Magicana Sharing Wonder

Magicana Sharing Wonder We are dedicated to the study, exploration and advancement of MAGIC as a performing art. Magicana is an arts organization, dedicated to the exploration and advancement of magic as a performing art.

Mission: Magicana is a performing arts organization dedicated to the study and exploration of magic as a performing art. Our activities are as broad as our subject matter. We produce or present performances by some of the world’s leading magicians. We have a digital channel, iConjuring, designed to teach and, hopefully, inspire an alternative take on sleight-of-hand. We publish books pertaining to all aspects of the craft including biographies of great performers, manuals of technical secrets, and reprints of rare treatises housed in private collections. We are also the publishers of the quarterly periodical Magicol, A Journal of Magic History and Collectibles. We stage conferences, workshops and seminars for those experienced in the craft, and for some just beginning. We work with magicians, magic enthusiasts and magic historians worldwide who document and discuss this venerable art. We create exhibitions related to all facets of this performing art: performers, composers, writers, designers and builders of magic. Magicana is also a registered charity and we are very proud of our work in the community. My Magic Hands uses the metaphor of magic to empower disadvantaged youth; Senior Sorcery brings the world of wonder to seniors. Tony Eng Youth Fund provides financial assistance to young people who want to learn more about magic while our Edwin A. Dawes Award for Magic Scholarship is a bursary for those individuals pursing doctoral studies related to magic. We invite you to explore our site, tour an exhibition, join our eList to learn about our latest productions, publications and programs. So what is Magicana’s mandate? That’s easy: sharing wonder.

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO!Illusions: The Art of Magic Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971 Bo...
11/05/2020

LAST CHANCE TO SEE THIS AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO!

Illusions: The Art of Magic
Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971
Both exhibitions close November 8

See striking black-and-white photographs by legendary American photographer Diane Arbus; then, step back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when magicians travelled the world, promoting their acts with colourful, eye-catching posters.

Limited capacity! Book your timed ticket online today: https://tickets.ago.ca/events

Walk-up tickets are not available. All tickets must be booked online in advance.

Have you heard? NEMCA's presenting #YankeeGathering2020 online, on November 14 and 15, for only $25. Two full days of pr...
11/02/2020

Have you heard? NEMCA's presenting #YankeeGathering2020 online, on November 14 and 15, for only $25.

Two full days of programming that ranges from collecting Houdini to women in magic's history. There's even an online auction.

Here's your chance to meet collectors, hear from magic historians, visit some wonderful magic galleries, and of course, a chance to add to your own magic collection. There's something for everyone. And, at this price, you cannot miss.

REGISTER NOW... It's only $25!

Details: http://bit.ly/NEMCA2020

We were thrilled to announce the 2020 Allan Slaight Awards last week, celebrating the extraordinary contributions to the...
07/06/2020

We were thrilled to announce the 2020 Allan Slaight Awards last week, celebrating the extraordinary contributions to the art of magic by seven individuals, across five categories. Once again, we heartily congratulate: Diego Vargas, Jim Steinmeyer, Juan Tamariz, Rafael Benatar, Derren Brown, and The Sentimentalists (Mysterion and Steffi Kay).

WATCH: https://www.magicana.com/allan-slaight-awards-2020

Since 2015, the Slaight Family Foundation has given away an astonishing $300,000 to recognize outstanding achievements by magicians who strive to advance this wondrous art of magic. It is with profound gratitude that we give thanks to the Slaight Family Foundation, especially to Allan Slaight and to Gary Slaight, for distinguishing magic as its own art form, and for the unending encouragement to advance it. The commitment by the Foundation to supporting magic is truly extraordinary.

Now that we have wrapped up the 2020 Allan Slaight Awards, it’s your turn… look for an exceptional rising star, tell us about innovators who are finding exciting ways to share magic. If you seen an outstanding pursuit of the impossible, considering sharing the discovery and submit a nomination next year.

07/03/2020
Lifetime Achievement 2020, Allan Slaight Award

What a week it has been! To close out the 2020 Allan Slaight Awards, we are so pleased to announce that JIM STEINMEYER is the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

This award recognizes the exceptional commitment to magic by the dedicated efforts of an individual over a lifetime, and comes with a prize of $15,000 and an engraved iPad to commemorate the occasion—courtesy of the Slaight Family Foundation. Past recipients include, Johnny Thompson, Ton Onosaka, Max Maven, Dr. Edwin Dawes and Juan Tamariz.

