Photos from Magic & Martini in Toronto

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Family Day long weekend to see Magic & Martini at SpiritHouse in Toronto. We had a wonderful night with all of you. 

Our next couple of shows are sold out, but we have just posted some new dates for April. Readers can use the code olive for a discount on tickets purchased online

Here are some photos from last night's show, courtesy of Waled Hassanzay

Tricks in the Six

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be appearing at the end of this month on Tricks in the Six, a show presented by the Toronto Magic Company. I'll be appearing alongside Johan Babins and Chris Westfall

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We will be at the B-Side Lounge (669 College St., Toronto) Sunday, February 25. The show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available from the Toronto Magic Company:

 

Photos from Magic & Martini in Toronto

We have not been having good weather on the weekends here in Toronto. So while we had a few last minute cancellations, I'm always happy to see everyone come in from the snow when they turn up for Magic & Martini

Our couple of shows are already sold out but we still have availability for March. (April and May Dates will be announced in a couple of weeks.) Readers can use the code olive for a discount on the price of tickets purchased online

Here are a few photos from the event courtesy of Waled Hassanzay. 

Photos from Magic & Martini - Toronto

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Thank you to everyone who attended our sold out performance in Toronto last night. Our next two performances are already completely booked but tickets are available for performances in March. Readers can use the code olive for a discount on the price of tickets purchased online.

Here are some photos from the show courtesy of Waled Hassanzay.

Cocktail Magic at the Lockhart

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Tucked away in Downtown Toronto is small magical bar. Next Tuesday, February 6, I'll be performing from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. 

It's a strictly informal thing and completely free to attend. . You can just turn up for drinks and a bite to eat and ask to see some magic. No dress code, although if you were inclined to wear your most Harry-Potter-y outfit, that would be cool. 

The Lockhart
1479 Dundas Street West
(Dundas & Dufferin, Toronto)
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

 

On the Ethics of Conjuring

It's a strange feeling to stop and consider that you lie for a living.

Magic is make believe, but there's something that separates it from other forms of pretend, like watching a movie or a play. In a movie, you can get swept away in emotion and feel that you're watching the real-time reactions of real people (who just happen to be reading from a script all the way through.) But in magic, emotion isn't enough; I need to bring my audience on intellectually. They need to know what they're seeing and know that it can't happen. The lie is more real.

Seeing a behind the scenes look watching your favourite Stark Trek alien getting into makeup doesn't detract from your enjoyment of Star Trek. But watching a magic show set up and seeing where all of the bits and pieces secretly went would seriously undermine your experience.

If I were trying to be absolutely intellectually honest, and admit that lying is wrong, it's not easy to defend my particular brand of lying.

One person who thought about this a lot is the famed magician and skeptic (and Canadian) James Randi. He was recently interviewed on the podcast of Penn Jillette (who has also thought deeply about this). They chat about this and other things for the better part of an hour. Gave me an intellectually satisfying warm fuzzy feeling: