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The Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship 2013

25 Oct

Magicana’s Tony Eng Youth Fund and Magi-Fest in Columbus, Ohio are proud to announce a partnership for 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.

Tony Eng Youth Fund Bursary

We are thrilled to announce a scholarship for a young magician to attend Magi-Fest.

Magicana – through the Tony Eng Youth Fund – and Magi-Fest (thanks to a donation from Doug Taylor) are offering a bursary to assist a young, Canadian magician (and their corresponding legal guardian/parent) to attend. Specifically, Magicana is offering a $350 bursary for a young magician to help with his/her travel and accommodation expenses; and Magi-Fest will provide $260 for two convention registrations.

To apply:

We invite passionate young magicians to submit a short essay (500 words or less) on why they would like to attend and what they hope to gain from attending this event. In addition to the essay, you will also need the following to qualify:

  • to be a Canadian aged 12 to 17 years old;
  • to have parent/guardian consent; and
  • to be in possession of valid passport(s) –  a must have for both travellers upon application.

All qualifying submissions will be reviewed by a blind panel of judges (judges will not know names nor ages) and a winner will be selected. Winners will be notified by phone and email.

Do it now!

If you meet the above requirements, then send us an email (info@magicana.com) including your name, age, city of residence, telephone number and a short essay on why you’d like to attend and what you hope to gain from going to the 2013 MagiFest. To be a qualifying submission, we must be able to contact your parent or guardian so be sure to include their telephone number!

Canadian Scholarship

This special combined Magi-Fest Youth Scholarship consists of the following:

  • 2 convention registrations for  2013 Magi-Fest ( young magician and guardian/parent);
  • 3 nights hotel at The Crowne Plaza (shared accommodations with magician and guardian/parent); and
  • travel honorarium

Submit your essays now. Deadline for submission is on December 10, 2012, 11:59 PM, EST.

The Magi-Fest 2013 convention will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio from January 24 to 26, 2013.

The hotel is located at:

600 Metro Place North
Dublin, Ohio
43017, USA

For more information about the convention, please visit Magi-Fest.

For more information about the Tony Eng Youth Fund, please click here.

We wish all our participants the best of luck!

Magicana brings MIRTH and MAGIC to the MS Summer Camp!

23 Aug

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Last week, on August 14, James Alan visited the MS Summer Camp to deliver a bewitching magic show for their campers–a show so satisfying that Andria Samis, the Senior Coordinator of MS Society Canada said,

“On behalf of the MS Society of Canada and all the campers and their families, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you for your support of the 2012 MS Summer Camp. Your help in facilitating a magic show (…) was much appreciated and the show proved to be a camp highlight! James was punctual, professional and definitely provided a ‘wow’ factor for the campers. There was lots of laughter and amazement in the room that night.”

We are so pleased the campers enjoyed the show!

The MS Summer Camp is a great opportunity for children and teens with MS to get together in the beautiful banks of Big Rideau Lake and enjoy a summer full of challenges and events. Additionally, the camp’s amazing staff offer support and friendship while encouraging new learning experiences. The camp’s main purpose is to create an environment for its participants wherein they can ” enjoy a break from the stress associated with MS”.

Here at Magicana, we are more than happy to provide a great outlet for learning and entertainment through magic, which is why we were thrilled to work with the MS Summer Camp. We hope we created an unforgettable night of magic and excitement for the campers!

Big Brothers, Big Sisters AND BIG MAGIC!

20 Aug

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Magicana held a magic day camp for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto this past Weekend, Saturday, August 18.

We salut the BBBST’s philosophy of mentoring and its life-changing effects to empower and motivate youth to reach their full potential.  The mandate of My Magic Hands has always been to use magic as a metaphor in problem-solving and creative thinking while, building self-confidence and self-esteem.

As a result, we find that our volunteers, or “magic coaches”, really are the secret ingredient in success for  participants as they learn magic feats throughout the day. The one-on-one attention, focus and encouragement is educational but most of all the bonding that is built between Bigs and Littles is what this day was all about.

Congratulations to all our participants and to their Bigs for sharing wonder with their Littles!

Magicana Donates Ibidem to PCAM

3 Aug

Congratulations to the success of the PCAM (Pacific Coast Association of Magicians) convention earlier this month, August 2 to 5 at the Sea-Tac Marriott in Seattle, Washington. In order to continue exploring and sharing the art of magic, Magicana donated Ibidem: The Complete Set for the PCAM raffle.

This valuable collection was made famous by unforgettable contributors and the creative crew of Howard Lyons. Ibidem (1955-1979) was a magic periodical edited by Toronto’s P. Howard Lyons. It quickly gained reputation in the magic community as the number one source for modern card feats, close-up magic and dazzling illustrations. Each cover was individually silk screened by artist Pat Patterson and contained amazing tricks and illustrations. Notable contributors included: Ed Marlo, Stewart James, The Amazing Randi, Norm Houghton, Martin Gardner and Fawcett Ross.

For more information on how to purchase Ibidem: The Complete Set, click here.

Mind Over Matter

21 Jun

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The calm is now upon us after the thrilling chaos that was Luminato and what are we left with? The satisfying aftertaste of success from  the Mind Over Matter magical series!

Mind Over Matter

For this year’s Luminato, Magicana went with the saying, “Mind Over Matter”, a term originally used to refer to paranormal phenomena, to best describe the magic behind these three performers. While each show was different from the other, they all had a common theme: how magic is essentially delivered and perceived through the power of the mind.

