18 May 2014

Victoria: Mirth and Magic Show

The Victoria Magic Circle presents Mirth & Magic - an evening of magic and comedy featuring the award winning magic of Steve Hignett, Zanthera, Murray Hatfield, and Jason Verners. Competing for the Wansborough Best Comedy Magic Trophy; Donald Dunphy, Craig McKee, Michael Macheck, Dave Morris.

May 24th, 2014.

Berwick Royal Oak

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17 May 2014

Toronto: SOULO Theatre Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the SOULO Theatre Festival, May 22-25 in Toronto. SOULO Theatre, created by Tracey Erin Smith, highlights solo performances and one-person shows with a focus on personal storytelling.

This is the second year of the festival and I’ve joined their team as their general manager, thanks, I’m sure, to my mother teaching me to make elaborate spreadsheets so I could survive managing Camp Black Belt all those years ago – love you!  (Insert joke about “Selling my soul-o” here.)

The entire festival takes place at The Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street). The quality of the performers is exceptional. I was at the launch party which was preceded by a showcase of four short solo shows which were wonderful, heartwarming, disturbing and uplifting (but not necessarily in that order).

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16 May 2014

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Calgary: Calgary International Children's Festival

May 21-24 
Sheldon Casavant 
Passionate about magic from a young age, Sheldon is a highly sought after performer, with a repertoire of magic that is contemporary, fun and highly interactive. 
Sheldon is also hosting a student magic workshop. 
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Watch Wow Ryan in this festival promo video on YouTube:

15 May 2014

Toronto: The Uncertainty Project by James Alan

It's worth noting that Early Bird tickets are available until May 18th, at a very deep discount.

June 18 - 21 
James Alan appears on stage. Live and unexpected things happen. There is surprise…again and again. Odd things take place that don’t fit neatly into our tidy view of the universe.

This is The Uncertainty Project. Your viewpoint will be turned upside down. Not so gently.

The Uncertainty Project is a presentation of illusion and astonishing moments of wonder unlike the City of Toronto has ever known. It’s about what we know and what we don’t know. It’s about what will happen next or what should happen next…but doesn’t. A leap of faith or a pondering of possibilities. Learning that our assumptions are faulty and that our senses are unreliable.

This isn’t a magic show. This is a show of impossibilities.

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London: The Amazing Corbin in A Night at the Moulin Rouge

From the Grand Theatre:
May 29, 2014
Join us in celebrating four decades of professional theatre at the 40th Annual Grand Gala fundraiser! 
This RUBY anniversary celebration brings The Grand Gala back to The Grand Theatre MainStage, where guests will enjoy a one-of-a-kind sit-down dinner, frenzied auction activity, and the sights, tastes, and sounds of an opulent Moulin Rouge theme. 
Corbin is a modern, vintage and limited-edition entertainer, presenting practically-perfect prestidigitation for your pleasure. Corbin has been performing all over Canada for close to 20 years. He is currently the President of the London Magician's Guild, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and is often featured on London's Rogers Television. Corbin looks forward to meeting and entertaining everyone at The 40th Annual Grand Gala event. 
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14 May 2014

The Amazing Randi Day at Browser's Den

What a wonderful surprise we had last Saturday at Browser's Den.

At about noon none other than The Amazing Randi entered the shop!!! He walked in with his entourage including the president of the Randi Foundation.

Randi was wearing black cape and stylish fedora and sporting a walking cane with a silver skull at it's top.

There were about ten magicians at the shop whose mouths dropped open very wide...I think that I could have pulled out a 50 foot mouth coil from their mouths they were so wide.

I pointed out to Randi that we had a framed poster of him hanging on the wall above the table that magicians hang around and chat.

Randi sat down in the chair directly below his poster. 
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Be a part of The Magic Festival!

From The Magic Festival:
The 2nd Annual Magic Festival will be held in June of 2014 and we’re now building our database of artists who wish to showcase.  We will be in need of magical artists who can do one or more of the following disciplines:

Street Magic ¤ Comedy Magic ¤ Stage Magic ¤ Close Up Magic

Children’s Magic ¤ Restaurant Magic ¤ Bar Magic

The MAGIC Festival will be produced in a similar fashion to a Fringe Festival.  This means we award artists with extraordinary acts the opportunity to produce their productions as part of the Festival at minimal costs.  By using the bulk buying power of the Festival we have been able to secure several venues at reduced rates.  By presenting several presentations by various artists in the same venue the cost of renting a venue is a fraction of the normal costs.  There will be very few paid positions, several volunteer positions and a good number of producer positions for solo artists or groups wishing to present a compilation style show.

Read more and apply.

13 May 2014

Greg Frewin: Nine years in Niagara Falls

From CHCH:
It is a little bit of Las Vegas right here at home. Magician Greg Frewin has performed over two thousand times over nine years at the Greg Frewin Theatre. He is here to give a taste of what you will see.

