03 July 2014

Eric Leclerc on BrainGames

From Eric Leclerc's Facebook page:

Winnipeg: Keith Brown's Exchange

From Keith Brown's Twitter feed:

02 July 2014

Montreal: Gaston lecture

From Montreal Magic Jam:
When: July 10
Where: Espace La Risée
1258 Bélanger Est, Montréal

Two-time FISM Champion, Gaston, is a key member of the famed Flicking Fingers and one of magic’s most creative performers. 
Gaston: an actor, comedian, and master magician all rolled up into one. Born in Munich Germany, Gaston started performing magic at an early age of seven. He trained at the school of magic in Munich where he later became a teacher. In 1988 he started working on adding skills with intensive classes of pantomime, ballet, jazz, acting, and attended the Drama School Schauspiel Munich. He’s written and starred in two solo shows that have played in Germany; both shows revolving around 10 characters from literature.

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[via Magic Information Canada]

01 July 2014

Who's where July 2014

Leave a comment on this post to let us know where you're going to be this month!

Listings from the comments section:
From Captain Corbin:
I'll be performing pirate themed magic shows every Friday in July and August at London Ontario's Storybook Gardens! and Every Sunday in July and August at Gravenhurst Ontario's Wharf aboard the steamship Wenonah I'll be hosting a 2 hour pirate cruise on Lake Muskoka!

Fine print:
  • Must be a Canadian associated with the magic community or a magic performance in Canada.
  • No more than one comment per event.
  • Submissions will be subject to editing and / or deletion.

Winnipeg: Society of Young Magicians

Society of Young Magicians meeting on July 6th. 
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30 June 2014

Who's where on Canada Day

Leave a comment on this post to let us know where you're going to be on Canada Day!

Top 5 posts in June 2014

It's been a busy month at Canada's Magic, with 40 posts and over page loads so far!  The most popular were:
5. Classifieds: Sale on Magic Props and Clown Supplies - I hope you sold most of your stuff Chris! 
4. Niagara Falls: Mindtrix the Show - Reviews anyone? 
3. Toronto: The Ghost Experience with Jamie Stam - Reviews anyone? 
2. James Alan on Beyond the Mundane 

and the most viewed post this month is a topic that's near and dear to my heart  ...
1. Grateful for our June sponsors! - Please let them know you saw their sponsorship here!

29 June 2014

A timely reminder from Perfect Magic

Random thoughts about 90th birthday parties

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending two 90th birthday celebrations, both for Toronto's very own Gordon Precious.  Gordon is an absolute gentleman in every sense of the word.  I've known Gordon for close to 20 years and in that time he's been consistently positive, welcoming and encouraging.  He's younger at heart than many people of my generation.  Simply having Gordon in your life, makes you a better person.

First up was the Browser's event:
  • The event was extremely well attended.  There were people in attendance that I didn't see that day -- it was that packed.
  • It was fabulous showing of friendship from the magic community.  (Folks drove in from Kitchener, Hamilton and Ottawa!)
  • No one does the the Vanishing Birdcage like Gordon.
  • David Merry did a set that kept everyone in stitches.
  • Jeff always throws wonderful celebration parties!
  • I am incapable of entering a magic shop without leaving with a purchase.
  • Read more about it (and see pictures) at the Browser's Den blog.

And later in the week, a celebration by Ring 17 at their year end banquet:
  • The banquet was also very well attended.  (Folks also drove in from Kitchener, Hamilton and Ottawa!)
  • Gordon did a wonderful set, entertaining young and old alike!
  • There was a Zig-Zag illusion that went off without a hitch.
  • I had no idea Gordon could breathe fire.
  • Paul Wildbaum and Bill Abbott were entertaining, as always. 
  • See photos at the Ring 17 Facebook group.

Wonderful celebrations for a wonderful person!  Happy birthday Gordon!

28 June 2014

Asi Wind Special Guest at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp

Toronto, Ontario. - June 27th, 2014 EST - Amidst rampant magic forum speculation, Sorcerers Safari Summer Magic Camp announced it is bringing in a world renowned mentalist as the special guest at Magic Camp this summer.

