The weirdest thing to ever happen to me on stage

For the past four years, I have been allowing members of the audience to blindfold me with duct tape (of various and assorted colours). Some would say that this strikes most of the audience as unusual and sends a rather strange message about what my personal boundaries might be. Admitting all that, nothing like this has ever happened to me before:

(No spoilers, see for yourself, apologies for the poor video quality)

This was filmed at Magic Tonight If you would like to see what the whole trick actually looks like, in colour, you can watch it here.

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Last time on Magic Tonight

Last night on Magic Tonight, I was joined by über special guest Nick Wallace. While he may appear on the surface to be sweet and charming and likeable, he is in fact the devil; pure evil wrapped in Mr. Rogers’ sweater. As far as I know, he owns the soul of at least one person on staff at our shows and I doubt he’s willing to stop there.

Magic Tonight will be on hiatus for the next little while. Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming shows.

Last time on Magic Tonight

We’re up and running at our new location, just 400 feet from our old one, and we’re loving the additional space. I was joined by comedy magician Chris Mayhew who recently returned from a tour across China with a new show which is replete with Mayhem.

Magic Tonight runs weekly at The Studio in Toronto. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when purchasing online.

Magic Tonight is Moving

I’m thrilled to announce that after a few months of waiting, we’re ready to move into a larger performance space for Magic Tonight. Even better; we’re just around the corner, 100m from our previous venue but with more seating, a larger stage. We’ve also now moved to the ground floor so performances are now wheelchair accessible.

Our new home is simply dubbed:

The Studio
468 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON  M5T 2G8

See how easy it is to get from the old place to the new place:

Join us for the first show at our new place with comedy magician extraordinare, Chris Mayhew. Tickets are available at www.magictonight.ca/tickets. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner.

 

Making Faces

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these compilations. Most people don’t realize how difficult it is to take photos of live performance. There is no chance to go back and try it again, the moments are gone forever. But what that also means is that sometimes the moments you capture are truly strange. So take a look at some of the funny faces performers made so far this year on Magic Tonight.

Enjoy the lovely faces of Glenn Ottaway, Ben Train, David Merry, The Sentimentalists (Mysterion & Steffi Kay) and me:

Magic Tonight continues Sunday nights in Downtown Toronto at the Crimson Lounge. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when purchasing online.

 

Last time on Magic Tonight

One of the things I enjoy most about Magic Tonight is the rich variety of performers we have in the city who appear on the show. Last week, I had the chance to see a new double-act forming: The Sentimentalists. The always-creepy Mysterion has teemed up with Steffi Kay (who came fabulously colour coordinated to our venue) to demonstrate some two-person mind reading or what has become known, for historical reasons, as “second sight”.

Magic Tonight continues Sunday nights in Toronto at the Crimson Lounge. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when purchasing online.

2015 in Duct Tape

In 2012, the director of my one-person show, Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks, James Biss,  had me over at his house for a party and was “encouraging” me to perform for the group. I asked if I could borrow some duct tape and he came back with, of all things, blue duct tape. I knew about grey and about black, but blue was news to me. I used that for my shows in 2012 & 2013 for the blindfold trick.

In 2014, one of the bartenders at The Cage (which contains The Crimson Lounge) found a roll of Rainbow Duct shortly before World Pride in Toronto. So now whenever possible, I try to choose the duct tape I use to match the situation I’m in. I think this year I went a little bit overboard.

We used the rainbow roll all through the month of June to celebrate Pride. And for the Andy Kim Christmas Special, we found sparkling silver duct tape.

In case you’re curious what all that duct tape is for, here is the trick on Rogers TV:

Magic Tonight continues in 2016. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when purchasing online.

This week on Magic Tonight

It’s Boxing Day and most of the festive (over) eating is over. I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday which continues over the next week or so.

Our last official event of the night is tomorrow at the Crimson Lounge downtown. We’re already sold out and looking forward to a full house. My ever-so-special guest is incredibly funny Glenn Ottaway, the godfather of Canadian magic and comedy in Toronto.

December 27 Glenn Ottaway Ben Train Sold Out

I also have a special guest, the ever-so-adorable Ben Train. I need the extra hand because I’m doing double duty with the Jolakotturinn show down the street at Revival. They still have some tickets available if you’d like to join us there. It’s going to be a busy night of magic.

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I’m also working on pulling together the best photos from our shows from the year, so if you’ve been in the audience at Magic Tonight and have photos or video you’d like to share, feel free to get in touch.

Last time on Magic Tonight

The penultimate Magic Tonight of 2015 featured Toronto’s Best Magician [1], Phil Pivnick. While Phil performs primarily for youngsters [2] but he shared some of his more grownup material with our sold-out audience.

Take a look at some of the fun we had:

Our last show for the year (December 27) is already sold out. So we want to thank everyone who’s been to see us for their continued support. It’s been  wonderful year. Readers of this blog can use the code reality for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner for our 2016 dates when purchasing online.

[1] An award presented in Markham because magicians are weird.

[2] I’m allergic to children so if you ask me about performing at an event for kids, I’ll likely just be handing you Phil’s phone number.

CFI Canada Winter Solstice Celebration

Last night at a special bonus instalment of Magic Tonight, we were joined by a group from the Centre for Inquiry Canada celebrating the winter solstice and raising money for the centre.

The holiday season can be difficult for skeptics, freethinkers and atheists, particularly those spending time with religious family members. It can create a feeling of being left out and so it’s a pleasure and an honour to be able to provide a place for like minded people to celebrate and have a good time. On top of the magic, we celebrated The Flying Spaghetti Monster and all present were touched by his great noodly appendage!

This year secular organizations like CFI have been busy this year fighting for freedom of expression and freedom from religion around the world. In particular, CFI Canada has helped bring a number of free though refugees and their families to escape religious persecution around the world and make their way to Canada. The best way to support them in their work is to join CFI Canada.

For those who were interested in attending but weren’t able to make it because of other holiday commitments, take a look at some of the fun we got up to. There may also be some video coming later in the week.

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Magic Tonight runs weekly at the Crimson Lounge in downtown Toronto, every Sunday night. Readers of this blog can use the discount code cficanada for a discount on the price of tickets and dinner when purchasing online.  A portion of every ticket sold will also go to support the centre and its work.