We explore all areas of this wondrous performing art—
from performers, to composers, to writers, to designers and builders of magic.

These exhibitions are housed and maintained by Magicana,
and they are here for you to discover and enjoy! 



Here, at long last, is the complete, five-hundred article collection written from 1972 to 2020, by Dr. Edwin A. Dawes. This long-running series on magic history, “A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities,” was originally published in The Magic Circular of the famed Magic Circle.


Meet master magician Ross Bertram, one of magic’s greatest sleight-of-hand artists, through the eyes of his sole protégé, David Ben. Explore Ross’ life as David recalls their conversations about magic, about family and about life.

Movie Magic

Here is an extraordinary collection of clips from 1976 to 1981, produced and preserved by Canadian magician Larry Thornton. Clips include many well-known performers such as Daryl, Paul Harris, and Mike Skinner, to name just a few, in never-before-seen video.

An original short film featuring a concert of sleight-of-hand conceived as a macabre fantasy. Created and performed by David Ben as a tribute to adventurer and tribal art collector Bill Jamieson, and his collection of artifacts documenting humiliation and cruelty.

Take Two

This is a rich archive of seventy-two articles written by Jamy Ian Swiss, examining the specific forms, or individual styles of magic and magicians. Jamy offers curatorial suggestions to illustrate his points, and describes what makes great magic and magicians.

Here is a compendium of thirty-six product reviews, along with additional essays, written by Jamy Ian Swiss. This exhibition is also an intensely-packed, insightful and, sometimes provocative collection of writing. 

MagicolA Journal of Magic History and Collectibles, is a periodical, published by Magicana, which showcases magic and its long history. Here is a partial list of back issues since 2010.

Sid Lorraine has a blog! Actually, these are gems from Sid’s handwritten memoir, and they outline a fascinating landscape of magic during the twentieth century. Follow Sid as he chronicles his adventures discovering both magic and some of magic’s memorable characters.

Everything Erdnase

After one hundred years, Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, by S.W. Erdnase—The Expert at the Card Table—remains the cornerstone of card conjuring and cheating at cards. The book has inspired and spawned numerous variants, as well as a slew of ancillary material. Come and discover Everything Erdnase.

This exhibition features of one of the most influential authors of magic tricks who ever lived: Stewart James. Come and explore this virtual exhibition and discover how a reclusive young boy from Courtright, Ontario transformed to become a major figure in magic history.