Happy Halloween!

For the first month of Fall,  Magicana continues to bring our community together through performing live theatre for senior citizens across the GTA. On September 20, Julie Eng performed a 45-minute live and interactive magic show to 30 seniors at the WoodGreen Community Centre.

WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen helps seniors live independently and provide social programs for seniors so that they can be active engaged in their community. WoodGreen also helps  internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and youth find meaningful employment and training.

Senior Sorcery, a community outreach program designed by Magicana in 2006 was established with isolated seniors in remote residences and/or community centres in mind. The program was always meant to engage seniors by breaking the “fourth wall” of theatre and empower their through interaction and participation in the creation of magic. The program also creates an intimate atmosphere by giving seniors the chance to invite their family and friends to a special event.

Thanks to Julie, the seniors and staff of WoodGreen Community Centre enjoyed an afternoon of mirth, magic and mystery–a special moment that they all shared and participated in, and will surely remember.

 

National Seniors Day

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“The crowd loved her!!”

– Janet Keenan, Team Leader

To celebrate National Seniors Day on October 1st, Julie Eng visited St. Aidan’s Anglican Church where Neighbourhood Link held their annual event for senior citizens in Toronto.

With over 100 people in attendance, the day was comprised of a free lunch and amazing entertainment that included musical performances by The Orvilles and the Chinese Seniors Choir, and of course, live magical theatre by yours truly, Seniors Sorcery! There were also tons of activities, games and draws for prizes.

Neighbourhood Link Support Services is a community outreach program that aims to identify needs in the community and provide services, such as workshops and recreational events, to enable people to live with dignity and independence.  They also have a great support system for  seniors in Toronto – an Adult Day Program that provides care and support through recreational activities to frail seniors and those with cognitive impairments to minimize their isolation and promote their physical and emotional health in a safe and friendly environment.

And thank you for allowing us to share mystery and magic on National Seniors Day!

To book Julie Eng for your retirement residence, please contact Ellise Ramos at (416) 913-9034 or email her at ellise@magicana.com.

 

 

Weathering the storm through Magic!

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“We invited seniors from around the neighbourhood and everyone had a fantastic time! I was really impressed by [your magician’s] rapport with the audience.”

–  Susan Dowling, Program Coordinator

‘Twas a dark and stormy night in Toronto last week, but that was not enough to deter Julie Eng, our feature magicienne, from performing for the community at the Neighbourhood Link Support Services Adult Day Program. She displayed classical magic feats for seniors who gather for dinner once a week to enjoy each other’s company and watch performers. Through our Senior Sorcery program, we subsidized the cost so that we can deliver a night of magic, and create a wonderful event that everyone can enjoy and talk about for days to come.

The Neighbourhood Link Support Services is essential in helping communities in East Toronto live, work and play through innovative programs, employment opportunities and tailored housing solutions. Their Adult Day Program promotes physical and emotional health for seniors through various events such as group dinners, recreational activities outside the home, and in-home assistance.

We are so pleased to have helped Neighbourhood Link achieve their goals. Programs like these are essential in keeping the interconnectivity and relationships fostered from loving our community, because it is only through this benevolence can we build a stronger and more meaningful home for ourselves and for others.

To book magic for your retirement residence, please contact Ellise Ramos at (416) 913-9034 or email her at ellise@magicana.com. We are accepting bookings for the rest of the year and will be more than glad to perform for your upcoming Mother’s Day event, Labour Day and/or Halloween.

Astounding April

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Senior Sorcery appearing throughout the GTA.

Our magicians have presented shows all around Toronto:  Greenview Lodge, Craiglee Nursing Home, Kensington Gardens and Meighen Health Centre. Here is Julie Eng at the Meighen Health Services Centre.

Our famed magicienne, Julie Eng, has been quite busy the past month! She recently performed an April Fool’s Day show for Greenview Lodge, and then went all over Toronto to visit Craiglee Nursing Home, Kensington Gardens and Meighen Health Centre! For all three performances we received positive feedback and so we are excited to continue booking Julie across the GTA to reach out to seniors and grant them a magical day!

Julie performs a 45 minute magic show for senior centres across Toronto to brighten up their day and interact with them through a variety of classical magic tricks. From making a coin disappear to restoring chopped up ropes and linking rings, Julie is guaranteed to liven up your home and create an unforgettable afternoon.

To book Julie Eng for your retirement residence, please contact Ellise Ramos at (416) 913-9034 or email her at ellise@magicana.com. We are accepting bookings for the rest of the year and will be more than glad to perform for your upcoming Mother’s Day event, Labour Day and/or Halloween.

 

 

Happy Holidays

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The Gift of Giving

Magicana subsidizes these  shows for centres under budgetary constraints to ensure that magic can be shared throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

This year, we a hit a record of 52 Senior Sorcery shows for senior centres and residences — that’s approximately one show every week!

Our performers went to St. Catherines, Barrie and even in the beautiful banks of Big Rideau Lake to perform. We hope we created a memorable feats of magic and excitement for seniors and residents and look forward to bringing magic to new centres in the new year.

We are now booking for 2013. We encourage you to consider our magic for your entertainment programming. If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com  for  our availability.

 

 

Happy Halloween

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Hocus Pocus also makes for a great intergenerational opportunity!

Invite your friends, family or little ghosts and goblins (like these youngsters who joined us at a Halloween show at a senior’s residence) to enjoy an afternoon of great mirth, mystery and magic!

Happy Halloween from all of us here at Senior Sorcery!

The past days have been a very busy for our program. We delivered four Halloween shows in the span of three days all across the GTA, with our last one happening tonight at the Glynwood Retirement Residence. We even earned a spooky shout out for Senior Sorcery for our visit there tonight!

We are now booking for 2013. We encourage you to consider our magic for your entertainment programming–happiness guaranteed.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com  for  our availability.

 

Magic to talk about, Magic to share around

Julie Eng at Kensington Gardens

One of the wonderful effects of magic is its resonance.

When executed properly, the emotions it evokes are that of mirth, mystery and wonder — a feeling that you can talk about and share for days.

The most common response we get from satisfied clients is the intensity and effectiveness our magic shows provoke, so much so that residents and staff members still talk about the show after. Sheila McConnell, Program Manager of Leisureworld at Barrie, said:

“This was the first time I have had a magician visit the home in 7 years. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the show. [Your magician[ was outstanding. He involved the residents, staff and family members. The folks are still talking about it.”

This kind of feedback is what keeps us motivated to deliver the best we can at any time! We believe that our shows don’t just last for 45 minutes. For in that span of time, we do not just provide entertainment, we also create memories and a sense of togetherness.

We are now booking for 2013. We encourage you to consider our magic for your entertainment programming–happiness guaranteed.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com for availability.