June 1, 2015

Eighteen Months of Fabulous Magic in Toronto

Media contact: James Alan, james@jamesalan.ca, 416.995.1736 - media tickets available on request

Eighteen months ago, a group of Toronto magicians are out to prove that magic really is for grownups. The show that resulted has been running continuously ever since with thousands of tickets sold and rave reviews from the audience. At the centre of the show is the host, organizer, magician James Alan (www.JamesAlan.ca) who happens to be gay.

"I make a point of coming out in some way, every show," says James Alan. The thirty year old magician has been out since attending the University of Toronto. "On the one hand, I know that in Toronto almost no one cares. But it's fun to make it part of the mystery of the show; subtly hinting at it before making it plainly obvious. I have half a dozen ways of weaving it into the show now. I know it's not that big of a deal anymore, especially in a city like Toronto, but the ability to be open and honest on stage really makes the show much more satisfying for me as a performer."

While magic has seen a surge in popularity on television, this show is real magic: seen close up with no TV cameras or sneaky edits to get in the way. Combining a great live entertainment experience with dinner has created a unique and memorable night out for couples and groups across the GTA.

Every week for the past eighteen months, magician James Alan has dazzled and astonished audiences, accompanied by a roster of amazing special guests. The show has grown to include two venues: the small intimate Crimson Lounge near College & Spadina in Downtown Toronto and the historic Franklin House in Mississauga. 

The Crimson Lounge

The Crimson Lounge

The shows are highly interactive and leave audiences thoroughly entertained while they're well fed and well fooled. Although there is no firm age restriction  keeping children away, the entire evening from the dinner and drinks menu to the intimate ambiance is clearly meant to cater to adults seeking a night out.

James Alan

James Alan

James Alan, the host and organizer, has a history of creating magic shows which are modern and sophisticated. “It’s the perfect thinking man’s entertainment,” says Tracey Erin Smith, The creator and artistic director of the SOULO Theatre Festival, “if you enjoy having your mind expanded and your inner child dazzled, you will love his work.” His shows Lies, Damn Lies & Magic Tricks (2012) and The Uncertainty Project (2014) made audiences doubt their senses and think about what’s real and what isn’t.

James Alan performing during Pride 2014

James Alan performing during Pride 2014

The shows break one more cardinal rule of modern theatre. Audiences are encouraged to take pictures during the show. "We have nothing to hide, which is ironic because we're all magicians loaded with secrets," says Alan. "If your friend, your coworker or spouse is up on stage helping make the show even more amazing, you should have that memory to hold on to." The Facebook Page is filled with images of smiling audience volunteers. 

Event Specificis

James Alan's Magic Tonight - www.MagicTonight.ca

Tickets at the door or online - $65 (or $35 without dinner)

Toronto: 
The Crimson Lounge, 292 College Street @ Spadina,
Sunday nights - 6:00 Dinner, 7:00 Showtime

Mississauga:
The Franklin House, 263 Queen Street South
Thursday nights, - 6:00 Dinner, 7:00 Showtime

Media contact: James Alan, james@jamesalan.ca, 416.995.1736 - media tickets available on request

Print quality images available on request.

The Crimson Lounge - Toronto

 

The Franklin House - Mississauga