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September 15th – Jonathan Levit Lecture


Our penultimate lecturer from the 2018-2019 Cam-Am Conjuring Lecture Series is Jonathan Levit.

Jonathan has been performing as a magician for nearly his entire life. He has been the private magician for celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Teri Hatcher and Tony Curtis, to name just a few.

He is an actor, magician, television host, producer and public speaker. Jonathan’s acting career began with his starring role as a con-artist magician in one of the most highly acclaimed episodes of “THE X-FILES”, playing opposite Ricky Jay. He went on to guest star in television shows and films such as “FLASHFORWARD” (ABC), “THE OTHERS” (NBC) and “THE HUNTRESS” (USA), among others — playing magicians and non-magicians alike. Jonathan has hosted shows for THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, THE SCIENCE CHANNEL, THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL, EQUATOR HD and the FINE LIVING NETWORK. Combining magic and hosting, Jonathan was seen on VH1 as the host and a judge of the celebrity reality magic series, “CELEBRACADABRA” and has appeared on “MASTERS OF ILLUSION” (FOX). He has graced the covers of MAGIC MAGAZINE and GENII MAGAZINE and works consistently as a magic consultant for television and film. He taught Jack Davenport to do magic on “FLASHFORWARD” (ABC), David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on “THE X-FILES” (FOX), Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Ayla Fisher in “NOW YOU SEE ME” (SUMMIT), and Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, and Olivia Wilde in “THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE” (New Line Cinema). Consulting has brought him all over the world including the Middle East where he was the magic consultant for a tv series shooting in Egypt, Lebanon, and Dubai. He was the producer and consultant for “Hip Hop Houdini” on FUSE TV and continues to develop content for television and film.

Teller, from Penn & Teller says it best, “Jonathan is funny, elegant, and disturbingly smart. Like something cuddly with really sharp teeth.”

In this highly acclaimed lecture, Jonathan teaches more than just the trick.

Yes, you’ll learn some time tested foolers – effects straight from Jonathan’s personal repertoire – but he’ll also teach you about audience management, psychology, act structure, and developing your character. He will discuss turning a trick into an event, his theory of moving the moment, and the use of time misdirection.

Details
Date: Sept 15, 2019
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Langford Firehall #2 (3205 Happy Valley Road)
Price: $40 but if you’re a member in good standing, you get a 50% discount! What a deal!

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June 23rd – Marcus Eddie Lecture Addendum

Jeff Pinsky, from The Browser’s Den, in Toronto, shared the following…

“I have culled some videos from YouTube of some Marcus Eddie miracles to get you excited! Please click on the title to see some eye-popping magic!”

RELOAD by Marcus Eddie (Trailer)

Marcus Eddie performs on “Penn & Teller Fool Us”

FreeTrick Friday – Marcus Eddie

Marcus Eddie – Stairway

uTurn by Marcus Eddie

Deposit by Marcus Eddie

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June 23rd – Marcus Eddie Lecture

Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old. Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into his career.

Today, he is an 8-time, award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channel’s magic competition, “Wizard Wars.”

He has appeared on “Penn & Teller Fool Us,” and is the creator of a large catalog of acclaimed, commercially released creations. Marcus also works as a consultant for magicians worldwide, including David Blaine on his television special, “Beyond Magic.”

Marcus Eddie’s original magic will leave you stunned, and his lecture will leave you inspired.

Time: 2pm
Location: Langford Firehall #2 (3205 Happy Valley Road)
Price: $40 (but 50% discount for members in good standing… that’s only $20! What a bargain!)

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April 14 – Jason Ladanye Lecture

Biography

Jason has performed at Resort Casinos like Turning Stone, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun, and at corporate events for Fortune 500 companies including Fuji Films, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and General Motors. He has performed at the famous Magic Castle and has consulted for the hit Broadway show, Cheers Live. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and Inside Edition exposing card cheating scams. In 2013, Jason released his first book Confident Deceptions. In 2018, Jason released his second book Game Changer.

Lecture Overview 

Jason Ladanye is known for creating high-impact card tricks that play like miracles for lay audiences. These aren’t “pick a card” tricks. These are effects that make you look like a world-class card mechanic. Jason is constantly creating new and original plots that are meaningful and very entertaining. These effects are practical and most importantly, they don’t all rely on knuckle-busting sleight of hand. In this lecture, Jason will teach several killer effects. In addition to teaching the mechanics of the tricks, Jason will share his insights on how to make your show one that the audience will never forget. Learn how to connect with your audience and how to get them hooked—and keep them hooked. He’ll also cover topics such as effect construction, audience management, magic theory, misdirection, dealing with hecklers, developing your character and persona, how to maximize the impact of every trick, and much more! Books, DVD’s, close-up mats, practice mirrors, and lecture notes will all be on sale as well.

Video links:

https://youtu.be/FxKNG7glsHM  (Standing Out)

https://youtu.be/dt81NUuYJUo  (Forging Ahead)

https://youtu.be/6x8xq6sXhjQ (The Big Stack)

https://youtu.be/BbSCp1ZzeGE  (Sizzle / promo reel)

Details:

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: Langford Firehall #2 (3205 Happy Valley Road)

Price: $20 for members and $40 for non-members

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