (LoranIllusion.com)
    Instructor: 2000 - 2015

  1. a) The first time (repeated over the years) that all the campers hit the stage on the final night to present their interpretation of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” ... (always a fun moment).
    b) Seeing the "shy and timid" take the stage for the first time in front of their peers and proudly present an effect they have learned at camp.
    c) The meal times with the table banging under the direction of Lee Asher.
    d) Seeing a camper on TELEVISION presenting magic... and only a few years earlier not being able to communicate...
    e) Year after year - the reunions. Campers emailing each other to make sure they would be in the same dorm.
    f) The chant of "we love Dick, we love Dick."

    Dick Joiner, (DickJoiner.com)
    Instructor: ~2001-2015


  2. Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp was the first time I ever went to camp. I'm in my seventies and it was fun and exciting. I loved the enthusiasm of the kids and their teachers, who were the best. We met old friends and made new ones. Keep up the good work and thank you Mike for inviting us.

    Evelyn Matlin (PerfectMagic.com)
    Guest: 2014
  3. I have so many wonderful memories of camp that it's near impossible to choose just one. But a camp classic that we continually reminisce about all the time happened on my first year when Rob 'Fish The Magish' Fishbaum secretly hid in the woods during the middle of the night, waited until I walked by, then jumped out making a loud squealing pig noise. I shrieked like a little girl, jumped into Steve Kline's arms completely terrified, and almost crapped my pants.

    It was an amazing moment. It's also when I knew these people would be part of my family for the rest of our lives. The best part, scaring the newbie staff has since become a long-standing camp tradition.

    Lee Asher (LeeAsher.com)
    Special Guest: 2001, Instructor: 2002-2015


  4. Lip Sync Battles


      

    Jeff P.

    Counsellor in Training: 2015
  5. When the whole camp did a one camera take lip dub! That was so exciting and EVERYONE had a part and nailed it! The video was a hit and definitely one to be remembered.

    Watch the 2011 Sorcerers Safari Lip Dub on YouTube:



    Lorena Watters (TrevorWatters.com)
    Instructor: 2010-2014

  1. a) I remember one night at the nightly stage shows in the Pinetages theatre:  the air was hot and thick… the performers were breaking a sweat after literally 30 seconds on stage.  And out of the blue we see Lee Asher come out and perform a trick (and a dance!) in a massive eggplant costume! It was epic.

    b) One year we decided to do a lip dub. It was amazing to see everyone come together and participate with such passion and precision. Check out the video it took us about a half-day to film. It was truly awesome.

    Eric Leclerc (EricLeclerc.com)
    Instructor: 2008-2015


  2. My favourite memory from camp was probably performing for Michael and Lisa Close's daughter on stage. I was able to use her last name to do a hilarious bit for the entire camp while poking fun of their last name.

    Chris Westfall (ChrisWestfallMagic.com)
    Instructor


  3. One of my favourite memories would be Eric Leclerc and a few of us attempting to scare RJ late at night with a bunch of scary halloween masks and then RJ wouldn't wake up. I have the video footage of it, but it is one of those bits that never made it into the annual Sorcerers Video, but was very funny to observe at the time.

    Chris Mayhew (ChrisMayhewMagic.com)
    Videographer: 2013-2015
  4. a) Performing on the camp stage. The first time I worked a stage, wore a mic, stood in front of the lights, and performed for a "big" crowd all came at camp. I'll never forget the love and support people showed me, and it's probably a major reason why I'm still getting up there today!

    b) Watching my campers grow up.  I still maintain relationships with campers I had a decade ago.  Some have become better performers than I would have ever imagined. Some are even better than I am... which is both awesome and infuriating!  One that stands out to me is Nathaniel Rankin.  I watched him grow from a cute, but shy, juggler to a world class magician performing on cruise ships around the world.  I don't take credit for his success -- that was all him -- but I'm glad to have been a stepping stone on his path to finding something that makes him so happy.

    Ben Train, (BenTrain.ca)
    Counsellor in Training: 2000-2001, Staff: 2002-2015

  1. This memory is from 2006.  For the end of the week camper show, Sami S. and I decided to dress up like veteran campers and counsellors, Kelvin and Dustin.  Every year, this eccentric duo would perform the “one-handed card trick” in which they are Siamese twins, joined at the hip where each only has the ability to use only one hand.  2006 marked one of the first years Kelvin was not at camp (but Dustin was) so we did not get to see their jubilant routine.  Instead, Sami and I dressed up like the duo and impersonated them and the one-handed card trick.  It was really goofy, not many people understood what we were doing.  But I distinctly remember Scott Hammell and Magic Mike in the audience laughing uncontrollably.

