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27 May 2018

Rounding the Western rings in June 2018

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



CityClubEvent(s)
Calgary, ABRing 66 (Calgary Magic Circle, Les Brocklesby Ring)- Patrick Redford lecture.
- Make Magic with Ben Price, Lucy Darling, James Jordan, and Malcolm Russel.
Edmonton, ABEdmonton Magic Club- Patrick Redford lecture.
Winnipeg, MBThe Magic Club of Winnipeg- SYM - year end party.
- Patrick Redford lecture.
Fraser Valley, BCIBM Ring 387 (Fraser Valley Magic Circle, Celeste Evans Ring)- Patrick Redford lecture. - Stage Magic competition.
- Mission Children's Festival
- Third Monday Magic.
Vancouver, BCRing 92 (Vancouver Magic Circle)- TBA
Vancouver, BCSAM 95  (Carl Hemeon Assembly)- TBA
Victoria, BCRing 183 (Victoria Magic Circle)  - Patrick Redford lecture.


Please leave a comment or e-mail me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Central rings in June 2018

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



Montreal, QCRing 62 (20th Century Ring)- TBA.
Hamilton, ONRing 49 (The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club)- TBA.
London, ONRing 265 (London Magician's Guild)- Fringe festival magic show.
Kitchener, ONRing 235 (The Caesar Hat & Wand Magic Circle)- Annual Summer BBQ.
Ottawa, ONRing 151 (Ottawa Society of Magicians)- TBA.
Ottawa, ONOttawa / Gatineau magicians- TBA
Toronto, ONRing 17 (Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club)- Banquet at Mandarin.


Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.

Rounding the Eastern rings in June 2018

Does anybody have current information to share about the Magic Circle of St. John?

Confirm details about dates and locations by visiting each club's website.



Halifax, NSRing 316 (Conjourer's Court) - Visit their Facebook page
St. John, NBMagic Circle of St. John- TBA


Please leave a comment or email me about corrections or omissions.

26 May 2018

Whitehorse: John Kaplan's "AbracaDAZZLE"

From the May 24th article "Special Olympians return from P.E.I with plenty of hardware" by Chuck Tobin in the Whitehorse Daily Star:
To help raise money to cover the cost of last week’s trip to Charlottetown and the upcoming trip to Antigonish, Special Olympics Yukon is daring the curious.

For two nights – June 6,7 at Christ the King Elementary – the organization is presenting Abraca Dazzle, a magic show starring Canadian magician John Kaplan and his renowned family-friendly magic show.

Special Olympics Yukon will be sending a contingent of 31 to Antigonish, including 20 athletes and 11 coaches and mission staff. They’ll be competing in bocce, athletics, swimming, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics.

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25 May 2018

The Outerbridges at The Magic Castle

Catch them if you can, July 2-8!

From the Outerbridge Magic Facebook page:

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24 May 2018

David Peck interviews The Sentimentalists, Julie Eng, and Daniel Zuckerbrot

David Peck has previously interviewed many magicians on his Face 2 Face podcast.  Recently he's added The Sentimentalists (episode 362), as well as Julie Eng and Daniel Zuckerbrot (episode 373) to his growing list.


From Face 2 Face Live: The Sentimentalists – Episode 362
The Sentimentalists and I talk about skepticism, assumptions and religious belief, burlesque theatre, mentalism and magic, scientific headspace and what it means to be a collector of rare oddities.

Biography
World-renowned mentalist Mysterion partners with mentalist Steffi Kay to create a mind reading experience that is truly breathtaking. Steffi brings a grace, flair and elegance to the mentalism she practises and with her vintage look, approach and style you will feel transported back to Vaudeville to the golden age of magic.

Read more and listen to podcast.



From Face 2 Face Live: Daniel Zuckerbrot and Julie Eng on “The Science of Magic” – Episode 373
Julie Eng, Daniel Zuckerbot and David Peck talk about their new film The Science of Magic, change blindness, assumptions, subverting reality, free will, doubt and the problems of perception.

Synopsis
Magic has become the latest investigative tool for scientists exploring human cognition, neurobiology, and behaviour. Across Canada, the US and Europe, our film follows researchers who are bringing magicians’ tricks into the laboratory.  With impossible magic, amazing facts, and opportunities for viewers to participate in the magic, this extraordinary exploration peeks behind the curtain into a fascinating world where ancient magic meets modern science.

