The Sentimentalists – Rising Stars

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate The Sentimentalists who were recently named Canadian Rising Stars by the Allan Slaight Awards.

Members will recall seeing Steffi Kay and Mysterion the Mindreader who performed at our year-end Banquet in 2017. Since then, they have gone on to appear on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent and more!

The Sentimentalists – Photo by Johan Duker

Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to seeing them in their favourite place… the future!

The Magic of Johnny Thompson

From the book publishing wizards at Magicana, the long awaited books on the magic of Johnny Thompson are now available for pre-order:

For decades, Johnny Thompson has been one of the most respected minds in magic. His decades-long distinguished career has covered all facets of magic. From trade-show performances, to performing on stage in the early days of Las Vegas to consulting on stage for Lance Burton, Criss Angel and Penn & Teller, including behind-the-scenes judging on all four seasons of Fool Us, Johnny has done it all. He was the first recipient of the Allan Slaight Award for Lifetime Achievement (2015) and has been awarded the Masters Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts (1999).

Written with renowned author Jamy Ian Swiss—Shattering Illusions (2001), Devious Standards (2011), and Preserving Mystery (2017) and the Lyons Den—and illustrated with hundreds of photographs by Julie Eng, The Magic of Johnny Thompson explains the real secrets of Johnny’s most cherished and celebrated routines including The Cups & Balls, The Balls in the Net, The Egg Bag and The Gambler’s Ballad.

It also includes previously unpublished material from Johnny’s respected colleagues and mentors including Dai Vernon, Harry Riser and Ed Marlo; an extended chapter devoted to the close-up magic of Charlie Miller and Max Malini, Johnny Thompson’s Trade Show Act including the Hundred Dollar Prediction; and an extended chapter on the dove and silk magic of The Great Tomsoni and Company.

Everything you would expect—and much more—from one of the most respected magicians of this or any other age!

The special pre-publication price is available until October 31, 2017. The books are expected in early 2017.

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

A Magic Convention in Montreal This Month

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.