Archive | August, 2009

August was pure magic!

31 Aug

“No BS, just good magic.”

That’s what Texas magician Norman Beck emphasized in his lecture to a group of magicians earlier this August. Beck, an accomplished magician delighted an intimate audience with several tricks, sleights and cons from his personal repertoire. He presented his lecture along with John Carney, a living legend in magic and sleight-of-hand.

Attendees were treated to nearly four hours of

outstanding magic performed and explained in great detail. Congratulations to Reuben Gazer who, through Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Program, entered and won a front-row free seat to this one of a kind double lecture.

Earlier in the week, we were also fortunate enough to feature two fantastic workshops: upstairs, card magic enthusiasts were treated to an in-depth, hands-on class with Chicago card-man David Solomon. Meanwhile, downstairs Toronto magicians participated in a performance workshop with John Carney. John invited attendees to perform a piece of magic and then he offered practical and useful feedback, for everyone’s benefit. Workshop participants were also the first to have the chance to buy Carney’s newest release Magic by Design; a book on techniques for learning, practicing and rehearsing magic.

Norman Beck, John Carney and David Solomon were in Toronto for the magic conference, 31 Faces North, hosted by Magicana. Thanks to all three for making these fantastic learning opportunities available to the Toronto magic community.

31 Faces North

The seventh year of our 31 Faces North conference was a smashing success. This year’s guests of honours were Bob Sheets and Michael Weber. The conference was jam-packed with lectures, interviews and shows and was particularly well-received by participants.

Congratulations to Michael Weber who was this year’s recipient of the Jay Marshall Award.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next Blog … Masterclass revisited! More soon…

Congratulations to our Tony Eng Youth Fund Winners!

14 Aug

The Magicana Tony Eng Youth Fund is delighted to announce the winners of our August extravaganza of magic!


The winners are….

Paul Romhany’s Lecture – August 15
Chris Weeks

John Carney’s Performance Workshop -August 19
Jeffrey Tong

Daniel Garcia’s Toronto Lecture – August 20
Alex Ozerov

Daniel Garcia’s Niagara Falls Lecture – August 23
Tim Hendry

Norman Beck & John Carney’s Double Lecture – August 23
Rueben Gazer

Thank you to all participants for their entries and congratulations to all winners. All participants submitted their names and ages telling us why they wanted to attend what they hoped to gain from the lecture or workshop experience. All eligible entries were then randomly drawn.

Tickets are still available
for the David Solomon Workshop on August 19 (contact Magicana at (416) 913-9034 for tickets) and for the Norman Beck and John Carney Double-Header Lecture on August 23 (contact the Browser’s Den at (416) 783-7022 for tickets).

To find out more about the Magicana Tony Eng Youth Fund, click here.

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