The 4 Stages of Professional Magic via Walter Zaney Blaney

As a professional magician in Toronto Ontario I have had the opportunity to work with many fellow professional entertainers. One such entertainer can be considered an expert in his field as he has a 60 year legacy performing for live audiences. Walter Zaney Blaney has over 4000 shows under his belt and knows what he is talking about. Here he explains the four stages of magic in a clip from Still Zaney After All These Years, a documentary series edited by Magician Timothy Drake and filmed by Illusionist Ryan Joyce.

Ontario Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake having fun with show volunteers.

South Western Ontario Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake never lets a moment of fun pass by without making it part of the entertainment factor in his corporate event or family event shows in Toronto and across Ontario. Quite often during Drakes magical performance moments of silliness break out and the Toronto Illusionist is not afraid to let them run their course. This photo taken in Brampton Ontario reflects some of those hilarious moments.

Comedy Magician in Ontario Canada.

Clean Comedy Magician Timothy Drake has some fun with magic show volunteers on stage.

Corporate and Special Events Magician in Owen Sound Ontario – Illusionist Timothy Drake

Special Events Illusionist Timothy Drake recently performed at the Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound Ontario. Timothys performance was part of a 3 day corporate conference and Drake provided the after dinner entertainment to the group.

Timothy would like to acknowledge his appreciation to the staff at the Best Western for both their professionalism and their hospitality.

Drake show featured both amazing illusions and audience participation resulting in some very funny moments. Seen below are photos of his interaction with an audience member who wished to record the show.

“Owen Sound audiences have always proven to be a fun crowd.” says Drake who performs his magic show at corporate events across Southwestern Ontario. Recent shows have included Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, London, Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Guelph,  Collingwood, Newmarket and Vaughan.

Corporate Magician in Owen Sound

Canadian Illusionist Timothy Drake performing in Owen Sound Ontario.

Experienced Toronto Magician Entertains on all levels across Southwestern Ontario

Professional Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake performs a very unique and professional magic show for special events, galas, corporate banquets, galas and family events. Drake has been a corporate entertainer in Toronto and the surrounding area for over 15 years. During that time Timothy has logged thousands of hrs in front of audiences and has used that experience to build a show designed to entertain on all levels.

” Its about connecting with the audience” says Drake. The audience has to like the magician to the point they are willing to lower their guard and simply enjoy the magic rather than seeing it as a challenge.  The Toronto Illusionist performs many original illusions in his show which is heavy on audience participation. Audience members become part of the show at several points during the magical presentation.

Timothy has performed across Canada but entertains primary in Southwestern Ontario including Toronto, London, Windsor, Guelph, Kitchener, Sarnia, Mississauga, Oakville, Owen Sound and many more cities across the province.

Toronto Magician, Illusionist

Professional Magician and Illusionist in Toronto

Professional Toronto Magician and Illusionist for Special and Corporate Events – Timothy Drake

Special event planners in Toronto Ontario agree that quality entertainment is a top priority to ensure a successful dinner event, banquet, gala, fundraiser or corporate gathering. Many choose Toronto Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake to provide such entertainment for their corporate and VIP clients. Drake has been a professional entertainer in the Greater Toronto Area for 16 years and it shows in his stage show. Timothy presents a mixture of amazing magic, large scale illusions, ( an audience member floats in the air and girls vanish and appear ) , comedy and audience participation.

Drake is the designer of many custom illusions and also acts as magic consultant to other performers, theatres, television, magicians and illusionists across North America.  He travels across Canada performing for crowds big and small but focuses mainly on Southwestern Ontario as well as Toronto and the GTA. Timothy’s magic shows range from intimate close up magic where audience volunteers experience the magic happen right in their hands or larger las vegas style magic where pretty girls are levitated or vanished only a few feet in front of the audience members.

In recent weeks Drake has performed in Ontario cities such as Missiissauga, Oakville, London, Brampton, North York, Newmarket, Vaughan, Barrie, Windsor, Sarnia, Toronto, Collingwood, Hamilton, Etobicoke and Scarborough.

Magician in Toronto Ontario

Professional Toronto Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake

Mississauga Magician and Illusionist – Special Events Entertainment

Mississauga Magician Timothy Drake recently performed his unique brand of magic and illusion at the Apollo Convention Centre in Mississauga Ontario. Timothy was the featured entertainer at a formal dinner party held by University Students.

