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A Year in Review

20 Dec

This year definitely passed us quickly, but not with inactivity! We still have a couple of secret projects up our sleeves, but for now, let’s take a look at the magical happenings of 2012.

My Magic Hands

Our little magicians were busy this year, as we reached a total number of 14 sessions for our My Magic Hands program. We reached a total of 252 kids through the combined efforts of our Magicana staff and 59 volunteers.

This year we partnered up with Valleyfield, Howlett Academy, Holland Bloorview Kid’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto and Camp Oochigeas. Together, we delivered fun and educational sessions and workshops that used magic as a teaching vehicle to build confidence and self-esteem while developing creative problem-solving and public speaking skills. Each session challenges our students to perform at their Big Show, and this year, we performed in front of over 500 audience members!

Over the summer, we conducted two workshops in partnership with the Leacock Foundation for Children’s reading program, LEAP. We had a great time working with students from Rose Avenue, First Nations Public School and Derrydown Elementary School. We also had a successful run with our two special summer programs for Holland Bloorview’s Child Development Programs: Helping Hands and Hand 2 Hand for children affected with cerebral palsy and other challenges in the brain injury rehabilitation therapy program.

Our program’s focus on performance art helps strengthen each client’s less dominant hand throughout the camp. It was incredibly rewarding to see their hard work and progression in this accelerated summer session. We congratulate all our magicians and their ‘magic coaches’ for such an outstanding job!

Senior Sorcery

This year, we a hit a record of 52 Senior Sorcery shows for senior centres and residences. Magicana subsidizes these shows for centres under budgetary constraints to ensure that magic can be shared throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond! Performers went to St. Catherines, Barrie and even in the beautiful banks of Big Rideau Lake to perform a show!

We hope we created memorable feats of magic and excitement for seniors and residents and look forward to bringing magic to new centres in the new year.

Tony Eng Youth Fund

We are delighted to report that the Tony Eng Youth Fund was able to provide bursary awards this year. First, we granted Sawyer Bullock an award to attend the CAM convention (Canadian Association of Magicians) in Hamilton Ontario back in April.

We also funded the very first Tong Eng Memorial Lecture for the 2012 Tri-City 3 of Clubs Convention organized by members of Ring 183 – Tony’s hometown Ring in Victoria, BC – who arranged to have Joe Monti deliver a special 2 hour lecture for the convention. By all accounts – and in particular by talent coordinators, Murray Hatfield and Eric Bedard – Joe’s lecture was refreshing, funny and very-well received. We are thrilled to have had an opportunity to participate and congratulate Ring 183 on a great job.

We are also reviewing submissions we received for Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship 2013. Final decisions will be announced after the holidays.

Luminato 6

For our third year of bringing magic to Luminato, we presented the Mind Over Matter magic series bringing three master magicians – Banachek, Richard Turner and Juan Esteban Varela – to Toronto.

All three, in their own unique presentations, addressed how magic is essentially delivered and perceived through the power of the mind. Needless to say, each magician “blew minds” away and we were delighted with the series.

Magic Collectors Weekend

In May, we hosted the 43rd Annual Collectors Weekend in Chicago where we honoured guests, James Hagy and Richard Kaufman. It was a jam-packed weekend of lectures, talks, and reflection.

With the advent of more and more magic history conferences being organized, we have opted to move to a biennial format with our next Magic Collectors Weekend slated for 2014.

Magicol

We had rave reviews come in from our two Magicol, A Journal of Magic History and Collectibles, issues this year: No. 182 “Alma” (the special Australian magic edition) and No. 183 “Joy of Posters” (our Poster Issue).

While we are a little behind, rest assured we have our forthcoming two issues queued up, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest news!

New Websites

And last but not the least, we have been very busy re-launching new websites to accomodate our growing membership and evolving programs. Please feel free to explore our new homes in the cyberspace. We always appreciate any feedback you can give us.

  • Mystery & History: the new site for the latest Magicol news and updates.
  • Tony Eng Youth Fund: the one stop hot spot for young magicians to see what opportunities and bursaries are available in their area.
  • Senior Sorcery: Now with its own blog! See what’s new in senior health and read up on reviews we’ve been getting from pleased centres and residences.

… And thanks to you!

We would like to take this moment to thank our donors and sponsors whose generous funding allows us to provide service to our local neighbourhood and the magic community at large. Without your support, none of this would be possible.

