03 January 2015

FCM Q&A with Shawn Farquhar and Ice McDonald

From Daz Buckley's Facebook photo:

02 January 2015

Toronto: Browser's magic club meeting reminder

From the Browser's Den mail out:
Magic Club Meeting is this Sat. Jan. 3, 2015 from 2:30 to 5:30pm. 

[Guest post] Magic Magazine: January 2015

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


Magic Magazine always makes good reading but the current issue contains noteworthy Canadian content.

First and foremost, a feature profile of the award winning Canadian photographer, cinematographer, magician and Ellusionist production manager Peter McKinnon. It is eloquently penned by the multi-talented Vancouver magician Jamie D. Grant.

Peter McKinnon's inventive photographic work is well known within the magic community. Magic Magazine's September 2014 cover was his; and if you've ever seen any special deck of playing cards advertised in an unusual or attention-grabbing way in the last decade or so, chances are it was also one of Peter's photos or videos.

It was just about ten years ago that Peter McKinnon was cutting college classes and hanging out at the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. Today he bases his internationally acclaimed photographic work out of both Toronto and San Francisco. He usually manages to combine his love for magic with his awesome creativity in the visual arts. It's an inspiring story.

Secondly: Prominent within the article is a whimsical photo of Jeff Pinsky, owner of The Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. It was originally part of Peter McKinnon's compelling and idiosyncratic "Plaid Chair" online project. It seems a fitting salute to the man behind the b&m magic store which perhaps initially helped to energize Peter's impressive career.

Editor's notes:
  • Visit the Browser's Den Facebook group to see Peter Mennie's post which inspired Wilson to comment "So this is how Harry Potter looks like when he grows up"
  • Read Peter's thoughts about Jeff over at The Plaid Chair (in keeping with Wilson's comment above, the photo is filed under "Hogwarts")

Thirdly (and finally) in this issue: Ian Rowland's always must-read "Loving Mentalism" column features a fun and quirky mentalism effect contributed by John Pellatt, known to readers of this blog as the founder/curator of the Johnny Giordmaine tribute site. John credits fellow Canadian Patrik Kuffs for inspiring the creation of his original mentalism effect/routine. It is called "Expresso ESP" and described as "a seemingly impromptu experiment in mindreading suitable for informal occasions."

So, not bad for Magic Magazine's first issue of 2015. In fact, it's a Canadian magical hat-trick!


Thank you The Magic Demon for guest posting at Canada's Magic!

Who's Where January 2015

Leave a comment on this post to let us know where you're going to be this month!
  • The Conjuror wraps up its run in Toronto
  • Potted Potter wraps up its run in Toronto
  • Bill Abbott and Bobby Motta are back at Dave and Busters Vaughan
  • Magic Mondays with James Jordan in Calgary

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12 From the Celebrities of Magic's Facebook page:

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01 January 2015

Happy 2015!

Wishing you and yours a year filled with awe and wonder!

And now, a musical interlude from James Jordan's Twitter feed:

31 December 2014

In memoriam 2014

Updated 2015-07 to add Richard Sequens.

Please e-mail additions or corrections to "canadasmagic at gmail dot com" 

30 December 2014

Coupon code for 50% off "Magic Tonight"

James Alan, over at Abracadaberet, has kindly offered the readers of Canada's Magic a coupon code for 50% off tickets to "Magic Tonight!"

Use the coupon code cmagic when you buy your tickets for Magic Tonight to receive your discount*.

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This just in from Chris Mayhew

From Chris Mayhew's Twitter feed:

Thank you for a great 2014!

Thank you to our readers, our fans, our followers, our wonderful guest posters (The Magic Demon,  Erin Thomas, and James Alan), people who have offered up prizes for contests (Orca Book PublishersHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Abracadabaret), those who sent news our way, and last but not least, thank you to all of this year's sponsors (be sure to support them!):

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Top 5 posts in December 2014

It's been another busy month for news with over 50 posts! Here are the most viewed posts at Canada's Magic this month:
5. Dean Gunnarson: coffin escape - It's going to be an exciting TV special!  
3. SOULO: Call for Submissions 
2. Scott Hammell: A Day In The Life (Oct)

and the most viewed post this month  ...

Who's where December 2014  - Keep an eye out for next month's Who's where and be sure to add yourself!

29 December 2014

Darcy Oake's goal: to get Edge of Reality to air in other parts of the world

From the CBC:
A Winnipeg magician who rose to fame this spring is getting a lot of attention overseas again.      

Darcy Oake, who got his start on the stages of Britain’s Got Talent in April, premiered his first-ever television special this weekend.

Edge of Reality aired in the UK this weekend.

Oake said watching the special was surreal and rewarding.

“You get so close to your material that it's kind of hard to look at it as an outsider looking in, seeing it for the first time, but I was really happy with it,” said Oake. “I was really happy with how it turned out and it seemed to be well received, so it was all positive.”

Read more.

Toronto: Dan McLean Jr's residency Swan Song

From Dan McLean Jr's Facebook photo:

Shawn Farquhar interviewed by Kris Sheppard

From Kris Sheppard's Twitter feed:

28 December 2014


Four years of blogging at this bit of real estate and not one cat video to be seen.

Squirrels, on the other hand....

Richmond: "Celebrate the Child in All of Us"

From Shawn Farquhar's Facebook page:

27 December 2014

'Baldini' on CP24 Breakfast

From Baldini's Facebook page:

From the archives via Baldini's Facebook page:

26 December 2014

Laval: Luc Langevin

The hard work of Luc Langevin and his team in the preparation of a first great magic show will not have been in vain, since already more than 100 000 people have plunged so far in his unconventional magic numbers.

"I dreamed of this performance for many years, but I did not expect that success occurs as soon entrust one who moved to the Salle André-Mathieu for the holidays. If the scene brings different facets, people found the world they knew me. "

Returning to ground Laval eight evenings from December 26 to January 4, the delights, although this time of year has always been a busy schedule, as in any life magician.

Read more.

And a nice piece of magic from Luc's Twitter feed:

Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality Live Tour Trailer 2015

From Clive Court's Facebook page:

25 December 2014

Toronto: The Conjuror

Updated at 7:20am to include (at the bottom of the post) a link to the Michael Coren interview as well as a link to a new short film. 

More details about the Conjuror!

From Julie Eng's Facebook page:

Also from Julie Eng's Facebook page:

More from Julie Eng's Facebook page:

Even more from Julie's Facebook page:

Interview link from Julie's Facebook page:

From Magicana's Twitter feed:

24 December 2014

Christmas wishes from Aaron Jones

Merry Christmas to you too Aaron!

From Aaron Jones' Twitter feed:

You may also want to check out Aaron's "Inspire Magic" series on YouTube.