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…

Announcing The November Meeting

The Magic Lab

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
The Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. East)
Free for members

One of the primary goals of the club is to help all of us become better magicians.

This is an opportunity to take a piece of magic that you’re working on to the next level. In The Magic Lab, members will have the chance to perform a piece of magic that you have been working on (could be weeks, months, years or decades) and get feedback & suggestions from our panel of seasoned performers.

Hopefully the first of many such workshops, this night will focus on presenting magic for parlour audiences. That means magic intended to be performed standing up for larger audiences (20 people? 200 people?)

Our distinguished panel:

Glenn Ottaway has been performing comedy magic since before most of us were born. He has appeared across Canada and abroad. Now that he is thoroughly enjoying his retirement, he is old, grumpy, crotchety and doesn’t understand this newfangled thing called the internet.

David Peck began his career as sleight-of-hand stage manipulator (award-winning, as they say) and went on to get a philosophy degree and began to use magic presentations to peel back the layers on magic’s deepest questions. He is also the host of the Face2Face podcast, now with over 450 episodes.

Mike Carbone has spent his life in entertainment, as a magician, master of ceremonies and professionally mysterious character.

Who can participate?

The workshop is free for members to participate in. If you want to workshop a particular trick, you need to sign up in advance using the form below. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been performing magic for a month or 50 years.

What kind of tricks?

The focus of this night is presentation. So choose a piece of magic that you can execute successfully, but that you’re not able to present in quite the way you like it. Maybe it needs a more interesting hook, it has a slightly dull bit in the middle that needs to be punched up or just plain needs to be funnier.

Speaking from experience from previous workshops like this, the longer you have been working on the trick already, the more benefit you get from the panel. A brand-brand-brand new trick that you haven’t put a lot of time into tends to generate broad unfocused feedback that never seems to be as useful to you in the long run.

Sign me up!

We will try our best to fit in everyone who volunteers. In the event that we don’t have enough time, spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.