John Carney Lecture & Workshop

John Carney


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Magicana presents John Carney in Canada


John Carney is no ordinary magician.

His approach is smart, engaging and always surprising. He is widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight-of-hand magicians in the world with unique, and often hilarious, presentations. Hollywood’s Magic Castle has awarded Carney more awards than anyone in their history – the only performer to win in every category.

John is also an acclaimed instructor of magic. His books, Carneycopia and The Book of Secrets, are considered by many to be modern classics. Here is your opportunity to watch, engage and learn from one of magic’s favourite sons. 

Lecture ($25)

John’s seminars include stage and close-up magic using cards, coins, cigars and a variety of everyday objects. Each routine is a lesson in itself, containing the insights and ingenuities that have made John one of the premier teachers of magic today.

Topics include presentation, routining, misdirection and creativity.

Workshop ($75)

The next best thing to a private lesson with John … a workshop program that will provide the coaching, advice and encouragement you need to take your magic to the next level.

Students perform a routine, a move they want help with, a new idea … even a routine they have done for years and want to polish. Get the benefit of John’s practical experience in performing, technique, and creativity. In discussing your routine, and those of other students, the real secrets emerge from these practical examples.

Get John’s input on Technique, Creativity, and Presentation … And above all, Positive Encouragement! John will ensure that the environment is encouraging.

Performance is not mandatory, but recommended for students to get the most out of the workshop. All performances are limited to 5 minutes, total.

All students should bring a notebook! If you pay attention, and take notes, you will leave with ideas that will definitely improve your magic.

Package ($90)

Attend both sessions and save!

There will be a one hour break in between sessions.



“One of the best lectures I have ever seen … excellent advice … His tricks are superlative…an expert in pure sleight of hand.”  – Dai Vernon

“John is truly a man who understands magic.” – Tommy Wonder

“Carney has rediscovered and reinvented classic platform magic. He talks to you like a guy, a mentor, a tough-love teacher. He doesn’t expect you to come to him with a 5th degree Elmsley-Aronson black belt. But he does expect you to love magic as much as he does, and be willing to earn your miracles.” – Teller

“One of the top magicians around. A great creator, student and performer.” – Charlie Miller

“Here is a real insight into the way John thinks about magic, the way he combines past inspirations with current motivations, and the continual process of searching, trying, experimenting, and improving to find the best result. It’s more than just a new format for a magic book; It’s made me think about magic in a new way.” – Jim Steinmeyer

“His ideas are refreshing and his routines are beautifully executed. I recommend him highly!” – Michael Skinner

“In the past few years I have drifted away from being a true student of magic. John Carney has rekindled that flame. To have regained this feeling is a gift. And that’s what The Book of Secrets is, it’s a gift to magic and magicians. It has my highest recommendation.” – Mike Close

“John’s routines are ingenious. I respect and admire his artistry.” – Derek Dingle

“Whether you are an amateur or professional, you will derive both knowledge and inspiration from a Carney lecture. This young man has the happy ability and the genius to impart it!” – Faucett Ross