What are the BEST Magic Shows (in Toronto) for 2023?
Turn off Hockey Night in Canada and switch it up for a change. Head out into the magical streets of Toronto, one of Canada's most vibrant cities, and treat yourself to some head-scratching, mind-blowing and down-right mystifying magic. There are many choices to an evening filled with wonder and delight. Catch the latest big stage act coming to "a theatre near you", or keep it casual and join one of the regular acts in town for an entertaining evening of mind-reading, illusion and prestidigitation.
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1 Front Street
Toronto, M5E 1B2
Some of the UK's finest magicians have come together for a funtastic, spectoramic, super magical show. Forget Mary Poppins... this is eye-popping stuff and tons of fun for the whole family. The magic spectacle has toured the world and will be doing several US dates. You will see levitation, disappearances, mind-reading and more. Each of the acts brings their own unique style and skills to the experience, with plenty of grand illusions and special effects.
Museum of Illusions
132 Front Street East
Toronto, M5A 1E2
Welcome to The Museum of Illusions Toronto! A place where nothing is as it seems, and where the unbelievable truly is reality, the Museum fuses fun and entertainment with education and learning. Whether you’re up for an adventure, or simply looking to broaden your knowledge and perspective, the Museum has something to please everyone.
Greg Frewin Theatre, Niagra Falls ON
5781 Ellen Ave
Niagra Falls, L2G 3P8
This bigger than life spectacle includes two tigers, many exotic birds and a boat-load of surprises. Greg Frewin brings his show Wild Magic to the stage, where you can join him for a matinee, a show or dinner and a show. Greg loves animals and devotes himself to supporting wildlife conservation. His accolades include too many first place wins to mention as well as being seen on over 35 different television shows including his own holiday special on CBC. If you opt for the dinner and a show package, the dinner consists of a buffet style selection.
Show Duration: Shows are 90 minutes long with a 15 minute intermission.
Food and Drink: Choice of show only or dinner show ticket prices.
Age Restriction: All ages.
Parking: Free parking onsite.
The Rec Room
255 Bremner Blvd
Toronto, M5V 3M9
The mentalism team of Alexandra Brynn and Armand Antony are a Toronto based act, with performances at The Rec Room every month. Their show Connection includes mind reading, mental magic, extra sensory perception, and prediction. It is incredibly affordable, so you can enjoy a few drink specials and a bite to eat. They are joined by a special guest for a night of magic, mentalism and illusion.
Food and Drink: Food and drink available in the restaurant.
4749 Keele St
North York, M3J 2N9
The Grand Illusion Show starring Edllusion is a dinner show, so you can get your magic and dinner for one great price. With meat, seafood and vegetarian choices for dinner, no one will leave hungry. The evening also offers full bottle service and signature cocktails for those who want something extra special. Edllusion entertains with a Vegas style show, for an evening that is perfect for your special occasion. Stay afterwards for Nuvo's bar and nightlife scene after the show.
Age Restriction: 14+
Virtual Show Online
Ben Train brings his show into your home with his new virtual magic show. No more bars and restaurants. Now you can feel the magic from the comfort of your home, with the family gathered round. Ben performs sleight-of-hand and mentalism and is also the founder of the Toronto Magic Company and loves to lead magic workshops, spreading his love of all things magic. So while you currently can't see Ben out-and-about performing magic, you can still have the magic come to you.
Food and Drink: Whatever you've got in the fridge.
Age Restriction: All ages.
Storm Crow Manor
580 Church St
Toronto, M4Y 2E5
A magic show for adults, enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and gourmet food at this intimate venue. You will be treated to an evening show with world-class magician James Alan. Dress up in your finest garb, and use the secret password to enter the show with its private club atmosphere. Come early (up to one hour), and James will come around the tables before the show to do a few tricks. This show is all up-close and personal with plenty of sleight-of-hand. Do be forewarned the the ticket price includes only the show. Food and drink are extra. You will find the cocktail menu to be quite extensive and interesting.
Food and Drink: Fine food and cocktails available during the show.
Parking: Street parking and pay parking lots nearby.
