Showing posts with label Jeff Hinchliffe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeff Hinchliffe. Show all posts

02 April 2020

Jeff Hinchliffe's "30 Minutes of Magic"

From the Browser's Den of Magic Newsletter:
Here's a note from none other than Mr. Michael Close about our new project:
As we all struggle through these stressful times, here’s a suggestion to help navigate the chaos: use your new-found time to do something good for yourself and to do something good for someone else.

The Browsers Den magic shop is offering you a way to do just that. Jeff Hinchliffe (young Jeff to all of you) will be offering a weekly, thirty-minute, online magic class. Jeff will not only discuss the “nuts-and-bolts” how of each routine covered, he will also discuss the “why,” which makes me happy because this has been the focus of my published work over the last thirty years.

So, for one reasonable price, you will be able to accomplish two laudable things: 1) you’ll learn some great tricks and improve your magic; 2) you’ll help out The Browsers Den, an iconic part of the magic landscape of the GTA.

Everyone is going to be challenged by this unprecedented global situation; for small businesses, in particular, it will be exceptionally precarious. Take this opportunity to do some good for yourself and someone else.

My name is Michael Close, and I approve this message.

Now stay away from me.
Michael Close

So to you our Loyal Denizens we are very excited to introduce...

30 Minutes of Magic!

30 Minutes of Magic will be a weekly DOWNLOADABLE video lesson taught by Jeff Hinchliffe (henceforth known as Young Jeff).
Read more and subscribe.

20 August 2019

Toronto: Take classes with Jeff Hinchliffe

Saturday August 24th marks the first of a series of card classes taught by Jeff Hinchliffe.

From the Browser's Den of Magic eFlyer:
SATURDAY AUGUST, 24 from 9:30am (SHARP) to 10:30am- JEFF HINCHLIFFE will be giving a group class on card magic. This will be the first of many that he will be offering on Saturday mornings.  Each class will be covering different aspects of card magic. All of the classes will be independent of one another, so that you don't have to attend them all in order to follow along. If you miss one or two you can jump right back in anytime and not feel lost.

Jeff Hinchliffe has a reputation throughout much of Canada for his knowledge of card magic and his ability to clearly teach. He really wants to help those who want to improve. So whether you are new to card magic or have been coming to Browser's Den for years you are certain to get more than your $15.00 worth of each class. And you'll have a FUN time too! PAY AT THE DOOR, $15.00

Additional classes:

20 June 2019

Toronto: Jeff Hinchliffe's Memorized Deck workshop

From the Browser's Den of Magic Newsletter:
Young Jeff here with a special announcement for the card guys...I am doing my second Memorized Deck workshop.

The date will be SATURDAY JULY 13th, and the workshop/lecture will run from 6:30pm-10:30pm. That's FOUR HOURS of memorized deck magic! The cost is $40 and will be limited to twenty participants. To sign-up you can either call the shop (416-783-7022) or e-mail me directly at jhinchliffe13 AT gmail DOT com

I will be covering a wide range of information about memorized decks, including breaking down the differences between different stacks, stack-dependent and stack-independent material, and how to maintain your memorized deck when performing non-memorized deck magic.

Read more.

27 August 2018

Rounding the Central rings in September 2018

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

Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- TBA.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- Barry O’Neil lecture.
- Executive vote.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Auction.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Executive elections.
- Derrick Finn and Romaine kick off open-mic night.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Jeff Hinchliffe lecture. [Get your special limited edition collectible tickets!]
(also Daniel Garcia lecture at Browser's)

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

08 August 2018

Toronto: Jeff Hinchliffe Memorized Deck workshop and private lessons

From Jeff Hinchliffe:
Firstly, I'm going to be giving a 4 hour Memorized Deck workshop on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, from 6pm-10pm. The cost of the workshop will be $50, and it will be limited to 20 people.

The workshop will cover a wide range of memorized deck work. We'll begin with the differences between stacked,cyclic, and memorized orders, and the advantages of the common/popular published mem-deck stacks (Aronson, Tamariz, Aragon, Redford).

From there, we will delve into tricks which are stack-independent (meaning that they work with any stack) to the open-index system, jazzing, and estimation. We will discuss the various sleights, techniques and subterfuges that one should have in their toolbox with the mem-deck in order to achieve maximum impact.


Secondly, I'm happy to announce that I am again offering private lessons at the shop. I gave these lessons years ago at our Bathurst and Eglinton location and over the last several months enough people have inquired about lessons that I've decided to bring them back.

The lessons will take place at the shop, after business hours, Tuesday thru Friday evenings. The lessons will run 90 minutes in length, from 7pm to approximately 8:30pm, and will cost $120.

