Archive | February, 2010

Jason England goes West!

19 Feb

Magicana is pleased to announce, Jason England, a recognized expert on gambling and sleight of hand with cards, will be conducting Lectures and Workshops in five Canadian cities this March.

Jason England has spent years researching and practicing the more difficult card moves and their applications to both gambling and magic. His workshop was a highlight of the 2009 Canadian Association of Magicians convention and now he will be taking his card-handling to Western Canada. 

Tour schedule:

Vancouver March 5 & 6
To register, contact Lon Mandrake

Edmonton March 7 & 8
To register, contact Kent Wong 

Regina March 9 & 10
To register, contact Chester McBain

Calgary March 11 & 12 
To register, contact Brent Smith

Victoria March 13 & 14 
To register, contact Murray Hatfield

This lecture will feature some more advanced card moves as well as diabolically clever self-working and almost self-working routines which are within the grasp of beginning and intermediate card handlers and give the illusion of incredible skill.

Each three-hour workshop will be tailored to match the needs and requests of the group. Some of the topics include:

False Deals – Detailed descriptions “from the ground up” to help you learn the Second Deal (push off and strike deals), the modern Bottom Deal, and the fabled Center Deal.

Palming – Classical methods of palming from Erdnase including top and bottom palms for single and multiple cards and more recent developments including the Gambler’s Cop and Gambler’s Flat Palm.

False Shuffles – False shuffles suitable for use at the table including technique and routines with the Push-Through Shuffle and Riffle Stacking.

G.P.S. – As the production consultant of the of the recently re-released Gambling Protection Series DVDs by legendary card-handler Steve Forte, Jason is able to speak about many of the moves and sequences from this set, including 52.

“Jason England is the modern day Erdnase! … His lecture and workshop will give you a full understanding of what real card work is all about”
-Joe Pon, Misdirections Magic Shop

Jason England is no slouch with a deck of cards. But more importantly, he is an excellent teacher. He goes beyond showing you just how the technique works  which allows you to learn to do it as well (with a few years practice). His workshop provides amazing value to anyone interested in learning to perform these techniques properly.

James Alan, workshop participant

For more details visit: and click on Conferences or click here.

This lecture series is being sponsored by Magicana, and
 Kent Wong of RJK Entertainment in Edmonton, AB.

Glorious triumphs

2 Feb

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the toothy grins of newly-minted My Magic Hands magicians. Their smiles remind us why this program is so powerful. 

For the past three weeks, Magicana has been delivering a special version of My Magic Hands for the clients at Bloorview Kids Rehab. Nine clients met with our magicians twice a week, for three consecutive weeks. In between sessions, the Bloorview magicians also practiced their magic under the supervision of Bloorview’s team of occupational and speech therapists. Today was their Big Show and Graduation.

The clients are referred to the program by their therapists with specific goals to reach. During the course, each magician chooses tricks to help in areas such as memory, speech or fine motor skills. Every magician has a unique situation and is works to overcome their own specific challenges. Some of them work from a wheelchair, or some may only have the use of one hand. So you can imagine, even the simplest steps – such as taking a rope out of a pocket or spreading a deck of cards – require our Bloorview magicians to work hard to problem-solve and most importantly, practice, practice and practice! 

And did they ever!

Today, our performers not only performed in front of a group of 50 people, they also stole the hearts of the audience. Each Bloorview magician got up in front of the audience and pulled off their magic with style and grace. Of course, they were nervous and had lots of stage fright, but they all met the challenge and triumphantly walked off stage as “magicians”. With the help of some of Bloorview’s technical wizardry, everyone had a great view of the performers projected on screen. One magician even sent in her performance by video because she was discharged just before The Big Show and was settling back into school.

It was particularly moving to have one young magician spontaneously thank the audience for attending and then singled out her therapists for their help to get her to the stage. When this young lady joined the program, she was struggling with speech goals. Today she spoke so articulately that she moved some of the audience to tears. 

We congratulate all of the magicians for their outstanding work. We also stand in awe of the magical team at Bloorview. The dedication we saw at Bloorview continually inspires!

None of this magic would have been possible without funding support from Slaight Communications. We thank our sponsor for allowing us to share wonder!

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