Drake has been a professional magician in Toronto and the GTA for over 16 years and it shows in his very polished, very professional illusion show which makes him a first choice for many event planners in Toronto and across southwestern ontario. The Canadian illusionist most often performs as after dinner entertainment at corporate and special events in Toronto including banquets, dinners, galas, fundraisers and company parties.

Drake goes right to work at the beginning of his magic and illusion show to win his audience over immediately and he does. Timothy includes a lot of audience participation in his show where the audience becomes part of the magic. One lovely lady from the audience is even levitated in the air to the astonishment of both her and the audience.

Timothy Drake performs across Canada but focuses primarily on bookings in Southwestern Ontario. Recent shows include performances in Newmarket, Mississauga, Guelph, Toronto, Sarnia, Oakville, Oshawa, Barrie, London, Brantford, Windsor, Etobicoke, Owen Sound and Collingwood.

Illusionist and Magician in Mississauga Ontario

Illusionist Timothy Drake is a professional magician in Mississauga Ontario Canada

Collingwood Magician for Corporate and Special Events – Canadian Illusionist Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake is a special events entertainer in Collingwood and  Ontario Canada. The Toronto Illusionist travels southwestern ontario performing at corporate events, banquets, dinners, fundraisers and special events. Timothy Drake has been a professional magician in Canada for over 15 years. His interest in the magical arts began long before that but Drake spent years perfecting his act to a point he decided to become a full time professional magician in the corporate market.

Drakes magic show included a lot of amazement, drama, laughs, comedy and audience participation. It is guaranteed to impress any audience and will be something that is long remembered by those who see it. Event planners across Toronto and the GTA choose Timothy Drake when quality matters.

Recent southwestern ontario magic shows include performances in London, North York, Collingwood, Newmarket, Guleph, Kitchener, Brampton, Barrie, Sarnia and Windsor.

Collingwood Magician Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake performs across Southwestern Ontario including Collingwood.

Canadian Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake

Canadian Magician Timothy Drake is a toronto illusionist who travels Canada performing magic and illusion at corporate events, theatres, banquets, fundraisers or any special occasion. Timothy‘s illusion show is a popular choice of entertainment event planners in Toronto, the GTA and across Southwestern Ontario. Drake performs a large variety of magic from baffling effects that happen in a persons own hands to full large scale illusions on stage. ( las vegas style magic )

Recent magic shows in Toronto and the GTA have included performances in Markham, Vaughan, Newmarket, Oshawa, Oakville, Mississauga, Barrie, Milton and Brampton Ontario.

Canadian Magician, Illusionist

Canadian Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake

Windsor Magician and Illusionist – Magician Timothy Drake

Windsor Magician Timothy Drake is a corporate illusionist who performs his magic and illusion show at special events, corporate functions, banquets and theatres across Southwestern Ontario from Windsor to Toronto and the GTA. ( Newmarket, North York, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham ) The Canadian Illusionist is a popular choice with event planners, fundraisers and corporate entertainment planners in Ontario cities including Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, London, Hamilton, Brantford, Owen Sound, Goderich and surrounding areas. Timothy performs his illusions primarily in the Toronto and GTA but travels province wide to perform at special events.

Windsor Ontario Magician Timothy Drake

Canadian Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake performs his signature trick.

 

Newmarket Magician – Illusionist Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake is a corporate illusionist in Toronto and the GTA including Newmarket, Vaughan, Oakville, Mississauga, Milton, Oshawa, North York and many other cities in Ontario. Timothy Drake performs his magic and illusion show at corporate functions and special events across Southwestern Ontario Canada including such cites as London, Sarnia, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Windsor and Sarnia.

Timothys corporate show is also suitable for family and private special occasions. It includes amazing magic effects, comedy, drama, and audience participation. Drake offers magic ranging from smaller effects to large scale vegas style illusions. Timothy is the creator of many custom special effects and illusions featured at corporate events and trade shows across North America.

Magician in Newmarket Ontario. Illusionist Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake shares a laugh at at corporate magic show.

