Archive | September, 2008

Penn & Teller Performance!

25 Sep
Special opportunity to see Penn & Teller for supporters of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Magicana.

On November 10, 2008, world famous entertainers Penn & Teller will be performing a private show for employees of Sandvine Corporation at Centre in the Square in Kitchener.

Known for their outrageous blending of smart comedy and magic that often skewers the genre of traditional magic, Penn & Teller´s live show has been a hit in Vegas, on Broadway and around the world. Their edgy, provocative and hilarious show delivers many surprises and can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl and a duck. Check out their website www.pennandteller.com for more.

Sandvine and Penn & Teller have very generously donated a block of approximately 200 tickets to two charitable organizations – the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Magicana, (an organization dedicated to the exploration of magic as a performance art and to increase the public’s understanding of this art).

This block of tickets will be located in the upper balcony of the theatre and will be the only tickets available to the general public for this show.

Tickets will be available from Center in the Square starting at 10am on Saturday September 27th at a cost of $50 per ticket (donations in excess of the $50 minimum will be accepted). One hundred percent of the proceeds from these ticket sales will be split between the Food Bank and Magicana.

Tickets may be purchased:

  1. In person at Center in the Square
  2. Online: www.centre-square.com
  3. By telephone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800- 265- 8977

Tickets ordered by telephone or via the internet are subject to the Centre’s normal service charges. There are no fees for in person purchases.

This is a very rare opportunity as Penn & Teller’s current arrangement in Las Vegas means they rarely perform live outside of that city. We are extremely grateful to Sandvine and Penn & Teller for providing this opportunity to our supporters.

The show is expected to be about 60 minutes in length and is not recommended for children under 13.

Penn and Teller

25 Sep

Special opportunity to see Penn & Teller for supporters of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Magicana.

Penn and TellerOn November 10, 2008, world famous entertainers Penn & Teller will be performing a private show for employees of Sandvine Corporation at Centre in the Square in Kitchener.

Known for their outrageous blending of smart comedy and magic that often skewers the genre of traditional magic, Penn & Teller´s live show has been a hit in Vegas, on Broadway and around the world. Their edgy, provocative and hilarious show delivers many surprises and can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl and a duck. Check out their website http://www.pennandteller.com for more.

Sandvine and Penn & Teller have very generously donated a block of approximately 200 tickets to two charitable organizations – the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Magicana, (an organization dedicated to the exploration of magic as a performance art and to increase the public’s understanding of this art).

This block of tickets will be located in the upper balcony of the theatre and will be the only tickets available to the general public for this show.

Tickets will be available from Center in the Square starting at 10am on Saturday September 27th at a cost of $50 per ticket (donations in excess of the $50 minimum will be accepted). One hundred percent of the proceeds from these ticket sales will be split between the Food Bank and Magicana.

Tickets may be purchased:
In person at Center in the Square
Online: http://www.centre-square.com
By telephone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800- 265- 8977
Tickets ordered by telephone or via the internet are subject to the Centre’s normal service charges. There are no fees for in person purchases.

This is a very rare opportunity as Penn & Teller’s current arrangement in Las Vegas means they rarely perform live outside of that city. We are extremely grateful to Sandvine and Penn & Teller for providing this opportunity to our supporters.

The show is expected to be about 60 minutes in length and is not recommended for children under 13.

Magic In The Air!

23 Sep

My Magic HandsIt seems that, recently, magic has been creating quite a stir within the scientific community.

Researchers are beginning to take a serious look at the positive side-effects that come with practicing and performing magic. Recent studies point out several benefits include improved self esteem, communication skills and even improved concentration in school.

Earlier this year, a special session Magicana’s My Magic Hands at Bloorview Kids Rehab was the subject of a study run by the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Toronto. Researchers interviewed participants, parents, My Magic Handsvolunteers,therapists and magicians involved following a six-week magic course. Participants were all in-patients, out-patients or day-patients at the center which helps children faced with a broad range of challenges. The study confirmed what Magicana and Bloorview staff already knew: magic has a tremendous impact on the progress of their clients from improved fine motor skills to increased memory and speech.

In addition to the study conducted on Magicana’s MY MAGIC HANDS, there are other wonderful articles by the BBC, and Nature Review Neuroscience highlighting the benefits of magic. We’ve created a new “Articles” page in the News & Reviews section on My Magic Hands website…read all about it! Be sure to visit the “Testimonials” page as well, where children and the hosting centres detail what they thought about our community outreach program.

Magic In The Air!

23 Sep

It seems that, recently, magic has been creating quite a stir within the scientific community.

Researchers are beginning to take a serious look at the positive side-effects that come with practicing and performing magic. Recent studies point out several benefits include improved self esteem, communication skills and even improved concentration in school.

Earlier this year, a special session Magicana’s My Magic Hands at Bloorview Kids Rehab was the subject of a study run by the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Toronto. Researchers interviewed participants, parents, volunteers, therapists and magicians involved following a six-week magic course. Participants were all in-patients, out-patients or day-patients at the center which helps children faced with a broad range of challenges. The study confirmed what Magicana and Bloorview staff already knew: magic has a tremendous impact on the progress of their clients from improved fine motor skills to increased memory and speech.

In addition to the study conducted on Magicana’s MY MAGIC HANDS, there are other wonderful articles by the BBC, and Nature Review Neuroscience highlighting the benefits of magic. We’ve created a new “Articles” page in the News & Reviews section on My Magic Hands website…read all about it! Be sure to visit the “Testimonials” page as well, where children and the hosting centres detail what they thought about our community outreach program.

