This is really for the rather rude Tim Ellis but may be useful to anyone who wishes to come as an entertainer to work in Canada. It will not work for the United States and is not a reciprocal arrangement for Canadians who wish to work in America. In other words Americans can come here and work but Canadians can't go down there without a lot of major red tape and hassle. This situation has caused resentment among some Canadian entertainers.
Foreign entertainers are allowed to work in Canada for a short period providing they don't perform in a restaurant or bar for some reason. In other words Christopher Lyle will have to stay in Texas since foreign restaurant magicians aren't allowed to work here.
Furthermore you are not allowed to perform on broadcast media. Anyway here you are:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply ... sp#artists
Be aware that many individual immigration officers at the port of entry have no idea that entertainers are allowed to enter so I would suggest printing out this website so you can show the relevant section to those who guard our shores.
Another thing you may have to watch out for is that I understand that the people who book you are supposed to deduct 15% witholding tax from your fee and send it on to the Canadian government. You will get a tax credit in your own country.
There. Now you know.