Special Guest from Germany

With Senior Sorcery being one of our longest-running programs (next to our children’s community outreach program, My Magic Hands) we are in the fortunate position, after so many years, of returning to the same centres over and over again, some upwards of a dozen times. So we are always pleased when we are able to offer a special magical treat. Last week, residents at Providence Healthcare in Toronto received a special performance from visiting magician, Jörg Alexander.

Jörg was visiting Toronto all the way from Munich, Germany as the last top on a twelve-city tour of North America. He was here in the city to give a special seminar for magicians, but made a detour along the way to help us to share wonder for a marvellous group of seniors. We would like to thank him for being so generous with his time and his magic.

Special Guest Performance

An audience at the Houses of Providence in Toronto (who certainly know a thing or two about magic) were treated to a special guest performance. Magician Chris Pilsworth was visiting from Ottawa and was gracious enough to offer us a special performance as part of our Senior Sorcery program.

Chris was visiting Toronto in order to give a special lecture for the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, a seventy-five-year-old organization that gathers to gether magic enthusiasts of all kinds to teach and share magic. The organization’s namesake, Sid Lorraine, was a central figure in magic in Canada for decades. His memoirs are featured as part of our online exhibition, Sid Lorraine The Magical ChatterBox.

Thank you, Chris, for taking the time to share wonder.

Happy Family Day

Magicana out to celebrate Family Day with a special Senior Sorcery performance in Scarborough. Magician James Alan was invited back for an encore performance at Cedarbrook Lodge. We took advantage of the pleasantly warm February weather as an opportunity to share wonder.

Senior Sorcery runs year-round with performances primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. To bring a live performance to your centre, please contact us at info@magicana.com. Magicana is a registered charitable organization and thanks to the support of our donors and sponsors, we are able to offer performances to many centres and specially discounted prices.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Magicana helped celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special Senior Sorcery performance in Mississauga. Magician James Alan, performing for the primarily Ukrainian-speaking audience, showed that magic is a beautiful way to bring people together and transcend the barriers of language.

Senior Sorcery runs year-round with performances primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. To bring a live performance to your centre, please contact us at info@magicana.com. Magicana is a registered charitable organization and thanks to the support of our donors and sponsors, we are able to offer performances to many centres and specially discounted prices.

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.

 

 

Sprinkle a Little Magic on Your Valentine’s Day

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Tailored Magic

Our senior shows are fully customizable, so whether it’s April Fools or Family Day, we can taylor our shows to fit each of your holiday needs.

One of the bigger holidays, especially important for couples is Valentine’s Day.

Although this holiday is more conventionally associated with romantic love, there are other types of love that we feel should be celebrated on this day as well, such as familial love. Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us soon, so let’s make sure to spend this day of hearts with the people we love unconditionally — our friends and families.

So sprinkle your 14th of February with love and confectionery, and add a little bit of magic to make this day even more memorable.

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

 

 

Happy New Year!

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And before you know it, Family Day will be upon us.

How will you spend it? Add some magic and bring Senior Sorcery to your centre!

Let’s welcome the brand new year, 2013 with wonder and magic!

As the holidays come to an end, we hope that you took the time to spend it with your family. There are many benefits to spending time with your family, such as reducing stress levels and increasing general happiness–so why not do it? Why not solidify “spending time with your family” as the top priority in your New Year’s Resolutions?

Click here to find 8 reasons why spending time with your family is beneficial to your health, courtesy of The Huffington Post.

It’s never too late to start planning ahead for your retirement residence! February 18, the official date for Family Day this year, is coming up fast! Create an afternoon of magic and delight with other members of your residents’ families by booking a professional magician!

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