Just For Fun

Cheap Tricks (2)

It is the worst possible scenario for a variety performer. You arrive in another city to perform, but your props and equipment do not. (Thank you Airlines.) It’s a situation no one would want to be in, but we’re inflicting it on ourselves in Cheap Tricks. We tried this earlier in 2017 and are at it again, putting performers in awkward and unpleasant situations for your entertainment pleasure.

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All participants are given a small budget, location to buy what they can find, and have to come with 10 mins of amazing material on the fly for the audience.

Featuring John Roldan, Poppa, Jimbo, Beyond Mental Borders, Jonah Babins, The Wanderer, Jacque Swan, James Harrison, Shamus MacGregor and some guy named James Alan. Judged by Ben Train, Steffi Kay & Chris Westfall (the returning champion from the first Cheap Tricks in 2017.) With a performance by The Sentimentalists.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:30 PM
Revival
783 College Street, Toronto

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a very unusual night.

 

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.