The Endless Chain

On Tuesday night, I gave an impromptu performance at The Newest Trick In The Book, put on by the Toronto Magic Company and hosted by the charming Jonah Babins. I had just come from another event and had been asked to step in for another performer who couldn’t make it. You can see photos from the event from David Fulde here).

Toronto’s magic video elf Chris Mayhew shared the video of that performance:

The Endless Chain is an old crooked gambling game. As Whit Hayden and Chef Anton described in their monograph on the subject, the most difficult thing to do while presenting the Chain is to convince people that it’s actually possible to win.

Normally it’s presented as a piece of close-up magic (and you can imagine it would be much clearer if you could be sitting around watching the chain from above). But from the composition of the rest of the show, which was heavy on card magic, I opted to switch to this, literally on the walk up as I was being introduced. But it felt true to the rules of the Newest Trick as it’s something I’ve never performed in that setting before.

Black Friday

Black Friday is upon us. We don’t have any more shows left in 2018 with tickets still available, but if you would like the first crack at tickets for 2019, we have opened up tickets for Suite 114 Toronto for:

Saturday, January 12
Saturday, January 26
Saturday, February 6
Saturday, February 16
Saturday, February 23

Readers can use the code blackfriday and get 60% off tickets purchased online. (Valid until the end of Monday.)

Design by Kurt Firla

Design by Kurt Firla

Photos from the Newest Trick in the Book

Last night, I was asked to fill in on The Newest Trick in the Book, the magic-centric open mic hosted each week at See Scape by The Toronto Magic Company and hosted by the magician, neologist and swallower of long phallic-shaped objects Jonah Babins. I was on stage with Luiz Castro, David Fulde, Christian Mascia and Jason Palter

I got some wonderful photos to share courtesy of David Fulde.

There are two shows left before the end of the year. (I’m scheduled to appear on December 4 with a trick I’ve never performed before.) They’re free to attend but have limited seating, so you can reserve a spot in advance.

Photos from Magic & Martini

Design by Kurt Firla

Design by Kurt Firla

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out performance of Magic & Martini last night at Suite 114 in Toronto. Thanks as well to our Mastercard Priceless VIPs who came early for the backstage experience.

The rest of our shows for the year are sold out, but we have posted dates for the first five performances of 2019. Readers can use the secret code olive for a discount on tickets purchased online.

Here are some photos from the evening courtesy of Jonah Babins.