magic at the winchester

Winchester Retrospective

We recently had to pack up our show, Magic at The Winchester Stage and Bar and switch to a new location. To my incredible relief, the transition was seamless (with tremendous thanks to the staff at The Cage for making it possible to pull that off)! Since we moved over, many people have contacted me to let me know how much they enjoyed the Winchester and our events there, so I put together a tiny retrospective. Really, it's just my favourite photos from the archive I've been keeping, but I actually got to counting, and we did thirty events there in various formats over the past fourteen months. So thank you to everyone that came out to support us there and I hope we'll continue to see you going forward.

The photos come from various people (including members of the audience) and are of varying quality. Enjoy!

We are continuing to perform every Sunday night at The Crimson Lounge inside of The Cage 292 (map). Information and tickets are available at

A Change of Venue

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I very much regret to report that due to circumstances beyond our control, The Winchester Stage and Bar is no longer available for our performances on Sunday evenings. Fortunately, our Tuesday night venue, The Cage 292, has taken us in. Going forward we will continue to offer our shows ever Sunday night at The Crimson Lounge, located inside The Cage 292 (292 College Street @ Spadina). We will continue to honour all tickets and reservations from Magic at the Winchester at the new location.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

And most importantly, thanks to the management of The Cage for accommodating us on short notice.

This Sunday's (February 16) show is already sold out. Tickets for future shows are available at


Greedy Giver

For a limited time, you can buy tickets to our shows, Magic at the Winchester and Magic@theCage, at 50% off along with a charitable donation to Greedy Giver.

Greedy Giver offers a wide variety of special promotions in exchange to small donations to a charity of your choice. There are over thirty charitable organizations to choose from including the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundaiton, Children's Wish and PLAN. With $5 donation we are offering admission to the show along with a dinner buffet for $17.50 per person (taxes included).

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Magic@theCage is every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at The Cage 292 (map) in the Crimson Lounge.

Magic at the Winchester is every Sunday night at 7:00 PM at The Winchester Stage & Bar in Cabbagetown (map).

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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A nice thing to share

We always begin our shows with the same announcement.

Please turn off all cellphones or set them to vibrate. Any electronic device that goes off during the show will be confiscated and smashed to bits with iron mallets.

(The iron mallets are a literary allusion - a free pair of tickets to Magic@theCage for the first person to respond in the comments with where it comes from.)

We also add the following:

Non flash photography is permitted. Weird stuff is going to happen and it belongs on YouTube and Facebook.

Recently, someone took our advice to heart, which is a good thing. Every month we take photos sent to us and add them to our own at the gallery page of And every month we randomly choose some of the posters and give them free tickets to an upcoming show.

Occasionally someone goes that extra light-year and we'll just give them the tickets right away. So, from JP Magic:

Magic at the Winchester is on every Sunday night at 7:00 PM, dinner @ 6:30. Tickets are $20 at the door ($15 online with special discounts for groups of five or more).

Overflowing with magic

I am completely overjoyed by the response we've had to Magic at the Winchester. In the last month we've even had a couple of shows which wound up being standing-room only. Thanks to those who have come out to support the show and to the many performers who are making the show possible.

We'll be continuing at the Winchester into the foreseeable future but we're also launching a new show.

In just under two weeks, we will be starting Magic@theCage. The Cage is a nightclub located at College & Spadina near the University of Toronto Campus while performers in the main room work in − you guessed it − a cage, there is a smaller more intimate lounge which is perfectly suited to magic. The show will follow the same format which has worked so well for The Winchester and you'll recognize many of the performers. So now there will be an option for a little bit of magic in the middle of the week.


Tickets are on sale through the Abracadabaret site with special early-bird tickets available for the weeks leading up to the show.