 

 

 

North York Magician – Illusionist Timothy Drake

North York Magician Timothy Drake is a corporate illusionist who performs primarily for as entertainment for corporate events in Toronto and the GTA. Timothy also performs at private functions and special events across Ontario, Canada. The Toronto Illusionist presents a combination of magic, illusion, drama, comedy , presentation skills and audience participation in his magic shows. After performing professionally for 15 years Drake has learned from experience exactly what it takes to draw an audience into the magic of the moment.

Timothy Drakes recent performance have included magic shows in Toronto, the GTA, Mississauga, North York, Vaughan, Oshawa, London, Sarnia, Windsor  and Hamilton.

Magician in North York Ontario. Timothy Drake

North York Magician Timothy Drake bends a wine glass in a woman’s hand.

Magician in Windsor – Corporate Magician Timothy Drake

Windsor Magician Timothy Drake offers professional entertainment for corporate and special events across southwestern ontario Canada. This corporate entertainer in Toronto offers a blend of magic, illusion, drama, comedy and audience participation in his after dinner show  played at corporate banquets, dinners and special events.

As a professional Illusionist Drake entertains audiences of all sizes, backgrounds and ages. The show is fit for both corporate and family audiences. Drake performs across Ontario and recent shows have included magic performances in Toronto, the GTA, Scarborough, Oakville, Hamilton, Milton, London, Sarnia and Windsor Ontario.

Magician in Windsor Timothy Drake

Windsor Magician Timothy Drake performs a levitation with an audience member.

Windsor Magician – Timothy Drake Illusionist

Corporate Magician in Windsor Ontario – Magician Timothy Drake performs magic and illusion designed for special events and corporate functions, dinners, banquets and ceremonies across southwestern Ontario Canada. Timothy travels across Canada presenting professional corporate entertainment for some of Canada’s top corporations.

As an illusionist in Ontario, Drake has developed original illusions to feature in his magic show that both amaze and entertain his audiences. Volunteers on stage have magic happen in their hands and some are even floated in the air. Timothy presents both the most intimate of close up magic to the largest of stage illusions.

Recent magic show performances have included bookings in Toronto, the GTA, Oshawa, Hamilton, Brantford, Stratford, London, Windsor, Goderich and Owen Sound.

Magician for special events entertainment in Windsor Ontario

Corporate Magician in Windsor Ontario Canada

 

The Magic of Timothy Drake – Magician in South Western Ontario

The magic of Timothy Drake is show honed from 15 years of experience performing for corporate and special event audiences across Canada and Southwestern Ontario including Toronto, the GTA, Oakville, Mississauga, London, Sarnia and many more.

This corporate entertainer and illusionist combines amazing magic and illusions in his magic show but interjects some storytelling, drama, comedy and audience participation to make it a real crowd pleaser. He even offers clients a money back guarantee on the quality of his shows.

When Quality Matters….. Magician Timothy Drake delivers professional entertainment in Ontario Canada.

The Magic of Timothy Drake - Magician in Toronto

The Magic of Timothy Drake - Corporate Magician in Toronto

Special Events Entertainment in Toronto – Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake performs a wide variety of magical illusions in his corporate and special events magic shows. Drake performs his illusion show as after dinner entertainment at corporate banquets, dinners, awards ceremonies and meetings in Toronto, the GTA and Southwestern Ontario including cities such as Mississauga, Guelph, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Kitchener and London.

Magician for Special Events Entertainment in Toronto Ontario

Magician Timothy Drake vanishes a girl in an Illusion show at a corporate holiday party.

 

 

Timothy Drake Magician in Toronto – Corporate Entertainer

Timothy Drake, Magician, Illusionist…… Corporate Entertainer in Toronto and South Western Ontario Canada. Combine all of the above and you have an amazing entertaining magic and illusion show for both special events and corporate event across Ontario.

Timothy has been entertaining audiences in Ontario for over 15 years and  that experience produces a show to delight audiences of all ages, all background and in any venue.  Drakes shows are usually performed as after dinner entertainment at corporate parties and banquets in the Toronto area but Drake does travel across Canada to entertain audiences for all occasions.

Timothy Drake - Magician in Toronto Ontario Canada , Special Events Entertainer

Magician Timothy Drake enjoys some audience participation in a magic show performance at a corporate event.