    This memory isn’t about the moment itself, but about the inside joke shared with the other veteran campers and staff that makes it stand out so strongly in my mind.  The inside jokes are what I remember now; nonsense jokes told around the campfire (knock-knock jokes will always be the funniest for me because of camp), and ridiculous one-liners.  There are moments with sugar shots, fruit stickers on our foreheads, crocket, fridge box racing, pushing Steve Kline in the lake and so many defining “coming of age” moments that bring me back to camp.  There are too many small memories to put one as the best, but the inside jokes between fellow campers and life-long friends are something I hold onto very dearly.

    Lauren Proctor
    Camper: 1999-2008
  2. My favorite memory is when Magic Mike told us that the visiting volleyball camp found an (invisible) deck, and not knowing what it was straightened all of the cards for us. I retell that story to magicians all the time.


    Jonah Babins (JonahBabinsMagic.com)
    Camper, Counsellor in Training, and Instructor


  1. Playing capture the flag with the kids during active time, then one of them realizing that I was the entertainer he watched on stage the night before! He was so excited, then I noticed a few more kids running around with me to beat the game!

    Trevor Watters (TrevorWatters.com)
    Instructor: 2010-2014



  2. I have so very many memories of camp, having been the guy who started it, and having attended every year, that it is hard to pick just one. There really are so many in the 20 years… but one stands out, and is particularly appropriate for this summer.

    I remember the summer 15 years ago when we switched our host camp after 5 years at another camp.  It was an amazing summer, as everything felt new again. The energy (which is never lacking at Sorcerers Safari) seemed to be ramped up that summer in everyone, staff and campers. Exploring the new grounds, and meeting new challenges really made everyone bring their ‘A’ Game. It was great.  The move was extremely positive, making me that much more excited to see what our move will bring this summer.

    Magic Mike Segal (SorcerersSafari.ca)
    Camp Director: 1996 - 2016

The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016.  For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca

31 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 6

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 3: Sunday August 16th*

Morning comes too early.  I’m tired.  Started the day with scrambled eggs and cereal (no sugary cereals here… boo!).  Card class was great.  Dick Joiner taught us how to do an effect called “Hotel.”  I’m amazed at how it works!
Card class with Dick Joiner and Ted Outerbridge. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Card class with Dick Joiner and Ted Outerbridge.


I heard that some of the more advanced kids need to get some card tricks ready to perform walkaround magic in the audience before the camper show.  I’m glad I’m just a beginner!

Camp stretch. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Camp stretch.

Field activity was a game called “Food Chain.”  The rules were a little complicated, but it was fun.  One kid hid under the mess hall stairs to try and “survive” longer in the game! 


There's always time to squeeze in some more magic! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
There's always time to squeeze in some more magic!

5pm
Fueled up at lunch with meatball sandwiches and corn!  Apparently Joan Caesar, the founder of the Canadian Association of Magicians, is here visiting today.  And Bill and Becki Wells from the International Brotherhood of Magicians are here all week.  Wow!  More great electives to choose from (camper show walk through, impromptu magic, classic force, balloons, stage presence / performance tips, elastic thread, the business of magic, and necklace magic). 

The balloon elective was tonnes of fun!  Balloons kept popping all the time.  It was crazy!   Even the instructors, Carey Lauder and Chris Westfall, were surprised at how much they kept popping.  We learned some easy things like dogs but also some more complicated things like flowers and ladybug bracelets. 

Before the camp swim, they got EVERYONE in the camp together to take the camp photo at the dock.  I took forever to get everybody organized.  I can’t wait to see it.  I learned an important lesson too:  never be late for the camp photo!  There were a few stragglers and boy did they get get in trouble.  Not only are they not in the photo, but now they have to clean up ALL THE TABLES at dinner tonight! 

Camp photo! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
2015 camp photo! (Scroll to see everyone.)


Turns out that Carey is also the official camp photographer.  During camp swim he did something called “Levitation Photos.”  We all got to pose for a photo either levitating someone, being levitated by someone or both!  (The line got longer by at least 20 people when Neil’s assistant was being levitated!)  I posed for pictures with one of my new best friends.  I can’t wait to see them!  (Diary, you’ll have to understand if I don’t reveal the secret here.  I’d hate for it to fall into the wrong hands if I happened to lose you!) 

