03 March 2014

Rounding the Western rings in March

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

Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)Michael Ammar lecture.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- n/a
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of WinnipegMichael Ammar lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle)- General Meeting we'll be hosting special guest lecturer Michael Ammar!
- Third Monday Magic
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- Comedy competitions.
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- n/a
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)   - Michael Ammar lecture.
Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Ontario rings in March

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

Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club) - n/a
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Dollar store magic.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Possible exchange night with
Hamilton & London Clubs.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians) Stand-up Magic
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- n/a
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club) - Members' night.

Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in March

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

Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - check out their great new website!
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- n/a

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02 March 2014

Manitoba museum an honour to son

Updated at 2:50pm to add:

Philip's Magical Paradise
"Preserving Canada's Magical Heritage with treasures donated by magicians from around the world."

From the Winnipeg Sun:
It's been operating for 22 years in the RM of Ste. Anne and believed to be the only museum of its kind in Western Canada, but most Manitobans have never heard of it.

"We're a hidden treasure out here," Marilyn Hornan said Wednesday morning.

Philip's Magical Paradise is a magic museum that opened south of Winnipeg in the village of Giroux in 1991. It's a tribute to Marilyn and Gordon Hornan's youngest son, Philip Hornan.

Philip had been a magician since he was a youngster and his love for magic only grew as he got older.

"Unfortunately, cancer took him at the age of 15," Gordon said. "His request was to create a room for everyone to enjoy, to keep the magic in life."

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The article goes on to discuss how "performers who provided items were Gunnarson, Lance Burton, Doug Henning and Peter Reveen."   In addition they mention a piece on display which includes something once owned by Houdini himself!

[via Owen Anderson]

01 March 2014

Christopher Hart, Lee Asher et al at the Atlanta Harvest of Magic

From Lee Asher:

This year's Atlanta Harvest of Magic runs from September 11-13, 2014.

Also scheduled to appear are friends of Sorcerers Safari: Nathan Kranzo and Steven Kline!

28 February 2014

Ken McCreedy at MAWNY

Ken McCreedy from Niagara Falls, is scheduled to perform at this year's MAWNY on Sunday April 27th.  Other performers names listed include: Shaun Robison Glenn Brooks, Brian Miller, David Wu, Pierric, Ouka, Mike Chao, Jay Scott Berry and Rian Lehman. 

Visit the MAWNY website for more information and to register.

27 February 2014

Ryan Pilling in Calgary is Awesome

From Calgary is Awesome:
To describe his world would take a novella. “Magic is always moving forward. There’s monthly magazines where everyone is submitting their ideas and tricks [for peer review] like a research papers. A hobbyist would develop a trick, and the professionals would find a way to bring it to the audience.” He continues to describe the magic world as a world-wide community united by the pursuit of the Impossible. “I can be anywhere in the world, and grab the phone book and call a magician. There’s always a sofa somewhere for me to sleep in.”

Read more.

Go over to Demotix to see some photos of Ryan Pilling from this year's WowFest!

25 February 2014

Review: David Acer, John Carney, Michel Huot and Rafael DiCaprio at the Comedy Nest.

From Perfect Magic:
As I wrote on the Perfect Magic Facebook, too bad for you if you didn’t go to the Comedy Nest in Montreal last Sunday night. For us, Phil and I, it was like old home week and brought back warm and pleasant memories of Magie Montréal. We had tried to phone Mephisto, aka Wym Vermeys, who was our partner in that venture but couldn’t reach him. He called the day after the show and said he was in Florida. He was heartbroken that he missed it.

David was terrific as the MC. He did many funny bits, which I know all who were there will use, magicians or not! He didn’t do any magic but some good comic mind reading stuff.