Corporate Event Entertainment in Toronto – Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake often asks members of his magic show audience to join him on stage to help in performing an illusion. Timothy likes to blend both original and amazing magic in his corporate after dinner banquet shows. This Toronto Illusionist presents his show at corporate special events and banquets in the Toronto and GTA as well as across south western ontario. Sometimes audience members  may be a bit timid about joining Drake on stage as they fear they will be embarrassed or made to look foolish. ” I’d never do such a thing” Drake says. ” I share some clean fun with some of them but for the most part its about making them the stars of the show.” In the photo below a volunteer who was at first skeptical is amazed at the magic that literally happens in her own hands.

Toronto Corporate Event Entertainment - Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake performs at a corporate special event.

Magician Timothy Drake – Pull up a chair and enjoy the magic.

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake makes entertaining his corporate audiences his primary goal when performing his magic and illusion show at special events across Ontario. Quite often Timothy performs his banquet show as after dinner entertainment in a large room where guests seated at the back of the room will not be able to experience the show 100% as the guests seated at the front are blocking their view. Drake always takes time at the beginning of the show to  invite guests to move their chairs forward so they may see the magic up close.  He warns then that when the magic starts happening they are going to end up standing on their chairs or at least standing up to get a better view so …. please move your chairs now. For some reason that still remains a mystery to the magician…. guests rarely are willing to move their chairs.  This photo is the result. Next time…. please trust the performer when he tells you what will make the experience more enjoyable for you. Its his job. ;)

Magician Timothy Drake performing in Ingersoll Ontario

Audience member tries to get a better view of the magic of Timothy Drake.

Tillsonburg Magician Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake travels across South Western Ontario performing magic and illusion shows for corporate functions and special events. Drake most often performs his unique style of magic as after dinner entertainment at corporate events and parties.

Timothy Drake enjoys bringing some laughter to the table in his magic shows. Magic volunteers who are brave enough to assist during the show are treated to both amazing magic and illusion but also a lot of laughs. In this photo Drake  entertains a volunteer during a holiday party corporate magic show in Tillsonburg Ontario.

Magician Timothy Drake - Toronto

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake performing in Tillsonburg Ontario

Guelph Magician – Timothy Drake , Corporate Holiday Show

Magician Timothy Drake had the recent pleasure of performing his magic and illusion show at the Cutten Club located at Cutten Fields in Guelph Ontario. Timothy is a corporate magician who entertains at special and corporate events  across Canada but mostly in Ontario cities including Toronto, London, Cambridge, Sarnia, Guelph, Kitchener and throughout South Western Ontario. Drake‘s  show includes magic illusions and effects both large and small but all are guaranteed to delight. It starts with the volunteer on stage says Drake. Guests on stage are never embarrassed but rather made the stars of the show.

Magician in Guelph Ontario - Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake performs in Guelph Ontario

 

Magician Timothy Drake – Corporate Entertainer in Ontario

Magician Timothy Drake is a Corporate Entertainer who performs at various special events and banquets as after dinner entertainment in Ontario. Timothy entertains audiences across Ontario including shows in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Cambridge, Stratford, London, the GTA and anywhere else across in the south western ontario area. Drakes magic show features not only some amazing original magic and illusions but also includes some audience participation that is sure to delight. Making the audience part of the magic is important to Drake as the Toronto Magician knows what it takes give them an experience they will not forget.

Timothy Drake Magician in Ontario Canada

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake jokes with an audience member during a show in Tiverton Ontario.

Toronto Illusionist Magician Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake prides himself on making a magical connection with those  who attend his magic shows in Toronto, London, Stratford, the GTA or any other city in Ontario where he performs at corporate and special events. Drake is an illusionist in the Toronto area who performs at banquets and  award shows as after dinner entertainment.

Guests enjoy talking magic with Drake after the shows.

Timothy Drake Magician and Illusionist in Toronto

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake

Magician in London Ontario – Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake is an corporate entertainer in the London Ontario to Toronto and GTA area. Timothy performs his magic and illusion as after dinner entertainment at corporate banquets and special events across Ontario. Drakes magic show has been seen in Ontario cities like London, Ottawa, Sarnia, Guelph, Kitchener, Mississauga and Toronto including the GTA.

