I have been having so much fun with the Canadian contingent of magi. Even before David Acer pointed it out in his column, I had noticed the unusual prevalence of the words "Canada" and "Canadian" in the world of magic, and I wondered why this should be so.
I think I finally got a clue at Magic Collectors' Weekend, when I had some talk with Stephen Forrester, who lives in Calgary. It was May, and he mentioned a major snowstorm in his area. I said some stuff about how much I love living under a blue sky and seeing the sun every day, and expressed doubt that I could deal with snow in May. He said "I don't mind it. I have my magic."
So I've developed a theory that magic has warming properties. It would explain the popularity of magic in Canada, and explain why, here in New Mexico, we're a bunch of hobbyists showing each other card tricks.