Even if we listed it all, it’s still near impossible to comprehend. Jim Steinmeyer’s extraordinary achievements in advancing the art of magic is staggering. Teller said it best in The New York Times, in 2003, when he wrote that, Jim is a “celebrated ‘invisible man’—inventor, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter-century.”

Designer, inventor, writer, consultant, all-around creative genius—Jim Steinmeyer has spent a lifetime enriching magic in every possible way. He has pushed the art far beyond the barriers of possibility, and has elevated magic to a whole new experience of exquisite wonder.

07/02/2020
Sharing Wonder 2020

SHARING WONDER

Today, we are thrilled to reveal this year's Allan Slaight Sharing Wonder Award recipient.

You sensed it already? Yes, you have it! It’s world-renowned mindreader, DERREN BROWN.

This award recognizes an outstanding performance of magic by and exceptional artist. It comes with a prize of $15,000, and an engraved iPad to commemorate the occasion—both of which are generously provided by the Slaight Family Foundation.

For two decades, Derren has produced wide-ranging programming that has explored many intriguing areas of human behavior, from mind control to psychological experiments.

Learn more about this extraordinary artist who has made a lasting contribution to the art of sharing wonder.

MORE: https://bit.ly/sharewonder2020

07/01/2020
Sharing Secrets 2020

SHARING SECRETS

Today we recognize two recipients for the Allan Slaight Sharing Secrets Award, which comes with a prize of $10,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation—and yes, engraved iPads, to commemorate this momentous occasion, too.

This award celebrates exceptionally creative and innovative work in the study of magic, and this year, the achievement goes to JUAN TAMARIZ for the English version of his magnum opus, The Magic Rainbow. The title is shared with RAFAEL BENATAR for his translation of this pivotal work from Spanish into English.

Discovery the journey of how this collection of writing in Spanish by one of magic’s most colourful and profound thinkers, came to become the English version of a standout sensation in magic literature.

MORE: https://bit.ly/secrets2020

06/30/2020
International Rising Star 2020

INTERNATIONAL RISING STAR

Continuing to celebrate emerging talent, today we are recognizing a young magician from Costa Rica who has made a tremendous difference with his dedication as a global citizen.

The Allan Slaight International Rising Star Award acknowledges outstanding work by an up-and-coming magician. It comes with a prize of $5,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation and an iPad to commemorate the occasion. Past recipients of this award are: Henry Vargas of Brazil, Jorge Blass of Spain, Edward Hilsum of Great Britain, Noah Levine of the United States, and Ding Yang of China.

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s International Rising Star is Diego Vargas of Costa Rica.

Diego’s commitment to bringing magic around the world to children who wouldn’t normally have access to it, in places like refugee camps, schools and hospitals in war-ravaged cities, is truly inspiring. He is also a young global leader seeking out social justice and uses his magic to create dialogue and change.

Meet this dynamic young performer, and this year’s International Rising Star, Diego Vargas.

06/29/2020
Canadian Rising Star 2020

CANADIAN RISING STAR

We are so excited to share the news.

Every day this week, we will announce a recipient for each category of the Allan Slaight Awards on behalf of the Slaight Family Foundation.

We are delighted start by naming this year’s 2020 Canadian Rising Star—make that Stars.

This award acknowledges outstanding work by an emerging Canadian magician and it comes with a prize of $5,000 from the Slaight Family Foundation, and it also includes an engraved iPad to commemorate the occasion. Past recipients of this award include Mahdi Gilbert, Luc Langevin, Eric Leclerc, Nick Wallace and Carisa Hendrix.

We are thrilled to announce that The Sentimentalists are this year’s recipients! Check out their video, and learn more about this dynamic duo and discover their magical charm.

MORE: https://bit.ly/cdnstar2020

Starting Monday June 29, we will be announcing this year’s Allan Slaight Award recipients!The Allan Slaight Awards celeb...
06/25/2020

Starting Monday June 29, we will be announcing this year’s Allan Slaight Award recipients!

The Allan Slaight Awards celebrate excellence in magic across five categories: rising talent in Canada and internationally, Sharing Secrets, Sharing Wonder and Lifetime Achievement. Over the course of the week, we will release a name a day per category.

And thanks to the incredible generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation, these awards also include cash prizes totalling $50,000—and each recipient will receive an iPad to commemorate the event.

The awards were first established in 2015 by the Slaight Family Foundation named after Canadian businessman and philanthropist, Allan Slaight, in honour of his significant contributions to the art of magic.

Follow us here on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out who are this year’s recipients!

