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Happy Holidays

15 Dec

Happy Holidays

Hard to believe, but here we are at the end of another magical year. When we look back, it’s even harder to believe we had time to fit it all in:

My Magic Hands

We just finished last week our last of fourteen sessions of My Magic Hands, watching the outstanding performers from Lawrence Heights Middle School (coached by their “buddies” from Havergal College) and from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital . Both shows were really extraordinary – reminding the audience how powerful the magic of mentorship and self-esteem really is. Congratulations to all our new graduates and to their coaches.

We broke new records with My Magic Hands, presenting the program to the entire Grade Five year of Queen Victoria Junior Public School (over 100 students in four classrooms) over eight weeks. The traditional end-of-session Big Show became A Very Big Show, where each Grade Five class presented FOUR simultaneous shows to the lower grade students. It was extraordinary effort by both student magicians and their teachers.

In partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), we also presented a new program, Magic ‘n Movies – a week-long camp mixing magic and movie making into one fun-filled program.

We were also thrilled to have our third outing with Camp Ooch’s Urban Camp – a one-day camp (workshop) hosted in the city. For five intense hours, Ooch campers were taught some magic secrets. The goal was to teach  thirty campers magic routines so they could put on their version of A Big Show for friends and family at the end of the day. WOW, it never ceases to amaze the energy that this group can generate! The show was terrific.

Over the summer, we conducted three magic workshops in partnership with the Leacock Foundation for Children’s reading program, LEAP.

We also brought two special summer programs to Holland Bloorview’s Child Development Programs: Helping Hands and Hand 2 Hand. These  workshops encouraged young people to strengthen their “helping” hands. In particular, Hand 2 Hand  – a new program working with clients diagnosed with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy – allowed us to use our experience to explore new arts-driven activities to bring therapeutic benefits to clients. It was a very rewarding summer!

Senior Sorcery

We also completed  35 Senior Sorcery shows for senior centres and residences. Magicana subsidized a number of shows for centres under budgetary constraints to ensure magic could be shared throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Festivals, Performances & Conferences

We consulted (Ross Petty’s The Wizard of Oz, the Wickedly Wacky Family Musical), we collaborated (Luminato Fesitval) and we produced.

In fact, Magicana presented four new shows this year: Natural Magick, Vodavil, and Toast of the Town in conjunction with Luminato Festival of the Arts; and Piff Paff Poof during March Break.

In May, we hosted the 42nd Annual Collectors Weekend in Chicago and honoured guests: Dr. Gene Matsuura and Ray & Ann Goulet.

Exhibitions & Publications

In November, we launched a new online exhibition: Everything Erdnase exploring the many variants of  The Expert at the Card Table.

Finally, we released two new publications:  A Cut Above by Msgr Vincent Foy in April, and Erdnase Unmasked this past month. We are just one issue away of producing four issues of Magicol, A Journal of Magic History and Collectibles. If the elves in the workshop can help, we will have our final 2011 issue, No. 181, at the printers this week.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Without the generous support of our donors and sponsors, none of this would have been possible.

So, as it has been such a magical year, we are now taking a little break for the holiday season. Our office will be closed December 16 and reopen January 3.

Vodavil

18 Jun

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In the historic Winter Garden Theatre, Vodavil
played to a great house as part of the Luminato festival of the arts.

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

What a great show!

Where else in the world will you have a chance to see The Great Tomsoni, Gaetan Bloom, Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert and Ardan James all on the same stage, all on one night? That’s vaudeville.

“Vodavil” was an informal term many vaudeville performers used in their correspondence to describe their profession: that distinctive and highly polished brand of popular entertainment that flourished in specialty theatres across North America from the 1890s until the 1930s. During that time, each show consisted of a variety of acts — performers who specialized in a particular branch of popular entertainment: singing, dancing, pantomime, juggling, comedy and, of course, magic. The performers worked a circuit, coming together to present their ‘turn’ on a show in a host city for a few days before parting their separate ways to repeat the process with other performers in a different town or city. By and large, the acts had to be easy to stage and transport.

Vodavil brings together artists, who, in an earlier era, would have proudlyborne the name of “vaudevillians” for an evening of all-out family entertainment, in a grand theatre of that same era.

Vodavil June 17, 18 – 8PM
Winter Garden Theatre | 189 Yonge Street (@Queen)

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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