Showing posts with label Sheldon Casavant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sheldon Casavant. Show all posts

22 October 2018

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant "Before your eyes"

From Fort Edmonton Park:
Saturday, November 3

An evening of magic and mystery is coming to the Capitol Theatre, courtesy of renowned magician Sheldon Casavant. From the moment the show begins, the audience will become part of the action for an engaging, interactive experience. Get ready to be drawn in.


About Sheldon Casavant

With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Sheldon shares his own story of discovering magic in an awe-inspiring performance. One of Canada’s most sought-after performers, Sheldon rolls fast-paced magic, audience participation, and a brief history of the most famous magician of all time – Harry Houdini – into one exciting and theatrical magic show.

Read more and buy tickets.

21 September 2018

Sheldon Casavant in East Texas Matters

The East Texas State Fair runs from September 21st through Sunday, September 30th.


From the September 19th article "New magic show to be first performance in historic Mayfair building in decades" by Daniel Pierce in East Texas Matters:
TYLER, Texas (KETK) - The East Texas State Fair is opening the historic Mayfair Building for the first time in decades to host an all-new magic show. After more than twenty years without a performance, fairgoers are being welcomed once again to the 100-year-old building for a show promising entertainment of epic proportions.

Internationally recognized magician Sheldon Casavant will headline the East Texas State Fair this year offering a nightly show beginning at 8:00 pm every day during the fair.

Read more.

19 July 2018

Edmonton: David Acer and "WaterBark"

Catch David Acer's creation involving SuperDogs and water at K-Days July 20 – 29!

(Don't forget, Sheldon Casavant and The Evasons will be making things magical too!)


From K Days:
With three exciting shows daily, these agility K-9’s will be splashing their way on the K-Days grounds.

WaterBark, is an energetic watershow starring human acrobats, divers and SuperDogs! This exciting show is performed in water, above water and around a custom pool – it’s a mix of jaw dropping agility and acrobatics! Don’t miss these incredible dogs jump and dive into K-Days on the East Plaza!

Read more and buy tickets.


From David Acer's Twitter feed:




13 June 2018

Edmonton: K-Days will be magical

From K-Days:
  • Magician Sheldon Casavant - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Magician Sheldon Casavant - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • The Evasons Mentalist Duo - Jul 20 - Jul 24, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Read more and buy tickets.

From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:

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07 February 2018

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant in "Sparks Fly. Magic Happens."

From Fort Edmonton Park:
Join us for an enchanting evening with one of Canada’s most sought-after performers, magician Sheldon Casavant. With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Sheldon has wowed audiences of all sizes around the world with his contemporary, awe-inspiring style of magic.

Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with this fast-paced, interactive, and entrancing show (for you history buffs, there’s even some little known historical facts about the legendary magician Harry Houdini).

So grab your sweetheart or friends and make long-lasting memories together as items vanish, inanimate objects come to life, and impossible feats are overcome – right before your very eyes.

Read more and buy tickets.



From the Fort Edmonton Park Twitter feed:

12 January 2018

St. Albert and Leduc: Morton the Magician in TA DA!

From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:

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28 April 2017

Banff: Sheldon Casavant at the Banff Centre Children's Festival

From the Banff Centre:
Saturday, May 20, 2017

With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Sheldon Casavant shares his own story of discovering magic in an awe-inspiring performance. Sheldon rolls fast-paced magic, audience participation, and a brief history of the most famous magician of all time – Harry Houdini – into one exciting and theatrical magic show.

Read more and buy tickets.

08 April 2017

Canadians on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" season 4

Updated November 24th at add Ekatarina, Matthew Johnson, Shin Lim, and Jean-Pierre Parent.

Updated on May 24th to add Richard Forget!

Updated on April 17 to add Yan Markson!

Updated at 1:55pm to add Patrik Kuffs!

Information is slowly leaking about about the contestants on season four of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us."  So far I've spotted Murray Hatfield, Sheldon Casavant, and Patrik Kuffs.  (And a teaser from Shawn Farquhar.)  Tell me, who am I missing from Canada?


