Showing posts with label Lee Asher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lee Asher. Show all posts

29 July 2020

First magic performance in Canada?

Updated at 8:45am to add this find by Joe Culpepper:

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Lee Asher asked an interesting question on Twitter Monday morning.
What is the name of the first magician to perform in Canada?


Was it Maginnis (circa 1875) as reported in The Canadian Encyclopedia?
Technically it could be yes, as The Dominion of Canada was officially born on July 1, 1867.  But lets expand the question to the first magician to perform in what is now considered Canada.


Was it MacAlister performing in Montreal in 1854 as shown by this clipping in the Ottawa Daily Citizen?

No.


How about Philippe in Quebec City September 30th in 1846?

Wrong again.



From an Ottawa Daily Citizen article published on May 22nd in 1852, discussion a performance by a Signor Blitz:








So far the earliest named and documented magic performance in what is now Canada, goes to Mons. Desage, as referenced in the Kingston Chronicle and Gazette December 30 1835.







There's evidence of an unnamed woman doing magic in Kingston in 1835!




And ventriloquists too.




People were complaining about magicians as early as the January 21st 1805 edition of the Quebec Mercury:





A final very important note from Joe Culpepper:





With thanks to Lee Asher for asking this question and Bill Mullins and Joe Culpepper for their hard work and sharing their findings!


07 July 2020

Workshop with Lee Asher

From Lee Asher's July 6th Instagram post:
Join me this Friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th for a personal hands-on workshop where you'll learn some of my coolest #magic. Limited seating. If you're interested, act now. 

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06 May 2020

Lee Asher on episode 12 of Deckin' Around

Thursday May 7, 2020 at 8PM EST, catch Lee Asher in episode 12 of Deckin' Around, where he'll talk magic, sleight of hand, and playing cards!


Here are the links to watch Lee Asher this week on Deckin' Around:
YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/gPt1euLw4Nw
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/DeckinAround







13 April 2020

International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15

Keep your eyes on the Greg Frewin Theatre's YouTube channel.  There's a very good chance this won't be the last spectacular livestream lineup!


(As an added bonus watch new episodes of PiffTV uploaded M-F at 10am and 5pm PST.)



From Greg Frewin's Facebook post:
Join us for #2 International Stars of Magic show livestream April 15 @7PM EST.

For the Niagara SPCA Humane Society.

https://youtu.be/6moYdHS8TYc

An amazing 2nd show with amazing stars for a good cause.


03 March 2020

Toronto: Playing Card Pop-Up Store!

From Lee Asher:
Toronto's First Playing Card Pop-Up Store!  -- SEVEN HOURS ONLY

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 -- 5pm until Midnight.

ATTENTION: Cardists, magicians, playing card collectors and enthusiasts. You're invited to take part in Toronto's first ever playing card pop-up store.

Decks priced from $5 all the way to $555! Discover a playing card selection unlike anywhere else in Canada. Choose from over HUNDREDS of different packs of cards for sale.

We're showcasing a limited supply of the hard-to-find decks during this event. First come, first serve.  Plan to arrive early. There might be a line.

Plus, outrageous surprises around every corner. Feel like you'vetransported yourself to playing card heaven.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT? We got you!
- Modern
- Vintage
- Antique
- And accessories

Pics or it didn't happen! Bring your phone for lots of fun photo ops. 

Tag us @LeeAsherMagic @KevinYu97 @ThatTorontoStudio #PlayingCardPopUp

Popping Up At:
THAT Toronto Studio
260 Carlaw Ave
Unit #202A
Toronto, ON M4M 3L1
Canada





27 September 2019

Ontario: Win your OWOW registration & over $600 in magic gifts

The OWOW Magic Festival will run Oct 25, 26, 27, 2019.


From the OWOW Magic Festival:
Win Your Registration & over $600 magic gifts for FREE!
Register for the OWOW Magic Festival before Oct 4th for your chance to win over $600+ magic goodies & swag, courtesy of Lee Asher, Paul Rohmany,& Michael Close!


​REGISTER NOW & GET A CHANCE TO WIN OVER $600+ FREE MAGIC!!!
  • ​​    OWOW Registration Fee ($145 value!)
  •     OWOW VIP Festival Swag ($75 value!)
  •     Michael Close: Teaches Crafting Workable Magic Masterclass ($45 value!)
  •     Lee Asher MEGA PACK of magic goodies ($95 value!)
  •     Paul Rohmany Custom BOR Marketing DVD!! ($250 value!)
Win your registration and festival swag!  PLUS incredible magic bundle from Lee Asher, learn how to polish your magic with Michael Close and Paul Rohmany gives you the best tool to make more money from every show!

Read more and enter.