The world’s leading mentalist, Banachek, astounded, intrigued and inspired crowds with his life story through The Alpha Project, while Richard Turner cheated his way into the hearts of Torontonians with his incredible feats in card manipulation. Similarly, Juan Esteban Varela, despite NOT being the blonde with rippling muscles as he claimed to be, resonated strongly with From the Dark, as he made his mark with one of magic’s most experiential, groundbreaking shows to date.

The Alpha Project: Insight into the Life of a Mentalist

The Alpha Project revealed Banachek’s life story. Having gone through a trying childhood – abandoned at age 9 – Banachek embraced these tribulations and used them to support him on his way to becoming a mentalist. At 18, Banachek made headlines when, for a period of four years under close scrutiny, he convinced research scientists at Washington University that he was psychic. Entitled Project Alpha,the purpose of this experiment was to disprove others who claimed to be real psychics and to declare to the world that even scientists, when lacking expertise in the arts of deception, can be easily misled.

With rave reviews from The Toronto Star, Mooney on Theatre and Torontoist, it looks like The Alpha Project fulfilled its purpose in spreading this word!

The Cheat: Why One Should Never Play Cards with Strangers

In between wowing spectators for Luminato, Richard Turner, “The Cheat” also performed for Holland Bloorview and the Parliament Branch Library. Rounds of Texas Hold ‘Em, poker, blackjack and three card monte then ensued between Richard Turner and the audience. The end results, of course, always went according to his liking, despite the inordinate amount of shuffles by audience members and, at some rounds, with limited cards.

Richard Turner, along with boggling the minds of Toronto,  also charmed the hosts of the Morning Show and the CBC’s Eli Glasner. See Richard’s part in this CBC News clip in which Eli Glasner calls today’s age a “Magic Renaissance“.

From the Dark: Magic at Its Purest Form

For the closing weekend of Luminato, we followed Juan Esteban Varela, blindfolded, as he guided us through his new show, From the Dark – the only magic show that happens in absolute darkness. With everyone participating, the show quickly became an experience with a sea of voices in an unknown space. These factors contributed to the show’s overall mystery, which is essentially magic in its base form.  Indeed, Toronto Star and Cadence Canada both agreed that From the Dark was truly unique in its premise and most of all, its effect.

And so, we end Luminato 6 with invigorating vibes and positive feedback from Toronto.

Redefining Magic: Cadence Canada talks to the artists of “From the Dark”

15 Jun

A magic show in the dark?

“It doesn’t start the moment I start speaking. It starts the moment you surrender yourself to the idea, or even before then, when you make the conscious effort to come. Thinking about it, imagining it. And hopefully it doesn’t end when I stop talking. Ideally the magic, the experience, will last long after.” – Juan Esteban Varela

The magician behind the groundbreaking show, From the DarkJuan Esteban Varela and its director, Michael Weber  (also known for his work with The PrestigeThe Illusionist, and Oceans 13) sat down with Asif Hameed, reporter for Cadence Canada.

They breach numerous topics, such as the sister of the Spanish King personally thanking Juan for making her realize what vanishing truly means through his performance, the ten years it took to create an art form that challenges preconceived notions of the magic experience, and the intense love and passion that came with it.

Read the entire interview…

Experience magic at its most intimate form

From the Dark (directed by Michael Weber, starring Juan Esteban Varela), runs June 15–16 @ 8:00 PM and June 17 @ 2:00 PM as part of the Mind Over Matter magic series for Luminato at the Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle).

Ticket information: www.luminato.com

To order tickets by phone, call: 416-368-4TIX/416-368-4849. Tickets also available from Hart House box office (www.uofttix.ca)

“Crazy with Curiosity”: Toronto Reacts to Banachek’s “The Alpha Project”

11 Jun

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“If you’re hoping to be driven crazy with curiosity this weekend, this British mentalist has got the show for you.”

-Laura Godfrey, Torontoist, June 9, 2012

The people have spoken: rave reviews of Banachek’s show this weekend, “The Alpha Project” have started pouring in, all singing praise to the man who lived up to his name as the world’s leading mentalist.

From the Torontoist, written by Laura Godfrey:

“You can strain your neck and edge as far off your seat as you want, but there’s no question that Banachek is a master of his craft—there’s a reason he counts Penn & Teller, David Blaine, and Criss Angel among the acts he’s consulted for. Even after he tells you it’s not real, every trick is followed by a single question, rippling through the crowd: “How did he do that?”

It may not be magic, but that’s okay—it’s still mystery, suspense, and high entertainment.”

From Mooney on Theatre, by Dorianne Emmerton:

“A lot of people believe in telepathy, psychokinesis, past life regression and ghosts. These people go to a magic show ready and willing to believe. Others, like me, are skeptics who go simply for entertainment.

Banachek’s The Alpha Project, playing as part of Luminato, is a great show for the latter. For both kinds of people (and those in between) it’s (…) a fun night.”

And how did Banachek do on his predictions of last Saturday’s (June 9) front page headlines?

From The Toronto Star, by Wendy Gillis:

“The surprise retirement of I’ll Have Another was there. The out-of-the-blue bid for the 2024 Olympics was there. The story on gang violence? There. He even had the feature article on Australian Aboriginals.

In a feat of unbelievable (no, really) news forecasting, U.K. mentalist Banachek seems to have accurately predicted the front page of Saturday’s Star 10 days in advance.”

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