From Murray Hatfield's Facebook page:




From Sheldon Casavant's Facebook page:






From Yan Markson's Instagram:




From Richard Forget's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

24 September 2016

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant at Creative Mornings

From Creative Mornings:
September 30

Sheldon Casavant isn’t your everyday magician. With his uniquely captivating and humorous style of magic, Sheldon was nominated as Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2010 by the Canadian Events Industry and was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2014. Sheldon has entertained across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Panama, China, and has performed over 630 shows in Japan.

Read more and register.

20 August 2016

Review: Sheldon Casavant's "Ta Da!" in the Edmonton Journal

"Ta Da!" got a 5 / 5 rating!

From the Edmonton Journal:
Sometimes you come across a show so magical you have to drag the whole family to see it. This is just such a show. Pack up granny, round up the kids and run, don’t walk, to see Ta Da!

Morton loves magic. Morton the magician loves practising magic, and he loves performing magic. The young man practsces [sic] at home when he should be studying. He flings his wand around and tries out all of the staples of a beginner magician: card tricks, the broken rings and even the old ‘fire your talking stuffed rabbit across the room into a covered box.’

His mother reminds him again he should be studying, but Morton is a boy, and boys will be boys. It’s the big talent show at school that is occupying our hero’s thoughts, keeping him up at night when he should be sleeping. He is kept up by doubt and fear, emotions we can all relate to.

Read more.

03 August 2016

Edmonton: There's magic at the 2016 fringe

The 35th Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival: August 11-21, 2016.

From Fringe Theatre:
Ta Da!
Morton is a young boy who has always dreamed of being a magician. With the school talent show fast approaching, Morton needs to gain confidence in order to share his magic with an audience for the first time. A charming blend of mask, magic and theatre for all ages!

by: Casavant Productions
www.mortonthemagician.com


Murder at the Magic Emporium
Who killed Henning Lee?! Crack the case at this family-friendly whodunit where magic meets mystery. Venture off-Whyte and step into the most unique BYOV of the festival: the Magic Emporium! Join Henning Lee (Magician Kent Wong) and a cast of characters for a night you won’t soon forget. [Free parking]

by: RJK ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES
magicemporium.ca


6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation
“BEST OF FEST: PATRON’S PICK” Edmonton Fringe 2015 ALL NEW! Mind-reading! Shakespeare! Time travel! Join Australia’s favourite comedy psychic detective as he pursues a killer in satirical film-noir mentalist style. From the creator of 2 Ruby Knockers… ★★★★&1/2 “An excellent show.” -Edmonton Journal ★★★★&1/2 “Amazing” -Edmonton Sun

by: Tim Motley
www.dirkdarrow.com


Read more and buy tickets.

16 July 2016

Edmonton: Sheldon Casavant at K-Days

From K-Days:
July 22 – 26: 2:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. 
Audiences around the world have been thrilled with Sheldon Casavant’s captivating, humorous, and high energy performances. Sheldon’s show is an insightful glimpse into abstract thought and a clever take on modern illusion.

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 “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.

24 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 5

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

Day 2: Saturday August 15th (cont)*
5pm
Camp swim is so much fun!  We get to use huge inner tubes to float in the docks at the lake.  Eric Leclerc went out of the designated area in an inner tube, to get a ball that floated away.  It was funny to watch him try and paddle with his hands!  There’s a slide that goes into the lake and a super high platform that you can jump off of too.
Inner tubes are fun! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Inner tubes are fun!

Squeezing more magic in before the swim. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Squeezing more magic in before the swim.

We had “performance workshop” where some campers performed something and everyone got to tell them what they liked about it and what they thought could be improved.  Some kids got up and did things that we just learned at electives today!  Everyone seems really supportive and encouraging here.  No one was mean about it.  
Then we played the “Umm” game.  It’s where you have to talk as long as you can about an assigned topic (think unicorns, chocolate, soccer, etc) without saying things like “umm” or “ahh.”  It’s hard!  (And fun to watch!)  Now I know that I need to script my performances because I’m not so good at improvising!

Performance workshop. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Performance workshop.



