Double Vision Magic – “Amazing!” CNE in Toronto

“A speaker just blew over on the stage!” text message…..

This past summer, the Canadian National Exhibition invited us to bring our act to Toronto.  The CNE is North America’s oldest and one of the largest fairs.   Needless to say, there was never a dull moment.

It was a fantastic eighteen days of entertainment and almost perfect weather.  We did our Twin Magic and Comedy show fifty four times and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some amazing acts. Mighty Mike the Strongman, The Fire Guy and Juzzie Smith (Australia) brought their “A” game.  The benefit of working with a variety of professional people is learning from what they do.   How each of us work corporate and conference events, comparing Canadian, European and Australian audiences, along with a million stories from the road.

When you’re going to be performing away from home for almost three weeks in one city, it’s important to have a good “entertainment family” you can rely on.  On this run, blood was shed (during our first show), medics were called, fresh batteries and an entirely new PA system were rushed to the stage by fellow performers.

This brings me to the text message at the beginning of this article.  The Fire Guy was just starting his show, when a large speaker on its stand literally blew over backwards onto the stage.  Mike a I rushed down to the area to help, as “the show must go on” and all of the acts worked together to make sure things were ok for the next performance.  The next day, an entirely new PA system was set up.

Keeping your head in the game over eighteen days is also important.  We used some energizing pre-show music before every set and had a whole list of jokes to entertain the crowd that would arrive, sometimes twenty minutes early.  On an outdoor stage, people may have spent the entire day in the hot sun, they might be tired or hungry, but it’s our job to show them something unforgettable.  We want them to tell their friends about this “amazing Twin Magic show” at the fair.  Judging by the audience in the photo, I’d say word spread quickly.

“We were there!” was our closing line for every show, and after the last day we hope “we will return!”.

Mitchell Hrycan, Double Vision



Music and Twin Magic

Mike and I use a lot of music in our performances.  I know that might seem odd for a comedy and magic show, but it adds another layer that really completes the picture.  After doing this for decades we’ve become experts at combining our comedy and magic with music.

Twenty eight years ago when we did our first “Double Vision Magic” events in Saskatchewan, the sound was supplied via the venues sound technicians using our music cue sheet.  An example:  Cue – 1) When Mike says “and now something using a frying pan, hula hoop and a $100.00 bill” – play #4 song.  Occasionally, the technician wouldn’t be at his station and would miss the cue, or accidentally start playing the music early, or at the wrong volume, or the wrong song or….you get the idea.

Today, we use a remote control system and handle our own cues, volume etc… It makes a HUGE difference and adds to the production value of our show.

However, it does take a long time to find just the right tune.  Like pairing the right wine with a meal, a wrong choice can still get by, but things wont’ taste quite right.  So, along with our own sound system, lights, backdrop, banners and the vital, “twins, magic, LOL”, we also bring that extra element for your ears to enjoy.

Bon Appétit

Mitchell – The Other Twin

January 14, 2018

Twins, Magic, LOL – “That was an awesome show!”

“That was an awesome show!”. A comment from a client last week. If you’re looking for a magician in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, or anywhere in North America, you owe it to yourself to check out our website.  We’re constantly working on new illusions to add to our show. Why? Because we believe that you never stop growing as an entertainer.

Without growth, an act gets stale and starts to show its age. We love the challenge of coming up with original magic routines for our shows, whether it’s for stage, strolling, trade shows or fairs. Even when we get together for coffee, it’s a flurry of new ideas being tossed around.

As I write this, it’s Saturday morning, and although we don’t have any shows today, my mind is on next week’s performances and as far ahead as Christmas shows we’re getting emails for. It’s a never ending circle of creativity, travel, marketing, twins, comedy and magic.