Women In Magic

How many full time magicians in the world would you think  are women? According to Dennis Regling’s  article on Bella on line, the answer is about 50. I’m not sure when that article was written but it is a very small percentage.

The tricky word is full time. I know that some  male professional magicians sometimes have a day job as well. So I will define the female magicians as professional magicians as I don’t know if they have other occupations or not. We had a few women magicians at Magie Montreal, the Montreal Magic Convention run by Phil Matlin and Wim Vermeys for 19 years, and they were awesome. (the women as well as the conventions)! I am referring only to women that had their own act, close-up show or lecture.  Not that I am taking anything away from magicians’ assistants or magic teams, most of whom are excellent in their own right, but that will be in another blog. The dates below are approximate.

1981 Frances Marshall, then owner of Magic Inc.  lectured.

Shelley Carroll perform at Magic Montreal twice, in 1985 and  in 1991. Shelley Carroll and Derek Dingle were partners for 25 years. He performed close up and she had a stage act. Unfortunately Derek passed away in 2004. In the 70’s they founded The Magic Agency which is now being run by Shelley.

In 1986 Lucy Smalley performed on our stage. She was a professional manipulator taught by Neil Foster and was the first woman to win Abbott’s Magic Contest. I don’t think she is performing any more.

In 1988 June Horowitz, President of S.A.M.  (Society of American Magicians) who was being honored at Magic Montreal performed close-up.

In 1994 we had 2 women, Juliana Chen and Karla Baumgardner. Karla perfomed another year as well . Both are still performing as far as I know. Karla came into the Magic Shop not long ago. I am embarassed to say I cannot find the photos of Juliana Chen but click on the link. I had many and I can see them in my mind as she did her fabulous card production and card manipulation act and when I find them I will post them. They must be with the photo of Randi and Dr. Joe Schwarcz which is also missing.

In 1997 Lupe from Las Vegas performed close up.

There are others, however, who I know do this full time. They come into the shop, and have been coming in for years. Some of these ladies combine it with clowning and do face-painting. They are very professional and are busy. There are more young girls interested in magic as well, so guys, watch out. Times, they are a changing!


Filed under Bill Zavis, Juliana Chen, Magic, Magie Montreal, Phil Matlin, Wim Vermeys

18 responses to “Women In Magic

  1. She never appeared at Magie Montreal. She only popped up a few years after our last convention. Probably wouldn’t have booked her anyway although she was a sensation at the Just For Laughs festival.


  2. There is a young woman ekatrina who performed at one of the festivals in Montreal. I’ve only seen her on youtube but I think she may be a force to be reconed with. And she really can do it all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKJwVwpw6q0&feature=related


  3. Yes, we know her. She’s in the store fairly often.


  4. An excellent post!

    Does Canada’s Julie Eng ( http://www.magicienne.com/ ) fit into the category?

    And on a related note, a question I’ve been wondering about for some time: Have there been any mother /daughter magic acts? (Canadian or otherwise.)


    • Thanks for the compliment. As for Julie Eng, she would certainly fit except for the fact that the post was about the women magicians who performed their act at one or more of the 19 Magie Montreal Conventions. Other women magicians are fodder for a future post. As for a Mother/Daughter act, it’s a good question. We’ll try to research it and see what comes up.


  5. My apologies. I should know better than to read and comment with tired eyes. You were very kind and gentle with your response!

    I look forward to any information you have to offer on mother / daughter acts!


  6. Jean-Francois Fortier

    who knows Ivano fortier !!!!
    he is my grandfather , he die in 1986 when a was 9 years old
    But is not die , for me ! A lot souvenir from him a got ( sorry for my english)
    He was a REAL artiste!


  7. Votre grandpere! Je suis entrain d’ecrire un Blog de votre grandpere, Ivano, ne pas pour cette semaine, mais bientot. Il etait l’invite d”honneur a notre sixieme congress annuel de Magie Montreal. (exuse-moi, mais je ne peut pas trouver les accents dans cette programme.)


    • Jean-Francois Fortier

      je pourrais vous envoyer quelque photos ! par courriel!
      Mon grand pere fesais bcp de representation avec ma grand mere!
      jff99@hotmail.com entrer en contact avec moi !
      Superbe de voir que vous avez connu mon grand-pere!


  8. Votre grandpere nous ont donne son livre, “Le Magicien IVANO Le Doyen Des Magiciens Du Quebec. Propos & Confidences” et il l’a autographie . Dedans il y a un photo de votre pere avec vous dans ses bras. Je suis certain que vous avez une copie de cet livre!


  9. daniel fortier

    mde, je viens de découvrir le site qui parle de mon père Ivanhoe fortier ,et j’en suis très heureux , si vous avez des questions a me poser sur sa vie je me ferai un plaisir de vous répondre,
    daniel fortier fils du doyen des magicien du québec.


  10. Susie Lum

    Hi Evelyn

    Finally there is a whole new presence for us girls… The International Women Magicians Professional Association. (WMPA) You can check their website at: http://iwma.victoriatmarketing.com/


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