Conjuring for a Cure – WE DID IT!

Thank so much to everyone who tuned to watch our show last night. Conjuring for a Cure featured 20 magicians from Toronto and around the world and we raised over $5,500 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Thank you to our performers who donated their time and talent:

Jonah Babins, David Ben, Ian Crawford, Matt DiSero, Shawn Farquhar, Gerry Frenette, Robert Herd, Lulu Lin, Patrick Nemeth, Paul Pacific, Marty Papernick, David Peck, Jeff Pinsky, Gordon Precious, Khanya Rubushe, Ari Soroka, Ben Train, Glenn West, “Brookalini” Westfall, Mark Wicken, Andrew Woo

If you missed the show, check it out:

And the link is still open if you would like to DONATE.

Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign and contributed to a great show. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to more magic in 2021.

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

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.

More information about the Allan Slaight Awards is available at

David Ben on the cover of Genii

17359275_1320590064645345_2586171903456860255_oDavid Ben is on the cover of the April 2017 issue of Genii Magazine. David is no stranger to members of the Hat & Rabbit Club, having been a prominent fixture of the local community for decades, including being president of the club (1984-85). He is also the author of the important modern books, Zarrow: A Lifetime of MagicThe Experts at the Card Table and part one of the Dai Vernon Biography… cough… still waiting for Part 2… cough

In recent years, he lectured for the club shortly before agreeing to shave off his celebrated mop of hair in order to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars for cancer research.

The cover story focuses on his most recent show in Toronto, Hocus Pocus, along with his multitudinous other interests and obsessions in the world of magic.

Subscribers to the magazine should see their issues arriving in Canada soon.