Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp 2016
Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp is happening again this year; the camp runs from Sunday, August 7 through Friday, August 12. This is an earlier date than previous years, and I hope that means that a few more young American magicians can join us. We’re at a new camp site: Camp Northland, which has 650 wooded acres located on Moose Lake. The special guest this year is Suzanne, whom many of you may have seen on the second season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. (She fooled Penn & Teller with her great version of the signed Band-Aid transposition.)
I eagerly look forward to magic camp each summer for several reasons: 1) being out in nature helps clear out the cobwebs and reduces the stress that living in the GTA produces; 2) camp gives me the opportunity to reconnect with old pals like Shawn Farquhar, Lee Asher, Aaron Fisher, Mike Segal, Ben Train, Chris Mayhew, and Eric LeClerc; 3) camp gives me the opportunity to offer a perspective on the art of magic that is not popularly available to young magicians. Through my own performances, the card classes, the electives, and in the informal gatherings, I present an approach to magic that has been influenced by my mentor, Harry Riser, and his mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller. I want to challenge young magicians to examine the reasons behind what they do and why they do it; in return, I hope they will challenge me to defend my approach.
I’ve never experienced anything like magic camp. It is something I wish I could have attended when I was young. Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp can be a life-changing experience. If you know a young magician who would benefit from this experience, please consider sponsoring him or her.
- Michael Close