Mystic Halloween – Connected Circle

This Friday, I’ll be performing at Connected Circle’s Mystic Halloween show.

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Have you ever wondered how magic is done? Is there something you want to say to someone in the afterlife? Do you know the benefit of aligning your spirit, body and energy?

Join the live studio audience at the upcoming “Mystic Halloween” Connected Circle Live Show and Dance Party! as mystic guest mediums, tarot card readers and magicians share insights to help you discover your mystical self. Meet the mystics and dance the night away with other audience members.

Halloween costumes optional but encouraged.

The show’s live filming will take place on Friday, October 28th from 5:30pm onwards at Maezo Restaurant + Bar (formerly The Rum Exchange) in downtown Toronto.

Tickets are now available if you’d like to join us. (And apparently there’s a dance party as well.)

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Magic and Martini at SpiritHouse

We’ve just had the first very well attended show at SpiritHouse in Toronto. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy an evening of magic (and fought their way through all of the traffic from the Toronto International Film Festival.)

Photos by David Fulde

Magic and Martini continues through November in Toronto and Oakville. Readers of this blog can use the code secrets for a discount on the prices of tickets when purchasing online.

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Cheap Tricks with Dear Friends

On Thursday, September 15, I’ll be involved in a most unusual show in Toronto:

Cheap Tricks
(it’s not what you think it is… I swear)

Many performers dread the thought of arriving at an event to discover that part or all of their show is missing (or more likely, that some airline personnel have skilfully redirected it to the wrong city as part of their mission to increase the amount of entropy in the universe.) This is a show where we make this happen on purpose.

A few hours before the show, seven magicians will be given a limited budget and a destination store (like a convenience store) and have to generate an act based on what they can acquire in a limited amount of time. It’s a test of ingenuity, creativity and audacity. I’ll be one of the judges, which I suspect may be a more difficult job that what awaits the performers.

The show details for the show are:

Cheap Tricks
Thursday, September 15 @ 8:00 PM
Revival (783 College Street)

Advance tickets are $20 and are available online now. If you’re able to make it out I’m sure it will be a most exciting and unique evening.

The Non-Conference

This coming weekend, I’ll be performing at a rather unusual event — The Non-Conference. Contrary to its name, it is a conference. It’s a one-day conference for non-believers in Niagara Falls, Saturday, August 13.

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Speakers at the conference include Maajid Nawaz (who recently co-wrote a book with one of my favourite authors), Catherine Dunphy (a former executive director of The Clergy Project, Scott Clifton (I’ll let you figure out on your own why they invited a three-time Emmy winner General Hospital cast member) and several more. If you’re free to attend, it will be a terrific event. Tickets are $159 for the day.

My part comes in at the special sit down VIP dinner on Friday, August 12 where guests have a chance to sit down with the speakers. I’ll be doing some good old fashioned magic with a skeptical bent. I believe there are still a few tickets left for the dinner.

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Photo by Irina Popova (with Godel’s ontological proof of the existence of God in the background)

 

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.

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.

 

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.

This week on Magic Tonight

This Sunday, I’m joined by Phil Pivnick – who was the winner of the “Toronto’s Best Magician Contest” (which was, oddly, held in Markham… because Magicians are weird.) He’s a funny and polished popular children’s performer, but at Magic Tonight, we stick a suit on him and watch him perform his more grown up material! He also makes lots of funny faces as you’ll see in the photos below.

Update: We’re sold out for this Sunday’s show! Visit us online to grab tickets for our upcoming performances.

December 20 Phil Pivnick Sold Out

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

Reason’s Greetings

This Saturday night (December 19) we’re doing a bonus instalment of Magic Tonight as a fundraiser for the Centre for Inquiry Canada. This organization, near and dear to my heart, promotes reason, science and secular values and offers a terrific range of educational programming.

Dinner is included with tickets to the show and there are discounted tickets for Members of CFI. If you’re not a member but would like to join, you can buy a membership along with your tickets, available at www.magictonight.ca/cfi. The evening starts at 5:00 PM with some mingling (yes, the bar is open!), dinner at 6:00 and the show at 7:00.

For those who haven’t been, Magic Tonight is our weekly show in Downtown Toronto at the Crimson Lounge (College Street, just west of  Spadina). If you can’t make it on the 19th, but still want to support CFI, you can buy tickets for any of our regular shows with the discount code cficanada. You’ll get a huge discount and a portion of the proceeds will to go the centre.

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This weekend on Magic Tonight

We’re nearly sold out for this Sunday’s instalment of Magic Tonight. It’s an extremely busy time of year for performers, so originally the plans were to just have me this Sunday, but I’m now being joined by the irritatingly photogenic [1] Keith Brown.

Keith spent the bulk of the summer touring his Fringe show Exchange and is back in and around Toronto and London performing his signature trick where he swallows neckties and spits them back up again knotted. [2] We have a few seats left for the show, so I hope you can join us. It’s going to be a fun magical evening.

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.

December 13 Keith Brown

[1] A longstanding joke here on the blog. Surely you concede the nickname is deserved!

[2] This is not a trick Keith actually performs, but we all wish it were.