10pm
What a night!  We ate chicken burgers and chocolate mousse!  At the theatre we watched video messages for us from magicians from Las Vegas and other places in the US.  Apparently there’s a camper show later in the week.  I wonder if I have anything good enough to do for the show...

The evening performance was mind blowing.  Mike Close, Eric, Sheldon Casavant, Scott Hammell, Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva are all fabulous.  I got to see dove magic live for the first time.  Neil made birds appear out of NOWHERE. 

Mike Close. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Mike Close.


Eric Leclerc.  Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric Leclerc.



Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva.

Rosemary Reid, Mark Correia, and Chris Mayhew did lip syncs tonight.  I laughed so hard when Chris “blah, blah, blahed” his way through "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé.


After that we had a beach party -- wait for it -- on the beach!  There was fire floating in the lake (I’d never seen that before).  We had fries and chicken nuggets and fried zucchini for snack.  Phil DaCosta, the DJ, had everyone moving and doing the limbo and forming conga lines.  I liked it when he played the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Uptown Funk.”  I complained when my counsellor said I had to leave early ‘cause I’m so little.  Secretly I’m glad I’m back at the cabin.  I’m pooped.
How low can you go? Photo by James Carey Lauder.
How low can you go?



Beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Beach party!


More beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
More beach party!

 
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.

17 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 4

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

Day 2: Saturday August 15th *
Don’t have much time.  Breakfast was awesome (pancakes!) and no one laughed at me in card class.  Most of the kids in my class are near the same age and ability as I am -- I am so relieved!  I was very surprised (and happy) to find we were learning in the Mess Hall and not in a big classroom with blackboards and uncomfortable desks!  Yesssss!!!!  Our instructor, Scott Hammell, told us that “The main time you go through a lot of cards is when you’re practicing.” Then he told us to “Go through a lot of cards.” 

Scott teaching card class. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Scott teaching card class.

I learned the term, “beached cards.”  It’s when you drop your cards on the ground and they get all sandy and wet and impossible to use afterwards.  I’m going to be extra careful to keep mine on the table. Some of the more advanced kids said they learned harder things.  The really experienced kids had to perform stuff and then everyone else in their group gave ideas on how it could be made it better.

I have to get ready to do this big camp wide activity.  I hope it’s not dodgeball.


11:40am
Whoa! That was so much more fun than dodgeball!  We just did a relay race kind of thing in teams with everyone from different cabins.  It involved:
  • water
  • balloons
  • tape
  • pool noodles and
  • people wrapped up in toilet paper! 


Listening to the rules.



Pool noodle marble run. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pool noodle marble run.


Pouring water backwards. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Pouring water backwards.

That's a lot of balloons! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
That's a lot of balloons!



It was more fun than Fun Day at the end of school!  I think Sheldon Casavant was still on the field, wrapped head to toe in toilet paper, when I left.  Hope he’s okay.

Sheldon getting wrapped. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Sheldon getting wrapped.





2pm
Yum!  Bagel pizzas for lunch!  Magic Mike Segal and his staff make announcements at every meal.  Sometimes when there’s exciting news, everyone bangs on the tables and cheers!  It gets really loud and it’s great fun!  
Announcements with Magic Mike. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Announcements with Magic Mike.



I saw three cute little brown rabbits eating weeds outside the Mess Hall.  Someone said they saw a deer here too.  I hope I see one!

There were so many interesting electives to choose from today (duct-tape wallets, “no sleight” misdirection, stage card manipulation, sponge balls, juggling, and bill folds).  I did juggling and boy am I bad at it.  I was dropping things all over the place.  Scott said that it will come with practice.  I hope he’s right!  (He’s really good!)

Learning to juggle with Scott. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Learning to juggle with Scott.


Stage card manipulation with Sheldon. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Stage card manipulation with Sheldon.




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.

14 April 2016

St. Albert: Sheldon Casavant "Exploring the Impossible"

From the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival:
Sheldon Casavant:  Exploring the Impossible

Children are fascinated by magic – longing to become their own magnificent magicians. With sleight of hand and mind-captivating illusions, Edmonton's Sheldon Casavant shares his own story of discovery as he redefines magic in this logic-defying, mind-bending performance.

