May 2017 at St. Leonard’s Church
Photos by Johan Duker
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.
Last week, a super secret organization hosted a super secret magic show then decided to blab about it because magicians are terrible at keeping secrets.
The freshly minted Toronto Magic Company helmed by Jonah Babins and Ben Train, hosted an invitation only launch party with a massive lineup, including two past presidents of the club. Here are some photos of the event from Eli Green.
This past weekend’s Browser’s Bash — Toronto’s new favourite local magic convention — was featured in the Entertainment section of today’s Toronto Star. You can read the article by Megan Dolski here.
Browser’s Magic Bash is an annual massive meetup for 400 mostly local and a few international magicians. Here, amateur and professional escape artists, mentalists, comedians and prestidigitators convene for a quasi-networking, quasi-educational get-together that is really more like a massive family reunion than anything else.
The most important revelation at the end of the article:
Yes, he said, “there will be another bash.”