We're going Dutch

This Sunday (January 26) I'll be hosting Magic at the Winchester where we have a special guest in all the way from Holland. Fritz Alkemade will be performing selections from his award winning one-man-show, Let's Go Dutch, as part of our regular show. Fritz Alkemade

We will also have the significantly less Dutch Chris Mayhew who is, nonetheless, amazing. Hope to see you there.

The show starts at 7:00, but you're more than welcome to come early (~6:15) for dinner and drinks. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 online with special discounts for groups of 5 or more.


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CP24 Breakfast

Here is the video from my appearance on CP24 Breakfast last weekend. 

More information about Magic at the Winchester is available here.

If parts of it seem to be missing, that's because one of my segments was cut short because to cover a press conference with Kathleen Wynne which started ahead of schedule. So it's been removed to protect you from being confused.

Special thanks to Chris Mayhew for his video jiggery-pokery.

Check out more video here.

More Magic at the Winchester

Our weekly show, Magic at the Winchester will be returning every Sunday night to the Winchester Stage & Bar in Cabbagetown. Thank you to everyone who has come out over the past few months to enjoy live magic in Toronto. We've had a blast performing and are looking forward to more in the coming weeks.


We've had a very successful run through 2013 with eleven performances (we would have done more, but we ran out of 2013.) We've officially extended our run and tickets are available on our site for shows through the end of April!

I will be, more often than not, hosting the show as well as performing there regularly. And I'll be joined by some exceptional talents from across the GTA. We strive for a mix of magicians, mind readers and other unique entertainers. Every show is different and you're welcome to come back as often as you like.

The Winchester also offers a delicious dinner buffet ($15) as well as their fully dinner menu and bar service before, during and after the show. (We suggest arriving early, ~6:30, if you're planning to have dinner.)

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Discounted tickets are available online up until 1 hour before showtime. Full price tickets available at the door, subject to availability. Cost of food and drink is not included with tickets. Performances are family friendly but not intended for children under twelve.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the show.

Magic at the Winchester

As I've written previously, Abracadabaret (formerly Friday Night Magic) used to be a weekly show in downtown Toronto. Over the past five years we've presented a variety of special events and a number of different venues, but scattered throughout the year. After arriving at the Winchester earlier this year for a short run of Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks, we began offering a monthly show. Now, we're formally declaring The Winchester in Cabbagetown our new home and we'll be presenting a weekly show every Sunday night at 7:00

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The Winchester is perfect for a magic show. Their stage has remarkable sound and lighting for a venue that size, there is free parking on the street, the menu is wonderful and it has just the right amount of magical weirdness: it features fireplaces in the middle of the walls, extra high ceilings which hold strange mysteries and the iconic Canadian magician Doug Henning used to live in the neighbourhood - there is even a small floral garden commemorating him around the corner!

As we did in years past, we will rotate through our favourite performers so that every show is different, and guests are free to come back as often as they like. To sweeten the deal, The Winchester has included a complimentary dinner buffet along with any ticket purchase (you'll still have to pay for your drinks, and you can still order off the regular menu... which is superb). We've also added discounts for groups purchasing tickets online, and additional discounts for groups of five or more.

Rob Testa

To kick off the new series this Sunday (October 20) I'll be teaming up with the lovely and charming Rob Testa. I worked with Rob most recently on the Wendy's Canada #ExpectToBeAmazed online ad campaign. There were a lot of magicians on the set, but Rob was certainly the funniest and most personable on camera. His shows are extremely energetic, exciting and entertaining. I'm looking forward to being on stage with him this weekend.

I've received a few calls this week from people asking if the show is appropriate for children. That's a tough question to answer. While the show is certainly not designed for children, there's nothing particularly mature or offensive involved. We say officially that the show is not recommended for children under twelve, although we've had plenty of eight and nine year olds pass through over the years who have been perfectly delighted. So maybe kids are more mature than we give them credit for. I'm not sure.

Currently, we've signed on to perform weekly through the end of 2013, although we hope to continue that into 2014. If you're in the Toronto area, we'd love to see you at one of our shows. Come join us for an amazing night of magic.

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We are also always looking to expand our roster of performers. The details are available at Those are interested are welcome to contact me for the password.

Taller Tales

More photos from Illusions of Grandeur, the strange and special show I did with Tyler Wilson last weekend. Thanks to Chris Mayhew for these. The show was an amazing experience. Now I have to turn my attention to two major upcoming projects this one and this one... it's going to be a busy month.

September Abracadabaret

The September instalment of Abracadabaret is coming up this weekend: Sunday, September 29 at the Winchester. The show starts at 7:00 with tickets available online or at the door. AbracadabaretWinchester Logo

I'm off that night, leaving the performance to three extremely capable individuals:

Nick is a gifted 'practitioner of the art of astonishment'. I've been a devoted fan of his work for years. He has been a fixture at the Hamilton Fringe festival, where I performed last year, winning Best in Fringe multiple times. He produces magnificent shows that are elegant and minimalist while at the same time being extremely enjoyable and making your brain hurt. Honestly, I've been trying to get him on one of the shows for years!

Jason has appeared at Abracadabaret and Friday Night Magic several times. He's an extremely funny and energetic comedy magician. I describe him the way Watterson described a tiger: He has no setting between high and off

He is also the winner of the Canadian Event Industry's Entertainer of the Year award.

Chris arrived on Toronto's magic doorstep three years ago after leaving his native Calgary. When he showed up, he had a note pinned to the front of his shirt which read

Please take good care of Chris. If you give him a fresh deck of cards, a selection of Thai restaurants and good wifi, he won't leave you.

And he never has!

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