31 Faces North

12 Sep

Our sixth 31 Faces North conference – produced in association with Allan Slaight – was held August 14 to 17, 2008. Participants generate programming and this year, we saw unprecedented levels of sharing and collaboration in the art of magic. Honoured guests were Herb Zarrow and Ton Onosaka.

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David Ben gave a tribute lecture in honour of Herb and Herb’s tremendous contribution to magic. David also highlighted Herb’s vast body of work, sharing some wonderful touches, thoughts and subtleties of Herb’s trademark style. David also commented on his research for the forthcoming volume, ZarrowA Lifetime of Magic. For our second guest of honour, Max Maven interviewed Ton Onosaka, and drew out (bilingually) highlights of Ton’s fascinating life for participants to discover. Most interesting was Ton’s lifetime commitment of bridging magic communities between the Eastern and Western worlds.

2008 Marshall Award Winnner

Another time-honoured tradition at 31 is the presentation of the Marshall Award, (in honour of Jay Marshall). Attendees voted Jim Steinmeyer as the 31er who contributed the most towards the conference’s success. Past winners of the Marshall Award are: Tommy Wonder (2003), Michael Close (2004), Billy McComb (2005), William Goodwin (2006), and David Ben (2007).

Also, thanks to the gathering of 31, Magicana as able to produce two special lectures for the greater Toronto magic community by Roberto Giobbi and Eric Mead. (See our previous post on the seminars and the Tony Eng Youth Challenge.) As promised, Eric brought friends to his lecture and had an all-star magic team, including Jason England, Michael Weber and Jamy Ian Swiss share pet secrets with the enthusiastic audience.

Eric Mead and friendsAs a surprise for all our participants, Magicana released two new publications, How Gamblers Win and Spins & Needles: The Magic of Allan Slaight. Even as the co-host of this event, we were able to surprise Allan at our Farewell Dinner with the presentation of his collected work. Both volumes are now available from our website or from your favourite magic shop.

31 Faces North 2008

12 Sep

Our sixth 31 Faces North conference – produced in association with Allan Slaight – was held August 14 to 17, 2008. Participants generate programming and this year, we saw unprecedented levels of sharing and collaboration in the art of magic. Honoured guests were Herb Zarrow and Ton Onosaka.

David Ben gave a tribute lecture in honour of Herb and Herb’s tremendous contribution to magic. David also highlighted Herb’s vast body of work, sharing some wonderful touches, thoughts and subtleties of Herb’s trademark style. David also commented on his research for the forthcoming volume, Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic. For our second guest of honour, Max Maven interviewed Ton Onosaka, and drew out (bilingually) highlights of Ton’s fascinating life for participants to discover. Most interesting was Ton’s lifetime commitment of bridging magic communities between the Eastern and Western worlds.

Another time-honoured tradition at 31 is the presentation of the Marshall Award, (in honour of Jay Marshall). Attendees voted Jim Steinmeyer as the 31er who contributed the most towards the conference’s success. Past winners of the Marshall Award are: Tommy Wonder (2003), Michael Close (2004), Billy McComb (2005), William Goodwin (2006), and David Ben (2007).

Also, thanks to the gathering of 31, Magicana as able to produce two special lectures for the greater Toronto magic community by Roberto Giobbi and Eric Mead. (See our previous post on the seminars and the Tony Eng Youth Challenge.) As promised, Eric brought friends to his lecture and had an all-star magic team, including Jason England, Michael Weber and Jamy Ian Swiss share pet secrets with the enthusiastic audience.

As a surprise for all our participants, Magicana released two new publications, How Gamblers Win and Spins & Needles: The Magic of Allan Slaight. Even as the co-host of this event, we were able to surprise Allan at our Farewell Dinner with the presentation of his collected work. Both volumes are now available from our website or from your favourite magic shop.

Tony Eng Youth Program

4 Sep

In May 2008, Magicana created a tribute fund in the name of the late Tony Eng. The fund was designed to promote and support youths interested in the art of magic. The first of our program series was the Tony Eng Youth Challenge.

 

Participants under the age of twenty-five were invited to write a short essay telling us what they would hope to gain by attending one of the many magic related events in Toronto during the month of August. In total, we sponsored four winning prizes: a seat at the limited-engagement, Giobbi on Vernon; a seat at the Eric Mead Lecture; a seat at the Michael Ammar Lecture; and finally, a seat at the Michael Ammar Workshop.

We were thrilled with the entries. A “blind” panel of judges read through the essays and assigned two winners and two first-runner ups. Congratulations to our winners. Below is an account by Shane Cobalt, winner of the Giobbi on Vernon Seminar prize:

“Earlier this summer, special guest Roberto Giobbi (of Switzerland) delivered a lecture that will never be forgotten. For three hours (actually three and a half), Roberto discussed the magic of Dai Vernon. He demonstrated routines which were previously unheard of including a hilarious sequence using bananas. He carefully analyzed and deconstructed the psychology behind each effect.

Roberto’s card handling was world class and a number of seldom seen techniques were brought to life for the intimate audience of 25. Roberto demonstrated a table shift (a technique Vernon had acquired which was designed for use at a card table) which was not made available until very recently. He demonstrated the shift so slowly that many in the audience were left blinking in disbelief. Roberto did a superb job of choosing and presenting some of Dai Vernon’s masterpieces.”

Many of Vernon’s technical achievements were chronicled in the recently released Revelation, edited by Magicana’s Chairman, David Ben (and published by Mike Caveney’s Magic Words). Part one of Dai Vernon’s biography was released in 2006. The second volume is currently being researched and is expected to be released in 2010.

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