Canadian magician and executive director of the arts organization Magicana, Julie Eng not only mystifies us with magic, she also takes us to Montreal’s McGill University to meet Jay Olson. He is one of the scientists spearheading this novel and powerful approach to experimental psychology.  On the streets of Montreal Julie and Jay use card tricks to help us understand how magic can be used to explore human consciousness. But these simple tricks have given way to more elaborate experiments.

Read more and listen to podcast.

23 May 2018

Fergus: FLASH TV Filming

From Ryan Joyce's Facebook page:
***TV FILMING UPDATE in FERGUS****

We have a last-minute FLASH TV Filming in Fergus with special guests and surprises!! This Sunday, May 27 come eat dinner at the Brew House on the Grand and enjoy FREE world-class entertainment!!!! Special guests including Michael Paul - Comic/Writer/Director direct from Hollywood and more!!!! Arrive at 5:30pm enjoy a meal at the Brew House and be part of this incredible opportunity that is taking place in our community. Help us make magic happen!

VERY LIMITED SEATING!!!!!! ONLY 15 SPOTS LEFT!!!!!!!!
 You must register below, show tickets are free with your meal!

PS: You will see us around Fergus Filming this weekend! Say hi and tell a friend!
 PSS: Don't forget we are filming!!! By arriving you agree to be filmed for TV.



Toronto: David Ben is part of "The Walrus LIVE"

Make sure you go to the bottom of the post on Magicana's website to take advantage of the generous coupon code!


From the May 22nd post "The Walrus LIVE" by David Ben at Magicana:
What is The Walrus LIVE? Here's more:

A showcase of leading voices on the future of social innovation, city-building, data, tech, and more - The Walrus Live will also give you the opportunity to be part of these important conversations. Attendees will connect with an influential community of thought-leaders through multiple programmed spaces, including keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, and in-depth panels, as well as a special edition of The Walrus Talks and a cocktail reception celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Walrus magazine.

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From David Ben's Twitter feed:

22 May 2018

Perfect Magic wants to know your favourite magic trick

From Perfect Magic:

People often ask me when they come into the shop “What’s your favourite magic trick?” You may think my answer is ridiculous after all the tricks I have in the shop, but it’s the ...

Read more and let them know your favourite in their comments!

21 May 2018

The Magic Word with Scott Wells

For those of you who don't already know, Scott Wells hosts a podcast for magicians.

Recently, he's published a few which may be of interest to you!

From "410 - Carisa Hendrix - Getting Uncomfortable" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Carisa Hendrix is a magician who is on the rise. Oh, also, she happens to be a woman. She is one of the new breed who I believe is one of the "Stars of Tomorrow" as she pursues her dreams on stage. Most young people I see today seem to be involved in close-up and entertaining small groups of people, but few true entertainers are comfortable on stage in front of a large audience. Carisa is one of that rare breed.

She suggests that we should step out of our comfort zone and try new things that stretch our boundaries and move into new, perhaps uncomfortable, areas that will make us better performers and people. She says that artists should practice "moving towards the place of greatest discomfort and just sitting in that space." She suggests that magicians should not be afraid to fail.

On another matter, there was quite a bit of controversy about her July 2017 cover on VANISH Magazine. She addresses it quite well and succinctly on her blog.

Read more and listen to podcast.



From "423: Neil McNally - The Doug Henning Project" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Neil McNally is a passionate man. He is most passionate about Doug Henning and he hosts a weekday blog called "The Doug Henning Project". Who could imagine that there would be that much to reveal about this iconic figure. We recently "hit a nerve" with the podcast #415 with Chip Romero as that episode was one of our most downloaded podcast. So, it was a natural thing to chat with the webmaster of "The Doug Henning Project" so those who are interested in Doug Henning could learn even more. Neil is not a performing magician though he is taking lessons at The Magic Castle. But his passion is history and collecting of Doug Henning. He is also producing a documentary on Doug Henning and will soon be crowd funding his project.

Read more and listen to podcast.


And one from the archives.

