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by MagiCanuck
August 25th, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: If You Are Near Vancouver... "Unbelievable!" 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 272

If You Are Near Vancouver... "Unbelievable!" 2017

UNBELIEVABLE! A Magical Experience Running nightly at 7:30 pm in the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE in Vancouver, BC, Canada until September 4th. (Closed Aug. 28th). Free with admission. Murray Hatfield and Teresa have returned to the annual summer PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) with their second i...
by MagiCanuck
March 6th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Coming to Vancouver, British Columbia
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Re: Houdini Coming to Vancouver, British Columbia

Houdini has left Vancouver! Many thanks to all of you who dropped by Canada's Magic during their recent seven days of daily coverage reconstituting Houdini's one and only 1923 visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. Special thanks to John Cox for his help promoting the mini-series and very kind words ...
by MagiCanuck
February 24th, 2017, 11:31 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Coming to Vancouver, British Columbia
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Houdini Coming to Vancouver, British Columbia

Houdini will soon be in Vancouver! Well, he was back in 1923 - and he will be again in upcoming posts at Canada's Magic. Check out daily re-constituted coverage on the exact same days of Houdini's one and only appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia. Relive daily updates on his straitjacket escape...
by MagiCanuck
August 28th, 2016, 4:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Unbelievable" at the Pacific National Exhibition
Replies: 0
Views: 383

"Unbelievable" at the Pacific National Exhibition

"Unbelievable - A Magical Experience" Check out the review and details about this summer's truly awesome 90 minute illusion-filled magical extravaganza at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver, British Columbia which is playing to capacity crowds nightly in a 10,000 seater col...
by MagiCanuck
August 28th, 2016, 12:22 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 27
Views: 4795

Re: The Lives of a Showman

I asked Johnny Giordmaine's son Joseph for his thoughts on the Mrs Noseworthy quote noted by Mark in one of his posts (above). He was kind enough to send along these words for use on this thread: -- My father demonstrated and sold close-up magic tricks in Eaton’s toy department for decades, entertai...
by MagiCanuck
August 25th, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 27
Views: 4795

Re: The Lives of a Showman

Mark, many thanks for your very generous and completely unexpected reference to my tribute site. It is greatly appreciated. I have no doubt you would have enjoyed meeting Johnny. As I have no doubt he would have enjoyed meeting you too. And reading your wonderful memoirs! MagicbyAlfred, thank you fo...
by MagiCanuck
August 23rd, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Lives of a Showman
Replies: 27
Views: 4795

Re: The Lives of a Showman

"Lives of a Showman" - a belated review This is actually a very good read. Full disclosure: I paid full retail for my copy (which no doubt will please its author even more so than my words. As he would almost certainly agree, you can't eat praise. ) I also attended its official launch part...
by MagiCanuck
January 23rd, 2016, 6:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Browser's Den of Magic "Bash" - Toronto - April 2nd
Replies: 1
Views: 567

Browser's Den of Magic "Bash" - Toronto - April 2nd

If you live within, say, a thousand miles of Toronto and love magic you deserve to treat yourself to the Browser's Den of Magic second annual "Bash" - a 12 hour extravaganza of magic and fun. You can find the most recently updated details here: http://www.browsersden.com/bash I have no con...
by MagiCanuck
May 23rd, 2015, 2:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

Re: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magicia

NEW INSIGHT INTO GIORDMAINE-HENNING CONNECTION I am very excited to bring you news about the latest update on the site! Brian Lumley, who used to work for Doug Henning, provides the first ever-in-print anecdotal evidence of Johnny's influential mentorship and friendship with Doug.   Since I reposte...
by MagiCanuck
January 5th, 2015, 4:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 14
Views: 8704

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

I always wondered, why a fish? Who came up with that originally and why? (And were they especially hungry at the time?) :) Chaplin indeed would've been a good, recognizable shape in his day; possibly even today. If someone was smart and could get the licensing issues resolved (if any), I think today...
by MagiCanuck
January 1st, 2015, 11:47 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 14
Views: 8704

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Bibliophage, Thank you very much for your prompt and informative reply. Appreciated. At least some of their history is now a bit less shrouded in mystery! --- Does anyone have any good stories about using them as giveaways or tales of unusual reactions from spectators? So far I get a mix of reaction...
by MagiCanuck
January 1st, 2015, 7:34 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 14
Views: 8704

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Bibliophage, OK, so now you've really got me curious! If earlier incarnations were not made out of plastic or paper, from what were they made? I must admit I've never tried experimenting with any material. In fact, although I've known about these novelties for decades I've never even given them a si...
by MagiCanuck
January 1st, 2015, 2:27 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 14
Views: 8704

Re: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

I too would love to read more about specific historical examples of earlier incarnations of this amusing novelty. Please share! What online references exist discuss the chemical composition of the fish material - sodium polyacrylate - which reacts to any water molecules it touches and thus changes t...
by MagiCanuck
December 31st, 2014, 5:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Replies: 14
Views: 8704

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Can anyone enlighten me as to the origins of the "Fortune Teller Miracle Fish"? This very silly but insanely fun and inexpensive giveaway has been around seemingly forever. Just picked some up for handouts in 2015; the little plastic sleeve they come in is the perfect size to also hold a b...
by MagiCanuck
August 23rd, 2014, 8:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kreskin in Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 966

Kreskin in Toronto

The Amazing Kreskin is in Toronto, Ontario this month performing twice daily shows at the annual end-of-summer Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex"). Check out the photos and text review at Canada's Magic blog, here: http://canadasmagic.blogspot.ca/2014/08/guest-post-kreskin-at-cne.html ...
by MagiCanuck
May 22nd, 2014, 11:37 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dallas Turner - Final Curtain
Replies: 2
Views: 1541

Re: Dallas Turner - Final Curtain

Dallas was extensively quoted in the excellent "Border Radio" by Gene Fowler and Bill Crawford (University of Texas Press, 2002). It's a highly entertaining read about all those "quacks, yodelers, pitchmen, psychics and other amazing broadcasters of the American airwaves" that us...
by MagiCanuck
December 15th, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

Re: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magicia

Very Healthy & Happy Holidays to all! TRIBUTE WEBSITE UPDATE - DECEMBER 2013: LATEST ADDITIONS * A rare 1930s promotional mail-out postcard from Johnny, not seen in public for perhaps 80 years - courtesy Matthew Crabtree (added September 2013); * Vintage archival IBM Ring 17 photos featuring Joh...
by MagiCanuck
March 6th, 2013, 2:48 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

Re: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magicia

Hello again! UPDATE (March 2013) It's now the fifth anniversary of our online tribute to Canada's most beloved children's magician, Johnny Giordmaine (1898-1974). Many thanks to those of you who have have already visited us in the past. Here's news about our latest updates that might bring you back ...
by MagiCanuck
January 1st, 2013, 9:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

John Giordmaine (1898-1974), Canadian children's magician

Long time Genii reader and forum lurker here! Some of you might remember John ("Johnny") Giordmaine, Canada's legendary children's magician (1898-1974). Malta-born, Toronto-based Johnny inspired hundreds, maybe thousands of kids to become amateur and/or professional magicians over his life...

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