From the OWOW Magic Festival Twitter feed:






03 July 2019

Kickstarter: Authentic Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards

With over 27 day still to go, this Kickstarter has already raised over $400,000 Cdn!


From Kickstarter:
In 1970, Jerry's Nugget Casino printed what would become one of the most collectible playing card decks ever manufactured by United States Playing Card Company (USPCC). They made them for the tables but opted not to use them and put them in storage for 20 years! Almost thirty years ago they started selling them in their gift store with the final price of $2 a deck!
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Playing card expert, Lee Asher, recognized the unique quality and feel of these cards and began evangelizing about them. In due course, Jerry's Nugget playing cards became legendary. 

By the fall of 1999, these cards sold out, yet the demand continued to grow. Today, authentic Jerry’s Nugget cards are among the most desirable and expensive modern decks on the market.

But finding an authentic deck presents a real challenge. Due to their considerable value and the immense demand, knockoffs proliferate eBay and other outlets.

This prompted Asher to suggest Expert Playing Card Company try and get the exclusive license to print these iconic decks again. And after more than three years of pursuit and negotiation, we finally made a deal with Jerry's Nugget Casino! 

Read more and back.


From Lee Asher's Twitter feed:

16 June 2019

Lee Asher's thoughts on the recent Cartamundi / USPCC deal

Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Lee's video.

ICYMI...

From the June 4th article "Cartamundi to acquire The United States Playing Card Company" from Cartamundi:
Turnhout, June 4, 2019 – The Belgian privately owned group Cartamundi has signed an agreement to buy The United States Playing Card Company (USPC) from its parent company Newell Brands. The acclaimed playing cards maker’s focus is on North America and Spain. Through this acquisition, Cartamundi continues to invest in the global entertainment market.

The United States Playing Card Company, owner of the iconic brands such as Bicycle®, Bee®, Hoyle® and Fournier®, is the global standard within the world of playing cards. The business employs over 350 people and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. city of Erlanger (Kentucky) and the Spanish city of Vitoria (Álava). In 2018 USPC realized net sales of approximately 112 million US dollars.

Read more.



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From Lee Asher's YouTube channel:





15 March 2019

Lee Asher at the Conjuror Community Summit

The 2019 CC Summit will take place August 23rd & 24th in Tupelo, Mississippi.


From the Conjuror Community Summit:
Lee Asher

Elite card magicians celebrate Lee's astonishing visual magic and unrivaled knowledge in the playing card world. He's also the most approachable expert you'll ever meet. At CC Summit 2019, he'll share his modern classics, and reveal secret miracles he’s never shared before!

Read more and register.


20 February 2019

Lee Asher's living room lecture

Living Room Lecture by Lee Asher February 20th.


From the Conjuror Community post "Collecting Playing Cards: 4 Simple Tips That Save HOURS" by Benji Wilkins:
Lee Asher has created more original, astonish and practical magic than just about anyone we know. When he joins us next week, he’s going to reveal REAL card magic secrets and miraculous tricks. But that’s just the beginning…

We’ve known Lee for 25 years, and when it comes to collecting playing cards the SMART way, he’s always been better at it than ANYONE we know.

And when we go to Lee’s home next week for this intimate online event, he’s pulling out all the stops! You’ll discover the best versions of Lee’s most famous tricks—and receive the kind of personal instruction you can’t get at ANY live magic event.

But that’s just the beginning. To make Lee’s debut CC appearance even MORE special, Lee has offered to give an easy-to-follow, mindblowing masterclass on how to make collecting playing cards easy and fun—without spending a fortune!

Read more and register.

17 May 2017

Toronto: Playing Card Collectors Meeting

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
PLAYING CARD COLLECTORS MEETING - TORONTO
Sunday June 11th, 2017 at 2PM - 5PM

WHO: Anyone with interest in collecting playing cards
WHAT: Playing Card Collector's Meeting
WHERE: Browser's Den of Magic (3220 Dufferin St. #19, Toronto, ON M6A 2T3)
WHEN: Sunday June 11th, 2017
COST: $10 OR Free for those who attended the 2017 Browser's Magic Bash

Playing Card Collectors Meeting - Calling all card collectors within a 200 kilometer radius of Toronto and the GTA!

With the help of 52 Plus Joker (North American Playing Card Collector's Club), the Browser's Den proudly offers you the opportunity to attend this free meeting and receive expert tips on caring for your collection, as well as learn methods to keep your cards in top-notch condition. Plus see decks of cards you've only read about in books and online.

Read more.

15 April 2017

Wes Barker: Magician on tour

Wes Barker has a new web series about his touring life.

Here's episode two, to give you a feel. (With appearances by Chris Mayhew, Jonah Babins, Keith Brown, and Lee Asher.)