Levitation photos! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Levitation photos!


The big kids looked like they were having so much fun jumping off the tall platform.  The lifeguard did some trick flips too!  I want to try jumping but it looks scary.  I don’t like heights.

In performance workshop we played a game called “Freeze Tag.”  That was hilarious.  It was improvising and then anyone could call out “freeze” and tag someone out, take their spot, and change the entire setting!  It’s supposed to help with thinking on the spot, playing characters, and doing scene work, but I just think it’s great fun!
Mark Correia and Chris Westfall make improvising fun! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Mark Correia and Chris Westfall make improvising fun!


To be continued ...


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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca



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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

02 April 2016

  • Jeff’s thanking: the MonteCassino staff. Cheers to the office, engineering, hotel, bar and kitchen staff.
  • Also thanks to: Annie Pinsky, Dick Joiner, David Merry, Magic Mike Segal & Jen Segal, Ben Train, Michael Gillis, Chris Mayhew, Lidden Li, Shawna York, Nicole Lee, John Michalson, Roxanne Talbot, and Christina Asher!
  • Thank you to the Zone Performers:  James Harrison, Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, Big Louie Lebetjis, & Joe Deng.
  • Special thanks to John Talbot and Lee Asher, without whom none of this would have been possible.
  • A touching video tribute to Tom Mullica.

20 January 2016

Toronto: Browser's Bash announces more names!

Browser's Bash logo  
From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook page:

Pound for pound, the Browser's Magic Bash packs in more magic with more value for your dollar than anything we have offered you. Where else can you get a scrumptious free lunch & dinner, and twelve hours of magic with so many top name magicians?

MORE TALENT = MORE FUN!

http://www.browsersden.com/bash

Therefore, without further adieu, we'd like to share more wonderful names with you. These artists will appear at this year's Bash. In no particular order, it's our pleasure to announce:

MICHAEL CLOSE: A student of the conjuring arts for over fifty years, Mike Close is a 
sleight of hand artist, talented musician, author and inveterate joke teller whose stories have brought gales of laughter from audiences around the world.
DICK JOINER: With his infectious hysterical laugh, fun-loving zany manner and high paced interactive comedy magic, Dick Joiner plans to delight and astound us all day long.
BOBBY MOTTA: His ultra-thrilling style and mesmerizing technique grabs hold and doesn't let go, blurring the lines between reality and the paranormal realms.
GORDON PRECIOUS: As a special treat, 91 yr. old Gordon Precious will appear for his first
 time ever at a magic convention with his wonderful handling of the Vanishing Bird cage.
JASON PALTER: Jason Palter, Comic Magician, has absolutely no setting between 'high' and 'off', and when he’s completely unleashed at the Bash you’ll understand exactly what we're talking about. Trust us, you'll see!
GREG FREWIN: Greg Frewin is a FISM winning, theatre owning, 5-shows-a-week performing, all-around amazing magician. Like last year, this true Canadian hero will spend the day with us, then hit the Bash stage to blow our minds with a magical treat.

Additionally...

TOM MULLICA: You've read about him, and seen him on video. Now it's time to meet Tom Mullica. One of America's finest comedy magicians and sleight of hand artists joins us all day long at the Browser's Bash!
DANIEL GARCIA: Daniel Garcia comes with powerful magic with practical methods. Stand 
back & watch this explosion of creativity as he will have you laughing just as hard as you're fooled! Magic has never been so cool!
JAMES HARRISON: As Canada's pickpocket magician, James borrows pens, watches, wallets, 
and even belts from spectators watching. Before you can yell thief, James has returned the valuables to their rightful owners by making them reappear in unexpected places!
BEN TRAIN: Combining humor, psychology, and a little old-fashioned chutzpah, Ben Train creates an experience that will have you laughing out loud while your mind is being blown. Mystery and non-stop laughs follow where ever he goes. Luckily, he's at the Bash all day long!
LOUIE LEBETJIS: For those who love card table artifice, secret sleights, & serious 
advantage play - seek out Big Lou during this Bash. His chops are top-notch, plus he will astound you. Move over Charming Cheat, there's a new kid in town.
CHRIS MAYHEW: Some say Chris Mayhew is disarming, charming, and will make you laugh 
out loud with his uniquely entertaining brand of magic. Others say he's just plain crazy! We will let you be the judge.
JOE DENG: All the way from Changsha, China by way of Beijing, Joe Deng is a master
 of close-up magic. He's revered by every single magician in his 
homeland, and now it's time that you meet and spend time with him.
MICHAEL LAM: Multi-talented and multilingual, the Hong Kong magician brings his 
specially honed sleight of hand across the pond specifically for our day of fun. Known for creating the illusion of impossible, be mesmerized by the artistic magic of Michael Lam.

