Just For Fun

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.

Canada's Magic Reader's Choice Award

Some mysterious stranger has nominated me for the Canada’s Magic 2018 Readers Choice Awards

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In the past year he’s helped numerous performers make their acts better, has participated in leadership roles on several major magic projects (including Toronto Magic Company, Ring 17 Hat and Rabbit, Magicana, etc). He’s lectured on his original magic, he’s supported the community...

I could keep going on.

The criteria are delightfully vague:

“You may nominate living Canadian Magician(s) of your choosing by leaving their name along with a short note about how they inspired you in 2018…  

This is a "bragging rights" only contest.  There is no cash value for this award.”

I’m nominated along with some other wonderful magicians and friends including (in alphabetical order) Jonah Babins, Ryan Brown, Jeff Christensen, Greg Frewin, Carisa Hendrix, Mike Segal and Kent Wong. So, happy to be nominated and I hope I can count on your vote, dearest reader.

Jimmy Fallon Indulges his love of magic

This year, magic has seen a wonderful resurgence in the public consciousness. One of the places this is most apparent on the Tonight Show, now hosted by SNL alum Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy is nearly the perfect subject for performing magic to. You can always tell exactly what he’s thinking and you know immediately when he’s genuinely surprised by something. He’s had three superb magicians featured on his show in the past month:

Dan White

Dan is based in New York, with his own show The Magician at the NoMad.

Shin Lim

is the winner of the latest season of America’s Got Talent. (Although he does happen to be Canadian… confusing!) He is also internationally recognized in the industry as a winner at FISM (essentially the magic Olympics.)

Joshua Jay

An irritatingly photogenic sleight of hand artist from Ohio, now living in New York. Josh holds a special place in my heart as the first original magic trick I ever had published in a professional journal was in his column, "Talk About Tricks” which he edited for MAGIC Magazine for a dozen years. Josh has a show in New York called Six Impossible Things which is sold out months in advance.