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Erdnase Unmasked

1 Dec

Erdnase Unmasked

This is it, really.

For over 100 years people have been speculating over who wrote The Expert at the Card Table, the most influential book on sleight-of-hand; and the cornerstone for both the conjurer and the card cheat.

Who was S.W. Erdnase?

Magicana is pleased to present Erdnase Unmasked – a series of papers that explore the mystery and identity of this enigmatic figure. Culled from the pages of Magicol, Erdnase Unmasked contains articles by Richard Hatch, the preeminent authority on the identity of the author; David Ben; Hurt McDermott, Jason England and Martin Gardner.

This is a limited edition production of only 500 copies.

Buy your copy here at Magicana; or at your favourite dealer.

Everything Erdnase

25 Nov

Everything Erdnase Exhibition

Magicana is pleased to announce the release of our latest exhibition, Everything Erdnase.

The exhibition, created by Jason England and Julie Eng, showcases the legendary book, The Expert at the Card Table – by the mysterious, S.W. Erdnase – and the book’s perpetual appearance in print for over a century. While exploring the numerous variants, both here and abroad, the exhibition also highlights the slew of ancillary discourse, publications and products Erdnase has inspired.

The exhibition was developed in conjunction with a special issue of Magicol (Issue No. 180) devoted to Erdnase with articles by Richard Hatch, Jason England, Hurt McDermott and David Ben. (Stay tuned for more information on a forthcoming publication.)

Everything Erdnase is by no means the definitive word on the subject, and we encourage Erdnase scholars, bibliophiles and casual viewers to add any additional information germane to the exhibition.

We now invite you to visit Everything Erdnase

Coming soon…

27 Oct

It was a busy summer! Magicana has had several projects on the go including another successful round of My Magic Hands at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital and summer camp literacy workshops in partnership with the Leacock Foundation for Children. Congratulations to all our new graduates!

 

Everythingerdnase.comNow for the fall, we are delighted to announce that we will soon be releasing a new online exhibition, Everything Erdnase, designed to supplement Jason England’s article in the forthcoming issue of Magicol, No. 180. Stay tuned for more news and notification about the exhibition’s release!

Interested in Erdnase? Well, as our latest Mystery & History post points out, No. 180 will be perhaps our biggest issue to date and is dedicated to The Expert at the Card Table and the identity if its author. It features contributions from Richard Hatch, Hurt McDermott, Jason England and David Ben. The issue promises to be an interesting one as we explore just who was S. W. Erndase. Curious? Better subscribe to Magicol now to make our next mailing.

31 Faces North

12 Sep

Our sixth 31 Faces North conference – produced in association with Allan Slaight – was held August 14 to 17, 2008. Participants generate programming and this year, we saw unprecedented levels of sharing and collaboration in the art of magic. Honoured guests were Herb Zarrow and Ton Onosaka.

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David Ben gave a tribute lecture in honour of Herb and Herb’s tremendous contribution to magic. David also highlighted Herb’s vast body of work, sharing some wonderful touches, thoughts and subtleties of Herb’s trademark style. David also commented on his research for the forthcoming volume, ZarrowA Lifetime of Magic. For our second guest of honour, Max Maven interviewed Ton Onosaka, and drew out (bilingually) highlights of Ton’s fascinating life for participants to discover. Most interesting was Ton’s lifetime commitment of bridging magic communities between the Eastern and Western worlds.

2008 Marshall Award Winnner

Another time-honoured tradition at 31 is the presentation of the Marshall Award, (in honour of Jay Marshall). Attendees voted Jim Steinmeyer as the 31er who contributed the most towards the conference’s success. Past winners of the Marshall Award are: Tommy Wonder (2003), Michael Close (2004), Billy McComb (2005), William Goodwin (2006), and David Ben (2007).

Also, thanks to the gathering of 31, Magicana as able to produce two special lectures for the greater Toronto magic community by Roberto Giobbi and Eric Mead. (See our previous post on the seminars and the Tony Eng Youth Challenge.) As promised, Eric brought friends to his lecture and had an all-star magic team, including Jason England, Michael Weber and Jamy Ian Swiss share pet secrets with the enthusiastic audience.

Eric Mead and friendsAs a surprise for all our participants, Magicana released two new publications, How Gamblers Win and Spins & Needles: The Magic of Allan Slaight. Even as the co-host of this event, we were able to surprise Allan at our Farewell Dinner with the presentation of his collected work. Both volumes are now available from our website or from your favourite magic shop.

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