So, as it has been such a magical year, we are now taking a little break for the holiday season. Our office will be closed December 24 and reopen on January 2.

Tri-City Magic in Victoria

15 Nov

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On November 2 to 4, 2012 the 2012 Tri-City 3 of Clubs Convention presented 6 amazing lectures, 3 incredible stage shows and featured guest lecturer, Las Vegas Pro, Joe Monti for the first ever Tony Eng Memorial Lecture. This lecture was held as a tribute to Tony Eng, beloved magician of Victoria, BC, who practised the venerable arts of hocus-pocus and legerdemain. Tony displayed a showman’s verve and a craftsman’s precision, whether as a stage performer, as a close-up magician or as a proprietor of a magic emporium in downtown Victoria. Tony Eng, “Ambassador of Magic” entertained audiences for over five decades.

Tony Eng Memorial Lecture: Joe Monti

Joe Monti was sponsored through a donation from Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund and Kent Wong of RJK Entertainment.

Joe’s two-hour lecture included acquainting members with the various techniques of magic, comedy, sleight of hand and improvisation. He also performed in the close-up show, the Gala Evening Stage show. Great job, Joe!

Magicana also donated A Cut Above by Msgr. Vincent Foy, which served as the grand prize in the One Hand Cut-A-Thon contest. The Essential Stewart James, How Gamblers Win and A Grand Expose were offered as prizes for the raffle draw. As a result of these prizes, the Victoria Magic Circle were able to sell more tickets and raise funds to help in covering the cost of the convention.

We are pleased that we were able to support the 2012 Tri-City 3 of Clubs Convention with both the bursary and with our  publications –  fittingly, in Tony’s hometown. Congratulations to the Victoria Magic Circle for a successful convention!

Photos courtesy of the Victoria Magic Circle.

Diabolically Divine

30 Jul

On August 18, Magicana welcomes France’s Gaëtan Bloom to share his delightfully diabolical and devious creations.

Gaëtan Bloom

To the public, Gaëtan Bloom is a furiously funny master magician. In Europe is is recognized as a top performer close-up and on stage. He is a feature performer at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris where he has appeared over 4,000 times. He is also a sought-after television personality and a designer of special effects for film and theater.

To magicians, he is a fountainhead of creativity and cleverness, constantly pushing the boundaries of what you thought was possible. Recently, MAGIC Magazine called his  Bloomeries instructional DVDs “must have videos.”

We are pleased to invite Gaëtan to Toronto to delight and deceive us on

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tickets and information here.

This is a limited seating event -buy your tickets now before they disappear!


Gaëtan’s lecture is part of our summer series which also features Rafael Benatar (Spain) and Jim Steinmeyer (Los Angeles). Buy tickets to all three lectures and save $15.

Gee 20: A treat for Toronto

16 Jul

I consider Jim to be the most brilliant mind in magic.

Doug Henning

Jim Steinmeyer banner

Three days after we announced that “The Man Behind the Curtain” would be lecturing in Toronto, 20% of tickets immediately sold. Jim rarely lectures and this is his first in Toronto. Join us in Toronto on August 22 for our lecture with the one and only Jim Steinmeyer. This is a limited-seat event so we encourage you to buy now.

Gee 20 Lecture

In his lecture, Jim will be sharing some of his favourite close-up and stand-up pieces from his “Conjuring” Columns in Genii and MAGIC Magazines as well some new, unpublished items. The lecture will focus on practical material useful in a wide variety of situations.   Read more.

Sunday Aug 22 – 2PM – at Magicana

Register now!

Jim Steinmeyer

Jim is the celebrated creator of countless deceptions, from tiny “Impuzzibilities” to grand illusions employed by leading performers like Lance Burton, David Copperfield and Doug Henning.

He is also the author of several important books on the history of magic and great magicians including Chung Ling Soo, Alan Wakeling and Howard Thurston.

Bundle & Save

Don’t forget our fantastic double lecture with Rafael Benatar & Gaëtan Bloom. Get The Pass for all three lectures and save $15.   Read more.

Save the Dates

12 Jul

Stay tunedMAGIC, MAGIC and more MAGIC!!

You will not want to miss a grand opportunity to see some fabulous magic on:

Wednesday, August 18 (6.30 PM); and

Sunday, August 22 (2.00 PM)

Mark it down if you want to see outstanding magic lectures.

Stand by… more info coming soon!

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