Toronto Magic History
Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America. Cityscapes, scenic wonder and ethnic variations too many to claim are what makes this capital of Ontario a mecca of commerce and culture. This super city of skyscrapers provides avid entertainment and things to do for visitors and its 2.8 million inhabitants. Exciting and scenic, this super old city (wiki said 12,500 years. Truth? Who knows) is known for its festivals and upscale nightlife. Arts are a primary focus here and so it is no surprise that magic has found a home in Toronto.
Before the Europeans even arrived in North America, the indigenous peoples were using cowrie shells to perform rituals and show off their so-called supernatural powers. A little sleight-of-hand with some shells, and lo-and-behold all the villagers are convinced of your powers! Many tribes also played a game called the moccasin game which seems at first a lot like the magicians shell game. The shell game often left the player broke due to it being more of a con artists trick than a fair game. In the case of the moccasin game, however, the pebbles hidden in the moccasins were not magically manipulated and the two teams would honestly compete to find the hidden pebbles, stacking up points for each correct guess. Less flim-flam, more fun. It wasn't until the late 1800s that what we think of today as performing magicians started to tour, with both Canadian and international talent bringing their illusions (and cons) to eager audiences.
One notable Toronto magician, Ross Bertram, had a long and distinguished career in Canada as a close-up magician. He was best known for his incredible sleight-of-hand magic with coins. He spent most of his teens working, as his father had up and left the family, and he often found jobs that required he use a variety of talents including playing saxophone and performing magic. He continued to practice and perform when he could and eventually met with the now famous Canadian magician Dai Vernon in the 1940s. Dai was very impressed with Ross's magic and was soon spreading the word of his fellow Canadian's talents. Ross was eventually invited to be part of the Stars of Magic series and contributed with Series 9: Ross Bertram on Coins.
James Randi was a contemporary of Ross Bertram albeit sixteen years his junior. James endured 13 months in a body cast as a teen and spent a great deal of time reading books about conjuring. Soon he was working in a carnival roadshow and eventually took the name The Amazing Randi specializing in escape tricks. He still holds the Guinness World Book of Records for being in a sealed casket underwater for an hour and 44 minutes, breaking Harry Houdini's record of one hour and 33 minutes. He went on to be a strong proponent of debunking those with supposed paranormal and supernatural skills, most notably Uri Geller who made a career out of bending spoons. He wrote many books and articles on the subject including the book Flim-Flam! which Penn & Teller mentions as being a serious influence on him as a magician.
Other well-known Toronto magicians include Sid Lorraine, Jay Sankey, Gary Kurtz, and David Ben, who is the sole protege of Ross Bertram. Toronto has certainly been the birth-place of many talented performers whose contribution to the world of magic is significant. And it continues today to produce serious practitioners of the art-form, whose talents continue in tricking us to believe that magic really does exist, like villagers in those early indigenous tribes.
PAST Toronto Magic Shows
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Virtual Live Online Show
This show is really different. Why? Because not only is it an open-mic magic show, but it is now FREE. That's right, the show that has been bringing a variety of great magicians to Toronto has gone virtual and you can sign up to receive notices of the next free show. You will see 6+ magicians as they test new tricks on eager audiences. Shows will be interactive too, and will be broadcast live on Facebook but not recorded, so be sure to check one out.
Masters of Illusion
Center in the Square
101 Queen St N
Kitchener, N2H 6P7
Masters of Illusion is a popular television show that started on the CW network. From there it has become one of the most popular traveling illusion shows on the big stage. Thoroughly modern and utterly mind-blowing, you will enjoy an evening of grand magic. The current stage show features Tommy Wind, Farrell Dillon and Greg Gleason who has been touring with Masters of Illusion since 2014. You could travel and see their illusion show in Las Vegas, but why not catch it while on tour? You'll be glad you did.
Champions of Magic
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
27 Front St E
Toronto, M5E 1B4
This touring show from the United Kingdom features five world-class magicians and illusionists in a grand stage spectacle. Each magician specializes in as specific style of magic. Everything from daring escapes, mentalism, close-up magic, grand stage illusions and so much more. Lots of special effects and a super spectacular finale.