Showing posts with label Nathaniel Rankin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nathaniel Rankin. Show all posts

07 October 2019

2019 "Holiday Magic"

The tradition continues with the 2019 HOLIDAY MAGIC SHOW raising monies to support Shrine Kids and the Shrine Children’s Hospitals.

The show is once again hosted by DICK JOINER who has been presenting this variety show annually for the past 28 years. Since the last tour in 2018, Dick has been busy touring across Canada, and filming special segments of the TV show “Anne with an E”, a continuing story of Anne of Green Gables. Dick is proud once again to bring first class entertainers to the touring show this year. They include:
  • RICHARD FORGET... an international award winning magician that places him at the forefront of the magic world.

    Richard has performed on stages in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as on live television in front of millions of viewers and before Royalty, mesmerizing a wide variety of audiences with his innovative illusions.
  • NATHANIEL RANKIN, The Canadian Champion of Magic, is an International award winning performer. His one man show “Astonishment” has been performed over 5000 times in 45 Countries and 5 continents.

    Nathaniel has completed numerous national and international tours. He has headlined on 28 luxury cruise ships. Among his entertainment awards – he is the winner of the Asti Theater Festival in Asti Italy.
  • THE ARESTOVS.  …. A husband and wife team providing outstanding talents specializing mainly in circus skills. They were initially trained with the Moscow State Circus, and have travelled the world performing various highly skilled acts. They toured with the Holiday Magic show a few years past and due to popular demand have been added to the 2019 tour with their mind blowing quick change act

Show dates + locations:- Note **** indicates Arestovs NOT appearing
  • Saturday November 2nd. Wolfville
  • Sunday November 3rd, New Glasgow
  • Monday November 4th, Charlottetown
  • Tuesday November 5th Glace Bay
  • Wednesday November 6th Halifax
  • Thursday November 7th Yarmouth
  • Friday November 8th Truro
  • Saturday November 9th Bathurst
  • Sunday November 10th Fredericton
  • Monday November 11th Moncton
  • Tuesday Nov 12th. St. John.
  • Friday November 15th Niagara Falls
  • Monday November 18th Chatham
  • Tuesday November 19th Windsor
  • Wednesday November 20th Sarnia
  • Thursday November 21st, Kitchener
  • Friday November 22nd London
  • Saturday November 23rd St. Thomas *****
  • Monday November 25th Belleville
  • Tuesday November 26th Brampton
  • Wednesday November 27th Peterborough
  • Thursday November 28th. St Catharines
  • Friday November 29th. Hamilton
  • Monday December 2nd. Brantford
  • Tuesday December 3rd. Barrie
  • Friday December 6th. Stratford *****
  • Tuesday December 10th. Woodstock ******   

28 May 2019

Halifax: Nathaniel Rankin at the Halifax Busker Festival

As an aside, has anyone witnessed Mike Wood's “Catapulted Cabbage Catch”?  I can only assume it's as hilarious as it sounds!

From the May 22nd article "Halifax Busker Festival performers announced" by Victoria Walton in Halifax Today:
The 33rd year of the festival will take place on the Halifax Waterfront from July 31 to August 5.

Some of the Canadian artists featured include living statue Jenny Jupiter, comedian Mike Wood, and magician Nathaniel Rankin.

Last year's winners of the Busker's people's choice award, Canadian break-dancing group Break City Allstars will also return.

The festival will include the Nova Scotia Marquee Music Stage, which is now in its third year, and will be set up at Bishop's Landing in partnership with the province and Develop Nova Scotia.

Read more.

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]

07 June 2016

20 amazing alumni from Sorcerers Safari

No matter how you slice it, camp just wouldn’t be camp without campers!  It shouldn’t surprise you that Neil Croswell (gold medal ‘Magic of China, International Magic Championships” 2015), Bill Cook (three-time award winner at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas), and Kelvin Kwong (first place Magi-Fest junior close-up, second place IBM junior close-up) have all attended.  Without a doubt, Sorcerers Safari attracts multi-talented and amazing youth.  To mark their upcoming 20th anniversary, flip to page 108 of the 26th edition of VANISH magazine and have a look at "20 amazing alumni from Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp."

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

10 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 3

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.
Day 1: Friday August 14, 2015 (cont)*
After dinner we went back to the cabins to get some rain gear -- the weather report said it was going to thunderstorm.  We headed off to the “Pinetages Theatre.”  The theatre is about the size of my school gym, maybe a little smaller but with a bigger stage. 

The Pinetages Theatre.  Photo by James Carey Lauder.
The Pinetages Theatre.

Each cabin did something for “cabin intros” under the guidance of the counsellors (Philip Bowser, Greydon Gilmore, Jonah Babins, Tyler Williams, Mark Correia, Nathaniel Rankin, Rosemary Reid, and Sam Segal).  Cabins did really clever things including impersonating well-known magicians (like Penn & Teller and David Blaine), miming deliberate misinterpretations of magic terms (like overhand shuffles and dribbling), a version of the TV show “Fool Us,” and magic effects performed using people instead of things (linking rings, sliding knot on rope, and cups & balls).  I was sooo nervous.  I took some deep breaths and I didn’t mess up!  It feels amazing to be on stage and hear everyone clap and cheer for you. 

Cabin intros. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Cabin intros.

More cabin intros. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
More cabin intros.

Rosemary announced that they were going to do a lip sync competition all week.  She started it off and then Eric did “Your Name” by Taylor Swift.  Hilarious!  It rained really hard while we were in the theatre.  (Glad I brought rain boots!) 
Rosemary singing. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Rosemary singing.

Eric channeling Taylor Swift. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric channeling Taylor Swift.

Daryl did amazing rope magic. Ben Train did a wild book test.  Phil DaCosta did more fun rope magic.  Chris Westfall and Chris Mayhew made everyone laugh so hard.  They even threw some “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Llama” shirts into the audience.  I wish I got one.  At the end we all got brand new decks of really cool cards that Dave Mitchell got donated from Ellusionist.  They look so nice, I don’t want to use them!
Chris and Chris bringing the laughs. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Chris and Chris bringing the laughs.

It is soooo dark here at night.  I can see more stars here than I knew existed!  At our cabin we had a “cabin visit” from Chris Westfall. He showed us AMAZING tricks using cards, rubber bands, and coins!

Chris Westfall being magical. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Chris Westfall being magical.

I feel a little sad.  I miss my home and my bed and my room.  And especially my family.  Everyone here is super friendly and nice though.  And this place is so much fun!  I’m super excited about tomorrow.

We all got ready for bed.  I tried to go to sleep without writing here.  But I just couldn’t.  That’s why I’m writing here so late.  Tired now.  G’night.

To be continued ...

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

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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.

17 August 2013

Toronto: Buskerfest!

The 2013 Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto will be held from August 22nd to August 25th.  Magical performers include:
  • Charlie Caper (Sweden)
  • Chris Capehart (USA)
  • Diogo Alvares (Brazil)
  • Max T. Oz (Canada) and
  • Nathaniel Rankin (Canada)

31 October 2011

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's the time of year for the Shrine Fantasy Show!  From their website:
Proceeds from this show benefit many Shrine activities. For your support you are provided with a great evening of entertainment (and therefore it is not eligible as a charitable donation deduction.) Thanks for helping the children!
Participating talent includes:  Dick Joiner, Trevor Watters and Lorena, Matt Baker, Aristov and Company, Craig Douglas, Richard Forget, Nathaniel RankinMagic Mike Segal, Patrice Meunier, Ian QuickMajinx, and Fantasy Circus (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.