Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Allan Slaight Awards

Last weekend, as part of the concluding celebration for the Magic Collectors Weekend in Montreal, Magicana gave out this year’s Allan Slaight Awards. The awards were instituted by the Slaight Family Foundation to honour Allan Slaight, a media mogul and philanthropist with a lifelong passion for magic, and to celebrate outstanding achievements in the pursuit of the impossible. This years’ recipients are:

Photo by David Linsell

MAX MAVEN
Lifetime Achievement ($15,000)

DEREK DELGAUDIO*
Sharing Wonder ($15,000)

JOHN LOVICK
Sharing Secrets ($10,000)

EDWARD HILSUM
International Rising Star ($5,000)

ERIC LECLERC*
Canadian Rising Star ($5,000)

*Due do performing commitments, Eric Leclerc and Derek Delgaudio were unable to attend in person.

More information about the Allan Slaight Awards is available at http://www.magicana.com/slaight

A Magic Convention in Montreal This Month

In three weeks, Magicana is hosting the 44th Magic Collectors Weekend. This convention dedicated to the history of magic, its great practitioners and buried treasures, traditionally held in the US, and is now being mounted in Canada for the first time.

The weekend is scheduled to coincide with the opening of the new exhibit at the McCord Museum, Illusions, which features one of the world’s largest collection of magic posters and other historical articles. Convention delegates will be able to participate in special guided tours and a behind the scenes look at the collection.

As it happens, the building for the McCord Museum used to have another name: The McGill Student Union Building, where many years ago, someone thought it would be a good idea to punch Houdini in the stomach.

Magicana has announced that the Guests of Honour will be Micky Hades and Bill Kalush. The rest of the programming is shrouded in mystery.

The conference is nearly sold out, so if you would like to attend, you can register online.