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:
Lifetime Achievement ($15,000)
Sharing Wonder ($15,000)
Sharing Secrets ($10,000)
International Rising Star ($5,000)
Canadian Rising Star ($5,000)
*Due do performing commitments, Eric Leclerc and Derek Delgaudio were unable to attend in person.
The newly minted Toronto Magic Company, are launching their new show Tricks In The Six featuring the magical talents of Karl Hein and the irritatingly photogenic Keith Brown. This “impossibly fun” evening is hosted by Ben Train.
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.