Max Maven Lecture: September 10

Max Maven Lecture

When: 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Where: On Zoom (link provided to ticket holders)

Admission: Free for Members / $20 for Guests

Spend the evening with one of the most inventive and original minds magic has ever known. With a career spanning decades, Max has created and published more original magic and mentalism than just about anyone you can name. He has appeared on countless TV shows in multiple countries (and languages!). He was featured in his own Canadian series The Maximum Dimension created for TVO and had guest appearances on The Fresh Prince of Belair and Mork and Mindy! He has received a creative fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts and the Allan Slaight Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now as we get accustomed to social distanced life, Max has crafted a new lecture for the virtual stage. The lecture will emphasize mentalism along with principles that can be applied to all varieties of magic and material that will fool you first and delight your audiences later. The lecture includes material for live performances and interactive online ones as well including a trick where everyone can participate from home with their own deck of cards, taught by a master creator and performer.

We hope you will join us for this very special lecture. This will be a live lecture on Zoom, not a streamed video so participants will be able to ask questions in real time. Tickets will be available only to members first (August 17-22) and then open to guests until we have reached the limit of our chat room size.

YOU MUST RESERVE A TICKET IN ORDER TO GET THE LINK TO JOIN THE VIRTUAL LECTURE.

If you do not already have Zoom, you can download the application for free and sign up here.

Reserve Tickets

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.

Photos from Michael Close’s Lecture

Monday, September 30, 2019
The Imperial Pub, Toronto
Photos by James Alan

March Meeting: The Auction

March: The Auction

When: Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Where: St. George on Yonge Anglican Church (5350 Yonge Street – MAP)

Admission: FREE (only members are eligible to put lots up for auction)

Dig through your closets, rummage in your drawers and scour your book shelves and find those wonderful bits of magic that you don’t use anymore and convert it to cash. We will have an evening of incredible nostalgia as you see magic products you haven’t seen in years and there are always some unbelievable deals.

This meeting is free for anyone to attend, so come join us

The Super Fun Fine Print

  1. Only members can put lots in for auction
  2. You need to fill out a copy of this form listing the items you have brought for sale.
    (Copies will be available at the auction if you want to do it there.)
  3. You are limited to ten lots (although one lot can have many items in it.)
  4. Bootlegged and photocopied material will not be accepted for auction.
  5.  The club will keep a 10% commission on all items sold
  6. Lots will be auctioned in the order they are received.
  7. Sellers are responsible for removing any unsold items at the end of the night.

Friendly Advice to Sellers

  1. Keep similar items together in the same lot. (Mentalism together, children’s magic together, etc.)
  2. Clearly label and provide instructions for tricks wherever possible. (If we can’t tell what it is, it won’t do well.)
  3. Remember that NOBODY owns a VCR anymore.
  4. Invite all your friends so there will be more people bidding on your stuff!