06/19/2020

We’re excited to share RespectTO!! @cityofto is honouring essential service workers by name during its virtual Canada Day 2020 broadcast. Nominate someone you’d like to recognize at RespectTO.ca and be part of the city’s big thank you to essential workers. #RespectTO #CityofToronto

We have recently released two rich archives—Lyons Den and Take Two—which are two blog columns written over four years, b...
06/11/2020

We have recently released two rich archives—Lyons Den and Take Two—which are two blog columns written over four years, by Jamy Ian Swiss for Magicana. The Lyons Den is a compendium of thirty-six product reviews along with additional essays. Take Two is a collection of seventy-one articles that examine the specific form or individual style of magic and magicians using curatorial choices of magic videos to illustrate.

These archives are terrific resources and references for all magic enthusiasts, and we are so pleased to make them available for study.

Now, to add to these two excellent archives, Vanishing Inc. has just released another massive collection, Jamy Ian Swiss Book Reviews.

READ MORE: https://bit.ly/jisbookarchive

A Time to Stand and Act Together.It has been a shocking time. A sad time. An enraging time. A galvanizing time.Magicana ...
06/04/2020

A Time to Stand and Act Together.

It has been a shocking time. A sad time. An enraging time. A galvanizing time.

Magicana joins citizens and arts organizations around the globe in taking a stand against racism, oppression and violence. Against hatred and injustice. Black lives matter.

It has been said that magic is a universal language. Is it? Can we use magic to leverage knowledge, to foster inclusivity, to build relationships, to bring about real transformation?

We, as an organization, have always reached for these elusive goals. We also realize that that reach has limits. We see some of the positive changes, but now is a time to recommit, and to intensify our focus on these worthy goals. Change only comes with relentless, disciplined action, with education—and often, with difficult and uncomfortable effort. We pledge to continue to learn, to foster, and to build. And to build with inclusivity.

We invite you to join us on this journey. As a community, we can take down barriers, and find ways to rebuild anew, with the hope of making our world better, and more equal. Together.

There has been no more poignant moment in time to say it: Without you—without all of you—there is no magic.

Even during this extremely challenging time of social distancing, our friends at Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium keep finding ...
05/05/2020

Even during this extremely challenging time of social distancing, our friends at Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium keep finding creative ways to bring fun to campers.

Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium is a non-profit organization designed to support kids and families affected by childhood cancer by offering enriching and fun experiences, and letting kids just be kids. Their cornerstone success is due to the hands-on experiences they provide, that campers know and love. So with Covid-19 keeping us physically away from each other, they worked their special kind of magic and found a digital way to gather Around the Campfire.

And Magicana was invited along to join in the fun. READ about the special guest who popped in! MORE: https://bit.ly/campfiremagic

Here's a chance to learn a bit more about the Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. our ...
04/13/2020

Here's a chance to learn a bit more about the Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. our artistic director, David Ben wrote a piece for the #AGOInsider about the art of the art!

David Ben, conjuror, historian of magic and guest co-curator, Illusions: The Art of Magic wrote about magical art for the #AGOinsider. Did you get a chance to see #illusionsAGO? #AGOfromHome

https://ago.ca/agoinsider/illusions-art-lithography

Comedians de Mephisto Co. Allied with Le Roy, Talma, Bosco. Adolph Friedländer. 1905, 20th century. 186.5 x 266.5 cm. Purchase, funds graciously donated by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. M2014.128.318 © McCord Museum

Jonah Babins of Discourse in Magic invited Magicana’s artistic director, David Ben, to an interview to discuss all thing...
04/09/2020

Jonah Babins of Discourse in Magic invited Magicana’s artistic director, David Ben, to an interview to discuss all things magic.

The near two-hour talk is quite wide-ranging including David’s personal insights and tips on selecting material for staging a show, to forming one’s own “critical eye”—an essential tool, in David’s belief, to developing a true aesthetic in magic.

David has had a long history with magic, and he reveals that experience in this in-depth interview. Check it out: https://bit.ly/discoursedavidben

Discourse in Magic
04/09/2020
Discourse in Magic

Discourse in Magic

Have you heard the episode with the one and only David Ben.

