A Lecture on Magic

Next Wednesday, I've been invited to give a lecture for the KW Hat & Wand Club in Kitchener, Ontario. (Having been the president of the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club for three years, I can confirm that it is legally required that these clubs have goofy names held over from ages past.)

Years ago, Kitchener was home to a biannual magic convention where I had some of my earliest opportunities to meet world renowned magicians, so I have lots of fond memories. I'm also in the neighbourhood performing at private engagements fairly often.

I don't do this type of presentation often, since I have been performing magic professionally for a short amount of time compared to some. At some of these magic gatherings, I can single-handedly drop the average age in the room by five to ten years. 

I'll be sharing some of the material from my show and the thinking behind it. For those interested in seeing how the magic sausage is made, guests welcome.

The lecture is at 7PM on Wednesday, February 15 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (54 Queen Street North, Kitchener - map)

Review of my KW Lecture

I just received a review of my lecture earlier this year at the Joan Caesar Hat & Wand Club in Kitchener. It appeared in the May 2013 issue of The Linking Ring, tucked in the back on p 141. I'll leave it to subscribers to read the whole review (including the interesting way they misspelled my name) but here are some highlights.

James' prediction of a spectator's [named] card along with a fifty dollar bet under impossible conditions, left our members in awe. It was almost an impossible prediction.

When James located all of the hearts in order in a shuffled deck while thoroughly blindfolded, we were totally dumbfounded and amazed - a great way to finish the evening. We would definitely have James back again to enjoy his reality-based magic.

-Darryl Hutton

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

On Thursday, February 21, I will be giving a lecture for the Joan Caesar Hat & Wand Club in Kitchener. I'm very excited for the lecture since it contains several things I have never shared except with close friends. Tickets are available at the door if you are interested in attending. However, I was a bit shocked when I saw the photo they used in promoting the lecture. Apparently this was modified by the secretary using an iPhone app.... Henceforth, I will have a new stipulation in my rider that promotional photos may not be altered... sigh.


Photo by Irina Popova, sparkles by Daryl Hutton