Broken Wand: Martin Hofman

We’re sad to report the passing of a member, Martin Hofman (1931-2020). For those who knew him, there is a service this Saturday in Cobourg.

It is with great sadness that the Hofman family announces the passing of Martin on January 25, 2020 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Dixie (deceased November 26, 2007) Cherished father to Cathy (Brad McGill) of Ajax, Louise (John Glass) of Florida, Roger (Nina Minas) of Vaughn & John of Alberta. Loving Opa to Lauren (Stephanie), Rachel (Ryan), Mike (Lily) Rebecca, Curtis, Jennica, Ryan & Alex. Dear Great Opa to Madison, Logan & Adaline. A proud Canadian, he and his bride Dixie came from the Netherlands in 1955 and made Cobourg home. Great barber, esteemed Mason and Shriner, the entertaining magician and illusionist Marlisto. Visitation will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home at 11 a.m., followed by the service at 12 o’clock noon, 30 King Street East, Cobourg on Saturday Feb 1, 2020 Interment at Cobourg Union Cemetery followed by a reception at the MacCoubrey Reception Center. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

January Meeting

When: Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Imperial Pub (54 Dundas Street East, Toronto)

Admission: FREE for members

When it comes to magic in the city of Toronto, we really are spoiled rotten. And we often fail to appreciate the talent right in our back yard. So a group of us are getting to share some magic in what is quite possibly the most eclectic group lecture ever. So far confirmed:

Glenn West – One of the most obsessively dedicated sleight-of-hand technicians we’ve ever met. When we watch Glenn’s magic, our eyes pop out of our heads.

Chris Mayhew – master of mayhem, comedy and duct tape. When he performs, you should not just “expect the unexpected”, you should actually hide under your chair.

Jacqueline Swan – the most recent recipient of the “Len Cooper Memorial Award” and editor of the Discourse in Magic podcast has a secret or two that wasn’t in Tarbell.

James Harrison – when he’s not picking your pocket or summoning Cthulhu he’s a full time performing professional in the great white north that is Barrie.

Jonah Babins – The host of the Discourse in Magic podcast and The Newest Trick in the Book, Jonah is a magician, producer, sword swallower, lion tamer and neologist of great renown.

James Alan – At this point we’re sick of him, but have yet to find an effective way to get rid of him. Whatever he’s going to share, we just pray to Baby Yoda it isn’ Thimble Magic.

Ben Train – Erdnase fanatic, failed usurper and aspiring crazy cat lady; now host of the Art of Magic monthly show at the Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto. Careful he doesn’t cheat you out of your money at a game of Three-Card Monty Burns.

And more to be announced…

Carisa Hendrix – February Lecture

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Where: Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd @ Yonge & Eglinton)

Admission: FREE for members / $20 for guests

Magician and Variety Artist Carisa Hendrix is a 8-time Award-Winning Entertainer featured in the

Guinness Book of World Records (2014), Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015) and the star of the Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, which tells the true story behind her 2016 Las Vegas magic show. Recipient of the prestigious Allan Slaight award and recently nominated for Stage Magician of the Year at the Magic Castle, Hendrix is best known for her beloved comedy magic character Lucy Darling. With Lucy and a host of her other characters, Hendrix has been delighting audiences internationally for the past 16 years with her signature blend of classy, sassy comedy entertainment.

Hendrix is also the co-host of the Shezam Podcast, a weekly feminist podcast about the world of magic and variety entertainment.

Member Code of Conduct

Following our discussions at the Town Hall in September, the executive has been drafting a model “Code of Conduct” for our members. We’re pleased to be able to share a draft so that everyone has an opportunity to review, comment and suggest changes.

We will leave the draft here for 30 days (Until February 11). All comments welcome and we may post updated versions as suggestions come in. If you have any thoughts, please send them to

At the end of the season in June, a business meeting we will be voting on formally adopting the code of conduct into the club’s constitution.

Code of Conduct (DRAFT)

The objectives of The Sid Lorraine Hat and Rabbit Club Ring 17 of The International Brotherhood of Magicians (hereafter referred to as “the Club”) are to promote good fellowship among the members and to encourage and promote a high standard of presentation of the Art of Magic.

The intention of this document is to establish clear and acceptable behaviour expectations for the members and guests of the club. It is intended to set the tone for behaviour by members and prospective members. It is not intended to restrict the rights of anyone but rather to ensure that all members and guests can expect to be treated with respect while participating in the club and engaging with members.

The club deems that upon payment of membership or lecture fees, or attendance at a club sponsored event, all members and guests have given their consent to abide by both the re- strictions and penalties imposed by this code of conduct.

A. All members and guests will strive to:

  1. Be an ambassador for the club, and the broader Toronto Magic community when out in the community or at other clubs, conventions, meetings or other gatherings of magicians,
  2. Conduct themselves in a manner that celebrates and champions the art of magic, the club, and its members member or guests,
  3. Conduct themselves in polite, respectful manner,
  4. Respect the intellectual property of magicians in the marketplace and community
  5. Not expose or otherwise communicate the “secrets” of magic to non magicians,
  6. Maintain a high standard of business ethics in their relationships with other magicians and the broader magic community.

B. All members and guests will:

  1. Conduct themselves in a manner respectful of the rights of other members or guests and will not verbally or physically harass, insult, threaten, bully, slander or otherwise disrespect members, guests or lecturers either personally, through social media, or in any other form
  2. Not engage in any form of sexual, racial, or religious discrimination or harassment nor use abusive or vulgar language, or make religious, racial, ethnic or gender-related slurs or derogatory comments at club events,
  3. Not make unwanted sexual or physical contact with other members or guests
  4. Not take actions that would disrupt a club meeting or event.
  5. Report any inappropriate behaviour of a member to the Board for action and follow up.

C. Resolution of violations to the Club Code of Conduct

Resolution of violations or complaints under the Club Code of Conduct will follow a progressive process.

An attempt should be made to resolve a code related issue immediately in an informal manner under the supervision of a board member. Any member or guest not behaving in accordance with the terms of the Code of Conduct at an event of the Club may be asked to leave the function.

If no resolution can be found informally, and if all parties agree, the board may pursue resolution through a mediated conflict resolution or alternative dispute resolution.

Should a violation of this Code of Conduct take place, either by witness or complaint, and it has not been resolved informally, or through alternative actions, it will be put on the agenda of the next Board of Directors meeting, where board members will gather information and evidence to determine if and how the matter will be resolved.

  1. The Board of Directors shall offer the member an opportunity of a hearing.
  2. The Board of Directors will determine the veracity of the complaint, if a penalty should be imposed and the extent of any penalty which may include:
    • a letter of reprimand
    • time specific suspension of select club privileges (including any or all of: inclusion on clubsocial media platforms, attendance at meetings, lectures and club events, newsletters,performance opportunities)
    • time specific membership suspension
    • membership termination
    • other resolution as may be determined by the board

Last edited: January 11, 2020