Magician in London Ontario

Magician Timothy Drake shares a laugh during a magic show near London Ontario

Stratford Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake is a corporate illusionist who performs across Canada including Toronto, the GTA, London, Kitchener, Guelph or anywhere else in Ontario. Recently Timothy Drake performed his magic show in Stratford Ontario Canada.

Stratford Ontario Magician Timothy Drake

Magic Show in Stratford Ontario

London Ontario Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake is a magician and illusionist who performs at corporate banquets and special events across Ontario Canada including Toronto, London, the GTA, Brampton, Sarnia and any other city in South Western Ontario. Timothy performs original magic and illusions rarely seen by Ontario audiences. The magic show is interactive and often involves  audience participation. Drake’s show is featured as after dinner entertainment throughout Canada and Ontario.

Drakes London roots go back to 1999 when he created the Shriners Haunted Mansion for the London Shrine Club.

London Ontario Magician

Magician in London Ontario

Magician in London Ontario – Illusionist Timothy Drake

Corporate Magician Timothy Drake performs his magic across Canada but primarily in South Western Ontario including Toronto, London, Cambridge, Stratford, Hamilton, Sarnia and many others. Drake performs at corporate banquets and special events as after dinner entertainment. His magic and illusion show is sure to mystify and delight all.

Magician in London Ontario

London Magician Timothy Drake

Magician in Toronto – Illusionist Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake presents a style of magic and illusion like no other. Drake magic show is a class act. His illusions contain a blend of magic, illusion, storytelling, theatre, drama and have dusting of comedy. The act includes a lot of audience interaction which results in some comedic moments and some pretty astonished faces for those who participate on stage as often the magic happens in their very hands. He performs primarily in Toronto, Ontario and the GTA but also across Canada.

Timothy has developed many original magical effects for corporations across canada to be used in press releases or trade shows. He is one of the few magicians in Toronto who specialize in entertainment for corporate audiences.

Drake is also the creator or Trade Show Holograms. A company that builds, sells and rents 3D Holographic projectors for trade shows and special events.

Toronto Magician

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake – Choosing a volunteer!

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake enjoys the audience interaction experienced during his illusion / magic shows in Toronto. Drake promises to never embarrass a volunteer for the show but instead likes to make them the star. Many guests at the corporate banquet shows he performs for are often hesitant participate but soon learn its a rewarding experience.

Magician Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake selects a volunteer.

Corporate Magician Entertainer in Toronto – Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake specializes as a corporate entertainer in Toronto and the GTA for corporate audiences of all sizes. Timothy presents an illusion and magic show that offers a blend of magic and illusion with touch of drama, comedy and story telling. Audience participation plays a big part in Timothy’s corporate magic show as it’s Drakes way of connecting to his audience. Drakes after dinner banquet show is perfect for any corporate event or banquet in the Toronto area including as entertainment for company christmas parties in Toronto.

Magician Timothy Drake also designs and develops special effects for corporate press events and trade shows.

Corporate Magician in Toronto Ontario

Toronto Corporate Magician Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician and Illusionist Timothy Drake

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake performs a wide variety of magic and illusion for audiences of all sizes in the Toronto and GTA as well as across Canada. Drake performs his live magic shows in Toronto for corporate and special events. His 60 minute banquet show is often featured as after dinner entertainment at corporate dinners as well as private parties. Timothy also creates custom magical special effects for corporate press events and trade shows.

Magician in Toronto, Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake performs on stage in Toronto.

The Magic of Connecting with an Audience

As a professional magician in the Toronto, GTA and across Canada, Illusionist Timothy Drake knows that of all the high priced special effects and illusions he may use in his magic shows the most powerful tool of all is the ability to connect with an audience. For a magic show audience to drop their guard and really enjoy the illusions they have to share a connection with the performer.

Drake performs his magic show and illusions at corporate and special events in Toronto and surrounding areas. He also travels the country performing as well as develops special effects for corporate trade shows.

