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Congratulations to Genii’s 75th Birthday Bash!

10 Oct

Genii Bash

We’d like to congratulate the stellar team behind Genii’s 75th Birthday Bash for delivering an outstanding magic convention.  The Genii’s 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash was held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, last October 4, 5 and 6 2012, with a final count of 800 plus attendees!

Featured events included Magicana’s Artistic Director, David Ben making a rare convention appearance by lecturing on the Coin Magic of Ross Bertram and performing  in the parlour show with Max Maven, Chad Long, Eric Mead, and Rob Zabrecky.  And those were just two events of the jam-packed Genii Bash schedule. Starting at 8 AM right up to midnight lectures, the magic never stopped – it was simply  filled to the brim with lectures and performances by so many of our favourite magicians.

Were you there?! We were very happy to see so many of our dear friends and to meet many more new ones! It was truly a great convention that rightfully honoured one of the oldest, independent magic magazines.

Everyone’s buzzing about their favourite moments of the weekend. If you’d like to contribute, you can write about your favourite moment in our comment box below. 

Happy Birthday Genii!

Presenting Tony Eng Youth Fund Bursary Winner: Sawyer Bullock!

18 May

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Here at Magicanasharing wonder comes first and foremost.

Trying to advance magic as a performing art involves presenting magic as a means of empowerment. We aim to develop alternative ways of thinking and to inspire the younger generation through its rich history. It is always a thrill when we discover budding new magicians eager to learn, and one of these young, promising magicians is  Sawyer Bullock of Wassaga Beach, Ontario.

Sawyer reached out to us through the Tony Eng Youth Fund. At 16, his passion for magic appears to have no bounds and magic has enriched his life for the last four years. We provided Sawyer, a community-driven young man teeming with leadership qualities, a bursary to help him attend the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) 2012 convention. In his application, Sawyer expressed a heartfelt desire to meet Vancouver-based magician and President of CAM, Shawn Farquhar. We were pleased to provide  Sawyer with the grant to achieve this goal and to also compete in the magic competitions at CAM.

The Tony Eng Youth Fund was created in memory of Tony Eng in 2008. Thanks to the generous donations of our donors and to our Tony Eng Youth Fund partner, Kent Wong, we are able to continue our funding activities such as providing bursaries to young people to go towards their magical experiences and education. For more information about how to contribute or how to apply to this fund, visit www.magicana.com/tonyeng.

Congratulations to Sebastian Dagenais!

17 May

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Images courtesy of Ryan Joyce and James Alan.

Congratulations to Sebastian Dagenais, winner of the Canadian Association of Magicians (CAM) 2012 One Handed CUT- A-THON contest.

The young and talented Sebastian hails from Montreal and performed 119 one-handed cuts for three rounds.

Magicana donated A Cut Above to Sebastian, a book dedicated to the joyful exploration of one-handed cuts created and documented by Msgr. Vincent Foy, a pioneer of the modern movement of card flourishes.

Congratulations, Sebastian!

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