What we cover in the lesson is dependent on what you'd like to achieve. Whether it's adding a few new tricks to your repertoire, adding a few new sleights to your toolbox, or tightening and polishing existing material, I can help you.

Read more.

01 April 2017

Thank you to Greg Frewin for your help with setup.
Thank you also to Jeff Hinchliffe, Jonathan Sy, & Luiz Castro.

First mini-talk of the day by professional director, writer, and magician, Rosemary Reid!

Next mini-talk about his personal story of near-death, by Keith Brown.

01 July 2016

Toronto: Free magic club meeting

Hi There- This Saturday, July 2nd is our next (FREE) Magic Club Meeting. 
We meet at Browser's Den from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. All interested in talking magic are welcome.  
And we are pleased to let you know that it looks as if Jeff Hinchliffe will be joining us at the meeting. 
Happy Canada Day!
Jeff & The Browser's Den Team.
Serving Magicians Since 1975

24 May 2015

Review: "A Series of Unfortunate Effects"

From the Magic Junkies:
Coming in at around 90 minutes, A Series of Unfortunate Effects is a fun, engaging and wonderfully unique instructional DVD featuring some of the best card magic I’ve seen in some time. The movie (yep, I’m calling it a movie) features appearances by Lee Asher, Jeff Hinchliffe, Glenn West, Chris Westfall, plus the creators Chris Mayhew and Ben Train. Bill Abbott even makes an appearance as a maniacal card collector – hey if the shoe fits  Even without the card routines and explanations, I thought the movie was really fun with several laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Chris Mayhew and Ben Train provides an enjoyable romp through underground card magic. (I’ll take this moment to mention that Chris Mayhew cracks me up!) The video itself is shot in HD and edited beautifully, with great attention to detail throughout. The appearances and card routines are just icing on the proverbial cake. It is a creative adventure that is a joy to watch.

Read more.

20 January 2015

Breaking news! Toronto: Browser's Den Bash!

Click for details.
See Magic. Learn Magic. Show Magic. Love Magic
April 12th, 2015 
Imagine 12 jam-packed hours of magic filled with a plethora of amazing talent, delicious food, and wonderful experiences that you cannot find elsewhere. Card guys, mentalists, stand-up magicians, stage perfomers, and everything in-between... there's something for everyone! You're going to have a fantastic time at the Browser's Magic Bash. It might even challenge the way you normally look at magic conventions.

Space is limited so act now and reserve your spot right away.

Read more and register.

28 May 2014

Review: A Series of Unfortunate Effects

From the Facebook page of A Series of Unfortunate Effects:

06 April 2014

Toronto: A Series of Unfortunate Effects

From Five Academy Magic:
Tuesday April 29th, 2014
The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave)

If you love magic, movies, and laughing this is the event for you. Combining a story-driven plot with a magic instructional, join Toronto's top magicians as they premiere their long awaited movie, A Series of Unfortunate Effects!

After witnessing an amazing magic trick performed by the Five Card Stud Lee Asher, Chris Mayhew enlists his friend Ben Train to help him discover Lee’s secret.

These two soon discover that uncovering the secrets to magic are not as easy as they once thought. Join Chris and Ben as they learn magic from underground magicians Jeff Hinchliffe, Glenn West, and Chris Westfall, all while avoiding destruction at the hands of crazed card collector Bill Abbott. Get ready for a wild story-driven magic instructional, filled with laughs and incredible card tricks.

Read more.

05 February 2013

Train and Mayhew: A Series of Unfortunate Effects

From Ben Train's Twitter feed:

From the Facebook page of A Series of Unfortunate Effects:
After witnessing an amazing magic trick performed by the world-famous Lee Asher, Chris enlists his friend Ben's help to discover the secret.

They soon discover though that learning the secrets to magic aren't as easy as they once thought. Chris and Ben need to help Lee find something he's looking for before he'll share the secret with them. In order to do that they have to go through magicians Jeff Hinchliffe, Glenn West, and Chris Westfall, while avoiding destruction at the hands of crazed card collector Bill Abbott on a wild adventure filled with laughs and great card tricks.

Coming Spring 2013

04 March 2012

National Post: Hogwarts in Hogtown with the Potted Potter crew

Updated March 9th, 2018, to add:
  • The National post article "On the Town: Hogwarts in Hogtown with the Potted Potter crew" was written by Ben Kaplin and published on March 3rd, 2012.