Saturday, April 2nd will be a day that we will all be together celebrating our common love for magic. If this fun sounds like the time you're looking for, please take two minutes to register for the 2016 Browser's Magic Bash at our official Bash website - http://www.browsersden.com/bash

We hope you will join us. Book your ticket today, and see you at the Bash!

Thank you for your support.

Magical Hugs,
Jeff Pinsky
(Your faithful magic shopkeeper)

ps. The gold section is almost sold out, with the silver section not too far behind. Don't wait any longer to reserve your seats.

08 September 2015

Shriners' Holiday Magic Shows

Updated November 1, 2018 to add:


Updated October 12, 2017 to add:



Edited October 15, 2016 to add:

The 2015 Shriners' Holiday Magic Shows will travel through P.E.I. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario.

The East Coast Tour features:


The Ontario Tour features:

All shows last approx. 90 minutes and the show direction is to provide family entertainment - with audience participation.

Scroll down to see the show dates:

  • November 5th. Confederation Centre, Charlottetown, PEI
  • November 6th Savoy Theatre Glace Bay
  • November 7th Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow.
  • November 8th Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro.
  • November 9th Horton High. Wolfville.
  • November 10th. Alderney Landing, Dartmouth
  • November 11th. Y'Arc Yarmouth
  • November 12th. Bella Rose Theatre, Halifax
  • November 13th Capital Theatre, Moncton.
  • November 14th. Saint John High, Saint John.
  • November 15th Bernard-Poirier Theatre, Fredericton
  • November 16th Gwendolyn Kent Auditorium, Bathurst.
  • November 20th Forest City Community Church, London
  • November 21st Kawanis Centre, Chatham
  • November 24th Capital Theatre, Windsor
  • December 4th Sarnia Library theatre, Sarnia
  • December 5th. Waterloo Humanities Theatre, Kitchener.

ALL SHOWS are being presented by MMBO Direct Marketing on behalf of the Shriners.

Tickets will be available at the door in most locations, but pre-purchase is strongly suggested. 



[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

08 March 2014

Remembering Jack Bateman

On February 19th, I reported on the passing of Jack Bateman.  On March 3rd, Ring 17 sent an e-mail with recollections of Jack by Dick Joiner.  I'm republishing them here, with Dick's permission.
Recollections by past president, Dick Joiner:

Jack L. Bateman, 95, of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, died February 17, 2014, in a local hospital. He was a former member of the I.B.M. (1945-1965), and Ring 17 (Toronto).

He became interested in magic as a schoolboy after watching a performance by magician "Laurante," and magic became a passion the rest of his life. He always carried props in his pockets so he could practice wherever he went. In his youth he developed his comedic talents and an illusion show, featuring his own versions of a "sub trunk" and "cut the lady in six." He invented many tricks, some still on the market, such as "Rub-a-dub-dub," featured on a Bill Malone video.

He also was a teacher of magic; one of his pupils was Doug Henning. He was the Technical Supervisor for Outside Broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He developed the first mobile television broadcast units for the CBC.

When he died in the hospital, there was a paddle at his bedside, no doubt to entertain the nurses.

19 October 2012

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's the time of year for the Shrine Fantasy Show!  From their website:
The Shrine Fantasy Show will amaze, surprise, and entertain the entire family when it comes to your town this autumn. This magical extravaganza which includes magic, illusions, juggling acts, comedy, and more, is filled with imagination and showmanship. 
For years the Shrine Fantasy has toured the country entertaining thousands with new acts.

What’s more, just by coming out to share in the fun and excitement, you will assist in creating true magic in your community through support of worthy causes. A portion of all proceeds from Shrine Fantasy will benefit the many Shrine activities.
Participating talent includes:  Dick Joiner, Patrice MeunierFantasy Circus, Neil Croswell, John Park, Johnny Toronto, Michael Bourada, Sheldon Casavant, Greg Tarlin, and Damien James (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.