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Natural Magick

16 Jun

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David Ben performs in Natural Magick.

© 2011 Magicana. All rights reserved. Photos by David Linsell.

In the news…

From The National Post

Tricks Of The Trade

David Ben takes a rolling paper and twists it into the shape of a butterfly. He gently places it in his jacket’s front pocket, then pulls another of the delicate tissue papers from its package. Again, he fashions a pair of wings. He then takes a fan and unfurls it dramatically. After tossing the second butterfly into the air, Ben quickly begins to fan, as if cooling himself on a hot summer’s night. The paper flutters across the stage, as if searching a flower to land on. Ben stops, and reaches into his pocket for the other butterfly. He then tosses both in the air, fanning rapidly to keep them aloft. He catches the butterflies, then begins to fan the hand holding both creatures; suddenly, a flurry of white paper flies out of his hand and … READ THE FULL STORY

From Mooney on Theatre

Luminato 2011 Review of Natural Magick

Magic shows are… well they’re magical. We suspend belief, gasping with delight as the coins pour from someone’s nose and applauding wildly when the torn crumpled pieces of paper turn out to be whole. Even the most jaded skeptic responds to magic. Not that tonight’s audience at the Luminato presentation of David Ben’sshow Natural Magick were jaded, but there were definitely some skeptics who were there under duress. After the show I overheard one man saying how glad he was that he had gone, how much he had enjoyed the show and how much he really didn’t want to go.

David Ben has terrific stage presence. He’s completely at home on the stage. I think that’s why people in the audience are so willing to go on stage and be part of the act. That was part of the magic of the evening – how easily Ben got people up on stage and how relaxed they seemed while they were there. … READ THE FULL REVIEW

From Toronto Life

Tuesday’s Luminato picks: Andromache, Raj Kapoor and David Ben’s Natural Magick

In a world where everyone is too cool for school and everything is laced with a healthy dose of irony, the earnestness of a good old-fashioned magic show is welcome. David Ben rescues the art from the dregs of children’s birthday parties and elevates it to a refined act of theatre, inspired by the golden age of magic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Expect astonishing feats, from telepathy to conjuring. Hugh Jackman, you’ve got nothing on this. June 14 to 16. $36.50–$41.50. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-368-4849, luminato.com/2011/magickREAD FULL STORY

From InsideToronto.com

Natural Magick performs in his hometown

For the first time in years, world-renowned magician David Ben will dazzle hometown crowds with a special performance at the upcoming Luminato festival. Ben, a veteran of more than 35 years on the magic scene, has travelled extensively, performing magic and hosting speaking gigs around the world. 

His new show, Natural Magick, will feature … READ THE FULL STORY

From torontoist.com

A Magical Night Out at Luminato

As we embarked on Luminato’s opening night with two magic shows on our agenda, we admit to being filled with child-like glee, but also prepared with a full deck of skepticism, should it be necessary. Which, fortunately, it wasn’t.

The game-changer for the multimedia performance by Natural Magick‘s David Ben, for instance, came towards the end, in a jaw-dropping illusion (or talent, maybe?) where he swallowed 20 sewing needles and a string of thread, only to regurgitate them a minute later—evenly threaded, straight out of his mouth. We are dying to see that one up close. We won’t give away the rest of his tricks … READ THE FULL STORY

Magic for Kiehl’s

6 Jun

As part of our  ongoing commitment with Luminato’s Outreach and Education program, Magicana is delighted to bring magic back to Kiehl’s with two FREE performances.

Eric Mead @LuminatoThe first will be this Friday, June 10 where there will be a special, live performance by Eric Mead at the Kiehl’s store @ Queen Street @7PM. Eric is a world-class magician who has graciously agreed to share his talents at this event. Eric’s one-of-a-kind magic is a featured free events at Luminato’s new Festival Hub. For more about his show, visit magicana.com/ericmead.

Julie Eng brings Piff Paff Poof to Kiehl'sAnd, on June 11, Julie Eng will be presenting a segment our latest production, Piff Paff Poof, a magic show for kids and families, at Kiehl’s at Yonge & Eglinton @11AM. Plan to come early so your kids can get their owns set of Poof Nose and Whiskers drawn on their faces! Also, there will be a chance to get one’s very own Poof tattoo! Julie is also participating in Natural Magick during Luminato which is also part of the festival celebration of magic.

Space is limited so you must RSVP to attend the special events @Kiehl’s! You can do so by either calling the stores or visiting the event pages:

June 10 @7PM
ERIC MEAD @Kiehl’s at 407 Queen Street (Queen & Spadina)
T 416-977-3588
RSVP Online

June 11 @11AM
JULIE ENG @Kiehl’s 2518 Yonge Street (Yonge & Eglinton)
T: 416 483-1335
RSVP Online 

More magic

For more magic, be sure to get tickets for our other two Luminato magic shows: Natural Magick (June 10-16) and Vodavil (June 17, 18). Both shows are great for kids and families.

www.magicana.com/luminato

Front of the Line

11 Apr

From April 11 to 15, we invite you to purchase your tickets to 2011 Luminato events before they go on sale to the general public. Buy your tickets today, and receive early access to tickets for the extraordinary lineup of theatre, dance, music, literature, magic and other events.

Buy tickets for NATURAL MAGICK

Buy tickets for VODAVIL

Buy tickes for Luminato 2011 events

Use the code MAGICLUM when ordering your tickets.

Magicana is proud to present these shows in partnership with Luminato:

Natural Magick

Natural Magick

June 10-16

Inspired by the notion that the performance of magic may be seen as a modern-day equivalent of one of legendary storyteller Shahrazad’s most fantastical tales, magician and author David Ben has collaborated with Canadian broadcasting icon, Patrick Watson, to create a new exploration of magic as a theatrical art.   DETAILS

Vodavil

Vodavil

June 17, 18

Comedy, pantomime, and magic combine in one glorious night of pure entertainment, featuring: The Great Tomsoni and Company, Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Ardan James and Gaëtan Bloom.

DETAILS

Bar Magic

June 10-12

Eric Mead is a variety artist that defies categorization. Mead refers to himself a magician, and his performances are full of fantastic and magical happenings. FREE EVENT!

DETAILS

LUMINATO 2011

Pre-sale begins today, Monday, April 11 @ Noon EST. To purchase tickets, visit luminato.com/2011/ticketed or call 416-368-4TIX (4849).

Offer is valid from 12:00 PM on April 11, 2011 to 11:59 PM on April 15, 2011. All artists, dates, venues, prices subject to change and availability.

Magic at Luminato

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.

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