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24 February 2014

Winnipeg: A Family Day of Magic

From the Magic Club of Winnipeg's Facebook page:
The Magic Club of Winnipeg presents, "A Family Day of Magic".
Sunday, April 27, 2014 
Two shows in support of M.T.Y.P. ( Manitoba Theatre For Young People

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23 February 2014

Magically benevolent Canadians

In this month's issue of the Linking Ring (Vol 94, #2, February 2014, pages 30-34), five Canadians were featured in the article "Still Giving:  The Benevolence of Magic Continues, part 3."  They are:
and last but not least

If you recall, Canada also had an entry in the article that started it all in The Linking Ring (v92, #12), Dennis Schick wrote "The Benevolence of Magic" (page 56) which had a lovely mention of Magicana for it's My Magic Hands, Senior Sorcery and Tony Eng Youth Fund initiatives.

22 February 2014

Broken wand: W. Doug Hobbs

From The Star:
DOUG HOBBS Peacefully with his family by his side at the Hamilton General Hospital on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the age of 68 years. Loving husband and best friend of Nannette (Bambi) for 47 years. Devoted father of Shari and her husband Ben Diamond of Winnipeg and Tammi and Tim Tyler of St. Catharines. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Laurie, Jessica, Megan, Ethan and Madison. He is survived by his sister Ginny Huebsch. He is predeceased by his daughter Laurie (1976). Doug was a broadcaster/sport director for many years for CKTB Radio, the voice of the Baby Blue Jays, Official Scorekeeper for the Toronto Blue Jays for many years, a lifetime member for the Order of Magicians, as well as an avid swimmer and a collector and lover of music.

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[via The Linking Ring, Vol 94, #2, February 2014]

21 February 2014

Toronto: Brant Matthews lecture

From the Browser's Den:
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

Though BRANT MATTHEWS has been a customer of Browser’s Den for over twenty years he has spent much of that time traveling the world with his special brand of street performing (Fire, Juggling, Magic, Comedy).

He has seen all the right and wrong approaches to street performing and busking.  It was Brant’s idea to give this lecture. He truly wants to give back to the community some of what he has learned the hard way…through trail and error.

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19 February 2014

Broken wand: Jack Bateman

I'll post more details as they become available to me.

From the IBM Ring 17 Facebook page:
I am sorry to report the passing of an old ring 17 member. Mr. Jack Bateman, also known as the Wacky Wizard, passed away last Monday evening at Scarborough General Hospital. A good friend, a great mentor, and always inventing new ways to display his magic. R.I.P. Jack. You will be missed

Toronto: Playing Card Collectors Meeting

From the Browser's Den:
Sunday March 2nd, 2014

Calling all playing 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 spend an entire afternoon with World renowned Playing Card Experts and authors of the Hochman Encyclopedia of Playing Cards - Mr. Tom & Judy Dawson.

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18 February 2014

Brian Michaels remembered in the Hamilton Spectator

From The Spec:
Brian Moynagh crammed more life into 39 years than most do in a lifetime, his wife says.

While the Burlington magician was known internationally for his seamless tricks, he was awe-inspiring off stage, too, as he persevered against his cystic fibrosis.

Moynagh — who went by the stage name Brian Michaels — died Feb. 7.

Aware from the start of his CF diagnosis, Carrie Lamers says she and her husband lived life together "with eyes wide open but a healthy dose of denial — We knew what we were getting into, but we never dwelled on it at all."

Even after receiving a double-lung transplant in 2006, he was back on stage in two months.

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[via Ring 17]

Joan Caesar and Jay Sankey at Blackpool 2014

Joan Caesar and Obie O'Brien will be hosting the "The Four F's Stars of Close Up Magic."

Jay Sankey will be lecturing and performing at Blackpool 2014, February 21st to 23rd!  For more information, visit the Blackpool Magicians' Club website.

17 February 2014

16 February 2014

Review: Lee Asher's Catch 33

From Wayne Kawamoto:
Classic Monte with a Killer Ending

Lee Asher offers this amazing take on classic three-card monte that's taught via a downloadable pdf file that you can view on your computer or mobile device. Asher not only teaches the basics of the monte, he offers a stunning switch at the routine's end that may very well surpass the classic "bent corner" ploy. It's an entertaining routine at a great price.

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