From Wes' YouTube channel:

13 February 2017

Montreal: Lee Asher lecture

From the Montreal Magic Jam:
Tues March 7th

Lee Asher is coming to town, and he’s going all out. He’s combining all his lectures into one super lecture for this special event. You’ll learn powerful pieces of magic such as:

– THE RIPPER: Visually rip a single playing card into the four Jacks
– WITNESS: A joker transforms into the selection inside a zip-lock bag while held by the audience
– THE TOUCH: Give anyone the power to win every card game
– THUNDERBIRD: Four aces dynamically appear at your fingertips
– VINO VERITAS: Audibly divine a selection using a glass of delicious wine
– THREE STYLIN: Multi-coloured poker chips visually fly from hand to hand
– DIVING BOARD DOUBLE: A stylish double lift that impresses even the most skilled
– ASHER TWIST: One at a time, four aces revolve face-up then face down again, delighting your audience each time it happens.
– plus much more.

Lee will also show (PERFORMANCE ONLY) some of the new things he has in the pipeline. So please join us on March 7th for an evening of fun.

PS This is an interactive event, so please make sure to bring a deck of cards with you.

Read more and buy tickets (early bird discount available).

04 August 2016

Lee Asher in the Daily Herald

From the Daily Herald:
"There are thousands of us, my friend, worldwide," says Lee Asher, 40, president of 52 Plus Joker (52PlusJoker.org), the playing-card collectors club coming to the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Oct. 20-22 for the group's Annual Playing Card Collectors Convention. "We're kind of the Comic-Con for playing cards."

While euchre is believed to have led to the addition of the joker to modern decks, to collectors, cards are so much more than finding a decent euchre deck.

"Most every world event that's ever happened since the dawn of time has been documented on a playing card," says Asher, a professional magician from Toronto. "If you can think of something that happened, it's probably on a playing card."

Read more.

28 June 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 10

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

Day 5: Tuesday August 18th*
Cheesy omelette breakfast.  I saw the rabbits again!  And I saw a bright green frog too.  Still no sign of the deer. 
At card class Shawn Farquhar talked to us about stuff I’d never considered.  He said, “give people a sense of wonder.  Don’t make them feel stupid or small.”  And then he said this quote from American poet Maya Angelou:   
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

We played “Capture the Flag” which was so. much. FUN!

6pm
The camper show was fantastic.  Before the show, Lee Asher made his group perform walk around for the audience.  They did really well. 

Pre-show walk around. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pre-show walk around.

Then the show started.  Some of the kids performed things they just learned (or even made!) this week!  Others made stuff up and some came prepared with things they’d been working on the whole year.  Shout out to them all!
Emcees: Chaz and RJ.
Performers: Cathy, James, Brad, Matt, Tariq, Jordan, Ava, Vincent, Landon, Matthew, Nathan, Will, Ben, Jack, Nick, and Jeff.
Backstage: Simon, Holden, Serena, and Jarrett.
Sound and tech: Steve Kline (for this and all the other shows!).
Production assistants: Mike and Lisa Close, Dan Wiebe, and Mike Toal.

Owning the stage. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Owning the stage.


Sponge balls. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Sponge balls.


Something big is about to happen! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Something big is about to happen!


The coolest thing about the show was that everyone’s performance looked good.  Beginner kids went first so they didn’t have to go after someone who had more experience.  I don’t see any competition between the kids.  The adults want us all to shine. 
Today’s electives were Pulp Friction (with Lee himself!), linking rings, Gravity Half Pass (with Aaron Fisher!), Assistant’s Revenge stage illusion, Miser’s Dream, any card at any number, and Patriotic Ropes. 

Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Bill Wells and Sheldon Casavant talking coins.

Patriotic ropes with Phil DaCosta. Photo by James Carey Lauder.




I did the linking rings and was kinda surprised (and disappointed) to learn how they work.  It seems that some of the most wonderful effects are based on simple ideas.  Loran was a great teacher, but I’m going to have to practise a lot more until I feel comfortable doing it in front of anyone!

Rats. Camp swim got rained out.  (I wish I tried the high jump yesterday).  Silver lining: we all piled into the Staff Lounge and had a big impromptu panel with Shawn, Eric, Phil, and Mark.  They do things off the top of their head better than I can do anything I’ve rehearsed a million times.  I wonder how much of it is pure talent and how much of it is hours and hours of practise.

Shawn speaking at the panel. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Shawn speaking at the panel.


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.

25 June 2016

Catching up with Discourse in Magic

Jonah Babins and Tyler Williams have been steadily producing podcasts since their launch in April.  Have a look at what they've released so far...


From Discourse in Magic:
Welcome to the Discourse in Magic podcast! This is where we tackle magic’s hardest issues, theories, philosophies, discussion, and more to help you explore.  We jump into all sorts of resources and most importantly actionable tips to help better the art and become a killer performer!