From the National Post:
The British comedians sit down for a magic show and proceed to have their minds blown. It’s not so much that the magic’s amazing — although the kid magician is oddly cool — it’s more like the entire afternoon has been weird. A publicist picked up Daniel Clarkson, 33, and Jeff Turner, 31, stars of the show Potted Potter, from their temporary quarters at the Pantages Hotel and saw it fit to bring along her small dog. Now, the actors are sitting around a table at Browser’s Den of Magic and trying to pay attention to the card tricks and disappearing loonies, except a man pulls up beside them and proceeds to slurp from a large bowl of soup.
Read more (including a nice bit with Jeff Hinchilffe).

12 January 2012

Toronto: Jeff Hinchliffe lecture Saturday, February 4

From The Browser's Den of Magic:
JEFF HINCHLIFFE NEW LECTURE ‘OVER – EASY: Many of you know Jeff Hinchliffe as a card man…a very good and respected card man. A magician or should I write cardician who really knows how to handle cards and have them dance around effortlessly and produce magic.

BUT ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? Are you really ready?

Okay…Then….Jeff will be giving a Two-Hour Plus lecture on EASY TRICKS. That’s right the material that Jeff will be performing and explaining are tricks that you can master right away.

Read more and buy tickets.

19 August 2011

Toronto: Card College Clinic at Browser’s Den

From the Browser's Den:

INSTRUCTOR-Mr. Jeff Hinchliffe

Date & Time: Wednesday nights for ten consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Each class will run from 7:15pm until 8:15pm at our new shop location, 3220 Dufferin Street

Course Focus- Card College Books by Roberto Giobbi

Cost: Only $99.00 plus tax (In Advance Please) for ALL 10 CLASSES!

Read more.

30 May 2011

Toronto: L.A.S.T Fundraiser – A Gala of Comedy and Magic

From the Abracadabaret website:
Friday, June 24 and Saturday June 25, 2011 at 8pm
Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto
Price: $20.00 Adults / $15.00 Child
Starring:James Alan, Jeff Hinchliffe, Nicholas Reynoldson and Chris Westfall
Headliners:Mike D’Urzo (Friday)
Dan Trommater (Saturday)
Hosted by: Shawnathan
Presented by Lost At Sea Theatre

To purchase tickets or learn more about this event, visit the Abracadabaret website.

09 May 2011

Magical blogs

Recently, someone asked "Any good magic blogs out there?"  Good question. 

Here's a list of blogs written by magical Canadians (former and current) about which I'm aware:
Please leave a comment if you'd like to be included or know of others that I'm missing.  The list will appear as a feature in the middle column, below the "Sponsored by" section, under the title "Magical blogs."

07 March 2011

Book launch: "The Lives of a Showman"

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a book launch party for “The Lives of a Showman” by Mark Lewis. (I live tweeted the event with the tag #TLOAS though I missed tagging a few tweets here and there.)

Upon entering Browser’s Den of Magic, I was instructed to direct my attention upward. Hanging from the ceiling were more than a dozen cheerful Lee Asher sign creations containing “Markisms” such as “If they were all the nine of hearts it would look like this” and “You're quite slow, do you work for the post office?” The mood was set!

It was clear that Mark has a tremendous amount of support in the local magic community! I found myself shoulder-to-shoulder with Jeff Pinsky, Jeff Hinchliffe, Ariel Fralich, Mia Ngueyn and Adam Harmes who had all made contributions to, or were mentioned in, the book. Other notables present include*: Gordon Precious, Owen Anderson, Paul Pacific, Chris Westfall, John Pellatt, Richard Lyn, John Michalson, Shawna Ross-York, Dan McLean, Steve Shrott, Joe Schwarcz and young Daniel (one of Mark’s students).

While reading from his book, we were regaled with stories of Mark’s experiences with The Worst Audience Ever at The Blue Angel and his early days of (not so) psychic readings in Ireland with Adam Harmes. Mark also read a piece written about him by Mai Nguyen, winner of the Jerry Gladman Memorial Scholarship in Journalism.

To round out the evening we were treated to James Alan’s rendition of Mark’s “Pig Trick” and then we all laughed ourselves silly through Jeff Hinchliffe’s impersonation of Mark doing his Svengali deck hustle.

It is always a delightful experience to hear an author read his own words. If the rest of the book is even half as entertaining as the launch party, it should be a good read indeed!

To purchase “The Lives of a Showman” visit Mark's website, Browser’s Den of Magic or contact your local magic dealer.

* If I’ve missed listing anyone who was there please send me an e-mail or leave a comment below! Thank you to John Pellatt, Ariel Fralich and James Alan for providing attendee intel on the parts of the room I didn’t make it to.

12 January 2011

Toronto: Second helping of "A Slice of Magic"

On March the 14th, enjoy a night of magic, prizes and  food at "A 2nd Slice of Magic" at Boston Pizza (40 Eglinton Ave. E, (Yonge & Eglinton) Toronto).

Performers include:
Please visit for more details about this event.