There is a magicians’ association in Montreal called REGROUPEMENT DES MAGICIENS QUÉBÉCOIS. Its purpose is to promote the art of magic in Quebec and is open to professionals and amateurs to exchange ideas, techniques, etc. Phil and I were invited to a show they were presenting in an intimate cabaret like theatre in a room upstairs of Le Fripon, a restaurant in Old Montreal, on Jacques Cartier Square. Go know! It’s a “LABATOIRE EXPÉRIMENTAL POUR MAGICIENS ET ARTISTES DE VARIETÉ”. I say its a great idea because its a place that seats about 65 people and it was full, and it’s presented like a real show, which it is, with an M.C. who was Eric Electrik that night, with several magicians performing. This is a place for them to try out their stuff.
We phoned Guy Camirand and he joined us and we sat together. You can order food if you want. Beer was 2 for $6.00, which we thought was a good deal.
The performers were Pablo Solis, Sebastien Gagné, Bernard Lebel, Michel Asselin and the headliner was Gino Levesque, magician fakir. There was variety, humor, magic of course, and although supposedly experimental, some of it was really great. They all had the audience engaged, and all in all it was an enjoyable evening and all the magicians made us feel very welcome. It was all in French so we missed some of the jokes, but magic is international.
The next show is Saturday May 31,2014 at 8:00pm (20H00)” PRESTIGICOMIK avec PATRIK KUFFS”. (436 Place Jacque-Cartier, Old Montreal).
This is an ongoing occurrence. Marc Trudel will be headlining June 18, 2014, Patrick Reymond September 24, 2014, Loran – October 22, 2014 and Patrick Kuffs – November 19. So if you want a place to try out, join the group. If you want to see a live magic show give it a try!
Now when people come into the shop and ask if anything is going on in magic that is open to the public I’ll know what to tell them.