From "201 - Murray Sawchuck - Celebrity Magician" on The Magic Word Podcast:
Murray Sawchuck recently completed two and a half years at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory in Las Vegas. On December 20, 2014, he will begin a new afternoon show at Planet Hollywood's "Sincity Theater" along his wife, Chloe, and his partner, Lefty. Murray will add illusions to his comedy magic show plus bring in different aspects of his other appearances on television such as "Pawn Stars" and other shows.

During our conversation, Murray talked about his upcoming appearance on Hallmark's Home & Family morning talk show. After you have listened to the podcast, then be sure to come back to watch this video. The other two videos below are from a couple of his appearances on "America's Got Talent" (sic).

Read more and listen to podcast.








[With thanks to The Magic Demon for sending this along.]

20 May 2018

Mark Lewis Trivia

Mark had this to say on Facebook:
I once ran away with the circus! This is from 42 years ago! I am still doing the same two tricks! Both card tricks! I suppose I should learn something new. Still, I bet this is the only card act in history to be seen in a circus ring!


From the Puck's Canadian Travelling Circus Facebook page:

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19 May 2018

Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto: David Blaine

From The Georgia Straight:

May 18-19
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton, Vancouver


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From David Blaine:
  • VANCOUVER, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Fri May 18
  • VANCOUVER, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Sat May 19
  • MONTRÉAL, QC, L'Olympia, Mon July 2
  • TORONTO, ON, Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Wed July 4
  • TORONTO, ON, Sony Centre For Performing Arts, Thu July 5

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18 May 2018

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17 May 2018

Calgary: Mega Magic Saturday

Save the date!  July 28. With Shawn Farquhar and Ryan Michaels.

From the MEGA Magic Saturday with Shawn Farquhar Facebook event:

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16 May 2018

Toronto: The Art of Magic


With Benzi Train, Jonah Babins, the UK’s Tom Durcan, and award winning illusionist Nicholas Wallace.

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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Toronto: Ben Train at Nerd Nite

From the Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:

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15 May 2018

DeMystifying Miracles: The Landmark CC Living Room Lecture

From the Conjuror Community:
May 23

This is your invitation to a rare, Live Online Lecture—where Michael Close joins Aaron and the CC Team for an intimate evening filled with astonishing miracles—and insights you can only get from a real invitation to the home of a master magician. 

Michael is one of the smartest, most astonishing magicians alive—and he’s put together a special evening just for CC Members—designed to demystify some of magic’s thorniest problems.

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll be surprised and thrilled by what you discover, such as...
  • Fool Us Demystified
  • Memorized Decks Demystified
  • How to Choose Your Stack
  • Strategies for Memorizing a Deck
  • Secret Practice Drills
  • Michael will also perform and reveal amazing professional routines you can use to thrill and astonish,

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14 May 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Festival de Magie de Québec and CAM

From Loran Magie's Facebook page:

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12 May 2018

Vaughan: Mark Correia at Dave and Buster's

From Eventbrite:
Mark is an internationally acclaimed magician, comedian and world record holder with over fifteen years of experience. He has performed all around the world on stages in The United States, The Middle East, Paris, Singapore and China. He holds the world record for "Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket".

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From Mark Correia's Instagram:



11 May 2018

Michael Close's May newsletter

Just finished reading the May newsletter from Michael Close.  You may be interested in:
  • Micheal's thoughts on Browser's Bash 2018.
  • A tribute to Harry Anderson. 
  • Review of the Paradigm Shift ebooks.
  • An announcement about an upcoming online lecture by Michael.
  • Information about the Magical Arts Intellectual Property Coalition.
  • Pit Hartling interview. 
  • Meeting Marlo.
  • Tips on performing restaurant magic.
  • And more!
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09 May 2018

Richmond: A magical evening

See a show with Murray Hatfield, Eric Bedard, and Jeff Christensen on June 16.

From the Facebook page of A Magical Evening - "Celebrate the Child in All of Us":

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08 May 2018

Toronto: Mahdi Gilbert informal performance

From the Browser's Den of Magic:
MAHDI GILBERT — SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018

Mahdi Gilbert will be performing and teaching a few tricks at Browser's Den. This is not a lecture but rather an informal performance.

We will be celebrating the launch of Mahdi's brand new Hidden Leaves Playing Cards. The cards will be on sale that day at the shop for $20.00.  Great opportunity to pick up a deck and support Mahdi. Good opportunity too to have Mahdi sign one of the cards as they are destined to be collectable.