Here's some reasons why you should. In the episode he:

- Shares some incredible history of Toronto magic and Magicana Sharing Wonder
- Teaches amazing advice about how to grow your magic business and how to produce a magic show
- Announces the Allan Slaight Relief Fund from Magicana Sharing Wonder
- Gives TONS of wisdom on how to have an aesthetic eye for your magic

Let me know what you think!

http://discourseinmagic.com/aesthetics-of-magic-with-david-ben/

The nomination window for the Allan Slaight Awards, celebrating exceptional work in the art of magic, is extended until ...
04/02/2020

The nomination window for the Allan Slaight Awards, celebrating exceptional work in the art of magic, is extended until midnight (EST) April 5. Seen a great and new up-and-coming magic act? Read a terrific magic book? Discovered a great magic resource? Well, then what are you waiting for? Nominate today! The awards include $50,000 in prizes given away to recipients in FIVE different categories. LEARN MORE: www.magicana.com/slaight

The awards are made possible through the generosity of the Slaight Family Foundation.

With so much unpredictability, with so many cancelled gigs, with no work coming in, the stress can be too much. The Slai...
03/31/2020

With so much unpredictability, with so many cancelled gigs, with no work coming in, the stress can be too much. The Slaight Family Foundation has pledged to support Canadian magicians through the #AllanSlaightReliefFund Are you eligible? MORE: magicana.com/relief

First group of #AllanSlaightReliefFund payments are in the post! What is this all about? Check it out: www.magicana.com/...
03/27/2020

First group of #AllanSlaightReliefFund payments are in the post! What is this all about? Check it out: www.magicana.com/relief

FOR CANADIAN MAGICIANS:In response to difficult and devastating times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for mag...
03/25/2020

FOR CANADIAN MAGICIANS:

In response to difficult and devastating times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for magicians who work in the gig economy, the Slaight Family Foundation has pledged to help.

The Foundation has established the Allan Slaight Relief Fund of $150,000 to help defray cost-of-living expenses incurred by professional Canadian magicians. The Slaight Family Foundation has partnered with Magicana to administer the payment of funds to applicants who meet eligibility.

MORE: https://bit.ly/ASRFpost

The relief fund was initiated to help with monthly household costs, such as groceries, utilities, phone bills, up to a maximum of $500 per application. Because of the uncertainty of how long we must maintain strict social distancing, applicants can reapply for assistance thirty days after receiving a prior payment, until the fund is depleted.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, living in Canada, working as a full-time professional in magic with at least three years of experience, you are eligible for funding assistance.

We understand that many magicians are semi-professionals. We would, however, ask that applications at this time be reserved for those who rely on magic as their sole source of income.

HOW TO APPLY: www.magicana.com/relief

This is, indeed, an extraordinary time. We hope everyone is managing as best as possible during these extremely difficul...
03/16/2020

This is, indeed, an extraordinary time. We hope everyone is managing as best as possible during these extremely difficult times.

Here is a bright spot: Carisa Hendrix, last year's recipient for the Allan Slaight Canadian Rising Star award, has put her one-hour show online, for all to see at no charge, to share some laughter, to bring some light during these dark days. BRAVA Carisa!

WATCH: http://www.carisahendrix.com/indulgence/

An Art Exhibition of a Different Kind.Janet Dey is a Canadian visual artist—a fibre artist—who’s current art exhibition ...
03/09/2020

An Art Exhibition of a Different Kind.

Janet Dey is a Canadian visual artist—a fibre artist—who’s current art exhibition in Toronto includes photographs of magicians of yesteryear that are adorned with her distinctive treatment.

Janet’s work is unusual and arresting. If you are in Toronto between now and March 14, stop in and take a look at the large array of creative interpretations in her MAGIC series.

WHERE: Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

READ MORE: http://bit.ly/deythread

Magicians featured in the exhibition series include Alexander Herrmann, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston, Harry Houdini, Robert Gysel, Harry Blackstone, Sr., Dante, Dai Vernon, Paul Fox, Charlie Miller, Stewart James, Dell O’Dell, and Albert Goshman. Group images include the Peking Mysteries Troupe (with Han Ping-Chien), Tanaka and Company (with K.T. Kuma), the The Phantom of the Card Table (with Walter Scott, T. Nelson Downs, Cardini and others) and Emil Jarrow at the Parent Assembly (with Jean Hugard, Al Baker and others.)

All images featured in this post are by Janet Dey and courtesy of the Stephen Bulger Gallery.

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For over eighteen years, Magicana has been building a body of work that forwards and advances the art of magic. Learn more about the many activities we PRODUCE, CURATE, PUBLISH and host to raise the awareness of magic as a performing art.

Visit any of our EXHIBITIONS, or simply dive into THE SCREENING ROOM, where you will find many wonderful video clips of great magicians past and present. Welcome to world of sharing wonder.

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