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake

Audience Reaction, Magician Timothy Drake

Company Christmas Party Entertainment in Toronto

When it comes to the month of October the holiday most people think of is of course Halloween. However the holiday Toronto companies should be thinking of now is Christmas. The Company Christmas Party season is the busiest time of the year for entertainers in Toronto. Those booking entertainment for company christmas parties should consider booking early to  avoid missing out on the select entertainers in Toronto and the GTA. Toronto Magician Timothy Drake recommends booking holiday party entertainment early as he has to turn down numerous booking dates each November as they fill up by late October.

Company Party Entertainment in Toronto

Corporate Magician Timothy Drake Audience Reactions

Magician Timothy Drake in Toronto

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake

Magician Timothy Drake

Another Giant Hologram Projection featured at Press Conference

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake created a custom holographic projector for a special event press conference in Toronto Ontario. The holographic presentation included a 3D illusion displaying special effects to announce the expansion of China Unicom Corporation into the Canadian Market. Drake has been providing custom special effects and illusion for    corporate events and promotions for over 15 years. The holographic effect was first used by Drake  in his Shriners Haunted Mansion project to project life sized ghostly images.

Large 3D Hologram Projection

Large Hologram projected in mid air.

Large Sized Holograpic Projection

Extra Large Hologram Projection

Magic Show in London Ontario

Toronto Illusionist Timothy Drake performs his unique magic and illusion at corporate and private events mostly in the Toronto and GTA. Drake entertains across Canada as well and recently Drake performed a magic show  in London Ontario.

Timothy Drake performing an Illusion

Magician Timothy Drake performing a pretty cool card in balloon trick.

Magical Vacation at Timberlane Rustic Lodges on Lake Manitou

The thing about being a illusionist is that even when you are not working you still are.  Toronto corporations book Timothy Drake well in advance so the corporate entertainer has to be on call and available to speak to show clients anytime anywhere. This includes vacation time.  Even on a relaxing vacation at Timberlane Rustic Lodges ( check out their blog here )on Lake Manitou a  professional performer has to be ready to take a call from a  perspective client.

Boating at Timberlane Rustic Lodges

Booking a show while on vacation at Timberlane Rustic Lodges

Toronto Wedding Magician Timothy Drake

Its June in Toronto and that means its Wedding Season for Toronto Wedding Magician Timothy Drake. Timothy who specializes in corporate magic and entertainment at special events in Toronto finds that in recent years the demand for quality yet original entertainment at weddings in Toronto is on the rise. Timothy Drakes wedding package includes magic and illusions specifically chosen from his act best suited for family audiences and weddings. The show features many illusions which include several members of the wedding party as volunteers. Its a show that neither wedding guests or the bride and groom will ever forget.

Wedding Magician in Toronto and GTA

Toronto Magician Timothy Drake performs for the bride!

“A phenomenal find! I couldn’t find a magician that was available, good, and non-creepy until I found Tim! Tim is actually an illusionist, but, hey, he did tricks so he’s a magician to me! I hired him solely based on his web site and he did not disappoint! The guests loved him! He was easy to work with, prompt, and went above and beyond what we’d agreed to. Because he had a minimum 2 hour booking to travel, but I only needed him for an hour and a half during cocktails, he said he’d stay and do a special trick for me and one for my dad right before dinner. Well, we ran a bit behind and didn’t want to hold dinner up so he stayed until everyone was settled in with their dinner to do the tricks. Far beyond the 2 hour mark. And his tricks were fantastic. I participated in one where he folded a napkin into a rose and then proceeded to have me control it as it floated in mid-air! I didn’t know what was going on! He then did one with my dad the end result being my dad’s shirt disappearing! Hilarious! Honestly, a great illusionist and a fantastic guy! 10/10″
Review posted on The Frugal Bride

“Timothy told us we would remember his attendance at our wedding for the rest of our lives, and he was right! Our guests were thoroughly surprised and entertained for his entire performance, from his table side illusions to his stage performance. Many of our vendors reminded us what wedding guests remember more than centerpieces and appetizers is the entertainment and let me tell you, we would really recommend hiring Timothy for your event instead of getting those extra linens or crab cakes! It wasn’t “creepy magic”, kids birthday party magic” nor was Tim tired of what he did. My uncle commented he seemed as excited to perform for us as we were to watch him. I’m very happy with my decision to give Timothy a call.”

Neil Mohan, Groom

It’s the smiles that matter….. thats all.