Young Jeff and I have already seen the deck and the quality is top. Plus the cards have some secret details that Mahdi will expose on this day at the shop for those who buy a pack.

We will have a limited supply at the shop of Mahdi's cards. Should you wish to buy a deck in advance please call us at 416-783-7022 with a credit card.

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Toronto: Newest Trick in the Book - May 8

From The Toronto Magic Company Facebook page:
HUGE NEWS!

This coming Newest Trick in the Book show will be our LAST ONE for the summer! Our amazing venue See-Scape is moving to a new location, and while they renovate we're going to be on break.
So lets make this last one a party! We're going to have an AMAZING FREE show, we're going to have delicious FREE snacks, plus amazing music, fun games, and awesome magic jams all night long.

So Toronto magic fans, do us a favour. Share this on your status and tag us to let us know you're coming. We'll have a special surprise for everyone who does!

See you all Tuesday May 8th

Get your tickets at Eventbrite.

07 May 2018

New York City: Vitaly Beckman's "An Evening of Wonders"

From the May 4th article "Illusionist Vitaly Beckman Will Bring An Evening of Wonders Off-Broadway" by Andrew Gans on Playbill:
Vitaly Beckman, who stumped fellow magicians Penn & Teller on TV's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, will make his New York City performing debut next month.

Produced by Daryl Roth, Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders will begin previews June 13 prior to an official opening June 21 at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues). The limited engagement is scheduled to run through September 30.

“Vitaly fooled us with his humor and amazing magic,” Penn & Teller said in a statement. “We are so proud he’s opening at the Westside Theatre where we first opened our show in New York over 30 years ago. He is an ingenious inventor, full of charming surprises.”

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05 May 2018

Toronto: Free magic club May 5

From the Browser's Den of Magic Facebook group:
Hi Denizens!

Finally some nice weather!

This Saturday, May 5 is our Free Magic Club Meeting. All welcome. Club meets from 2:30pm to about 5:00pm at Browser's Den.
 
Thank you-Old Jeff, Young Jeff, John Cardella, Luiz Castro & The Browsers' Den Team

04 May 2018

Billy Kidd's "Find it, sign it, leave it."

After following a number of your feeds it becomes quickly apparent that for some of you, airports are a second home.  I get the sense that there's a lot of time spent waiting.  With nothing to do.

Billy Kidd has not only been there and done that, she has created a little game to help keep you occupied!

It works like this.  She's hidden a 3 of clubs with her name on it at airports in Auckland New Zealand, LA, Sydney, Melbourne, Istanbul, London, Japan, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Barcelona, Paris, and Dublin.

You find it, sign it, and leave it back in the same spot for others to find.

Optional: You take a selfie with the card and tag Billy on Instagram or Twitter so she knows you're playing along.  Use the hashtag #findmycard for bonus points.

Bonne chance!


From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:





Here are some clues from Billy's Instagram:


Amsterdam:




Barcelona:








Istanbul:





LAX:





London, Heathrow:






Paris:






Shanghai:

03 May 2018

Wild about "Wild Magic"

Through a long and convoluted series of events, I found myself (along with Kidlet, Kidlet's Other Parent (KOP), and Kidlet's Friend (KF)) at Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight stay on Good Friday.  It should come as no surprise that I viewed this as an opportunity to utilize some tickets that were gifted to me to see "Wild Magic" at the Greg Frewin Theatre. (Which reminds me, I owe a now very belated thank you note to the generous ticket gifter.)


Tip: Arrive to the theatre as early as you can to ensure good seating (the box office will let you know what time is best).   There's also a photo opportunity next the to lion statues by the front doors.
Note to parents: Bring along some distractions for little ones (such as crayons with paper, playing cards, books, quiet hand-held video games etc.) to help pass the time between arriving for the best seating and show time. 
If you think your child would be scared sitting right up close to the tigers at level one, level two offers an equally good view of the stage along with the sense of a physical barrier between you and the big cats.


Inside the theatre there's some entertainment while you wait.  We watched footage of Greg's tigers when they were adorable cubs.  People had their special occasions celebrated (happy belated birthday Donna, Jason, and Nicholas).  There were also short clips of some of the TV appearances Greg's made.  He's done a tonne of interviews!