With several best selling DVDs & downloads, a one-man show 'Concert of the Mind' under his belt, and a ton of great unpublished ideas – Asi Wind has lots to offer the campers. Asi Wind is famous for his exceptional performances, he's also known for consulting on David Blaine's latest special, which has received international acclaim. Now imagine what it would be like to spend a camp session with him?!

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This year Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp runs from Friday August 15th through to Wednesday August 20th.  They are currently taking registrations at http://www.sorcererssafari.ca

27 June 2014

Toronto: Big Sale at Browser's Den!

Dear Magic Friends,

Over the past couple of weeks we have acquired some collections of used magic in very good condition. 
On the date above the collection of books, tricks, props will be available for sale as soon as our doors open.

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26 June 2014

Halifax: Francis Menotti lecture

From Magic Information Canada's Twitter stream :

Review: The Uncertainty Project

James Alan’s stage magic leaves Toronto audiences stunned, at the Wychwood Theatre 
“How did he do that?” I asked myself this countless times during James Alan: The Uncertainty Project which is currently playing at the Wychwood Theatre. The show, written by Alan and directed by James Biss, is one full of magic and illusion that is both impressive and entertaining.

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25 June 2014

Quebec: Luc Langevin

From Perfect Magic's Facebook page:

24 June 2014

David Merry, Bob Cates nominated for Best Variety Act

Voting opens today.  Best of luck Dave and Bob!

From Canadian Comedy:

Live / Best Variety Act
  • Morro and Jasp
  • Shirley Gnome
  • Wes Borg

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23 June 2014

Toronto: Return of The Conjuror

December 30 
Embark on a voyage of imagination and wonder as David Ben brings his critically acclaimed The Conjuror to Soulpepper. Be transported back to the year 1909 and the legendary St. George's Hall in London where audiences came to be enchanted by paradox - the Golden Age of Magic!

Read more and buy tickets.

22 June 2014

Greg Frewin on Breakfast Television

From the Greg Frewin Theatre Facebook page:

21 June 2014

Review: Card Table Artifice

From The Star:
Ever wanted to be a card sharp or a Mississippi riverboat gambler? Then S.W. Erdnase’s The Expert at the Card Table is essential reading.

Known in magical circles simply as Erdnase, this much admired Bible of card manipulation was published in 1902 and, in detailed, polished and unemotional prose, exposes many tricks of the trade, including blind shuffles, bottom dealing, stocking and locating specific cards, palming and legerdemain.

The work inspired a string quartet with narration, written by composer Gavin Bryars and Spanish poet Juan, which premiered in 1997. And now Toronto magician David Ben has added yet another layer for the 2014 Luminato Festival.

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20 June 2014

Random thoughts on The Uncertainty Project

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Uncertainty Project by James Alan.  I had spent the day volunteering my time for the benefit of school age children and had already experienced more than my share of excitement and uncertainty.  (All's well that ends well, thankfully.)  I was a little apprehensive about filling my evening with more uncertainty.  I'm glad I did.

  • There will never, ever be a show exactly like the show I saw.  (At least, it's highly improbable.)
  • The audience is a wild card for which it is nearly impossible to be completely prepared.
  • I find it hard to live tweet and watch a show at the same time.  (I really do know how to spell your name Mahdi.)
  • As near as I can tell, no rabbits were harmed in the creation of the show.
  • Any show with links to Heisenberg, Einstein, Fermat, Schrödinger, and Douglas Adams, is cool in my books.
  • I'm not ashamed to admit that I was "one of the two people" who was bothered by claims made on the third piece of glass. I checked.  I'm not going to tell you what I discovered.
  • Sometimes it's a good thing that magicians are tall.
  • Arithmetic is important.
  • Crowdsourcing seems to be a surprisingly effective way to get out of a jam.
  • There were some very powerful moments.
  • I was absolutely entertained.

The Uncertainty Project continues for two more nights.

Captain Corbin on Rogers TV

From Captain Corbin's Twitter feed: