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Fascination at Burning Man 2019

As lead artist of Fascination, I am delighted to announce that this interactive illusion installation will be one of the 71 Black Rock City Arts Honoraria projects at Burning Man this year. This post introduces the international team bringing this art to the playa from Montreal, provides some behind-the-scenes information, and lists ways in which you […]

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Magic at Montreal Completement Cirque’s 10th Anniversary

The spectacular Montreal Completement Cirque festival is on from July 3-14. I’m thrilled to be performing strolling magic and little street shows on Rue St.Denis at 6PM and 7PM on July 4, 6, 7, 13 and 14. This is part of the free programming of shows that the festival and its partners provide to Montrealers […]

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The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring, 1880-1930 — Early Popular Visual Culture

I recently received print copies of the special issue on The Golden Age of Stage Conjuring (1880-1930) for Early Popular Visual Culture that I co-edited with one of my academic heroes who specializes in early film and magic history: Dr. Matthew Solomon (University of Michigan). The issue is chock-full of original articles written by both […]

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Discount link for the ENC circus show at the TOHU

Friends, there are discount tickets tonight for the avant-premiere of — Où vont les fleurs? — at the TOHU tonight. Here is the special link: https://bit.ly/2JKkVq5. Congratulations to the entire team of this show! I already have my tickets for tomorrow night’s premiere and look forward to seeing friends there. The show runs from May […]

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DIY Portable Magic Table

Done! Well, done for now. My new portable magic table isn’t flawless, but I’m pretty darn happy with it and look forward to using it for the first time at Concordia’s Black Box Theatre at Embodied Interventions this Sunday at 2PM. For magicians, the size, functions and look of a magic table are extremely personal choices. […]

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Magic, Circus and Music for an interview with Nantali Indongo on The Bridge

About two weeks ago, I sat down with Nantali Indongo in a studio at the CBC building in Montreal to discuss why magic continues to fascinate us. In advance of the interview I was asked to choose four songs that represent different parts of my life, which was both a fun and difficult exercise. Imagine […]

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Magic Workshop and Performance in Waterloo, Ontario, Saturday, 16 March 2019

I’m stoked to be seeing friends and performing in the gala show at the University of Waterloo’s 27th annual juggling festival this Saturday. One of my contact juggling heros, Kyle Johnson (shout-out to Sacramento), will be there. He’s just one of many awesome folks who will be in attendance. It’s a great crowd and a […]

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Montreal Gazette Profile

Today, I’m grateful for this profile of my work in the wonderful worlds of magic and circus. Ever since Nathan showed me the first trick that truly mystified me, I’ve worked to learn as much as possible about how to create similar magical experiences for others. Why are we humans are so fascinated by displays […]

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Cirque du Soleil acquires The Works Entertainment

It’s a good day when the industrial partner you work for as part of your postdoc invests in a magic entertainment company. Sophie Haigney’s article for the New York Times reveals some of the thinking behind this acquisition. The Works Entertainment has produced shows like The Illusionists and Circus 1903, which feature a variety of […]

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Magic at the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco (Jan 25 and Jan 26)

I can’t wait to perform strolling and stage magic at the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco’s beautiful Regency Ballroom on January 25 and 26, 2019. If you’ve never been to this Paradox Media event or this historic venue, I highly recommend it. The Edwardian Ball celebrates both the Edwardian period as well as the delightful […]

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