My favourite part of the show, three viewings later, is still the illusion involving fire and water.
Here are some random thoughts that came to mind while watching "Wild Magic":
  • The show starts strong and keeps getting bigger and better.
  • There's a smattering of mentalism and close-up magic to keep things varied, but make no mistake, Greg's large illusions dominate the show!
  • KF's favourite part of the show: all of the tiger productions.
  • There are three large video screens making it easy to see the close-up parts from any seat in the house.
  • The show is different enough from the last time we were there, that it felt new to us.
  • It made me happy that some of my favourites (for example, the illusion with water and fire) are still in the show. 
  • It looked like the show was sold out.  (The house is deep and narrow and particularly good for viewing magic.  I don't think there's a bad seat.)
  • KOP's favourite illusion: when Greg makes one of his assistants 'dissolve' into a metal plate.
  • A good pair of theatre binoculars give you a seat upgrade!
  • The show involved newspapers, a parakeet (or was it a macaw?), an invisible deck, artwork, handcuffs, tigers, talented ladies, candles, fire, doves, a dog, tigers, kids, a little bit of Sting, and a little bit of Shania Twain.  And a whistle. (One of Kidlet's favourite parts.)
  • Greg even teaches a trick!
  • Kidlet's favourite illusion, three viewings later:  the one I referred to in 2012 as the "Assistants' Revenge."
  • As I've previously noted, how magicians treat audience members is something to which I pay close attention.  For me, one of the things that brought me great joy, was when Greg asked a young boy to come up on stage to help.  They boy said, "no."  Greg didn't miss a beat and went on to find someone else.  I think more kids were interested in helping out after that.  They got the sense that they weren't going to be pressured into doing something they didn't want to do.
  • Greg had an eye-popping and ambitious take on sawing a person into halves.  It was hard for me to count 'cause they kept moving things around, but I think that his poor assistant was broken up into 9 segments!
  • It is a really physically demanding show.
  • Greg and his crew deliver the same level of energy and passion for performing as I first witnessed six years ago!
  • The evening was fantastically entertaining! 


All the excitement and entertainment of a Las Vegas show, for a fraction of the cost!
(A deal made even better with the current exchange rate.)

During the intermission I was delighted to spot Sorcerers Safari alumnus Christian Mascia demonstrating magic.  He was doing an excellent job of it too.  He had a crowd gathered that was at least 8 people deep and practically engulfed him.  I'm sure he sold a lot of magic kits for Greg that night!

I should also note that I think I saw Ben up on stage doing what looked like a fabulous job assisting.

After the show we queued up for the photo illusion with tiger Cashmere.  Kidlet and KF had their photo taken.  The adults watched on, secure in the knowledge that the tiger trainer is right there keeping a careful watch at all times.  (And because we were getting two copies of the same photo, one each for Kidlet and KF, the second copy was half price!)

Note: The profits from the photos go to a tiger sanctuary, and to feed hungry tigers. 

After the show (photo or not) you can queue up for an autograph from, a bring-your-own-camera photo with, and have a quick chat with Greg!

If you get the chance, I highly recommend the "VIP backstage tour package add-on."  We experienced the backstage tour in 2016 and it was fabulous

Thank you to John, Alex, Erika, and everyone else involved in making it such a magical evening for my family.  A special thank you to Greg, for his hospitality and for sharing his magical talent!





02 May 2018

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01 May 2018

Another world record for Carisa Hendrix

Congratulations Carisa!

From Carisa Hendrix's Twitter feed:





By my count, that puts the total of Canadian World Record holding magicians to eight! 
  • Doug The Great:  Heaviest Stilts Mastered.  [Guinness World Record]
  • Scott Hammell:  Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record]
  • Lucas Wilson:  Fastest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record - 2011]
  • Carisa Hendrix:  Longest duration fire torch teething. [Guinness World Record - 2012], 24 fire torches ignited using electricity through the human body [Guinness World Record - 2018]
  • Michael Francis:  Most one-handed coin rolls in a minute. [Guinness World Record - 2013]
  • Mark Correia:  Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket. [World Record - 2014] 
  • The Sentimentalists:  (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) Most items transferred from one mentalist to another.  [World Record - 2017]