  • Episode 11 – How to be a Great Teacher, Mentor and Student of Magic with Aaron Fisher and Adam Grace
    June 16th, 2016
  • Episode 10 – Playing Card Innovation and Economy in the Era of Crowdfunding with Lee Asher June 9th, 2016
  • Episode 9 – Community Month: Introduction Magic Shops, Camps and Friends June 2nd, 2016
  • Episode 8 – Performing Tips for the Working Magician, From Restaurants to Big Illusions with Chris Westfall May 26th, 2016
  • Episode 7 – Ethics and morals for the modern magician with Ben Train May 19th, 2016
  • Episode 6 – Creating a fictional premise with conflicts and twist endings that rock May 12th, 2016
  • Episode 5 – Designing magic for the screen and the stage with Patrick Kun May 5th, 2016
  • Episode 4 – Improv and being open to change with Chris Mayhew April 29th, 2016
  • Episode 3 – Personality, character and connecting with your audience with Eric Leclerc April 27th, 2016
  • Episode 2 – Going viral, the Reddit secret, and Rubik’s cubes with Steven Brundage April 23rd, 2016
  • Episode 1 – Introduction Episode April 20th, 2016

Read more and listen to podcasts.



17 June 2016

Catching up with The Dave Attwood Show

Dave's been busy this year, recording new podcasts every week or so.  Have a look at who he's been interviewing, then click through to his site and have a listen!

From Attwood Magic:
The Dave Attwood Show

A glimpse into Dave's mind and his slant on current events, celebrity news, relationships and the ever changing roller coaster ride of fatherhood.

Episode 130, 2016-06-04 (Mike Norden and Gordon Boyes)
Episode 129, 2016-05-28 (Raul Fernandez and Frank Padilla Jr.)
Episode 128, 2016-05-22 (Anastasia Synn)
Episode 127, 2016-05-14 (Greg Dow AKA The Shocker, Bizzaro, Krystal Lawrence)
Episode 126, 2016-05-07 (David Regal)
Episode 125, 2016-04-30 (Murray Sawchuck)
Episode 124, 2016-04-09 (Kenrick ICE McDonald)
Episode 123, 2016-04-02 (Trevor And Lorena Watters)
Episode 122, 2016-03-26 (Bill Abbott And Jamie D Grant)
Episode 121, 2016-03-19 (Eric Knaus aka The Great Zucchini)
Episode 120, 2016-03-12 (Kainoa Harbottle)
Episode 119, 2016-03-06 (Max Maven)
Episode 118, 2016-02-27 (Lee Asher)
Episode 117, 2016-02-14 (Karl Hein)
Episode 116, 2016-02-13 (Shawn Farquhar)
Episode 115, 2016-02-06 (Jeff McBride)
Episode 114, 2016-01-30 (Dan Harlan)
Episode 113, 2016-01-23 (Oscar Munoz)
Episode 112, 2016-01-17 (Joe M. Turner)
Episode 111, 2016-01-09 (Jason England)

Read more and listen to podcasts.

07 June 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 7

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

Day 3: Sunday August 16th (cont)*
9pm
Dinner was good but the ice cream pie was AMAZING!

At the theatre they said Chris Mayhew is making a video of camp.  I can’t wait to see that!  Rosemary said she runs the Sorcerers Safari social media accounts and will help promote events that campers are involved with.  Impressive.  I don’t get the sense that people here think they’re better than anyone else -- they all just want to see everyone succeed.  Just like our moms and dads.  But WAY cooler. 

Mike Close played some beautiful piano before the show.  (Is everyone here crazy talented?)  The lip syncs were extra funny tonight. Rosemary (singer) and Chris Westfall (background cheerleader) did “Cheerleader" by Omi, and Jonah (with Jonah supporting) did a duet -- "Love Is An Open Door" from Frozen.  HYSTERICAL!!!!

Found myself a cheerleader!  Still from video by Chris Mayhew.
Found myself a cheerleader!



Jonah backing up Jonah.  Still from video by Chris Mayhew.
Jonah backing up Jonah.




Tonight’s show was called the “World Champion Show” and featured three award winning magicians!  I got to see Greg Frewin, Shawn Farquhar, and Daryl all on the same stage.  I bet that the evening shows alone are worth the price of camp.
Greg Frewin. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Greg Frewin.


Shawn Farquhar. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Shawn Farquhar.


Daryl. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Daryl.



Rocket popsicles for bedtime snack!  (The sugar will help keep me awake for cabin visits!)  Eric came and gave us all mouth coils to try.  (I thought they would never end!!  We’re going to decorate the bunks with them tomorrow.)  Lee Asher showed us some super cool tricks with cards and then he showed us specialty decks we’d never heard of.  They looked really fancy.
Eric sharing secrets. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric sharing secrets.
Goodnight.



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.