12 May 2014

Calgary: Thomas Baxter lecture

From the Vanishing Rabbit:
Mentalist THOMAS BAXTER will be lecturing at the Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop
MAY 23rd 
Would you like to be able to perform a full- evening show with just the contents of a briefcase, get paid MORE than someone per- forming a complete illusion show, and get standing ovations at every performance? Or perhaps you'd just like to completely astonish your friends and family with NO PROPS, but just your own understanding of human behavior? Thomas Baxter can show you how.

Tom is a professional mentalist from Canada and has been one of Canada's most successful mystery performers for well over 30 years. He’s performed his one-man show in 31 countries around the world, entertained on cruise ships, created and starred in television specials, in night clubs and has even presented hundred of theatrical seances.  
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11 May 2014

Montreal: Lab Magique

From Regroupement des Magiciens Québécois:
May 21 
Laboratoire experimental pour magiciens et artistes de variety 
With Erick Electrik and Bernard Lebel 
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[via Perfect Magic]

10 May 2014

Montreal: Spectacular Sunday!

If you're not going to be at Gordon's birthday bash, you should definitely consider attending Spectacular Sunday!

From the Comedy Nest:
Sunday June 1st 
You won’t believe what’s happening here on June 1st… literally! Five world-class magicians take over the Nest for a hilarious and mind-boggling spectacle where so many laws of physics will be broken, Stephen Hawking might show up and give them a ticket! Catch JONATHAN BURNS (Late Show with David Letterman), RICHARD SANDERS (Just For Laughs), ROMAINE (The Magic Castle), ANGELO THE AMAZING FOOD MAGICIAN and more on this special night of awesome astonishment! Reserve your tickets now! 
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08 May 2014

David Merry on Too Much Information

Starting May 13 
Too Much Information is a new original half-hour comedic panel/variety show exclusively for Super Channel.

Hosted by Norm Sousa and includes the cream of Canadian comedy: Carla Collins, Mark Forward, Stewart Francis, Geri Hall, Dave Merheje, Dave Merry, Naomi Snieckus, Ron Sparks, and Pat Thornton.

Tapings begin May 13-29 at CBC Toronto Studios (250 Front St. W.)
Get your FREE tickets at: hotrows.com/tickets 
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07 May 2014

Winners of the Best Magician Contest 2014

The results from the Best Magician Contest 2014!

From Popular Magic News:
“Best Magician Contest 2014” was successfully completed on April 26, 2014. Comparing with the past years, there were new talented magicians who came from different parts of Toronto to participate the contest; some of them even came from Ottawa just for showing off their talents and made our audience left with so much wonders and joy. 
Here is the result of the contest: 
Champion Award:  Luiz Castro
My Favourite Magician Award:  Scott Hood
Read more and click through to see photos.

Congratulations to Luiz and Scott!

[via Arthur Poon]

06 May 2014

Niagara Falls: Mindtrix the Show

From the Fallsview Magic and Entertainment Theatre Facebook page:

05 May 2014

Toronto: Canadian Premiere of The Secret Life of Uri Geller - Psychic Spy?

The premiere was last night on May the 4th.  There's a second showing on May the 7th.

From the Toronto Jewish Film Festival:
A self-proclaimed psychic, Uri Geller became an entertainment sensation in the 1970s, famous for his ability to bend spoons with his mind and make watches stop or go faster. But away from the bent silverware and broken clocks, Geller purports to have led a secret life as a “psychic spy” for three decades, working as a secret agent in Mexico as well as being recruited by the CIA and the Mossad. Director Vikram Jayanti (The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector) explores these claims based on freshly declassified information. Was Geller really able to wipe out information from KGB floppy disks merely by thinking “erase, erase, erase”? Did his psychic powers play a role in the Entebbe rescue? This fascinating documentary may not be able to provide definitive answers, but it never fails to entertain us with the possibilities.

Guest: Magic historian David Ben
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03 May 2014

The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

From the Vancouver Sun:
With his new novel The Confabulist, Vancouver writer Steven Galloway effortlessly blends history and fiction into a thrilling narrative that is as irresistible as it is subtly complex.

It’s difficult to go wrong when you start with legendary escape artist Harry Houdini. While he does spend some time with Houdini’s career on the stage, Galloway builds The Confabulist around Houdini’s crusade against the bogus spiritualists in vogue in the 1910s and 1920s, debunking their claims of communication with the dead and crippling the elaborate confidence games they developed around seances and visitations.

The story centres, however, around Martin Strauss, who claims, in the introduction to the book, “What no one knows, save for myself and one other person who likely died long ago, is that I didn’t just kill Harry Houdini. I killed him twice.” 
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[via iTricks]

02 May 2014

Darcy Oake says thanks!

Watch a YouTube video of Darcy Oake thanking his Britain's Got Talent fans for their support:

[via iTricks]

01 May 2014

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