Well, it’s official.

Luminato (, Toronto’s annual ten-day celebration of the arts where the city’s stages, streets, and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design, will now feature Magic.

As the Artistic Director of Magicana, I have been working closely with Luminato to bring four of the world’s master magicians – Juan Tamariz, Mac King, Max Maven and Bob Sheets – to Toronto as part of the Festival. What a wonderful opportunity, particularly for the public who now has the chance to see these four stellar performers present their work in such a superb setting.

Juan Tamariz will perform his full show three times – first in Spanish (June 17), then in English (June 19) and then in French (June 20), a testament to his extraordinary talent and to the diversity of Toronto, and the Festival. Max Maven presents his one-man theatrical journey – “Thinking In Person”  – Friday evening, June 18th. Mac King will be presenting his full Las Vegas show on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, June 19th and 20th.

All performances by Tamariz, Maven, and King will take place at the Panasonic Theatre.

Tickets will be priced at $35.00 and $45.00, and will go on sale at 10:00 am on April 15th through TicketMaster (call 416-872-1111 or visit

Bob Sheets will be roaming the city, staging impromptu street performances here and there, between the 17th and the 20th.

Additional magic-related events are scheduled, and I’ll comment about the performers, the Festival, and other upcoming events in the coming weeks. I’ll also let you know when the Festival’s full schedule is released so you can plan your time accordingly. It’s worth noting, however, that a lot “just happens”. That is one of the hallmarks of the Festival, to surprise the city and the public with events throughout the dates.

None of this, of course, would be possible without the vision of the Festival’s organizers, and its extensive network of sponsors, L’Oréal being the lead sponsor. The magic component was made possible by the generous support of the Slaight Family through Luminato’s SuperNova Program Development Fund. Juan Tamariz’ performance is supported by The Consulate General of Spain.

So, block off two sets of dates.

The first is April 15th. You will want to book your tickets on the day they go sale to avoid disappointment. Second, June 11 to the 20th to spend time in Toronto sampling some of the very the best the world as to offer.

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