Happy Pride

This weekend, I got to perform at the Pride festival in Toronto alongside my dear friend Ben Train. He neglected to mention it was a performance for children, but we should accept all people, even small vertically impaired humans who have been given too much sugar.

I often joke that I am an “indoor magician” but it was a perfect day to be outside for a show.

Photos courtesy of Patrick Nemeth.

Photos from Magic & Martini in Toronto


Thank you to everyone who came out to see last night's performance of Magic & Martini at our new home, Suite 114. We're settling in quite nicely and really having a great time. Through the summer, we run a slightly lighter schedule, but the shows have still been selling out, which is wonderful to see. If you'd like to attend, we have two shows in July and one more show left in June. Readers can get a special discount on tickets booked online. Use the secret code OLIVE.

I got to try their new cocktail, one that changes colour and also sparkles with a sea of stars inside. This fancy concoction was created for Pride this year.

Here are some photos from the sold-out show, courtesy of Tom Durcan.

Photos from Magic & Martini in Toronto #pride Edition

Last night, we had another Sold Out Magic & Martini at SpiritHouse in downtown Toronto. Thank you to everyone who attended. It was a special night for the show because it is Pride Week/end in Toronto.

On stage I walk a fairly narrow tightrope. I've always tried to make being gay something which defines how I behave in a show. I like that it's under the surface; something that people who are paying attention can discover on their own. The great Chicago close-up magician Eugene Burger said that good magic has extra details hidden inside of it, just for those people who are willing to pay attention. Or, as he put it, "If they don't pay attention, they don't deserve to know."  

In an earlier version of my show Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks, which I did at a number of theatres and festivals in 2012, there was a lovely moment, about half way through the show which was very appropriate, and very cleverly constructed public coming out moment. I was quite pleased with it and felt very proud of it. Now I tend to delight privately that people can't tell unless they're willing to pay attention. There's a more mystical magical quality to it which I appreciate more.

In any event, here are a few photos from last night's show, by Tyler Sol Williams. We are on hiatus in Oakville and Hillsburgh for the summer, but do have a few Toronto dates scheduled with tickets available. My readers should use the code pride for a discount on tickets when reserving online.