Archive | January, 2013

The Erdnase Scroll from The Miracle Factory

31 Jan

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Good news for our devoted Erdnase fans and magic history enthusiasts — we have added a new gallery to our Everything Erdnase exhibition — an online presentation of the exploration of various editions of the iconic book, The Expert at the Card Table.

The new gallery can be found in  “American Variations” category, under the heading: “The Miracle Factory“. It exhibits some photos of the limited edition scroll (only 50 copies made) of The Erdnase Scroll,  a forty-foot long ivory, parchment paper scroll. It also has hand-tinted frontispiece in watercolor and India ink, adorned with maple-toned wood ornaments, tied with a suede cord, encased in an evergreen embroidered velour pouch with gold cord and tassels. The entire text is in a beautiful handwritten calligraphy font and is remains readable as a learning tool. It is certainly a beautiful piece and is a must have for all Erdnase enthusiasts around. If you are interested in obtaining, contact The Miracle Factory.

Don’t forget to sign our guestbook to let us know what you think!

David Ben at The Walrus Talks

30 Jan

Congratulations to Walrus Magazine for their interesting speaking series: The Walrus Talks. Last night, they presented The Walrus Talks: Performance, inviting a broad range of Canadian talent to give their  insights and thought-provoking ideas on performance. From branding to innovation to productivity to Olympic skill, each speaker shared their perspective on what it takes to “perform”.

David Ben, Magicana’s artistic director, is  known to incorporate the art of magic into creativity and problem-solving. At the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary on Jan 29 , he shared his ideas about performance – not from the stage but from the dark and mysterious world of  gamblers card cheats.

Specifically, David talked about one area of card table artifice that has plagued the best of card cheats for centuries. Not only did he flag the problem (while entertaining the audience with a sly nod to his sleight-of-hand wizardry), he also shared how he solved this “tricky”  manoeuvre by tipping his famous mantra: “How do you get in to it, and how do you get out of it”.

David is often quoted as saying, “Magic is the cumulative effect of hundreds of apparently inconsequential details”, and he deftly demonstrated this sentiment as he showed the 1,200 member audience exactly how he solved the mysterious magic move – all in just seven minutes.

Some tweetables:

“His presentation comes with a bonus instructional video on how to do some card tricks. Mind blowing.” —  Jaelyn Molyneux“Overheard at The Walrus Talks” on Culturesnack.

@Davidpleonard: “David Ben goes from cheating at cards to the concept of tacit knowledge. The basic things that we learn to make it all easier. #WalrusTalks”

@naomigrattan: “I think my favourite was the conjurer. #hprodeo #WalrusTalks”

@theconjuror (David Ben): “It’s not how you do the move. It’s how you get into it and get out of it. If you want to improve performance, take a page from card cheats and study the transition.”

Read more from #thewalrustalks on What Was Overheard at the Walrus Talks.

Congratulations to all the speakers. Clearly, it was a very successful event and we look forward to following future Walrus Talks!

Magi-Fest Blast!

30 Jan

Congratulations to Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin for staging and producing a successful 83rd MagicFest! From all accounts, it sounds like there was a full house filled with stellar speakers and performances, heaps of magic dealers and of course, magic day and night. What more could any magic enthusiast wish for?!

We also congratulate our  Tong Eng Youth Fund Bursary Recipients – part of the Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship program. Their verdict of the convention?

“Magi-Fest was a blast!”

According to Braden Pole:

“I am truly thankful to everyone who contributed to my scholarship. This conference has changed the way I look at magic.  I learned many tricks, but more importantly I have gained lifelong friends, mentors and the experience of a lifetime.  Magi-Fest will always be fondly remembered as my first magic convention and the one that challenged, encouraged and enabled me to become the best that I can be.”

And from our other recipient, Zachary Bryant:

“It was fantastic! I learn(ed) a lot from people like: Ralpho, Eric Jones, Bennet, Christian Schenk, Tony Chang and Danny DaOrtiz. I became friends with Tony, Greg Lewis, Ivan Bekcic, Ralpho, and Eric Jones. I also gave (…) a bunch of advice at the beginning of the trip, which made me feel great inside.

Thanks to this trip, I have made so many new friends.”

We are so pleased that our winners had a memorable time and we hope this experience helps you along your  journey into the world of magic, and that we see you in many more conventions to come!

Magic at SickKids

18 Jan

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Before we dispersed for the holidays, we had our first My Magic Hands workshop at SickKids with the adolescent medicine program.

The mission of SickKids is, “to inspire our communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world”. Using our My Magic Hands program, we hope we successfully used magic as a teaching vehicle to improve the quality of life of young adults by building up their self-confidence and public speaking skills.

We received positive feedback from both the participants and their coaches/supervisors and look forward to future outings together in 2013.

David Ben at The Walrus Talks Performance

7 Jan

We are delighted to announce that David Ben is presenting a unique speech for the The Walrus Talks Performance on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:30 PM, at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Alberta.

The Walrus Talks Performance at High Performance Rodeo promises eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking presentations from eight diverse individuals including our Artistic Director, David Ben.

Speakers will share their perspectives on how one performs, how one competes and how one grows. David, who is a sought-after keynote speaker on creativity and problem-sovling, has chosen to inspire the audience with his interesting take on card cheating.

Don’t miss this evening of engaging dialogue, as some of the country’s greatest minds explore the topic of performance! For tickets, visit hprodeo.ca or call (403) 294-9494.

Announcing the winner of the Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship 2013!

4 Jan

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After long and arduous deliberations over the holidays, our blind panel has decided on a winner! Find out who won!

The Scholarship

In 2012, Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund and Magi-Fest  partnered together to create the Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship 2013.

The Columbus Magi-Fest is one of the oldest and most significant magic gatherings in the world. It is an 83-year old tradition that has fostered and helped develop the careers of young magicians. The festival includes youth-only events in which international headline performers work directly with young magicians on their acts. Additionally, lectures, shows and workshops are held where attendees can learn about the experiences and knowledge of  professional magicians.

Magicana received several entries from across Canada applying for the bursary and we are now delighted to announce the winner. Visit the Tony Eng Youth Fund site to find out which young Canadian won.

2012 in review

3 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

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