23 March 2018

Program highlighting Luc Langevin's 10-year career

From the March 9th article "Luc Langevin célèbre ses 10 ans de carrière" on Lien Multimedia as translated by Google:
A special show on Ici Radio-Canada Télé

Luc Langevin's journey in 10 years is phenomenal. Thanks to his hard work, his innovative vision, his charisma, his simplicity and his personal signature, he has become THE reference in magic in Quebec. Luke has set new standards in magic in the dusty and making it more accessible. This new special issue, which chronicles the milestones of the last ten years of Luc Langevin's career, is a magic fire that once again fascinates and entertains. The public will see in particular Luke in rehearsal behind the scenes of his new show as well as unpublished images of his performances on French television.

A special show will be presented on Ici Radio-Canada Télé, Thursday, May 3 at 20h, Sunday, March 25 22h50 and on ICI ARTV Monday, April 16 9pm.

Read more. En français.

22 March 2018

Who are the top 10 Canadian magicians of all time?

Updated March 23 at 9am add the following nominations:
  • Bob Farmer, Carl Coultier, Francis Martineau, Gary Ouelette, Howard P. Lions, Mel Stover, Romaine, Roy Cotte, Tom Ransom, Tony Eng, Willis Kinney
Updated March 23 at 7am add the following overnight nominations:
  • Additional submissions:  Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian, Bill Abbott, Bobby Motta, Dale Harney, Eric Leclerc, Johnny  Giordmaine, Juliana Chen, Leon Mandrake, Sid Lorraine, Stewart James, Ron Leonard, and Vincent C
Updated at 12:15pm to add:
  • Additional submissions: Darcy Oake, Luc Langevin, Murray Hatfield, Ross Bertram, Tom Auburn
Updated at 10:15am to add:
  • The following names have been submitted for consideration:  Chris Ramsay, Dai Vernon, David Acer, David Ben, Doug Henning, Gary Kurtz, James Randi, Jay Sankey, Martin Nash, Richard Saunders, Shawn Farquhar

Complete list of nominations received (alphabetical by first name):

  1. Bedros "Spidey" Akkelian
  2. Bill Abbott
  3. Bob Farmer
  4. Bobby Motta
  5. Carl Coultier
  6. Chris Ramsay
  7. Dai Vernon
  8. Dale Harney
  9. Darcy Oake
  10. David Acer 
  11. David Ben
  12. Doug Henning
  13. Francis Martineau
  14. Eric Leclerc
  15. Gary Kurtz
  16. Gary Ouelette
  17. Howard P. Lions
  18. James Randi
  19. Jay Sankey
  20. Johnny  Giordmaine
  21. Juliana Chen
  22. Leon Mandrake
  23. Luc Langevin
  24. Martin Nash
  25. Mel Stover
  26. Murray Hatfield
  27. Richard Saunders
  28. Romaine
  29. Ron Leonard
  30. Ross Bertram
  31. Roy Cotte
  32. Shawn Farquhar 
  33. Sid Lorraine
  34. Stewart James
  35. Tom Auburn
  36. Tom Ransom
  37. Tony Eng
  38. Vincent C
  39. Willis Kinney

Devon Murphy recently posted the article, "Top Canadian Magicians and the Tricks That Made Them Famous," at the CBC website.  Devon lists seven outstanding magicians (Julie Eng, Dai Vernon,  Doug Henning, Billy Kidd, Mahdi Gilbert, Greg Frewin, and David Ben).  (Of note, two of the seven on that list are recipients of the "Editor's Choice Award" in the Canada's Magic "Readers' Choice Award" festivities.)

Devon's list got me wondering.

Who do you, dear readers, consider to be the top 10 Canadian magicians of all time?

For those of you who don't like to be influenced by the decisions of others, we're going to start with a clean slate and let you choose all ten!

Submit your nominations in the comment form below,* by 11:59PM EDT on Friday April 6th.  You may nominate as many Canadian magicians as you like.  (Number of nominations don't influence the vote.  If you see your choice(s) listed, please refrain from submitting duplicates.)  Voting will open shortly thereafter.  

What say you?  Who are your top (living or dead) Canadian magicians of all time?

* or email me.  I'll send a confirmation back to let you know I received your email.

21 March 2018

Matt Dillahunty "Magic & Skepticism" tour 2018

From Pangburn Philosophy:

VICTORIA, BC - Sunday April 1st 2018
McPherson Playhouse

VANCOUVER, BC - Tuesday April 3rd 2018
The Rio Theatre

CALGARY, AB - Friday April 6th 2018
Bella Concert Hall @ Mt. Royal University

WINNIPEG, MB - Sunday April 8th 2018
Burton Cummings Theatre

OTTAWA, ON - Tuesday April 10th 2018
Harold Shenkman Hall @ The Centre des Arts

TORONTO, ON - Friday, April 13th 2018
Jane Mallett Theatre @ St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
with special guest Dr. Jordan Peterson

MONTREAL, PQ - Sunday, April 15th 2018
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall @ Concordia University

HALIFAX, NS - Monday, April 16th 2018
Bella Rose Arts Centre

Read more and buy tickets.

From the Pangburn Philosophy Facebook page:

20 March 2018

Toronto: A super secret special guest at the Newest Trick in the Book

From The Toronto Magic Company's Facebook page:
Come see the Newest Trick in the Book on Tuesday March 20th!

The show is FREE, and we have an AMAZING lineup, of world class performers.

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-newest-trick-in-the-book-to…)

Graemazing Reed A Newest Trick in the Book newcomer, but an expert magician is here to show off some brand new magic! He has a Tedx talk, countless TV appearances, and AMAZING magic to boot! Come see his BRAND NEW material on Tuesday!

Bella M. Eurta - A wildly talented variety performer, a Newest Trick in the Book newcomer, and all around expert on stage. She's going to be performing something that I PROMISE you have never seen before

Benzi Train - A TMC founder, Newest Trick expert, and a ridiculously talented performer, is bringing something amazing and a little bit frighting to the stage

and your host

Jonah Babins - A TMC founder, and frequent time traveller, potion drinker, and holder of magic secrets. Come see the some magic that might just make you believe!



19 March 2018

Toronto: Potted Potter returns

In what was I think their first visit to Toronto, Ben Kaplan of the National Post had a nice write up "On the Town: Hogwarts in Hogtown with the Potted Potter crew" of the Potted Potter's cast visit to The Browser's Den of Magic, which was published on March 3rd, 2012.

From Mirvish.com:
June 13 to July 8, 2018

Returning to Toronto for the fourth time, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes.

A Critics’ Pick by the DA Critics’ Pick by the Daily Herald, New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, the show won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment & Family Show, playing to sold-out houses worldwide.

This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

Read more and buy tickets.