Borrowed items vanish and reappear, inanimate objects are brought to life, and kids are called on to perform outrageous feats. Casavant uses the art of magic to inspire curiosity and courage to imagine the impossible.

Tuesday, May 31
Wednesday, June 1    
Thursday, June 2    
Friday, June 3    
Saturday, June 4

Read more and buy tickets.

24 October 2015

Sheldon Casavant's "MindTrip"

From Sheldon Casavant's YouTube channel:

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26 September 2015

Win a copy of "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show"

Earlier today you read a guest post reporting on Sheldon Casavant's book "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show."  Now you can win a copy for yourself!

Sheldon is generously offering our readers a chance to win a copy of his wonderful book "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show."  Read below for details.

Watch Behind the Scenes of "Morton the Magician" on Sheldon's YouTube channel:




CONTEST:

I have been offered a copy of "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show" by Sheldon Casavant to give away to my readers.

I will be holding a random draw to determine the winner.  (There will be one winner.)  The draw results will be posted Saturday, October the 3rd.

To enter:
  1. Log into the RaffleCopter widget below, using Facebook or a valid e-mail address.
  2. Mandatory: Leave a comment in the widget, letting us know the name the first magic book you remember reading.  (You do not need to be a magician to enter the contest.  The book could be Harry Potter.)
  3. Optional: For an additional entry, use the RaffleCopter widget to send this message to your Twitter followers:
    "Enter by Oct 2 to win a copy of "Morton the Magician" by @SheldonCasavant via @canadasmagic
    http://canadasmagic.blogspot.com/2015/09/win-copy-of-morton-magician-and-his.html"
  4. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and shipping information for me to share with Sheldon.

The fine print:
  1. To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Limit of one mandatory entry and one optional entry per person.
  3. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents excluding residents of Quebec.
  4. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  5. If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may e-mail it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your e-mail is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
  6. You must be able to use the prize as offered.  (No cash value will be offered.)
  7. The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  8. The contest closes Friday, October the 2nd at 11:59pm ET.


With thanks to Sheldon for generously making this prize available to you!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



[Guest post] Report on "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show"

I was generously provided a copy of "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show." This book, which was shortlisted for an Alberta Children’s Literature Award, is intended for young readers. With that in mind, I found a youthful reader who agreed to read and give me their feedback on the book.  

(For more on 
"Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show" skip to the bottom of the post.)



The following is a guest post from an author who wishes to be known as Kidlet.

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My thoughts on Sheldon Casavant's book "Morton the Magician and his Magnificent Magic Show."
  • This is a good picture book for parents to read to their kids.
  • I really like the drawings, they're very nice.
  • Morton is someone that children can relate to.
  • I like that there are two tricks in the book that you can do by yourself. 
  • It's funny that the rabbit is the announcer.
  • If I were younger, it would make me want to try doing magic tricks.
  • Parents, if your child under 6 years old likes magic or wants to be a magician, this is the perfect book for them!

Favourite things:
  • I like the words in the air before Morton's show, letting us know what's going on inside his head.
  • The story tells us we can be anything we want to be if we just put our minds to it.

In conclusion:
  • It's a fun story!
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Thank you Kidlet for guest posting at Canada's Magic!


Watch Behind the Scenes of "Morton the Magician" on Sheldon's YouTube channel:





10 September 2015

Sheldon Casavant in the Morinville News

From the Morinville News:
The Morinville Community Cultural Centre will kick off its fifth LIVE at the CCC performance series Sept. 26. Half a decade into bringing entertainment to Morinville it is no surprise that Cultural Services Coordinator Laurie Stalker sees this season as a magical time. It is also no surprise that the first show of that magical season is a magician. Sheldon Casavant will open the season with his entertaining and interactive show Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by Morinville Sobeys, offers families an affordable afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family (maximum four people).

Casavant is recognized as one of Canada’s most sought after performers, one who involves his audience with a highly interactive repertoire of magic.

Read more.