The top magicians and mentalists in Toronto are amongst the best in the world, though skeptics may not be aware of their existence. These masters of magic are sought after entertainers wowing audiences from TV and stage to corporate functions and special events. Whether they're using elaborate theatrics or a deck of cards, their specially honed skills can have you believing in the impossible.
On with the show - here are my picks for the top magicians in Toronto.
Mentalist Bobby Motta has received international acclaim from major media outlets and A-list celebrities. His live show demonstrates inexplicable feats of psychological acrobatics, and he's also a designer of mentalist and magic illusions, producing work for the likes of David Blaine and Criss Angel. His current stage show, Gray Matter plays Fridays and Saturdays at Dave & Busters in Vaughan.
In addition to being an internationally in-demand live and corporate performer, Bill Abbott is a well-regarded designer of magic tricks, kits, and effects. His client list reads like a who's who of corporate Canada and beyond. He was named Magician of the Year by the Canadian Association of Magicians, and you can catch his current act Every Trick in the Book at Dave & Busters in Vaughan alongside Motta.
Another internationally renowned mentalist based in Toronto, Haim Goldenberg has entertained corporate clients, international diplomats, and produced a season of critically acclaimed reality series GoldMind. Goldenberg is the first to dismiss the notion that he has any supernatural powers, and instead insists that anyone can do the things he does with the right combination of practice and persistence.
Magic Mike (sorry, couldn't resist) has won many event industry awards including Canadian Entertainer of the Year from the Canadian Special Events Industry Awards and the Performer of the Year title three times (2012 - 2014) from Festival & Events Ontario. He has headlined international tours, made numerous television appearances, and is one of the most in-demand corporate event performers in the country.
Yan Markson grew up in the Russian circus and performance runs in his blood. He was a principle clown performer in Cirque Avaia and performs magic, mentalism and stand-up comedy. In this viral YouTube video, Markson demonstrates what we all love about magic - its ability to surprise and delight people of all ages. It's enough to warm the coldest skeptic's heart.
Who are your favourite magicians and mentalists in Toronto, and which cup is the tiny rabbit hiding under? Let us know in the comments.
Lead image: Haim Goldenberg
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