Just For Fun

A little Martini primer

FINALLY…. a hint of something that looks like spring in Toronto. So to help you get in the spirit and cool down, here’s a primer from Cocktail Chemistry: Three different simple martini recipes.

Magic & Martini is continuing this summer on a special limited schedule. Tickets are now available. Readers can use the secret code olive for a discount on the price of tickets when reserving online.

The Witching Hour

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Last night I got to attend a special performance at See Scape put on by the Toronto Magic Company. They forewent their usual weekly performance The Newest Trick In The Book, and replaced it with The Witching Hour; the same format but featuring an all female cast.

The show did have one marked improvement over there regular format and just goes to show what happens when you let women be in charge.

L to R: Nikki Runnals, Bella Muerta, Suzanne, Felice, Jacqueline Swan Duct Tape: Jonah Babins, Ben Train

L to R: Nikki Runnals, Bella Muerta, Suzanne, Felice, Jacqueline Swan
Duct Tape: Jonah Babins, Ben Train

Later this week, I’ll be appearing on another TMC production: The Carnival of Wonders, which also features Bella Muerta and a number of strange, unusual and wonderful people. Tickets are still available for the early and late sittings (8:00 PM and 10:30 PM) at the Super Wonder Gallery.

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Hallelujah

A music video with some magic in it so subtle I almost missed it.

The 2Cellos are one of my favourite music groups. I saw them live in concert earlier this year. When people asked me what it was a unique experience. A 20+ piece string ensemble playing classical music in the first half, and the audience (of which I was on the lower end of the age spectrum) on their feet clapping and singing along like teenagers at a rock concert. You have not lived until you’ve seen a cellist rolling around on his back playing “Highway to Hell”.

Since that, they’ve released a new album and this shows off their calmer, softer side. And it is beautifully shot with a very nice piece of magic subtly woven into it.

Canada's Magic Reader's Choice Award

Some mysterious stranger has nominated me for the Canada’s Magic 2018 Readers Choice Awards

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In the past year he’s helped numerous performers make their acts better, has participated in leadership roles on several major magic projects (including Toronto Magic Company, Ring 17 Hat and Rabbit, Magicana, etc). He’s lectured on his original magic, he’s supported the community...

I could keep going on.

The criteria are delightfully vague:

“You may nominate living Canadian Magician(s) of your choosing by leaving their name along with a short note about how they inspired you in 2018…  

This is a "bragging rights" only contest.  There is no cash value for this award.”

I’m nominated along with some other wonderful magicians and friends including (in alphabetical order) Jonah Babins, Ryan Brown, Jeff Christensen, Greg Frewin, Carisa Hendrix, Mike Segal and Kent Wong. So, happy to be nominated and I hope I can count on your vote, dearest reader.