Monthly Archives: August 2014

Magic Camp. What’s it all about?

So now I know what I missed as a child that didn’t go to camp. But I guess the child is still in me as I loved it. We had a cabin in the woods that we shared with Bill and Becki Wells, who Phil hasn’t seen in maybe 20 years. They were wonderful. We had a bathroom and shower between our rooms and a huge screen porch and a fridge. I don’t think the younger campers had all those luxuries.

It was freezing at night in the mountains. We had a down duvet that kept us warm, and each other of course. When Phil woke up and said it was freezing, I said “You wanna warm up? Go onto the porch for a minute.” When he got up to use the facilities (you have to go out onto the porch to get there), he came back and said. “You are right. The room is warm.” Everything is relative!

The best part about the camp was the people of course. The adults and the kids. Where else could you rub shoulders with Mike and Jen Segal, Dan Weibe, Eric Leclerc, Aaron Fisher, Dave Mitchell, Carey Lauder, Lee Asher Dick Joiner, Steve and Stephanie Kline, Lori Farquhar ( Shawn was in China) , Lisa and Michael Close, Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, Mike D’Urzo, Chris Pilsworth, Rosemary Reid, Joan Caesar, Phil DaCosta, Becki and Bill Wells, Mark Correia, Lorena and Trevor Watters, Chris Westfall, Scott Hammell, Alex Seman, Loran, Asi Wind, Steve Valentine and Nicole Lee from Canada’s Magic ( from where I got the list of names as I could never remember them all).  These were the people running things, giving workshops, shows, lectures and spent time with the kids helping them with magic problems etc.

One night all the adults were asked to congregate on the peer. It was late and the sky was pitch black and the stars in the sky looked huge and I said to Phil, “Look at all the fabulous stars!” and Dick Joiner, who was standing near by said, “Really Evy, I’m not sooo fabulous!”

Steve Valentine was incredible. He was in an evening show and did something which I could not believe possible and went to his 11:00 pm  lecture after the show  hoping he would explain it, but he didn’t  but his lecture (not for the campers but for the other magicians there) on cards was fantastic.

Asi Wind held the audience spellbound in his one man show the next night. You didn’t hear a peep from the kids who were just as enthralled as the adults.

Then there was the kids show, 27 kids performed. Started off with Michael Close’s daughter (maybe 8 years old) and she picked Steve Valentine as a volunteer. She is little and he is well over 6 feet tall. He stood beside her and she looked up at him, ran off stage for a minute and came back with a plastic crate which she turned over and climbed up on to do her trick. It was hilarious.

Steve did a most unusual ice bucket challenge with the kids.

Speaking of the kids, one little guy came over to me and said, “Parlez -vous français?” and I said “Oui” and he went on to tell me in French that he had been to Perfect Magic and congratulated me for having having such a great shop. Another older kid  (14) also came over to say he had been in the shop many times. They were all so polite and after one of the workshops on performance that we sat in on we made a few comments and some of the kids came over to us after to get more info from us and thanked us for spending the time with them.

Speaking of the kids again,  Lee Asher who sat beside me at meal time, said “A pack of cards to kids here is like a pack of cigarettes to a convict.” Every single kid was walking around with a deck of cards constantly in motion… shuffling, fanning, cascading, springing, etc. and most of them were darn good. Illusionists provided the cards. Lee also thanked me somewhat sarcastically for giving the kids invisible thread and wax. He said “You try teaching 8 year olds how to strip thread and float stuff. I floated a candy for them and they all went nuts and wanted to do it. We were up for hours and I was in such a sweat. Thank again!”

Phil played the piano prior to the show as people were getting seated.

We had bonfires, lots of food and yummy deserts, swimming, dancing , exercises. The only regret I have is that I didn’t take a canoe out. The lake was so beautiful. Next year!

A big thank you to Mike and Jen Segal for inviting us.





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Comedy Magician, Asi Wind at the Comedy Nest

We don’t get out a whole lot. We used to when we were younger, but now, after a day at the magic shop we are happy to go home and relax. But Asi Wind, New York  Mentalist and Mind-Reader, was giving a one man show at the Comedy Nest at the old Montreal Forum and we wanted to see him as we had heard about him of course but never had seen him. It was a two hour show with an intermission and no one left at intermission. He got a standing ovation. It was a Monday night and there was a pretty good turn out.The bottom section was filled and part of the upper section. We were thoroughly entertained and as magic dealers, we understood some of what he did, but he had us badly fooled for much of it. He was funny and talented and did a terrific number with Rubik Cubes.

Besides enjoying the show, we enjoyed meeting a lot of our customers and friends there. So all in all it was a great evening.

Oh, and it turns out Asi too will be going to the Sorcerer’s Safari Magic Camp and we look forward to spending time with him there.

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The Tide of New Magicians.

Summertime and of course for most kids there is no school. Many have been to day camp and I am getting a lot of traffic with these kids. They are serious, dedicated and anxious to learn and I am amazed how much they know at 8, 9 up to about 12 years old. Luc, watch out! Some are even younger and some older but most of them have got the bug with a passion. It seems magic courses are popular at camp. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the teacher or teachers.

The parents are thrilled that they have something to spend time with that does not involve the computer. Many have told me they look to the computer to learn some magic but now that they know there is a shop it has all changed. They are already planning their birthday and Christmas gifts.  OOps. Here comes another one. A girl, I’m happy to say.

It’s the next day and you didn’t get the post on Wednesday as scheduled.  I thought I’d have time to write it but with the young lady and her first time in a magic shop there was no time. She knew exactly what she wanted as some of the other kids from camp had already been here and I guess she had seen the tricks. But she was curious and asked many questions and she took notes of what she wanted for the future.

It thrills me to see these youngsters, and not only because I have a new crop of customers, but to see how confident and bright they are. It gives me hope for the future generation. I’m sure most of them will see it as a hobby and perhaps participate in talent shows in school but I have a hunch there is a future Luc Langevin or Juliana Chen in this new group who are now in the budding state and will eventually blossom.

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