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Luminato 2011

29 Mar

Magicana and Luminato 2011: Masters of Magic

We’re back!

As Luminato, Toronto’s festival of creativity and the arts, has just announced, we will be part of festival’s Masters of Magic series June 10-18th.

Magicana will be presenting three distinct programs in June: Natural Magick, Vodavil and Eric Mead: Toast of the Town.  Magicana will also be presenting its community outreach program, My Magic Hands, at Holland-Bloorview Kid’s Rehabilitation Hospital, and at Queen Victoria Public School.

Stay tuned because our artistic director, David Ben, will be discussing the ins and outs of the various shows over the coming weeks.  At this stage, if you love magic, Toronto is the place to be between June 10-18th.

Tickets will go on sale in Mid-April. We will be giving an advance purchase option to subscribers, so make sure that you join the Magicana eList to receive word.

Celebrating the Art of the Impossible!

30 Jun

For those lucky enough to be in Toronto between June 16-20, you could definitely feel the magic in the air!

Four master magicians from around the world descended upon the city to take part in Luminato – the Toronto Festival of Arts + Creativity. For the first time, the festival included magic in its programming and the results were nothing short of spectacular.

Max Maven, the world’s most prolific mind-reader and mystery entertainer, took to the stage with Thinking in Person – his thought provoking foray into the fascinating world of the mysterious and the unknown.

Mac King came all the way up from Las Vegas to say “Howdy” to Canadian audiences and he brought his entire show with him. Through his performances at the Panasonic Theatre, we were treated to mystifying magic, side-splitting comedy, some animal friends and quite a few surprises along the way.

Maestro, Juan Tamariz, joined all the way from Spain. Making his first appearance in Toronto, he performed three outstanding shows (two in English and one in Spanish) and delighted audiences of all ages. The evenings were jam packed with excitement and wonder. They included a cast of magical friends including a lovely assistant, a powerful spirit medium, and an adorable furry friend.

All the while, Bob Sheets of Washington D.C., was roaming the streets of Toronto creating magical happenings. Those who happened to be in the right place at the right time got to see Bob perform great classic magic tricks and con games in his own zany way.

Out in the community, some new magicians from My Magic Hands got to show off their talents. Children from Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Toronto, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and The Learning Enrichment Foundation worked hard over weeks and months learning, practicing and polishing their magic and invited family and friends to see their Really Big Shows, which also featured a special guest appearance by Bob Sheets.

Check out festival highlights at http://www.luminato.com/2010/tv

Magic, Secrets and Wizards…. Oh My!

7 May

Forgive the lag in the postings, but HOLY MOLY have we been busy!

First, we congratulate, once again, our Tony Eng Youth Fund Winner, Jennifer Antonioof Winnipeg. She won an all-expense paid trip from Winnipeg to Kitchener-Waterloo to attend this year’s Canadian Magician’s Association’s (CAM) 2010 convention. Read all about it here.  We are thrilled that this talented young lady was able to attend a national conference, accompanied by her father, Richard, thanks to the generous support of Kent Wong of Edmonton, the CAM and all the supporters and donors of the Tony Eng Youth Fund.

Next, we were delighted to be contacted by our long-time partner, The York School, to provide magic for the annual Grade 7 and 8, Challenge Week, this week May 3 to 7.

Each year, 13 to 15 York School students are secreted away to an undisclosed location and given an intensive, introductory program to performing magic. This year, in addition to the chockful schedule, we also added new guest speakers, ‘Vladimir Eisengrim’ of The Paranormal Show and magician, Scott McClelland. The shocking and bizarre magic was a great lesson to underscore to our students that knowing the secret is a small part of performing great magic! In addition to learning some crafty magic, students also learned valuable tips and tricks of the trade to being great presenters. We hope these life-skills will serve our students in the future.

Congratulations to this year’s York Challenge Students. They not only survived ‘Boot Camp Magic’ by Magicana, but they also successfully performed six shows for the Lower School at York and for the senior residents at The Belmont House! No small achievement! We applaud this year’s graduates for meeting this difficult challenge with energy and enthusiasm. May the magic continue on in your Magic Hands!

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Magicana will be hosting the 41st annual Magic Collectors Weekend in Chicago, where we are honouring Mike Caveney and George Daily.  We are only five days away from the big event, which will be held May 13 to 16 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont (Chicago).

If you have a slight (or, is that sleight?) interest in collecting magic, magic’s history or great magicians of the past, you may want to consider joining the Magic Collectors Association. Magicana is the new administrative body taking care of the MCA, its membership and its quarterly publication of Magicol – a serial journal that has been produced and shared with members for fifty years.

So, all in all, the last three weeks have been very busy, but also pretty magical!

We will have more news about Lumainato and the Masters of Magic Series (June 17 to 20), so, be sure to check back soon.

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