When Toronto Magician Timothy Drake first began performing he was quite sure that it was the amazing tricks, or the large props or the mystery created in his show that  was what mattered most. Drake was wrong. As time and experience performing magic in front of an audience would eventually teach him… it wasn’t the tricks or effects that mattered. Connect with your audience in a magical way and you’ll see for yourself. It’s only the smiles in the audience that matter……. and thats all.

Magic Show Audience ( Timothy Drake )

Audience reactions to Magician Timothy Drake

Now THIS is REAL magic!

Today I am going to put the usual magic related theme aside and talk about something close to me personally. It is something that I call real magic. Its a magic that anyone of legal age of consent can make happen. A simply thing like signing up to be an organ donor in Canada can give some deserving person the gift of life. The recent story of Helene Campbell ( made famous via her Feb skype appearance from Toronto on the Ellen Show ) has brought organ donation in Canada into the spotlight. I good friend of mine went through a similar operation ( double lung transplant ) and so the Helene story really caught my attention. With vital organs being in short supply I was thrilled to see Helene’s story have happy results. I watched the following clip of her most recent appearance on Ellen with a lot of smiles and a few tears ( of happiness of course ). Thanks to Helene for bringing this issue into the spotlight and thanks to each and all who are organ donors.

Large Sized 3D Hologram Display

For many years magician Timothy Drake utilized a 3D Holographic project effect at the Shriners Haunted Mansion to created the virtual ghost special effects seen wandering its spooky halls. The illusion of objects floating in mid air is created for the viewer. That special effect eventually found its way into multiple trade shows across North America. Recently Toronto Magician Timothy Drake was asked to recreate that effect but in a much larger scale for a corporate client in Ottawa, Ontario. Objects up to 10 feet wide appeared, floated and vanished in mid air.  Fellow London Magician Peter Mennie joined Timothy in Ottawa for the two day build. It proved a very large ( pardon the pun) success.

Canada’s Got Talent is NOT a real Talent contest.

People often ask me why I didn’t audition for Canada’s Got Talent ( when it taped in Toronto ) which will soon air in Canada on CTV. America’s got talent has boosted the careers of many magicians in the US so why not try out for the Canadian version?????

The answer is quite simple really. The show is very entertaining but it is not a real talent contest. It’s quite fake actually. Its a modern day Gong Show that features some good talent but also highlights the bizarre and hilariously bad talent for the amusement of audiences. Think about it… of all the thousands who audition and don’t make it on the show….. some silly act that shows NO talent at all does?????  Are the producers saying that person is more talented than the thousands that didn’t make it? The real reason is that it makes good television.  I can’t fault them for that. However… the point must be made that the show is about ” good television moments ” and not a real search for talent.

Canada’s Got Talent ( just like Americas’s Got Talent ) reserves the right to edit your appearance in ANY way they see fit. This is true even if it does not represent what really happened. I can only speak from my own knowledge and about acts I know but I have seen unfair editing done way to many times.  Example:  A comedian has an act where he is a poor magician who refuses to accept the fact that the can’t levitate. Its a funny routine but America’s Got Talent only showed a few seconds of his act making it LOOK LIKE he was an actual magician who had an accident on stage and failed. Clips of his act are now all over YouTube under ” Magician Fail” or ” Bad AGT Magician ” .  Similar editing has also happened to many of my friends in the magic industry.

The show is cleverly staged to maximize and create drama. Again… good television but not a real talent contest. Notice how when the judges results are read it always is delivered in a certain order as a  “YES….NO…….. and then YES” ….. or …. “NO….YES……..then NO”…etc. It is never a ” NO……NO….YES” because the suspense is gone once we know two judges have voted a NO. The producers specifically want us to wait until that last minute. That as I said earlier makes good television but if its a real contest then how is it that the producers know which judge will say yes and which will say know in order to decide who speaks in which order??????  Hmmmmmmm

My act is also not one of the acts that can win an audience over in 90 seconds. I need to build a relationship with my audiences and that doesn’t happen in 90 seconds. I will watch Canada’s Got Talent when it airs March 4 and will wish all my friends who participated in it good luck. I will watch it but just not in hopes the best talent will end up the winner. ;)