09 January 2022

Broken wand: David Murdoch

From the Vancouver Sun and Province obituary at Remembering.ca:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother and uncle.He will be remembered by his brothers Gary and Ian, many nieces and nephews and special friends Evelin Dick and the Haddock family. David was a purchasing agent for Westinghouse and past president and 56 year member of Vancouver Magic Circle. Special thank you to the care providers at Royal Ascot who made his last days comfortable.
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[With thanks to Shawn Farquhar for sending us this information.]

07 January 2022

ICYMI: Darcy Oake received the “Mandrake d’Or”

From the October 12th, 2021 Facebook post by Darcy Oake:

Honoured to receive the “Mandrake D’or” award in Paris yesterday!



06 January 2022

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05 January 2022

Mandrake the Magician in the Comic Book Bin

You may remember that the Museum of Surrey hosted a "Mandrake the Magician" exhibit  last year.  You can still visit the online tour at the Museum.


From the January 1st article "Mandrake the Magician: The first Superhero in Comics and Life" by Hervé St-Louis  at the Comic Book Bin:

Born in 1911, Canadian Leon (Gioglio) Mandrake was a stage magician based in Vancouver, Canada who starred on stage under the label Mandrake the Magician as early as 1927. He travelled North America and performed as Mandrake the Magician across North America. Ironically, according to Don Markstein, Falk had created the comics strip Mandrake the Magician in 1924 but only submitted it for print years later. The comic strip character that looked eerily like Gioglio.

The resemblance between the fictional character, and the stage magician was acknowledged early on, and the King Features creators and Gioglio would play with meta-narrative crossovers over the years, without any conflict involving copyrights nor trademark. These were the days! Both the stage magician wore tuxedos, were skinny and had fine moustaches. Both enjoyed a living entertaining guests and audiences for years.

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04 January 2022

Toronto: Doc Wuthergloom's Dollhouse of Deadly Sins [postponed to Feb 4-6]

From the January 2nd Instagram post by Eldritch Theatre:

Doc Wuthergloom's Dollhouse of Deadly Sins has been postponed to February 4th to 6th. Ticket holders have been notified, but should this come as a jump scare, please check your inbox.

Happy New Fear, and scare you soon 💚 Tickets can be found at redsandcastletheatre.com/tickets